Author J.K. Rowling might have created beloved “Harry Potter” characters Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, but the star-crossed pair took on a life of their own after Rowling finally put them together in the final book of her series, sending them off with a seemingly happy ending at the conclusion of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
Rowling recently made waves when she confessed last month that she regretted pairing up Harry’s best friends at the end of her beloved series. In an interview in Wonderland magazine (conducted by Watson herself!), Rowling shared, “I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment.”
She continued, “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.”
Watson also seemed somewhat pessimistic about the longevity of the popular pairing, sharing at the time, “I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.”
But Watson’s tune may have changed just a bit, as the starlet took to the red carpet at tonight’s Oscars (her first time attending the big show, if you can believe it) and told MTV’s own Josh Horowitz, “It was a real shame, because the quote that she gave was completely taken out of context.”
Watson implored fans to read the interview a bit more closely to more keenly understand what Rowling was saying about the cherished romance, and perhaps reduce their outrage just a bit. Ron and Hermione forever? It’s still magic to us.