The special follows Snape through his ghostly premonitions on Christmas Eve. The tale begins on a Christmas Eve 2011. Cedric Diggory is revealed to be deceased, but seeing as his death is uninfluencial to the course of the story, the narrator moves on.
It is then revealed that Professor Snape is in his office, working and hating one of the greatest bands in existance. After the music is shut off, Professor Dumbledore invites Snape up to the Christmas party, which Snape declines.
Returning home that evening, Snape is visited by The Bloody Baron.The Baron warns Snape to change his ways lest he undergo the same miserable afterlife as himself. Snape is then visited by three additional ghosts – each in its turn – who accompany him to various scenes with the hope of achieving his transformation.
The first of the spirits, Peeves (the Ghost of Christmas Past) takes Snape to Christmas scenes of his boyhood and youth, which stir the old miser's gentle
and tender side by reminding him of a time when he was more innocent. They also show what made Snape the miser that he is, and why he dislikes Christmas.The second spirit, Hagrid (the Ghost of Christmas Present) takes Snape to several differing scenes - Christmas in Azkaban Prison, for the Dursleys, and for the perveyors of the Knight Bus.
The third spirit, a Dementor (the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) harrows Snape with dire visions of the future if he does not learn and act upon what he has witnessed - including Harry Potter's death. Snape's own neglected and untended grave is revealed, prompting the miser to aver that he will change his ways in hopes of changing these "shadows of what may be."
Snape awakens on Christmas morning with joy and love in his heart, then anonymously sends a prize turkey to the Weasley home for Christmas dinner. Snape has become a different man overnight and now treats his fellow men with kindness, generosity and compassion, gaining a reputation as a man who embodies the spirit of Christmas. The story closes with the narrator confirming the validity, completeness and permanence of Snape's transformation.
Characters (in order of appearance)Edit
- Snape's freakout over Hagrid's appearance was a reference to a plotline from the original draft of the script in which Snape was obsessed with Hagrid and would always talk about him.
- Every Parry Trotter actor portrays their Harry Potter counterpart.