So who will hook up in Book 7? Below you can find a list of likely pairings we compiled after the events of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
. This page will give you a general idea of whom we believe will get together in the next book, but if you're looking for hardcore shipping analysis, head on over to the editorials section
. To see who was suspected of coupling in Book 6 before its release, click here
If you think there should be more or less people on this page and you have a good argument to support your ship, e-mail an editorial (not just an email saying who you think will couple) to the Editorials staff. Please read their submission tips before emailing them. If they like it, we may post it here.
"ship" = relationship
Harry and Hermione
From Emerson and Melissa's interview with JK Rowling on July 17th, 2005:
ES: Harry/Hermione shippers - delusional!
JKR: Well no, I'm not going to - Emerson, I am not going to say they're delusional! They are still valued members of my readership! I am not going to use the word delusional. I am, however, going to say now I am trusting both of you to do the spoiler thing when you write this up. I will say, that yes, I personally feel - well it's going to be clear once people have read Book 6. I mean, thats it. Its done, isnt it? We know. Yes, we do now know that it's Ron and Hermione. I do feel that I have dropped heavy hints.
Ron and Hermione
After reading Half-Blood Prince, I'm sure most of you will agree that Ron and Hermione will eventually hook up. Although Ron and Hermione never did anything in Book 6 to indicate that they're now officially an item, we know they did not make anything official because of the massive and more important events taking place elsewhere (like Dumbledore's death). I'm sure we'll see these two properly confess their longings in the next book. After what happened in the penultimate novel (Ron's jealousy of Hermione dating Cormac McLaggen and Hermione's jealousy of Ron and Lavender's relationship), this pairing is a sure thing. Besides, JKR confirmed this relationship in her interview with MuggleNet/TLC.
Harry and Ginny
At Dumbledore's funeral in HBP, Harry told Ginny they could no longer be together.
"Ginny, listen.... I can't be involved with you anymore. We've got to stop seeing each other. We can't be together." (HBP, pg. 646)
Harry explains to Ginny that if Voldemort discovers they are an item, she may be in danger. Ginny protests saying she doesn't care, but Harry refuses to let another loved one die at the hands of Voldemort. Harry and Ginny may rekindle their relationship in Book 7, but I seriously doubt it. Harry has bigger things to do.
Draco and Pansy
A likely couple... pre-Book 6. Since Prisoner of Azkaban, the pair has been almost joined at the hip. For example, when Buckbeak bites Draco in Book 3, Pansy is absolutely devestated. We also see hints of a relationship in Book 6:
Malfoy, sniggering, lay back down across two seats with his head in Pansy Parkinson's lap. Harry lay curled uncomfortably under the cloak to ensure that every inch of him remained hidden, and watched Pansy stroke the sleek blond hair off Malfoy's forehead, smirking as she did so, as though anyone would have loved to have been in her place.
Pansy clearly likes (if not loves) Malfoy and looks up to him, but I can't say that Malfoy feels the same way about her. He enjoys Pansy's company but only because she fawns over him and gives him the royal treatment. Besides, even if he did like her, he's too busy with other things - just like Harry is too busy with his Horcrux quest to stay in a relationship with Ginny.
Hermione and McLaggen
Hermione obviously went to Slughorn's party with Cormac just to make Ron jealous. Not gonna happen.
Won-Won and Lavender
Again, just Ron trying to make Hermione jealous. That relationship is over.
Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour
These two are engaged and have a wedding planned for the opening summer in Book 7, so unless something goes seriously wrong, these two are sticking together.
Hagrid and Maxime
We actually didn't see much of these two together in Book 6, but our bet is they're still "close" - and who knows how their relationship will develop in the seventh book?
Ginny and Neville
It's a longshot, but as Ginny is now Harry-free, she might take more of an interest in Neville. They've always been close - even if Ginny is friends with him partly out of pity.
Luna and Neville
Although we haven't seen much interaction between these two, there have been a few times of note where the pair have worked together: Department of Mysteries battle, the Death Eaters/Order fight following Dumbledore's death, and Dumbledore's funeral. Luna and Neville also have something in common: the "loss" of a loved one. Luna's mother died when she was young, and Neville's parents barely recognise him. Also, both of them are hardly the most popular kids at Hogwarts. Perhaps, they'll comfort each other in the dark times expected in Book 7?
Edit: JK crashed this one.
Tonks and Lupin
We see from the hospital wing scene at the end of HBP that Nymphadora and Remus do have feelings for each other; the only thing that's keeping the relationship from developing at this point is Lupin pulling away because of his lycanthropy. We think he'll come to his senses eventually, though, especially in these times when it's most important to keep loved ones close.
The following couples were considered pre-Half-Blood Prince, but we really don't believe stand a chance now. However, if you have a strong argument for why any of these couples could work, please e-mail your thoughts to the editorials section and, again, if they like 'em, we'll post them here.
- Ron and Luna
- Harry and Luna
- Harry, Ron, and Hermione Love Triangle
- Hermione and Krum
- Hermione and Draco
- Ginny and Draco
- Ginny and Colin
- Ginny and Neville
- Percy and Penelope
- Harry and Susan Bones
- Harry and Cho
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