J. K. Rowling: Hermione/Ron Relationship Was “Wish Fulfillment”

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Feb 01, 2014

Posted by Mel

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.





30 Responses to J. K. Rowling: Hermione/Ron Relationship Was “Wish Fulfillment”

Avatar ImageMad But Happy says: If she put them together for personal reasons, then I'm still ok with the ship... Books are very personal things to write. It could have gone either way for Hermione, really. But the main male lead getting with the main female lead... it has been done before. I'm glad she put them together. But oh boy, is this going to cause some shipper flame wars. I am not looking forward to seeing them.Avatar ImageAuthor By Night says: I think something's missing... she spent so much time establishing Ron/Hermione, especially in the final book with the locket scene (as a friend of mine on Facebook just pointed out). Not to mention the "anvil sized hints" thing. At the very least, I'm taking this less as her not having ever liked them, and more as her not planning on it originally and realizing where it was going when it was too late to backtrack, OR her wishing she'd done things differently in hindsight. But I also think we need more context. Avatar Imagesessionka says: I was very happy with Ron and Hermione. I could see it coming with GOF. Hermione and Harry would have been so trite and predictable (IMO ). I would love to know why she was sorry she put them together .Avatar Imagesessionka says: I was very happy with Ron and Hermione. I could see it coming with GOF. Hermione and Harry would have been so trite and predictable (IMO ). I would love to know why she was sorry she put them together .Avatar Imagesessionka says: Plus...Harry would not have ended up with Ginny, and that was soooo beautifully written. No....Ron and Hermione belonged together. They complemented each other. Her with her brains, and him with his sense of humor and fun. Enough of this second guessing !!!Avatar ImageLa La Toadstone says: Ugh.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: How fascinating... I always wondered if Jo's heart was really in it. Avatar ImageG.Weasley says: I've always liked Ron and Hermione together. Not that she wouldn't have been great with Harry but the idea of Harry and Hermione just didn't sit right with me for some reason. But dear God, I hope the ship wars don't start again. This is going to be a battlefield.Avatar ImageLa La Toadstone says: I think once the quotes are read within the body of the article they will take on a whole new flavor. I think these were used to boost sales of the magazine. I guess we will see on the seventh. Ron and Hermione was my favorite "ship" in the series.Avatar Imageblessedb28 says: Well thanks Jo for kicking down 10 years of what built up what I consider to be the most beautiful, unconditional & bare bones real relationship that could ever exist between 2 people... The thing that makes Ron & Hermione work IS the unique nature of their relationship. It's a rare occurrence when 2 people start out as childhood best friends, then over time portray their brutal, raw & honest self to one other, only to have it come out on the other side as being each others' soul mate. Couldn't their differences just have complemented each other over time? Why, just because it wasn't a steamy scene out of Twilight romance, it shouldn't have happened? If anything, because they had such a solid foundation as best friends, THEIR relationship would be the one to weather ANYTHING. I don't know why Jo wouldn't see that. & I know there are many Harry/Hermione shippers out there & I respect them for the (often brilliant) opinions they bring to the table, but please consider mine: REALLY putting Harry & Hermione together is just so American high-school fairytale. & it doesn't several damaging things: 1. It ruins the beautiful, unconditional purely raw brother-sister "I wouldn't sleep with you but I'd die for you because I love you so much & you mean the world to me" relationship between Harry & Hermione (Yes, I MAY have been the only person that looked at The Dance in that light, but tis true) 2. It's a smack in the face to Ron. I'm sorry I love Harry with all my heart, & he is a hero, but he needs to sit this one out in my book 3. It's a smack in the face to Ginny, who quite honestly has gotten the shaft throughout the series. I know it was necessary that she be secondline throughout the story, but it's unfortunate because she's an amazingly strong character that, if there was to be a post-war series, she'd burst in like a bat out of hell & you wouldn't know what hit you. Let her get her love foe heaven's sake. 4. They say, metaphorically, women marry their fathers & men marry their mothers. Let Lily live through Ginny for Harry. Hermione just wouldn't cut it... Anyway, around OOTP when Jo announced that a very main character was going to die, & my stomach tied up in knots because I couldn't imagine losing any of them, I finally came to terms with a shred of acceptance that it would be Ron. & I thought he would go out saving Hermione's life, & in his last dying moments admitting to her that he loved her. Ugh Jo... PLEASE, don't re-write your own canon, it was perfect how it was. It's one thing if you want to add details- we want that- but to reconstruct one of the major underlying themes in the story? It makes me weary that she'll come out next saying that Dumbledore is really a dark wizard.Avatar Imagezonkoltd says: I think the Ron/Hermione final outcome can be traced back to the relationship between Jo and the original tall, gangly, red-haired owner of the Ford Anglia that provided a means of escape in their youth.Avatar ImageNevilla says: Myself and most people I know have married their opposite. I think it happens because you tend to be attracted to someone whose strengths balance out your weaknesses, and vice versa. Ron and Hermione work because of that. Avatar ImageBeazle says: I never believed in Ron and Hermoine for a second. He is just too thick for her- in fact a bit of a moron. As Emma Watson so accurately says " do you really believe that Ron would have made Hermoine happy ?" Not for long anyway. She would have become bored with him. She is an achiever - he is a loser.Avatar ImageLegendMN007 says: Finally Jo had admitted to the biggest mistake in the series. My wife who read the series after all 7 books came out actually disturbed by Jo putting Hermione and Ron together. She has a degree in psychology and works with domestic abuse victims. She says the way the couple is written points there is a great chance that Ron would be abusive in their marriage. It had nothing to do with them being opposites as my wife and me are complete opposites and have been happily married for 10 years. Avatar ImageMatea says: Well, she can say anything what she wants now. Can't go back, ha! Early on, I really wanted Harry and Hermione to get together. But Ron and Hermione - it was such a roller coaster of humor and emotions. I wouldn't change anything in their story. I bet Jo's thinking a lot about everything in the books, but my dear, there are no mistakes and absolutely no regrets :) @Beazle, don't be so hard on Ron. He's not a loser, and he's definitely not boring.Avatar ImageMad But Happy says: You can dislike the ship, but Ron completely flipped out when Hermione was being tortured by Bellatrix (amoung other things)... I highly doubt he would abuse her. Get on her last nerve? Sure. I love Jo, but she's starting to remind me of George Lucas. We'll have 13 re-releases of the movies before long. :pAvatar ImageLegendMN007 says: Mad But Happy I take it you don't know anyone that has been the abusive relationship? Avatar Imagecbm says: I always thought that many of the deaths and ships were done to manipulate it so that Harry was free to walk to Dumbledore's office and view Snape's memories by himself. His closest supporters were either dead or grieving. As an example, Remus Lupin was dead and the Weasleys were gathered together to mourn Fred. When it came time for Hermione to follow one of her 2 loves, she followed her romantic love interest instead of her platonic one. That to me was a very natural choice. So she was with the Weasleys mourning Fred when Harry was making his walk to the woods. Think of how much harder it would be to pry Hermione from Harry if he was her romantic love. So I always just thought the ship was done that way to make the plot work in the 7th book. I guess you could say I am not a romantic. :)Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: I for one was very happy to read this, because I never like Hermione with Ron. Quite frankly he could never have kept up with her. She needed someone who she could have long and intelligent conversation with, and, no offence to Ron, but that wasnt his. He's had driven her mad and they no doubt would have ended up divorced. Her and Harry had always been a great pair, they stick together through thick and thin no matter what. Whereas with Ron, when things got tough he left, he walked out and left. He was always a great friend to her, but as a lover, I never really bought it. As for Ginny and Harry, to me that always felt forced just so Harry could married into the Weasley family and officially be one of them. They all were family by book 2, no one needed to marry in to be one of the group. JK also made a mistake having Neville and Luna not be married in canon. To which I say, screw it, in my mind they are.Avatar ImageTheGoldenLizard says: Now now, JKR... what is done is done! If you wish to mend yourself you've got to write a NEW fantasy saga!!!!!!!! ^____^Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Rowling really needs to let her creation alone. What is done is done. Ron and Hermione had a brilliant build to their relation and they were perfect for each other.Avatar ImageQuestarian says: As with Rowling's revelations on Dumbledore's sexual orientation, her current statement on Ron and Hermione make no difference in the existing books. Fandom is obsessively possessive, so any changes to the established cannon is going to generate a great deal of praise and condemnation. While I have always been a supporter of an authors right to tell their story in their own unique way, regardless of what anybody else has to say, I am not at all a supporter of hindsight writing... Especially when the work has been generally successful. It seems a lot like George Lucas's never ending revisions to Star Wars. He had far too much time to overthink the problems, come up with special editions, and diminished the work as a whole. Avatar ImageCurandera says: No, this is different from Dumbledore. Dumbledore was always gay, throughout the book. She didn't change her mind after the book. Dumbledore' great love affair was with Grindelwald. Read the book. It is all in there. It really came to the forefront when one of the directors wanted to add dialogue to Dumbledore in the movie that would have been wrong for him because he's homosexual. With Ron and Hermione, she had them married and with kids in the book. She doesn't say whether it was a good marriage or not, but it is in there. I happen to like the pairing. Ron is no idiot and the movies took away some of his best lines. Shame that. The book pairing I really don't like is Harry and Ginny. I think it should have been Harry and Luna, but that's what fanfiction is for!Avatar Imagejosh1210 says: As the author of the series, she has the right to say what she wants, when she wants. As far as Ron/Hermione vs Harry/Hermione I always went with whatever Jo said and trusted her to write the best story, without really having too much invested in either case scenario. However, I do feel that she probably should have left well enough alone because this could open up a lot of new possibilities of future "bombshells" that, at least I feel, have unlimited potential to change the way I feel about the story in certain regards. I always get certain feelings when reading the story about any number of topics and I wish to have those same feelings with every future read. Anyway, that's just this Harry Potter lover's humble opinion.Avatar ImageCCB5Potterfan34 says: I think she should rewrite the books with those parts in them, and change it. I think that Ron should be with Luna Lovegood, that would be a great pairing.Avatar ImageLa La Toadstone says: That abuse thing is totally ludicrous. It has no psychological basis at all. I still say once the article comes out these quotes will have a different spin within the body of the interview.Avatar Imagemoglet says: Well said LaLa, I like Hermione and Ron and who says she can't have interesting conversations with him, the intellectual conversations might be with other people, but you have to have variety in your life, someone with humour and many interests brings something else to your life. Hermione is not in isolation just because she's married, goodness me, do people think that once you're married there is nothing else in your life? Some people don't seem to care about Ron at all, he is also a character who has feelings, he's not a moron, he's not devoid of common sense, I think that once Ron faced his demons when he destroyed the locket horcrux it marked a new beginning for him in a way, he definitely became more mature and proactive. The earlier films portray Ron poorly in many ways, giving Hermione some of his best lines, there is much more to his character in the books.Avatar ImageLa La Toadstone says: Well said, yourself, moglet. They were my favorite relationship in the books.Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: I agree with La La and Moglet. And it's not a matter of 'the books with those parts in them' - these relationships are part of the structure of the entire series. When I first read Deathly Hallows it was clear to me that Dumbledore's feelings for Grindelwald were not just those of friendship - JKR's 'revelation' later on just made explicit what had always been present in the books. Ron is a loveable character, flawed, like the rest of us, but willing to change. He grew up in a happy, loving marriage and would surely have been a good husband and father just as Arthur was.Avatar Imageroonwit says: The full interview is now up on Jo's website at http://www.jkrowling.co.uk/en_GB/news-events/press-and-media-archive#wonderland-interview

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