J.K. Rowling: ‘I Nearly Killed Off Ron Weasley’

JK Rowling

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll know one of the common threads of all of the stories is that poor Ron Weasley gets the rough end of the stick more often than most. Not as often as Neville Longbottom, but then Neville never tried to hex Draco Malfoy with a broken wand and received a mouthful of slugs for his trouble.

And the reason for this is fairly simple, JK Rowling didn’t always like Ron very much.

In an interview with Daniel Radcliffe for the DVD extras on the final Potter film The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (via The Guardian), JK admitted that she got so fed up with Ron that she seriously considered killing him off, “out of sheer spite.”

This will have been around book 5, we’re guessing, where Ron has to play a quidditch match while the entire school sings unpleasant songs about him. Naturally Harry’s too busy with more important matters to worry about Ron’s feelings, and he has to just sort it all out for himself. How cruel.

She said: “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.’

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

Not as much of a relief as it must be for Rupert Grint, I’d imagine.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

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