In an interview that has already begun to stupefy Harry Potter fans, author JK Rowling said she regrets Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger’s relationship, and that Hermione should have married Harry instead.
Ron and Hermione finally got together in 2007’s final installment, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” and Rowling seems to be feeling the seven-year itch.
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” she said in an interview with Emma Watson for Wonderland magazine. “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.”
We’re not sure that’s grounds for literary annulment in the eyes of the fans that grew to delight in Ron and Hermione’s carefully developed relationship over the course of seven books (and eight movies). The full issue of Wonderland magazine doesn't come out until Thursday, but the UK's Sunday Times published a few excerpts, including Rowling's claim that Ron and Hermione would need relationship counseling. What's more, Watson (who played Hermione in the films) agreed.
This isn’t the first time Rowling made a surprising claim about her characters. A few months after the final book’s release, the author revealed that Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay. Two years ago, Rowling said Ron almost didn’t survive the series. The poor redhead can't catch a break.
“I did seriously consider killing Ron," said Rowling in a bonus feature for the ‘Deathly Hollows’ DVD. That revelation came during a conversation with Daniel Radcliffe, who played the title role in the Harry Potter films.
It’s uncertain whether Rowling is under the influence of a babbling spell, but someone needs to shout “silencio” if she ever sits down for an interview with Ron portrayer Rupert Grint. What will she reveal next? That dirty muggles and mudbloods should be wiped from the face of the earth? That Draco Malfoy is the father of Ginny’s children, James, Albus, and Lily? Or that Lord Voldemort was created to represent the qualities of all Americans?
Artists are often the worst critics of their own work, and this just seems like one of those times.