Listen to your characters. Your muse. Your Rice Krispies. Whatever you want to call it. Then most importantly: do what they tell you.
J.K. Rowling recently gave an interview in which she states Ron and Hermione never should have ended up together. This was her reasoning:
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really,” Rowling says in the interview. “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.”
“I know, I’m sorry,” she adds. “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…
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