According to a recent post on Palast's blog, he and Rowling became fast friends four years ago after both landing a spot on England's bestseller list, during which time he gave her his two cents on how he was disappointed by the way she ended her novels with a "'Showdown at the OK Corral' for wizards." So before settling on the ending we were treated to, she came up with a couple alternates, one of which Palast has shared with his readers.
You can head over to Palast's blog to read the passages for yourselves, but in a nutshell, it involves Harry being saved by the ghosts of Voldemort's parents, Voldemort morphing into an infant, and Ginny turning herself into a bird. As you can imagine, it's strange as hell and goes out on an oddly grim note that would have been a total buzzkill after such a lengthy investment, but whether Palast is full of it or this was actually a possibility, we're just glad Rowling went with what she did.
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[via Greg Palast]