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J.K. Rowling sorry for killing off a Harry Potter favorite

Writer J.K. Rowling's annual apology to Harry Potter fans touches on the loss of the enigmatic Professor Snape.

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Actor Alan Rickman in his most memorable role as Professor Snape in the "Harry Potter" film series.

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May 2, 1998 was a sorrowful day in the history of Harry Potter lore, as the Battle of Hogwarts marked the deaths of some favorite characters from the magical series. Author J.K. Rowling knows we're still not over their loss, so she has taken to apologizing for a fictional death each year on the battle's anniversary. This year, she dropped a big one and says she's sorry for killing Professor Severus Snape.

Rowling prefaced her Tuesday apology tweet with a preemptive message saying, "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."

In 2016, Rowling apologized for knocking off Remus Lupin, and she was "really sorry" about Fred Weasley in 2015.

Actor Alan Rickman brought Snape to life for the big-screen Harry Potter movies. He died of cancer in early 2016.

Professor Snape was one the Harry Potter series' most complex characters. Rowling touched on this in a tweet from 2015:

It just took until 2017 for her to say sorry for ending his fictional life.

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