JK Rowling has a tradition of apologising for a different character's death on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, which took place in the novels on 2 May, 1998 in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This year, the popular author apologised for killing Severus Snape, leading several fans to discuss her decision.
Jo apologised for killing Snape
When a fan asked if Jo had apologised about a character's death yet, she joked: "In case the police are reading my notifications, there's a Battle of Hogwarts anniversary tradition going on. I am not on a murder spree." She then added: "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*." Fans immediately began to discuss the antihero, with one writing: "JOANNE… [puts mouth way too close to microphone] Severus Snape is an abusive manipulative whiny trash man 1960-forever," while another added: "I can't believe JK Rowling just admitted to being Lord Voldemort."
Snape was an antihero in the series
Others were quick to point out much nobler characters who were killed off in the books, with one writing: "What about Hedwig, poor Hedwig," while another passionate fan wrote: "LILY EVANS POTTER DESERVES BETTER THAN THIS." In 2016, the mum-of-three apologised for killing off Remus Lupin, writing: "Once again, it's the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts so, as promised, I shall apologise for a death. This year: Remus Lupin. In the interests of total honesty I'd also like to confess that I didn't decide to kill Lupin until I wrote Order if the Phoenix. Arthur lived, so Lupin had to die. I'm sorry. I didn't enjoy doing it. The only time my editor ever saw me cry was over the fate of Teddy."