JK Rowling considered killing off Ron Weasley in ‘Harry Potter’ series

Author thought about ditching Rupert Grint's character 'out of spite'

JK Rowling has admitted that she considered killing off Harry Potter character of Ron Weasley out of “sheer spite”.

Although the author did not originally plan to kill off any of the characters in the series of books – and subsequent films – she was tempted to change her mind after finding herself in an ‘unhappy place’.

The role of Weasley was played by Rupert Grint in all seven of the hugely successful film adaptations of the books.

Rowling commented:

I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn’t have]. It’s a real relief to be able to talk about it all.

She made the admission in an interview with title role actor Daniel Radcliffe for a special feature on the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 DVD, which has leaked online ahead of its release later this year.

The DVD will be released in a variety of formats in the US on November 11 and the UK on December 2.