Author J.K. Rowling loves engaging with people on Twitter, from trolls to fans in need of a signal boost, but every once in awhile she sets off an Internet firestorm. This one started with an innocent question about why her most famous protagonist, Harry Potter, would name his son after Severus Snape, the teacher who tormented him and (spoiler) killed his wise mentor, Dumbledore.
@jk_rowling Why did you pick Snape to name Harry's kid after? I'm genuinely curious as he was nothing but abusive towards everyone.— △⃒⃘Jasmine△⃒⃘ (@FrazzyJazzy7) 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
That should be it, right? J.K. Rowling invented the world of Harry Potter and all the characters therein. She understands their motivations better than anyone! Better than anyone except her millions of fans, apparently. In moments, hundreds of people were arguing fiercely back and forth about whether Snape died for Harry, whether he is worthy of forgiveness, whether any of us is worthy of forgiveness, whether Snape is worthy of Twitter feuding, etc. What follows is Rowling's dissertation on the subject in 140-character soundbites: