‘Harry Potter’: J.K. Rowling Says Ron & Hermione Shouldn’t Have Gotten Together

Published 8 months ago by , Updated February 4th, 2014 at 10:16 am,

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Back when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 opened in Summer 2011, most people had little to no doubt that it would NOT mark the end of the eponymous boy wizard’s term as part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Sure enough, since then Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has begun writing a spinoff movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in addition to producing a play about Harry’s unpleasant time growing up in the Dursley household (before learning of his magical heritage, that is).

Rowling has caused something of a stir within the Harry Potter fan community, and not because of anything having to do with future projects set in the Potter-verse (either in written form and/or on the big screen). No, the storyteller has instead revealed a major regret she’s since had about her books and the movies based on them – that she ultimately had Harry’s BFFs Ron and Hermione get together.

These quotes will be printed in an upcoming issue of Wonderland magazine, but were picked up by The Sunday Times (hat tip to /Film) and have since been spreading around the internet like wildfire; Rowling, for her part, anticipated as much, but was nonetheless frank in speaking her mind about this particular issue:

“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. 

“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.”

Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the Harry Potter films, was being interviewed alongside Rowling at the time and commented on that idea, saying “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.”

[UPDATE: For clarification, the headline for the original Sunday Times article is "JK Admits Hermione Should Have Wed Harry" (via CNN), even though she is not quoted as saying that explicitly in the excerpts taken from the article, featured above. This is where the claim that Rowling believes Harry and Hermione should've ended up together comes from.]

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Twist ending – turns out Ron was the third wheel this whole time

Funnily enough, screenwriter Steve Kloves – who penned seven of the eight Harry Potter movies – is not only an open fan of Hermione, but he’s long been accused of being a Harry/Hermione “shipper” by many hardcore fans, based on the argument that his scripts devoted more time to developing that relationship than the Hermione/Ron romance. So, if you were to argue that Harry/Hermione makes the most sense, then the movies would be a better place to start with than the books (in the latter, Ron wasn’t quite so dunder-headed as he was onscreen).

The Harry Potter fan in me probably would’ve gotten more excited had Rowling said she wishes that Harry had ended up with Luna Lovegood – or if she admitted that Remus Lupin was gay (Alfonso Cuarón thought so) and having him get together with Nymphadora Tonks was a bad idea – but then again, I was always somewhat outside the box with my Harry Potter shippings.

How about it, Harry Potter fans – are you glad that Ron and Hermione got together? Or would Harry and Hermione (or something else altogether) have been the more reasonable choice?

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Source: The Sunday Times [via /Film]

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  1. it would make more sense and I think have been cooler if Hermoine and Harry ended up together. I mean how does someone like Ron attract a girl like Hermoine?

  2. personally I am glad that Rob and Hermoine were the ones to get together. I hated Harry throughout all the books I think he is a stupid and annoying whiner. I dont even think he deserved Ginny I felt she was way to hot for him, totally out of his league!!

    • Wow, you have very strong thoughts on this…

  3. come one ron the ginger being able to hook up with a chick? how is that believable! especially since the movies came out during the ginger have no souls videos. i could see ron being able to land a nerdy chick with giant eyeglasses who doesn’t really know she’s attractive without glasses but with emma no way ever. i’m not saying emma is a bombshell i’m just saying there’s no way a ginger can land a slightly above average chick.

  4. Well if u re-read deathly Hallows. It is kind of spelled out how Dumbledore and the dark wizard from his childhood kind of had a thing going on (though it was onesided), which would explain why Dumbledore let things go so far when they were dabbling in wizard supremacy.

    • I have to disagree with you about the obviousness of it, when i first read it i thought the bond dumbledore had with grindelwald was because of the fact that he finally met someone who was his equal both intellectually and in terms of power. It still works, just not as much as him being gay. But him being gay should been stated in the story rather than told to the audience

  5. ron the ginger being able to hook up with a chick? how is that believable! i could see ron being able to land a nerdy chick with giant eyeglasses who doesn’t really know she’s attractive without glasses but with emma no way ever. i’m not saying emma is a bombshell i’m just saying there’s no way a ginger can land a slightly above average chick! I think ginger women are hot but ginger men kind remind me of ronald mcdonald or that clown fromt he movie it

    • We’re not talking about Emma. She is much better looking than how Hermione is described in the book.

  6. I always thought Hermonie had a thing for Ron…when they first met on the train. When she reminded him he has dirt on his nose. it was suttle…but I think it’s cool that an attractive guy would end up with the hot chick. Look at that UGLY bastard Jay-Z and Beyonce. Then again…I think that relationship is all about money and business.

  7. Harry Potter shouldn’t have ended up with Ginny, or Hermione. His destiny was to stay alone (at least at the start) and face the tasks of becoming the Head of Hogwarths or of the Ministry of Magic.

    Hermione, should also have stayed alone (at least at the end of the end of the storyline) and become the brightest and most powerful wizard in history.

    Ron should also have ended up alone and become a strong, valiant and powerful soldier as forshadowed in the chess game of the first book/movie.

    With all three staying together to battle whatever comes up.

    There was no need to have any of them become stereopypical couples.

  8. I DO NOT AGREE. I LOVE Romione! They’re perfect for each other! It’s the HP fandom against JK. I feel betrayed!

  9. Is it odd I ship(?) Harry/Cho & Hermione/Viktor, I’ve no idea who Ron should be with.