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Rupert Grint explains how playing Ron Weasley for ten years in the Harry Potter films has helped shaped him, in an interview with OnTheRedCarpet.com in July 2011. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

'Ron Weasley' was almost killed, 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling says

11/02/2011 by Corinne Heller

J.K. Rowling says that when she was writing her "Harry Potter" books, she "seriously" considered killing off one of the main characters, Ron Weasley.

He is the red-headed best friend of main star Harry Potter and was played by Rupert Grint in the films based on the hit series. The movies have earned more than $7 billion worldwide and the final installment, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," was released in July.

"I did seriously consider killing Ron," Rowling tells Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter himself in the films, in a video interview set to be included in the final movie's DVD/Blu-ray and Combo Pack.

Rowling says it is a "real relief to be able to talk about it."

"Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die. Then midway through (the series), which I think is a reflection of the fact that I wasn't in a very happy place, I started thinking I might polish one of them off," she said, laughing. "Out of sheer spite."

Rowling, the world's richest author with an estimated net worth of at least $1 billion, has often talked about her past as a struggling, single mother and how she wrote her first "Harry Potter" stories in coffee shops in her native United Kingdom in a bid to save on heating bills.

Many other characters die throughout the hit series, which sees Harry Potter constantly battling his nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort, and his followers while dealing with the typical dramas of school. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray on November 11.

Check out the interview with J.K. Rowling below.

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