Beloved Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling allegedly admits that she regrets pairing Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, despite seven books that say otherwise.
It was bad enough discovering that Orson Scott Card was a homophobic whackjob, now J.K. Rowling has denied the love of Ron and Hermione, essentially telling fans that she was writing the wrong books for ten years. Fine, just go ahead and suck what little joy I had left from my high school memories. Any other stories you want to ruin for me, universe? Maybe Roald Dahl regretted giving the chocolate factory to Charlie, instead of Violet Beauregard. Maybe Tolkien thought Aragorn should have married Eowyn. Or maybe Hemingway wished he’d written The Old Man and the Golf Course, because ‘the sea’s a bit rocky.’
Does any creator have the right to take something back after giving it freely? As the Almighty Maker, the direction of the Harry Potter series was entirely Rowling’s purview – before it went to print. Coming in six years later to say she completely regrets one of the through-lines of a seven-book series is mean-spirited, and rather out-of-character.
Rowling is quoted as saying, “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.”
Which may be the most idiotic thing anyone has ever said. Even if she legitimately came to this conclusion after, as she says, some distance, there was absolutely no reason to utter a declarative statement about a closed case, making those of us who followed her words with great satisfaction, falling in love alongside Ron and Hermione, feel like fools. What does it say about her readership that we found her choice completely ‘credible’? That even those who weren’t happy with the outcome accepted it because that was how it was written? Screw literature, we were reading Harry Potter.
It was naive for her to think that wouldn’t break our hearts – she knows all too well the powerful emotions and factions that exist within her fandom, any fandom. No author should come in after zero hour and spit on their own work. You wrote it, you printed it, and even if you aren’t satisfied, you accept it and move forward – don’t turn around and negate something that worked, just because you decided it shouldn’t have. This isn’t a case where she regrets not giving Dean Thomas a larger role; in saying that Hermione should have ended up with Harry, J.K. Rowling is saying that she should have written a different set of books.
Her internationally best-selling series says otherwise.