It's IWSG day. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for organizing this monthly event where writers share about their writerly insecurities and other stuff. (Cool news: From Feb. 4-10, the Kindle version of Alex's book, CASSAFIRE, is on sale for 99 cents on Amazon and his publisher's site.)
The following "insecurity" or hindsight, as it is really, isn't my own- it belongs to one of my all-time favorite authors, J.K. Rowling, who recently admitted in an interview that she has second thoughts about pairing Hermione and Ron together and how this confession might cause "rage and fury" among her fans.* True enough, Rowling's recent admission ignited passionate reactions from fans over Superbowl weekend. Many agreed that Ron was wrong for Hermione, and others defended the couple. Some feel that Rowling shouldn't have even gone there at all.
My opinion is that an author should not be restricted from talking about her work, even if she expresses regrets over choices she made in it. I am not feeling "rage and fury." If anything, Rowling's revelation got me to take a closer look at how I felt about the characters while reading the books and watching the movies, and deciding there was a contrast in how I followed both mediums.
Reading the books, I felt the chemistry between Ron and Hermione. While Ron has shown some immaturity during his earlier years, he has also shown that he can be fiercely loyal to those he cared about. And it's not unheard of for an "eat-all-your-vegetables" type of girl like Hermione to be paired with an unpredictable boy like Ron.
But watching the movies, the chemistry between Harry and Hermione was more apparent, especially when the two were alone together during the DEATHLY HALLOWS. Sometimes we pick up vibes from what we read in a book and what we see in a movie, and those vibes may influence our expectations while we're exposed to the other medium. So that's why I wouldn't have been completely closed to the idea of Harry and Hermione sitting on a tree.
That said, I still prefer Rowling's original choice to bring Ron and Hermione together. While Ron was second fiddle to Harry by public perception, in Hermione's eyes, he was The One for her. Harry was revered as The Boy Who Lived, but Ron got the girl. Hermione got the soul mate she wanted in one of them, and in the other, a lifelong best friend. Therefore, each of the three main protagonists received some validation.
I could sit here and spend another thousand words arguing why Harry should've given light and quirky Luna a chance to bring him out of his shell, why a Hermione and Draco fling would've been fun (fling yes, marriage no, as as long Lucius and Narcissa are still around), and how, while it was thoughtful and fun for Rowling to show us who ended up marrying who from Hogwarts School at the end of DEATHLY HALLOWS, I myself am grateful that my husband didn't know me while I was in high school. And I'll just leave it at that.
For all you Harry Potter fans, do you feel that Hermione should've ended up with Harry instead of Ron? Or would you have rather seen her end up with neither of the two?
How do you feel about an author publicly admitting regret over something they'd written?
Did you or would you marry someone who knew you in high school?
*A bunch of headlines also declare that Rowling felt Harry and Hermione should've gotten married instead BUT because Rowling's actual interview isn't up yet, I haven't seen an actual quote by Rowling that confirms she said this. So I will wait until the interview is up before I attribute a quote to Rowling about this. Update: The interview, posted on mugglenet.com, quotes Rowling as saying, "In some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit..." but she doesn't say the two should've gotten married at the end, as some headlines have misleadingly suggested.
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