Up until very recently, the answer to that question would be yes. But in an interview alongside Emma Watson for “Wonderland,” J. K. Rowling revealed that she apparently has some doubts about the major romance.
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really,” Rowling says in the interview. “For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”
“I know, I’m sorry,” she adds. “I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”
Emma apparently agreed, saying that some fans wonder if Ron could ever really make Hermione happy.
The backlash from this has been extreme, especially since the article that started it all (in “The Sunday Times”) was called “JK admits Hermione should have wed Harry.” What?! Doesn’t that go against, like, the entire series? Yes, if that’s what she really said.
The full details of what transpired will surely come out with the article in “Wonderland,” which has yet to hit shelves.
The important thing to remember is that no matter what ‘regrets’ J. K. Rowling has, what happened in the books remains canon. There is no going back on what was published.
Perhaps John Green said it best in a tweet that he released soon after the news broke: “Books belong to their readers.”