Soapbox: Sympathising With Severus – Why All Harry Potter Fans Should Have A Soft Spot For Snape

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Admittedly, beneath his prickly exterior is an equally prickly interior…

Harry Potter author JK Rowling recently kicked-off the kind of fierce debate only the internet can facilitate, when – as part of her tradition of apologising for the death of character killed during the Battle of Hogwarts – she tweeted that she was sorry for killing off Professor Severus Snape.

Despite Rowling’s pleas for fans not to argue over the tweet (which was about as ambitious as a Muggle trying to cast a spell, really), battle lines were drawn almost immediately.

On one side were those Potterheads who have forgiven the notoriously unpleasant Potions Master thanks to his posthumously revealed acts of heroism, and on the other were those who still can’t look past what a jerk he was to Harry and his classmates.

To be honest, I’ve never really understood why the issue of Snape’s redemption always seems to become such a talking point, let alone such a huge bone of contention. To me, not only is Snape one of the most fascinating characters in the Harry Potter series, he’s also – glaring personality flaws included – one of the most heroic.

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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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It’s like Harry Potter, but all grown up…

When the Harry Potter film franchise ended with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in 2011, a lot of fans still weren’t quite ready to say goodbye. Although many had already bid the Boy Who Lived farewell once before in the pages of the final novel of the series, it seemed that their appetite for further escapades set in the Wizarding World was far from satisfied.

In the years since then, creator JK Rowling has released a few tiny morsels that served to only feed this hunger – a tantalising opening chapter for a non-existent prequel novel and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a collection of related fairy tales, both came out in 2009 – but it wasn’t until this year that Potterheads hanging out for a new, fully-fledged adventure were properly rewarded.

The first of these was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the two-part stage show epic that continued (and concluded?) Harry’s story. The second of these was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first film in a new spin-off franchise, which – despite being set 70 years in the series’ past – looks set to ensure the future popularity of the franchise.

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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Live from The Pop Culture Studio: Dumbledore, Grindelwald and the Fantastic Beasts sequel

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will have four sequels come the rumours that Professor Dumbledore and the dark wizard Grindelwald will star in them.

So who is Grindelwald? What’s his relationship with Dumbledore? And what does it mean for the Fantastic Beasts sequels?

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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SPOILERS: Those expecting to see a scene with a child inside a giant snitch will leave sorely disappointed

“Keep the secrets.”

That was the key takeaway imparted by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling to those of us lucky enough to attend the preview sessions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new stage play that continues the story of everyone’s favourite boy wizard.

With that in mind, I’ve held off on posting an in-depth review of Cursed Child until after the official release of the play’s script this week, in order to give fans the chance to experience the story – and its many surprises – for themselves first.

But now I think it’s well and truly safe to deliver a verdict, and I’m happy to say that (overlooking a few quibbles) Cursed Child is, well, pure magic.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Crystal Ball: Further to Fantastic Beasts – Five possible Harry Potter Spin-Offs

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You can’t say they went the obvious route with this one…

It’s fair to say that the excitement generated by Warner Bros Studio’s announcement that it would be continuing the Harry Potter film franchise – with JK Rowling on scriptwriting duties no less – was quickly replaced with bewilderment once it was confirmed that these new films would be based off flimsy tie-in novel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Since then, the signing of Eddie Redmayne as lead Newt Scamander and glimpses of never-before-seen magical New York have slowly brought fans on board with this undoubtedly left field choice.

Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that those longing to see a sequel to the series will get their wish with the upcoming West End show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will surely make the leap to the silver screen in the near future.

Still, one wonders what other tales of the Wizarding World might make it to the big and small screens between now and then, given the richness of the fictional universe Rowling has created – not to mention the willingness of Warner Bros to green light anything related to The Boy Who Lived quicker than you can say,“Accio cash!”.

So despite most wizards and witches looking down at the admittedly-spotty art of Divination, let’s make like Professor Trelawney and see if we can’t forecast five more potential Harry Potter spin-offs headed our way!

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Crystal Ball: Further to Fantastic Beasts – Five possible Harry Potter Spin-Offs