updated 02/04/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/05/2014 AT 9:00 AM ET
According to J.K. Rowling, Hermione made the wrong choice: In an interview conducted by actress Emma Watson, the young-adult author admitted that she regretted pairing off the brainy mudblood with Ron Weasley, a goofy ginger, instead of heroic warrior of destiny Harry Potter.
“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,” Rowling said in the pages of British magazine Wonderland.
While we would hardly dispute an author’s right to meddle with her work after publication, Rowling is, quite frankly, wrong.
Harry Potter would make a horrible match for Hermione. Yes, the Gryffindors are both ambitious, but they seem like a pair of Type-As who would make each other miserable. Plus, getting them together would ruin one of fiction’s best platonic male-female friendships.
Even moreso, the world of Harry Potter is full of eligible bachelors. There are so many more men we’d rather see Hermione end up with; our shortlist below:
Of course, there’s another path left to consider: Hermione could marry someone she didn’t go to school with. It’s lazy characterization to imagine every Hogwarts student ended up raising a family with their high school sweethearts, as if everyone’s personalities all calcified at age 17. In the wide-open, adventurous wizarding world, nobody could’ve held out for better options?
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