"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."
Ron and Hermione were first introduced in the very first film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Hermione was the ‘know it all’ witch and daughter of ‘muggles’ or ‘mudbloods’ in the words of Malfoy and was well known throughout Hogwarts by professors and peers as the smartest in the school. Ron was the awkward and less fortunate and less bright friend of Harry. The relationship between the two reach another level in front of the audiences eyes when Hermione’s jealousy got the best of her in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when Ron and Lavender Brown is seen snogging. From there on it was apparent what was going to happen.
Still, audiences hoped things would change. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I, when Ron abruptly leaves after hatred was fueled through the horcrux worn around his neck, Hermione and Harry got some alone time. The dancing scene was classic and caused viewers to hope for a romantic interlude between the two best friends. No such luck. The two departed after a downtrodden Hermione walked away undoubtedly missing Ron.
Do you think Harry and Hermione would have been a better couple? After all these years does it really matter? Would you have liked to have seen an alternate ending in which the two did end up together? Leave your comments below!