Recently, J.K. Rowling confessed that she regrets pairing Ron and Hermione together. She also mentioned how she thought they would need marriage counselling.
“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,” Rowling said in an interview for a magazine “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.”
What. The. Heck. You can’t just drop a bomb like that. Rowling regrets marrying Ron and Hermione because their relationship isn’t credible or realistic? That they would need marriage counselling? Well, first of all, they are fictional characters in a work of fiction. Being realistic isn’t exactly the more important element of the book. IF it was her focus to be more realistic, wizards and the world of Harry Potter shouldn’t exist. Second of all, a LOT of couples need counselling nowadays. Who knows? Perhaps Harry and Hermione would have needed it too if they got married.
But what really irks me is that that little piece of information couldn’t have been kept quiet. The books ended and we all thought that was that. Now it’s all these questions come swirling around. “Would it really have been the right decision to pair Harry and Hermione together?” Honestly, I like the Ron / Hermione pairing. Why? For a numerous amount of reasons. One, Harry and Hermione would have been really cliche. In fact, in the beginning, I expected Harry to end up with Hermione mainly because that’s what’s common in literature nowadays. Two, had Harry married Hermione, neither of them would have be officially considered as part of the Weasley clan. By having Ron marry Hermione and Harry marry Ginny, it’s like Rowling made the three of them all family. Officially. And three, Ron spent most of the series as Harry’s loyal best friend and partner in crime. He’s almost always in Harry’s shadow. If Hermione was to choose to become romantically involved with one of the two of them, I would rather her choose Ron. If Harry and Hermione were to end up together, I feel like Ron would have ended up feeling like the third wheel when he already has kind of been one. (Of course, he could always find a girlfriend, but just saying if the three of them were to hang out by themselves to reminisce about their old adventures, for example.)
If I was telling the truth, the pairing of Harry and Hermione wouldn’t really have bothered me had it happened in the books. But now that we all know Ron and Hermione end up together, putting Harry and Hermione together just seems… wrong. It doesn’t matter if it would have been more credible, thinking of Harry and Hermione together instead of Harry & Ginny and Ron & Hermione just seems foreign and weird to me.
For more on Rowling’s confession, here’s the article I got her quotes from: CNN – JK Rowling says Hermione should have married Harry Potter, not Ron