JK Rowling tells muggles why Harry Potter named his son after Snape

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Harry Potter author takes to Twitter to talk about Snape.

LONDON (AP) — 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? JK Rowling may have vowed not to carry on the Harry Potter books past the seventh installment – but she’s dropped a whole load of inside bombshells ever since all the same. 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.

From secrets about Albus Dumbledore, to new spin-off books and a look at the backgrounds of all the characters, the world famous author has managed to keep the magical world very much alive since 2007. 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. Of course we’ve been treated to the hugely popular films since then, but Rowling has ensured we’ve been drip fed secrets from behind-the-scenes and constant glimpses into each character’s past and future. “Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” she added, saying Dumbledore was “horribly, terribly let down” and his love for Grindelwald was his “great tragedy”. The deaths at the Battle of Hogwarts would haunt Harry forever.” Rowling said that while a whole essay could be written on why Harry gave his son Snape’s name, it goes to the “heart of who Harry was, post-war.” Rowling’s seven Harry Potter novels have sold more than 450 million copies and been made into eight films.

She said the pair were “distantly related” through the Peverells, saying: “Nearly all wizarding families are related if you trace them back through the centuries” Harry’s Invisibility Cloak was left to him by his father, a direct descendant of Ignotus Peverell – one of the three brothers who possessed the hallows. In an interview with Emma Watson for Wonderland magazine in February 2014, Rowling said: “I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron. “I know, I’m sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. However fans were divided over whether the pair would really have fallen for each other being so different, with Emma Waton agreeing – as she said: “I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.” Rowling later added: “Maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counseling, you know. He needs to work on his self-esteem issues and she needs to work on being a little less critical.” Vernon and Petunia Dursley might look all happiness and perfection on the surface as they share a mutual hatred for Harry and a mutual obsession over their son Dudley.

She also revealed Petunia and Vernon hated Harry’s parents, with Petunia refusing to let Lily be a bridesmaid in her wedding and Vernon referring to James as “some kind of amateur magician.” Rowling revealed a series of huge secrets on her fan site Pottermore.com last year – and one stood out more than any – the cringe-worthy cruel character Umbridge is actually based on a real person. Out of sheer spite. ‘There, now you definitely can’t have him any more.’ But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn’t have done it].” But she chose not to kill the dad because “there were very few good fathers in the book. And it made it very poignant that it was their newborn son.” She admitted her father had no idea his wife was a witch until Minerva began displaying powers.

It led to heartbreak for her, as she eventually broke off her own engagement to a muggle, after realising that divulging her secret would violate the International Statute of Secrecy and cost her her job. She feared not saying anything however would end in upset like her parents, and Rowling said she eventually “left him devastated and set out for London three days later.” Rowling has recently given an insight into the beginnings of scary prison island Azkaban, writing: “Those who entered to investigate refused afterwards to talk of what they had found inside.” She described how an evil sorcerer tortured and killed sailors on the island. We only get a brief glimpse at Neville Longbottom’s parents Alice and Frank as they remain in hospital having lost their memories after being tortured by Bellatrix and Rudolphus Lestrange. The damage that is done, in some cases with very dark magic, is done permanently.” “She would be glad to go back to school, be glad to get back to study, and then would join them at the Ministry,” Rowling wrote in a 2007 interview with Pottercast.

Rowling said: “Kingsley [Shacklebolt, Minister of Magic] would’ve wanted Ron, Neville, Harry and they would’ve all gone, and they would’ve all done the job. And I think that that would’ve been a good thing for them, too. “Because to go through that battle and then be religated to the sidelines, I think they would’ve felt a need to keep going and finish the job.

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