The writer Joanne Rowling is in second place on the Forbes list of top-paying writers. Moreover, despite the fact that the first novel was released already in 1997, more and more people are becoming fans of the saga.
It can be interesting to find out, what Rowling originally planned to act with the plot of our favorite books. And maybe it’s a good thing she changed her mind.
- Harry and Hermione were originally supposed to be together. As the author admitted in an interview, she abandoned this idea for reasons “that have little to do with literature.”
- It was planned that Hermione’s father would pull Harry out of the ruins of his parental home after the attack of Voldemort. According to the initial idea, Hermione’s family lived next door to the Potters, and it was Mr. Granger who was supposed to save Harry instead of Hagrid.
- Draco Malfoy was not supposed to be Harry’s only enemy at Hogwarts. Slytherin Theodore Nott was initially endowed with quick wits and anger more than Malfoy, but subsequently, Rowling changed her mind and significantly reduced his role.
- Ron’s cousin was supposed to be a Slytherin. Mafalda Weasley almost appeared on the pages of the Goblet of Fire and was supposed to reveal some of Harry’s secrets, but instead, reporter Rita Skiter took up this thankless job.
- The last phrase from the book “Deathly Hallows” carries a positive: “Everything was fine.” However, Joanne wanted to end it with the word “scar.”
- Another character was deleted by the editor from the finished book – Mopsi, a passionate dog lover. She was supposed to shelter Sirius in his animal form.
- According to the original plan, Hermione had a younger Muggle sister. However, the author subsequently removed it.
- Dudley’s son could become a magician, as the blood of the magician flowed in him. Rowling thought in the finals to put the Potters family, the Weasley-Granger, and the Dursleys together on the platform 9¾ (imagine Uncle Vernon’s mood in this regard), but at the last moment she realized that Dursley’s DNA would prevail.
- Sibyl Trelawney was not supposed to be the one and only teacher of divination. There were also Mopsus – a vision-losing prophet. But she refused him because the plot was already becoming too complicated.
- One of the main characters was supposed to die. Rowling said that she wanted to do this around the middle of the book series, but, fortunately, she changed her mind.
- The death of Arthur Weasley after the Nagaina attack in Book 5 was also contemplated. Initially, the author planned to kill Arthur in the Department of Secrets but then changed her mind, as this was the only good father who survived.
- Florian Fortescue, the owner of an ice cream parlor in Diagon Alley, was initially conceived as a more important character. It was he who was supposed to tell Harry about the Deathly Hallows.
- Dean Thomas (by the way, at first his name was Gary) could join the famous trio of protagonists instead of Neville, but Joanne decided to portray Longbottom more vividly. By the way, Dean’s father was a wizard who was killed by the Death Eaters for not wanting to join Voldemort. His wife and son never found out about this.
- In the book “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Delfington, aka Almost Headless Nick, was about to sing a song on his death anniversary (but never sang). It described how he was beheaded on October 31, 1492, because he conjured Lady Greaves with huge fangs instead of reducing her teeth.
- In the very first drafts, the vampire teacher Troacar was mentioned (a trocar is a medical tool that is used to extract liquids).
- Petunia Dursley could say goodbye to Harry much more cordially. She suddenly realized, looking at her nephew, that she was seeing her sister’s eyes, maybe for the last time. This insight nearly made her show her deeply hidden feelings. But it did not work out.
- Sorting Hat might not have existed. According to the original plan of the author, students were sorted among the four Houses by statues of the founders. They were choosing suitable children right from the crowd.