By now you’ve probably heard that J.K. Rowling said she regretted pairing Hermione with Ron in her household-name Harry Potter series, and that Hermione should’ve ended up with Harry. As you are probably also aware, the announcement has stirred up considerable brouhaha among many readers and fans. Some reacted emotionally. Some hurled hardbacks across the room. Others furiously flung themselves onto Twitter and bemoaned the news to 137 followers in distressed capital letters.
But not everyone is making a stink about it. Some– star-spangled comedian Stephen Colbert, for instance– have taken the news in stride. Colbert, embracing the news on his show last Monday, even offered suggestions for subsequent HP novels: Harry Potter and the Realization He’s Made a Huge Mistake ( “Harry turns his back on his wife and kids and has an illicit affair with Hermione at the Hogsmeade Best Western.”), and Ron Weasley and the Studio Apartment of Shame (“Ron goes on fantastic adventures with his new best friends: a bottle of tequila and a futon found on the curb.”). Covers: HILARIOUS. Watch the full two-minute segment here, or by clicking the image below.
I do not take a position on the issue at hand. I’m sharing this mainly because it brings together two of my favorite things: books I enjoyed and intelligent comedy. Also, I laughed a lot. I hope you do, too.