JK Rowling: Ron Weasley Almost Didn't Make It To The End
Via The Guardian:
Throughout the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling proved herself completely willing to kill off likeable and important characters. I still shudder and tear up whenever I think of the tragic fate that befell Dobby the house elf.
As it turns out, she almost offed one of the most pivotal characters halfway through the series: Ron Weasley.
That fun bit of trivia came up when Rowling was being interviewed by Harry Potter portrayer Daniel Radcliffe, for a special feature on the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 DVD (coming out November 11!!!).
"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. 'There, now you definitely can't have him any more.' But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn't have done it]."
I really hope the interview expands on that. The series was built on the friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione, and that would have been a huge change to the dynamic, albeit a gutsy move.
And I'd be curious to know what put Rowling in a bad place. She went from a financially-challenged single mother to the only career author on Forbes' billionaires list. I wonder who she was trying to spite.
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