Denise Roper, author of the excellent book The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, has written a wonderful review of The flawed master on amazon.
Allow me to share it with you now…
The flawed master: lessons Professor Snape taught me is author Logospilgrim’s second collection of theological and mystical essays on Professor Severus Snape. Snape is, perhaps, the most complex character in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and Logospilgrim has much to say about his transformation from antagonist to hero in this second volume of her “Snape Trilogy.” The flawed master is a follow-up to Bring forth the best robes: a spiritual understanding of Severus Snape, but it may stand alone as a volume of Christian spiritual wisdom, inspiration, and guidance for all Harry Potter fans, who, like Logospilgrim and myself, read Rowling’s seven-part series with an overwhelming desire to see the redemption of Professor Snape -a bitter and broken man who had renounced his allegiance to the Dark Lord and pledged his service to one who would defeat him, not by violence, but through love and self-sacrifice. Snape, the flawed master, was proud, angry, sarcastic, and sometimes cruel, and yet he rose above his many flaws to become Harry’s secret protector and Dumbledore’s most trusted accomplice. He was the spy whose bravery and self-sacrifice contributed to Harry’s ultimate triumph over the evil Lord Voldemort. Logospilgrim’s insightful essays are a balm to soothe our wounded hearts. If a man as flawed as Severus Snape can find redemption, then there is hope for us all, even the greatest of sinners. This is an inspiring book for those who seek the deeper meaning that is to be found in the Harry Potter series. The spiritual treasures within it are not merely lessons learned from a flawed master; they are the great moral truths of the Gospels, lessons taught by the One True Master, the one who was without sin, the one who died to redeem us all.
In other news, I am getting my neck massaged by an orthotherapist tomorrow, and that will be very, very welcome.
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor