Harry Potter fans got their happy ending. The epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (SPOILER ALERT if you’ve made it this far without seeing the end of the movie or reading J.K. Rowling’s books) shows us an older Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ginny (Bonnie Wright) sending their son off to Hogwarts. They are accompanied by a married Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), proving that the ginger got the upper hand on The Boy Who Lived in the greatest wizard love triangle of all time. But it wasn’t days of wine and roses for Ron and Hermione… at least, not according to Grint.
The young actor who established himself as Ron Weasley in every Harry Potter film attended a special ceremony in Orlando, Florida in celebration of the film series and it’s legacy. During an interview with The Huffington Post – an outlet that sounds like it could also be a news service in the wizarding world of Harry Potter -- Grint was asked where his character might be today. And instead of painting a rainbow of hope, he steered toward despair.
I would expect Ron has probably divorced Hermione already. I don't think that relationship would have done very well.
Even Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood for years alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, exclaimed "What?!" at Grint’s reply. Not content with the one dagger driven through the hearts of romantic Potter fans, Grint continued:
Yeah. Exactly. He's living on his own, in a little one-bedroom apartment. He hasn't got a job.
And now I’m pointing this pencil at my head, pretending it’s a wand and screaming "Expelliarmus!" in hopes of driving this horrible picture from my memory.
Why does Rupert Grint have such dreadful predictions for the fictional pairing of Ron and Hermione? The actor doesn’t say, though it might be because he lived through the painful, emotional push and pull of their courtship, which lasted over the course of, let’s say, six of the eight Harry Potter movies. This wasn’t a love-at-first-sight by any standard. Only when Harry started developing feelings for Ginny did Ron and Hermione start to gravitate toward each other, so predicting their divorce would only…
OK, wait. I’m sorry. These are fictional characters. I’m getting a little carried away.
Rupert Grint is totally entitled to his opinion, of course. While he didn’t create the character of Ron Weasley, he played him on screen for years. I hope that Jo Rowling weighs in on social media today. She’s usually game to debate topics tied to the Potter-verse with fans… as well as with cast members. This might lead to a magical discussion on marriage – and divorce.