Edinburgh author JK Rowling has revealed she didn’t plan to kill Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter series – and has said sorry to fans for doing so.
On the 18th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, the 50-year-old writer tweeted her apologies for killing off the former Defence Against the Dark Arts professor.
“Once again, it’s the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts so, as promised, I shall apologise for a death,” she began. “This year: Remus Lupin.”
Rowling then revealed: “In the interests of total honesty, I’d also like to confess that I didn’t decide to kill Lupin until I wrote Order of the Phoenix.”
It’s becoming something of a tradition for Rowling to reference a death on 2 May.
Last year it was Fred Weasley who was remembered by the writer. Rowling said letting Fred die was “the worst” for her to write.
In 2014, she first marked the anniversary of Lord Voldemort’s death online.
Rowling revealed recently that her Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will form part of a trilogy of movies
She divulged the information on Twitter while responding to rumours that Harry Potter stage play, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, would also be turned into a movie.
Rowling said that the stage play will remain off the big screen – but that fans can expect a lot more from the Fantastic Beasts series.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is set around 70 years before the Harry Potter saga begins, and it focuses on magizoologist Newt Scamander, who’s travelling the globe to discover some truly magical creatures.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is due to hit cinemas in November 2016, just months after Harry Potter sequel play The Cursed Child opens on London’s West End.