London: Author JK Rowling has admitted for the first time that she made a mistake by pairing off Hermione Granger with Ron Weasley rather than with Harry Potter in her best-selling books, confirming what most fans have always believed.
In the book and film version, Hermione gets romantically entangled with Harry's best friend Ron Weasley instead, a chemistry that most Potter fans have failed to agree with.
"I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. That's how it was conceived, really. 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," Rowling told 'Wonderland' magazine in a rare interview.
An epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in the best-selling series, reveals that Ron and Hermione marry and have two children, while Harry weds Ron's younger sister Ginny.
However, the 48-year-old creator of one of the world's most famous children's books believes that Ron and Hermione would have ended up needing relationship counselling, 'The Sunday Times' reported.
She said: "I know, I'm sorry, 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 Watson, who played Hermione in the Harry Potter films, said she tended to agree with Rowling, whom she interviewed while guest-editing the new issue of 'Wonderland'.
The 23-year-old actress said: "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."