Pedagogy and Other Defenses Against the Dark Arts: Professor Severus Snape and Harry Potter



Continental Philosophy | Education | Philosophy | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education


ALAN RICKMAN gives us J. K. Rowling’s brilliantly conceived literary character Professor Severus Snape as we have come to know and loathe him. Yet, and much of this alchemy is Rickman’s genius as an actor, just setting aside the usual clichés of Snape’s role as a nasty authoritarian and head of the (ah, so evil sounding) Slytherin House, Rickman’s Snape also exemplifies what a teacher should be.This is neither evident nor obvious. Consider the contrast with Rowling’s depiction of Hogwart’s Headmaster, the kindly Albus Dumbledore, faithfully conveyed by the late, great Richard Harris and subsequently by Sir Michael Gambon.

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