Over 20 years have passed since the first Harry Potter book was released, but fans are still wondering why Harry and Hermione are not a couple!
For the last two decades, ‘Harry Potter’ fans have complained about a million things. From J.K. Rowling’s random revelations about the characters years after they were written to the author’s shocking transphobic comments, the fandom has had a lot to discuss.
- Harry was never attracted to Hermione and vice versa
- Hermione is too bossy, even for him
- J.K. Rowling wanted Ron and Hermione to be a couple
There is, however, one question that troubles them even today. Why are Ron and Hermione a couple and not Harry and Hermione? They’re a more obvious match since their friendship is based on love and mutual respect, so why aren’t they together?
Some ‘Harry Potter’ fans champion Harry and Hermione’s friendship and regard it as one of literature’s best. They love and deeply care for each other platonically, simply because they’re not suited to be together. They’re best friends but they are poles apart from each other in terms of personality, rationality, and their impulses.
Keep reading as we uncover some details about Harry and Hermione’s friendship that explain why they’re not suited to be a couple.
Harry was never attracted to Hermione and vice versa
There’s a rather large chunk of the books that didn’t make it to the movies, which is why fans have a hard time believing that Harry and Hermione were just friends. Right from the beginning, the books and movies both set course for their friendship in the smallest ways. In ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’, Harry quickly realises that Hermione could get attacked by the troll and leads Ron to save her.
In ‘Chamber of Secrets’, when Hermione returns (after being petrified), she runs towards Harry and embraces him, but not Ron. The scene confirms how comfortable she was with Harry already! Ron too is her close friend, but they didn’t share the bond that Harry and Hermione did.
The only time Harry acknowledges that Hermione is pretty is at the Yule Ball in ‘Goblet of Fire’. He’s been quickly attracted to Cho Chang, Fleur Delacour, and even Parvati Patil, but he just doesn’t see Hermione that way. When Hermione meets Victor Krum, she’s attracted to him and Harry wasn’t bothered by it at all. He was far more interested in Cho Chang and was even disappointed when he couldn’t take her to the Yule Ball.
Hermione is too bossy, even for him
Hermione was always protective of Harry, as he was towards her, but they never fit into a romantic relationship. Part of the reason why it is that way is that Harry loves humour, and Hermione is a lot more logical and serious. She’s also quite bossy and, sometimes, quick to judge, which would have resulted in an unhealthy relationship.
Hermione can rarely read the room, and acts impatiently towards Harry, which proves she really isn’t a good listener. She’ll happily tell him what he should do and ensure he does it, but she speaks shortly to him. These are her character traits, and they don’t make her a bad person, just not an appropriate partner for Harry. Ginny, on the other hand, listens to Harry, lets him speak his mind without cutting him off. Harry needed someone to confide in, and he finds that in Ginny!
As for Hermione, she fully realises her feelings for Ron during the Yule Ball, when he doesn’t believe she’s going with someone else. They have an argument where it clearly appears that Ron’s jealous, but doesn’t do anything about it.
J.K. Rowling wanted Ron and Hermione to be a couple
In 2014, author J.K. Rowling confessed that she should’ve paired Harry and Hermione to be a couple. In an interview with “The Times”, she said, “In some ways, Hermione and Harry are a better fit”. Fans agreed with her because they really would be a great couple! They’re always there for each other, and more than anything, are happy when the other person is happy.
When asked about why Ron and Hermione get married, she said,
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. 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, Hermione ended up with Ron”.
Why the chosen one and his brilliant sidekick never get together is a question that has plagued us for years. We like to think it was for a greater reason, to prove that sometimes, a great friendship is better than a forced romance!
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