JK Rowling believes that she made a mistake by not having Hermione Granger and Harry Potter end up together forever in her best-selling books.
The author disclosed that she brought Hermione and Ron Weasley together for “very personal reasons,” not because they were a “credible” couple.
She said this weekend in an interview: “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.”
Rowling revealed in an epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the series’ seventh and final installment, that Ron and Hermione were endgame.
They were to marry and have two children, while Harry would wed Ron’s younger sister, Ginny. That’s all she wrote … until she changed her mind?
The novelist has now said that she believes Ron and Hermione would have ended up needing relationship counseling, The Sunday Times reported.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the films, says she agrees with Rowling, whom she interviewed as guest editor of the new issue of Wonderland.
The 23-year-old said: “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.”
Many Harry Potter devotees, however, reacted with horror to the suggestion that two of their best loved characters were not meant to be together.
This is not the first time that the 48-year-old Rowling has stunned fans by making pronouncements about her characters outside the pages of her books.
In 2007 she told an audience in New York that she “always thought” that wizard and headmaster of Hogwarts School Albus Dumbledore is gay.
Some Potter fans are angry that she is “entering on their territory,” as they put it, “intervening in the process of understanding and reading these stories.”
“In some ways she is speaking for the books instead of letting the books speak for themselves,” said one observer to The Telegraph, but who’s to stop her?
The Harry Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies and have been made into films that made billions (with a B) in box office revenues.
Rowling’s juggernaut books have inspired legions of devoted fans who write fan fiction and watch movies online, years after the franchise concluded.
Who can blame Rowling for having an opinion, just like her fans? Whether you agree it is another story: Should Harry and Hermione have gotten married?