Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in 2007, and it marked the end of one of the greatest book series of all-time. The story of “The Boy Who Lived” may be as popular as Luke Skywalker, Superman or Mickey Mouse. The books spawned the highest grossing film series ever, and has made J.K Rowling one of the richest women in England. Now imagine if this accomplished author, who has become the George Lucas of this Wizarding Universe, came out and admitted their was something about the story she regretted? I think every creator has regrets about their work, but in this hyper critical society it makes more sense to leave those regrets in a folder stashed away somewhere. Not J.K Rowling. The Sunday Times picked up an interview she did with Wonderland Magazine. And in that interview she said the following:
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. 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.”
Seven years after the release of the final book, and three years after the final movie this is very interesting news. As I was reading the books as a teen I remember questioning the validity of Ron & Hermione’s relationship. I always assumed it would be her & Harry, but as I read Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix I actually enjoyed J.K straying away from the obvious. Having Harry struggle with women made things more interesting, but it would’ve been a great pay off to have Harry & Hermione to end up together. I wasn’t that enthusiastic about Harry & Ginny, but liked it because Harry became apart of the only family he ever belonged to. Cho Chang was an interesting love interest and I wish that was developed more because of the dynamic between them after the events of the Tri-Wizard Tournament. I was pretty happy with the ending of the book, and would only have liked to see one of the main three die. I believe the books ended to neatly, although there was a lot of death, how great would it have been to see Harry go? Now I want to go back and read these books.