JK Rowling has admitted she once wanted to kill off Harry Potter's best friend Ron Weasley out of "sheer spite".
Music website NME.com reports Rowling, the author of the hugely successful series of books which recently finished its run at the movies, has admitted she wanted Weasley to die after finding herself in an "unhappy place".
Weasley was played by British actor Rupert Grint in all eight Harry Potter movies.
The frank admission comes from a feature on the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 2 DVD, due for release in December, in which Potter star Daniel Radcliffe interviews Rowling.
"I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn't have]," Rowling says in the footage, which has leaked online.
"It's a real relief to be able to talk about it all."
Rowling's seven Harry Potter books have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide.
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Fans of the Harry Potter series almost lost one of their most beloved characters. according to series author JK Rowling she considered killing Ron off with the unforgivable Avada Kedavra curse part way through the series.
During an interview on the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 DVD Rowling tells Daniel Radcliffe:
“I did seriously consider killing Ron.”
Rowling goes on to add:
“Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die,” she says. “Then midway through, which I think is a reflection of the fact that I wasn’t in a very happy place, I started thinking I might polish one of them off. out of sheer spite. ‘There, now you definitely can’t have him anymore.’”
Even though Rowling was convinced that at least one of the main character had to die she also revealed that “in my absolute heart of hearts” she couldn’t do it.
Would you have been disappointed if Ron Weasley had bit the bullet part way through the series? It definitely could have opened Harry Potter’s love life up to more confusion and possibilities but a Harry Potter book without Ron Weasley just seems so unimaginable today.