[[I know people are mostly joking when they say it, but I hate it when they call Harry a cock block for Romione. I seriously don’t get this. There isn’t a moment in the series where interrupts romance. Excuse him for hanging out with his two best friends. Besides, if Harry weren’t around we wouldn’t know anything about their relationship, he’s the POV. Not to mention the fact they would’ve never become close if it weren’t for him. In fact Hermione would be killed by a troll after Ron made her cry.]]

  · Fantastic article by ThinkProgress on the JKR bombshell.

(which seems to be an actual thing, for all of you asking me in my inbox. Though no one has gotten back to me about what exactly the sunday times said. 2 days until wonderland though.)

"Love isn’t always immediate, and it doesn’t always come from a place of strength. Sometimes love is strongest between people who have seen each other at their ugliest and most damaged. Lily Evans knew who James Potter was before he decided that he wanted to be a better person, knew him during the time when his callousness and carelessness did real damage. Fleur Delacour knew that her husband’s greatest beauty wasn’t in his unmarked face, but in his person, just as hers wasn’t her physical perfection, but her persistence. Ron knew Hermione when she was a priggish scold and a coward. Hermione knew Ron when his privilege was exposed and his will broke. That they love each other anyway, and that they help each other become heroes, is a truer illustration of the power of love than the idea that it’s magic.”

this is the good stuff thats coming from this bombshell. it’s provoking actual intellectual discussion in some corners of the fandom. not just flame/shipping wars and death threats.

They have only two children, and at no point did he ever say that Hermione or his future wife shouldn’t have a career (JKR believes that Hermione became a lawyer.) It’s pure fanon and deliberately spiteful.

- we aren’t on the same intellectual level - and I often have thoughts about breaking up with my boyfriend because of this (we can’t have a decent conversation sometimes and it really annoys me), which makes me wonder if Hermione feels that way sometimes ….

But there’s no one in the series that I really feel is right for her… and while I was thinking about that, up popped an original character in my head, a very smart Ministry of Magic employee called Isaac, who swoops in and steals Hermione’s heart… And suddenly, it’s my main ship!

At times, Hermione acts very much like Ron’s mum, and their behaviour towards one another is nasty, petty and annoying - particularly in HBP when, for example, Ron is angry at Hermione for kissing Krum. Intellectually, Ron was never Hermione’s equal, and so I do find it hard to see them as compatible from that perspective as well. I can accept and tolerate them, yes, but I will never truly like them.