I was rather alarmed today to look on Twitter and find some recent comments from JK Rowling, stating that the relationship between Ron and Hermione was “wish fulfilment” on her part, and that the two ended up together “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.”
Like many fans, I was shocked to find the author of these beloved books saying such things. After all, Rowling knows these characters better than anyone, and years later, she’s become unsure about something as important as whether two particular characters should have become a couple? It made me a bit sad, as well: I had no problem envisioning Ron and Hermione together. I actually had a little more trouble with Harry and Ginny: I had always liked the idea of them getting together, but Harry’s feelings for Ginny developed too abruptly for me.
Later, I went on another news website talking about the same thing – an article that began by saying how JK Rowling had revealed in an interview that Hermione should have gotten together with Harry, not Ron. This alarmed me even more. Surely she couldn’t be serious? Harry and Hermione were perfectly fine as friends! (See this excellent essay on the subject.)
I was originally going to write a post on this blog detailing my feelings on the matter, but then I noticed something.
All the quotes from the interview on these various news articles are Rowling (and Emma Watson) saying that maybe Ron and Hermione wouldn’t have been happy. I can’t find any quote from Rowling saying, “I think Hermione should have ended up with Harry instead.”
Maybe I’m wrong. The full interview is in a magazine and I haven’t read it; maybe there is a bit where Rowling says something along those lines and it just hasn’t appeared on the Internet. But if not…well, I guess that’ll teach me to be more attentive next time. One wonders what Rowling will think of these misrepresentations.
One also wonders who she thinks Hermione should have gotten together with instead. Neville? Krum? Or maybe she doesn’t need a man to make it happen, she gets off being free?
For the record, I do believe that Ron and Hermione had good chemistry and the relationship could have worked out fine. But I’m not the one who created them.