It’s the second day of Pottermore’s 12 Days of Christmas and, in a new piece of writing, J.K. Rowling has revealed discarded details about Florean Fortescue, the owner of Diagon Alley’s ice cream parlor, who Harry meets in Prisoner of Azkaban.

The author has shared two new pieces of writing as part of the Half-Blood Prince Pottermore moments. In them, Rowling reveals new details about the wizard pub The Leaky Cauldron and Florean Fortescue, business resident of Diagon Alley and a descendant of Dexter Fortescue, a former Hogwarts headmaster.

Rowling explains that when Harry first met Florean at the beginning of the third book she made sure to establish Fortescue’s great knowledge about medieval wizards because she originally planned for him to be the conduit for clues that Harry needed during his quest for the Deathly Hallows. The rough plan intended for Harry, Ron and Hermione to have to rescue Florean from the hands of the Death Eaters in the seventh and last book to get from him information about the Elder Wand and the diadem of Ravenclaw.

“The problem was that when I came to write the key parts of Deathly Hallows I decided that Phineas Nigellus Black was a much more satisfactory means of conveying clues,” she writes. “Florean’s information on the diadem also felt redundant, as I could give the reader everything he or she needed by interviewing the Grey Lady.”

Upon arriving at this conclusion, Rowling realized she had him kidnapped and killed for no 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,” she wrote.

One of the few criticisms about the plot of the quest for the Hallows back in 2007 was that it came out of nowhere. A few fans thought that, because there had been not a single mention of these objects in the previous six books, Rowling hadn’t planned for the Hallows to have such a prominent role in the conclusion of the series from early on. So it’s great to know this details from the author herself and receive confirmation that the Deathly Hallows were in Rowling’s mind from a very early time.

Click here to go to the Pottermore moment in which you can read the full entry by J.K. Rowling. You can also read the new information on The Leaky Cauldron. Rowling reveals details about the pub’s origins and how it was built even before Charing Cross Road was planned, making it London’s real oldest pub.

Keep coming back to the site as we await for further updates in the following days leading up to Christmas.

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