Rowl­ing fi­nally an­swers Pot­ter fans

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - ARTS & LIFE -

LON­DON — Harry Pot­ter read­ers have long wanted to know: Why did the boy wiz­ard choose to hon­our Severus Snape — a teacher who had been so mean to him?

Au­thor JK Rowl­ing took to Twit­ter to an­swer the en­dur­ing ques­tion on Fri­day in an ex­change with a fan who asked why one of Harry’s chil­dren re­ceived the mid­dle name of Severus.

The ac­claimed au­thor ex­plained that Harry paid trib­ute to Snape be­cause of “for­give­ness and grat­i­tude.” Though Snape bul­lied Harry, he also saved him.

“Harry hoped in his heart that he too would be for­given. The deaths at the Bat­tle of Hog­warts would haunt Harry for­ever.” Rowl­ing said that while a whole es­say could be writ­ten on why Harry gave his son Snape’s name, it goes to the “heart of who Harry was, post-war.”

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