An original editorial by Jackiki
Let me just state, before I start, that I am a big R/Hr shipper and I have no idea who Harry will end up with. However, my R/Hr support
has nothing to do with this theory. Also, I will be refraining from
pointing out reasons that I think Harry and Hermione are wrong for each
other. Instead, I will simply give a reason why they can't, due to the repercussions their relationship would have in the story.
From the very first book, it's been Harry and his two best friends,
Ron and Hermione. Through the trials and tribulations of the first four books, it was always these three. Let's first refresh ourselves (though
I'm sure most of you know better than I do) on the developing
relationship of Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
PS/SS: Harry, Hermione and Ron all go through the trap door to
stop Voldemort. Though Ron is knocked out, and Hermione is forced to go
back, the two are both important to Harry making it to the end. Harry
defeats Voldemort, alone.
CoS: Harry and Ron go without Hermione to the Chamber of
Secrets because she was petrified. Ron stays with Professor Lockhart. Again, Harry is alone at the end.
PoA: Harry and Hermione use the Time-Turner to stop the
execution of Buckbeak and to help Sirius escape. Ron, like Hermione in
the second book, is in the hospital wing, injured. Though there is no
confrontation with Voldemort in this book, the important thing is that
Ron wasn't there at the climax.
GoF: Again, Hermione and Ron are of almost equal importance:
yet in this book, they seem to be taking a less prominent position in
Harry's life as other characters are introduced. Ron becomes angry at
Harry, and they don't speak, which results in Harry spending a lot of
time with Hermione. At this point he treats Hermione almost with a
lack of appreciation -- Harry spends as much time being mad at Ron, as
being glad that Hermione is staying by his side. However, it does turn
out that Ron is extremely important to Harry, as he is the one chosen
for the second task to go underwater. The climax of the book shows the
most important change -- Harry faces the evil without either Hermione or
Ron's help. Yes, they helped him prepare, but they weren't with him at
any point during the task. Harry here is completely independent from
his two best friends, which foreshadows the beginning of the fifth book:
OotP: Harry starts off angry and isolated from his friends,
without knowledge of whats going on. As soon as he is reunited with
the two, who have spent the whole summer together, he lashes out at
them with jealousy and misdirected anger. In this book, Hermione and
Ron are pushed farther back as Ginny, Neville, and Luna join their
group. At the end, his best friends again accompany Harry, but the
other three accompany them as well. Harry becomes aware of Neville,
Ginny, and Luna's own sadness, and sees himself in each of them.
(Neville lost his parents, Ginny has had an encounter with Voldemort,
and Luna has lost her mother and is mocked by fellow classmates around
Now you might be sitting there, wondering, so what? What's your
point? Read on my friend:
Why can't Hermione and Harry be together? Why should Ron and
Hermione be together? Because of isolation! There are two possible
forms of the isolation: Ron's and Harry's. In one instance, the
isolation would be a good thing, and in the other, it would be a bad
thing. Let me explain.
Say Harry ends up with Hermione. Yay, happy ending! Right? Wrong.
Ron, who no one can deny likes Hermione, is isolated from the trio. We do see the degeneration of the trio as the books go on, but Ron
remains Harry's closest male companion. If Harry were to snog Ron's
long-time crush, combined with him being famous, an amazing Quidditch
player, popular and wealthy...I mean, how much can we expect dear
Ronald to take? Most importantly, he will be completely isolated from
his two best friends. How would that work in the books? Just cut Ron
However, say Hermione realizes Ron's feelings and returns them. Harry then becomes the isolated. How does that work? Take a look at what
happens in OotP, like I stated previously. Harry is becoming
attached to other people -- seeing himself in them if you will. He can
relate better to Ginny, Neville, and Luna more than he can with Ron and
Hermione. This isn't to say that Ron and Hermione are bad friends --
they understand him very well, but he doesn't understand them.
Furthermore, would it be that hard for Harry to accept that Ron and
Hermione are together? What would it change, in the long run? Hermione
and Ron would still be his best friends.
As we watch, Hermione and Ron are becoming less prominent -- not
less important to Harry, no -- but Harry is making new friends and
learning to solve problems on his own. I'm not trying to say they're
unimportant, just now there is a bigger group of people that Harry can
relate and talk to.
The most important thing is looking at these two points from J.K.
Rowling's standpoint. Would you rather isolate one of your favourite
characters (Ron), leaving him hurt on the sidelines, or isolate the
main character (which may be entirely necessary), giving him a chance
to see others, stand on his own, and still, in the end, have his best
Posted by: Sara