So for anyone who's been living under a rock and isn't aware, JK Rowling recently divulged in an interview with Emma Watson that, in hindsight, she would have preferred Harry and Hermione to end up together rather than RHr or HG.
So we're all happy, of course. We feel a bit vindicated from the years of bullying and flaming and childish namecalling that's we've all endured for years for the sin of liking a non-canon pairing. We all liked what we saw with Harry and Hermione (or I should say, what we 'read'). Despite there being no 'evidence' or in-your-face romance between the two, we liked the potential of what Harry and Hermione could have been.
So I think, as a collective group, we deserve a few 'told ya so's'. I totally appreciate and understand that. Hell, I'll join you! Seeing as how I got thousands of hate mails and even some honest-to-goodness threats, I think I've earned a few, too!
That being said, I just want to remind people that ALL FLAMERS ARE IDIOTS! If you've learned nothing else from my website, you've at least learned that. So while we enjoy this little moment -- a little late, if you ask me-- of comeuppance, try not to make your jubilee at other people's expense. Please don't go out and actively bash people of another ship.
Hell yes we can still enjoy it. If the fandom is still active (is it?) and there are still flamers out there (are there? Really? How old are these people now??), I suspect they've been taken down a peg or two. We will always be able to point to this as a slap in their faces any time they say something about how precious their canon is.
But RHr shippers shouldn't feel like they can't still enjoy their ship over what JK has said in this interview. The same way we've never felt we couldn't enjoy our ship despite what she wrote in her books. Enjoy whatever ship you fucking want. That's been my whole point from day one!
So don't flame people or be a bully because you feel like we've won something. We haven't. In fact, I'm not sure I don't kind of hate this need to pair Hermione up all the time instead of letting her just be awesome off on her own somewhere, kicking wizardy ass (it would make some boring non-sexified fanfic, though. Can't have that). But years after fact, we aren't exactly 'winning' something because she admits they'd be a better pairing. Fucking Duh, JK! We knew that a long time ago.
To be honest I'm still glad she didn't write it. She wrote the other ships so badly. I kind of like the idea of HHr that I've created in my own head, rather than a canon version that might not be as great. I mean, do you remember the shitbaggery that was Harry/Ginny? I mean... holy shit. If HHr had been that I'd have burned my book. It's because the HHr friendship was so wonderful that I can think of them in the romantic way that I do. I don't think of RHr in a romantic way at all. And if HHr the way she'd written RHr, we'd never have gotten that beautiful friendship and closeness they had.
So yes... feel good about this. It feels great to know the author has jumped on our side. But we were already here. There's no need to go off and bash people the same way they bashed us. Take the high road and remember that even the author thinks our side is more fun!