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J.K. Rowling Apologizes For Killing Remus Lupin

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Last year, J.K. Rowling apologized for killing off Fred Weasley, a death that brought out a copious amount of sad George-looks-in-the-mirror headcanons, and as the anniversary of Battle of Hogwarts comes we must revisit the pain that we know our fictional faves also face when May rolls around. This year, Rowling apologized for killing werewolf, former Hogwarts professor, Marauder, recent widower, new father, and my favorite character Remus Lupin. Can you tell I’m not over it? I’m not over it.

Rowling writes that the death was one of the saddest for her as well, stating that either Arthur Weasley or Remus Lupin had to die. Both options are ridiculously heartbreaking, which seems like the meanest game of would-you-rather ever. Imagine how Molly would react! Still, having Lupin nearly abandon his family because of his incredible insecurities only to see Tonks die and then leave his child orphaned is one of the saddest stories in the entire series for me. Fun fact: did you know that Remus Lupin’s wand is Cypress which often means a heroic death for the wielder?

Can we also talk about the fact that Rowling decided to kill Lupin after Order of the Phoenix? You know, the one where Lupin and Harry just lost Sirius and Lupin had to hold Harry back? Because that wasn’t upsetting enough? If you want to really immerse yourself in Lupin-grief today, reading lots of Teddy Lupin headcanons is a great way to do that. I really hope that Teddy will make an appearance in Cursed Child since he’s supposed to have spent lots of time with his godfather and the Weasley family (sound like another wizard protagonist you know?).

(via Vulture)

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