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Alan Rickman had so many varying talents in the world of entertainment—a valued character actor, a director, but to so many of us, he is the man who so brilliantly gave a face to Severus Snape. One of the best characters ever written in literature, Snape was the underdog we never knew we should root for. When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, I was at the Borders midnight release party with hundreds of other Potter loving readers. They gave out stickers to the effect of deciding if Snape were good or evil. By that time, I’d guessed that Dumbledore had gotten Snape to kill him, so I leaned toward the side of good—and was rewarded handsomely. To discover everything about Snape’s past, his love for Lilly, his destruction upon her death, and his rebirth in Harry—it was a glorious thing.
The single best moment in the film series, the one that made me cry far more than Dobby’s death or even Fred’s, was the one in which Severus discovers Lily’s body and holds her, sobbing. So gorgeously done, it rattled me. Because in that moment, he turned on the darkest wizard of all time, heedless of his own peril, to avenge the death of his unrequited love. Not just his true love, but love which had never been returned.
All of his life Severus Snape dealt with his father’s cruelty and his mother’s indifference, this was hinted at as he met and befriended Lily. Finally, after eleven years of poverty and pain, not only did he have his Hogwarts acceptance letter, but more importantly to him, he’d made a friend. A friend, a love who was taken away by circumstance when they were sorted into rival houses.
Today, we lost a beautiful shining star from the Harry Potter world, and he will be cherished by those of us who revered him.
He will be missed.
About JP BarnabyJP Barnaby, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over two dozen books, including Aaron and the Little Boy Lost Series. She recently moved from Chicago to Atlanta to appease her Camaro who didn’t like the blustery winters. JP specializes in recovery romance, but slips in a few erotic or comedic stories to spice things up. When she’s not hanging out with hot guys in leather, she binge watches superheroes and crime dramas on Netflix. A physics geek, she likes the science side of Sci-Fi, and wants to grow up to be Reed Richards.
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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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