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10 years later, J.K. Rowling says she's sorry she killed off Snape

Nearly 10 years after the final book in the Harry Potter series hit shelves, author J.K. Rowling is still mulling the story's plot points. On Tuesday, in celebration of the anniversary of Potter's face-off against Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts, Rowling tweeted her regret for one of the series' most pivotal moments: the death of Severus Snape.

Clearly, Rowling knew that apologizing for killing the potions professor who saved Potter's life would stir up a lot of thoughts and feelings. Some fans argued Rowling should've apologized for killing Potter's pet owl Hedwig or maybe all those Hufflepuffs, while others thought a story arc that good shouldn't be marred by an apology.

On the battle's anniversary in previous years, Rowling said she was sorry for the deaths of Remus Lupin and Fred Weasley — apologies that were much less controversial among Harry Potter fans. Perhaps next year Rowling will apologize for refusing to let the Harry Potter series rest.