If you’re familiar with JK Rowling‘s wildly popular Harry Potter series, then you know that the three main characters are Harry Potter and his two friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. The trio is very close and has been through a lot together, so it’s not surprising that when the book series came to an end with the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, that two of the friends would eventually find love with each other.
But, were these two friends really meant to be? Should they have ended up together? In an interview excerpted by the UK’s Sunday Times, British author Rowling admitted that Hermione ended up with the wrong man.
Check out the details here below – and obviously Spoilers for the Harry Potter series.
[Harry Potter stars Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson in 2007. Shutterstock, used with permission.]
In the Harry Potter saga, the highly intelligent, talented witch Hermione, played on screen by Emma Watson, eventually develops feelings for her friend Ron (Rupert Grint in the films), the red-headed slacker who spent a large portion of the series with an inferiority complex. By the end of the story, the two friends admit their love for each other and in the epilogue, we learn they married and had children, who they are seen taking to the famed Platform 9 3/4 for their trip to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Now, Rowling admits that Hermione shouldn’t have ended up with Ron, and that they are not a “credible couple.”
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. 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.”
Harry Potter has a very dedicated fan base, many of whom might be angered by this revelation, and Rowling knows this.
“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.
So, who should Hermione have ended up with? The hero of the saga, The Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter, that’s who. Watson, who conducted the interview with the author for Wonderland magazine, said she thinks there are fans who wondered whether Ron could make Hermione happy, and said that Hermione and Harry would have been “a better match,” while Rowling said she thinks Ron and Hermione would have eventually needed relationship counseling.
The full interview will be published in the February issue of Wonderland, which hits newsstands on February 7, 2014, and features Watson as a guest editor.
This is an interesting revelation by Rowling, who seems to like to drop bombs like this every so often (remember the whole Dumbledore is gay thing?). But we saw from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that when Hermione was dating Viktor Krum, the strong, good-looking athlete wasn’t smart enough to keep the young witch’s mind stimulated. So, it’s highly unlikely that Hermione would want to attach herself to someone like Ron. Who do you think Hermione should have married – Ron or Harry (or someone else)?