The merits and flaws of the Harry Potter books have been talked to death. But when the author admits she might have gotten something wrong? That's worth a listen.
Harry Potter is in many ways singlehandedly the reason millions of children actually read these days. It's also a story where the least likely of characters, Ron Weasley, somehow manages to wind up with the incredible Hermione Granger. Which is a nice story for all the geeky kids who are afraid they'll never find someone out there in the great, big, scary Muggle world.
But Rowling says she wishes she could take that back.
I know, I know.
In an interview that was conducted by Hermione actress herself Emma Watson, Rowling gives some insight into why Hermione and Ron were the love story she carried out originally.
I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. 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.
Outraged? Rowling is apologetic, saying, "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."
Apparently Watson feels the same way, saying in response, "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."
And if you're feeling bummed, just imagine how Rupert Grint must feel!