Though its been many a moon since all of the Harry Potter books were released, a lot of children and some adults haven't yet gotten around to reading them, or watching the movies. So take note. There is a Spoiler ahead. Today marks the 17th anniversary of The Battle of Hogwarts. In remembrance of this occasion, author J.K. Rowling apologizes for killing off fan-favorite character Fred Weasley!
The Battle of Hogwarts took place on May 2nd, and was recounted in the final pages of the series-ending book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which was later turned into a very successful movie. During this epic fight, one-half of the Weasley Twins found himself entering the afterlife. Though he wasn't the only soul to sacrifice himself that fateful day in the name of good versus evil, he is the only one that gets a special shout out from J.K. Rowling today. The author is limiting her apologies to just one character a year.
Fred's death was a huge blow to both the characters in the books as well as fans. He was extremely likable, and he left his brother George torn in half. George was left to continue life without his twin by his side, which is considerably sad seeing as how the two were quite inserperable. It isn't known if J.K. Rowling regrets killing off the character so many years after the book was published. Or if she just remembers the character fondly. Last year at this time, she expressed her frustration at having to kill off so many characters during this climax, referring specifically to the death of Tonks and Remus Lupin, Severus Snape, Colin Creevey, Lavender Brown and the other witches and wizards who fought on the side of good. Take a look at J.K. Rowling's tweets:
Today I would just like to say: I'm really sorry about Fred. *Bows head in acceptance of your reasonable ire*— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2015
.@Brieuc26Rankin I thought I might apologise for one death per anniversary. Fred was the worst for me, so I started with him.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2015