The Twitterverse is mourning James and Lily Potter today, but if author J.K. Rowling had her way, Harry Potter fans could have had one more death to endure: It turns out that she wanted to kill Ron Weasley!
According to BBCAmerica, Rowling never liked Harry Potter's pal Ron very much, despite his lovable family and his budding relationship with buddy Hermione Granger. "JK admitted that she got so fed up with Ron that she seriously considered killing him off."
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.
This explains quite a bit. We kind of wondered why Ron started off as Harry's equal he and Harry defeated a troll together, and he sacrificed himself to the white queen in Wizard's Chess and rapidly devolved into the comic relief. (See the videos below for a look at some of Rowling's torture of Ron.)
But rather give in to her dark desires and secret loathings, Rowling stuck to her original vision and kept the youngest Weasley son out of harm's way.
We wonder if Rupert Grint ever realized that he might have had to perform one of heck of a death scene?