Professor Snape, in the Harry Potter books, is considered to be pedantic because he is overly concerned about formal rules. Snape will often choose to be unreasonable because his pedantic nature leads him to place dull, precise regulations over people. His obvious discomfort when other, less pedantic teachers allow rules to be broken shows in his short and angry replies to these more lenient actions. As a pedant, he finds any such irregularities annoying because he thinks that all rules are to be followed to the letter.
Quiz: How might a pedantic person act?
- They like routine and do the same things in the same order every day.
- They would constantly correct others’ minor mistakes.
- They would love to learn new things and explore new places.