Rowling sorry for Snape’s death on Battle of Hogwarts anniversary

JK Rowling kept her tradition of apologizing for a character’s death on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts Tuesday, offering a mea culpa for killing longtime potions master and double agent Severus Snape on the 19th anniversary of the fight.

Voldemort believed Snape was loyal to him until the end — but ended up ordering Snape’s death at the fangs of his snake, Nagini, anyway, because he thought killing Snape would make him master of the Elder Wand.

Harry, though, soon discovered Snape’s love of Lily Potter had propelled him to side with Albus Dumbledore shortly before Voldemort’s first fall, and he had continued working for Dumbledore (and keeping his promise to protect Lily’s son) even after the headmaster’s death.

But given his overall treatment of Harry, longtime relationships with Death Eaters and early affinity for the Dark Arts, will debates continue raging about whether Snape was truly good? Always. Which may explain why Rowling seemed to brace for discontent in this year’s apology:

And, just for good measure, she assured the cops any tweets about her killing someone were nothing to worry about.

Rowling has apologized for killing off Remus Lupin and Fred Weasley on previous Battle of Hogwarts anniversaries.

Rowling apologized for one of her most controversial Harry Potter death and consequentially divided her fans on social media. The author of the Harry Potter franchise issued the apology on Twitter on Tuesday (May 2, 2017), the anniversary of the fictional Battle of Hogwarts in which many popular characters met their fate. "OK, here it is," Rowling began. "Please don't start flame was over it, but this year I'd like to apologise for killing (whispers)? Snape. *runs for cover*" Various responses were fired at Rowling by avid fans via tweet: Rowling previously apologized for killing Fred Weasley and Remus Lupin.

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Amanda Keim-Morrison

Amanda Keim-Morrison brings updates about J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world to Nerdvana. She's a former East Valley Tribune reporter and State Press editor; she now lives in Minnesota, where she's been a writer, web producer and editor and currently works on the tech side of several news sites. Amanda is a Ravenclaw at Hogwarts, a Horned Serpent at Ilvermorny and has a white stallion for a Patronus.