J.K Rowling recently commented on her choice of Hermione’s fate.
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment,” says Rowling. “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.”
“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. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.” Emma Watson also weighed in, saying that, “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.”
What J.K means by this statement is that if it were a story that she made personal to her own choices rather than thinking about the fans then she would have put Harry and Hermione together as they seemed the more fitting couple. I’ve got a few thoughts of my own on the subject.
What exactly would the consequences be of Harry and Hermione getting together? Well, in the books and films a decent part in the last four is related to the growing relationship between Ron and Hermione and how that develops from continuous bickering to becoming each other’s sweet hearts. Ron’s jealousy of Hermione’s friendship/almost relationship with Victor Crumb, followed by Hermione’s jealousy of Ron and Lavender Brown is something that is read about a lot in the books. A lot of time is spent in building up to them eventually ending up together. Reading the part where they kiss for the first time in the blaze of wizardry war when they aren’t certain of whether they’ll live or die is a magical and touching moment on and off screen. So basically it’s a great addition to the storyline that it shouldn’t have gone without.
Would it have been a good idea for Hermione and Harry to be put together? No. Can you seriously imagine that camping session during The Deathly Hallows, the whole time being spent on Hermione and Harry cuddling whilst Ron sits in the background awkwardly? It just wouldn’t work. It’s alright for Harry as he knows he has Ginny out there waiting for him. Also, a plot explosion would have occurred, the story would have to have been altered. Why? Because during this camping trip, Ron gets jealous of Harry and Hermione due to prolonged exposure to the horcrux which leads to Ron leaving Harry and Hermione, Ron eventually coming back and saving Harry’s life before he drowned in an attempt to get back the sword of Gryffindor. So Harry will probably have just died in this parallel universe where he and Hermione got together.
Ginny Weasley is also something to consider. Since the second movie its basic knowledge to HP fans that Ginny has had a crush on Harry. He saves her life in the Chamber of Secrets, helps her family in numerous ways, saves her father, is best friends with her brother… it’s almost as though they were meant to be. So again, a lot of writing involved in the story would have had to be changed for the idea of Harry and Hermione getting together to have been seen as anything but odd.
What would have even happened to Ginny if Rowling did decide to flip the coin and stick Harry and Hermione together? Probably the same as what happened to Cho Chang… they might have had a quick kiss and then she would have been pushed to the back having about as much significance to the storyline as the film set’s extras. Realistically the only time the films have focused on Ginny were either in the Chamber of Secrets when she was forced into becoming the one to open the chamber, or on other occasions when she is with Harry. She’s mentioned briefly in other parts, but only briefly. She needs to be with Harry for her character to stay as centralized as it is.
Lastly, that incredible last scene of the last movie! Harry and Ginny arrive at Platform 9 ¾ with their children where they then meet Hermione and Ron with their kids. Harry gives his son some wise words, kids get on the train and it leaves. The classic Harry Potter ‘Hedwig’ theme plays and it slowly zooms into Hermione and Ron together, and Ginny and Harry. It’s a pretty beautiful last scene to see that they have grown to be alive and well and have found partners in-between themselves. In this situation if it was Harry and Hermione who were together then unless Ron decided to hook up with his sister (unlikely considering the age rating…) then again it would be pretty awkward for Ron to be standing there alone next to the two lovers, whereas Harry has Ginny.
It’s a nice notion J.K Rowling, but what’s done is done, so instead of trying to kill our childhood’s get to work on that much looked forward too new wizarding adventure.