Some new comments from author J.K. Rowling may please certain Harry Potter shippers while upsetting others. In an interview by series star Emma Watson, Rowling expressed uncertainty over the relationship between Ron and Hermione, admitting that it made more sense in hindsight to pair Hermione with Harry instead. There are plenty of fans of the books and movies (and fanfic) who fall on either side of this divide, so Rowling may have stirred up a hornet’s nest, unintentionally or otherwise. See what Rowling had to say after the jump.
In an upcoming issue of the magazine Wonderland (via Hypable), in which Watson guests as an editor and interviewer, Rowling made the following admission:
“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.”
Watson added her own two cents, saying:
“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.”
Despite the reveal that Ron and Hermione raised two children (Rose and Hugo Weasley), Rowling admits that the magical couple would have needed “relationship therapy.” While, that would certainly be a new twist to the existing world of Harry Potter, I’d be very surprised if there was to be any sort of George Lucas-type retconning of the existing films. Rowling, however, is now dabbling in screenwriting for future films set in the world of Harry Potter, so don’t discount the possibility of a future series adaptation with revisions by Rowling. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!