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Harry Potter author J.K Rowling says Harry should've ended up with Hermoine

Feb. 3, 2014by: Paul Shirey

Fans of the HARRY POTTER book and film series no doubt have their favorite characters and through the years likely had an idea of who should end up dead, alive, or married. Early on in both mediums it seemed like both Harry (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and Hermoine (played by Emma Watson) were meant to be together. But, author J.K. Rowling intervened on herself and created the romance of Hermoine and Ron Weasley (played by Rupert Grint), which always felt just slightly off. One could see how Hermoine may be attracted to Ron to an extent, but as a couple destined for marriage and kids? It seemed unlikely, but in the end Ron and Hermoine tied the knot and popped out some kids, while Harry married Ron's sister, Ginny, and had some yard apes of his own with her. Now, the author has voiced that even she believes the relationship was forged in error, while being interviewed by Hermoine herself, Emma Watson, in the latest issue of Wonderland magazine.

“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.”

Watson seemed in agreement, 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 went on to say that Hermoine and Ron would likely need "relationship therapy," which is pretty obvious just from the pair's volatile relationship on page and screen. Rowling is currently at work on screenplays for a new series of films based in the same wizarding world as the Potter series with "familiar characters." Will we ever see Harry, Ron, and Hermoine back on the big screen (or on the page), perhaps with a new twist to their final fate past the end of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2? Personally, as someone who read all the books and saw all the films, I'd happily welcome an adult-themed continuation of the series with older characters, complete with couples therapy, daycare problems, and mid-life wizarding crisis meltdowns. That's just me, though.

Who do you think would've ended up together? Does the final outcome change your perspective when the author changes her mind about it?  

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11:55AM on 02/04/2014
But if Ron and Hermione never got together, then we wouldn't have that awesome hardcore sex scene in the DVD extras...
But if Ron and Hermione never got together, then we wouldn't have that awesome hardcore sex scene in the DVD extras...
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8:03AM on 02/04/2014

LOL : " For reasons that have very little to do with literature"

Yeah, as if her writing were "literature". Here is yet ANOTHER example of her bulls**t story that she "knew from the beginning how the story would go". If she knew from the beginning, she'd have seen that Ron/Hermione was a BAD FIT. Yet another reason to dislike this hack (as if her crappy 7th novel weren't reason enough)
Yeah, as if her writing were "literature". Here is yet ANOTHER example of her bulls**t story that she "knew from the beginning how the story would go". If she knew from the beginning, she'd have seen that Ron/Hermione was a BAD FIT. Yet another reason to dislike this hack (as if her crappy 7th novel weren't reason enough)
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7:45AM on 02/04/2014

well... yeah!

While I admit to liking the opposites attract aspect, of Ron and Hermione. The reality is a relationship is built on mutual likes and dislikes, at least the ones that last. So yep, Harry should've gotten with "The smartest witch I know"
While I admit to liking the opposites attract aspect, of Ron and Hermione. The reality is a relationship is built on mutual likes and dislikes, at least the ones that last. So yep, Harry should've gotten with "The smartest witch I know"
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1:32AM on 02/04/2014

Harry should have returned for the waitress

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2:12AM on 02/04/2014
Definitely.
Definitely.
9:06PM on 02/03/2014

as far as the books go

as written, I think its fine that they're not 100% - nothings perfect, and sometimes relationships have to have a little work. it happens. so weather it was 'to be' or not doesn't bother me, it works in favor for the story , making it have more depth and feel more realistic in the relationships and workings of the characters.
as written, I think its fine that they're not 100% - nothings perfect, and sometimes relationships have to have a little work. it happens. so weather it was 'to be' or not doesn't bother me, it works in favor for the story , making it have more depth and feel more realistic in the relationships and workings of the characters.
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8:53PM on 02/03/2014
Couldn't agree more
Couldn't agree more
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8:08PM on 02/03/2014
J.R.R. Tolkein said in a recent seance that Legolas should've ended up with Tauriel, and that he doesn't mind that the character was made up for Desolation of Smaug.
J.R.R. Tolkein said in a recent seance that Legolas should've ended up with Tauriel, and that he doesn't mind that the character was made up for Desolation of Smaug.
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1:41PM on 02/04/2014
And he said that, in his souvenirs, Smaug sounded more like James Bond, than Sherlock Holmes...
And he said that, in his souvenirs, Smaug sounded more like James Bond, than Sherlock Holmes...
8:07PM on 02/03/2014
I think the David Yates movies just couldn't follow up the brilliant setup of Ron and Hermione's relationship in Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire. It's not really the fault of the characters that they don't seem to match as a couple at the end. The buildup was almost nonexistent right up to that awkward fantasy 'nude' scene of Harry & Hermione.
I think the David Yates movies just couldn't follow up the brilliant setup of Ron and Hermione's relationship in Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire. It's not really the fault of the characters that they don't seem to match as a couple at the end. The buildup was almost nonexistent right up to that awkward fantasy 'nude' scene of Harry & Hermione.
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7:27PM on 02/03/2014
Messed up she got this out in Public.
Messed up she got this out in Public.
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7:22PM on 02/03/2014
I really didn't have a problem with Ron and Hermione ending up together. With all their fighting and bickering they seemed like a believable couple to me already. Harry traded up IMO when he ended up with Ginny.
I really didn't have a problem with Ron and Hermione ending up together. With all their fighting and bickering they seemed like a believable couple to me already. Harry traded up IMO when he ended up with Ginny.
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5:47PM on 02/03/2014

Team Harry/Hermione!

I was always rooting for Harry and Hermione to get together. Especially in the last few films, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson had WAY better chemistry together than Emma and Rupert did together. I never truly believed that Hermione and Ron were in love because of that lack of chemistry between the actors.
I was always rooting for Harry and Hermione to get together. Especially in the last few films, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson had WAY better chemistry together than Emma and Rupert did together. I never truly believed that Hermione and Ron were in love because of that lack of chemistry between the actors.
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4:58PM on 02/03/2014

First thought, best thought, J.K. Rowling

I hate it when creators rethink their creations after the fact; it's how we got fiascos like the cellphones in ET and Greedo shooting in STAR WARS: EPISODE IV.

As others mentioned, it made sense that Ron and Hermione hooked up as Harry's also-rans - and Main Character doesn't nab the Leading Lady - but it's cool that it wasn't a happily-ever-after. That could be a subplot in a future Harry Potter book, that Ron & Hermione's marriage is on the rocks and they either find a way to save it,
I hate it when creators rethink their creations after the fact; it's how we got fiascos like the cellphones in ET and Greedo shooting in STAR WARS: EPISODE IV.

As others mentioned, it made sense that Ron and Hermione hooked up as Harry's also-rans - and Main Character doesn't nab the Leading Lady - but it's cool that it wasn't a happily-ever-after. That could be a subplot in a future Harry Potter book, that Ron & Hermione's marriage is on the rocks and they either find a way to save it, or leave it amicably.
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2:43PM on 02/03/2014

Beokeback Potter--the new series

Is she really wants to spice things up she can bring back the main characters and have a Harry and Ron end up with gay tendencies, having an extramarital affair. Just think, it could be called Brokeback Potter! The possibilities are endless... Brokeback Potter and the lost jar of Vaseline, Brokeback Potter and the chamber of sodomy, Brokeback Potter and The sorcerers sore ass...
Is she really wants to spice things up she can bring back the main characters and have a Harry and Ron end up with gay tendencies, having an extramarital affair. Just think, it could be called Brokeback Potter! The possibilities are endless... Brokeback Potter and the lost jar of Vaseline, Brokeback Potter and the chamber of sodomy, Brokeback Potter and The sorcerers sore ass...
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2:43PM on 02/03/2014
If*
If*
2:44PM on 02/03/2014
Brokeback*
Brokeback*
12:40AM on 02/04/2014
You know you can edit your posts, right?

Also, way to overkill the joke.
You know you can edit your posts, right?

Also, way to overkill the joke.
1:38PM on 02/04/2014
If he wrote it from a mobile phone, he might not be able to edit his post.
Harry Poppers would be more logical, don't you think ?
If he wrote it from a mobile phone, he might not be able to edit his post.
Harry Poppers would be more logical, don't you think ?
2:18PM on 02/03/2014
Well at least Harry and Hermione got to be creepy cgi naked together in Ron's mind - that's the main thing.
Personally I think Harry and Hermione ending up together would have been way too obvious.
Harry should have hooked up with Luna - she was one of the cooler girls in the series.
Well at least Harry and Hermione got to be creepy cgi naked together in Ron's mind - that's the main thing.
Personally I think Harry and Hermione ending up together would have been way too obvious.
Harry should have hooked up with Luna - she was one of the cooler girls in the series.
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2:09PM on 02/03/2014
Mnage trois
Mnage trois
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1:52PM on 02/03/2014
Kinda of funny for an author that was supposed to be done with Harry Potter. She needs to leave the books alone and allow the readers to interpret what has been written. Between this and telling us that Dumbledore was gay, just ruins the readers ability to just read the book and enjoy it. Leave some mystery please.
Kinda of funny for an author that was supposed to be done with Harry Potter. She needs to leave the books alone and allow the readers to interpret what has been written. Between this and telling us that Dumbledore was gay, just ruins the readers ability to just read the book and enjoy it. Leave some mystery please.
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1:04PM on 02/03/2014

Fine the way it is

Seeing that she didn't kill off any the three major characters, having Ron and Hermione end up together made the whole effort seem less rote. I think it shows young adults the things that seem most obvious, especially relationships, don't always happen they way you think they would. I appreciate that she didn't go the easy way to make a cliched ending.
Seeing that she didn't kill off any the three major characters, having Ron and Hermione end up together made the whole effort seem less rote. I think it shows young adults the things that seem most obvious, especially relationships, don't always happen they way you think they would. I appreciate that she didn't go the easy way to make a cliched ending.
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1:02PM on 02/03/2014
Lets be real... Harry should've ended up with Ron.
Lets be real... Harry should've ended up with Ron.
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1:20PM on 02/03/2014
I would certainly have preferred that!
I would certainly have preferred that!
1:56PM on 02/03/2014
Hey... Why do you think Ron and Hermione (oups, sorry I meant HerOIne) will go to couple therapy: A threesome gone wrong, obviously !!
Hey... Why do you think Ron and Hermione (oups, sorry I meant HerOIne) will go to couple therapy: A threesome gone wrong, obviously !!
12:42PM on 02/03/2014

Personally, I had no problem w/ the Ron/Hermione relationship.

Always thought of it in the same "Franchise Romance" way of Han Solo & Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy.

Now, speaking of "shipping" Potter characters, my personal wish-fulfillment (...and I don't think I'm alone here) is that Snape should've ended up w/ Lily. James was nothing more than an arrogant, bullying toerag!
Always thought of it in the same "Franchise Romance" way of Han Solo & Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy.

Now, speaking of "shipping" Potter characters, my personal wish-fulfillment (...and I don't think I'm alone here) is that Snape should've ended up w/ Lily. James was nothing more than an arrogant, bullying toerag!
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12:27PM on 02/03/2014

I'm giving what Rowling said a thumbs down.

I thought it was great and I never questioned it, never wondered why. Love happens where we least expect it at times.

And it would have been too predictable, too cliche, to have the main male character end up with the main female character.
I thought it was great and I never questioned it, never wondered why. Love happens where we least expect it at times.

And it would have been too predictable, too cliche, to have the main male character end up with the main female character.
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12:15PM on 02/03/2014

Totes

I was pulling for Harry And Hermoine during those last two movies and was quite happy to see their foggy, magical images snogging in the 2nd to last film. Woulda, coulda, shoula...
I was pulling for Harry And Hermoine during those last two movies and was quite happy to see their foggy, magical images snogging in the 2nd to last film. Woulda, coulda, shoula...
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12:08PM on 02/03/2014

Gotta agree

Hermoine and Harry seemed to have more than the brother and sister relationship the films tried to play up and Hermoine's constant need to protect Harry could have easily led to their relationship being taken to the next level in the sequel.
Hermoine and Harry seemed to have more than the brother and sister relationship the films tried to play up and Hermoine's constant need to protect Harry could have easily led to their relationship being taken to the next level in the sequel.
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12:07PM on 02/03/2014

Books 5-7 should've been Rated R

By book 5 they're 15 or so. I know Rowling references "stolen afternoons in dark corners" implying kids making out, but lets be real: There should've been allusions to the older kids using their magic wands to shock people with public orgasms and stuff. Also: It makes sense that Hermione and Ron connected by being Harry's also-rans.
By book 5 they're 15 or so. I know Rowling references "stolen afternoons in dark corners" implying kids making out, but lets be real: There should've been allusions to the older kids using their magic wands to shock people with public orgasms and stuff. Also: It makes sense that Hermione and Ron connected by being Harry's also-rans.
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11:57AM on 02/03/2014
I should have ended up with Hermoine!
I should have ended up with Hermoine!
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12:54PM on 02/03/2014
You beat me to it.
You beat me to it.
2:00PM on 02/03/2014
No need to regret anything... She shag like a Muggle, anyway !
No need to regret anything... She shag like a Muggle, anyway !
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