J.K. Rowling Says Dumbledore is the ‘Harry Potter’ Character She Misses Most

*NSYNC is reuniting, there’s a TLC biopic and in other “you’re getting old” news, this weekend marks the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’s U.S. publication. To celebrate, author J.K. Rowling gave a rare interview to Scholastic Books, the company that published all seven Harry Potter books, which aired Tuesday morning on Good Morning America. Rowling spoke about which Harry Potter character she misses most and, of course, it’s Dumbledore.

Above all the other characters in the Harry Potter series, he is the one I miss the most. I always say that I feel like I wrote Dumbledore from the back of my head. Sometimes he said things, and told Harry things, that I only knew I knew or believed when I saw that I’d written them down in the voice of Dumbledore. In fact, he was the character who was hardest to leave for me. And he is the person, if I could have anyone come back to me, physically, and sit and talk to me, it would be Dumbledore.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to Harry Potter fans, as Dumbledore served as the voice of wisdom and experience for Harry Potter. Rowling has previously spoken about her admiration for Dumbledore, calling him “the epitome of goodness” and saying he “often speaks for [her].”

To celebrate the series’ 15th anniversary, Scholastic is releasing a box set of all seven books with new cover art designed by artist Kazu Kibuishi.