Earlier this month, the internet was abuzz with news that J.K. Rowling wishes she hadn’t had Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger end up together in the conclusion of the Harry Potter series. In an interview with Emma Watson for Wonderland Magazine, Rowling admitted that she thinks Hermione may have been better off ending up with Harry rather than his goofy, red-headed best friend.
Rowling backed up the statement by saying that she paired the two as a form of wish-fulfillment, and she thinks the two would have needed relationship counseling to make their marriage work.
Watson also chimed in, saying she always wondered if Ron had what it would take to make Hermione happy.
Personally, I can see both sides of the issue, but I really enjoyed that Ron and Hermione ended up together. In so many books, the female lead and the male lead are in a relationship by the end, and I feel it would have been a bit cliché to pair Hermione with Harry for this exact reason.
Ron was the sidekick throughout the whole series. He never played as key a role in taking down Voldemort as Harry or Hermione did. He was always there to toss out a few ideas, act as comic relief or play the damsel in distress, but it’s difficult to place any moments where Ron really did save the day.
Still, he’s a lovable character, and I was rooting for him throughout the series. As the underdog of their group of friends, I thought it was fitting that he should get the girl in the end.
I absolutely believe that Ron and Hermione have a happy life together post-Hogwarts. Yes, they are vastly different people. She’s intense and bookish; he is light-hearted and a bit emotional. While I can understand how that could potentially lead to a bit of arguing or some hurt feelings every once in a while, I don’t think it’s anything they couldn’t get past. But I think Hermione’s intensity would keep Ron grounded while his sense of humor would help her learn to not take everything quite so seriously.
I think the truly important lesson for us to take away from this is, no matter what an author says or regrets once a series is over, we can all be happy. Fans of the Ron + Hermione pairing can fondly reread the Harry Potter series and look for nuances of the romance from The Sorcerer’s Stone through The Deathly Hallows. Readers who would rather have had Hermione end up with Harry (or someone else altogether) can rest easy knowing that Rowling is on their team.
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