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‘Harry Potter’ Author J. K. Rowling Regrets Pairing Ron With Hermione

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling says that she regrets pairing Ron and Hermione in the books. She only did so as “a form of wish fulfillment.”

For those of us who have read the books, some of us might agree with the author’s recent statement. Ron Weasley was initially just comic relief to begin with, until his family became more and more prominent in the storyline, even becoming rivals to the villainous Malfoys. That was the character’s only real advantage. Otherwise he wasn’t remarkable in any way, almost the exact opposite of Hermione Granger. Hermione was a highly successful witch from non-magical parents, and Ron was the least remarkable member of a family full of wizards and witches.

The two of them should never have gotten together, as Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has now revealed. She explained it in an interview with Hermione actress Emma Watson:

“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.”

Emma Watson agreed with the author’s statement, “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.”

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling might not agree with these further suggestions for who should have been with whom, but they make more sense according to the story. Harry most likely would have been happier with Hermione, and Ron might have ended up with Luna Lovegood, but these are simply observations.

If Rowling had really thought it through and gone with her first impulses, she would have killed off Ron Weasley, as stated in an older interview with Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe for the DVD special features for Deathly Hallows:

“Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die. Then midway through, which I think was a reflection that I wasn’t in a very happy place, I started thinking I might punish one of them off. Out of sheer spite. In my absolute heart of hearts of hearts – although I did seriously consider killing … Ron.”

What do you think of Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling’s observations and hindsight about what she should have done with Ron Weasley?