I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I have always loved the books. Many christians are against Harry Potter. This always strikes me as funny and slightly fickle. Did these same christians grow up with Hans Christian Andersen, Mother Goose, Disney, and Brothers Grimm as well? Did they enjoy stories like Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Billy Goats Gruff, Sleeping Beauty, and Sorcerer’s Apprentice too? Can they tell me why they loved those stories as a kid, but are so against Harry Potter as an adult? Kind of double-standards, don’t you think?
When I first started reading the Harry Potter books, I found that my favorite character (besides Harry) was Snape. There was just something about him that intrigued me. I never thought I had many things in common with Snape. Up front, he seems like a snobbish brute that delights in making others suffer. Doesn’t sound like a nice fellow. Still, there was something about him that I liked.
As I read more of the series, I started to see why Snape was a “good guy”. His personality really isn’t far from me. I think we have more in common now that I have read the first 6 books. Things like:
- Both of us had a rough beginning and were made fun of as kids
- We weren’t popular
- We both had a gift but were unable to use it to our potential
- We are both loyal and follow orders
I can not wait to read the final book in the Harry Potter series. I believe that Snape is a “good guy” even if he is rough around the edges. I think that he lives up to his promises and protects those that care for him. Got to love a character like that.