Snape turned up on University Challenge to the delight of Harry Potter fans

A contestant named Jack Snape began trending on Twitter as fans rolled out the Slytherin jokes

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A new contestant on University Challenge caused quite the kerfuffle on social media on Monday – because he shares an unusual surname with a well-known Hogwarts professor.

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Jack Snape, a Masters student at the Courtauld Institute of Art, made his first appearance on the show last night and, while Jeremy Paxman neglected to reference his namesake, keen Harry Potter fans on Twitter were not about to let this one slip by.

He may even get a date out of it:

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Considering his current path, it’s possible the student really could become “professor” Snape in the future. We live in hope.