In the lead-up to the release of the last Harry Potter movie on DVD, J.K. Rowling is revealing a slew of details behind her creative process. One of the most interesting tidbit she revealed is that she seriously considered killing off Ron Weasley!
She says that she considered killing off Ron "around the middle of the series" when she felt in a dark place. Can you imagine how different the series would have been if Ron had died around the Goblet of Fire, or the Order of the Phoenix?
She also revealed she considered killing Hagrid, and that Remus Lupin's death was not planned. Hagrid' she says, got spared because a bookended image of Hagrid carrying a 'dead' Harry, just like Hagrid carrying a baby Harry stuck in her mind throughout the writing of the whole series. Remus Lupin, on the other hand, was killed because she realized that one of the most awful horrors of war is that some children are left without parents. She thought that killing off a set of parents that readers grew fond of would be good at illustrating that point!