I was browsing the Entertainment Weekly website when I came across two (related) intriguing articles about J.K. Rowling. EW got the dish on a conversation between the Harry Potter author and Daniel Radcliffe that appears on the Blu-ray of The Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Rowling apparently doesn't hold back as she shares her shifting mortality plans for certain characters.
Most shocking to me was the revelation that during a dark time in her life she briefly considered doing Ron in, if you catch my drift. I've pledged allegiance to Team Ron, so I probably would have chucked whatever volume contained his untimely death across the room in a fit of rage. I would have cried for days -- no exaggeration there, as Dumbledore's demise kept me on the verge of tears for a full week. Would I have forgiven Rowling had she ruthlessly murdered Ron? I simply don't know. Perhaps writing her an angry letter expressing my displeasure would have guided me through the grieving process.
Other interesting tidbits from the EW peek of the dvd clip: Lupin was originally meant to live through the series and Hagrid's survival was largely dependent on the scene depicted at the top of this post.
Would a character's death have affected how you felt about the series as a whole? I, no joke, had a Do-Not-Kill List (Harry, Hermione, Ron and Ginny) and would have had a difficult time overlooking the authorial slaughter of any of those four. Are there characters (like Harry, perhaps?) you maintain should have bitten the proverbial dust?