“Professor of Brooding” – a Teacher’s Take on Professor Snape
Nov 11, 2005
MSNBC has an amusing essay on the classroom stylings, behaviour and attitude of Professor Snape. Contributor Mary Beth Ellis writes that he is
a man who dressed for occult success; you canâ€™t swing an appointment as an instructor in Defence Against Dark Arts when youâ€™re trolling the halls in a teal cardigan and loafers.
This is not to say that Snape doesnâ€™t care about his students’ education, in a sarcastic, uncheerful, I-hate-you fashion. He’ll even save a life here and there, as long as you donâ€™t try to hug him or talk to him or walk within a five-mile radius of him afterwards.
But why all the hatin’, Snape? Fan speculation includes the usual psychological analysis: Bad childhood, massive crush on Harry Potter’s mother, massive hatred for Harry Potter,s father, wound up with Brett Favre as his starting quarterback in the Hogwarts office fantasy league.