Harry Potter theory: JK Rowling originally intended for Harry to end up with Luna Lovegood
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Harry Potter may have had a brief romance with Cho Chang, but he did end up married to Ron’s sister Ginny Weasley in the end. But now a popular new fan theory argues that JK Rowling had originally intended for Luna Lovegood to marry The Boy Who Lived instead. Reddit user Banestar66 writes: “So, I’m not saying anything new by saying the Ginny/Harry romance is kinda out of nowhere and underdeveloped.”
The fan continued: “It’s so bad some in the fandom think she dosed him with love potion (basically magically roofieing him). But I don’t think this is the case.
“Not only is it way too dark to have been what was intended, but Harry doesn’t show the obsessive qualities we’ve seen of a love potion victim in-universe.
“It’s much more likely to me Ginny was awkwardly thrown in as a substitute for the person originally supposed to be Harry’s long-term romantic partner: Luna Lovegood.”
The theorist points out how the Ravenclaw was a total stranger who became an acquaintance of Harry’s in Order of the Phoenix.
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Additionally, Luna is also there for Harry; believing in him while he’s at his lowest. She can also see Thestrals having witnessed her mother Pandora’s death, just as Harry saw Cedric Diggory killed.
While a book later in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, he asks Luna to be his date to Slughorn’s party.
The theorist pointed out: “This is an unusual plot point that doesn’t seem to fit in the series’ current narrative or Luna’s canon role (being one of a few times she randomly drops into the narrative before just dropping out).
“Being someone’s date has been linked to romance the whole series.”
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They added: “But now, Luna is the first person Harry asks out after Cho, which is never explained in terms of his reasoning.
“The school takes it as romantic and is shocked in the way Harry might’ve been worried about if Luna took Ginny’s role of his crush throughout the book. But instead, they just say it was a ‘friend’ thing and leave it at that.”
Then in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the Order of the Phoenix plan to smuggle Harry to The Burrow, which the theorist points out would be the first place the Death Eaters would look for Harry.
The fan believes the main reason Rowling chose The Weasley’s home was to bring him to Ginny, while if Luna had been the final love interest in the end perhaps they would have gone to the Lovegoods near The Burrow.
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The theorist then addressed why they believe Rowling would change her original vision.
They wrote: “An obvious one, the same reason many may question this theory. The pairing just was so odd, she was worried about how fans would react.
“So instead, she scrambled to write Ginny into the ‘Harry SO’ role, and changed some plot points to try and write the basic stories with this new pairing.
“Ginny specifically was chosen as a replacement for the same ‘wish fulfillment’ reason JK admitted later to having written Ron/Hermione; that she thought it’d be great if the golden trio’s kids were family and Harry was officially ‘family’ with the Weasleys.”
Of course, we saw this manifest in the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows called 19 Years Later.
Here Harry and Ginny saw off their son Albus Severus Potter on the Hogwarts Express.
What happened next is the plot of the two-part West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Rumours are the original film cast are in talks to return for a new project; perhaps it could be this?
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