A few weeks ago, the Potter world was rocked by JK Rowling’s expression of regret over having Hermione end up with Ron, in an interview with no less than Emma Watson herself.
For Rowling, it seemed that it was more logical for Hermione to end up with Harry. However, she stuck to her original plan to have Hermione marry Ron. (See this article)
Quoting another Pottermore News article containing the full conversation between Rowling and Watson:
Watson: I thought we should discuss Hermione… I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times but now that you have written the books, do you have a new perspective on how you relate to Hermione and the relationship you have with her or had with her?
Rowling: I know that Hermione is incredibly recognisable to a lot of readers and yet you don’t see a lot of Hermiones in film or on TV except to be laughed at. I mean that the intense, clever, in some ways not terribly self-aware, girl is rarely the heroine and I really wanted her to be the heroine. She is part of me, although she is not wholly me. I think that is how I might have appeared to people when I was younger, but that is not really how I was inside.
What I will say is that I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. 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 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.
I don’t know. 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.
And vice versa.
It was a young relationship. I think the attraction itself is plausible but the combative side of it… I’m not sure you could have got over that in an adult relationship, there was too much fundamental incompatibility. I can’t believe we are saying all of this – this is Potter heresy!
I know that a number of people have already expressed their opinion on Rowling’s revelation. I promised last February 3 to post mine in a few days. Unfortunately, it took me more than a week before I could post an article. Still, it’s better late than never, so here is my take on the matter. At least, my post fits Valentine’s day.
When we use logic, we could really say that Hermione would have been the best match for Harry. Imagine, the chosen one ending up with the most capable and brightest witch of their age… They would definitely be a power couple. With her intelligence, talent, and character, Hermione would have been a great wife for the chosen one.
But, stripping him of his reputation as the savior of the wizarding world, Harry would have been quite similar to Ron. A young wizard with skill, but quite delinquent in classes at times. A student who has a tendency to break rules, but does it for the good of others. A boy who is talented at Quidditch. A very loyal friend. A brave and bold Gryffindor until the very end. Only, Harry has more self-confidence than the often unnoticed Ron whereas Ron has a bit more sense of humor and gets into comic situations more often than Harry.
However, come to think of it, Ron was a prefect. While he could have been chosen by Dumbledore in order to lighten Harry’s load, Ron was still deemed qualified. In fact, he was second only to the chosen one. Also, given that he believes in himself, Ron was a decent Keeper. He was great at wizard chess. In the Deathly Hallows, his talent and leadership skills started to surface. He even learned to understand Hermione’s advocacy to fight for the rights of the house elves.
While I think Hermione-Harry sounds like a “perfect” match, I personally prefer Hermione marrying Ron. The humor of the youngest Weasley boy balances the intense character of Hermione. Furthermore, by the end of the series, I think we could all agree that Ron matured significantly.
Yes, Ron and Hermione might need to attend marriage counseling at some point. But, I’m confident that they would be able to figure things out and would still have a healthy relationship.
Also, I think, if Hermione and Harry ended up together, their children would experience TOO MUCH pressure. People would expect that, having an A-witch as mother and having the chosen one as father, their children MUST do well and make a difference. Ron and Ginny could tone down the pressure for their children with Hermione and Harry respectively.
Finally, Hermione-Ron becomes even more endearing because of the couple’s imperfections which the two constantly try to bridge. In the end, couples need to put effort to maintain love in the relationship. It’s not just about falling in love, but also, and more importantly, about staying in love. It’s not just about two perfectly compatible people coming together, but about two imperfect beings accepting each other’s flaws and bridging each other’s differences.
Yes, Rowling was right to say that Hermione would have been a great match for the chosen one. Also, with her character and capabilites, Hermione really would have deserved someone as talented, as noble, and as famous as the boy who lived. But Ron is, in many ways, similar to Harry minus the fame. Ginny is also talented and has gone through a terrible experience with the Dark Lord that allows her to understand Harry’s issues well. The qualifications of Harry does not make Ron less deserving of Hermione and the qualifications of Hermione does not make Ginny less deserving of Harry because love’s eye does not look at such qualifications alone.
I hope I did not hurt anyone’s heart with this post. Anyway, all is fair in love. We are free to support whatever ship we want. Happy Valetine’s Day to everyone. May we all be moved and inspired by whatever form of love in the next few days.