Harry Potter: J.K. Rowling Apologizes for Killing Snape

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in his Potions Classroom

Harry Potter author and filmmaker J.K. Rowling is apologizing for killing off Professor Severus Snape in her book and subsequent film series. Rowling kicked of a worldwide phenomenon in 1997 with the release of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, the first in what would eventually become a multi-million-selling seven-book series. Not long after, the sprawling tale of the boy wizard became a movie series starting with the 2001 release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (taking its title from the American version of the tale), starring Daniel Radcliffe in the titular role, along with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's faithful friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Unfortunately, to give her epic magical tale some heavy emotional impact, Rowling had to make the difficult creative choices of killing off several key characters along the way, including Hogwarts Headmaster Professor Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon, taking over for the late Richard Harris); and perhaps even more controversial, the enigmatic Hogwarts instructor Professor Snape (Alan Rickman).

Now, Rowling is apologizing for Snape's death, which came in the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Part 2 of the movie adaptation (where his death scene was altered with the author's blessing). You can check out her tweet below:

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