In an interview conducted by Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling said that she put Ron and Hermione together as a form of “wish-fullfilment,” according to The Sunday Times.
Rowling said that Ron and Hermione ended up together in the story because that was her original vision, not what necessarily made the most sense by the end. The Times article cites another article for Wonderland Magazine, in which Watson interviews Rowling. The story is due out Friday.
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. 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,” she said in the article.
In the article, Rowling said she knows her comments will upset fans.
“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,” she said.
According to The Times, Watson and Rowling “agree that Harry and Hermione were a better match than Ron and Hermione.”