Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Snape: A Definitive Reading by Lorrie Kim

Title: Snape: A Definitive Reading
Author: Lorrie Kim
Publisher: Story Spring Publishing
Publication date: July 2016
Pages: 299
Source/format: Purchased // Paperback

Rating: ☆☆☆

Synopsis (from goodreads.com):

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.

M Y  T H O U G H T S

Lorrie Kim's insightful take on retelling Harry Potter through Severus Snape's perspective is refreshing. Kim includes excerpts from the series and interprets every word and every action for the reader to fully understand Snape. Her detailed analysis describes Snape perfectly. Because Snape is such a complex character, Kim breaks down Snape's personality, reasoning and motives. The reader learns to perceive Snape with a new mindset.

She delves into what it means to be a double agent. Many people cannot master being a double agent, yet Snape was able to conceal who he truly is for many years. His motivation to do what he does is important. He is an enigmatic character that is often misunderstood. Very few people know the true Snape. If you're a Snape fan, Snape: A Definitive Reading is a must read!


  1. I'm not really much of a Snape fan, just cause he was a complete dick to harry. I understand where that comes from but I can't bring myself to love him like others. But Alan Rickman did an exceptional job as him in the movies and made me hang onto every word he said (you..... know....... what....... I....... mean). I feel like I would really enjoy this book even though Snape isn't my favorite.

    1. I do agree that Alan Rickman did an exceptional job in the movies. The analysis is in the book is very thorough. I tend to gravitate toward books that analyze Harry Potter so I can be a little biased.