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For years Rowling left the Snape fans dangling upside down over burning coals while the Snape-haters got in line to Scourgify us just because we existed (to paraphrase James Potter). Before the Harry Potter series ended in 2007, JKR seemed to enjoy the "Snape: Good or Evil" controversy, and lectured anyone who dared to sympathize with Snape's character about the dangers of "bad boy syndrome," while singing the praises of deadbeat daddy Remus Lupin or childish house-elf abuser Sirius Black.

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.

Here's an example of what the conversation devolved into - this was described on Twitter as "Three Tweets that Explain the Internet"

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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!

Several people seemed shocked that anyone misunderstood Snape's role - these readers warmed my heart!

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Dec. 4th, 2015 04:50 am (UTC)
It's about time-
But, honestly, Rattlesnakeroot, it seems too little, too late to me. For eight years, Rowling has basically encouraged the Snape haters. Even today, she can't manage to come out and say that he is good, nor that he is a hero.

She somehow managed to write a complex and vivid and believable character in Snape. I'm glad she does at least see that. But it would be nice if she could admit his essential goodness.

Nice and good are not the same thing.
Dec. 4th, 2015 08:47 am (UTC)
Re: It's about time-
Oh, you're right - I was re-reading Deathly Hallows and I still get angry that she denied him a portrait and that he wasn't one of the spirits conjured up by Harry with the Resurrection Stone. It's disappointing.

I think some of us are satisfied to see her having to argue about Snape's motives years later against these readers who won't accept the canon. I guess she feels our pain now. She's not going to rename Albus Severus at this point with "The Cursed Child" coming out, and I think that's the reason she is defending Snape's good name all of a sudden.


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