Snape is Taking the World by Storm
The Harry Potter series may be named after the Boy Who Lived, but if you want to know the story, keep your eyes fixed on Severus Snape. This hook-nosed, greasy-haired, grumpy character is one of J.K. Rowling’s enduring gifts to English literature. He’s the archetypal ill-tempered teacher: acerbic, yet horribly, deliciously funny. When he’s in a scene, you can’t take your eyes off him. Snape is always the story. – From the Introduction
In this examination of J.K. Rowling’s most enigmatic character, Lorrie Kim shows us how to sort through the illusions and lies to the man who dared to spy on Voldemort and without whom Harry’s story would have turned out very differently. In his final moments, he asks Harry (and the reader) to “Look at me.” This book does just that.
And the reviews?
“Her book is for everyone: academics, parents explaining the Rowling books to their kids – or, this year, the voting public, looking for moral guidance from a magical realm.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer Samantha Melamed, August 10, 2016
“This book will really get you thinking deeply about the character of Severus Snape, his motivations, his inner logic. JK Rowling wrote a character who was a double agent, hiding his true feelings and his motivations from the reader and everyone around him. Add to that Harry Potter’s own blindness about the character and the clues and information about Snape are difficult to see in a shallow reading of the Potter books. Lorrie Kim doesn’t give a shallow reading, though. She sifts the text with a sharp analysis and great clarity (and wonderfully clear writing of her own) that proves many of the clues to the puzzle of Severus Snape are in fact sitting in plain sight, and these keys lead us to unlock much more. A worthwhile read for any fan of the Potter series and the mysterious potions master.” – Cecilia Tan, winner of the RT Career Achievement Award in Erotic Fiction, author, and publisher
“As a die-hard Gryffindor, I’ve never been inclined to think much about the Harry Potter series through Snape’s cavernous black eyes. Lorrie Kim won me over immediately with her perspicacious scrutiny of Snape’s character, which is explained but never once excused – a refreshing tonic to typical apologist analyses of the Potions Master. Snape: A Definitive Reading takes you through the looking glass to reveal the sobering underbellies of several Hogwarts residents, not just the eponymous double-agent. A compelling read that had this Gryffindor checking his privilege more than once!” – Jackson Bird, Communications Director of the Harry Potter Alliance and YouTube creator and activist
“Lorrie’s masterful book is a celebration of Severus Snape’s most admirable qualities and of his unabashed humanity. With her usual insight and subtlety, she peels away the layers that compose him, revealing the elements of his complex personality one by one until we get to the glorious, fragile yet resilient heart of his being and motivation.” – Logospilgrim, author of The Severus Snape Paradigm: Outcast, Rebel, Hero and the upcoming Severus Snape and the Art of Being Human, May 2017
Author Lorrie Kim lives in Philadelphia, PA with her clever, grumpy, magical spouse and their Harry Potter-reading offspring, one born between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince and one in gestation during the publication of Deathly Hallows.
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