If you’re like me, your heart shattered into a gazillion pieces when Dumbledore died, and it shattered into a gazillion more when Dobby died, but it turns out that the character J.K. Rowling regrets killing the most is actually that of a minor character in The Prisoner of Azkaban.
The Harry Potter author took to her Pottermore website to tell us fans all about which character slaying she regrets the most, saying:
Florean is a descendant of Dexter [Hogwarts Headmaster Dexter Fortescue], and 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. At this stage, I imagined the historically-minded Florean might have a smattering of information on matters as diverse as the Elder Wand and the diadem of Ravenclaw, the information having been passed down in the Fortescu from their august ancestor. As I worked my way nearer to the point where such information would become necessary, I caused Florean to be kidnapped, intending him to be found or rescued by Harry and his friends.
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. Florean’s information on the diadem also felt redundant, as I could give the reader everything he or she needed by interviewing the Grey Lady. All in all, I seemed to have had him kidnapped and killed for no 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.
But . . . what about Hedwig? Or Fred? Or Tonks?
The recent postings on Pottermore.com, as part of Rowling’s #PottermoreChristmas special, have actually been quite informative. We’ll be getting a story on Malfoy soon, which is what I think fans are most excited for. We already got a small blurb about the fictional town of Cokeworth. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, make sure you’re following Pottermore.com so you can keep up with all the wizardry goodness!