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J.K. Rowling regrets the killing of a 'Harry Potter' character

While Rowling killed off several of the most important characters in the book series -- Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape and Fred Weasley to name a few -- she said she regretted Florean's death the most because it was "all [her] fault."

By Veronica Linares
J.K. Rowling regrets the killing of a 'Harry Potter' character
Author J.K. Rowling reveled on Pottermore she regrets the killing of Florean, the owner of the Diagon Alley ice cream shop, in the "Harry Potter" book series. Rowling in shown on June 5, 2008. (UPI Photo/Matthew Healey) | License Photo

LONDON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- British author J.K. Rowling revealed which Harry Potter character she regretted killing most as part of the "12 Harry Potter Christmas Stories" she promised to share with fans.

Rowling, 49, wrote in her interactive website, Pottermore, that she feels bad about the death of Florean Fortesque, a wizard who owned an ice cream parlor in Diagon Alley's who is kidnapped and killed by Death Eaters, because she planned to give him a more important role in the coming books.

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"Florean is a descendant of Dexter [Hogwarts Headmaster Dexter Fortescue], and I originally planned Florean to be the conduit for clues that I needed to give Harry during his quest for the Hallows," Rowling explained.

The character was introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but is killed two books later in Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix.

The problem was that when I came to write the key parts of Deathly Hallows I decided that Phineas Nigellus Black was a much more satisfactory means of conveying clues. ... All in all, I seemed to have had him kidnapped and killed for no reason.

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While Rowling killed off several of the most important characters in the book series -- Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape and Fred Weasley to name a few -- she said she regretted Florean's death the most because it was "all [her] fault."

"He is not the first wizard whom Voldemort murdered because he knew too much (or too little), but he is the only one I feel guilty about, because it was all my fault," she said.

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