J.K. Rowling has taken to Twitter to explain Harry’s choice of name for his youngest son, Albus Severus, in the Harry Potter series.
She said that while Severus Snape was pretty much a bully the whole way through the books, he died for Harry out of love for his mother and that’s the reason he chose the name. Quite poignant and deep.
Rowling said it didn’t make Snape a saint though, writing: “Snape is all grey. You can’t make him a saint: he was vindictive & bullying. You can’t make him a devil: he died to save the wizarding world.”
She noted that Snape hated Harry’s father and was jealous because Lily was with him, and projected that hatred onto Harry.
Harry’s decision to name his son after Snape went “to the heart of who Harry was, post-war”.
Rowling’s latest instalment in the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is currently shooting with Eddie Redmayne starring as lead Newt Scamander.
The first movie is set for release on November 18, 2016, with parts two and three to follow on November 16, 2018 and November 20, 2020 respectively.
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