Seven years after the beloved Harry Potter book series came to an end, author J.K. Rowling has revealed that she regrets turning characters Hermione Granger with Ron Weasley into a couple.
In a Wonderland magazine interview with guest editor Emma Watson, who played the brainy Hermione in eight films, Rowling admitted that she thinks Potter and Granger would have been a better pairing.
"I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really," Rowling, 48, told Watson, 23. "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 rightly predicted that her admission might cause an uproar in the Harry Potter community. "I know, I'm sorry," the billionaire said. "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, too, questioned whether Hermione and Ron would have gone the distance had the best-selling wizarding novels continued. "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," the Noah actress told Rowling.
It was revealed that Hermione and Ron got married in the epilogue of the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, published in 2007. They even have two kids, Rose and Hugo.
At one point, Rowling even considered eliminating Ron from the popular book series.
"Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die. Then midway through, which I think was a reflection that I wasn't in a very happy place, I started thinking I might punish one of them off. Out of sheer spite," she revealed in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 DVD extras. "In my absolute heart of hearts of hearts—although I did seriously consider killing...Ron."