Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks

Rowling apologizes for Lupin’s death on Battle of Hogwarts anniversary

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Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks

May 2 marks 18 years since the Battle of Hogwarts, the day Lord Voldemort was killed – for good this time – and many brave witches and wizards lost their lives defending the castle.

In honor of the anniversary, author J.K. Rowling continued a tradition she started last year: apologizing for the death of one beloved character she killed off during the battle. This year, it was Remus Lupin, the last surviving Marauder and a new dad at the time he died.

Rowling told “Today” in 2007 Arthur Weasley was originally supposed to die in Order of the Phoenix, but she became too attached to the character and spared him.

Instead, she decided Lupin and his wife, Nymphadora Tonks, would be killed during the Battle of Hogwarts near the conclusion of Deathly Hallows. This not only took another father figure from Harry, it also created an orphan out of Teddy Lupin at the close of the Second Wizarding War.

“I think one of the most devastating things about war is the children left behind. … As happened in the first war when Harry’s left behind, I wanted us to see another child left behind. And it made it very poignant that it was their newborn son,” Rowling explained to “Today.”

Last year, Rowling apologized for “the worst” death for her, Fred Weasely:

This tradition is likely to continue for several more years, given the body count during that final battle and this confession Rowling made two years ago:

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About Amanda Keim-Morrison

Amanda Keim-Morrison brings updates about J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world to Nerdvana. She's a former East Valley Tribune reporter and State Press editor; she now lives in Minnesota, where she's been a writer, web producer and editor and currently works on the tech side of several news sites. Amanda is a Ravenclaw at Hogwarts, a Horned Serpent at Ilvermorny and has a white stallion for a Patronus.