“Snape died for Harry out of love for Lily. Harry paid him tribute in forgiveness and gratitude,” said J.K. Rowling when asked about why Harry’s son was named after the professor who gave him hell during his student years. However, several fans were against the notion. What did the famous author had to say next?
As reported by MTV, J.K. Rowling, the author of the bestselling novels and peak-grossing movie renditions of the “Harry Potter” franchise revealed on Twitter as to why Harry would name his son over Severus Snape, the professor who gave him hell throughout his student life and the one person who killed his favorite professor, Albus Dumbledore.
Initially, Rowling explained that it was because of his love for Harry’s mother, Lily, that he recognized his sacrifice as a sacrifice of love that garnered him forgiveness and gratitude from Harry. However, after fans were discontent with Rowling’s response, she later on revealed additional details as to why she really did so.
As reported by News.Com.Au, a Twitter comment thread revolved around the subject wherein the author responded to fans who were not happy about her ‘patronizing’ Snape. One fan wrote, “Kind of strange you’d say ‘in forgiveness’, I mean Snape held no malice against Harry (which Harry came to know, eventually).”
Rowling then responded, “That’s not true, I’m afraid. Snape projected his hatred and jealousy of James onto Harry,” she added.
There’s a whole essay on why Harry gave his son Snape’s name, but the decision goes to the heart of who Harry was, post-war. This morning I’ve been thinking a lot about the appeal of simple dichotomies in our messy world, then you raise Snape! Highly appropriate.”
However, a response which stated, “Snape is all grey. You can’t make him a saint: he was vindictive & bullying. You can’t make him a devil: he died to save the wizarding world. In honouring Snape, Harry hoped in his heart that he too would be forgiven. The deaths at the Battle of Hogwarts would haunt Harry forever,” heated the subject further.
Over a series of Harry Potter fan responses who were against the idea of Harry Potter naming his son in gratitude and forgiveness of Severus Snape, J.K. Rowling regret bringing up the subject and responded, “See what you started, @FrazzyJazzy7? I need to get back to work. Have a good day, Snape-lovers, haters and in-betweeners all xxxx.”