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"
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!