The Harry Potter books are packed with heartbreaking deaths. Friends, family members, and mentors all march off to the literary guillotine over the course of the series. There is one character, however, that author J.K. Rowling regrets killing—and it's a bit of a surprise.

Over at her site Pottermore, Rowling has revealed that the one character she feels truly guilty about killing is not Fred Weasley or Sirius Black or even Dumbledore, but the relatively minor character Florean Fortescue. When Rowling first introduced the ice cream vendor, she intended for him to convey clues that Harry would later need in his quest to defeat Voldemort. Later on, however, she decided that Phineas Nigellus Black was a better means of conveying those clues.

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But that means she set Fortescue up to be killed. She writes:

I seemed to have him kidnapped and killed for no good reason. 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.

Fair enough. Shedding tears over killing a beloved character isn't quite the same as feeling guilty about the way you play god over your fictional universe. Rowling has a lot more content going up at Pottermore this month, so fans should check in there and see was other nuggets she is dropping about the Potterverse.

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[via The Hollywood Reporter]