What started with a lot of bickering and squabbling eventually turned into love and marriage for Harry Potter's two best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
It's hard to imagine that die-hard fans of the Harry Potter phenomenon would have preferred anything different than what author JK Rowling wrote. However, the author recently admitted that she made a mistake by marrying Ron and Hermione off.
According to a Yahoo report, the spunky Hermione, whose quick wits and sharp thinking have got the teen wizards out of trouble many a time in Rowling's hit novels, would have been better off with Harry, the British author said in comments published by the Sunday Times newspaper.
"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 says in an interview with Wonderland magazine, previewed by the Sunday Times and due out next Friday.
In fact, as per Rowling, Ron and Hermione would likely have ended up in marriage counselling.
"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," she added.
"Am I breaking people's hearts by saying this? I hope not."
Incidentally, British actress Emma Watson (who played Hermione in the hit Harry Potter film franchise) was Rowling's interviewer.
The actress agreed with Rowling, saying: "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."
Rowling has sold more than 450 million copies of the Harry Potter books, which were made into eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Watson and Rupert Grint as Ron.
The franchise has made Rowling an estimated fortune of £560 million, according to the Sunday Times' Rich List 2013.