Fanfiction–it’s not just for the fans anymore!
No, the time has come for those who inspired the fanfiction to get in on the game. In this particular instance, I am referring to J.K. Rowling, who has been divulging further developments in the Harry Potter series with wild and reckless abandon on her Twitter page lately.
This, of course, leads to a lot of discussion (at least in the circles that I hang out with) as to whether or not the final pairings of the books and movies were really final, particularly the one between Ron and Hermione. Personally, I am Team Hermione Is Better Than Everyone And Thus No One Actually Deserves Her (or, POTENTIALLY, Team Hermione/Viktor Krum, for reasons I will divulge only in my 1,000 page-long dissertation on the subject)–but, if I had to pick between Ron and Harry, Harry always comes out the clear winner. Or, rather, the “chosen one.” If you will. Here’s why:
1. Queen J.K. Rowling HERSELF said that she regrets pairing Hermione and Ron together.
I mean, this should be reason enough. In an interview with Wonderland Magazine, she said, “”I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it.”
2. On that note, Ron is…not great.
Boyfriend material, that is. He’s immature and consistently relies on strong women to do everything in his life, like cooking (Mrs. Weasley) his homework (Hermione) and learning how to snog (Lavender “LavLav” Brown).
3. Hermione stayed with Harry when he went though his camping phase.
And by “camping” I actually mean “Horcrux search.” But, either way–true love.
4. Harry isn’t a jealous rage monster like Ron.
Let’s compare how these two boys handle rejection. In The Goblet of Fire, when Harry asks his longtime crush, Cho Chang, to the Yule Ball, she reveals that she is already going with Cedric Diggory. Harry’s jealous, sure, but he gets over it. (And eventually dates Cho when Cedric, uh, dies.) When Ron finds out that Hermione is going with Viktor Krum, he literally smashes his little figurine of him, and then hides it under his pillow. K.
5. Ron’s self-doubts are potentially abusive, actually.
Like, unless Ron worked out these insecurity issues in Wizard Therapy, there’s a good chance that he would have continued to be jealous of Hermione. Being in a relationship with someone who resents you for your accomplishments does not a healthy relationship make.
6. Hermione is never jealous of Harry, either.
Harry, as the “Chosen One,” gets a bunch of perks when he finally arrives in the Wizarding World. These perks come at an agonizing cost, obviously–like the loss of his parents and being responsible for killing Lord Voldemort–but does Ron see that? Nope. He only sees the attention and money that Harry has and lets his jealousy consume him. Hermione, on the other hand, does not do this.
7. Both Harry and Hermione understand what it’s like to come from a Muggle background.
Obviously, it’s not that you can’t have a successful and fulfilling relationship with someone from a different background than you. It’s more that Ron literally understands nothing about Muggles and also seems to have no desire to expand this knowledge–like, you would think he would at least learned who Cinderella is by the age of seventeen if was at all interested in Muggle culture. But no! He does not, and one suspects that he never will make a true effort to learn more about Muggles.
8. Their relationship is NOT like a Taylor Swift song–and that’s a good thing.
They don’t fight and pound their fists on each other’s chests and kiss in the rain. Couples like this–like Ron and Hermione, who fight for basically the entire series–don’t really have sticking power. Rather, Harry and Hermione’s relationship is sturdy. This is good for the long-term.
It’s not that Ginny is bad, necessarily, it’s just that she never really feels fleshed out. In the books, she’s a classic “Cool Girl” character (playing Quidditch, drinking butterbeer, just genrally bro-ing out), while in the movies, she’s a washed-out, barely developed shadow. Either way, Hermione comes out on top.
10. Ron is the guy that you settle for.
(I didn’t mean for this to turn into a “drag all Weasleys” post, but that’s what happened so I’m just going with it.) But, like, of all the guys in the world, Ron is just kinda…meh. He’s a mediocre student, a mediocre Keeper of the Hogwarts Quidditch team (and only got the position because his best friend is the captain), and, overall, a pretty mediocre guy. Like, he’s not the WORST person to end up with. He’s also just not the best. And Hermione is the best.
11. THAT dancing scene.
Okay, whatever, this is from the movie. But, like, just watch it. It’ll melt the hearts of even the most ardent Ronmione shippers.
So, am I crazy? Is Roonil Wazlib ~totes~ the one for Hermione? Let us know in the comments below!