So, unless you live in a universe that has no Harry Potter fans, you may have heard J. K. Rowling’s bombshell where she states (according to various sources as the interview in question has yet to be released) that:
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really,” Rowling says in the interview. “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 adds. “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.” (source)
And, something that many Ron/Hermione shippers* find unforgivable is her comment that:
Ron and Hermione would have needed relationship counseling.
If you search for it, you will find varying reactions from the Potter fans (of whom I am one) and there are others that have taken this moment to cast slurs on Rowling and her “attention-seeking ways.” The Ron fans are upset because they feel that his character keeps getting disrespected and is not loved as much by Rowling as the others. There are other authors who are adding their voices to the mix and it has just been sort of crazy because apparently people don’t react well when their childhood is shaken around. Only…was it?
I’m a bit stumped by the level of crazy I see on message boards, tumblr, blogs, everywhere. Why are Rowling’s statements such a big deal? I really don’t get it. She says that things should have gone the Harry/Hermione way but didn’t. She didn’t go back and rewrite the series to make things go the Harry/Hermione way. She’s simply stating an opinion or rather reflecting on the work she did after time has given some distance and she has gained perspective.
People don’t understand that just because you are the author of a book does not mean you have all the answers or control the story exactly. My friend, Chris, will attest to this but sometimes stories take on lives of their own and characters act in ways that are organic to them. To me, Rowling’s saying that the characters wanted to go the Harry/Hermione way but she insisted on writing Ron/Hermione because of sentimental reasons. So she did. So why in the world is she talking about it now, you ask? That’s why we need to see the whole interview rather than judging it by the snippet we saw. I feel like context is necessary. What question was she asked to cause her to respond the way she did.
Also, people are angry that Ron and Hermione would have needed relationship counselling but is that not a good thing? Doesn’t that added effort mean they would have wanted to work at their relationship rather than letting it dissolve?
I will probably have more to say once I have read the interview but an author knows more about her characters than a reader could possibly ever but at the same time, it is a completely different knowing. But that’s a different post and I’ll write it later. I’ll leave you with some adorable fan art from the Ron/Hermione fans and Harry/Hermione fans.*shipper: The term “shipper” comes from supporting a ship. To ship something means a person wants two characters to get together and/or shows support for two characters already together. The term “ship” came from the X-Files fandom, when fanfics were written about Mulder and Scully. The fans then called themselves shippers. It quickly spread and is now the title a person gives themself if they believe two charcters should or will be together (The characters can be from anything: Books, Movies, Television, Video Games, and even Actors/Actresses). It is not limited to the couple actually happening, a person can ship something just because they enjoy the possibility of them getting together or even just because they think they would look good together. (source)