J.K. Rowling shocked the world this weekend when she revealed in an interview with Wonderland Magazine that titular character Harry Potter should have been the one to end up with Hermione Granger instead of Ron Weasley. "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really," she told Emma Watson, who was conducting the interview in a real quote we're not making up. "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."
The revelation sent shockwaves throughout the online community of fanfic writers and sad denizens of websites like Mugglenet.com and The Leaky Cauldron, who still cling to fandom for a series that ended in 2007. Rowling was not unaware that her statement would be controversial, adding: "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."
Oh, come on. It's just the fictional relationship between two fictional characters. Surely no one is going to overreact to that. Right? Right?!
Folks, here at The Outhouse, we sometimes make up fake quotes from comic book fans and professionals in order to illustrate points and make you laugh. This is not one of those times, because reality is so much more awesome than anything we could make up.
Blessedb28, a commenter on the story at The Leaky Cauldron, posted the following wall of text:
Well thanks Jo for kicking down 10 years of what built up what I consider to be the most beautiful, unconditional & bare bones real relationship that could ever exist between 2 people… The thing that makes Ron & Hermione work IS the unique nature of their relationship. It’s a rare occurrence when 2 people start out as childhood best friends, then over time portray their brutal, raw & honest self to one other, only to have it come out on the other side as being each others’ soul mate. Couldn’t their differences just have complemented each other over time? Why, just because it wasn’t a steamy scene out of Twilight romance, it shouldn’t have happened? If anything, because they had such a solid foundation as best friends, THEIR relationship would be the one to weather ANYTHING. I don’t know why Jo wouldn’t see that. & I know there are many Harry/Hermione shippers out there & I respect them for the (often brilliant) opinions they bring to the table, but please consider mine: REALLY putting Harry & Hermione together is just so American high-school fairytale. & it doesn’t several damaging things: 1. It ruins the beautiful, unconditional purely raw brother-sister “I wouldn’t sleep with you but I’d die for you because I love you so much & you mean the world to me” relationship between Harry & Hermione (Yes, I MAY have been the only person that looked at The Dance in that light, but tis true) 2. It’s a smack in the face to Ron. I’m sorry I love Harry with all my heart, & he is a hero, but he needs to sit this one out in my book 3. It’s a smack in the face to Ginny, who quite honestly has gotten the shaft throughout the series. I know it was necessary that she be secondline throughout the story, but it’s unfortunate because she’s an amazingly strong character that, if there was to be a post-war series, she’d burst in like a bat out of hell & you wouldn’t know what hit you. Let her get her love foe heaven’s sake. 4. They say, metaphorically, women marry their fathers & men marry their mothers. Let Lily live through Ginny for Harry. Hermione just wouldn’t cut it… Anyway, around OOTP when Jo announced that a very main character was going to die, & my stomach tied up in knots because I couldn’t imagine losing any of them, I finally came to terms with a shred of acceptance that it would be Ron. & I thought he would go out saving Hermione’s life, & in his last dying moments admitting to her that he loved her. Ugh Jo… PLEASE, don’t re-write your own canon, it was perfect how it was. It’s one thing if you want to add details- we want that- but to reconstruct one of the major underlying themes in the story? It makes me weary that she’ll come out next saying that Dumbledore is really a dark wizard.
Yeah okay, that's about what we expected. Still, there are some fans who think Rowling is actually coming to her senses. "Finally Jo had admitted to the biggest mistake in the series," wrote LegendMN007 in the same comments section. "My wife who read the series after all 7 books came out actually disturbed by Jo putting Hermione and Ron together. She has a degree in psychology and works with domestic abuse victims. She says the way the couple is written points there is a great chance that Ron would be abusive in their marriage. It had nothing to do with them being opposites as my wife and me are complete opposites and have been happily married for 10 years.
On Mugglenet, a commenter named Rose posted one of the least self-aware statements ever made on the internet, saying, "JK can't stand not being in the spotlight any more after the disaster of her post-Potter book. She's an attention whore who will say anything to get people to notice her again. JK get over yourself. I loved the Potter books but they are OVER! Move along...."
Yes. Rowling needs to get over it, clearly. We're just glad fans are taking this calmly and rationally. "Rowling has no respect for her fans or apparently even for what she wrote herself lol," said another Mugglenet commenter. "Personally i have no respect left for her so i officially retire myself from being a hp fan."
"Rowling is the O in whore," added another.
As for Emma Watson, she agreed with Rowling. "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," Watson reportedly said in the interview.
The issue of Wonderland comes out on Thursday. So, what say you, Outhousers? Harry and Hermione? Hermione and Ron? Ron and Harry? What's the correct pairing?