The author is well known for responding to fan’s questions on twitter and she did so when an avid reader of the books asked her about Harry’s son’s name.
She answered the question with: ‘forgiveness and gratitude’ the two reasons why Harry named his son after his old potions teacher.
She tweeted: ‘Snape died for Harry out of love for Lily. Harry paid him tribute in forgiveness and gratitude.’
In the final book all is revealed and even though Snape is seen bullying Harry he was in fact protecting him.
When Harry’s son Albus is worried about which house he will get in Harry responds with: ‘Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.’
Everybody was greatly cut by the battle of Hogwarts and by naming his son after Snape he finds his own way of dealing with it as Rowling explains: ‘In honouring Snape, Harry hoped in his heart that he too would be forgiven. The deaths at the Battle of Hogwarts would haunt Harry forever.’
Albus Severus will be the main protagonist of Rowling’s stage play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, opening in London in July 2016.