In teaser quotes from an interiew with Emma Watson, guest editor at Wonderland Magazine, J.K. Rowling admits to having wanted Hermione Granger to end up with Harry Potter, not Ron Weasley. (The issue will be available on Thursday.)
As I read each book and the characters grew older, I found the pairing of Hermione and Ron to be inspired. As the primary character, Harry, was the obvious (boring) choice as leading man. I will admit to having imagined the two of them ending up together, but as the story progressed, the more compelling relationship was between Hermione and Ron.
It was a classic “opposites attract” story, imbedded in the “friends-to-lovers” theme. Ron allowed Hermione to let her hair down, have fun and relax her natural intensity, while Hermione’s confidence in Ron empowered him to grow up, and into his own man. It also allowed a ginger to be the romantic hero. Genius!
I thank whatever literary gods and the Universe for ensuring that Ms. Rowling, not only kept Ron alive, but made him into an awkward, albeit truly lovable, romantic hero. It was one of many different plot twists that made this series on of my favorites.
How do you feel about these new revelations?