Professor Matthew Snape is from the Oxford Vaccine Group and will determine whether different vaccines can be mixed, potentially speeding up the inoculation process.
While this could be great news for the end of the pandemic, people on Twitter are more concerned that they cannot believe that the person with this job has the same name as the fictional potions teacher from the Harry Potter books:
Love it that Professor Snape is running a potions trial. https://t.co/VEru27MX5z
I’m sad to hear Professor Snape still hasn’t been allowed to teach the Defense Against Dark Arts class.
— Secretary of State for Socially Uncaring Health (@Secretary of State for Socially Uncaring Health)
Matthew Snape is not a fictional potions teacher but a vaccines expert and a paediatrician based in Oxford, not Hogwarts. If the fictional Professor Snape was real, he would perhaps also be well-suited for the role, given his prowess in potions.
And regardless of his achievements, it seems Matthew Snape will best known for sharing his last name with the famous character.