11 Things We Can Learn From Professor Snape

11 Things We Can Learn From Professor Snape

"He was probably the bravest man I ever knew." - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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Professor Severus Snape was perhaps the most unlikely hero to grace the pages of the Harry Potter series. For six and three-quarters books we were convinced he was a villain, a traitor, and an all around bad guy. Only when his true character was revealed did we realize that Severus Snape was not only a good guy but in fact almost as selfless a hero as they come. There are many things we can learn from his heart-wrenching story.

1. Life isn't fair

Things may not go the way we want, and sometimes the world feels like a downright terrible place. There's no potion to solve that, and if there was Snape would have found it. Sometimes the best we can do is try to do the right thing for those we love.


2. No one is all good, or all bad

(Except Voldemort). This fact is what allows Harry to finally forgive Snape at the end of the series. Sometimes people seem despicable, but if we look a little deeper we'll find there is so much more to why they do the things they do.


3. Love requires sacrifice, sometimes even for those that someone else loved

Snape spent over seventeen years protecting Harry, even though he never liked him. Love isn't all about romance and good feelings. It can be hard to love at times, and may lead only to heartbreak and pain. Yet it holds a power beyond anything else when we set aside our own needs for those of another.


4. Love doesn't end after death

Snape never stops fighting for Lily, even when a memory is all he has left of her. Love is simply too powerful a force to be affected by mortality.


5. Loyalty often takes great courage

Snape's loyalty to Dumbledore and Lily was what eventually allowed Harry to prevail against Voldemort. While we may not all face life or death situations for our loved ones it may take great bravery to do what is right for them.


6. People can change if given a good enough reason

Snape turned his back on Voldemort and the death eaters after Lily's death. We should never write people off because we think they are beyond help, because you never know who they could become.


7. The section about werewolves starts on page 394

They couldn't all be deep...


8. We are not defined by our past

Snape was a death eater with a haunted past, but his mistakes didn't hold him back when the time came to be noble. No matter what we've done we can move on and do great things.


9. Heroes can be the most unlikely of us

Snape shocked us in book six with what we thought was the ultimate betrayal, only to turn out to be one of the bravest characters found in the entire series. Perhaps we don't think we can step up to the plate when the time comes, but a hero can be hiding in any of us.


10. We often only see the side of a person that they show us

Snape was a vengeful, bitter, and spiteful professor that hated Harry Potter. He was also a selfless and courageous man that eventually sacrificed his life for a great cause. Perhaps someone may seem simply horrible, but remember there's more than one side to every story and every person.


11. Doing the right thing is hardly ever easy

You may be hated, hurt, and unrecognized for the good things you do. Never give up, because some things are worth the sacrifice.


This article is dedicated to Alan Rickman, the man who brought professor Snape and countless other characters to life. May he be remembered for his work, always.


Cover Image Credit: Giphy

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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