It’s been 17 long years since the battle of Hogwarts, and the world still mourns for the tragic deaths of some of the main characters from the Harry Potter world. Lupin, Tonks, Dobby, Cedric, Hedwig, are just few of the names, but when someone talks about all the seven years of the Potter in the Witchcraft School, one always mentions the name of the twin who stole our heart with their humor and pranks.
Now after all these years, JK Rowling, the British writer who gave birth to the world of sensational characters apologized to all the potterheads for the death of Fred Weasley.
Fred, along with her twin brother George was the most mischievous among all the students of Hogwarts, was killed while fighting the death eaters in the second Battle of Hogwarts in the seventh and last book of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
On the 17th anniversary of the battle, JK Rowling took the platform of Twitter to apologize to all her fans, in the tweet posted on May 2 she said, “Today I would just like to say: I’m really sorry about Fred. *Bows head in acceptance of your reasonable ire*”
After expressing her regret, Rowling was bombarded with tweets from her fans asking her opinion over the killings of other characters too. She simply replied that she will apologize for one death per year and killing Fred was very hard for her and that’s why she started from him, said Rowling.
We understand that killing few characters thematically makes sense. Hedwig symbolized loss of innocence. Lupin and Tonks died to show that orphans of war can have different upbringings than Harry. Harry’s grief over Dobby gave him a respite from Voldemort’s mind, and it was important to the narrative because it made Griphook sympathize. Mad-Eye was to show that even veterans of war are not invincible. Stories are so much more than just plot – oftentimes one has to look past these levels to see the significance of something.
Rowling constantly gave us a story that was realistic in so many ways. Yes, the deaths saddened many fans to the point of tears each time. But stiff upper lip and all that, the story continued. We do not believe Rowling owes an apology, but at the same time we are grateful to her nonetheless. Thank you, Rowling and we will be waiting for the 18th anniversary to feel the next name.
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