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J.K. Rowling Admits Harry Potter and Hermione Should Have Ended Up Together

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It’s been seven years since the ‘Harry Potter‘ book series came to a close and almost three years since the films wrapped up. It’s safe to say that this popular tale has officially and definitively come to an end…except author J.K. Rowling has now made the startling admission that the brainy Hermione Granger should have ended up with Harry himself, not the bumbling Ron Weasley.

As anyone who has read the books or seen the films knows (and we’re going to go ahead and assume you have because you’re a human being who is reading a movie website), the saga of Mr. Potter concluded with the defeat of the evil Lord Voldemort and the various characters all pairing off. In the final scenes of the last film and book, we learn that Harry marries Ron’s sister Ginny and that Hermione ties the knot with Ron himself.

It’s a creative decision that Rowling now regrets. Talking with Emma Watson (who played Hermione in the films) for a special Wonderland magazine interview (via the Sunday Times), the creator of the Potter universe says:

 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.

Heart = shattered, Mrs. Rowling. But do go on:

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.

Yeah, okay. Keep on stomping on those heart shards. Do it. At least Ms. Watson thinks you got it right … right?

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.

Thanks for nothing, Hermione. Now we can’t help but think about Ron Weasley as a sexually inadequate husband and lousy father.

In all seriousness, it’s always fascinating to listen to creators discuss what they would have changed in their work long after the fact. People aren’t going to stop talking about Harry Potter any time soon and it’s actually really cool to know that Rowling herself will be a part of the conversation. Now, we get to look forward to the eventual sequel novels where a dissatisfied Hermione dumps Rob and attempts to wreck Harry’s marriage to win him back. Call it ‘Harry Potter and the Fatal Attraction.’

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