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July 15-18, 2010
Orlando, Florida

Snape is the Story, Hermione the Reader: SS/HG in Canon  
Hilary Justice, Lorrie Kim, Mara Stein, Psy.D.

Does J.K. Rowling ship SS/HG? No, of course not. But if you do … if you believe the brilliant Potions master would be the Know-It-All's perfect match, and that Hermione could treasure Snape as he deserves …you know that Snape/Hermione fanfiction romances spring directly from canon. Throughout the series and its many mysteries, the story is always Snape. Keep your eyes on Snape, and he will give you everything you need, “right on this paper.” Just as consistently, Hermione is the series' reader, the mystery-solver through whose viewpoint Rowling teaches us how to decode her story. As Harry's two most important allies in fulfilling Dumbledore's mission, Snape and Hermione must collaborate, however covertly. They pair well not because their author intended a romance, but because she created them to work in concert and understand one another.

The presentation explores Snape's coded messages to Hermione, how Hermione's Time-Turner experience teaches her to see Snape but never communicate with him directly, the effort it costs each character to keep their mutual awareness unacknowledged, the fantasy of Viktor Krum, and of course, Snape's dying moment, when Hermione conjures the flask that receives the climactic revelation of Snape's true self. Never in canon is there any desire between the two. But there is partnership, esteem, and above all, recognition. Interspersed with the presentation will be readings from SS/HG works that speak to or expand upon these moments from canon.

The session will culminate in a roundtable discussion open to all attendees, facilitated by some of SS/HG fandom's favorite writers, about what makes this pairing resonant for so many.


Hilary Justice, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English at Illinois State University, participated in the Borders' Snape Debate at Phoenix Rising, delivered Snape's eulogy at Terminus, and argued for the defense in “The People versus J.K. Rowling” trial at Azkatraz. As “Ariadne,” she has been honored as “Best Author” by Quill-to-Parchment and won several awards for her SS/HG stories A Walking Shadow, “Contraceptus:Continuum,” and In Spirit. In her other life, she's a Hemingway scholar and teaches courses on everything from Drama to Book History to Food Writing.

Lorrie Kim (drinkingcocoa) has presented talks at Azkatraz and Potterdelphia, including “The Fully Knowable Severus Snape.” She is an erstwhile journalist and editor who has found priceless support from J.K. Rowling's books in her current work as the middle-aged mother of small children. Lorrie's Harry Potter-related essays are archived at the Online Wizarding Library, http://owl.tauri.org.

Mara Stein, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, specialising in developmental issues across the lifespan, and adjustment after traumatic loss, where the themes and metaphors of the HP universe have come in very handy. She is a published author and conference presenter in her area of specialty. As “Machshefa,” she has won awards for her SS/HG stories “Tree of Life,” “The Couch,” and “Between the Lines,” and is a staff member on the Online Wizarding Library."
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