It’s been 17 years since we met Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. If the Harry Potter saga were a person, it would be graduating from Hogwarts – a feat which was without a doubt the biggest wish I had growing up. Alas, my owl got lost on the way to my house, but I followed the tale of the three best friends and their many challenges and triumphs with what could almost be considered a near obsession. The world J.K. Rowling built was a part of my own world, and the world of HP fans all over.
As much as I applaud J.K. Rowling and admire her amazing talent, I can’t lie – there are a few things I would personally change to improve on the Harry Potter series. One of those things is the romance between Ron and Hermione. I mean, really? Talk about a toxic relationship! Although it seemed picture perfect, tying up the friendship with a ribbon of true love, it never actually rang that true to me, and I actually think they were a pretty terrible couple. Do you think Ron and Hermione should have ended up together? If you do, I think I’m about to change your mind. Here are 12 reasons Ron and Hermione are the worst couple ever:
They’re pretty much the main two protagonists in the books. Ron’s more like the comedic relief. And in the movies, did you ever see Hermione more happy than when she and Harry danced together in their tent?
2. Even Hermione and Krum were better.
Hermione was pretty happy dancing with Viktor Krum, famous Quidditch player, too. It’s clear that Hermione likes dancing. When did Ron ever dance with Hermione?
3. Ron has the emotional range of a teaspoon
Three words: not boyfriend material. Especially for someone like Hermione!
4. Hermione uses the silent treatment as a weapon
Ron’s not the only one who needs to work on his relationship skills. Hermione flat out refuses to speak to Ron while he’s dating Lavender Brown. They clearly have serious communication skills together.
5. Their pets hate each other
True, Ron’s pet rat Scabbers was actually a murderous human in disguise as an animagus and Crookshanks had every reason to hate him, but this was probably still a sign that Ron and Hermione just aren’t meant to be.
6. There’s a fine line between love and hate
No doubt Ron wanted this to happen at least once during the many, many times Hermione criticized him. Unless they were both united in supporting Harry, Ron and Hermione weren’t actually that nice to each other. Sure, you could say they were trying to mask their “true love,” but at some point being mean is just being mean.
7. Dumbledore thought Harry and Hermione were dating
I would argue that Dumbledore is the wisest character in literary history. If he detected enough chemistry between Hermione and Harry to ask about it, it was probably there.
8. Neither of them are mature enough to sustain a relationship together
Yes, relationships are hard. But should they be as hard as Ron and Hermione’s do they-don’t they, will they-won’t they, highs and lows saga of love?
9. Making Harry a third wheel isn’t cool
Harry pretty much brought the two of you together, and now you’re kicking him out of the circle. No hugs for Harry.
10. Jealousy can ruin relationships
If Ron wasn’t confident enough in himself not to worry that the love of his life was secretly in love with his best friend, there’s a lot of trouble coming down the road. Trust is important.
11. The four-way couple connections would get complicated
You have three best friends, two of whom are dating, the third of whom is dating the sister of one of the others. Sure, it could be fun, but it could also get very messy very fast. Why risk ruining all of those friendships for some snogging?
12. J.K. Rowling says so
That’s right—even the author regrets writing the romance this way. And J.K. Rowling is even wiser than Dumbledore because J.K. Rowling created Dumbledore. How can you argue with that?
Do you think Hermione and Ron make a good couple? What did I forget? Let me know in the comments.