ABSTRACT: The writer charts the ups and downs of Ron and Hermione's seven-book-long journey to romance.
We all know that Ron and Hermione have had a love-hate relationship, leaning more towards love, throughout the entire series and even though they are as opposite as two people could possibly be, they are truly one of the sweetest couples brought together in the Harry Potter series. With the mutual friendship of Harry as their only reason to spend time together, JK Rowling brought the most unlikely pair of students together in a realistic way.
Admittedly, you can argue that in the first few books, Harry and Hermione seem like the obvious couple... but then again, when has JK Rowling ever written the obvious! Ron and Hermione start off as merely school mates. Both put into Gryffindor, they are forced together in all their classes. While one is a perfect example of the model student, the other struggles along with the success of his older brothers looming over him. After Ron and Harry save Hermione from the troll, a bond is formed between this wonderful couple and, for the first few books, they tolerate each other's presence.
However, as early as Chamber of Secretscertain details begin to emerge that make the possibility of the final relationship a little more likely. Starting with Ron defending Hermione from names such as "mudblood" by Draco and ending up spitting up slugs as a result, to his absolute delight after seeing her in the Great Hall after cured from being petrified, Ron and Hermione have little moments in the text that are so common to real life that they almost go unnoticed in the book. Perhaps the best and most realistic part of their uncomfortable relationship is when they avoid hugging in the second movie. Hermione hugs Harry, an obvious friend, and pauses mid-hug with Ron, becoming uncomfortable. This is one of the sweetest parts of the beginning of their relationship, because we all know how awkward it is to hug the person you have a crush on.
In the PA movie, Ron's interest in Hermione becomes more obvious when he becomes fixated by Hermione's whereabouts during classes and why she suddenly pops up where she wasn't before. Hermione's instinct was to grab Ron's hand when frightened by Buckbeak - another sweet moment that makes you love the couple more. Hermione is extremely affected by their fight over Crookshanks and Scabbers and when it finally ends she hugs Ron, apologizing. Of course, Ron can hardly stay mad at her and forgives her easily, a moment which really shows the level of care they have for each other.
Ron and Hermione become more and more infatuated as the books go on and they become the ultimate couple. Ron becomes insanely jealous over the arrival of Viktor Krum in Hermione's life. He invites her to the Yule Ball and becomes angry when he discovers that "Vicky" has already asked her. During the ball, he doesn't dance or enjoy himself at all, spending his time glaring at Viktor.
But it's not just Ron that gets jealous. Hermione becomes envious over the relationship between Lavender and Ron in HBP, resulting in her sending a flock of angry canaries at him. Ron, ever clueless, doesn't understand what's wrong. The biggest development of their relationship in this book is when Ron calls out Hermione's name in the Hospital Wing, only to break Hermione's heart when he remembers but brushes it off as being concussed. And, of course, while at Dumbledore's funeral, it is Ron that Hermione turns to for comfort, crying into his shoulder.
But it is in Deathly Hallows that the couple really comes to full bloom and shows how much they care for each other. When Ron doesn't return with Tonks during "The Seven Potters" chapter, Hermione becomes anxious and, on his arrival, attacks him with a hug. When Bill and Fleurs wedding is interrupted and the trio have to escape, Hermione panics when they can't find Ron "'Ron!' Hermione cried. 'Ron, where are you?' ...
'Ron! Ron!' Hermione called, half sobbing as she and Harry were buffeted by terrified guests...
And then Ron was there. He caught hold of Hermione's free arm..." (page 150).
Ron becomes instinctively protective over Hermione, pushing her aside during the fight with the Death Eaters in the cafe. Ron also comforts Hermione on several occasions throughout the book and puts his arm around her whenever she needs it. On hearing of the Muggle-born interrogations he jumps in to protect Hermione, willing to teach her his family tree and say she is his cousin. He insists she take the sofa in Grimmauld Place and, in one of the sweetest moments the couple have ever had, they fall asleep holding hands, "Her arm curved to the floor, her fingers inches from Ron's. Harry wondered whether they had fallen asleep holding hands" (page 173). After being captured by Bellatrix, Ron tries to sacrifice himself to protect Hermione: "You can have me, keep me!" (page 447).
Hermione's spirit seems to be gone after Ron leaves. When Ron Disapparted from the forest Hermione "threw herself into a chair, curled up, and started to cry". Hermione spends most of her time crying while Ron is away. However on Ron's return, she is stubborn to let him back in for fear of being hurt again, deciding instead to punch him relentlessly. But Ron is simply happy to be back with her and that she hadn't set a flock of canaries on him again. Ron is persistent "giving her a tentative smile", but Hermione, ever stubborn, "stalked off and vanished behind her book once more" (page 386).
But it's when Hermione sees his softer side that she truly gives in to her feelings for him. When he was worried about the Cattermoles, Hermione had a look of "such tenderness in her expression that Harry felt almost as if he had surprised her in the act of kissing him" (page 273). But it is when he shows care for the safety of the House-Elves that she finally accepts that she is, in fact, in love with Ron.
"Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet..." (page 623).
These are the moments that make Ron and Hermione the perfect couple. They have always been there for one another. Even though they droe each other crazy from the beginning they have always had witty banter; "Always the tone of surprise!" (DH page 72). They care for each other so deeply and, even though it began as a friendship based purely around Harry, they each began to see each other for the caring person they are. It's for these reasons, that they are the best couple created by JK Rowling. She created a couple that many can relate to; a friendship that leads to a deeper caring and romance than any could have imagined.
Messing up your hair because you think it looks cool to look like you've just got off your broomstick, showing off with that stupid Snitch, walking down corridors and hexing anyone who annoys you just because you can — I'm surprised your broomstick can get off the ground with that fat head on it. You make me SICK.
Lily Evans Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28, Page 648
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