JK Rowling has controversially said that Hermione should have been with Harry at the end of the Harry Potter series.
I have (as the kids say) all the feels about this, and here's where they start:
Not everybody ends up married to someone they went to school with.
I feel like Hermione - "The Greatest Witch of Her Generation" - gets rather shortchanged at the end of the books. Not because she's married to Ron (nothing wrong with Ron, actually), but because that's her entire romantic life: one date with Viktor Krum and then a lifetime of Ron.
And in some ways, it would have been more natural to my mind if Hermione had ended up with Krum, who at least hadn't seen her every day at breakfast for seven years.
JKR's decision to make Hogwarts the complete extent of wizarding education (in Britain at least), doesn't just mean that kids in the Hogwarts Sixth Form theoretically know as much as their teachers, but that there are no gap years, and that every Old Hogwartian is expected to join the adult world at 18 (not just Harry and Co).
So Hermione doesn't get to go to university, doesn't get to travel, she finishes school and becomes a wizard civil servant (albeit a campaigning one). Feels like a bit of a waste of her talents, quite frankly. And what did her parents think?
I don't mean that I think Hermione should have ended the books single, but I also feel like an acknowledgement that life doesn't freeze at 18, and people and relationships change as we get older would have been a more honest way to finish things. So maybe what I'm saying is that having ended The Battle of Hogwarts as Ron's girlfriend, perhaps she should have gone into the coda as Harry's wife?