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The Quiet Heroism of Severus Snape

By Kathy Nance

The Harry Potter books and movies have been so successful precisely because they transcend religion.

By drawing upon universal themes and archetypes, J.K. Rowling was able to create a world and a story that could be enjoyed regardless of a reader’s religious point of view. It’s the world of the folk tale, populated by characters we’ve all seen in the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, the Child Ballads. Harry, the orphan foundling. Lily Potter, the mother who sacrifices her own life to save her child. Dumbledore, the loving mentor. Voldemort, the evil force/villain to be overcome.

And the initiatory force: at once obstacle, villain and hero. I speak, of course, of the serpentine Severus Snape.

Read the original article at: Pantheon

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