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Trust JK Rowling to send millions into a tizzy every time she airs her thoughts on Harry Potter. Her legion of fans had jubilantly frenzied over her revelation of Dumbledore's sexual preferences a few years back. Now, once again, after a period of great calm, Rowling has brewed up the proverbial storm. So, when quizzed about the appropriateness of Ron and Hermione's relationship, the author gave away a piece of her heart as she disclosed how she linked up the two characters purely in pursuit of a personal ambition. She admitted that Ron and Hermione were the kind of couple whose marriage will easily run into a thick wall and will necessitate counselling.
Rowling sent another shockwave across her sea of followers as she articulated that in true literary sense, Harry (and not Ron) should have married Hermione. But she stuck to the Ron-Hermione pairing in the book since this is what she had envisioned at the beginning and her vision had less to do with a literary obligation but more to do with her own dire wish to get the two of them marry each other.
This perhaps gives us a peek into Rowling's heart, which must have undergone deep melancholy after her estrangement with her first husband. Though she did not admit it in explicit words as such, it does appear that she yearned for a happy fairytale ending for Ron; something she herself felt deprived of. It also goes to show how literary characters are often a partially-baked alter ego of their own creators. In fact, the writers are often as intriguing, if not more, as their most convoluted characters. Really, there is no better way of describing a writer...