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Harry Potter's Stanislav Yanevski Doubles Down On Who He Thinks Hermione Should Have Ended Up With

We all take a misstep here and there. They say hindsight is 20/20, and it's easy to look back and see what the obvious best path was when a critical decision was made. This could even be said for fictional characters since the choices they make sometimes lead them in what many fans believe is the wrong direction. Stanislav Yanevski, who played Viktor Krum in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," believes he has pinpointed one of these missteps, and he's not shy about declaring his opinion.

At the beginning of the film, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), and most of the Weasley family attend the Quidditch World Cup, which features Krum, one of the best professional Quidditch players in the world, as a contending player. One of Krum's biggest fans is Ron (Rupert Grint) — that is, until the superstar tries to move in on Hermione after he arrives at Hogwarts for the Triwizard Tournament.

Krum becomes the Durmstrang champion, and Ron's infatuation with him turns into jealousy when the athlete asks Hermione to be his date for the traditional Yule Ball. Of course, fans know that Hermione eventually drops her temporary boy toy for her true redheaded hero, but when Yanevski looks back at what could've been, he truly believes that this was a major misstep for Watson's character.

Yanevski believes Hermione should have ended up with Krum

Deep into "Goblet of Fire," plenty of first-time fans were wondering if the dream of Ron and Hermione ending up in a relationship was all but gone. Hermione appeared to be blissfully happy with outsider Viktor Krum, with Ron expressing his disinterest fairly openly. In the end, Krum was cast aside, with Ron back in Hermione's sights, setting the magical world right again. However, when Yanevski spoke to "EW's Binge," he explained how a possible storyline, different from the books, would have changed not only the outcome but also his involvement in future films.

David Yates, the director of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," had future plans for Krum. "He invented, actually, a new story that wasn't in the books, a love triangle between Viktor Krum, Hermione, and Ron," Yanevski revealed. Yanevski also feels that the sticky love situation could've lasted all the way to the last film. "I don't know how far they could go," he said. "If the story from the seventh movie that David Yates invented extended itself, then maybe they would've gotten into a fight with Ron, and Viktor would obviously win and then live happily on forever with Hermione." 

Yanevski believes the two characters would still have been able to make a relationship work despite coming from different cultures. In a Q&A on Instagram, he was asked what Krum and Hermione would have talked about had there been an additional scene with them together. "I believe that Hermione might be very interested in Durmstrang, where these guys came from," he said. "And of course, Viktor Krum's English wasn't the best. ... So I guess she would be teaching him a fair bit of English too."