Harry Potter author talks about Snape

LONDON – Harry Potter readers have long wanted to know: Why did the boy wizard choose to honor Severus Snape – a teacher who had been so mean to him?

Author JK Rowling took to Twitter to answer the enduring question on Friday in an exchange with a fan who asked why one of Harry’s children received the middle name of Severus.

The acclaimed author explained that Harry paid tribute to Snape because of “forgiveness and gratitude.”