All Harry Potter fans have favorite characters whose deaths permanently affected them, and author J.K. Rowling is no exception.
The heartbreaking deaths in the Harry Potter series are seemingly endless. From Sirius to Dobby, Hedwig to Dumbledore, and Fred to Snape, fans of the magical series shed thousands of tears throughout the seven books.
J.K. Rowling took to the fan site Pottermore to tell fans which character she most regrets killing. Contrary to what many might have expected, Rowling's biggest regret was none other than Florean Fortescue, the owner of the ice cream parlor in Diagon Alley.
The One Harry Potter Character JK Rowling Regrets Killing Off https://t.co/Lh0zbZialv https://t.co/Qywa156SRe— #BookLovers 📚 (@#BookLovers 📚)1543961864.0
According to Rowling:
"I originally planned Florean to be the conduit for clues that I needed to give Harry during his quest for the Hallows, which is why I established an acquaintance fairly early on."
The author later realized he was not the best character for the task.
"The problem was that when I came to write the key parts of Deathly Hallows, I decided that Phineas Nigellus Black was a much more satisfactory means of conveying clues. 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."
Some fans are upset that Rowling doesn't most regret killing their beloved characters.
Excuse me, J K Rowling regrets killing Florean Fortescue but not Dobby? My soul is still bruising https://t.co/u9t7gmWZe1— devona ☃️ (@devona ☃️)1544023445.0
Florean Fortescue's Death! I cried two days over Snape's death! 😅 @jk_rowling @pottermore #HarryPotter https://t.co/cvslYGvCt8— Horra Mirdavood (@Horra Mirdavood)1544061438.0
Really Rowling? Not George? Not Lupin? ugh smh http://t.co/SSF2pQCbOY— Dana Bishop (@Dana Bishop)1418644437.0
In fact, people are still overwhelmed with sadness over losing their favorite characters.
No matter how many times I read it in the book or watch it Dobby’s death is the most heartbreaking death for me in… https://t.co/xcty9hfaFF— Nicola Gray (@Nicola Gray)1543433622.0
Doesn't matter how many times I read or watch harry potter Dobbys death will never not be heartbreaking to me 😥😥💔💔— Hannah (@Hannah)1540063211.0
Fred's death will always be heartbreaking no matter how many time I've read and watched Harry Potter because not ev… https://t.co/umSXq0HftZ— Siriuseverus (@Siriuseverus)1542613142.0
cedric diggory dying in harry potter was the saddest shit ever. but not as heartbreaking as dumbledore & snape’s death— D. (@D.)1542419021.0
I’ve seen horror films with death scenes far worse but jeez I still have to fast forward Snapes death ..unsettling… https://t.co/eClItJiQwv— Aaron Long (@Aaron Long)1540665557.0
I say this every time, but Sirius Black is genuinely the most heartbreaking Harry Potter death to me😭 I’ll never get over it☹️— jess (@jess)1538853309.0
Quote with the most heartbreaking Harry Potter death for you. It was deffo Sirius for me. I was devastated, still haven't recovered.— simran (@simran)1538577072.0
This is oddly specific...
In this order, the most heartbreaking deaths in the Harry Potter series are: Fred Dobby Sirius Remus Snape Cedric… https://t.co/vg7ZHk7Sw6— Steph (@Steph)1536514951.0
I would definitely read a version with Rowling's original Florean-centric plot! What do you think?