Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Harry Potter Wednesday (9) ~ JK Rowling's Confession

This is an exciting new feature where I'm going to talk anything and everything Harry Potter, including the books, movies, and other propaganda. This was brought on by my obsession with the series, and I know there are those of you out there who are just as obsessed if not more obsessed than I am.
These posts will have spoilers. There's really no reason you shouldn't know everything that's gone on in all 7 books/movies, but I still feel obligated to inform you that I'm going to hold nothing back.

I'm sure everyone has heard now that JK admitted it was Harry who should have ended up with Hermione. In an interview conducted by Emma Watson herself, JK says she "'wrote the Hermione / Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment'" and that she was "'clinging to the plot as [she] first imagined it.'" You can find the article I got this from HERE, but apparently the full article won't be published until the 7th of February. But I just felt like I needed to voice my opinion on this one.

As a writer myself, I can see how, over seven books, her original idea of what characters would be together would change as the story and her writing developed. I think the thing both authors and editors have learned nowadays is that authors tend to have a whimsical idea of keeping everything they love in their books, but that's just not real life in the writing/publishing world. If every author kept in the scenes that they loved but didn't quite fit in the story, no one would want to read the books except the authors themselves, and they might even look back on it and think how stupid they were to keep that in. I think this just goes to prove that JK Rowling isn't a complete literary genius. She has her faults just like any other human being, and regretting her own decision to have Ron and Hermione end up together is just proof that an author's work is never finished no matter how famous they are.



I also wanted to address the idea itself, because I always thought Harry and Hermione should have ended up together. I've put together a montage of gifs to illustrate this.






I mean, right? They were perfect for each other! Luckily, the romances in this series are not even close to being at the forefront of the story. I can see why people would be outraged, but I'm actually kind of relieved. In the back of my head, it always bothered me a little that Harry and Hermione seemed to be meant for each other and connected on a deeper level, yet they ended up with other people that didn't seem to match up as well. This doesn't ruin the series for me in the slightest, nor does it ruin my view of JK. In fact, I find I have more respect for her now.

What do you think about this? Is JK crazy or do you agree with her? Let me know in the comments!

3 comments:

  1. Interesting. Hadn't heard that before :)

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  2. This is such a hot topic. I have to disagree though. I think R and H are wonderful together. I do agree that Harry had more chemistry with her on film, but I don't think that about the books. Most of the scenes you highlighted above, I totally thought - Woh, that's like they should be together! But overall, I still think R and H were better suited. (Opposites attract. :) )

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  3. I think we also forget how much Harry longed to a part of the Weasley family because they were always the family that he never had. By marrying Ginny he became a part of the family he always loved.

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