It’s no secret that a great many fans in the “Harry Potter” community — a whopping 89 percent, according to a wildly popular poll over at MTV Movies Blog — would have preferred that Hermione Granger end up with the boy wizard rather than with good ol’ Ron Weasley. Perhaps the same sentiment occurred to author J.K. Rowling, who recently admitted that she almost sent Ron to an early grave.
“Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die,” Rowling told Daniel Radcliffe in a special feature on the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2″ Blu-ray and DVD, according to the U.K.’s Guardian. “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 anymore.’ But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn't have done it].”
Rowling kept this franchise-altering potential story line a secret not only through completion of her “Potter” novels in 2007 but the end of the film series this summer. Now the author says she feels a sense of creative liberation that she can share news of the discarded plot point. “It’s a real relief to be able to talk about it all,” she said.
The full Rowling-Radcliffe chat will be available on November 11, when the Blu-ray and DVD releases hit shelves. In September, MTV News debuted an exclusive clip from the chat in which Radcliffe compared “Harry Potter” to “Star Wars” and touted the way in which Rowling’s characters “exist in the collective consciousness of a generation.” That’s hardly an exaggeration, and it’s difficult to imagine Weasley, played by Rupert Grint in the films, not living on in the imaginations of fans. After all, Weasley finished in second place in our Harry Potter World Cup this summer, a fan-driven effort that attracted over seven million votes and was ultimately won by Alan Rickman’s Severus Snape.
For Rowling, Weasley and “Potter” fans, then, any other fate for Ron would be unimaginable. “I’m going to miss the screaming. You don’t get that everywhere, and I’m going to miss that definitely,” Grint told MTV News at the final film’s red-carpet premiere. “I’m really going to miss playing [Ron] in these films.”
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