Her arm curved to the ﬂoor, her ﬁngers inches from Ron’s. Harry wondered whether they had fallen asleep holding hands.
Realizing You’re Into Your Best Friend
by Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley
After the statement by JKR yesterday, J-dawg text me a little scene that could have happened between Hermione and Ron. I changed it a little bit, but I scribbled it out this afternoon.
Ok, take a seat and get some popcorn or refill your post mix, because this is about to get long. These two give me all the feelings and I shall attempt to share them with you now.
There is no ship in Harry Potter quite like Ron/Hermione. Because they’re Harry best friends, and thus an integral part of the plot, we’re given long exposure to their character arcs and development. And no matter how you look at it, the Ron/Hermione dynamic is key to how both characters fluctuate and change across the series. Hell, the reason the Trio became the Trio is because Ron picked on Hermione in Philosopher’s Stone.
I don’t mean that Ron and Hermione aren’t whole characters outside of their relationship; they are; but they bring out the best in one another. When Ron and Hermione aren’t talking to each other they become sullen and moody, and they’re constantly talking to harry about how frustrating the other is. Harry literally becomes their punching bag, and so we get to see just how they get under each other’s skin.
Okay, I’m gonna bust out one of my favourite R/Hr quotes:
“We’re allowed to bring guests,” said Hermione, who for some reason had turned a bright, boiling scarlet, “and I was going to ask you to come, but if you think it’s that stupid then I won’t bother!”
Harry suddenly wished the pod had flown a little farther, so that he need not have been sitting here with the pair of them.
“You were going to ask me?” asked Ron, in a completely different voice.
“Yes,” said Hermione angrily. “But obviously if you’d rather I hooked up with McLaggen …”
There was a pause while Harry continued to pound the resilient pod with a trowel.
“No, I wouldn’t,” said Ron, in a very quiet voice.
Harry missed the pod, hit the bowl, and shattered it.
The crash, however, appeared to have awoken Ron and Hermione to Harry’s presence. Hermione looked flustered and immediately started fussing about for her copy of Flesh-Eating Trees of the World to find out the correct way to juice Snargaluff pods; Ron, on the other hand, looked sheepish but also rather pleased with himself.
THIS TELLS YOU ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP. In this you see that there are all these emotions simmering underneath the surface of Ron and Hermione, and that they can’t always control when they surface. For both of them, but especially Hermione, admitting their feelings is a loss of control, and that’s a daunting prospect.
And not to mention that this is one of many of those moments when Ron and Hermione half get there. THEY’RE SO CLOSE TO ADMITTING HOW THEY FEEL BUT THEY NEVER QUITE REACH IT AND IT KILLS ME. “Ron, on the other hand, looked sheepish but also rather pleased with himself” - he’s pleased because Hermione reciprocates, and what he’s been feeling and how he’s been feeling next to Hermione isn’t just a one sided thing, and it’s basically the best feeling in the world. Because that’s what Ron and Hermione do to one another - they take each other out of the safe ground, and it’s a good thing.
I’ve spoken before about physicality in R/Hr before here, but I’ll talk about it again because it’s such a vital part of their relationship. Ron and Hermione are complex people, and the intensity of their relationship burns through their interactions in later books, particularly in Deathly Hallows. This is not a sudden thing - Ron and Hermione have always, always felt strongly about one another. In PS it’s annoyance, followed by friendship, in POA it’s a stubborn sort of anger, it OOTP it’s pining and in HBP it’s confusion, but it’s a constant. They cannot help but feel strongly for one another because that’s the way it always been, and it’s just second nature to them. I would hesitate to say that Ron and Hermione fall in love because they have always been in love - but I would definitely say the love they have for each other grows and expands, especially when they are put in danger when they get embroiled in Harry’s yearly Plot I Have To Solve. They grow and develop as people and so does their relationship.
I think a lot of people like R/Hr because they see them as opposites, but I can’t stress this enough: they’re not. They are not opposites in any way. Ron and Hermione are two halves of one whole, and they’re meant to be together because they are the best versions of themselves when they’re around one another.
For a long time there, and especially during HBP, Ron and Hermione think that their feelings are unrequited. They’re both getting all these signals and they’re physically attracted to one another, but there’s always some kind of hinderance that gets in the way of them declaring their feelings for one another. Because they’ve both carried this torch for so long, there has to be a very physical, very intense sort of pinpoint in their relationship where they go from people who love each other quietly to people who scream their love from the rooftops, and that’s what the DH kiss is, and that’s why it’s so important.
Now, back to HBP. The issue with R/Hr in this book is that their feelings bring out their insecurities. This is very normal for a teenage relationship, and it’s one of the reasons R/Hr feels so natural - because it could be real. This is a relationship that blooms when they’re teenagers but doesn’t mature until they’re out fighting in the war, and it’s only then that they’re capable of going a step further. Before Deathly Hallows, both of them (but especially Ron) simply aren’t ready for a serious relationship, and on some level they know that, and so they don’t act on it.
Ron is afraid to enter into a romantic relationship with Hermione because he worries what she thinks of him. This is inherent in Ron’s character, and he’s projecting a lot of his own fears onto her. In Ron’s eyes he’s still the youngest male Weasley and Harry Potter’s best friend, and nothing he does will ever live up to what the rest of his family or Harry has done. And conversely, Hermione worries that Ron still sees her as a bossy know-it-all, and not as someone he can have a relationship with.
But the beauty of Ron and Hermione is that their opinions of one another are the exact opposite of this. Hermione has never seen Ron in the context of his familial position, and simply knows him as Ron, her friend - the boy she saw beat a giant chess set, the kid who sticks by his friends even if it’s the stupid move, the idiot who tried to ~~defend her honour~~ by casting a curse with a broken wand. And Ron is constantly admiring Hermione’s intelligence, her strength, her tenacity. They fight and they bicker because they don’t know how to channel their feelings for one another, but Ron is in awe of Hermione, and Hermione is stunned by him. Like the best of couples - and the best of friends - Ron and Hermione know each other incredibly well, and it’s like they’re there to support one another, and it’s an amazing thing because that’s what they always do.
And as for being intellectually compatabile - well. It’s mad e clear in the books that Hermione is far and away smarter than anyone around her, including Ron. But there is something to be said, I think, of their commonalities: they’re the same age, they grow up together, they experience a lot of things both harrowing and jubilant with each other, and in that way I would say yes, they’re very compatible. Ron is not a dunce - he can be quite clever, and he’s never envious or spiteful or Hermione’s intelligence or her dedication. In fact, they’re qualities of hers that he admires, and knows that she would not be who she is without them.
The deluminator. It doesn’t just turn off lights. I don’t know how it worked but Christmas morning, I was sleeping in this little pub, keeping away from some Snatchers, and I heard it. A voice. Your voice, Hermione. You said my name. Just my name. Like a whisper. So I took it, clicked it and this tiny ball of light appeared. And I knew. It flew towards me, the ball of light, right through my chest and straight through me. Right here. [touches his heart] And I knew it was going to take me where I needed to go.
- Ron Weasley
“It’s supposed to smell differently to each of us, according to what attracts us, and I can smell freshly mown grass and new parchment and—-“, but she turned slightly pink and did not complete the sentence.
- Hermione Granger
can we just agree that hermione doesn’t give two shits about throwing rocks in the water. she knows exactly what she’s doing bless her
HE LITERALLY JUST TAUGHT HER WHAT SHE TAUGHT HIM IN THE FIRST BOOK
SWISH AND FLICK
THIS IS THE CUTEST THING
[SCREAMS OUT LOUD]
OH MY GOD