Ending a gigantic franchise is hard, even harder when you have a few select characters to deal with, and intertwining romantic interests. Looking back on Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling might have done things differently if she had the power to start over again.
Recently J.K. Rowling talked about Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, and that the two lead characters may have been a better match, than the Hermione-Ron coupling that made it into the last draft.
It was in an interview with Wonderland magazine that J.K. Rowling talked about why Weasley and Hermione ended up together stating that she, “wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment.” She then added, “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,” Rowling tells Watson, 23. “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,” she adds.
Rowling talked about the viability of the relationship between Weasley and Granger, saying that it would be doubtful if the two would really make it to happily ever after. The upcoming issue where the interview will be published was reported on by The Sunday Times, also had quotes from actress Emma Watson, who famously played Hermione in all of the films, also apparently had doubts about the future of the couple.
As the books pushed on and the children grew up, many readers expressed their hopes that one day Harry and Hermione would end up together, but instead it was Harry and Ron’s sister that eventually settled down together.