As those of you in the Harry Potter fandom, or who own a computer, are probably quite aware: Author J.K. Rowling broke the internet about 10 days ago when she announced, in an interview conducted by Emma “Hermione Granger” Watson herself that she has regrets about pairing Hermione with Harry’s BFF, Ron Weasley.
Regardless of which side of the debate you are on, you can slow your roll: Here’s what Rowling actually said about the matter–in full context. (more…)
Back in the day, before the Harry Potter series came to a close, we had some crazyass theories. Actually, I’m sure that shit still exists and they’ve been modified to fit into HP canon while retaining that heaping dose of batshit. Stuff like Ron actually being Dumbledore, or Harry being his own grandfather or other fucked up insanity like that can easily be molded to adhere to J. K. Rowling‘s canon. It was also heavily speculated that one of the Trio would die, and if I recall correctly, the majority of fingers pointed right at Ron.
It’s no secret that when she started writing the series, she was in a terrible place both economically and emotionally. In an interview with Daniel Radcliffe for the Deathly Hallows DVD special features, Rowling admitted to entertaining the possibility that Ron would get fuckin’ cut. From the Telegraph:
Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die.
Then midway through, which I think is a reflection of the fact that I wasn’t in a very happy place, I started thinking I might polish one of them off. Out of sheer spite. ‘There, now you definitely can’t have him any more.’
But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, I wouldn’t have done it.
What’s interesting to me is the fact that the character of Ron is supposed to be based pretty heavily on one of Rowling’s best friends named Sean. I wonder if her entertaining thoughts of killing off Ron had anything to do with turbulence in that relationship, or in all of her interpersonal relationships.
Food for thought, but it’s a damn good thing she didn’t kill Ron! Then the majority of the future kids to have normal names wouldn’t exist. (Albus Severus… really, Harry?)
CollegeHumor can always be counted on to get us through the day with our daily dose of laughter. They recently posted a video showing us how it would be in real life if the Sorting Hat from the Harry Potter series was real and children had to use it to decide who they will be in their middle school and high school lives. Looks pretty accurate to me, cliques haven’t changed too much since I was in school. Except now the vampire freaks are sometimes considered cool. If that was the case when I was in school, I would have been the most popular girl. Check out the video.
Where would the sorting hat have put you in school? If you’re still in school..grow up. It’s way past time for that. Since we’re in the Harry Potter vein, check out this funny Facebook thread that mixes the two best thing. Harry Potter and Yo mama jokes. After the jump.
Daniel Radcliffe has been quoted as saying that he is not pleased that J.K. Rowling has enough material to write at least three more Harry Potter novels, if she ever got it in her mind to do so. She had announced this on Oprah, though also stated she had no plans in the works right now to actually write more books along that vein. Here’s what Radcliffe had to say:
“Oh God, she promised me categorically that there wouldn’t be another book involving Harry,” he said, adding that it was ‘very doubtful’ he’d ever again play the character. “I think 10 years is a long time to spend with one character.”
And here’s the question on my mind: Do we even want Daniel Radcliffe to play Harry Potter again? Sure, he was cast in the role and he was a cute little kid and did as good a job as any little kid could do dealing with such a huge role. (Except Dakota Fanning. She is frickin’ amazing…) But by the third movie, didn’t we all kind of notice that maybe he wasn’t up to the challenge? It’s glaringly obvious that in half of his scenes he is two seconds away from laughing, even when he is screaming at Peter Pettigrew in angst about his murdered parents.
J.K. Rowling should definitely write more books if she has enough material to warrant such, and make it interesting, something the readers would be into. Daniel Radcliffe having to play him in a movie shouldn’t even enter into the discussion. Truly, he should just be glad that anyone even knows his name. He owes his entire livelihood to J.K. Rowling and the title character of her book series, so he can STFU.