Monday, February 3, 2014

Harry Potter No Longer Belongs to J.K. Rowling

So, apparently some people played football last night.  Stuff happened.  I don't know.  The big drama of my weekend was reading people's take on J.K. Rowling commenting that she made a mistake putting Ron and Hermione together at the end of the Harry Potter books.

My personal opinion is that the pairing was perfect.  I think the epilogue could have been cut so that we didn't know whether they stayed together after Hogwarts, but I think that Ron's growth into a more responsible, compassionate person, and Hermione's growth into a more easy-going person made their pairing natural and earned.

But here's the thing:  the books are written.  It doesn't matter what you think, what I think, or what J.K. Rowling thinks.  Ron and Hermione are together, they'll be together forever.  Once a book is published, it ceases to belong to the creator.  That's difficult to live with sometimes.  There's a part in Deathday I wish I could change, but I can't, so I don't discuss it.  The book isn't mine anymore.  That's just how it is.

It's no use getting upset about what Rowling wishes she'd done.  She can't undo it.  If she really wants Hermione and Harry to get together, she'll just have to write fan fiction like everyone else.


  1. As a reader, it kind of bothers me that she said that, but as a writer, I get it. I think if I ever get published, I'm going to do my best never to read my own books.

    1. Absolutely. I can't read anything I've written once it's published.


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