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J.K. Rowling Regrets Ron and Hermione Love Match

J.K. Rowling says that “distance has given [her] perspective” on the decision to have Hermione marry Ron in the seventh and final novel in her hugely popular Harry Potter series.

In an interview with Wonderland Magazine’s guest editor Emma Watson, she admits that she wrote the Hogwarts students a “happy” ending more for “personal reasons” and “wish fulfillment,” rather than literary credibility.

In fact, she thinks that Hermione should have ended up with Harry, and that eventually Ron and Hermione would have needed counseling to stay together.

Do you hear that clacking sound? That’s the sound of thousands of keyboards pounding out new fan-fic based on these revelations. Next thing you know, we’ll discover that Cedric Diggory didn’t die in the Triwizard Tournament, but instead became a super sparkly vampire and moved to the Pacific Northwest.

Okay, your turn: Do you agree that the Ron-Hermione resolution was a mistake or did it work for you? Put your thoughts in the comments below.

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19 comments

  • I love Ron and Hermione!. Rowling had the mind set they should be together when she wrote the books and the movies were mad. Emma and Rupert were a beautiful couple. Rupert played awkward high school boy so well! It was unique in the way you saw them grow up together and their story slowly evolve. She will feel sentimental for them again one day! Personally they are what I like about the movee

  • Ultimately, I think it’s a mistake to assume that anyone who gets together in their teens should marry that person. Some highschool sweethearts make it, but most people continue to grow and change as they enter adulthood.

    Oh, and the fanfic already exists on youtube. It’s called “Harry Potter Ten Years Later” and it’s hilarious.

  • Clearly the signs were there for the reader to believe that they were “meant to be” together. Because two people who disagree so much must obviously love one another. It’s sweet, and I’m not unhappy with it, but if you look at Hermione at Ron’s personalities, they don’t seem like the most compatible couple. I think it would have been perfectly fine if they all remained best friends but went their separate ways romantically. There are other people in the world.

  • When I read the books when I was in middle school to high school, I always had the impression that Harry and Hermione would get together, and I was surprised to see that was not the case. I do not dislike Ron and Hermione getting together, but I did not expect it.

  • I think that if you think that those folks stayed together for all those years before they had children, you would be wrong ;) I think they went about their post you know who lives. Hermione left them all behind for a while and when she came back Ron became someone she could truly love. Ginny hooked up with Harry and then went on her merry way… then Harry spent the next 7 years pursuing her! Okay, are we all happy with how it ended? Great!

  • Of course Harry and Hermione should have ended up together, if for no other reason than this…

    Ron was supposed to die in the last book.

    It was all foreshadowed in the final battle of the first book in the series, when Ron sacrificed himself on the chess board, so Harry could advance and defeat Voldemort.

    Ron’s death would have given a character than had become a petulant twit in the last couple of books a heroic exit. It would have also driven a wedge between Harry and Hermione that would have given the series a melancholy end in spite of the defeat of Voldemort…and it would have set the stage for their eventual love connection in a more Dresden Files-like series of adventures that Rowling could continued on with after a few years.

    I’m glad that she can at least admit to her mistake. I just wish she would go the extra mile and correct it by having the end of Book 7 prove to be a false reality constructed by Voldemort, who created it before “ALMOST” being defeated in the final battle at Hogwarts. A new Book 8 could undo the damage of the crappy original by retconning things. I would love to read a more adult-oriented Potter series.

  • I don’t see why anyone should of ended up with each other at all. Most relationships that happen during adolescence are doomed to failure (regardless of the drama). Maybe there could of been a fling, but the whole 19 years later thing was weak. Ron and Hermonie to me were fine. But Ginny and Harry should of been nixed. Also, it could of given her room to write new stories. . .

  • Honesty yes I did. I always thought it was bad writing that Ron and Hermione ended up together. The foundation was there for a Hermione/Harry match-up. For one they were the most compatible and improved upon each other in so many ways.

    It also resulted in a predatory relationship for Harry where he marries a younger girl who grew up worshiping him as a famous guy instead of as someone she knew. It would be like if oh I dunno someone famous like Tom Cruise married someone like oh Katie Holmes.

    But you know whatever like that would ever happen in real life.

  • Well, duh. Obviously, Harry and Hermione SHOULD have ended up together, I mean seriously, they were far more intellectually compatible with each other… Do I really need to say anymore than that?

  • I think that they should have ended up together. They always had that classic hatred for one another at first that we all knew would turn into something more. They’re personalities are totally opposite but compliment one another. It completely works in my opinion

  • I admit that while reading the books, a part of me wanted Harry and Hermione to ‘get together’. although, I think it would have distracted too much from their task in the end and Harry and Ginny’s relationship strengthens the family/brotherly bond between Harry and Ron. So, all in all, I approve of the conclusion as it stands. (They could have had an experimental kiss somewhere along the lines tho :P )

  • I think Harry and Hermione could have worked, but I kind of liked that Ron and Hermione ended up together and Harry and Ginny ended up together because they were all actually family in the end. Its kind of a graceful ending for a boy who started with a small extended family that basically abused him to finish with a huge family that loves him as much as he loves them.

    I do kind of wish we’d had more of Ginny though.

  • I’m reading the books to my three year old and it seems pretty much a given that Ron was going to end up with Hermione. Once you know that they end up together you wonder how you could have missed the signs.