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“it was Hermione’s journey as much as Harry’s at the end”

Mugglenet have posted the full transcript of J.K Rowling’s interview with Emma Watson for The Sunday Times’ Wonderland. Jo broke the internet last week when she mused that Hermione and Ron’s relationship was more a decision based on wish fulfilment and not for reasons of credibility.

While they discussed topics such as the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, the Harry Potter stage play and why Jo will never be able to drive, we were all most eager to see the comments Jo made on Ron and Hermione’s relationship in context.

Jo said” “What I will say is that 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 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.

Jo then added: “It was a young relationship. I think the attraction itself is plausible but the combative side of it… I’m not sure you could have got over that in an adult relationship, there was too much fundamental incompatibility…”

“Oh, maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counseling, you know. I wonder what happens at wizard marriage counseling? They’ll probably be fine. He needs to work on his self-esteem issues and she needs to work on being a little less critical.”

harry-hermione-dance-deathly-hallowsJo and Emma also addressed the rather controversial scene between Hermione and Harry in the Deathly Hallows Part One film.

Jo said “In some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit and I’ll tell you something very strange. When I wrote Hallows, I felt this quite strongly when I had Hermione and Harry together in the tent! I hadn’t told [Steve] Kloves that and when he wrote the script he felt exactly the same thing at exactly the same point.”

“And actually I liked that scene in the film, because it was articulating something I hadn’t said but I had felt. I really liked it and I thought that it was right. I think you do feel the ghost of what could have been in that scene…and you got it perfectly, you got perfectly the sort of mixture of awkwardness and genuine emotion, because it teeters on the edge of “what are we doing? Oh come on let’s do it anyway”, which I thought was just right for that time.”

Emma then added “I think it was just the sense that in the moment they needed to be together and be kids and raise each other’s morale.”

Jo agreed, ” That is just it, you are so right. All this says something very powerful about the character of Hermione as well…Hermione’s always there for Harry. I remember you sent me a note after you read Hallows and before you started shooting, and said something about that, because it was Hermione’s journey as much as Harry’s at the end.”

Read the full transcript at Mugglenet.

About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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