For many Potter-heads, the death of Hedwig, Harry's beloved pet owl, in the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was one of the most distressing moments of the entire series. Why they wondered, was it necessary to kill off Harry's trusty sidekick?
It all happens during the 'Battle of Seven Potters' at the height of the 'Second Wizarding War' when the beloved snowy owl is murdered by one of Voldemort's Death Eaters. However, in this new version, she is simply injured and lives to fly another day. Thank goodness!
In the amended passage, the fan has written:
"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".
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The unnamed fan posted the amendment to the Harry Potter fan page MuggleNet.com, where it quickly went viral. Many fans were quick to praise the amendment on the page, even suggesting new amendments.
One wrote: Perfect. Now, fix Dobby. He just didn't deserve to die.
Another added: Now do Sirius.
And a third summed it up: The only Fan theory I approve.
Author JK Rowling even referenced the death on Twitter. Taking to the social media site, she wrote:
"I have never felt worse about that thing I did to Hegwid".