After many years since she finished publishing the “Harry Potter” series, renowned author J. K. Rowling admits there was one minor character she regretted killing off before he even got to play a bigger role.
As her way of still connecting with the many “Harry Potter” fans all over the world, Rowling set up a publishing website named Pottermore. And for this Christmas season, she hosted a special event, wherein she will be uploading 12 Potter-related surprises on the site between the dates Dec. 12-23, 2014.
One of the Potter news Rowling revealed on the site was her initial plan of using “Prisoner of Azkaban” minor character Florean Fortescue as a crucial informative character in “Deathly Hallows.” The author regretted killing him off, saying that Fortescue was kidnapped and killed by the Death Eaters for no mentioned reason, thus giving him a rather tragic ending.
For not-so-avid readers of the “Prisoner of Azkaban,” Fortescue owns an ice cream parlor located in Diagon Alley. After running away from his relatives’ home, Harry Potter stayed in the Leaky Cauldron. He often visited Fortescue, who would give him free ice cream and help him out with his History of Magic assignment.
“I originally planned Florean to be the conduit for clues that I needed to give Harry during his quest for the Hallows… 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. Florean’s information on the diadem also felt redundant, as I could give the reader everything he or she needed by interviewing the Grey Lady,” stated Rowling, as published on Us Weekly.
To read the rest of the surprises in store for Pottermore’s Christmas special event from Dec. 12-23, 2014, interested fans must subscribe on Pottermore.com, where the surprises are placed as gifts at 1:00 p.m. GMT (8:00 a.m. EST). To open them, they simply have to solve a corresponding riddle.
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