Poor Ron. Almost seven years after “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was released and nearly three years after the last movie in the franchise, J.K. Rowling tells Emma Watson that she thinks Hermione should have married Harry instead of Ron. Watson is the guest editor of Wonderland magazine’s next issue and interviewed the author.
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” said Rowling via an excerpt from The Sunday Times. “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.”
She added: “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.”
Watson tends to agree with the author, 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.”
Rowling also says that she believes Ron and Hermione would have ended up needing relationship counseling, according to the newspaper.
Wonderland magazine has not published the full interview online, so perhaps there’s more to this than The Sunday Times is saying? The new issue of the magazine will be out this week.
What do you think? Do you think Rowling made the right call in the epilogue of “Deathly Hallows”?
UPDATE: Bloody hell! The full text of the Wonderland magazine article has surfaced and it turns out that The Sunday Times sensationalized what J.K. Rowling actually said. Once you read it, you can see that nothing has changed as far as how she wanted to tell the story.