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Snape: A Definitive Reading Paperback – June 28, 2016
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"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
"Snape: A Definitive Reading is a must read for general fans as well as those of us who have a Snape-centric love of the Harry Potter series. Author Lorrie Kim uses multiple sources (beyond the Rowling books) and includes quotes extensively from the series for an intensive analysis of, to my mind, Rowling's most interesting character--Severus Snape. Along the way, Kim highlights the complex, wending revelation of Snape's past and his role in the fight against Voldemort. This book is quite useful in refining our understanding of the overall plot unity--sometimes it is difficult to remember small but important details when spread across seven volumes. Most importantly, we see the true Snape--a phoenix in his own right." - LibraryThing Early Reviewers
"Praised by fellow Snape-lovers and even non-Snape fans." - Geekadelphia
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The Harry Potter series - from Professor Snape's point of view. What was Snape really thinking during his last seven years? Can we ever know for certain?
It turns out that we can. Through close reading of the Harry Potter series, Lorrie Kim shows that J.K. Rowling gave us everything we need to understand her most enigmatic character: his true loyalties, the nature of his magic, and the grudging magnificence of his love.
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It also proves that he's human and that, as readers, we have to learn to look beyond what we see through Harry Potter's eyes. When we step away from the situation and isolate ourselves away from our highly emotional response (typically the same or similar response brought on by Harry), we can see how and why Snape did as he did. That is especially important in hindsight now with the series being complete. Lorrie Kim discusses how there is always more than meets the eye with Snape, and as someone who has always read between the lines where Severus Snape is concerned, it is refreshing to know that there are others who can think and interpret and not just blindly accept JKR's words (wonderful though they may be) as they are without the desire to dig deeper for a proper understanding. Snape is a still a fascinating character and this wonderful work makes him all the more fascinating and only reinforces how much I enjoy his scenes in the books. Well worth the read, and the re-read. Any time anyone starts on their defamation of Snape, I will point them in the direction of this book and let them see for themselves how there always was more than appearances where Severus Snape is concerned.
The analysis in this book pretty much lines with how I saw the character and his conflicting motivations. Is very detailed walk through from Snape's POV of the events in the books scene by scene. Any fan of this character should for sure read this book. Even haters should get it to understand him since they clearly miss the point that JKR was trying to make. The Harry Potter books are about love and redemption and Snape embodies that.
Snape is the Ultimate double figure, playing both sides, but really which side is he really working for? Many think they know the answer but do they really know the why? You must know the inner workings of Snape to truly understand the entire HP series too its core and to its end to understand how Harry Potter is ultimately able to defeat Voldemort.
The Ultimate Snape..... is not what you expected!!
Kim's analysis provides a kind of masterclass into the extensive plotting and delicate balance Rowling created between her four major actors: Harry, Snape, Dumbledore and Voldemort. Anger, shame, remorse, love and desire swirl through these characters and play an integral part in the development of their magic and how semi-satient magical objects respond to them. Those who wish for a deeper understanding of how the characters' human natures (or wolf, giant, etc.) drove Rowling's breakneck plot should not miss this book.