It’s taken 10 years, but J.K. Rowling has finally come clean and apologized for the one thing that still haunts her about the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
“OK, here it is,” the author tweeted this morning. “Please don’t start flame wars over it, but this year I’d like to apologize for killing (whispers)… Snape. runs for cover.”
This isn’t the first time Rowling has apologized for killing off characters from the beloved series; indeed, such an apology has become a tradition on May 2, which has been declared the anniversary of the “Battle of Hogwarts” from the series’ final book; previously, she’s said sorry for offing red-headed twin Fred Weasley and well-meaning werewolf Remus Lupin.
Of course, Severus Snape differs from those earlier characters by having inspired earworms sung by puppets — no, wait, I mean, by being one of the central antagonists of the entire series, and that means that Rowling’s latest apology hasn’t gone over well with all Potter fans.
“[To be honest] the last thing I want to do in 2017 is apologize away yet another racist dude abusing his power so y'all can keep Severus Snape in hell,” responded one, while another wrote, “Things [Rowling] should apologize for: lack of LGBT and POC representation […] Things [Rowling] shouldn’t apologize for: Killing Snape.” The argument, as advanced by one fan, was that Snape “deserved to die. His entire motivation was a woman who shot him down for being a racist nice guy.” Yeah, that’s right: Severus Snape, hitting /r/RedPill.
Rowling has yet to respond to the outcry her confession has caused, although there’s still the chance for her to turn around the reputation of Snape if she really wants; there are four more Fantastic Beasts prequel movies to be made, after all. Perhaps one of them could feature a younger Snape agreeing to go deep cover with the bad guys for the greater good. Just imagine how upset Twitter would be then…