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In an interview, JKR says that Hermione would not have married Ron:

She told the magazine: "I wrote the Hermione-Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. That's how it was conceived, really.

"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, 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."

The author said the duo would have likely needed relationship counselling, while Watson herself also doubted the couple's potential longevity.

"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 told the Sunday Times.

Of course, in the books, Hermione does marry Ron and not Harry. So JKR's proclamation that Hermione would not marry Ron seems odd to say the least.

Based on what we know about the two characters, is this correct? Should JKR's word overrule the text of the books in this case?

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    Hey there, and welcome to Stack Exchange! As this is a speculative question, it would be greatly improved if you included some of your reasoning for why this might not be the case. Is there something in the text that leads you to believe it is not correct? – Aza Nov 24 '17 at 18:06
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    I never found the Hermione-Ron romance unbelievable, it's the Harry-Ginny romance that is weak and perfunctory. Clearly, Harry should have ended up with Luna.... – Chris Sunami Nov 28 '17 at 20:52
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    @ChrisSunami Why in the world should . . . actually, that kind of makes sense. Huh. – CJ Sheu Dec 10 '17 at 11:41
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    “Hermione does marry Ron and not Harry” — nowhere in the linked interview does Rowling compare those alternatives. (It's present only in the context set up by the article.) I see no reason why if she doesn't marry one she should marry the other! Rowling only says the Hermione-Ron relationship seems a weak one. This does not mean it's worse than the Hermione-Harry relationship. There are more than two men in the world, even in the Harry Potter world. – ShreevatsaR Dec 10 '17 at 15:16
  • Take a look at this related question: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/59391/… – EleventhDoctor Dec 10 '17 at 22:31
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Based on the textual evidence, I disagree with JKR. In HP4, when Hermione first appears in her ball gown, Harry merely says that "she didn't look like Hermione at all." It's merely implied and not stated that she looks better than usual. Also starting in HP4, Ron gets jealous of Krum and Hermione is annoyed at Ron for not understanding her feelings, which is why she sends that flock of birds to attack him.

On a structural level, Harry has always been the key connecting element of his group of friends, even beyond the fact that he's the focalizer of the narrative. He befriends Ron, then befriends Hermione (or at least she isn't annoyed at his stupidity), and only after the Halloween troll do Ron and Hermione become friendly. So it's more likely that Harry is friendzoned from the start, whereas Hermione's negative feelings toward Ron are later transformed into positive ones.

Finally, following along with Harry's POV, we never see him surprised at Hermione's romance with Ron. And given all that Harry has to deal with, I think it's better for Hermione not to be with him.

  • Interesting that you say that Harry is the narrator. I would say that it's in third person limited point of view, so he is not really the narrator, but we know what's happening only from his perspective. – Livrecache Dec 9 '17 at 4:41
  • You're right! My bad. I've changed it to say that Harry's the focalizer of the narrative. – CJ Sheu Dec 10 '17 at 11:33

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