There were a lot of cliffhangers left when the Potter series ended. Some questions may be answered in forthcoming movie Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. But that's set in America — there are issues closer to Hogwarts. Did Hagrid ever settle down with anyone? What house does Harry's son Albus Severus end up in?
The greatest humdinger is:
Did Ron And Hermione Work Out?
J.K. Rowling fired up controversy when she dared to comment on the relationship in 2014 to Wonderland Magazine:
I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really.
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.
What in the name of Godric does this even mean? Vague as these atrociously abstract 'reasons' of it being "personal" and not about "credibility" are here, so we may infer, as the Sunday Times newspaper did, that Rowling meant Ron should not have ended up with Hermy.
Rowling then continued to drop a bomb bigger than a basilisk:
In some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit.
I didn't say it, she did. The Internet is swollen with hope for the couple. But such sentimentality is misguided. Here are some fun reasons to guide you through the trauma and explain why their marriage is doomed:
7. Hermione is a master of life, whereas Ron...
Hermione is a genius who smashes all her O.W.L.s and is hands down "cleverest witch in the school." She is the brains of the trio, while Ron is like a well-meaning but wonky sidekick.
The Deathly Hallows book left us with Hermione basically becoming a high-flying lawyer, working in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Ron on the other hand ends up working at a joke shop — Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. What a joke he is, ahem.
Journalist Rita Skeeter, though not known for her truth, ventured the possibility that Ron is mentally ill. Even Emma Watson wasn't sure about the match, saying in 2014: "I think there are fans out there who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her [Hermione] happy."
While opposites can attract, their differences in brainpower and career (probably Galleon income too) are too great for their personalities to handle in a relationship.
6. Ron's not much of a looker
Ron is rather gangly and awkward while Hermione is a brown haired babe. By 2017 we are told Ron is a "rotund" 34-year-old, and his "famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly" — a detail reflected in the hilarious final movie scene of Deathly Hallows: Part Two.
Though looks never define a relationship, if they're severely imbalanced it can cause tension on both sides. Though Hermione is probably mature enough to ignore the aesthetic chasm, Ron has proved repeatedly he's not stable or secure enough to accept his lot.
5. Ron would get jealous
Ron's burgeoning waistline and substandard wage would be an Incendio to his pathological jealousy issues. He's not short of those.
The people who provoke the green-eyed monster in Ronald are usually those closest to him — like Hermione. This may be rooted in his brothers' exceptional achievements: Bill, Charlie, and Percy were all prefects, Fred and George got good marks and were the school jokers. When he looks into the Mirror of Erised, Ron “sees himself standing alone, the best of all of [his brothers].”
He causes people pain when he gets jealous: hurting Hermione with his cold indifference when he discovers she's kissed Viktor Krum in The Half-Blood Prince book. He even visualizes Harry and Hermione kissing before destroying a horcrux. His jealousy would be a founding cause of their separation.
4. Ron is a quitter
Ron abandons his two best friends during a critical point in the hunt for the horcruxes, in part because of irrational jealousy about Hermione and Harry's relationship. A key part of making a relationship work is fighting through the mud when it gets tough. His departure caused Hermione to cry for weeks. How is Ron ever going to make a marriage work if he can't stick through a little tension?
Read this extract about how terribly Ron returns after his abandonment:
3. Ron and Hermione are both stubborn
Both fight throughout the entire series. They are unable to let the little things slide, each being incredibly headstrong. While it can be a fantastic individual trait to stick to your guns, you need an element of flexibility on both sides for a partnership to bloom.
That's just not going to happen with Ron and Hermione. They bicker about the smallest details, and have always had a tension — ever since the first moment they met on the Hogwarts Express and Hermione pointed out a dirt smudge on Ron's nose.
2. Harry and Hermione would be a better couple
There, I said it. Rowling has a fair point when she says they would make the better couple, rather than pairing off with a Weasley each and becoming siblings-in-law... pff.
H and H help each other in situations where Ron would be a bit useless: Hermione through her intelligence and wisdom, and Harry through his bravery. They never get into petty fights, and have a fantastic understanding of how one another work founded on mutual respect — which is more than can be said for Ron and Hermione. Crucially, their balanced relationship means they can work harmoniously through an absence of jealousy.
The better couple is tantalized in the fantastic scene in the Deathly Hallows where the couple mock ballroom-dance to the world-weary choir of Nick Cave's "O'Children." Rowling has said that though this wasn't included in the book, the screenwriters read her mind.
1. Ron has bizarre women issues
Consider Ron's women. His mom mollycoddles him at home. Lavender Brown leads him around by the lips. The part-Veela he ogles in a catatonic (stupefied) state are magical beings. Hermione does his homework for him.
This gravitation towards stronger women reveals an inability to take control of situations, whether its preparing for his N.E.W.T.s or losing Scabbers, and a relationship requires strength on both sides. He confuses dependency with love. His founding attraction for Hermione relies on his unconscious awareness of her supporting him, like when she cheats him into the Quidditch team.
He will lean heavily on Hermione for his emotional support — as 'homework' post-Hogwarts becomes life. This will widen the cracks of their fundamental differences.