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The Perfect Partner for Hermione: Ron or Harry?

Published February 13, 2014 by A. Featherquill

A few weeks ago, the Potter world was rocked by JK Rowling’s expression of regret over having Hermione end up with Ron, in an interview with no less than Emma Watson herself.

For Rowling, it seemed that it was more logical for Hermione to end up with Harry. However, she stuck to her original plan to have Hermione marry Ron. (See this article)

Quoting another Pottermore News article containing the full conversation between Rowling and Watson:

Watson: I thought we should discuss Hermione… I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times but now that you have written the books, do you have a new perspective on how you relate to Hermione and the relationship you have with her or had with her?

Rowling: I know that Hermione is incredibly recognisable to a lot of readers and yet you don’t see a lot of Hermiones in film or on TV except to be laughed at. I mean that the intense, clever, in some ways not terribly self-aware, girl is rarely the heroine and I really wanted her to be the heroine. She is part of me, although she is not wholly me. I think that is how I might have appeared to people when I was younger, but that is not really how I was inside.

What I will say is that 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, Hermione with Ron.

Ah.

I know, I’m sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.

I don’t know. I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.

Yes exactly.

And vice versa.

It was a young relationship. I think the attraction itself is plausible but the combative side of it… I’m not sure you could have got over that in an adult relationship, there was too much fundamental incompatibility. I can’t believe we are saying all of this – this is Potter heresy!

I know that a number of people have already expressed their opinion on Rowling’s revelation. I promised last February 3 to post mine in a few days. Unfortunately, it took me more than a week before I could post an article. Still, it’s better late than never, so here is my take on the matter. At least, my post fits Valentine’s day.

When we use logic, we could really say that Hermione would have been the best match for Harry. Imagine, the chosen one ending up with the most capable and brightest witch of their age… They would definitely be a power couple. With her intelligence, talent, and character, Hermione would have been a great wife for the chosen one.

But, stripping him of his reputation as the savior of the wizarding world, Harry would have been quite similar to Ron. A young wizard with skill, but quite delinquent in classes at times. A student who has a tendency to break rules, but does it for the good of others. A boy who is talented at Quidditch. A very loyal friend. A brave and bold Gryffindor until the very end. Only, Harry has more self-confidence than the often unnoticed Ron whereas Ron has a bit more sense of humor and gets into comic situations more often than Harry.

However, come to think of it, Ron was a prefect. While he could have been chosen by Dumbledore in order to lighten Harry’s load, Ron was still deemed qualified. In fact, he was second only to the chosen one. Also, given that he believes in himself, Ron was a decent Keeper. He was great at wizard chess. In the Deathly Hallows, his talent and leadership skills started to surface. He even learned to understand Hermione’s advocacy to fight for the rights of the house elves.

While I think Hermione-Harry sounds like a “perfect” match, I personally prefer Hermione marrying Ron. The humor of the youngest Weasley boy balances the intense character of Hermione. Furthermore, by the end of the series, I think we could all agree that Ron matured significantly.

Yes, Ron and Hermione might need to attend marriage counseling at some point. But, I’m confident that they would be able to figure things out and would still have a healthy relationship.

Also, I think, if Hermione and Harry ended up together, their children would experience TOO MUCH pressure. People would expect that, having an A-witch as mother and having the chosen one as father, their children MUST do well and make a difference. Ron and Ginny could tone down the pressure for their children with Hermione and Harry respectively.

Finally, Hermione-Ron becomes even more endearing because of the couple’s imperfections which the two constantly try to bridge. In the end, couples need to put effort to maintain love in the relationship. It’s not just about falling in love, but also, and more importantly, about staying in love. It’s not just about two perfectly compatible people coming together, but about two imperfect beings accepting each other’s flaws and bridging each other’s differences.

Yes, Rowling was right to say that Hermione would have been a great match for the chosen one. Also, with her character and capabilites, Hermione really would have deserved someone as talented, as noble, and as famous as the boy who lived. But Ron is, in many ways, similar to Harry minus the fame. Ginny is also talented and has gone through a terrible experience with the Dark Lord that allows her to understand Harry’s issues well. The qualifications of Harry does not make Ron less deserving of Hermione and the qualifications of Hermione does not make Ginny less deserving of Harry because love’s eye does not look at such qualifications alone.

I hope I did not hurt anyone’s heart with this post. Anyway, all is fair in love. We are free to support whatever ship we want. Happy Valetine’s Day to everyone. May we all be moved and inspired by whatever form of love in the next few days.

Stay magical,
A. Featherquill

A Love That Might Have Been

Published February 3, 2014 by A. Featherquill

Yesterday, JK Rowling’s confession that the love team of Ron and Hermione might have been a mistake hit news. In a few days, I will post something about this topic, but, for now, I will stick to my intended post as I owe it to one of my first readers, Claudia. She asked me to write about my opinion on why Cho and Harry did not end up together. I promised to make this topic my feature for February, the month of love, and this post is the fulfillment of that promise.

However, before I begin with my take on the matter, I want everyone to keep in mind that there may be other ways of explaining why Cho and Harry’s relationship did not work out. I have tried my best to be fair for both parties and address the different factors affecting their romance. But if I still miss other factors, please forgive the limitations of this post. Anyway, love sometimes has reasons that one cannot easily understand and it has a certain complexity that makes it often difficult to fully grasp.

To start, I will describe Harry Potter’s type of girl. This description is, of course, based only on the two relationships he had and so may not be very accurate. Yet one must not dismiss it, either. Cho and Ginny are both pretty, talented witches who are good at Quidditch.

Ginny seems to be a better player than Cho as she always beats her in games. However, based on Oliver Wood’s description of Cho, the Ravenclaw seeker plays well enough. Because Cho is a Ravenclaw means that she has a decent level intelligence, although this trait seems to have been downplayed in the books and movies. On the other hand, Ginny executes spells and hexes very well.

Nevertheless, they have differences. No two people are exactly the same, anyway. Ginny is more sassy and tough. Cho is more sentimental. Due to this attitude, Cho became very vulnerable when Cedric died and made her defend Marietta Edgecomb, who, according to the books, was the only friend who patiently comforted her as she mourned Cedric’s death.

Here lies the problem.

Cho was still in the process of mourning. For all we know, she might have been in a state of depression or melancholia – conditions that were reasonable for her to go through. Cedric did not die of an illness or a typical accident. He was mercilessly murdered and so she did not expect his death. Thus, I do not think she is, by nature, weepy and whiny. It is natural for people going through mourning, depression, or melancholia to sometimes act the way Cho did. What she needed was someone patient enough to listen to her.

However, Harry was already worrying about other serious matters. Even before knowing the whole prophecy, he knew that he would have a major role in fighting Voldemort. Also, it seemed like, if he could forget the trauma of Cedric’s death, he would. So sharing the details repeatedly might not have been what Harry needed at the moment. Harry could not afford to listen to Cho, comfort her, and wait until she is ready to devote herself to Harry alone. In her state then, Cho could not qualify as the girlfriend of the chosen one. Likewise, Harry could not take on the role of Cho’s boyfriend.

Therefore, I was not surprised when Cho went for Michael Corner because, according to Ginny, the latter tried to comfort her. Also, Ginny seemed to be more fit for the role of the chosen one’s girlfriend. Anyway, she’s tough and sassy. Moreover, she had been a victim of Voldemort before. If you may recall, she had been used by the memory of Tom Riddle in The Chamber of Secrets. Thus, more than Ron or Hermione, it was Ginny who somehow experienced an inch of the whole of Harry’s problems. She once directly suffered from Voldemort’s dark tricks and, therefore, could relate to Harry. This common experience would create a strong emotional bond between the two.

To sum things up, it seems that Cho had been expecting something Harry could not provide. On the other hand, Harry needed a strong girl at a time Cho was emotionally vulnerable. Because of the circumstances, the two did not have much opportunity or energy to warm up to each other and adjust. Having dated other boys before, Cho might have expected more from Harry. While a cheerful Cho would have allowed Harry time to adjust, the depressed version of her did not have much of that patience. Also, to be honest, Harry was not that gifted with dating skills. In the Yule Ball, he did not bother to entertain his date even just to be polite and let her enjoy the night. Finally, as there was an impending war already, Harry could not make himself an ever-present boyfriend. He was also going through something which meant, probably, that catching up on his dating skills really could not be his top priority.

Had it been in another space and time, Cho and Harry could have ended up together. But that means being in a different story.

That is my take on the matter. Again, there is a likelihood that I haven’t addressed all the factors involved in the Cho-Harry love affair. But I do hope that this post entertained everyone, especially Claudia.

Stay magical,
A. Featherquill

Happy Birthday, Hermione Granger!

Published September 19, 2013 by A. Featherquill

In honor of our birthday girl, I will share my favorite Hermione moment. This post will also serve as my response to Pottemore Insider’s question posted last September 13.

The most remarkable trait of Hermione is her talent as a witch. Even though a muggle-born, she has shown much potential in almost all of her classes – even better than pure bloods. The only exception seems to be Divination which she seems not to be fan of.

But, in Charms, she was the first to execute the Levitation Charm (Wingardium Leviosa) properly. Also during her first year she earned the smile of Prof. McGonagall when she successfully transfigured a match into a needle faster than all the other students. Her first Potions classes with both Prof. Snape and Prof. Slughorn were also evidences of her intelligence and skill. She knew the answers to all of Prof. Snape’s questions and she impressed Prof. Slughorn with her performance.

She brewed the potions the trio needed to execute many of their plans (ex. Polyjuice Potion). She cast many spells which enabled the three to escape trouble (remember when she saved Ron from the Devil’s Snare and when she enveloped their tent in Book 7 with protective charms?). Finally, it was often her research that would give Harry a lead to solve mysteries happening in school (Nicolas Flamel, pipes, Tales of Beedle the Bard).

Hagrid was definitely right to say, “And they haven’t invented a spell that our Hermione can’t do.”

However, my favorite moment involves the goodness of Hermione’s heart more than the excellence of her mind.

Unlike most (if not all) wizards who never questioned the servitude of house elves, Hermione was sensitive enough to notice the maltreatment of these magical beings. Even when it seemed that house elves enjoyed being slaves, she never gave up in her fight to defend their rights. She devoted time to make campaign paraphernalia and knit stockings in order to free the elves. Most of all, she created S.P.E.W or Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare.

While there has been no strong indication that the organization has grown, Hermione has been proven right by later circumstances.

Kreacher, the house elf of the Blacks, was roughly treated by Sirius. Harry initially followed Sirius’ example but later on showed more kindness to him. Eventually, the elf warmed up to Harry and provided sufficient information about the locket taken by Regulus Black. In the Battle of Hogwarts, Kreacher even led the house elves to fight against Death Eaters.

Also, Dobby, whom Harry freed and consistently showed kindness to, sacrificed his life to save Harry and his friends from the hands of Voldemort’s followers.

Kreacher and Dobby’s stories show that house elves do have feelings and thus must not abused. When shown kindness, they become even more loyal to their masters or friends. Again, Hermione is right!

I attribute her ability to question the values of the wizarding world to her muggle roots. Because she was not born in the magical world, she was not made to accept the rules without question and thus could see through its flaws.

That Hermione suffered discrimination due to her being muggle-born only made her more sensitive to the inequality within the wizarding world. She was once insulted by Draco who, being a pure blood, could easily dismiss her talent as a witch.

Somehow, the house elves have a similar case. They too have their own magic. But many masters view their house elves as creatures of lower rank.

It does not seem surprising then that it is Hermione who finds the heart – as in both emotion and courage – to fight for the rights of house elves. Truly, Hermione’s case makes a good example of how muggle-borns contribute to the betterment of the wizarding world.

That’s all for now. Again, happy birthday to Hermione!

Stay magical,
A. Featherquill

My HP Character House Pride Honor Roll

Published September 8, 2013 by A. Featherquill

Just a few days ago, Pottermore held the House Pride week. The determined and ambitious Slytherins conquered the world on September 2 while the intelligent and creative Ravenclaws celebrated their individuality on September 3. The bold and daring Gryffindors painted the online community red…and gold on September 4. Finally, the just and humble Hufflepuffs showed their pride on September 5.

The House Pride week has likely inspired the Pottermore members (a.k.a Hogwarts students) to help make their respective houses win the 4th House Cup which will be awarded on September 12.

While everyone is in competition mode, I will take on a different route by remembering that, at the end of the day, the four houses must act as one.

We’ve seen it in the Battle of Hogwarts in The Deathly Hallows. Even non-Gryffindors had to be brave. Non-Ravenclaws had to muster all their wits and talents to outsmart their foes. Slytherins had to find their inner Hufflepuff and realize that they had to side on what’s fair and good.

To celebrate the greatness of each house and how the ideals of each make one a better wizard and contribute to a better Hogwarts, I will list down 10 characters who exemplified their house traits well at critical moments and another 5 who embodied not only the virtues of their house but also of other houses. Enjoy reading!

10 characters who exemplified their house traits well:

1. Cedric Diggory (Hufflepuff)
Cedric has shown his fairness many times during the Triwizard Tournament. While some students joined Draco in his campaign against Harry’s being an extra Hogwarts champion, Cedric remained nice to Harry. He gave Harry a tip on how to figure out the second task and, instead of taking the Triwizard Cup for himself, preferred to take it with Harry.

2. Molly Weasley (Gryffindor)
“Not my daughter, you B****!”

The epic line she said to Bellatrix Lestrange, Voldemort’s most obsessed and, in my opinion, one of the scariest and toughest Death Eaters.

Bellatrix has done a lot of damage: tortured Neville’s parents to madness, killed Sirius, tortured Hermione (good thing she escaped!), killed Dobby…

Mrs. Weasley must be really brave and bold to end this Death Eater’s life and call her – in her face – a b****.

3. Luna Lovegood (Ravenclaw)
If not for her, Harry may not have found Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem on time. This girl does know things that most do not.

4. Garrick Ollivander (Ravenclaw)
Every student must know Mr. Ollivander, the maker of fine wands. His passion for the art of wand-making reveals his being a Ravenclaw. He can tell the owner of a wand by examing it and seems to have memorized who has which.

This knowledge may have been abused by Voldemort, but Mr. Ollivander redeems himself by telling Harry that the allegiance of Draco’s wand has changed. This info will help Harry figure out that he is the master of the elder wand.

5. Minerva McGonagall (Gryffindor)
In the final movie, she protects Harry from Snape and duels with the latter. In the absence of a headmaster, she takes charge.

6. Ron Weasley (Gryffindor)
Who will ever forget his sacrifice during the living wizard’s chess? Ron proves that age doesn’t hinder one from being brave.

7. Severus Snape (Slytherin)
This half-blood truly did everything to prove his worth. His old Advanced Potion-Making book is a proof of his determination to be a great wizard. Plus, we’ve seen him work to land his dream job, the Defense Against the Dark Arts Post, after many disappointments.

8. Remus Lupin (Gryffindor)
He takes on a dangerous mission which leads him to face Fenrir Greyback, the werewolf who bit him. Facing the reason for your sad predicament is already difficult. Even more so when you have to spy on him and eventually ask him and his pack to ally with the good side.

9. Neville Longbottom (Gryffindor)
From standing up to his friends in the first book/movie to standing up to the Dark Lord. Remembering his moment in the final movie and in the 7th book still makes me feel high and giddy. I think no one needs any more convincing why it’s so courageous.

10. Harry Potter (Gryffindor)
This entry is so obvious. I really hope you are not disappointed, but I feel the need to acknowledge Harry’s bravery. Just because he’s the protagonist does not mean we have to exempt him from lists like this. Anyway, walking towards your death for the good of all really takes a huge amount of courage.

5 characters who also embody the virtues of other houses:

1. Intelligence: Hermione Granger
“It’s Wingardium LeviOsa, not Wingardium LevioSA!”

Hermione is the only one to execute that charm correctly at first try. Also, the only student to raise her hand for Snape’s every question during their first class. Intelligent and always prepared, Hermione is the brains of almost all of the trios plans. She may be in Gryffindor, but she can easily pass off as a Ravenclaw. No wonder the Sorting Hat had a hard time deciding where to place her.

2. Bravery: Severus Snape
Pretending to Voldermort that he’s spying on Dumbledore while really spying on the Dark Lord for the Order of the Phoenix is not a job for the fearful and the weak. I think Harry is right in telling his son that Severus Snape is probably the bravest man he has ever known.

3. Fairness and humility: Remus Lupin
His shabby robes and demeanor may conceal the intelligence that Remus Lupin has. But check his description in Pottermore and you’ll learn how brilliant he has been even as a child. He has been called a competent teacher by no less than Prof. McGonagall. Yet despite his ability, he has remained humble.

In his class, he reassures and encourages the underdogs to do better. Sometimes he even goes out of his way to teach them. Prof. Lupin will surely not brag about it, but we have to credit him for teaching Harry the Patronus Charm which has become the boy’s most mastered spell ever.

4. Ambition: Cedric Diggory
This may come as a surprise, but, after much reflection, I think it is not wrong to say that the fair and humble Cedric has ambition and determination. He is a prefect, a seeker, and one of the Hogwarts champions for the Triwizard Tournament.

That he has qualified or tried out for all these positions means that he does have some ambition for himself. Cedric proves that having ambition does not always go with being aggressive and sly.

5. Everything: Albus Dumbledore
Dare disagree? Dumbledore’s wisdom had been Harry’s guide for most of his growing years. He was the reason why a werewolf like Remus had the chance to enroll in school. He acknowledged Neville’s bravery even when it was not yet that obvious. When he was younger, he had been fascinated with Grindelwald who may have mirrored a secret thirst to show his brilliance to the world. But, as an older man, he sacrificed his life in order to prevent Voldermort from realizing his dark plans. Indeed, no one represents Hogwarts better than a famous headmaster.

There you go! I’m sure you have other ideas in mind, too. Feel free to share them by commenting on this post.

Stay magical,
A. Featherquill

P.S. Continue showing your house pride by adding more points to your house in Pottermore.

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