J.K. Rowling Apologizes for 'Harry Potter' Character's Death

"The only time my editor ever saw me cry."
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'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'

J.K. Rowling has revealed new details about a memorable Harry Potter character.

The author took to Twitter on Monday morning — also the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts that was the culmination of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the whole series — to apologize for the fate of Remus , the titular character's mentor. Lupin's wife (they had just recently married and had a son) Nymphadora Tonks was also killed. 

Lupin, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher who was also a werewolf, was introduced in the third installment, and was played in the film adaptations by David Thewlis.

"In the interest of total honesty I'd also like to confess that I didn't decide to kill Lupin until I wrote Order if the Phoenix," Rowling said of the fifth book.

"Arthur lived, so Lupin had to die," she continued. "I'm sorry. I didn't enjoy doing it." Arthur is the paterfamilias of the Weasley clan (Ron and Ginny's dad and Harry's father-in-law to be). Rowling has previously said that she considered killing him off in the final book. She was determined to kill off some important characters because she believed that for readers to believe the battle had real stakes, important characters needed to die.

Rowling also added of the character, who was survived by a son, Teddy Lupin, "The only time my editor ever saw me cry was over the fate of Teddy."  

Teddy, of course, is Harry's godson (and like Harry an orphan), raised in part by him and his surviving grandmother.  In the epilogue to Deathly Hallows, readers learn he attends Hogwarts and is dating Victoire Weasley, daughter of Bill and Fleur Delacour  and Harry's niece.

2016 is a big year in the Potterverse. July brings the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which picks up the story some two decades after the Battle of Hogwarts, and is billed as the "eighth Harry Potter Story." The story brings back the original trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione and focuses on Harry's son Albus.  Teddy Lupin will also likely make an appearance. November brings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a Potterverse movie set in the 1920s.  

See the tweets below.