J.K. Rowling scrubbed some cherished characters from the Harry Potter franchise over the years, and her apologies for doing so have become something of annual tradition. Last year she confessed on Twitter that killing off Fred Weasley from the fantasy saga was a rash move, and on Monday, May 2, Rowling issued another mea culpa. This time it's for the unseemly demise of Remus Lupin, Defense Against the Dark Arts professor and not-so-secret-werewolf mentor to Harry.
Time notes that for Rowling, the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts' signals the occasion to repent the erasing of characters beloved to fans.
Once again, it's the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts so, as promised, I shall apologise for a death. This year: Remus Lupin.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2016
In the interests of total honesty I'd also like to confess that I didn't decide to kill Lupin until I wrote Order if the Phoenix.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2016
It was indeed, a devastating decision:
Arthur lived, so Lupin had to die. I'm sorry. I didn't enjoy doing it. The only time my editor ever saw me cry was over the fate of Teddy. 😢— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2016
Rowling's tongue-in-cheek penances aside, the author has been working on various Harry Potter spinoffs in recent months, having penned the screenplay for the forthcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne. She's also taken the Potter-verse to the stage in London: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which continues Harry's journey as an overworked bureaucrat in the Ministry of Magic, set a record for tickets sold within a 24-hour period in London's West End.