J.K. Rowling isn’t nearly as murderous an author as George R.R. Martin or Joss Whedon. But when she kills, she makes sure her audience feels it. But it doesn’t mean she doesn’t live in regret.
On May 2, Rowling apologized for killing Severus Snape.
Snape was the Potterverse’s most memorable villain. He spent the books/films making life difficult for our young hero Harry Potter, the son of James, a boy who had bullied him in school. But he was also the son of Lily, who he loved. And throughout the series, he had secretly protected him against his true enemy, Lord Voldemort.
Played onscreen by the late great Alan Rickman, Snape was cold and sneering, until the big reveal, the emotional truth. Just when we learned how steadfast and loyal he was, he died. It hurt. It hurt a lot.
This isn’t the only time she’s apologized for her murderous ways. According to the Independent, she has publicly mourned for offing Fred Weasley and Remus Lupin. Perhaps she’s just a nicer person than Martin and Whedon, neither of whom have expressed anything like regret. Maybe it's just me, but I picture Martin and Whedon cackling madly with each kill.
May 2 is a date of some significance in the Potterverse: It’s the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, the ultimate fight between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort, in which Harry prevailed and a whole lot of Death Eaters did not.
Want to mourn Snape all over again? We have the world's most poignant fan video, below. Warning: Bring tissues.