J.K. Rowling reveals she almost killed Ron Weasley in 'Deathly Hallows' J.K. Rowling reveals she almost killed Ron Weasley in 'Deathly Hallows'

J.K. Rowling has revealed that she almost killed Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

"Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die. Then midway through, 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. Out of sheer spite. 'There, now you definitely can't have him any more.' But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn't have done it]," she told the actor Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter in the films and who was "convinced one of the main three had to buy it".

Cast and crew look back at Harry's relationship with Dumbledore Cast and crew look back at Harry's relationship with Dumbledore

David Heyman, Emma Watson, Dan Radcliffe and Michael Gambon look at Harry's relationship with Dumbledore in this new video from "Harry Potter: the Quest".

There are also some great new behind-the-scenes shots in the clip. Watch it below.

Ron and Hermione kiss in this 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' featurette Ron and Hermione kiss in this 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' featurette

From the 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' DVD/Blu-ray, available on December 2nd.

'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' on Blu-ray and DVD December 2 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' on Blu-ray and DVD December 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, Triple Play and Digital Download on December 2. Check out the box art below.

Happy birthday J.K. Rowling and Harry! Happy birthday J.K. Rowling and Harry!

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling celebrates her birthday today, along with her fictional hero Harry Potter. Happy birthday Jo!

Photos from the London 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' premiere Photos from the London 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' premiere

Harry Potter Fan Zone attended the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 last Thursday. We saw the film which was both amazing and a fitting end to the series.

Here are some of our photos from the event.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' world premiere tomorrow! 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' world premiere tomorrow!

The world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in London is tomorrow!

Harry Potter Fan Zone will be on the red carpet wearing black and blue HPFZ stickers – if you see us, come and say hey.

Live stream of the premiere event:

Stay tuned for photos and videos form the event. We'll also be updating our Twitter account with live updates from the red carpet.

Composer Alexandre Desplat talks to fan sites, Harry Potter Fan Zone Composer Alexandre Desplat talks to fan sites, Harry Potter Fan Zone

Recently, Harry Potter Fan Zone, along with a number of other fan sites, spoke with composer Alexandre Desplat.

Desplat recently scored Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (he also scored part one last year).

Harry Potter Fan Zone: When you wrote the score for the film, did you find that your ideas came to you very quickly in short bursts, or did they take a long time to develop?

Alexandre Desplat: You know these films are such huge machines–there’s such a huge expectation and so much pressure from the past because its the biggest series of the last 10 years–that you have to be very careful and double-check, triple-check that every note you write is accurate and fine, and you want to challenge yourself to be, if not as good, to approach the talent of the master that John Williams is, so it requires a little bit of attention. You can’t write a score of that kind in a short amount of time so you need to really try things over and over again. Also on these big machines now, the editing keeps changing and you have to adapt to that, so you need that time to be able to write properly and accurately.

Did you compose the soundtrack for Part 2 as a follow up for Part 1 or did you treat them as separate projects?

When I first was asked to write Part 1, it was not yet signed that I would write Part 2, so, unfortunately, I could not write thinking of the two episodes at the same time. However, there are still some themes of Part 1 which continue in Part 2 like what I call the “Band of Brothers” theme when all the friends reunite at the beginning of Part 1. We hear this theme again in Part 2 and also some of the themes and motifs of “Obliviate,” the thing that opens Part 2, that comes back also in Part 2, so there is some continuity.

Did you get to see the first half of the final film with your score added to it, and how did you feel about seeing everything put together?

I saw Part 1 finished a long time again, and it was great. I think the essence of what it portrayed–the sense of loneliness and a loss of childhood–were very strong, and I think it was a great first part.

Since Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was filmed way before it normally would be, did you got more time to score the film, and if so, did that affect your scoring process at all?

I think I had a lot of time to write, a very comfortable amount of time to write, because all together writing it and composing took about three and a half to four months for each episode. When you're filming on set, you can decide on shooting all the scenes that belong to this set and then you can still change them. It's very different with the score. I had to wait until I saw Part 2 edited to be able to start putting ideas together and try to find a sense of an arc and a dramatic sense for the film. There was enough time, and it was hard work for many months but also still very inspiring.

There are quite a few deaths in this film. Which was the most difficult to write, for and were there any that hit you harder than the others?

Death is very present in the Harry Potter story from the beginning because it starts with an orphan who lost his parents, and, actually, the theme of death is very present in this episode, since Lily, Harry's mother, is the lead character of this episode. We start the film with hearing Lily’s theme, which will kind of ghost the film all along and be the music thread that will take us from the beginning to the end of the film. So that's one element of death, the people that you miss, the people that you long for, the sorrow, and the question about death and the resurrection stone and how you cope with the death of the people you love. That’s very present in the themes that are used and you see it when you see the film and hear the soundtrack that I’ve tried to be very sensitive and emotional on these matters. The other side of death is, of course, also the battles, the duels, the final battle between Harry and Voldemort, and they are both fighting for death, and there’s no mercy. So I wrote some epic and lyrical pieces for these battle moments.

Desplat conducts the score to Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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J.K. Rowling announces 'Pottermore' J.K. Rowling announces 'Pottermore'

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has just announced Pottermore, a "free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books."

Fans can register their email address with the project now, and more information will be revealed on July 31 (Harry and Jo's birthday).

Watch the new 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' trailer Watch the new 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' trailer

The new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 trailer has arrived, watch it below.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' one sheet 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' one sheet

Check out the one sheets for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 below.

Eleven new 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' posters Eleven new 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' posters

Warner Bros. has released eleven new banners for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) visit 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) visit 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter'

James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) recently visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida, a photo of which can be seen below.

'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' featurette looks back at the Harry Potter films so far, includes first screen test 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' featurette looks back at the Harry Potter films so far, includes first screen test

Check out this featurette for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which includes a look back at the Harry Potter films so far, some new footage from Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and the first combined screen test with Dan, Rupert and Emma.

Bellatrix and Snape 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' posters complete the set Bellatrix and Snape 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' posters complete the set

Check them out below. If you missed any of the earlier posters, links are also below.

The rest of the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 character posters:

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