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Grim Reaper is coming for a Potter character

Deseret Morning News Graphic Ian Torrance, Associated Press

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said Friday that one of her characters will not survive the next book in her series about the young wizard, reports The Associated Press.

Asked on her official Web site whether she planned to kill off any more characters, Rowling replied, "Yes, sorry." But she refused to identify that character.

The sixth book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," is due to be published next year.

Potter himself is safe, at least for now. Rowling has previously said her teenage hero will survive until the seventh and final book in the series but has refused to say whether he will reach adulthood.