JK Rowling explains why Harry Potter named his son after Snape.

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Harry Potter Author Takes To Twitter To Talk About ‘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? 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.

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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