The author of the Harry Potter novels has confessed that the two characters would have made a better match than what she had put down on paper. (For those who haven’t read the books or watched the movies, Harry ends up with Ginny Weasley while Hermione marries Ron Weasley.)
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really,” Rowling tells Wonderland magazine [via The Sunday Times]. “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 continues in the interview conducted by Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the film adaptation. “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.”
Despite the new revelation causing quite a stir across the fandom, it seems the both Rowling and Watson both see that a Harry/Hermione — or what fans lovingly calls “Harmony” — would have made much more sense in the scheme of things.
Watson adds, “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.”