No matter how much JKR does or doesn’t regret putting Ron and Hermione together, or how much she thinks it implausible wish fulfillment now, when she wrote the books, her intent was that R/Hr get together and ultimately be happy and healthy in the long run, and that’s what happened in canon, so unless she pulls a George Lucus and retcons it by rewriting the books, canon stands with R/Hr ending up together ultimately happy and healthy. If Ron and Hermione had to beat the odds, then they beat the odds.
H/Hr shippers, you still gotta take AU if you want your ship to sail (although it now has how more weight added to it’s potential, it was still potential that was never realized in canon, so you gonna have to take AU).
R/Hr shippers, your ship is still canon. JKR no longer thinking it credible to work out in the long run, doesn’t undo canon. Maybe JKR is erring on the side of caution with her pessimism (maybe she knows that a lot of hard work would have to be done on the part of one or both characters, to make it work in the long run, and her experience has been that not many people are willing to work that hard on themselves or are able to do it without help/counseling - like maybe she thinks counseling would be unavailable to them, idk), or maybe she has some whack reasons for changing her mind (like she thinks needing relationship counseling, in the first place, dooms a couple). If JKR winds up having some whack reasoning, then by all means call her out, but if she’s just erring on the side of caution, then I say no big deal that she disagrees with you.
Having said that, sometimes people beat the odds in real life, so while unlikely, and while it be wish fulfillment, I don’t necessarily find it unrealistic. If the writing backs it up, and at least hints that things are moving in the right directions, before the happy ending reveal, I’ll go with it. Granted, I think it’s better if the author points out through canon, somehow (or in interviews, at least) how lucky one or both partners are that one or both partners changed to make it work (maybe only one needed to change or maybe both did), but I also hope that most readers realize, regardless of whether the text or author interview points it out, that there are no guarantees that it won’t end badly in real life (as opposed to if you have an author determined to make it work, then they can guarantee a happy ending).
Now, if nothing I’ve said has calmed you, and you want to go apeshit about this latest JKR interview, then shine on you whacky diamonds, shine on. You’ll be providing hours of entertainment for those who like a good HP related wankfest/freakout.
TBH, I suspect that JKR likes a good HP related wankfest/freakout or she’s forgotten that Potter fandom will not be outwanked. One of the two.
OMG my friend just said, "i think if i were jkr my biggest regret in life would be making remus lupin burst through a door and say IT IS I, REMUS LUPIN."
LOL XD (Yeah, that’s pretty corny!)
I think JKR’s biggest regret ought to be writing the following, though:
“Snape!” ejaculated Slughorn…
Rowling, J.K. (2012-03-27). Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) (Kindle Location 9392). Pottermore Limited. Kindle Edition.
Seriously, what was wrong with “said” or “exclaimed” or “blurted” or even “spit”, JKR?!
but can i just point out that mabel is in a watermelon sleeping bag and that it is the cutest thing ever
Well, the last time I posted was in LAST Oct during my Orlando vacation. Things got super busy after that post. The rest of my Orlando vacation was great, but we started doing 2 parks a day, and I was too tired to do anything but sleep and eat upon returning. And then after the trip, I felt totally maxed out of socializing (a week of real life crowds is a lot for an introvert like me)! Then there was the holidays, then the continuing quest to get pregnant. If you have OCD/anxiety issues/control issues of any kind, you will not enjoy the TTC (trying to get preg) process if it takes a while. It’s maddening to not get preg when you’re trying to. It’s been a little over 9 months since starting TTC, and I’m still not up the duff. Since I have endometriosis (and I’m what they consider to be approaching “advanced maternal age” at nearly 35), I’ve now started seeing a fertility specialist, who said everything was great except for the endo (which I just had surgery to remove) and slightly high prolactin (which I now have medication to correct). The doc recommended 6 more months of natural TTC before moving on to IUI/IVF and fertility drugs. And I’ve still got fixing up to do with my house.
So, I haven’t really been able to allow myself on tumblr, because tumblr is like crack. I wind up spending all day on it, collecting things to reblog, organizing how I want to reblog them, crafting replies where applicable, etc. It gets out of hand. I tried peeking in once and started spending hours collecting reblogs and finally had to just bookmark them for later, and stop. So, I love you, dear online peeps, and I’m sorry I can’t offer you more support than keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, but ya’ll are just too darn interesting. ;p ;)
I have been continuing to write my Snevans AU fanfic, but I’m not ready to publish any new chapters yet. I’m still writing though.
I’ve just yesterday/today dared to dip my toe back into HP fandom discussion, since the CoS forums are closing down in July, and I want to see what it’s like to do more than lurk there before it goes poof. (And it’s going poof completely, so if you want to save some posts, do it now!) Some of the anti-Snape people are like the opposite side of the Snapefen coin, LOL. JKR, well done creating a character that makes people lose their frikkin’ minds! So far, I’ve been defending Snape from the accusation that he didn’t even try to curb the Carrows at all, so no running afoul of the Snapefen, yet. And I’ve not gotten a response from the anti-Snape peeps (or the the more extreme “Snaters” - lol it’s a silly term but it amuses me) yet, although one did just get a post deleted for crossing the line with another member (one of the pro-Snape peeps) - I refreshed before it got deleted earlier and now it’s gone and there’s a mod note - I hope the Snape forum doesn’t get shut down. Thankfully, I’m not alone in the pro-Snape/moderate Snape fan camp, as there is at least one person I know from fandom who is posting there still that is in our camp, and maybe another (they seem reasonable so far, but I don’t know them like I know of SIP, who I know is in the more extreme Snapfen camp). Maybe I’ll be so smooth that I’m boring to both sides (it never happened before but maybe this time)…or maybe each extreme will flip out on me (I rather hope not, ‘cause it usually goes from ‘ha ha fandom y u so silly’ to ‘now I must weep for humanity’). I’m hoping for reasonable, fun, discussions and debates. We shall see.
I’ll probably see what the latest post is at dedfromsnake, later. And there was a “blast from the past” post I was planning to make there before I went on vacation, so I may do that write up and post it, if I don’t feel like I’m spending too much time with fandom stuff, already.
Probably the next post I make will be if I need to vent about some fandom ridic at CoS (which could happen any time), or because I have a new chapter of my Snevans AU fic I’m ready to post (that’s probably still going to be a while).
Later, dear online peeps. :*