Did Hermione wind up with the wrong guy? Potter series author J.K. Rowling thinks so. In an interview with Emma Watson in Wonderland magazine -- and quoted in this weekend's London Sunday Times -- she says Hermione should have married Harry Potter, not Ron. Meanwhile, millions of Harry Potter fans spit out their tea. WOT!?! Rowling admits she let the relationship flower for personal reasons, but thinks now it was a literary mistake. Oh if only she could cast a magical spell that could turn back time!
I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.
I know, I’m sorry. I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.
Whatever, Rowling. You just turned fans' lives upside-down, that's all. Although, I always did wonder why she'd made that choice. I have to agree when Rowling says she thinks Ron and Hermione would have needed marriage counseling in order to make their marriage work. I always imagined Hermione someday tiring of Ron and leaving him for Potter, who was always a much better match for her power and passion. I'm not the only one. Rowling says, "I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.” Mmm, no. Not long-term. She's right.
Do you agree that Rowling made a mistake in pairing off Hermione and Ron?
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