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The vast majority of Harry Potter fans would probably agree that the death of Dumbledore, the principal of Hogwarts, was the most tragic one in the entire series. However, author J.K. Rowling revealed that the death of a minor character in The Prisoner of Azkaban is the one she feels the most regret over.
Writing on her Pottermore website, Rowling said that the kidnapping and subsequent death of Florean Fortescue, owner of the Diagon Alley ice cream parlor, is still bothering her. “I originally planned Florean to be the conduit for clues that I needed to give Harry during his quest for the Hallows, which is why I established an acquaintance fairly early on,” she writes.
“The problem was that when I came to write the key parts of Deathly Hallows, I decided that Phineas Nigellus Black was a much more satisfactory means of conveying clues.”
“I seemed to have him kidnapped and killed for no good reason. He is not the first wizard whom Voldemort murdered because he knew too much (or too little), but he is the only one I feel guilty about, because it was all my fault,” she wrote.
Rowling has been releasing new Potter-related writing on Pottermore in recent months. A message on the site read, “Christmas is coming early to Pottermore,” with site promising “a #PottermoreChristmas surprise every day,” which includes “wonderful new writing by J.K. Rowling in Moments from Half-Blood Prince.”
In November, she released a backstory to Dolores Umbridge and so far this month has revealed new stories related to Fortescue and Draco Malfoy.
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