J. K. Rowling: Hermione/Ron Relationship Was “Wish Fulfillment”
Feb 01, 2014
In a new interview with Emma Watson for the magazine Wonderland (which Watson is guest editing this month) J. K. Rowling shockingly revealed that she regretted putting Ron and Hermione together romantically. The following comments come from The Sunday Times. The full interview between Rowling and Watson will come out with the Feb/March issue of Wonderland on February 7th.
“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.”
“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.”
Watson didn’t seem shocked by these comments and agreed with her. “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.”
Rowling also says that Ron and Hermione would have needed “relationship counseling.”
Many thanks to Hypable for the tip. Stay close to Leaky for more on this surprise revelation when the full article comes out on the 7th.