Hermione ends up in the Department of Magical Creatures in the Ministry of Magic, according to Rowling, and works towards equal treatment of all sentient beings. Ron and Harry become Aurors and Harry ends up as Head of Magical Law Enforcement.
Originally Posted by Bartleby_Scriven
In conclusion? Ron's a nice, loyal guy that won't hold Hermione back (you know she'd always put career first) and will be a good father. Aside from that, chemistry is chemistry. When they accidentally hold hands in Prisoner of Azkaban? That's instinct, and often times that's how love works. The movies also have the benefit of hinting at their feelings earlier, whereas in the books it's just dropped into our laps in Goblet of Fire that suddenly Hermione wants Ron to ask her to the dance...only for their relationship to be ignored again until she's jealous of Lavender in Half-Blood Prince. Maybe not the best planned romance, but the movies smooth out the edges, especially with the interactions between the actors. The aforementioned dance between Harry and Hermione is only a what-if? because of that one scene in the movie, it's never even hinted at in the books, and it's all because the actors pull off the spontaneous catharsis of rocking out to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
The problem with the notion of Hermione/Ron, for me, is that it hews to traditional romantic notions while not going through with the whole thing. Relationships that start out with bickering usually have three phases of sorts - where the characters bicker, then develop mutual respect through some event, and then fall for each other. Hermione/Ron skips the whole second phase - the people that are fans of the pairing have to perform some weird agralculus to assume the second phase happens, but it's not evidenced by Ron's actions in later books - I see nothing to prove he's grown from his shallow, jealous, inferiority-complex-ridden youth. At all. His fears are exactly the same when he smashes the Horcrux - Harry usurping what he considers his. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth - I think Hermione deserves far better.
So at the end of the day, Rowling just furnished cues - where Ron/Hermione go from huge rows in the fourth book (mostly revolving around Harry's Triwizard selection) to Ron asking Hermione out to the Slug Club in a "deep voice." And we have to fill in the blanks - again, the pairing itself is trivial, but to those of us that were huge Hermione fans, it was very, very weird. It's going through the motions without going through the motions. I don't think there's anything in the fifth book (which is full of angst anyway) that shows either Hermione or Ron developing respect for each other.
Rowling's romances are so weird. Ginny kisses Harry because she feels she deserves him after a Quidditch victory. Harry gets a monster in his chest out of nowhere just because. Hermione and Ron fall for each other because that's what bickering people of opposite sexes do.
Again, I'm not one to speak - since I've not really experienced this feeling you mortals call love, being undead and all - but, if that's how love works... uh... leave me out of it.