Harry-Hermione relationship has been debated over and over to the point of exhaustion. How could the hero and heroine not end up together? Let us tell you.
The Harry-Hermione relationship has been a topic of debate ever since the series started. However, as the series progressed, the tension between Hermione and Ron took a romantic turn, with them eventually ending up with each other. Harry, on the other hand, ends up marrying Ginny, Ron’s sister. While anyone who read the books got a slow and smooth rundown on things and witnessed a gradual development of these relationships, it was not the same in the movies. And thus, many movie fans who had wanted and predicted that the two protagonists would end up together huffed in disappointment.
- Harry-Hermione relationship has been a topic of frequent debate
- Many couldn’t fathom that they didn’t end up together
- They were friends, and they ended up exactly how they should have
But, should the Harry-Hermione relationship have been more than what it was created to be? Well, we don’t think so.
The friendship and the relationship
Harry and Hermione’s friendship was the sweetest throughout the series. One amazing thing about it was that it never tumbled into the romantic zone and was always a balance between the friendship and sibling zone. There was a protective streak about Hermione when she spoke of Harry and vice versa. On the contrary, when Hermione and Ron were together, there were always sparks flying.
The signs were strewn over right from the start. From Ron and Hermione’s bickering starting from the first time they meet to her throwing her arms around him in the third book and movie when they think Buckbeak has been executed, to their Yuleball spat, and then in the sixth book Hermione telling Ron that she was considering asking him as a guest to Slughorn’s party, it is written everywhere. In fact, the last instance is where Rowling specifically states what goes on in Harry’s mind when Ron and Hermione behaved like he had gone invisible.
Throughout the course of them growing up, while Harry indeed was the central figure who had enough to deal with for the greater good, Ron and Hermione were often confused about their feelings for each other and were at loggerheads. This has been mentioned quite a few times in the books, sometimes as Harry’s thoughts as well.
“It was not that as though he was really surprised, thought Harry, as he wrestled with a thorny vine intent upon throttling him; he had had an inkling that this might happen sooner or later. But he was not sure how he felt about it … he and Cho were now too embarrassed to look at each other; what if Ron and Hermione started going out together, then split up? Could their friendship survive it?”
As is evident, Harry didn’t feel jealous at all. In fact, his only concern was whether their friendship would survive if anything went sour between Ron and Hermione. So, no, the whole Harry-Hermione relationship saga ends on two notes; Harry’s feelings towards Hermione were strictly platonic, and a tension existed between Ron and Hermione right from the start.
The on-screen portrayal
When the movies found their way on the big screen, it created another set of fans, the one who loved the cinematic version even if they had not read the books. The movies had the best performances, vibe, and star cast, but ended up chopping out quite a few book moments, many of which defined the Ron-Hermione and Harry-Hermione relationships.
However, they too showed the same in their own way; be it the awkward Ron-Hermione hug at the end of ‘Chamber of Secrets’, or the accidental handholding in ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’, or even the tension that existed throughout the sixth movie. Of course, they kiss and makeup in the seventh movie, even if the sequence was altered from the book.
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Another sweet addition that the movies did was that of a scene in ‘Deathly Hallows Part 1′ when Ron leaves Harry and Hermione. This scene has no dialogues, only brilliant expressions and acting on part of Danielle Radcliffe and Emma Watson playing Harry and Hermione, respectively.
Harry is miserable, Hermione is heartbroken, and the reason is Ron. Harry quietly gets up, puts on a song, and dances with Hermione, towards the end of which they smile and hug. That whole moment sums up the love they have for each other, just like siblings, which Harry even mentions to Ron when he comes back.
The Harry-Hermione relationship was never there. There were tell-tale signs from the beginning, not of the absence of this relationship, but of the existence of the other one. And, sometimes, the heroine does pick up someone other than the hero, and guess what, that other was one sassy and strong character too who held is own ground.
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