The Harry Potter movies were an intrinsic part of many Londoners’ childhoods.

An entire generation grew up alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione, dreaming of receiving our Hogwarts letters.

But as we fantasised about spending the summer holidays with the Weasleys, JK Rowling was plotting a much more sinister ending for one beloved character.

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One iconic wizard got severely injured during Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix but was supposed to meet an entirely different fate.

Arthur Weasley, played by Mark Williams, was the father of Ron Weasley and his siblings.

He was happily married to Molly Weasley and was loyal to the Order of the Phoenix, the organisation that helped fight Voldemort.



Arthur Weasley was played by Mark Williams

In the fifth movie, Arthur is on patrol at the Ministry of Magic when he gets attacked and seriously hurt by Voldemort’s snake Nagini.

Harry sees the attack in a vision and Arthur ends up in hospital, where he recovers in time for Christmas.

But JK Rowling initially planned to have Arthur die in the Ministry.



Arthur was the patriarch of the Weasley family

She said in various interviews that she wanted to kill off parents in the universe to show just how frightening Lord Voldemort’s rule was.

And she did just that – Remus Lupin and Tonks, Harry’s Parents and Voldemort’s own parents are among the ones she killed off.

But the author said she kept Arthur Weasley alive for several reasons.

One was that she didn’t want to affect Ron too much.



JK Rowling nearly killed off the beloved father of seven

The storyline of how the death of a parent affects a child was already being explored in Harry himself and could have been repetitive.

She also said in an interview with the Today Show in 2007 that she couldn’t bear to part with Arthur: “If there’s one character I couldn’t bear to part with, it’s Arthur Weasley.

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“I think part of the reason for that is there were very few good fathers in the book.

“In fact, you could make a very good case for Arthur Weasley being the only good father in the whole series.”

Ultimately, she let him live and he went on to be an advocate for Muggle rights.

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