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J.K. Rowling’s Reason For Killing Remus Lupin In Harry Potter Will Break Your Heart

It’s been 18 years since The Battle of Hogwarts ripped out our hearts and stomped all over them, and as per tradition, best-selling author J.K. Rowling is apologizing for yet another life claimed during the perilous battle: Remus Lupin.

So Rowling’s decision to not kill Arthur Weasley in the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter saga—a morose twist she’s previously admitted she considered while writing the series—led her to kill the only other father figure left, Remus.

Back in 2007, after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rowling told Today, “If there’s one character I couldn’t bear to part with, it’s Arthur Weasley … I think part of the reason for that is there were very few good fathers in the book. In fact, you could make a very good case for Arthur Weasley being the only good father in the whole series.”

Given Harry Potter’s unfortunate track record of losing father figures—James Potter, Sirius Black, and Albus Dumbledore—his only remaining link to his father, and the last of the Marauders, had to die. However, Remus wasn’t alone. His wife Nymphadora Tonks also perished in the battle, while their infant son Teddy was left an orphan. The event mirrored Harry’s own tragic past, something that Rowling very much intended.

“I think one of the most devastating things about war is the children left behind,” Rowling said back in 2007. “As happened in the first war when Harry’s left behind, I wanted us to see another child left behind. And it made it very poignant that it was their newborn son.”

Poignant or heartbreaking? Because I’m siding with the latter on this one. That death was riddikulus.

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