*WARNING: Harry Potter spoilers ahead!*
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the epic conclusion to J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series, one of the most heartbreaking moments comes when, during an escape from Privet Drive, Harry’s beloved owl, Hedwig, is murdered by a stray killing curse. Many fans have taken umbrage with this death, believing the abrupt killing of Harry’s owl hadn’t been earned at that point in the story.
Fortunately, one Potter fan fixed everything! The fan, who remains anonymous, posted a photo of an edited version of the passage to Potter fansite MuggleNet.com, where it was quickly re-shared countless times.
The new passage reads:
But the owl lay motionless for only a few seconds.
Then she stirred and popped to her feet, ruffling her feathers.
After exiting the damaged cage, she gave Harry a reproachful look that he took to mean “I’m going to fly off somewhere and lay low until this nonsense is over.
Ah yes, much better! Fans online loved the edit:
Hedwig the owl's death is the most unnecessary in the novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In this essay I will
— scream!ing @ semi-hiatus (@thekominatos) November 5, 2018
If something in Harry Potter had to change, fans hoped it’d be this…
Well, this or perhaps one of the other major deaths.
There were, however, some readers who felt Hedwig’s death was an important moment.
But, for the truly die-hard Hedwig-heads, knowing he’s still safely hiding off in some tree is incredibly comforting.
Emotions were definitely running high…
I saw an edit of a passage in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows about Hedwig not dying and I'm very emotional please leave me alone that owl was my heart and soul
— Mahala Gale (@mahaha_baha) November 6, 2018
these Hedwig edits of Hedwig from Harry Potter got me crying ?
— g (@kombuchabrother) April 6, 2015
Could the outpouring of love for Hedwig even sway author J.K. Rowling? Probably not…but there’s always a chance.
I've never felt worse about that thing I did to Hedwig. https://t.co/5jyA0T23ka
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 1, 2018