We all have regrets. J.K. Rowling’s regrets come in the form of the futures of characters from her books. When the Harry Potter series wrapped up years ago Rowling had written Hermoine and Ron into a relationship, but now she’s finding herself questioning the decision and her own motivation behind it.
Rowling was recently interviewed by Emma Watson for Wonderland Magazine. Instead of a casual catch-up session Rowling came in and dropped the bomb that she thought Hermoine should have ended up with Harry Potter himself in the long run, not his best friend Ron Weasley. Watson, who of course played Hermoine in the film franchise, agreed that a lot of the fans might wonder “if whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.” Oh man.
To explain her discomfort over the decision Rowling then admits that the choice in placing Ron and Hermoine together in holy matrimony came out of her own “wish fulfillment” and reasons that had “little to do with literature.” She went on to say that Hermoine and Ron would have needed relationship counseling.
Obviously concerned for the emotions of dedicated fans around the globe, Rowling went on to state:
“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.”
The interview has ignited a lot of public response to the Ron and Hermoine relationship scandal, some denying that anything could have possibly been done differently, and some agreeing with her regret wholeheartedly. If imaginary wizards have trouble finding love, what are us muggles supposed to do out here in the real world. Livelihoods are at stake here people, albeit fictionalized ones. Hey J.K., maybe we can get an alternate ending and a new Harry Potter book out of this confession! That might heal some hearts.