Can an Author be Wrong about Their Own Work?

Last time I talked about what my characters know. I think this idea goes beyond this though into the very fabric of the universe they’ve created.

20140216_202500 J.K. Rowling has said that she regrets pairing Ron with Hermione. She says that Hermione and Harry should’ve ended up together. I actually think she’s wrong about that. Allow me to explain.

‘No there is too much let me sum up.’ Inago Montoya – The Princess Bride.

In my mind Harry and Hermione would never have worked. I’m reminded of a line from Babylon 5.

‘You see, in a relationship, you gotta take turns being in charge but we both wanted to be in charge all the time. We had arguments that could peel paint off the wall.’ Captain Lochley – Babylon 5

To me this would be the result of Harry and Hermione together. They both have  very strong personalities and would probably end up butting heads a lot.

To me Ron and Hermione are a much better fit. Hermione and Ron are quite different but they have complimentary personalities. I believe what one lacks the other has and so the relationship would actually work well. J.K Rowling has said that Ron and Hermione would require marriage counseling. Maybe that’s true but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t still get married. Just because its a work of fiction doesn’t mean they all live happily ever after. I’m also not saying Ron is a pushover. In closing I’m also going to float an idea that will annoy everyone. Maybe neither Harry nor Ron is the best person for Hermione.


Next time Gene Roddenberry: Section 31 and the Perfect Human.


I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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  1. I remember from way back that Isaac Asimov was told something like

    “Just because you wrote a story, why does that make you think you know anything about it?”

    In other words, a reader’s view of the meaning of the story is just as valid as the authors.

    “any interpretation of any work, no matter what the intention of the author was, is as equally valid as any other, including that of the author himself.”

    Quotes are taken from ‘The Interpretation Effect’ by Nicholas Wermer
    Link on this page: opens a Word document

    In other words, the reader’s view of Harry, Ron and Hermione is just as valid as JKR’s

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