If you're a fan of the Harry Potter series, you're probably familiar with the character Lavender Brown. Being in the trio's year, the Divination-loving Gryffindor with a habit of baby talk was a fairly prominent member of the Hogwarts student body.
Book readers and movie audiences alike had come to know her name since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but became most familiar with her character after she joined Dumbledore's Army in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince where she was briefly the clingy girlfriend of Ron Weasley.
Although she wasn't always a fan favorite to the masses, we were all pretty upset at her apparent fate during the Battle of Hogwarts.
In the pandemonium of battle, Lavender, who had just fallen from a balcony, was seeing about to be bitten by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback. Hermione and Professor Trelawney were able to knock him out with a crystal ball before he sunk his teeth into her.
But recently, Andrew Sims at Hypable noticed that Lavender's presumed death has been removed from her official Pottermore page and has since been made blank.
This might not seem like much, but it has certainly added to the speculation that Lavender might have actually survived the Battle of Hogwarts after all!
The books never explicitly specifically state that Lavender Brown died from her injuries. Here's an excerpt from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows outlining her attack:
“NO!” shrieked Hermione, and with a deafening blast from her wand, Fenrir Greyback was thrown backward from the feebly stirring body of Lavender Brown... Then, with a bright white flash and a crack, a crystal ball fell on top of his head, and he crumpled to the ground and did not move.
Furthermore, Lavender was never listed among the confirmed dead in the books. Because she played a relatively large role to the trio and had a lot more development than many other characters, it is strange that she wouldn't have been mentioned.
Of course, fans of the movie won't remember it that way. Our last visible shot of Lavender was of her bloodied body after Fenrir bit her.
The next shot we see, likely of Lavender Brown, is of Professor Trelawney and Parvati Patil covering the face of a corpse.
After the movies were released, it was confirmed in Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey that Lavender later succumbed to her injuries, but fans still debate whether or not this counts.
Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has our last word on Lavender as "feebly stirring" and the films show her open-eyed and unmoving, they may have simply derived from the books. An action which, to some, could be seen as non-canonical and separate from the source material.
We know that J.K. Rowling tends to gloss over materials just for the sake of it. With her presumed death date being removed from Pottermore, maybe this means we can expect new material about Lavender Brown.
So does any of this actually mean that she survived? Not really. But given her tendency to take to social media and weigh in on topics of Harry Potter debate, maybe J.K. Rowling will step in and finally give us an answer.
What do you think? Did Lavender Brown actually survive the Battle of Hogwarts? Let me know what you think in the comments section!