The full conversation between J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson for Wonderland Magazine is now available.

Since Saturday’s article in The Sunday Times teased interesting revelations from the Harry Potter author about Ron and Hermione’s relationship, readers have been eager to see the full transcript.

The extended, unabbreviated interview certainly offers more insight into Rowling’s feelings about Ron/Hermione. For example, the author says that the couple has “fundamental incompatibility,” and that in “some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit.”

Rowling tells a brief story about the first time she realized the potential between the two characters, pointing to when they were together in the tent in Deathly Hallows, and says she felt it “quite strong.”

After Rowling and Watson discuss how Hermione was there for Harry all the way through – which can’t be said for Ron – Rowling seems to have a little sympathy for Ron/Hermione. “Oh, maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counseling,” she says. “He needs to work on his self-esteem issues and she needs to work on being a little less critical.”

The full transcript for your interpretation follows…

Watson: I thought we should discuss Hermione… I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times but now that you have written the books, do you have a new perspective on how you relate to Hermione and the relationship you have with her or had with her?

Rowling: I know that Hermione is incredibly recognizable to a lot of readers and yet you don’t see a lot of Hermiones in film or on TV except to be laughed at. I mean that the intense, clever, in some ways not terribly self-aware, girl is rarely the heroine and I really wanted her to be the heroine. She is part of me, although she is not wholly me. I think that is how I might have appeared to people when I was younger, but that is not really how I was inside.

What I will say is that I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. 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 with Ron.

Watson: Ah.

Rowling: 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. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.

Watson: I don’t know. I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.

Rowling: Yes exactly.

Watson: And vice versa.

Rowling: It was a young relationship. I think the attraction itself is plausible but the combative side of it… I’m not sure you could have got over that in an adult relationship, there was too much fundamental incompatibility. I can’t believe we are saying all of this – this is Potter heresy!

In some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit, and I’ll tell you something very strange. When I wrote Hallows, I felt this quite strongly when I had Hermione and Harry together in the tent! I hadn’t told [Steven] Kloves that and when he wrote the script he felt exactly the same thing at exactly the same point.

Watson: This is just so interesting because when I was doing the scene, I said to David [Heyman]: “This isn’t in the book, she didn’t write this.” I’m not sure I am comfortable insinuating something however subtle it is!

Rowling: Yes, but David and Steve – they felt what I felt when writing it.

Watson: That is so strange.

Rowling: And actually I liked that scene in the film, because it was articulating something I hadn’t said but I had felt. I really liked it and I thought that it was right. I think you do feel the ghost of what could have been in that scene.

Watson: It’s a really haunting scene. It is funny because it really divided people. Some people loved that scene and some people really didn’t.


Rowling: Yes, some people utterly hated it. But that is true of so many really good scenes in books and films; they evoke that strong positive/negative feeling. I was fine with it, I liked it.

Watson: I remember really loving shooting those scenes that don’t have any dialogue, where you are just kind of trying to express a moment in time and a feeling without saying anything. It was just Dan and I spontaneously sort of trying to convey an idea and it was really fun.

Rowling: And you got it perfectly, you got perfectly the sort of mixture of awkwardness and genuine emotion, because it teeters on the edge of “What are we doing? Oh come on let’s do it anyway,” which I thought was just right for that time.

Watson: I think it was just the sense that in the moment they needed to be together and be kids and raise each others morale.

Rowling: That is just it, you are so right. All this says something very powerful about the character of Hermione as well. Hermione was the one that stuck with Harry all the way through that last installment, that very last part of the adventure. It wasn’t Ron, which also says something very powerful about Ron. He was injured in a way, in his self-esteem, from the start of the series. He always knew he came second to fourth best, and then he had to make friends with the hero of it all and that’s a hell of a position to be in, eternally overshadowed. So Ron had to act out in that way at some point.

But Hermione’s always there for Harry. I remember you sent me a note after you read Hallows and before you starting shooting, and said something about that, because it was Hermione’s journey as much as Harry’s at the end.

Watson: I completely agree and the fact that they were true equals and the fact that she really said goodbye to her family makes it her sacrifice too.

Rowling: Yes, her sacrifice was massive, completely. A very calculated act of bravery. That is not an “in the moment” act of bravery where emotion carries you through, that is a deliberate choice.

Watson: Exactly.

Rowling: I love Hermione.

Watson: I love her too.

Rowling: Oh, maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counseling, you know. I wonder what happens at wizard marriage counseling? They’ll probably be fine. He needs to work on his self-esteem issues and she needs to work on being a little less critical.

Watson: I think it makes sense to me that Ron would make friends with the most famous wizard in the school because I think life presents to you over and over again your biggest and most painful fear – until you conquer it. It just keeps coming up.

Rowling: This is so true, it has happened in my own life. The issue keeps coming up because you are drawn to it and you are putting yourself in front of it all the time. At a certain point you have to choose what to do about it and sometimes conquering it is choosing to say: I don’t want that anymore, I’m going to stop walking up to you because there is nothing there for me. But yes, you’re so right, that’s very insightful. Ron’s used to playing second fiddle. I think that’s a comfortable role for him, but at a certain point he has to be his own man, doesn’t he?

Watson: Yes, and until he does it is unresolved. It is unfinished business. So maybe life presented this to him enough times until he had to make a choice and become the man that Hermione needs.

Rowling: Just like her creator, she has a real weakness for a funny man. These uptight girls, they do like them funny.

Watson: They do like them funny, they need them funny.

Elsewhere in their interview in Wonderland Magazine, Rowling touches on the Fantastic Beasts movie amongst other things about her life and career.

This magazine is available for purchase now. Watch a behind the scenes look at one of Watson’s photoshoots for Wonderland, and visit their official site for more.

‘Game of Thrones’ season 6 team-ups we didn’t see coming

We also thought a couple of the people were dead.

4:30 pm EDT, June 24, 2016

From enemies making friends, to dead people being not dead, Game of Thrones season 6 brings together many people we never expected.

Game of Thrones has given us many unexpected yet awesome team-ups over the seasons. We loved Arya and the Hound in season 3, as well as Jaime and Brienne, a pairing that’s still going strong. We got super excited for Tyrion and Daenerys to form an alliance, and when Sam and Bran met, we couldn’t help but squee since it was the closest thing to a Stark reunion we’d had.

Season 6 gives us even more surprising team-ups. Some we love, while others leave us scratching our heads. Here are the most surprising alliances of the season, from worst to best.

Ramsay and Smalljon


Once we understood who Smalljon Umber was, it was definitely a surprise to see him want to align with Ramsay. The last we heard of the Umbers, they were staunchly supporting the Starks. Jon Umber merely laughed when Grey Wind bit his hand off, and Rickon went to the Umbers because of their Stark devotion. So what happened?

Truth is, we don’t really know why Smalljon switched allegiances. It seems as though he hated his father, but enough to want to betray the North? Why, and where did that come from?

The ambiguity of the allegiance change led fans to believe he was actually just pretending to align with Ramsay and would turn on him in the battle. But seeing as the battle has happened without a ‘psyche!’, it would seem Smalljon legitimately wanted to side with the Boltons. As surprising as an Umber/Bolton allegiance is, it’s nothing compared to the surprise Smalljon will feel at Ramsay’s defeat.

Margaery and the High Sparrow


Unaware of her family’s new frenemies, Margaery made new frenemies herself. At least, that’s what we think. It’s not clear yet whether Margaery is faking her newfound divinity, but it’s probably safe to say she’s only siding with the High Sparrow so she can set herself free.

It would be more of a surprise to find out Margaery is truly a believer, since she hasn’t shown such beliefs before, and the turnaround seems too quick. If she is genuine, then I’m blue-eyed and made of ice.

Tyrion and the Masters


Another frenemies alliance, though much more tenuous, and less friendly. In fact, it’s more of an agreement than an alliance, and it’s also one of the less exciting duos of the season.

Tyrion tries to make peace with the Masters, and while the conditions are fair and agreed upon, peace is short lived. As surprising as it is that a truce is made, it’s equally as unsurprising that it doesn’t last.

To be honest, the sooner the Masters and Harpy storyline is over the better. We definitely don’t want to wait seven years for a conclusion, so I say let them break the truce! That way Dany has a reason to annihilate them and get this over with.

The Lannisters and the Tyrells


The two families that hate each other the most hit rock bottom. It’s the most desperate move either family has made: aligning with each other.

Cersei had all but lost control of her fate, and on the brink of losing Tommen she went to the Tyrells. Equally against a door without a Hodor, the Tyrells agreed.

It’s a tenuous alliance, yet it might be the most honest one we’ve seen. Both families admit to hating each other. Both admit they’re only using each other for their own gain. And both admit what that gain is. They both know it’s only temporary, and in a way, that makes it one of the strongest alliances. It’s juts unfortunate their common enemy is better than them.

Bran and Benjen


It’s not such a surprise that Benjen would help his nephew. What is a surprise is that Benjen is alive to do so. Oh my gosh guys, Benjen is alive!

We waited six years for some kind of closure on Benjen’s fate, and we got it in the best way possible. First, Benjen saved the day. Second, he saved Bran, which means Stark reunion! Everyone loves a Stark reunion.

Tyrion and the dragons


Tyrion was making friends all over the place this season! Not only did he try and make peace with the Masters, he also tried to make peace with Dany’s dragons. I’d wager the dragons are easier to befriend.

It’s a tense scene when Tyrion goes down to see Viserion and Rhaegal. We’ve seen Drogon’s temper, so we couldn’t be certain how the other two would react to a stranger. Evidently Tyrion is a dragon whisperer, because he leaves the dungeon unharmed and presumably having gained some of their trust.

This moment is particularly exciting because we know Tyrion has dreamed of riding a dragon, and as of yet, we don’t know who will have the honor of riding Viserion and Rhaegal. It’s possible this is setting up a future where Tyrion will finally live his dream. Can you imagine Cersei’s face if Tyrion flies over King’s Landing on a dragon? Now that’s something to dream of.

The Hound and the Brotherhood Without Banners


First it was (kind of) a surprise to see Sandor Clegane back and healthy, but even more surprising is who he ends up aligning with. The men who tried to kill him all the way back in season 3 are now asking him to join their group. Somehow it actually makes sense.

The Brotherhood Without Banners are a fairly open-minded, easy-going bunch. They recognize the Hound’s win means they lost and that’s that. But more importantly, they see the Hound for the changed man he is, and what value someone like him can give them. His past be damned, it’s his present that’s important, and I for one am all for this new and improved Brotherhood.

The Wildings and the Night’s Watch


Maybe a Wildling and Night’s Watch alliance isn’t that surprising, or at least, it isn’t so surprising now. The Wildlings and the Night’s Watch have been enemies since long before Game of Thrones started, so any kind of truce between the two seemed as likely as dragons existing.

But dragons do exist, and an alliance has happened, and it’s happened naturally, largely because of Jon Snow. He understands they don’t have to be enemies, that they actually have a common enemy, and he’s established a relationship with them.

Yes we saw the peace between each group coming, but historically, this feud and hatred has run deep, so to finally see the fighting end in season 6 is something to take note of and celebrate.

Daenerys and Yara


Unarguably the best duo that comes out of season 6 is Daenerys and Yara. It’s incredibly random and was thrown at us out of left field, and if you’d heard Dany and Yara would team up before seeing it, you probably would have squinted your eyes in confusion and shrugged in disinterest. Yet here we are, loving this new alliance, and I can already hear the keys typing as fanfic rolls out in droves.

You don’t have to ship them romantically to ship them. Even Dany ships them, though it’s probably much more literal for her. Yara says all the right things to get on Dany’s good side, appealing to her feminist nature, and dissing their daddies. And like everyone else who’s come across Daenerys, Yara is clearly taken by the beautiful dragon lady.

It’ll be interesting to see how long this alliance lasts and what they can accomplish together, especially with the impending arrival of Euron and his 1000 ships. Hopefully it’s just the start of an entire lady takeover of all of Westeros.

Which surprising new team-up were you most excited about?

Cap and Bucky are finally having sex — in a new porno from

"In heroes we thrust."

1:30 pm EDT, June 24, 2016

Forget those no homo scenes in Captain America: Civil War (did Steve and Sharon have to kiss?). It’s about to get really homo between Cap and Bucky. — a site visited by those looking for gay porn, and those who get curious about what could possibly be found at “” — has announced a new series of Captain America-themed pornos starring Cap, Bucky, Black Panther, Nick Fury, and Agent 13.

The first scene starring Cap and Agent 13 was released earlier this week, but is now promising that a scene between Cap and Bucky has been shot and will be released in the weeks ahead:

As if this is a freakin’ Marvel movie, has released a slew of character posters for their Captain America porno series:

The Cap/Bucky video is sure to be a popular one since fans have been clamoring for these two to become on-screen lovers for years. One of the most exciting aspects of watching a Cap/Bucky porno will be learning who tops and who bottoms. SPOILER ALERT: Based on a NSFW trailer, it looks like Cap will be the one bottoming in his scene with Bucky. In another scene Cap tops, which means that Steve Rogers probably lists himself as “vers” on Grindr. Nice! is no stranger to parodies. They released an X-Men parody earlier this year. (I only know that because I visited the site today and saw it listed. I swear.)

Brush up on your world history before you see Independence Day: Resurgence and find out what’s happened in the last 20 years before Independence Day 2.

Independence Day saw the Earth invaded by aliens in 1996. Thanks to a few brave souls, namely Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) and David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), their attack was thwarted and the mother ship was blown to smithereens.

But as Resurgence has shown us, these creatures are far from extinct. We’ve had 20 years to use the technology we salvaged from the first attack to prepare for a second one, and we put that time to good use. Will it be enough?

Between the prequel novel Independence Day: Crucible and the website, we can piece together the events of the last 20 years to find out how we got to where we are today, in 2016, for Independence Day: Resurgence.

The world rebuilds (1997)

Don’t expect to see the world you’re used to in Resurgence. It took a year, but the rebuilding began in earnest and I’m hoping we’ll get updated versions of all those famous landmarks that were destroyed in 1996. Before they’re destroyed again, that is. It would be cool to see an Earth that looks alien to us (pun intended), and it’ll help show how the world has changed since the first movie.

The Earth Space Defense program is established (1998)

The United Nations created the ESD to prevent any more alien attacks. The program is a global effort and world-wide recruitment launched at the same time. Here’s to hoping this means there will be plenty of diversity in the sequel. It will be nice to see the world working together in a concentrated effort against the aliens, especially given our own global issues, though don’t expect everyone to get along. We’re only human, after all.

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New weapons are developed from alien technology (2003)

Though there was some push against developing weapons using alien technology, they eventually proved fruitful. We defeated them once before without the use of this technology, so now that we have it, we should be better prepared, right? What I want to know is if they’ll have better control over the weaponry than we will, and if we’ll have to go back to the basics. All that time and effort wasted would be a disappointment, but we banded together using a simple virus and Morse code once before. We can do it again.

Rumors of an alien prison are circulating (2005)

In the original movie, a secret base was revealed to President Whitmore, who was shocked this sort of information had been kept from him. The ESD offers no comment on these rumors, making me think they’re not only true, but that the government is definitely involved. The trailer certainly provides footage that supports this idea. It’s good to know that a facility like this could provide valuable intel for Levinson and his fellow humans, but could this backfire on them too?

The last of the aliens are killed (2006)

The African Congo held the final alien invaders, who fought for their lives for 10 years until they were defeated by the local government. This also proves that not everyone was on board with the ESD. It also raises the questions, what were those aliens doing for 10 years and how will this impact what goes on in Resurgence? We see that they had set up a little base of operations there, so it’s likely they were continuing to call for assistance.

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Captain Steven Hiller dies (2007)

This is probably the most important piece of information you’ll need to know going into the movie. Will Smith’s character won’t be present — though his wife and son will be! — because he was killed testing a new fighter pilot with anti-gravity technology. The book implies that if more tests were run and David Levinson had been more involved, the accident could’ve been prevented. This is, perhaps, the saddest part about this development.

David Levinson is the director of ESD (2009)

David Levinson is the newly appointed Director of Earth Space Defense, and there is a new base on the moon, whose headquarters reside in China. The Moonbase’s purpose is to monitor space for potential alien threats, and new bases also crop up on Mars and one of Saturn’s moons. Resurgence already feels like a bigger movie than the first, given the human race has expanded beyond Earth.

Elizabeth Lanford becomes president of the United States (2013)

President Lanford is the current president of the United States, though it looks like Whitmore is still involved in the fight against the aliens. Lanford looks like a decisive, intelligent, strong-willed president. Plus, it’s pretty cool she’s being heralded as a forward-thinking president who also happens to become the first woman to take the Oval Office.

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Hybrid fighter planes become a reality (2014)

Despite Hiller’s death and initial issues with the technology, these jets are now being used as part of global defense efforts. With two years of working with these planes under their belt, the movie should see our heroes having no trouble using the machines to the best of their advantage.

We celebrate 20 years without incident (2016)

But all good things must come to an end. The aliens are back in Resurgence, and we can only hope that the new world leaders will put all this new technology to good use as we fight off the next wave of attack.

Are you looking forward to ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’?