JK ROWLING has admitted that she made a mistake by pairing off Hermione Granger with Ron Weasley rather than with Harry Potter in her best-selling books.
The author disclosed that she brought Hermione and Ron together for "very personal reasons", not because they were a "credible" couple.
In a rare interview she said: "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. 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."
She told 'Wonderland' magazine: "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." (© Daily Telegraph, London)