Rowling: ‘I had no intention of killing Lupin’

Entertainment Weekly has released a new article on the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 DVD/Blu-ray. It reveals a bit more of the conversation between actor Daniel Radclife and author J.K. Rowling.

It is clear this talk will provide some more backstory and reasoning that fans have been eager for. After talking about killing Ron, Rowling now touches on the fates of Hagrid and Professor Lupin.

“Rowling telld Radcliffe that the image of Hagrid cradling ‘dead’ Harry – a bookend moment to the beginning of the series, when Hagrid brought infant Harry to the Dursleys – stuck with her the entire time she wrote the books and she never let it go. If she had, Rowling says Hagrid would have been a ‘natural’ target for elimination. ‘That image kept him safe,’ she says.”

“On the DVD, Rowling shares with Radcliffe that when she created Lupin’s character, she planned for him to survive the events of the finale. While the author has said as much in other interviews, here, she elaborates, explaining that she changed her mind when she realized that her last Harry Potter story was really about war, and that ‘one of the most horrifying things about war is how it leaves children fatherless and motherless.’ The most powerful way she could dramatize that idea, she says, was to kill a set of parents that were dear to readers. ‘I had no intention of killing [Lupin],’ says Rowling. “But then it dawned on me he had to die.”

EW also hints at much more! For all we have on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release, head over to our Movies section.

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