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As librarians, we're pretty committed to the idea that the right book at the right time can change your life. So, every time we read Harry Potter, we can't help but think that things might have gone differently for Professor Snape if maybe he'd just read the right books. 

Here are five suggestions that may have changed the course of our favorite villian-not-villian, Severus Snape. 

1HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE 
by Dale Carnegie
(1936)

As you read the Harry Potter books, it's really clear that Snape could use some good friends. One of America's best-selling self-help books could surely help him learn how to be friendlier (we're sure these techniques work on muggles, though we've never tested them on wizards).  

 

2RAPUNZEL, RAPUNZEL, WASH YOUR HAIR 
by Steve Smallman
(2015)

Sometimes the lessons we teach our kids are the most helpful; in this picture book, many princes try to climb Rapunzel's hair, only to find that it's too slippery. Luckily, a hairdresser comes to her rescue and teaches her proper hair hygiene. If Rapunzel can get rid of greasy hair, we're confident Snape can too. 

 

3THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 
by Gaston Leroux
(1910)

Perhaps Snape should have spent some time with this classic tale of unrequited love; he may have behaved differently. It doesn't end well for the Phantom either. 

 

4KNOCK 'EM DEAD COVER LETTERS 
by Martin Yate
(2012)

Maybe if Snape had turned in a better cover letter to Dumbledore he would have locked down that Defense Against the Dark Arts position years ago! 

 

5THE COLOR OF STYLE 
by Daid Zyla
(2010)

The subtitle of this book reads: "a fashion expert helps you find colors that attract love, enhance your power, restore your energy, make a lasting impression, and show the world who you really are." Snape, throw off the black, and show your true colors! 

 

While writing this post, we couldn't help but be a little sad thinking about Alan Rickman's recent passing; come and see his masterful performance as Snape (could they have picked a better actor?!?) tomorrow at our Harry Potter Movie Marathon. We'll start screening the first film at 9:30 AM. 

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