The One 'Harry Potter' Character J.K. Rowling Regrets Killing Off

by John Boone 1:50 PM PST, December 15, 2014
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This story contains SPOILERS about which characters died in Harry Potter. But it’s been three years since the last movie came out and seven years since the last book, so if you’re not all caught up yet, you’re never going to be.

J.K. Rowling has made a number of statements since the Harry Potter series ended that have riled fans up. Some reactions have been good (Dumbledore is gay — and if you don’t like it, bugger off!). Some reactions have been bad (she regrets linking Ron and Hermoine — we love Ron and Hermoine together!)

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We can’t wait to see how they react to this: Rowling revealed on Pottermore — a sort of halfway home for Harry Potter fans to bide their Harry Potter-loving time between Deathly Hallows and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — the one character she regrets killing.

Was it Dumbledore?

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Who met his demise when Snape Avada Kedavra-ed him right off a tower.

Or maybe Fred Weasley? Or Tonks? Or Remus Lupin? Or Hedwig?!

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No. It was Florean Fortescue. Who?

You would be forgiven if you’ve forgotten who Florean Fortescue is. He briefly appeared in The Prisoner of Azhaban as the owner of Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour in Diagon Alley. He served Harry free sundaes and helped him with his homework...before being kidnapped and killed by Voldemort.

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"I originally planned Florean to be the conduit for clues that I needed to give Harry during his quest for the Hallows," she explains. "Which is why I established an acquaintance fairly early on. 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."

She continued, "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.”

Perhaps she’ll be heartened to know that Florean Fortescue lives on: His ice cream shop is a central addition to Universal Studios Orlando’s new Diagon Alley attraction at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Scoop some out for our homie Florean. R.I.P.

Here’s a blast from the past: ET’s very first visit to the set of Harry Potter!