12 Things J.K. Rowling Has Revealed Since The Harry Potter Series Ended
The first Harry Potter book was released on June 26, 1997 and from there the franchise has evolved into a seven book series, eight films and a worldwide fandom that has stayed loyal long after the end of the series. Thanks to the enduring love of Harry Potter’s fans, author J.K. Rowling hasn’t abandoned the story and in fact continues to talk about the series and often reveals new information that wasn’t confirmed before. Through interviews, social media interactions with fans and, of course, her Pottermore website, the world of Harry Potter continues to expand long after the books and films have been finished. Check out 12 things that J.K. Rowling has revealed since the last Harry Potter novel.
12. Possible Deaths
In the extras of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 DVD, J.K. Rowling does an interview with star Daniel Radcliffe where she told him she “seriously considered” killing off Ron Weasley. She explained that halfway through the series, she “wasn’t in a very happy place, I started thinking I might polish one of them off. Out of sheer spite […] But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn’t have done it].” She also admitted after the fact that she almost killed off Arthur Weasley when he was seriously injured in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She realized she couldn’t do that, but also couldn’t have every Weasley family member survive so instead Arthur was swapped out for the tragic death of his son Fred. Rowling also never intended for Tonks or Lupin to die in the battle, but decided it was necessary to bring the orphan story full circle.
Through it all, Rowling really shocked fans when she admitted that Harry Potter and Voldemort are actually distantly related. In 2007 in a web chat, Rowling stated that in a small wizarding world it is common for many of the families to be connected, and confirmed that Harry and Voldemort are “distantly related” through the Peverells, commenting, “nearly all wizarding families are related if you trace them back through centuries.”