And then Deathly Hallows was published and fandom split along several lines - those who believed JKR shouldn't have killed Snape, those who loved that his death fulfilled the tragic Byronic hero theme, those who thought it was poetic justice that Snape was the "bravest man" Harry ever knew, those who believed JKR had lost her mind and the Epilogue was all a bad dream but recovered from it and tripped off to another fandom, and finally those who were so pissed off they are still lurking on the internet waiting to tell off the author on Twitter. This week JKR addressed that last group of fans, the ones who still haven't accepted the canon in Deathly Hallows including the name of Harry's youngest child, Albus Severus. And some of the fans argued back at her.
You can read most of the tweets here on Moviefone or go take a look at J.K. Rowling's Twitter feed.
Now, she does say again that Snape was a bully - she's always going to say that, and no amount of argument about his cover as a spy and Head of Slytherin will never change her mind. But this time she went into much more depth.
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— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 27, 2015
There's a whole essay in why Harry gave his son Snape's name, but the decision goes to the heart of who Harry was, post-war.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 27, 2015
Snape died for Harry out of love for Lily. Harry paid him tribute in forgiveness and gratitude. https://t.co/MPXBgUApa3— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 27, 2015
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.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 27, 2015
He stood to gain nothing personally but the triumph of the cause Lily had believed in. He was trying to do right. https://t.co/h00btgHwSI— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 27, 2015
Here's an example of what the conversation devolved into - this was described on Twitter as "Three Tweets that Explain the Internet"
As fans raged on, either pro or con, JKR tried to calm everyone down. The second tweet here is quite interesting as my friend ms_arithmancer pointed out - the "character she loves" is Snape! Take that, Snaters!
Please could we all keep our discussion about this fictional character civil? There's enough rage on Twitter without Snape-related hate.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 27, 2015
I love Twitter questions! But I don't like a character I love being used as a pretext to abuse other readers. https://t.co/jOn0L6N6HY— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 27, 2015
Several people seemed shocked that anyone misunderstood Snape's role - these readers warmed my heart!
@jk_rowling i don't understand why people are so mad about Snape!!! i mean, we all saw that he's a hero! why all this hate people?!! c'mon— ana (@grifinoiada) November 27, 2015
@jk_rowling Is it wrong that I thought Snape was a better character than James Potter? James was a douche to be a douche while...— Kaitlyn Anne (@NerdWFighter) November 28, 2015
@jk_rowling Snape is a fabulous complex character, Harry understood him in the end— Claire Monaghan (@ClaireMonagha11) November 27, 2015
@jk_rowling I genuinely didn't realize there were people who disliked Snape. They must not have finished the books. Weird. He's so amazing.— Samma Jones (@Sammawich) November 27, 2015
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