J.K. Rowling Regrets Setting Up Ron And Hermione, Proving Once And For All Magic Isn’t Real

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Take a good look at that adorable GIF of Ron and Hermione giggling sweetly. Really soak it up. Appreciate it for one last moment before I blow it all to smithereens. How can I destroy that cute couple? By telling you that J.K. Rowling regrets Ron and Hermione’s romance.

I grew up on Harry Potter. I got each book as soon as it was released and I cared for the characters as someone cares for their favorite celebrities – I rooted for them, I Googled pictures of them, I actually cried when (spoiler alert from 10 years ago!) Sirius Black died. So to hear that J.K. Rowling is having second thoughts on Ron and Hermione’s relationship is akin to hearing the truth about Santa Claus as a child. Is nothing good in this world real?

In an interview I wish I had never read, the author admitted:

“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. 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.”

Breaking people’s hearts? Ms. Rowling, what will you tell us next?! That Cory and Topanga are getting a divorce? Did Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard fake that whole privately beautiful wedding? Far be it from breaking people’s hearts, you’re shaking the very foundation of our outlook on love! This isn’t Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth breaking up and losing engagement rings, this is real love crumbling beneath us. All in all, this news proves that in no way, shape or form is magic real. If two wizards with wands at their disposal can’t make a go of it, there’s no chance for us muggles. You might as well have sent a dementor my way, for it feels like my soul has been sucked out of my body.

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    • Kathy

      I hear you Meredith, but let’s remember that J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter stories before the actors had been cast for the movies. Once the movies were made – and became big hits, she still had more stories to write. Rowling wrote the last 3 or 4 books knowing that the first movies were a worldwide sensation. And I think it was in that sense that she’s saying it was wish fulfillment – she liked the idea of Rupert Grint and Emma Watson playing off each other and falling in love on the screen. I think the actors’ chemistry had something to do with it.

      • Trista

        I got something else from the bit about wish fulfillment. I think that she wanted the real-life people on whom (did I use that correctly?) Hermione and Ron are based to end up together. Since she presumably didn’t have control over a real-life romance, she used the books to do that.

      • Meredith Hirt

        So you don’t think she had it in mind from the very beginning, before she knew how huge it would become? That’s sad! I love the movies largely because they stay true to the books, but thinking the movies’ success had such an impact on the path of the books, to me, is negative.

      • Madison Veer

        I agree I grew up with the movies and thought Rupert and Emma had a lot of on screen chemistry.

    • Lisa

      I’m hoping the comment on wish fulfillment is her saying that she wrote them ending up together because that’s the way she truly wanted it and now all these years later is saying that it didn’t make sense from a literary standpoint and the relationship between them wouldn’t be perfect (hence the marriage counseling comment) because as a writer she knows other people would have written it a different way but she wanted them to be together problems and all.

      • Meredith Hirt

        I agree and I hope you’re right – part of the reason I love them so much is because they’re not perfect; they have arguments and issues but support and love each other regardless.

    • Queencinaty

      Well that would make sense. I mean, I also grew up reading it and when their romantic relationship started emerging, it confused me A LOT (sorry, Meredith). They are basically two people who can’t stand each other and don’t have anything in common. It’s really baffling, honestly. Personally, I imagined how toxic it would be, what with all the fightings and whatnots. They’ll be like those annoying on-and-off couple who can’t let go of each other simply because they’re comfortable enough being together.

      Two couples actually doesn’t make sense to me: Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny. Ginny is only relevant in the Chamber of Secrets, but then she suddenly turned into this “cool” person in the Order of Phoenix. It’s weird, because in the Goblet of Fire, she’s still awkward. The transition doesn’t make sense and seems forced, like JKR is only doing it to make her “worthy” of Harry. She should’ve at least started it in Prisoner of Azkaban or even in Goblet of Fire to ease the character transition. But no, too sudden.

      And yet, the Harry/Ginny thing makes MORE sense to me than Ron/Hermione. Winning over a long-time crush by being awesome is more plausible than two bickering people being a couple. Plus, Harry and Ginny have something in common: Quidditch and penchant for DADA.

    • Madison Veer

      The crowd at Deathly Hallows applauded when Ron and Hermione finally kissed! Rowling’s comments and all this discussion kind of kill the magic. The way it ended the the main characters could all remain close, what a perfect ending.

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    • srsly

      I just hate Hinny and Ronmione. Both seem so forced and Ronmione seems like they want to kill each other all the time.. sorry that doesn’t make a good ship.