J.K. Rowling’s Confession Moves the Web

Claudine Zap


has a confession: The Harry Potter series author wanted Ron Weasley dead. And not at the very end, either. She wanted him killed off halfway through the wizard tales.

The writer admitted as much to none other than Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the Harry Potter movies. The actor interviewed the scribe as part of a special feature to the DVD out Nov. 11, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2", which leaked early on the Web, the Guardian reported.

In the short, Radcliffe tells Rowling that he was sure one of the three main characters "had to buy it." That's when the scribe of the beloved books owns up that Harry's best friend almost didn't make it.

She says, "Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die. 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." Thankfully for fans of Weasley, including his love interest, Hermione, J.K. Rowling never followed through with the thought.

You can see the clip of the conversation here.

Others seemed just as relieved. On E! Online, commenters responded to Ron's brush with a deadly fate. One wrote, "That would be such a horror if Ron got killed." Another agreed, cataloging the other characters offed: "Killing off Fred, Mad-Eye, Hedwig, Sirius, Albus, Tonks, Lupin were bad enough. If Ron got killed too, it would totally break my heart and depress me forever!!"

For her part, Rowling seemed to be glad to have her darkthoughts out in the open. She added, "It's a real relief to be able to talk about it all."