Mourning the end of the Harry Potter series was bad enough.
But here's something that would have made the conclusion absolutely devastating.
That is, if author J.K. Rowling had stuck with an awful thought she had regarding one of her lead characters.
While chatting with the film franchise's star Daniel Radcliffe in a special feature on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release (Nov. 11) of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Rowling reveals that Ron Weasley came very close to facing the chopping block, reports The Guardian.
"Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die," says the author. "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, of course, Rowling eventually opted to keep Ron around (though his brother Fred wasn't so lucky).
"I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn't have]," she admits, adding: "It's a relief to be able to talk about it all."
Just like it's a relief for us that she didn't go through with it. Phew.