Should Hermione have ended up with Harry instead of Ron? This popular question has been polarizing opinions among Harry Potter fans for years. And whether you agree with the notion or not, you can't blatantly deny that there are some indications that Harry and Hermione's relationship would actually make a lot of sense. So today, we prepared a list of the top 10 reasons why we think Harry Potter and Hermione Granger should have been endgame.
So, do you "ship" Harry and Hermione? If so, this list might give you even more reasons to. On the other hand, if you're happy Hermione and Ron ended up together, we might just be able to change your mind. Maybe? Only one way to find out!
10 The Tent Scene
With the weight of the Horcrux bearing down on him and exacerbating his jealousy of Harry and Hermione spending time together, Ron abandons the mission to destroy the remaining Horcruxes. Before leaving the tent, he asks if Hermione is coming with him, which she refuses to stay with Harry.
After straight up proving that she believes in Harry and their mission more than she cares for Ron and his behavior, Hermione has a tender moment with Harry in the tent. The scene depicts Harry offering Hermione a dance to cheer her up, after which the two share a beautiful hug. Though the scene never occurred in the book, for us unsuspecting fans watching the movie, this was indicative of the romantic relationship the two could have developed.
9 Ron doesn't challenge Hermione intellectually
Ron Weasley is a lovable character who both served as a warm friend for the other two protagonists and as comic relief in the books. However, one of the last epithets one would use to describe Ron would be "intellectual" or "clever" and this is something that Hermione, and to some extent, Harry, are (more so in the movies than the books, though).
That said, it's not hard to imagine how Ron and Hermione's relationship would gradually deteriorate as Hermione wouldn't get enough intellectual stimulation from our Ronald. To that point, their hobbies and interests also widely diverge, which may prove disadvantageous to their spending much time together, let alone the rest of their lives. We also noticed how the writer abruptly tried to "force" Hermione's character to view Ronald as brighter, even repeatedly calling him "Brilliant" in the last movie before finally having their first kiss. We don't know about you, but to us, this change came a bit out of nowhere and seemed kind of forced for the plot convenience.
8 They both grew up with Prejudice and Discrimination
Harry and Hermione have arguably had a much rougher time at Hogwarts from a social standpoint, both being discriminated and insulted because of who they were and where they came from. Harry had to battle with the constant pressure of high expectations and hate from Malfoy and resentment from Snape, while Hermione had it even worse, constantly being belittled with insults such as "mudblood." For this, it was not difficult to imagine these two feeling more alone and distanced from the rest of the Hogwarts student population.
On the other hand, Ron, being from a pure wizard family, never got to experience any prejudice or discrimination except on a few occasions for being poor. Ron also had a large and loving family with three older brothers and a younger sister always close to him at Hogwarts.
7 They are both incredibly compassionate
Both Harry and Hermione proved time and again how dedicated they are to helping others, friends or otherwise. Hermione was extremely passionate about freeing the house elves, which she debated extensively and even founded the S.P.E.W. Among the trio, Hermione's bravery and self-sacrifice are matched only by Harry Potter himself. She perhaps best displayed this trait when she wiped out her parents' memories of her, all for the sake of protecting them and saving the world.
Harry was similar, showing how much he cared about Dobby, his friends, and even showing that he'll willingly risk his life to save a complete stranger, such as when he rescued Fleur's sister from the lake during the Triwizard Tournament.
6 They share a muggle past that Ron couldn't possibly understand
One of the most important things Harry and Hermione have in common is their muggle past. They both only got the Hogwarts Admittance Letter when they were 11, living completely muggle lives up until that point. Because of this, they both share an equal fascination and captivation with the wizarding world and also both had to get used to all the magic.
To Ron, the wizarding world is something that he'd been born into, and magic was nothing particularly special or surprising to him. He also never had any problems with being accepted by others or learning about everything the wizarding world offers.
5 They trust and understand each other intuitively
Having had many similar experiences and a muggle past, a deep connection of trust and understanding exists between Hermione and Harry. They are more similar to each other than anyone else they know, really. Because of this, Hermione never second-guesses Harry and he always has faith that she knows what she's doing. Hermione sympathizes with Harry's pain and knows first hand what it's like to live without parents.
When Harry learned that he needs to be killed by Voldemort, Hermione immediately knew what he was planning to do, and even asked to go with him. After he refuses, she gave him one "last" hug.
4 Because J.K. Rowling said so
"I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment," Rowling explains. "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." She follows up with "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."
3 Everyone expected it
Come on, who honestly believed that Hermione would ultimately end up with Ronald Weasley from the very first book? Not us. It seemed more than likely that Hermione and the main protagonist, Harry Potter, would be endgame. At least well until the fifth book.
Even the characters in the books, including Albus Dumbledore, were convinced something was going on between Harry and Hermione. And the visible chemistry between Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson's characters in the movies didn't help the impression either.
2 Harry and Hermione Never Argue
Whether you "ship" Ron and Hermione or otherwise, this is something you probably noticed. The friendship between Ron and Hermione has been consistently rocky throughout the 7 books, with the two constantly arguing and Hermione frequently getting annoyed and irritated by Ron's behavior.
This is not to say they were not close, but things are so much simpler and more pleasant between Harry and Hermione. We already mentioned how the two instinctively trust each other, and they also genuinely enjoy every moment they spend together.
1 Hermione cares Deeply about Harry
From the first moment she fixed his glasses in the Hogwarts Express, Hermione was there for Harry in some of the most significant and memorable moments of the entire franchise, even when Ron wasn't. She was there to tend to his wounds and worried about him more than anyone else during the Triwizard tournament, or when Umbridge made him use the Black Quill. She even made the sacrifice of wiping out her parents' memories of her just so she could go ahead and help Harry on his quest. Who would do that unless for someone they deeply love?
And Harry repaid in kind - he was there to comfort her when Ron ran off with Lavender Brown. In the Deathly Hallows, the two spend a lot of time in each other's company, from the mentioned moment in the tent to their perilous adventure in Godric's Hollow. Harry and Hermione have gone through so much together and yet remained strongly devoted to each other, and for some fans, it's very surprising things didn't end up differently between them.