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The Great Snape Debate : The Case for Snape's Guilt / The Case of the Snape's Innocence Paperback – 2007
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Love him or love to hate him, Snape has become the pivotal character in the Harry Potter series. There are plenty of reasons to believe he killed Dumbledore at the end of Half-Blood Prince at Dumbledore's behest -- but plenty of reasons not to, too. So is Snape on Harry's side, or is he on Voldemort's? Is he bad to the bone, or just a little misunderstood? Only after Deathly Hallows will we know for sure . . . but we can make some educated guesses now. Designed as a flip book, half the book provides the case for Snape's innocence and when flipped over, the other half provides the case for Snape's Guilt. In The Great Snape Debate, you'll get all the facts on our favorite Potions Master so you can decide for yourself.
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Obviously since the 7th book came out, it's not really a "debate" anymore, but it is really interesting to see how other readers reacted to the same material. I will use this in a lesson about perspectives in reading literature in my high school classrooms one day, most certainly.
Snape was always a favorite character of mine; even before he redeemed himself in Deathly Hallows. I always knew there was more to him. So naturally, I only read half of the book. I only read the bits in his defense, because I figured it would be silly to read pages upon pages convicting him of being a bad guy when I know he's not. Maybe sometime in the future I will pick up the other half, but for the time being, I'm happy having read only half.
I read that first half non-stop. I couldn't even put it down. I think it took me a good few hours of straight reading just to get through that bit, so I can only imagine that the second half would take just as long. (And I'm usually a fast reader).
If you love (or for whatever reason hate) Snape, even years after the final book has been released, I would suggest picking up this book and giving it a read. It is a challenging read, but a rewarding one. (I gave it four stars instead of five because I really liked it, but I wouldn't say I loved it. I have nothing really negative to say about it.)