Back in the day, before the Harry Potter series came to a close, we had some crazyass theories. Actually, I’m sure that shit still exists and they’ve been modified to fit into HP canon while retaining that heaping dose of batshit. Stuff like Ron actually being Dumbledore, or Harry being his own grandfather or other fucked up insanity like that can easily be molded to adhere to J. K. Rowling‘s canon. It was also heavily speculated that one of the Trio would die, and if I recall correctly, the majority of fingers pointed right at Ron.
It’s no secret that when she started writing the series, she was in a terrible place both economically and emotionally. In an interview with Daniel Radcliffe for the Deathly Hallows DVD special features, Rowling admitted to entertaining the possibility that Ron would get fuckin’ cut. From the Telegraph:
Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die.
Then midway through, which I think is a reflection of the fact that I wasn’t in a very happy place, I started thinking I might polish one of them off. Out of sheer spite. ‘There, now you definitely can’t have him any more.’
But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, I wouldn’t have done it.
What’s interesting to me is the fact that the character of Ron is supposed to be based pretty heavily on one of Rowling’s best friends named Sean. I wonder if her entertaining thoughts of killing off Ron had anything to do with turbulence in that relationship, or in all of her interpersonal relationships.
Food for thought, but it’s a damn good thing she didn’t kill Ron! Then the majority of the future kids to have normal names wouldn’t exist. (Albus Severus… really, Harry?)
Source: Geek Tyrant
Category: Nerd Culture