How J.K. Rowling Ruined my Childhood

Recently J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series has revealed that she wished Harry and Hermione had gotten together instead of Ron and Hermione. The article appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 3. A lot of fans were furious with the announcement and I agree.

The appeal of Hermione and Ron was that neither one of them was the main protagonist. They were Harry’s friends and Harry didn’t fall in love with his female friend. Harry and Hermione represent what a real friendship is capable of.

It was refreshing to see two friends be extremely close and care for each other without it being romantic. The two characters cared for each other and made each other happy in a purely platonic way.

Ron and Hermione represented a natural progression. In the beginning they were both more focused on being Harry’s friends and being thrown together because of that friendship. They also became friends but didn’t have the same connection as they did to Harry.

This made it easy for romantic feelings to develop without it just being another story of a guy and a girl falling in love as friends. By saying that Harry and Hermione should have been together instead of Hermione and Ron, Harry Potter becomes another cliché.

Regardless of fans personal preferences for the relationships, the storyline was already finished. By admitting to a change J.K Rowling wishes she’d made, she’s affecting how fans see the story that already exists. The Guardian had an article on Feb. 8 that further questions whether or not J.K. Rowling should have revealed her doubts.

Harry Potter books. (photo via Flickr/Anders.Bachmann)

Harry Potter books. (photo via Flickr/Anders.Bachmann)