I saw a post once, which claimed that Rowling had actually planned a different path for the events of the Deathly Hallows.

In particular, the relationship between Harry and Ron was going to decay further after Ron leaves Hermione and Harry on their search for Horcruxes, to a point of complete breakup.

JKR was forced to abandon these plans because of the fan pressure.

Has there ever been such a thing? Is there an interview by JKR that confirms this?

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    bustle.com/articles/… – Valorum Dec 24 '16 at 19:36
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    Are you just looking for Deathly Hallows' ending? I know she changed plans for things like Arthur Weasley's planned death in Order of the Phoenix. – Thunderforge Dec 24 '16 at 19:36
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    That spoiler tag tho... 😂 – BarneyFifeFan Dec 25 '16 at 18:57
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    @BarneyFifeFan - you have to build suspense, otherwise no one's interested! :D – Gallifreyan Dec 25 '16 at 19:06
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    @OrangeDog - "J.K. Rowling hinted that she might write a Harry Potter encyclopedia addressing all these questions. But eventually, she launched Pottermore, and began posting snippets of writing sharing all the info that didn't make the epilogue. The main trio worked for the ministry! Hermione went back and finished her seventh year! Ginny played pro Quidditch!" The Pottermore writings were really just excerpts from her unpublished encyclopedia and were there to provide worldbuilding, not post-epilogue information. I'm not sure they even looked at what she Rowling posted on Pottermore. – ibid Dec 26 '16 at 0:32

Not very likely.

In an interview published in The Sunday Times in 2014, JK Rowling herself states about another relationship, the pairing of Hermione and Ron:

"I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment," she says. "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 ended up with Ron."


"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."

The interview is behind a login (possibly pay) wall on the site of The Sunday Times but excerpts are available in an article by Time Magazine. The quotes above are from that article, emphasis mine.

There is an excellent answer elsewhere on this site that goes into further detail about Hermione and Ron, but these quotes make it perfectly clear that JKR kept to her original plans, without yielding to possible outrage by fans.
It's unlikely that she would've yielded on other points.

Also, while it's hard to prove absence, I've never heard of such supposed outrage by Harry Potter fans over a possible rift between Ron and Harry.

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  • This doesn't seem to answer the point about the relationship between Harry and Ron. – The Dark Lord Jan 9 '17 at 9:46
  • True - I'm particularly interested about that bit about Harry and Ron. Ron could've ended up with Hermione even if his relationship with Harry went to hell. – Gallifreyan Jan 9 '17 at 10:10
  • @TheDarkLord I've updated my answer. – SQB Jan 9 '17 at 12:10

The original plan had all of the hallows Hogwarts related

JKR: Yeah, I sent them a list of plausible titles, including the real one. Hallows of Hogwarts for years was going to be the title of the seventh, and it was wrong, just wrong.

MA: They aren't all of Hogwarts.

JKR: Exactly. It changed completely, so Deathly Hallows was definitely the right way to go. I like the title of Deathly Hallows.

Melissa Anelli's interview with JK Rowling

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