Tuesday, May 02, 2017

J.K. Rowling Apologizes for Severus Snape's Death

On the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, J.K. Rowling apologizes every year for a beloved character’s death. In the past, she has spoken up for Remus Lupin and Fred Weasley. This year the author apologizes, and in full awareness of the possible backlash from fans, for Professor Severus Snape's death.
Unlike her string of tweets over Lupin’s death, Rowling has yet to offer any bonus information about why she regrets killing Snape. Liking or hating the former Slytherin headmaster sparks debates within the fandom over his relationship with Lily Potter, which he held onto long after her marriage and death. When it was eventually revealed he was working with Dumbledore to protect her son Harry throughout his childhood, it was meant to be an act of redemption for his controversial behavior. Some fans might agree, others do not.

Though Rowling's confession is intended to be a light-hearted tribute to all the characters who perished in her books, the news also comes with the bittersweet attachment of actor Alan Rickman, who passed away last year. A fine performer in a performance that garnered rave reviews, it's difficult to imagine what the legendary actor would think.

This isn't the first time Rowling has spoken out against Snape and the fans' torrid embrace of him. Last year, she addressed the 'grey' nature of his personality and actions over whether he is a sympathetic character or not, and why Harry Potter named one of his sons after a teacher who often humiliated himself, Neville Longbottom and Hermione Granger.

The tradition of Rowling regretting the deaths of characters she killed off creates quite the stir within the Potterhead community. Similar to the author tweeting new pieces of information about the series which is not canon, or roasting fans for sympathizing with Draco Malfoy, her tweets changing the universe known from the books is potentially frustrating.

Bringing up Snape's death not only reminds fans of the heartbreaking loss of losing favorite characters. Other beloved victims of the second wizarding world included Nymphadora Tonks, Dobby, Colin Creevey, and Hedwig among many others.

As is tradition, we remember those we lost on the anniversary of Battle Of Hogwarts - whether fans are pleased with J.K. Rowling's latest revelation or not.

Do you agree with Rowling's latest tweet? Who would you like to see her apologize for? She should apologize at all?

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