I am not fond of saying I told you so, and trust me I take zero pleasure in saying this, but Harry should have married Hermione? I TOLD YOU SO. Okay, maybe I didn’t tell you guys specifically, but I certainly yelled it in my brain while I was reading the books for the first time.
Hold on, allow me to back up for a moment in case you didn’t hear part of the muggle world explode earlier today. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has admitted that when it comes to romance in the plot of her stories, she got it all wrong. She reveals in a new article in Wonderland Magazine:
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” she says. “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 should be noted that none other than Emma Watson, the actress who brought Hermione to life, guest edited the February/March issue of Wonderland Magazine, so these revelations feel especially weighty coming from within a magazine with Emma on the cover.
J.K. seems to feel sheepish about admitting her error. However she does also offer an apology:
“I know, I’m sorry,” she continued, “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.”
I had zero rage or fury over this. Instead I imagined the grownup Hermione and Ron kindly and quietly moving on. Months later Hermione would bump into Harry at a coffee shop, their wands would touch and they would turn to say excuse me and look up and BOOM. It would be magic. Literally.
J.K., I am not mad. I can forgive you. You’ve started writing books for grownup people now so maybe you can do us grownup people a solid and write a love story that would right this little wrong.
Image Credit: Wonderland Instagram
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