In the world of Harry Potter, the Battle of Hogwarts, the conflict that ended the Second Wizarding War but left dozens dead, happened on May 2. Every year on that date — that’s today! — author J.K. Rowling says sorry for one character’s death. In 2015, it was Fred Weasley (“Bows head in acceptance of your reasonable ire”); in 2016, the honor went to Remus Lupin (“I’m sorry. I didn’t enjoy doing it”). Who would Rowling apologize for this year?
“In case the police are reading my notifications, there’s a Battle of Hogwarts anniversary tradition going on. I am not on a murder spree,” Rowling began, before getting to the good (sad) stuff. “OK, here it is. Please don’t start flame wars over it, but this year I’d like to apologise for killing (whispers)… Snape.”
Severus Snape was killed by Voldemort’s snake Nagini after He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, who erroneously believes Snape is the master of the Elder Wand, tells him, “You’ve been a good and faithful servant, Severus, but only I can live forever.” Like anyone who claims they’re going to live forever, Voldemort dies soon after, and it’s Snape whose legacy carries on to this day. Harry Potter named his second son Albus Severus Potter, after Dumbledore and the “bravest man I ever knew.” When asked why Harry would choose to honor Snape, who tortured him for so long (true, he was a double agent, but Harry didn’t know that), Rowling responded, “Snape died for Harry out of love for Lily. Harry paid him tribute in forgiveness and gratitude.”
Meanwhile, his poor son is named Severus. Not sure the gratitude’s worth it.