HARRY POTTER Author J.K. Rowling Admits Hermione Should Have Wed Harry

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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.

j-k-rowling-harry-potter-and=hermioneIn 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!

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  • Anthony Michael

    There aren’t going to be any revisions. Don’t be stupid.

    • Leo Spaceman

      Isn’t she writing another book? She could have a little story in their saying they are still hooking up on the side.

      Maybe Harry is sneaking some Polyjuice potions and then turns into Ron and then Hermione drugs Ron and Harry and Hermione go on dates in public and s**t and no one has a clue.

      Still I thought it was good that Hermione didn’t end up with Harry, it would have felt too formularic for Harry to get the girl. And besides, who would Ginny have married then? Ron?

      • Bhammer100

        I don’t think people would be very happy with your little story.

  • DAGJWFAN

    She didn’t actually say that Hermione should have ended with Harry, Dave. She just said that Hermione and Ron weren’t the perfect couple.

    • Emlyr

      Actually, according to the article by Hypable, she does say it. In fact, the Wonderland magazine interview is apparently entitled “JK admits Hermione should have wed Harry.”

  • Jurandir Pacheco

    Shut the hell up, JK! Do not spoil your own masterpiece for nothing.

    • Jordan O’Hagan

      If anyone is allowed to spoil the Harry Potter series for nothing, it is J.K. Rowling. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are hers, forever and ever…

    • Dev1359

      She’s probably just saying this to whore some media attention. Remember when she announced for absolutely no reason that Dumbledore was gay?

      • VicManMan

        There were a lot of hints in the book that he was gay though.

      • Harry Twatter

        Did he die from Magical Aids?

      • mbmarquis69

        Rowling has a vast amount of knowledge concerning every character’s back story. She has details locked inside that brilliant head of hers that never made it into any of the books.

        She was asked a simple question regarding Dumbledore and his views on love and relationships. JK responded honestly that Dumbledore was gay, so he had been in love once. It was simply a matter of fact for her.

        People like to claim it was just to stir up controversy or it was unnecessary, but I think they are assigning an unfair motivation to Rowling.

      • mbmarquis69

        Rowling has a vast amount of knowledge concerning every character’s back story. She has details locked inside that brilliant head of hers that never made it into any of the books.

        She was asked a simple question regarding Dumbledore and his views on love and relationships. JK responded honestly that Dumbledore was gay, so he had been in love once. It was simply a matter of fact for her.

        People like to claim it was just to stir up controversy or it was unnecessary, but I think they are assigning an unfair motivation to Rowling.

      • steph_the_potterhead

        I’m sorry to butt in but why would she need to say anything to make her more popular or to get attention I mean she’s already popular so I guess she can say what she wants because she already has plenty of popularity and I don’t think her intentions were of getting more attention (I hope that made sense lol)

      • steph_the_potterhead

        I’m sorry to butt in but why would she need to say anything to make her more popular or to get attention I mean she’s already popular so I guess she can say what she wants because she already has plenty of popularity and I don’t think her intentions were of getting more attention (I hope that made sense lol)

      • steph_the_potterhead

        I’m sorry to butt in but why would she need to say anything to make her more popular or to get attention I mean she’s already popular so I guess she can say what she wants because she already has plenty of popularity and I don’t think her intentions were of getting more attention (I hope that made sense lol)

    • Anthony Michael

      she’s not going to spoil anything. The idea of “revision” is an idiotic reach by the poster of this article. Expressing a regret in how she went about a creative decision does not imply in the slightest that she is considering revising her work.

      Furthermore, such a revision is not the same as having Han wait an extra second to fire, or adding extra monsters in the background of a shot. To cut out the Ron/Hermione relationship and change it to Harry would cause such a domino effect of plot changes that she would have to completely re-write half of the books.

      • steph_the_potterhead

        And she actually said he was kinda in love with Grindelwald in an interview ^_^

  • calebrcrawford

    I thought Hermione not ending up with Harry was one of the tid-bits that made HP so unlike all the other young fantasy lit out there. I do not see how she can think she made a mistake.

    • Redemption

      I agree. Before I read the series, I always assumed Harry and Hermione would end up together. I’m glad Rowling didn’t go the predictable route. And the books shouldn’t be confused with the movies: Emma Watson was way hotter than Hermione was written in the book, and Ginny was mostly poorly adapted and lacked chemistry with Radcliffe.

      I don’t necessarily think an authors opinion should be considered canon. For example, if Chris Nolan said the end of Inception was in a dream it wouldn’t change my opinion that it was real. If a creator feels so passionate about how something should be interpreted then they should put it in the actual work.

    • Lance

      Yeah, the growing romantic relationship between Ron and Hermione took me by surprise, but you know, sometimes love is funny, and the people you think should get together just don’t have chemistry.

      Harry and Hermione getting together… eh, if it happened that way originally I wouldn’t have thought to much about it, but it would have been totally expected.

    • mbmarquis69

      She is also on record as having said precisely that. She didn’t want the story to be a cliche “Hero gets the lead girl.”

      In retrospect it might not have been the best choice, but it was made for the right reasons.

      (Harry and Hermione make a great team, so it’s easy to see why some people would think they should have ended up a couple).

    • mbmarquis69

      She is also on record as having said precisely that. She didn’t want the story to be a cliche “Hero gets the lead girl.”

      In retrospect it might not have been the best choice, but it was made for the right reasons.

      (Harry and Hermione make a great team, so it’s easy to see why some people would think they should have ended up a couple).

  • Person

    The Ron/Hermione dynamic always reminded me of Ray/Debra from Everybody Loves Raymond. Kinda stupid, lazy but lovable guy with smart and uptight girl — happens all the time in real life too.

  • TJW

    If you want, you can pretend that Ron’s kid gets hit by a Muggle bus on his watch and he decides to become the New Lord Voldemort. This leads to a divorce and Hermione/Harry team up against the Weasleys. It’s fiction.

  • Bhammer100

    I like Harry Potter. But fans take this stuff way too seriously.

  • Tams

    Slowly She’s turning into Lucas.

    • Anthony Michael

      Nonsense. She’s expressing a feeling that she thinks she should have done something differently, in hindsight. Creative people do this *all of the time.* Typically, they don’t just finish a work and then never think about it again. They usually don’t pretend that they got everything perfect either.

      She isn’t considering changing anything. That part of the story is uneducated speculation by the author of the article.

  • Akio Morte

    All the “moments” with Ron and Hermione always felt kinda forced. Even in the books I could never figure out what Hermione saw in him. Their characters had no chemistry. On top of that Emma Watson grew up to be mega hot. That combined with her over achieving character put her way out of the league of loser Ron. Harry and Ginny made sense though.

  • NICK НΛRT

    lol you guys are weird. get over it, its her book she can say whatever the fuck she wants

  • NICK НΛRT

    lol you guys are weird. get over it, its her book she can say whatever the fuck she wants

  • Marineboy

    Neither Ron nor Harry could satisfy Hermione’s lust in adulthood.

    Burt Wonderstone might have tho ;)

  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    She makes this shit up for publicity.

  • Theatre Junkie

    What she should be sorry for is The Deathly Hallows. The book was a disgracing way to end the series she had built so high. This ‘reveal’ is tripe

  • Theatre Junkie

    What she should be sorry for is The Deathly Hallows. The book was a disgracing way to end the series she had built so high. This ‘reveal’ is tripe

  • Excpired

    It was pretty clear that the Hermione and Ron storyline was to avoid the obvious conclusion that Harry & Hermione would get together. I wish that it had gone that way instead of pairing him up with Ron’s sister for really no reason, if anything they should have paired him up with Lovegood or the asian girl that would’ve been good. There is no way she is going to rewrite that story though, and writing two divorces into the series if they ever worked with those characters again wouldn’t go over very well as a kids book series.

    • yrulaughing

      imagine this: Rose or Hugo Weasley decides that Ron is a terrible father and husband and that Hermione deserves better. said child acquires or finds a way to create a Time Turner, goes back to when their parents were still at Hogwarts, and starts screwing with stuff in an effort to change their fate and cause Hermione to choose Harry, not Ron.

      just like in JJ’s Star Trek, it could create an alternate timeline so as not to invalidate the existing series

      Rowling has used a time travel plot device before, she can do it again

      • Guest

        So they’re going to erase themselves by doing that. Smart.

      • yrulaughing

        if it was an alternate timeline like I described, then no, it would avoid causality paradoxes like that

    • yrulaughing

      imagine this: Rose or Hugo Weasley decides that Ron is a terrible father and husband and that Hermione deserves better. said child acquires or finds a way to create a Time Turner, goes back to when their parents were still at Hogwarts, and starts screwing with stuff in an effort to change their fate and cause Hermione to choose Harry, not Ron.

      just like in JJ’s Star Trek, it could create an alternate timeline so as not to invalidate the existing series

      Rowling has used a time travel plot device before, she can do it again

  • Excpired

    It was pretty clear that the Hermione and Ron storyline was to avoid the obvious conclusion that Harry & Hermione would get together. I wish that it had gone that way instead of pairing him up with Ron’s sister for really no reason, if anything they should have paired him up with Lovegood or the asian girl that would’ve been good. There is no way she is going to rewrite that story though, and writing two divorces into the series if they ever worked with those characters again wouldn’t go over very well as a kids book series.

  • Sense

    Harry and Hermione absolutely should have ended up together. The fact that they didn’t is a joke. Just like Dawson and Joey. They too should have ended up together.

    • milo

      And right there is the difference between writing a decent story and making decisions for the sake of pandering to the audience’s wish fulfillment.

  • yrulaughing

    before deathly hallows came out, my prediction was that Ron would die, since the magnitude of character deaths had increased with each of the previous 3 books, and seemed to be leading up to the death of one of the 3 main characters, for MAXIMUM EMOTIONAL PUNCH

    my prediction was that Ron’s death would cause Harry and Hermione to bond while struggling to cope with their friend’s passing, and result in them ending up together.

    oh well, at least there’s massive quantities of fanfiction describing exactly that scenario…

  • yrulaughing

    before deathly hallows came out, my prediction was that Ron would die, since the magnitude of character deaths had increased with each of the previous 3 books, and seemed to be leading up to the death of one of the 3 main characters, for MAXIMUM EMOTIONAL PUNCH

    my prediction was that Ron’s death would cause Harry and Hermione to bond while struggling to cope with their friend’s passing, and result in them ending up together.

    oh well, at least there’s massive quantities of fanfiction describing exactly that scenario…

  • milo

    Artists often second guess themselves and honestly their first instincts are often the best. What she wrote completely worked, she’s just throwing gasoline on the fire of all the shippers. The main male and female characters can’t always end up hooking up in every work of fiction. And the way she did it made it so the romantic angle was very minimal, which was a good thing. There was never really any suspense of how that part of the story would play out.

    Thankfully there’s no practical way she could go back and change either the books or the movies.

  • milo

    Artists often second guess themselves and honestly their first instincts are often the best. What she wrote completely worked, she’s just throwing gasoline on the fire of all the shippers. The main male and female characters can’t always end up hooking up in every work of fiction. And the way she did it made it so the romantic angle was very minimal, which was a good thing. There was never really any suspense of how that part of the story would play out.

    Thankfully there’s no practical way she could go back and change either the books or the movies.

  • orianalianna

    Must be hellish being in her head if this is how conflicted she gets over a character romance literally done with years ago. Nobody forced her to do anything yet she gives the impression that she was not the one in charge of her own writing. Bizarre. I think she’s just torn that her non-harry potter book didn’t do as well.

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  • R. Morse

    The ending could not have been any better. Every once in a while, I drag out all of the Harry Potter DVD’s and play them from the beginning in a movie marathon.. I read only one book, even though my wife has them all, and I much prefer the movies. Watson’s portrayal of Hermione made the character shine so bright that anyone she chose to marry would be a step down. Ron was as good a choice as any

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