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By AMBER-LYNE BRICKER
“In some ways Harry and Hermione are a better fit.”
With those words J.K. Rowling, author of the bestselling Harry Potter series, both infuriated and excited fans around the world. The book series ended in 2007 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The interview was for Wonderland magazine’s February/March edition, which not only featured Rowling, but actor Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the films. The interview is full of laughs and moments of reflection as are many of the interviews Rowling has given since the series ended. But it’s the discussion about Hermione and how Rowling sees her character now that has sent heads spinning around the world.
Rowling says in the interview that Hermione ended up with Ron as a sort of “wish fulfilment”, which had little to do with literature and more to do with her “clinging to the plot”.
Ron and Hermione’s relationship has been a rollercoaster from the beginning. For a while it was only Hermione who harboured romantic feelings for Ron. Then suddenly in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hermione was noticed by Quidditich star Viktor Krum, and Ron became jealous.
After years of jealousy, anger and tears, everything came to a head finally in the last instalment of the series and many fans were elated they were finally together.
After the article’s release fans picked up on the details and within days the mud was being slung.
“I just don’t understand why we’re still talking about it,” Troy Fischer, 21, says about the article. “She wrote the books, it’s over. Hermione ended up with Ron. Why is she now backtracking and saying she would have changed her mind? It’s too late.”
He’s not the only one wondering why in the world Rowling would mention the relationship so long after it’s already been written.
Harry Potter fanatics, especially those fully invested in the Ron/Hermione relationship, are crushed.
When the interview became public many were tweeting they were mourning their childhood.
“After spending so long reading the series, getting comfortable with the characters and the relationships I feel like I’ve been slapped in the face. Why couldn’t she have kept it to herself, did she really think the fans wanted to know?” Brianna Bricker, 20, says.
This isn’t the first time Rowling has revealed something in interviews that fans would have never considered plausible.
In 2007, Rowling said she had always believed Dumbledore, Hogwarts headmaster, to be gay. That revelation was met with more happiness and excitement than this “news.”
However, Rowling did garner criticism for what she said considering it seemed to be an afterthought and wasn’t written into any of the novels.
Is it really as big a deal as fans are making it?
“The books are already written. She can say whatever she wants, it’s not going to change the pages on my bookshelf,” Taylor Thrush, 21, says.
Thrush is among one of the few fans who refused to read the article, stating that it did not matter what Rowling’s regrets about the series were.
“At least she didn’t do what director George Lucas did with Star Wars. I mean all she did was tell fans that somewhere in her mind she regretted putting Hermione and Ron together. George straight up changed and re-released his movies so, there’s that,” Thrush adds.
The Wonderland article with Rowling and Watson can be found online at mugglenet.com.
Brianna Bricker, who is interviewed for this story, is the cousin of the author.