J.K. Rowling Explains Why Harry Potter Honored Severus Snape the Way He Did

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling takes to Twitter to talk about Severus Snape.

LONDON — Harry Potter readers have long wanted to know: Why did the boy wizard choose to honor Severus Snape — a teacher who had been so mean to him? The Harry Potter author injected herself into a debate on Twitter of the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor – and regular Potter tormentor – after a user wondered why the adult Harry gave his child Snape’s name. “Why did you pick Snape to name Harry’s kid after?“I’ve got to say this: you lot have been arguing about Snape for years,” Rowling wrote on Twitter after discussing Snape. “My timeline just exploded with love & fury yet again. Author JK Rowling took to Twitter to answer the enduring question on Friday in an exchange with a fan who asked why one of Harry’s children received the middle name of Severus.

I’m genuinely curious as he was nothing but abusive towards everyone,” queried @FrazzyJazzy7, a self-described Slytherin who says “Snape is my spirit animal.” (Snape was the onetime head of Slytherin house, archrivals of Harry’s .) After Rowling explained that Snape had died for Harry – and Harry’s mother, Lily, whom Snape had a crush on – some Dementor-like sourness descended, and continues to do so. The acclaimed author explained that Harry paid tribute to Snape because of “forgiveness and gratitude.” Though Snape bullied Harry, he also saved him. “Harry hoped in his heart that he too would be forgiven. He could have broken cover at any time to save himself, but he chose not to tell Voldemort that the latter was making a fatal error in targeting Harry. Snape’s silence ensured Harry’s victory.” And as for why Potter wanted to honor Snape, Rowling wrote, “Harry chose to perpetuate the names of the two who had nobody in their families to do so.” Potter named his child Albus Severus Potter. The question of Snape has dogged readers in part because he returned to side of the villain, Lord Voldemort, and killed Harry’s hero, headmaster Albus Dumbledore, in one of the later books in the series, “The Half Blood Prince.” In the final book, ‘’The Deathly Hallows,” Rowling reveals that Snape was acting on Dumbledore’s orders and had protected Harry at school out of love for Harry’s mother, Lily.

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