Rowling’s Romione revelation brought back one of the most common criticisms of her work: that she’s just not very good at writing romance. Harry Potter fandom is rife with more fanfic pairings than you can shake a broomstick at, but most of the popular ones have very little relation to the couples that ended up together in canon.
Although Ron and Hermione’s relationship always had its detractors, it’s widely regarded to be one of the few love stories that actually works in canon, with fans often citing Remus/Tonks and Harry/Ginny as examples of unconvincing canon pairings. It even got to the point where Harry and Ginny’s teen romance was actively downplayed in the last two movie adaptations, despite the fact that they had to end up married with children in the epilogue scenes. To many readers, Rowling’s doubts about Ron/Hermione are almost a vindication of the widespread belief that she just doesn’t really know what she’s doing when it comes to writing romance.
In reawakening the debate over Ron and Hermione’s relationship, Rowling is also drawing attention to something that was never a major focus in her books. Thanks to the current Young Adult fiction landscape, we’re now more used to people discussing the merits of relationships in Twilight and The Hunger Games, both of which involve a love triangle as a central aspect of the story. But despite the hugely enthusiastic audience for shipping and fanfic among Harry Potter’s online fanbase, the books themselves were never really about romance. The only major love triangle of the series was James/Lily/Snape, and we all know how that one turned out. [READ MORE]