One of my favorite things about J.K. Rowling is her commitment to keeping her characters alive, even long after her works have ended. And when I say “alive,” I of course mean that strictly in the in-our-memories sense because she also has a horrible habit of murdering ALL OF THEM.
On this very important day, the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, Rowling has continued her tradition of apologizing for the death of a character. She knows she has a reputation for sucker-punching us in the feels, repeatedly and often, and this is a nice small way of offering her thanks and her sorries. Last year she apologized for killing off Fred Weasley.
This year’s apology is for Remus Lupin, husband, father, friend, werewolf.
Once again, it's the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts so, as promised, I shall apologise for a death. This year: Remus Lupin.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2016
In the interests of total honesty I'd also like to confess that I didn't decide to kill Lupin until I wrote Order if the Phoenix.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2016
Arthur lived, so Lupin had to die. I'm sorry. I didn't enjoy doing it. The only time my editor ever saw me cry was over the fate of Teddy. 😢— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2016
ARTHUR OR LUPIN? WHAT KIND OF MESSED UP SOPHIE’S CHOICE BULLCRAP IS THAT? Well, at least she’s getting around to apologizing for ruining my hardcovers with tears. RIP Moony.