J.K. Rowling: Ron and Hermione Just Need “a Bit of Counseling”

"He needs to work on his self-esteem issues."

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When J.K. Rowling revealed earlier this month that she thinks Hermione actually should have ended up with Harry rather than Ron, our hearts broke a little bit. But fear not—the author thinks her Ron-Hermione marriage will probably turn out okay.

In the full transcript of her original interview with Emma Watson that revealed her revisionary take, Rowling admits that “in some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit”, and that “Hermione’s always there for Harry.” But Ron and Hermione just need some help, she says:

Maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counseling, you know. I wonder what happens at wizard marriage counseling? They’ll probably be fine. He needs to work on his self-esteem issues and she needs to work on being a little less critical.

Rowling also thinks that maybe Hermione could use someone a little less serious than Harry:

Just like her creator, she has a real weakness for a funny man. These uptight girls, they do like them funny … It’s such a relief from being so intense yourself—you need someone who takes life, or appears to take life, a little more lightheartedly.

Given the characters’ tendencies to cast violent spells, “wizard counseling” is probably way more dangerous than non-wizard counseling, but hopefully it works out for the couple. If not, they can always get wizard-divorced, which means, if wizard-marriage is anything like the Unbreakable Vow, one of them will die. Magic is a tough mistress.