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Harry should have married Hermione - JK Rowling's Own Words
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I just think it's BS that she's whining about this now.

You know what it looks like to me? An author whose golden age has gone by trying to manufacture publicity for herself.

Not to mention, as a writer and artist myself, I have a problem with her contradicting what she wrote. If she has regrets or whatever about the ending, too freaking bad. Keep it to yourself, learn something, show it in your next book. To me, she's disrespecting her own writing and her fans by saying this kind of nonsense. Perhaps she doesn't realize that she was writing a fairy tale...

Here are a couple more articles. I especially like the tweets from other authors, with John Green's tweet: "Books belong to their readers" standing as the highlight.
http://www.hypable.com/2014/02/01/jk-rowling-ron-hermione-harry-twitter/

http://www.hypable.com/2014/02/01/jk-rowling-ron-hermione-relationship-regret-interview/

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I agree with ^

The book has already been released, so it's too late for Rowling to change anything.



As for whom should have ended up together with whom; Sure, I had my own personal preference that didn't have anything to do with the "evidence" or "character development" in the books. I never thought, in the end, that any character where developed enough to be in any kind of romantic relationship. Harry Potter isn't a romance novel and the books where made for children, so "Person A is cute" is enough. I guess this is also why Harry Potter is such a popular target for fan-fiction. (There are, like, a million fan-fiction stories with any pairing imaginable).
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Harry/Hermione or Harry/Luma were my preferences. Neither happened but I don't mind.
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Honestly, Hermione/Ron isn't my biggest gripe. It's the whole Harry/Ginny aspect that I never agreed with. It was too damned forced, Ginny came out of obscurity and was suddenly all interesting and had all these wonderful qualities that made her appear "perfect". But anyways, that's a different story. Am I bothered by JK's regrets? No, not really.
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hermione & ron
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Matter at hand aside, I think Rowling's perfectly in her own right to express her opinions on her own work. She wrote the multi-billion-pound series and the majority of the world loves her for it. The interpretation between the lines is, of course, subjective to each reader, but she's hardly ordering us to change the canon and alter our interpretations; all she's doing here is offering her fans her own opinions on her own story. Flaming her for this is inordinately harsh. In fact, so is claiming that she's been 'forgotten about' and 'manufacturing publicity' - most of her current work is for charity, she's written other books and has since stirred up just a little bit of public interest in her brand new new Harry Potter film.

Why not cut the amazing woman some slack and let her talk to her own fans?

*rant over*
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sjgriffiths wrote:

Matter at hand aside, I think Rowling's perfectly in her own right to express her opinions on her own work. She wrote the multi-billion-pound series and the majority of the world loves her for it. The interpretation between the lines is, of course, subjective to each reader, but she's hardly ordering us to change the canon and alter our interpretations; all she's doing here is offering her fans her own opinions on her own story. Flaming her for this is inordinately harsh. In fact, so is claiming that she's been 'forgotten about' and 'manufacturing publicity' - most of her current work is for charity, she's written other books and has since stirred up just a little bit of public interest in her brand new new Harry Potter film.

Why not cut the amazing woman some slack and let her talk to her own fans?

*rant over*

Since this is probably mostly directed at my post, I'll respond. (And try to be less hotheaded about it).

Firstly, I don't have a very high opinion of the books themselves (I much prefer the movies, to be honest). That's just full disclosure.

As far as the publicity thing goes, yeah, that probably wasn't her intention. But I seem to remember her saying before that she wanted to move on from HP and not just be known as the author of Harry Potter. Now, I certainly realize that people are going to continue to ask her questions regarding her hugely successful franchise. I don't fault her for that at all. The whole interview hasn't come out yet, so who knows what question brought her to this topic.

The reason it rankles me is because she is the author. She has a fanbase that made her successful. Anything she says regarding HP (like the "Dumbledore is gay" thing) is going to be taken seriously because she is the author.

Looking at what she actually said, she said that HermoinexRon happened because of "personal reasons," "not because of anything literary." She basically discredits the whole relationship by using her power as the author. How I read it is, "Well, I just felt like making them get together, but other than that, there was no reason for them to get together." No matter how you look at it, she's basically saying that the relationship is totally unfounded (which is a ridiculous statement, btw. She wrote in plenty of evidence for them to get together).

tl;dr--As an author she has a responsibility to her fans & saying stuff like that hurts the books. It really does.

Hopefully I was less polemic and more logical this time.
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I was never really fond of Harry and Ginny, I had hoped he'd end up with Luna or Hermione.
However, I can't say I dislike Hermione and Ron. There was some early hints that they liked eachother...
I guess as long as everyone's happy then I don't care
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TEAM CHO CHANG!.......... jk no way
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I thought Ron would die some lame death, Hermione would fall in love with some older married guy and Harry would go insane and become a hobo.
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I couldn't get passed the 4th movie.
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I never read the books. When the popularity of the Harry Potter series erupted in the early 2000's, the 8-10 year-old me could only hope to get her hands on the books, even via school libraries. They were constantly checked out and/or the school only had a few books. I can't stand reading books out of order. Even when the hype plummeted around 2004, they still eluded me. I gave up, choosing to satisfy my curiosity with the movies, instead. Now, even though I can purchase them whenever I want, some sort of grudge prevents me. I'm silly.

I can only speak in reference to the movies; however, to me, I never saw much romantic build up between anyone, especially in regard to Ginny. Her involvement with Harry feels pretty random. Ron x Hermione feels more natural, of course, but not by much. The thought of Harry x Hermione feels the same, along with virtually any other shipping that I can think up. Honestly, I'd be content if they all married people that they meet later on in life, if only due to how unromantic the films feel.

For some reason, I can't bring myself to finish Goblet of Fire, by the way. Something about it bores me, but I can't put my finger on anything specific. I keep dropping it about halfway, sometimes sooner.
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aeb0717 wrote:

I never read the books. When the popularity of the Harry Potter series erupted in the early 2000's, the 8-10 year-old me could only hope to get her hands on the books, even via school libraries. They were constantly checked out and/or the school only had a few books. I can't stand reading books out of order. Even when the hype plummeted around 2004, they still eluded me. I gave up, choosing to satisfy my curiosity with the movies, instead. Now, even though I can purchase them whenever I want, some sort of grudge prevents me. I'm silly.

I can only speak in reference to the movies; however, to me, I never saw much romantic build up between anyone, especially in regard to Ginny. Her involvement with Harry feels pretty random. Ron x Hermione feels more natural, of course, but not by much. The thought of Harry x Hermione feels the same, along with virtually any other shipping that I can think up. Honestly, I'd be content if they all married people that they meet later on in life, if only due to how unromantic the films feel.

For some reason, I can't bring myself to finish Goblet of Fire, by the way. Something about it bores me, but I can't put my finger on anything specific. I keep dropping it about halfway, sometimes sooner.


It's the longest book in the series and, like a lot of the books, includes scenes cut from the films that don't add much to the overall story. It does take some effort to get through.

The romantic bits are part of that as well, since they had to cut a lot of content to make the films even fit into a (generous) 2-hour window. It's part of why Deathly Hallows is a 2-parter; since it was a straight narrative there was little content that could be cut. That, and to make more $, but my idealism makes me believe in the former more than the latter.
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I've always wondered why it wasn't Harry and Hermione. -___- Because honestly, that would have made so much more sense.
Plus, I'm not sure Ron would make Hermione happy.
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aeb0717 wrote:

For some reason, I can't bring myself to finish Goblet of Fire, by the way. Something about it bores me, but I can't put my finger on anything specific. I keep dropping it about halfway, sometimes sooner.


Ah, but the last third of Goblet of Fire is the most intense! That finale in the in the graveyard is one of the most eventful and memorable scenes in the whole series



Genbu89 wrote:

It's the longest book in the series and, like a lot of the books, includes scenes cut from the films that don't add much to the overall story. It does take some effort to get through.

The romantic bits are part of that as well, since they had to cut a lot of content to make the films even fit into a (generous) 2-hour window. It's part of why Deathly Hallows is a 2-parter; since it was a straight narrative there was little content that could be cut. That, and to make more $, but my idealism makes me believe in the former more than the latter.


Sorry to be a pedant, but Goblet of Fire is only the third longest book in the series, behind Order of the Phoenix and then Deathly Hallows But yeah, pretty sure Rowling herself also advised splitting up the last film. It worked better than one film would've done, but with the slight drawback that a few people felt the first film to be slow and uneventful...
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