“The very first time I saw you Harry, I recognised you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They’re your mother Lily’s. Oh yes, I knew her. Your mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn’t see it in themselves. Your father, James, however, had a certain, shall we say, talent for trouble. A talent, rumour has it, he passed onto you. You’re more like them than you know, Harry. In time you’ll come to see just how much.”
James Potter was ready to sacrifice his life to save Lily.
Severus Snape was ready to sacrifice James Potter’s life to save Lily.
Sirius totally knowing Remus’ middle name is John but whenever he breaks out the full name he’ll throw in ridiculous middle names like
"Of COURSE he got a perfect score on the Charms exam, HE’S REMUS THADDEUS LUPIN"
"REMUS MICHELANGELO LUPIN, I AM SURPRISED AT YOU"
“Fuck, Remus Elizabeth Lupin—”
Wizards can make fun of muggles all they want but the joke’s on them because phones can do in two seconds what they use owls and high-level magic to do, AND we have tanks. Try to avada kedavra a tank you stick-wiggling nerds
When Steve Kloves (who wrote the majority of the Potter screenplays) met J.K. Rowling for the first time, he told her straight up that Hermione was his favorite character. Rowling admitted to being relieved, and who could blame her? It was more likely for Hermione to end up disrespected on screen—she wouldn’t be the first female hero to get butchered in the reels.
But this resulted in an undercutting of Ron’s entire character from the first movie. Don’t believe it? When the trio go after the Philosopher’s Stone, they face a series of tests that demand each of their skills in turn. Time likely demanded that this sequence be cut down, and so Hermione’s test—solving Professor Snape’s potion riddle—was removed entirely. To make up for this, she gets them out of the Devil’s Snare, Professor Sprout’s deadly plant. Hermione shouts to Harry and Ron to relax so the foliage will release them—but Ron continues to panic and moan (in campiest fashion possible because he’s played by a child actor and these things are always requested of them), requiring Hermione to blast the thing with a sunlight spell.
In the book, Hermione is the one who panics. She remembers what her lessons taught her—that the Devil’s Snare will recoil at fire—but balks at their lack of matches while they are being strangled to death. Ron immediately shrieks to the rescue YOU ARE A WITCH YOU HAVE A WAND YOU KNOW SPELLS WHAT ARE MATCHES.
It’s a simple change, but it makes such a marked difference in how both characters come off to an audience. Rather than a near-infant, incapable of following the clearest directions, Ron is the even-keeled nitty-gritty one. He’s a tactician, the one who will find the simplest answer to a problem provided that the situation is dire enough to ensure his clear head. Ron is good under pressure and brave to boot. He’s also hilarious.
It is easy to write this off as an actor problem; Emma Watson matured and improved much faster than her costars in terms of talent—and Steve Kloves liked her portrayal so much that he started giving her many of Ron’s important lines. During The Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black is trying to get to Peter Pettigrew (currently disguised as Scabbers the Rat), but Ron and Hermione are convinced he’s after Harry. In the book, Ron stares up defiantly from his mangled, broken leg and tells Sirius Black that if he wants Harry, he’ll have to get through his friends first.
Yeah, my leg hurts way too much, Hermione. You take this one. But say it’s from me. And in the film, it’s Hermione who boldly steps in the line of fire while Ron sobs in pain and babbles incoherently.
These rewrites not only depict Ron as an idiot coward—they also make him an outright jerk. When Professor Snape snaps at Hermione yet again for being an insufferable know-it-all, movie-Ron gives her a look and drawls, “He’s right, you know.” Wait, what?! Harry, why are you friends with this prick? Well, maybe because the Ron Weasley that J.K. Rowling put on paper was in that exact same situation, and immediately leapt to Hermione’s defense when she was being abused by a teacher—“You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don’t want to be told?”"
if helga hufflepuff isn’t ur favorite founder then ur wrong because when all the other founders were like ‘i’ll teach the smart ones’ and ‘i’ll teach the aristocratic ones’ and ‘i’ll teach the ones who r willing to fight bears with their teeth’ helga was just like ‘fuck that i’ll teach anybody who wants to learn’ and thats how u do education
a scene that really bothers me in HBP is when Ginny feeds Harry that pie thing and she is like “don’t you trust me?” and then just feeds it to him all nicely
because I honestly believe that book!Ginny would have said “don’t you trust me?” and then she would proceed to shove the pie in his face and then say “your mistake!” and just like run away laughing her head off and Harry would just be sitting there with pie stuck to his face and a small grin thinking ‘wow this girl is perfect’
"Hermione was the one that stuck with Harry all the way through that last installment, that very last part of the adventure. It wasn’t Ron, which also says something very powerful about Ron."
- J.K. Rowling (x)
But the whole damn point I thought JKR was trying to make with the Ron leaving debacle was not that he left Harry but that he came back.
Yes, Ron had jealousy and self-esteem issues, but he got over them so he could return to his friends. And he regretted it too. “I’m sorry,” [Ron] said in a thick voice. “I’m sorry I left. I know I was a— a—” (DH p. 308).
Ron’s abandonment does not say anything powerful about him. His return does.
In her interview, JKR has managed to undermine Ron’s character completely, making his leave suddenly shameful, and has denied him the repentance she wrote. And beyond all these shippy things, that is what angers me most of all.
No. You know what? Fuck this.
If Ron and Hermione weren’t going to be a thing, you know who she should have ended up with? Not Harry, that’s for fucking sure.
The only motherfucker worthy of the ground that goddess walks on
ok that’s my opinion, bye
there had to be slytherin students who didn’t go with the rest of the house and fought in the battle for hogwarts
kids who took off their ties so nobody could clock them, who blended in with the forces
kids who kept their ties on and realised it would be a lonely fight
kids who watched as the other houses recognised them, and stood in silent solidarity with them,
kids who hated slytherin house, but knew anyone who stayed was their ally
a group of school children are not a lost cause, are not rotten to the core, even if they’ve been raised on some poisonous shit. it’s a shame they were treated like they were irredeemable by the canon narrative
So that recent ~revelation~ by JK Rowling kind of reminds me of a larger problem with her writing in Harry Potter.
I think she had problems settling on a tone. She was trying to blend this fantastical tone with a realistic tone and she didn’t quite succeed. She was trying to have it both ways- a story that isn’t quite meant to be taken 100% at face value but also a story that had its feet in our world.
The beginning of the series is VERY Roald Dahl-esque. I mean the Dursleys are over the top AWFUL and the way that Harry’s relationship with them evolves doesn’t make sense if you take it at face value. Like their treatment of Harry is horrific, but it never feels like we’re meant to take it as seriously as we should if it happened in real life, you know? So it’s kind of this exaggerated reality that is divorced from actual reality.
And this extends to Ron/Hermione. I think it’s pretty clear that Ron and Hermione were meant to fit into the whole trope about friends who bicker because they secretly have feelings for each other, but they don’t know how to express them.
Which is fine.
But the execution of that trope was weird because of the mixing of tones. We’re meant to take their feelings seriously, but at the same time, Ron is being way over the top immature. And Hermione does things like sending birds at Ron and Lavender’s heads. And it’s just like… bwuh???
So yeah, the issues with Ron and Hermione as a ship really are part of a larger problem within Rowling’s writing where she wasn’t able to find the right balance between fantasy and reality and as a result, the books don’t quite work sometimes.
In a new interview conducted by Emma Watson, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling drops a bombshell: She regrets putting Ron and Hermione together.
#you know the thing about this that annoys me is that all the commenters ASSUME that if Hermione DIDN’T end up with Ron #then she’d automatically be paired with Harry #like what about single Hermione#what about Hermione who simply had too many things to do and explore and accomplish to have time for a relationship #at LEAST not right out of school #this isn’t to say that I don’t like Ron and Hermione together I’m just saying #there were a LOT of potential outcomes for the incredible force of nature that is Hermione Granger #and it kind of pisses me off that people just assume that she HAS to end up with either Ron or Harry #(I mean if she has to end up with somebody then why not Viktor Krum? that guy was pretty amazing js) (x)