Are you sitting down? You might want to sit down.
Harry Potter heroine Muggle-born Hermione Granger and her pure-blood wizard friend Ron Weasley's strange love story left some fans of the franchise questioning whether or not the female protagonist should have paired up with Hogwarts celebrity, Harry James Potter himself.
In a recent interview with The Times, the author has actually revealed that she may have got it wrong by matching Hermione with Ron. J. K. Rowling admitted that:
I wrote the Hermione-Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. 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.
Rowling is of course well aware of how passionately Harry Potter fans are invested in her characters, continuing:
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.
The author said the duo would have probably needed couples therapy, while Watson herself also doubted the couple's endurance. Essentially agreeing with Rowling, the thesp behind Hermione said:
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.
Personally, I'm a glad of Rowling's decision to pair Ron and Hermione at the end of the Harry Potter series. I never felt anything other then a strong sibling bond between Harry and Herminone. Plus, Harry's got all the fame and will be basking in the glory of mangaging to defeat He-Who-Can-Be-Named-Now for the rest of his life, while Ron's the bumbling underdog with a heart of gold - what's not to love about him getting the girl!?
What do you think, HP fans? Would you like to have seen this alternate ending that Rowling speaks of? Or is it perfect the way it is? Sound off below!