The wizarding world came to life last month at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), when the CSUSM Arts and Lectures program presented V. Nigel Taylor as Hogwarts Professor Severus Snape, a character famous – and infamous – from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. Actor and musician Taylor turned the University Student Union ballroom into Professor Snape’s potions classroom as he employed his unique and sardonic brand of teaching. With an uncanny resemblance to British actor Alan Rickman, he interacted with audience members as if they were young witches and wizards in his potions class. Taylor lectured on Snape as a tragic hero, the significance of Lily Potter, the effects of bullying, and other academic topics. CSUSM affiliates and general community members enjoyed an evening of education and entertainment that illustrated the significant impact the Harry Potter novels and films have had on modern culture. For information on future CSUSM Arts and Lectures events visit