J.K. Rowling's full Ron/Hermione comments reveal we can all calm down

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Feb 13, 2014, 12:12 PM EST

Remember what J.K. Rowling said about pairing up Ron and Hermione? Well, it turns out that's not all she said.

A little more than a week ago a snippet of a new interview with Rowling (conducted by Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson) hit the 'net and turned Potter fandom on its ear. In that excerpt, Rowling said she wrote the eventual romantic pairing of Harry's two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, as a form of "wish fulfillment" for herself, because it was the way she planned it when she started writing the series, and "not for reasons of credibility."

While you'll still find quite a few Potter fans out there who'll say Rowling is right, and that Hermione should've wound up with Harry instead, a sizable and rather loud portion of the franchise's fandom was less than happy with Rowling's comments, believing she'd made the right choice from the beginning. Rowling's remarks will likely have fans (and fanfiction writers, but that's a whole other story) on both sides of the argument talking for quite a while, but now the rest of Rowling's comments have surfaced, and they add a different dimension to what she said that'll probably extend the conversation.

The full Rowling/Watson interview, which appears in the latest issue of Wonderland magazine, recently surfaced on Potter fansite MuggleNet, and it includes a few more comments about the whole Ron/Hermione dynamic. First, Rowling expands on her initial comments, noting that while she's not sure Ron and Hermione would've gone the distance, their attraction to each other made sense.

"It was a young relationship," Rowling said. "I think the attraction itself is plausible but the combative side of it... I'm not sure you could have got over that in an adult relationship, there was too much fundamental incompatibility. I can't believe we are saying all of this – this is Potter heresy!"

So, that comment validates the eventual hookup between the characters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, while acknowledging that the couple might not have lasted past their 20s or so. But what about the far future? Did Ron and Hermione ever have a chance of a happily ever after? Well, Rowling's willing to allow for that too, as long as they're willing to work for it.

"Oh, maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counseling, you know," she said. "I wonder what happens at wizard marriage counseling? They'll probably be fine. He needs to work on his self-esteem issues and she needs to work on being a little less critical."

So, fans, if you want to listen to what Rowling thinks beyond those seven books, you've got two options: You can either believe Ron and Hermione had some time together in their youth, then broke up, or you can believe they fought through the rough times to stay together. Either way, all this does make those initial quotes rather less inflammatory (though it doesn't change my belief that Rowling can say whatever she wants), right?

(Via The Mary Sue)