J K Rowling regrets Ron and Hermione’s relationship

Ron and Hermione

Emma Watson (Hermione in the Harry Potter movies) interviewed J K Rowling. A preview of the interview reveals J K Rowling regrets putting Ron and Hermione together because it was ‘wish fulfillment’ ‘(f)or reasons that have very little to do with literature’.

‘Watson didn’t seem shocked by these comments and agreed with her. “I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.”’ For the full story, go to Hypable.

But seriously? Why should characters follow the tropes? Smartest, strongest female character gets the male lead? Why?

Why shouldn’t Hermione flout convention, choosing love and loyalty, support and consistency over broody, whining tantrums from the ‘chosen one’?

And if not Ron then why Harry and not Neville?

What are your thoughts?