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I'm not fussed that Rowling's got opinions about her own universe, but didn't she once call Harry/Hermione shippers delusional? Protesting too much, I suppose she was. Oh, well, it's not as though her opinion has any bearing on book canon, right? (And we can "fix" the parts of it we don't like with fan fic, yes?) *loves fandom*

Here's more love of a fuzzier kind:

Albus & Minerva Embracing in the Night

Albus/Merva 4evah!


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Feb. 2nd, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
I have so many opinions on this, but, alas, what is done is done.
Feb. 2nd, 2014 07:22 pm (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure JKR didn't say the Harry/Hermione shippers were delusional. I believe that was the word used by an interviewer, and she demurred, although she did make it clear H/Hr wasn't the end game. This particular accusation crops up fairly often, but it was just an interviewer doing their best to stir up shit.

Good heavens, can Albus and Merva get any cuter? What a charming pic!
Feb. 2nd, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's interesting; I just assumed it was more "interview canon" because I've read it in so many places.

They are adorable, aren't they? Although Merva looks as though she'd shred anyone who tried to come between her and her dog. :P
Feb. 2nd, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
Aww look at Albus and Merva <3
Feb. 2nd, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
They're such loves. :D
Feb. 2nd, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
Also from a PR/marketing perspective, such news re-ignites the ship wars and brings HP back to front page. The timing is almost perfect for the new Orlando WW of HP expansion.

Now, who do Ron and Ginny end up with in canon?
Feb. 2nd, 2014 09:07 pm (UTC)
100 points to Slytherin? :P

Now, who do Ron and Ginny end up with in canon?

There needs to be a mini challenge to answer this and related questions. ;)
Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
Awww, Albus and Merva are adorable.

As for the interview... ~shrugs~ 
I'll stick to fanfic.
Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
I think they know it, too. :)

Feb. 3rd, 2014 03:52 am (UTC)
Endgame aside, I don't see how being a "personal decision" and a "literary decision" are mutually exclusive. I mean, if she decided that Hermione should end up with Ron, didn't she then go on to write the story in a way that would lead to that? I really don't see much indication in the text that Hermione liked Harry more or would have done better with him (let's face it, he's pretty surly and lazy himself). Seriously, if JKR really had some kind of subconscious feeling that Hermione should marry Harry, or the characters decided that for themselves, the story would be very different. As it is, it kind of feels like she's retconning herself.

Anyway. Not the weirdest news of the weekend, but close.
Feb. 3rd, 2014 04:22 am (UTC)
Was Phillip Seymour Hoffman the weirdest news? :(
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Feb. 3rd, 2014 04:59 am (UTC)
I think JK has a lot of issues on her own and she projects that onto her writing, therefore when people see things differently than her she gets a wee bit defensive.

But it's her tale, she can tell it as she wishes, but even so....I think there is more to it than meets the eye.

Anyway, doggeh!!!!! Kitteh!!!!!
Feb. 3rd, 2014 05:01 am (UTC)
She does have some odd ideas about true love, that's for sure.

Albus and Merva are snuggling even now. :D
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Feb. 3rd, 2014 05:44 am (UTC)
You know, it's nice to see a big-selling, published newbie author go through and make the same newbie writer mistakes and have the same regrets as the rest of mortals.

Tons of us have plotted out our fic with particular goals in mind and screw ourselves over when we refuse to let go of a cherished idea when the voice of the characters change on us.

The better writers are able to subtly adjust things via the plot, whilst the less adept push on towards the end, somewhat heavy-handed in our attempts to make our vision work.

I really don't mind the fact that she's replaying things in her head and sharing. It doesn't change canon for me, but it does show that she's grown and is a bit more flexible in looking at her own work and world that she constructed.

As for whether Harry would be the more logical pairing? Well, I suppose one could make it work. He was academically/intellectually adept at the things that actually interested or held significance for him. He was also socially adept enough to know that outshining Ron in everything would be bad, while letting Hermione do a large portion of the heavy lifting made her feel special and needed - let's face it, Harry was starved for companionship. Harry also spent all that time alone with Hermione during 4th Year and the camping trip from hell during Year 7. It could be done.

Personally, I've always been more of a Harry/Luna type - they were really connecting in OotP. :P Let's see - Ron/Lavender, Neville/Ginny... Let's go for broke and say Draco/Hermione!

Feb. 3rd, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
I've always liked Harry/Luna and Ron/Lavender. I think Lavender could have been a particularly interesting character as she matured (she's a bit much in the early books but it's teenage hormones combined with jealousy over Hermione's grades I expect, also H herself isn't exactly that likeable).

Neville/Ginny makes sense particularly given the 7th book and how they are the student leadership at the castle.

And Draco/Hermione could be good as well. Isn't he always the one battling for top grades spot with her? And he could also mature and lose a bit of his superiority complex. Plus you have the muggleborn-pureblood union of modern day (Andromeda/Ted being the wrong generation) and they BOTH have ambition to do great things. They could be the smart mixed blood couple that goes on to be a wonderful example and actually IMPROVE a lot of the problems still extant in the world. Many of the characters are physically and emotionally exhausted by the end of the war and understandably just want life as normal back. But life as normal led to the current situation. I think Hermione has the zeal to push things forward and change the current situation for the better. Plus you get some redeeming aspects of the Slytherins. (Was always ticked about how JK handled their mysterious and sudden disappearance from the Final Battle. There are much better reasons than "oh they're all death eaters or cowards.")

Can you tell I'm procrastinating something? Putting WAY too much thought into this right now... LOL.
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