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Cover of tomorrow's Sunday Times.
It's on their Twitter account right now and it's a little early for April Fool's Day, so we assume it's true.

Hypable has a more extensive piece on it.
In a new interview conducted by Emma Watson, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling drops a bombshell: She regrets putting Ron and Hermione together.


The shocking revelation came in the new issue of Wonderland which Watson is a guest editor of this month. The comments were obtained by The Sunday Times.

Rowling says that she should have put Hermione and Harry together in the Harry Potter series instead of Hermione and Ron.

“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” she says. “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,” she continued, “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.”

Watson didn’t seem shocked by these comments and agreed with her. “It think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.”

Rowling also says that Ron and Hermione would have needed “relationship counseling.”


IN OTHER WORDS I JUST CANNOT EVEN.
PLEASE, DISCUSS.

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Date: 2014-02-01 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amaz0n-princess.livejournal.com
Uhhhh... Ron & I adore Hermione/Ron, think they are great together. They remind us of us, especially in the early years of our marriage. Plus I've always loved Harry/Ginny & think they are great for each other. So I think I'm going to ignore this interview/pretend it doesn't exist.

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Date: 2014-02-01 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sophie10.livejournal.com
Vindicated! I always felt that the Hermione/Ron relationship was shoehorned in. It just didn't make sense to me, even as just a first romantic relationship. They were just too different and never saw eye to eye. How can two people like that have a life together? I firmly believe opposites can attract and that partners should compliment each other, but Hermione and Ron just didn't do that IMO. In some ways it seemed like Ron got the girl because Harry got to save the world, and I hated Hermione being reduced to that.

*sails off on HMS Pumpkin Pie*

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Date: 2014-02-01 11:28 pm (UTC)
ext_5285: (FN: Bubbles)
From: [identity profile] kiwiria.livejournal.com
YES! The Harry/Hermione relationship always made so much more sense to me. I learned to live with Ron/Hermione, but Harry/Ginny? No, just doesn't work for me.

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Date: 2014-02-01 11:47 pm (UTC)
zorb: (Pumpkin of Questionable Activity!)
From: [personal profile] zorb
Cannot. Stop. Laughing.

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Date: 2014-02-01 11:55 pm (UTC)
ceilidh: (ladybug quiet)
From: [personal profile] ceilidh
ugh.

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Date: 2014-02-02 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] empressov.livejournal.com
Can we all just take this direct to Fandom Wank? Is journal fen still around? I don't even remember how this goes. I think it begins with GLOATING!

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Date: 2014-02-02 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eibbil-libbie.livejournal.com
I'm still stunned stupid.

And feeling pretty damned happy.

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Date: 2014-02-02 01:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ancarett
If you wanted it, you shoulda put a ring on it, i.e., she shoulda wrote that when she wrote the books. Authorial intent doesn't impress me. Especially not authorial intent ipso facto.

If I didn't have to put up with Brannon Braga's asshattery when he was writing Trek or DC's asshattery with the new 52, I sure as help don't care about Rowling's after the fact meanderings. This includes comments of hers that support and deny my fannish insights. They bear little weight in my books but serve to diminish the author in my esteem as a vacillating bumbler.

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Date: 2014-02-02 01:16 am (UTC)
ext_1890: (Hermione Knows Everything)
From: [identity profile] svmadelyn.livejournal.com
If she needed to rewrite the series to make this right, I'd totally, you know, read 'em. /solemn

VINDICATION I HAS IT

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Date: 2014-02-02 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drinkingcocoa.livejournal.com
This is hilarious. I love JKR and I think she has every right to write HP AUs and corrective fanfics, just like anyone else. ;-) Maybe in another 10 years, she'll realize that Harry wouldn't have been any better for Hermione than Ron, and she'll pair Hermione up with Snape or Kingsley. :-) :-) :-)

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Date: 2014-02-02 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] avidbeader.livejournal.com
I am just enjoying the sudden burst of all of the old crowd, posting and commenting. I'm glad Rowling had the gust to admit that she was wrong, a bit sad because it's not like she's going to rewrite the books, and a little bit enjoying the wailing and gnashing of teeth in some quarters.

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Date: 2014-02-02 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelamermaid.livejournal.com
No, I think she got it right the first time.

Kevin photo tumblr_mzlnsrPPuB1t96fero8_250_zps6199ff9a.gif

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Date: 2014-02-02 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] effervescent.livejournal.com
For a little while today everything was HP again, and I enjoyed that. :)

I'm still a R/Hr shipper no matter what she says, though, and she can't change canon now~

H/Hr would have left Ron on the outskirts and splintered the trio entirely, so unless the end of that friendship was what JKR was going for, I'm not sure how she would have written it, even! It's interesting to see all the Harmonians coming out of the woodwork, haha.
Edited Date: 2014-02-02 05:04 am (UTC)

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Date: 2014-02-02 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginsu.livejournal.com
Hermione was too sharp for either of those guys.

Actually, I can't think offhand of a suitable match for her in that series -- just temporary flings as she went through stages of sexual development.

She and Amadeus Cho would make an interesting couple, though.

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Date: 2014-02-02 10:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chinawolf.livejournal.com
wtf. I mean, okay, fine, I'm not opposed, and I'm happy for all the shippers, and sure this will inspire another few good years in fanfic. But wtf is it with JKR retconning canon through interviews? Sigh.

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Date: 2014-02-02 11:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] viridescence13
I always wanted H/Hr...Ron wouldn't be enough for her intellectually (but neither would Harry for that matter). G/Hr felt too much like making a kid's crush a reality. But I think it's kind of crap for JKR to retcon it now...what's the point? Other than to get people talking HP again.

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Date: 2014-02-02 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlh.livejournal.com
For me the most interesting part is:

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

because really, wasn't that the problem with the final books generally? Marching to a conclusion that didn't entirely feel earned in so many respects, just because it was what she'd thought up when she wrote the first book?

As to the shipping bit, my extreme, sincere, and heartfelt sympathies to R/Hr shippers who feel like she's being mean to Ron and undermining something they loved, because that's not cool. But no sympathies extended to those who bullied other shippers on the basis of their ship being canon or not, and used JKR's words in interviews to do so. That's the sweet, sweet irony of the whole thing, to me.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-02 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
This was an incredibly satisfying thing to real, NGL.

I want to reach back in time and high-five my past self.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-03 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellifer-fic.livejournal.com
Quite honestly, I think it's just a way to get people talking about the series again and it's not much more than that. The movies are over, the books are done and the publicity machine slows down. She's coming out with these 'revelations' and suddenly tumblr is full of HP and the news is full of it and the fans are revitalised because they have something to debate.

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Date: 2014-02-05 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redstapler.livejournal.com
Trio OT3 5-ever. ;)

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