The Dungeons: my Professor Snape-inspired office #Homes & Tours#bedrooms#beds#book-nerds#books#harry potter#workspaces January 16 | Guest post by Logospilgrim I am a Harry Potter geek. Or more specifically, a Severus Snape geek. Quite openly so! Eight years ago, I moved into my current home. That was when I began putting together my unusual office, a small space filled to bursting with books, curiosities and Professor Snape collectibles. It is also whimsically known as "the dungeons." My goal from the start was to create something special, a place where I could devote myself to my vocation and loved ones: a place to write my books, answer letters, ponder, rest, and work my magic — that is, deepen my understanding of the world as a manifestation of everlasting love. What better way to do so than in an environment that looked as though it was inspired by the Addams Family mansion and Pee Wee's Playhouse? Related Post Why we put our kids' bunk bed in the closet When we moved in to our home, our daughter's bedroom was a bit of a layout conundrum since we had to work around two closets,... Read more The walls were painted venetian plaster yellow. Because of the thick green curtains hanging in the window, the room is a mixture of light and shadows, and when I turn on my lamps in the evening, the soft yellow color I chose for the walls gives the entire room a warm, serene glow. Then I slowly built my collection of curiosities. Halloween is one of the best times of the year to do one's shopping if your office looks like mine! A set of jars here, a couple of rubber snakes there, cockroaches, a heart, spiders, eyeballs, shells, stones, herbs, crystals… Most of what I have collected has been rather inexpensive. The notable exceptions have been my Professor Snape collectibles! When it comes to the Potions Master, who has been my muse for so long, well, a certain largesse is indeed permissible. Countless friends have added their touch to the room. I have been sent amazing objects from all over the world — tokens of love which contribute to the quirky and cozy tranquility I have been repeatedly told that my refuge exudes. Some of the objects that are the most precious to me are drawings done by dear friends, as well as dolls and a variety of beautiful crafts. Also close to my heart are the numerous photographs I have accumulated over the years, especially those that were taken during Harry Potter conventions: they capture moments of immense happiness. I think of the room as a collage of sorts, a work of art, a sanctuary. I love arranging objects in an aesthetically pleasing manner, and finding ways to cram yet more of them in every nook and cranny. I love jars, and bugs, and memento mori… I love things that belong to a more genteel age: quills, ink wells, hourglasses, Oriental carpets. I hope my little odditorium delighted you as much as it has delighted me and all whom I have had the good fortune of welcoming here! Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Logospilgrim Logospilgrim likes to write about Professor Severus Snape, spiritual transformation and mysticism; she is the author of several books, and has spoken at a number of Harry Potter conventions, including Witching Hour, Lumos, Prophecy, Convention Alley, Infinitus, and Aeternitas. She has a degree in Religious Studies and enjoys collecting curiosities. She may be somewhat of a curiosity herself. She is also known as the quiet professor. http://logospilgrim.com PREVIOUS Wedding decor-turned home-decor and a tent in a bright green and blue room in this week’s reader photos NEXT What can pregnant vegetarians eat to boost their iron levels? Show/Hide comments [ 53 ] Ooooohh. I too love spooky, old world objects. I'm lusting after your space so bad! We're currently in a 2 bedroom apartment, and I've got a corner of a room to myself, but a room is so much more decadent. Reply Thank you! Hang in there… Once upon a time, I only had a corner, too. When I found myself with an entire room… Oh boy. I rubbed my hands 😉 Reply Very cool. I'm loving your Snape appreciation, he's such an interesting, heartbreaking character. Reply Thank you! I have found him extremely inspiring. Reply This is epic!! Wow! Thank you for sharing! I love your bats poster also. 1 agrees Reply Goodness, you are so welcome! I am also quite fond of that poster. Reply Beautiful…but I'm such a Snape fangirl that anything revolving around him would get a thumbs up from me. Reply Thank you! It is always wonderful to greet a fellow Snape devotee 🙂 Reply Can I move in with you? I wrote my THESIS on Snape. I am absolutely swooning over this entire room! 1 agrees Reply i want to read your thesis! Reply I would love to serve you tea and cake in the dungeons 🙂 Ah, a thesis about Professor Snape! How glorious. *salutes you* Reply That is so totally cool! Reply Thank you! Reply Thank you most kindly! Reply When I saw one of the illustrated images of Snape I thought it was one of my friend's pieces. She is a -huge- Snape fan and has many illustrations. In other news, your room looks amazing! It makes me want to convert from minimalism. Or at least take up alchemy. Reply I have a number of talented artistic friends who have given me beautiful pieces… I have at least one that I printed off the internet, too, because I thought it was so lovely. Thank you for your kind words! I am not sure minimalism is something I can manage 😉 Reply I… love… this room. You are my new hero of decor. Ten thousand points for Snape-room. 1 agrees Reply Well, shucks! Thank you so much! 🙂 Reply Snape was my favorite character too 🙂 I'm loving this homage! Reply Thank you! We are all having a Snape love-in here 🙂 1 agrees Reply Oooh, I've seen pictures of you at cons, Logospilgrim, and you make the best. Snape. EVAR. I should have known you'd live in a fab place like this. Reply *blushing like a fool* Thank you! Gosh. You might say that I have, uh, perfected a sort of contemplative Snape 😉 I am so glad that my abode gave you joy. Reply Professor, I love it! 🙂 Reply Professor, I love it! 🙂 Reply Thank you so much, my dearest one 🙂 Reply To be honest, I'm not particularly a fan of Harry Potter (It's okay; I'm just not a big fan.) but I love artful clutter. Great room! Reply Artful clutter is one of a few of my favorite things 🙂 Thank you! Reply always <3 Reply Indeed 🙂 Reply I am a huge Harry Potter fan and I love artful clutter too, as one commenter said before me, but what intrigues me is your collection of Eastern Orthodox icons on the walls as well. If you don't mind me asking, are they up there for aesthetic or religious reasons? I grew up Russian Orthodox and it's nice to see that little piece of my childhood represented here on OBH. peace! Reply I do not mind you asking at all! Well, I was actually Orthodox (a convert) for close to a decade, and then the time came for me to move on. I yearned for Cosmic Oneness; I wanted… Everything. The icons definitely have both a religious and aesthetic value… I am a religious pluralist, and cherish beauty and love everywhere these living qualities manifest themselves 🙂 Peace to you as well! Thank you for your kind words. Reply I thought I was the only one. Yay for you! Reply You are not, hurray! Yay for you too! 🙂 Reply I love your room. It makes me see decorating in a new light-you can have a lot of things in one place and they don't have to look messy. Also, I took a peek at your blog, and the photos of you in the graveyard-waow, amazing. Reply Thank you! It is indeed possible to have a room filled with interesting objects without said room looking messy… 'Tis an art 🙂 And, gosh. Thank you! Reply OMG…. Will you please be my new best friend? I have loved Snape from the very beginning(starting age 12, I'm 26 now!). I always had faith in him. Everybody hated on me for so long for being in love with Snape, and then what happens???? Now everybody loves him too! I love to rub it in my friends faces that he was a good guy all along. Being right is awesome! 🙂 The office is amazing. I think I could spend a week in there looking around! PS – that little couch/futon looks like it needs someone to sleep in it! Me perhaps?!? 😉 1 agrees Reply Goodness, thank you so much for all your kind words 🙂 It is always so wonderful to meet fellow Snape lovers. And yes, being right does have its moments 😉 I myself love to lie on the daybed, looking at things. It is very relaxing… I nap often in here. Writing is an exhausting business! Reply It is. I nap most days. 🙂 Reply I hear you! 🙂 Reply I love Snape too. Also love bats, I saw all your pictures of them. Cool. Reply I have Bert in here, but I really need the Count… He would have all these bats to, well, count 😉 Reply Really digging the jars of objects and that letter writing desk. Reply Thank you! 🙂 Reply Hey Logos. I'm always glad to see Ben's art all over the internet. It makes me a very proud boyfriend. 😀 Reply Why, hello! Ben is indeed a marvelous, talented fellow… It is a great joy to know him, and to share his work with as many as possible 🙂 Reply I am über jealous of your Snape filled room! I love the magical world of Harry Potter and Severus is quite possibly my favorite character ever!:D Xx Reply Thank you for your kind words! Reply Oh my gosh, I love this so so much! I've seen your name in the con books, too. How fabulous! Long live the Snapeyness! ;p Reply Thank you so much! Love live the Snapeyness, indeed 🙂 Reply Awe inspiring. I wish i had such an Eye as yours. Would love some of your Snape-ness in my space. I love interesting bottles too. If i was to learn to do something like this, where would i go to find treasures? love the wooden apothecary 'dressers' on your shelf. Reply Thank you for your kind words 🙂 I have found my little treasures all over the place… But Dollar stores around Halloween have been especially good to me 😉 Reply Hi Logospilgrim, just found your site, really neat, like your Professor Snape office!!!! Thanks, Larry Reply Thank you for your kind words! 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