Emma Watson & J.K. Rowling Delve Deeper Into The Romance That Could Have Been For Harry And Hermione
J.K. and Emma Watson discussed more in that interview Emma conducted for the Sunday Times about how The Boy Who Lived should have been The Boy Who Loved Hermione!
"It was a young relationship. I think the attraction itself is plausible but the combative side of it… I’m not sure you could have got over that in an adult relationship, there was too much fundamental incompatibility. I can’t believe we are saying all of this – this is Potter heresy! In some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit…"
J.K. and Emma went on to talk about how the sexually tense Deathly Hallows dance scene in the tent showed the audience a "ghost of what could have been," and demonstrated how the two "needed to be together" in that moment.
However, the two did not rule out all hope for those who cherished the Ron-Hermione relationship, as J.K. mentioned that the problematic couple might work things out (perhaps through not-so-magical means):
"Oh, 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."
Indeed, when J.K. talked about Ron's need to become his own man, Emma agreed:
"Yes, and until he does it is unresolved. It is unfinished business. So maybe life presented this to him enough times until he had to make a choice and become the man that Hermione needs."