J.K. Rowling, one of Time‘s most influential people, has some gossip about her own Harry Potter characters, and it may ruin your favorite relationship: Hermione and Ron. Apparently, she wasn’t really sure about shipping them. Here’s what she told Wonderland magazine, via Daily News:
I wrote the Hermione-Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. 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.
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.
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.
Well, okay. Personally, I don’t a f-ck as they’re not, you know, real people, but I have some friends who are going, “AWWW MAN, REALLY? THANKS A PANTSFUL.”
What do you think?
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“Hold me closer, tiny dancer.”
TIME Magazine put out their “Most Influential Icon” (of the last decade) list out and take the #2 spot is Lady Gaga, with Barack Obama right behind her. The #1 Most Influential person is politician Aung San Suu Kyi.
It would help to know what their criteria is and what they consider “influential.” In terms of pop culture, music, and fashion, yeah Lady Gaga is definitely more influential than the President of the United States. They say it’s by who has “had the most impact on our world over the last decade.” Oh, okay, thanks for the specificities.
Others honored in entertainment are Tina Fey, George Clooney, and J.K. Rowling.
It’s worth mentioning that TIME didn’t exactly choose these on their own. They came up with a list of people they deemed influential and then asked the public to vote. So that explains a lot. She has a lot of fans who really love her, and she loves them right back.
And hey, it could be worse. At least they didn’t include Bieber this time.
I’m not gonna lie—when I heard that JK Rowling was doing an ‘adult’ book, I got really excited. There was a totally perverse part of me that was thinking about Hermione Granger and bondage and Ron Weasley’s ginger pubes, and I thought, “Instant classic.” Realistically, I knew that she was talking about a non-Harry Potter book, and I sort of cringed at the thought that I’d be considered … well, I don’t know what, since I’m both an adult and a massive, massive Harry Potter fan, but in either case, I was pleased as pie to know that she was writing again. Her new book, The Casual Vacancy, is about … well, this:
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils… Pagford is not what it first seems, and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
So? How does it sound? Do you guys think this is going to be something you’ll be mad interested in devouring, or are books like Harry Potter more your speed?
The book hits stores on September 27th. Will you—like me—be pre-ordering?