May 2nd was a big day in the Harry Potter universe, as it marked the day that the “Battle of Hogwarts” took place. Author JK Rowling has marked the day each year by apologizing for the death of a character from the famous series.
Last year, Rowling apologised for the death of Remus Lupin. This year, it’s an even more prominent character: Severus Snape. “OK, here it is,” Rowling said on Twitter. “Please don’t start flame wars over it, but this year I’d like to apologise for killing (whispers)… Snape. *runs for cover*”
Snape, a former Death Eater and later professor at Hogwarts, is one of the most interesting and compelling characters from the Harry Potter series. He made things very difficult for Harry at school, but ultimately saved his life and played a crucial role in defeating Voldemort.
Harry went on to name one of his children, Albus Severus, after Snape.
In 2015, Rowling apologized for killing Fred Weasley during the Battle of Hogwarts. “Fred was the worst for me, so I started with him,” Rowling said, regarding her plan to mark the battle’s anniversary every year by recalling an individual character’s death.
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