Never have Potterheads on Twitter been so divided: J.K. Rowling just apologized for killing Snape at the Battle of Hogwarts. Let's recap: with the creation of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling brought us Muggles a lifetime of joy and magic — but then she wrote the Battle of Hogwarts and killed off all our favorite characters. Rude. For the last few years, Rowling has taken time on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts to apologize for the death of a fan-favorite character — but this year, not everyone's convinced that Snape is the guy she should really be apologizing for.
The tradition started in 2015, when Rowling tweeted that she was "really sorry" about killing Fred Weasley. A year later, she apologized for killing Remus Lupin — while also dropping the major bombshell that she hadn't even planned to kill him off until The Order of the Phoenix. Like, his death wasn't even integral to the master plan she all know she had worked out since Day 1. Ouch, that news hurt.
So this year, on the 19th anniversary of the brutal Battle of Hogwarts, Potterheads of the Internet were all waiting with baited breath to see which tragic death she would apologize for this time. Maybe Colin Creevey's crushing death? Tonks? Poor Lavender "Lav-Lav" Brown?
But no, Rowling decided to apologize for Snape — one of the most divisive characters of the entire series.
OK, here it is. Please don't start flame wars over it, but this year I'd like to apologise for killing (whispers)... Snape. *runs for cover*— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2017
Unsurprisingly, much of Twitter is not happy.
My eyes officially can't handle 2017 I am canceling it https://t.co/KRzD5MZZge— emma lord (@dilemmalord) May 2, 2017
FRIENDLY REMINDER THAT THE ONLY THING STANDING BETWEEN SEVERUS SNAPE AND BEING A WIZARD NAZI WAS WANTING TO BONE HARRY'S MOM— emma lord (@dilemmalord) May 2, 2017
@jk_rowling I'd like to apologize louder on your behalf for one Lily Evans Potter— emma lord (@dilemmalord) May 2, 2017
tbh the last thing i want to do in 2017 is apologize away yet another racist dude abusing his power so y'all can keep severus snape in hell— emma lord (@dilemmalord) May 2, 2017
I mean, I'd rather you apologise for turning an abusive man into a martyr and a hero. https://t.co/BdOA3HIXgR— Liv ✨ (@oawoodward) May 2, 2017
(yes i know she apologizes for someone every year but i can think of like 60+ characters to apologize for before snape)— e m m a (@emmmabooks) May 2, 2017
things jkr should apologise for: lack of lgbt and poc representation— morgs (@tmhpotter) May 2, 2017
things jkr shouldnt apologise for: killing snape
@jk_rowling you really didn't need to apologise for that one it's chill— emma✰ (@sscorbus) May 2, 2017
Of course, many Potterheads have leapt to Snape's defense — and so the whole hero vs villain argument has come to the surface. Hence the "flame wars" J.K. warned against.
@jk_rowling Snape is one of the most complex and deepest characters in modern literature. Beautifully written story arc.— Dave Jones (@WelshGasDoc) May 2, 2017
There's one thing we can all agree on though — and that's that there are many other deaths that need commemorating. Wands in the air everybody.