It's been a full four years since J.K. Rowling published the final entry in the 'Harry Potter' series and almost a full week since hordes of devoted fans sold out movie theaters across the nation to see 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2' at midnight. It's been an emotional journey for all us muggles, and even with the questionable 19-year flash-forward at the very end, we happen to love the way Rowling brought her story to a close. But according to the claims of British journalist Greg Palast, we almost got something pretty darn strange instead.

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]