Well, I think it happens sometimes, and probably more often in rather small communities such as the wizarding world is. and it's not as if it happens to everyone in HP - just two couples in the older generation and two in the younger: Remus/Tonks, whatever you think of it, and Bill/Fleur, as well as all the post-story pairings like Luna/Rolf, show that it's not universal.
But I think it was inevitable for the main characters. 'Then they all split up, and six years later Harry met a Muggle called Lucy who he went on to marry' would make perfect sense form a realistic point of view, but would be very narratively unsatisfying.
'The world, no matter how monstrously it may be threatened, has never been known to succumb entirely' - Lemony Snicket.
While my only investment in the shipping of the series came down to what I thought was going to happen rather than what I thought should happen... my reaction to this is that, if she's setting up a duality between "personal reasons" and "credible reasons," saying this now sounds very much like she has a personal problem with the story rather than a problem of credibility. She could've just left well alone, it's not like anybody's still bitter about how things turned out (I hope). But then again, if this was in the context of an interview, she had to be honest - it's kind of like when she revealed that she imagined Dumbledore as gay, where that was a response to a question but everyone treated it as if she'd called a press conference to announce it.
Post by Terry Craig on Feb 12, 2014 11:02:22 GMT -5
“Ooh, you look much tastier than Crabbe and Goyle, Harry" said Hermione, before catching sight of Ron's raised eyebrows, blushing slightly and saying "oh you know what I mean - Goyle's Potion looked like bogies.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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Germes: I think inviting new people to join us is a good idea.
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Germes: I think Bee did something similar at some point in the past.
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Germes: And even earlier, there was a plan to stick 667 flyers in copies of ASOUE in bookshops. At least one person did join us because of that.
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Sherry Ann: Didn't someone get kicked out of / asked to leave a bookstore for putting 667 bookmarks in ASOUE books?
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tk: hey i actually did leave 667 bookmarks in ASOUE books in bookshops! man i forgot about that. good times.
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Terry Craig: holy salsa, tk, you legend. I've never heard of the flyers thing as part of 667 history.
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tk: lol i myself forgot about it, it's been so long -- must've done that when i first joined around 2009/2010
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