J.K. Rowling Explains to Muggles Why Harry Named His Son After Snape

By November 27, 2015

One of the biggest ongoing debates in the Harry Potter fan community ever since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has always been about whether or not Severus Snape was a good guy after all. It might seem slightly strange to argue about the merits of the character’s morality on the surface, but after six novels of the character continuing to be a nuisance and aggravator in Harry’s life, fans weren’t quite expecting the revelations that the final installment in the series would bring.

In just a few short chapters, Potter creator J.K. Rowling added a new level of depth and dimension to everything that Snape had done in the previous novels, revealing that the moody character had been in love with Harry’s mother, Lily, and lived a life of lies and deceit for years and years following her death in order to protect Harry and help him to destroy Voldemort once and for all. Why did he do it too? Risk his life to protect a boy he clearly hated? Because he loved Lily, and he will always love her.

It’s one of the most powerful revelations in the entire series, if not the most powerful, and led to Harry naming one of his sons, Albus Severus Potter, after his former professor in the novel’s epilogue.

It’s always been a point of contention amongst some fans though, of whether or not Snape’s final sacrifice dissolved him of all of his past sins, and why Harry might have decided to name one of his children after the man. While I always saw it as a sort of no brainer, the argument has raged on ever since 2007, and it looks like J.K. Rowling herself is ready to put it to bed once and for all.

After recently being asked about why Harry decided to name Albus after Severus, Rowling responded with the following series of tweets, sharing the true meaning and motivation behind Harry’s decision, and where she stands on Snape as an overall person. Check out the tweets below:

You can find the complete, highly-interesting Twitter thread on Rowling’s personal Twitter feed, but it looks like Potter fans can finally lay this one to rest after all these years, and mark this as the latest debate silenced by the creator herself.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

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