There are certain moments in the Harry Potter books that made us feel all the feelings, and none more so than the heartbreaking deaths we suffered through.
Of course, as much as it hurt us to read about them, I guess it must have hurt J.K. Rowling the most - after all, these characters are her precious babies. This is why it's kind of surprising to hear J.K. Rowling's sole regret regarding the tragic deaths in the Harry Potter series.
She doesn't regret Dobby or Hedwig. She doesn't regret Fred, Snape or even freakin' Dumbledore.
J.K. Rowling regrets killing Florean Fortescue.
Yup, the ice cream guy. This guy. No, there's no better picture available.
J.K. Rowling tells Pottermore:
I seemed to have him kidnapped and killed for no good reason. He is not the first wizard whom Voldemort murdered because he knew too much (or too little), but he is the only one I feel guilty about, because it was all my fault.
I understand what she's saying: she feels guilty because his death wasn't absolutely vital to the plot of the series. However - and this might be controversial - I have a personal confession:
I always expected more characters to die in the Harry Potter books.
I mean, I never thought that J.K. Rowling would go all Game of Thrones on us and end the whole thing in a bloodbath like some sort of Hogwartian Hamlet, but didn't you think that some bigger characters would die?
I mean, how deeply affecting would it have been if any truly main characters had died?
Here are a few of the characters I thought J.K. Rowling might have killed by the end of the series:
I was convinced that JKR was going to kill off Hagrid - and this would have been the single greatest emotional impact she could have thrown at us - second only to Dumbledore's death which, while devastating, was eased by how necessary it was. Hagrid's been there for Harry since the start, and is arguably his most consistent parent figure. Perhaps it's better Hagrid survived - it certainly saved a lot of Potter fans a lot of therapy.
The death of Draco would have been interesting - and catastrophic for the kinkier side of the Harry Potter fanfic universe - but instead Draco is served more a kind of death of pride. Everything he's believed throughout his life is revealed to be a sham, and by the epilogue, he appears to have, at the least, some grudging respect for Harry.
Even as a kid, I remember thinking, 'she's not gonna kill off one of the Big Three.' Still, there was always part of me that wondered if Ron would cop it before The Deathly Hallows was out...
Just to clarify, I wouldn't presume to say that JKR was wrong about anything - she wasn't. The Harry Potter books were non-stop A-MAZING from start to finish: I just expected more people to die...
What do you think about JKR's regret about Florean Fortescue? And did you expect any other characters to die in The Deathly Hallows?