The Real Reason Harry Potter Named His Son After Severus Snape

Jaap Buitendijk, © 2011 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. HARRY POTTER PUBLISHING RIGHTS © J.K.R.
Jaap Buitendijk, © 2011 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. HARRY POTTER PUBLISHING RIGHTS © J.K.R.

While some Harry Potter fans instantly accept the choices made by their favorite characters—and, by extension, those made by author JK Rowling—many still question major events of the series, including why the adult Harry Potter would name one of his sons after Severus Snape, a professor who made Harry's life miserable during all his years at Hogwarts.

A few years back, one fan asked the author directly about her decision. In a since-deleted tweet, the user asked “@jk_rowling Why did you pick Snape to name Harry's kid after? I'm genuinely curious as he was nothing but abusive towards everyone.”

In a series of tweets, Rowling explained her reasoning. Though Snape was hard on Harry and his friends throughout the series, he was deeply in love with Lily Potter, Harry's mom. This unrequited love led him to resent James Potter, Harry’s father, and eventually Harry, too.

As Rowling sees it, Snape eventually sacrificed himself in order to save Harry at the Battle of Hogwarts, so Harry felt the need to honor him.

Though it's been more than 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published, new fans are coming to the series all the time. Fortunately, Rowling always seems eager to fill in the blanks for her readers.

The Office-Themed Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Here to Show Off Your Dunder Mifflin Spirit

Target
Target

It's now easier than ever to gift your loved ones with Dunder Mifflin-inspired Christmas presents, thanks to Target's new The Office collection. What does it include, you ask? Ugly Christmas sweaters with Dwight Schrute's face and the paper company's logo on them.

As reported by POPSUGAR, Target is selling two different holiday sweaters—one featuring Dwight's festive face and another, more general Dunder Mifflin one—on its website, each priced at $29.99. It seems the NBC series' popularity will never die, as companies continue to sell The Office-related products, from cool artwork to construction sets.

While fans continue to binge The Office on Netflix, they know that major changes are ahead. NBCUniversal is launching its own streaming platform, Peacock, and will take the show back in January 2021. In the meantime, you can still soak up as much Dunder Mifflin insanity as you can handle via Netflix—and now you can do it decked out in a festive holiday sweater.

[h/t POPSUGAR]

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Disney+ Users Are Already Facing Technical Problems

Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian (2019).
Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian (2019).
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It seems that the highly anticipated Disney+ release did not go as smoothly as the company had hoped. Variety reports that the streaming service launched this morning, only to find its IT department being flooded with phone calls, tweets, and emails from angry users complaining of malfunctions.

Many customers took to social media to vent their frustration that they either couldn’t login into their account or couldn’t watch certain content.

The service did offer an explanation for all the technical issues via Twitter, posting, “The consumer demand for Disney+ has exceeded our high expectations. We are working to quickly resolve the current user issue. We appreciate your patience.”

Too bad a little Disney magic couldn’t help them with these tech glitches.

[h/t Variety]

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