JK Rowling admits nearly killing off Harry Potter’s Ron Weasley

Author confesses she considered offing the character "out of spite" mid-series

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JK Rowling has revealed that the acting career of Rupert Grint could have been very different indeed, as she planned to kill off the character Ron Weasley halfway through her series of Harry Potter novels.

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Speaking as part of a leaked DVD extra from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the author revealed that she “wasn’t in a very happy place” after writing a string of the books, and planned to send Hermione’s ginger-haired love interest to an early grave.

“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 anymore.’ But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn’t have done so].”

Despite sparing Weasley, Rowling still handed out fates of doom to Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore and Harry’s owl, Hedwig, over the course of the Potter saga.

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“It’s a real relief to be able to talk about it all,” added Rowling.