The Harry Potter fandom was rocked this weekend by it's creator, J.K Rowling's interview in Wonderland, which was published by the Sunday Times. In it Rowling admits that she regrets pairing up Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, and that Hermione should rather have ended up with Harry Potter.
|Hermione Granger and Harry Potter|
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.
I completely disagree! One of the things I love most about the Harry Potter series is that Harry and Hermione love each other very much, but not romantically. I think it was so important to imprint that truth on young readers - that boys and girls can be friends without it having to turn romantic. Harry and Hermione each became the brother and sister the other never had. The strength and depth of their friendship without a hint of romance is truly one of the best plot lines of the entire series. Besides, it would have been way too cliché for the Hermione and Harry to fall in love - also, it might have become the focal point of the story, and that would have been a shame.
I also believe that Harry and Hermione are generally too serious together. Ginny (Weasley, whom Harry married) is perfect for Harry, and I wanted them to get together from pretty early on. She is exactly the calm he needs after the storm that was his youth. Ginny is grounded, dependable and safe. Her love has always been there to keep Harry anchored. It never smothered him, it was just easy and right and exactly what he needed. He also knew it would always be there - he broke things off with Ginny before he left on his horcrux quest to protect her, and she was not only strong enough to not fall apart or resent him for it, she supported Harry. In his absence she reconvened Dumbledore's Army and fought her own battles inside Hogwarts. Ginny herself is pretty darn tough, and very deserving of Harry. They make a great team.
|Ginny Weasly and Harry Potter|
Hermione, on the other hand, would not have been happy with someone serious. She needs someone to lighten the mood and make her laugh. For whatever reason, for her that person has always been Ron. Ron might not be the perfect romantic hero, but this too is an important truth - someone doesn't need to be perfect to be perfect for you.
|Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger|
Rowling got it just right the first time, and all she managed to do with this interview is make people question her credibility as an author. She broke so many moulds and defied so many stereotypes with this series, and now she just went and ruined it all by this idiotic statement. This is one regret she should have kept to herself; no good came of admitting it.
|Ron, Hermione and Harry after the Battle at Hogwarts|
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