Harry Potter gave us a lot of couples out of its storyline, but the one at the top of the list is Ron and Hermione. The Harry and Ginny coupling has a lot of naysayers, which leaves Ron and Hermione as the best couple out of all others. Since these two are the joint-deuteragonists of the series, it only makes sense that we saw the most of these two compared to the other people who ended up in couples. The romantic tension that surrounded Ron and Hermione made up for most of the romance elements in the series starting from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and these two are the best example of a will they-won’t they romance.
Eventually, Ron and Hermione did become a couple at the very end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which meant we never got to see if they became #relationshipgoals (sorry, we know how cringe-worthy most people find that phrase.) What we do have to go on about these two are the many, many hints over how they were romantically into each other before it was obvious even to them, and those times when they couldn’t stand each other as their romantic tension boiled onto the surface.
There are also a lot of elements that don’t make either of them seem so good as their relationship was filled with rule-breaking, insults, anger, and jealousy. Still, what’s the fun in a clean romance? So, here are 25 Wild Revelations About Hermione And Ron's Relationship.
25 She Didn't Think Much Of Him
When you end your first meeting by pointing out someone has dirt on their face it doesn’t exactly scream instant attraction. Hermione didn’t show Ron much care when they first met; the “pleasure” which she mentioned at meeting him was dryly delivered.
Of course, Ron was being the hound he is with food at the time, being eleven-years-old, didn’t consider being smooth or welcoming to her. Hermione was more impressed at sharing a compartment with Harry than Ron’s company. She even made fun of Ron’s spell being “not very good”. In all fairness, the spell wasn’t an actual spell to begin with.
24 He Thought She Was Mental
While Hermione wasn’t very welcoming, Ron downright classified her as a mental case after their first meeting. You can see him making pointed faces At Harry during the scene in the train, and he followed that up with outright calling her mental to Harry when she was getting sorted.
In the book version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Ron made a groan of disappointment when he heard Hermione heading off to Gryffindor as he knew he would be stuck with her should he also be sorted into Gryffindor. As it turned out, his fate was to marry that “mental” case.
23 They Always Noticed Each Other
The clearest indication that Ron and Hermione had it in for each other was how they always took note of what the other was doing. While Harry would never spare a thought for what the two were doing when not around him, Ron and Hermione would obsess over the other’s whereabouts.
For instance, Ron spends all of Prisoner of Azkaban wondering out loud about Hermione’s classes and how she was popping in and out, which turned out to be due to the time turner, but while Harry never noticed her absence, Ron wouldn’t shut up about it. Similarly, Hermione would constantly fret over Ron’s homework, aspirations and everything in general despite Ron never asking her to.
22 They Refused To Hug Because Of Their Underlying Attraction
You got the sense that Hermione was just as close to Ron as she was with Harry, but it was made obvious they weren’t as open to one another in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
After Hermione was cured from being petrified, she raced into Harry’s arms to celebrate being back; cut to her reunion with Ron, and the two had an awkward handshake despite Ron earlier being just as happy as Harry had been to see Hermione. The truth is that there was always some underlying attraction between the two, and at the age of 13, they had no clue what to make of it.
21 She Always Bossed Him Around
Whenever these two weren’t fighting or bickering, you’d always see Hermione play the role of the dominant one. Really, Ron never had much to say of his own because Hermione would boss him around – not in a malicious way, though.
Ron would usually follow whatever plan Hermione had and wouldn’t cause a conflict if he could help it. Moreover, Hermione would regularly snipe at him for one reason or another and Ron would always just take it. Ron even called her out for bossing him around in Half-Blood Prince when she ordered him not to drink a potion she thought was Felix Felicis. Eventually, she got back to bossing him around again.
20 She Was Attracted To Him First
Maybe the reason why she usually sniped at him or bossed him around was because Hermione was always drawn to him. Of the two of them, it was Hermione who realized she liked Ron first as she dropped heavy hints in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire of her attraction.
She fully realized she liked him by the time of the Yule Ball, but didn’t do anything because of Ron’s tactless behavior at the time. Hermione would continue to keep her attraction at bay until she couldn’t control it any longer (read further below to see where that led to).
19 She Wanted Him To Ask Her To The Yule Ball
How did she initiate her first subtle move toward him when she started like Ron? That would be around the time of the Yule Ball. Hermione would constantly remind Ron about the upcoming dance and would ask what kind of girl he wanted to take.
When Ron – being tactless as always – admitted he wanted to go with Fleur Delacour (who was a league thousands level above him,) Hermione would be scandalized. She continued trying to get him to ask her by being more girly than usual, but ultimately it was Viktor Krum who noticed her.
18 He Didn't Realize He Liked Her Until Way Later
Ron was usually late to the show, and he was late in realizing he had full-on feelings for Hermione as well. He first felt jealousy in Goblet of Fire, but these were misunderstood feelings which he only got to understand by Half-Blood Prince.
This means he only got to the same place Hermione was a full two years later. When he did understand them, it was in the worst way as he treated Hermione horribly for kissing Krum two years previously. Only after they had the longest fight ever did Ron come out with the knowledge that he was a boy in love. Better late than never, Weaselbee.
17 He Used A Book George Gave Him To Woo Her
After he realized his feelings, Ron still couldn’t spit it out and was unsure if Hermione liked him that way, despite that being clear as day for everyone else. Perhaps George realized his little brother had it in for Hermione because he gifted Ron a book that taught one how to charm witches.
Ron would then gift the book to Harry after he’d memorized all of it. Harry noted Ron using one of the pointers from the book on Hermione as well. It looks like Ron wasn’t leaving any stone unturned to pursue Hermione.
16 One Of His Greatest Fears Was Hermione Preferring Harry
Ron’s self-esteem issues were such that he would always doubt his place in other people’s hearts. For one, his greatest fear was his mother loving Harry more than him; to add to that, Ron’s equally great fear was the girl he loved preferring Harry.
Hermione never gave any indication that she liked Harry that way, but Ron’s insecurity was such that he misinterpreted their brother-sister relationship to one that was romantic. Ron’s fear was shown by Voldemort’s horcrux, and he was brave enough to overcome it at that point.
15 She Made A Move On Him By Inviting Him To The Slug Club Party
Tired of Ron being endlessly clueless, it was Hermione who made the first move. She tried to play the gender roles of the male pursuing the female, but she couldn’t control her feelings any longer and chose the Slug Club party as the time when she would break the tension.
Unfortunately, these plans would be interrupted and Hermione ended up taking McLaggen because he would annoy Ron the most. But let it be known that Ron Weasley was one of those guys for whom a lady dropped conventional tropes. Weasley is our king indeed.
14 She Caught A Scent Of Him From The Love Potion In Slughorn’s Office
This might only have been obvious to those who obsessively read the novels, but Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince gave us the most obvious answer to Hermione’s feelings when she nearly said it out loud that the scent she caught from the love potion in Slughorn’s office was of Ron’s.
You see, the only things one gets a scent of around the love potion is that which a person is attracted to; had Hermione admitted that the scent she caught was of Ron’s, it would’ve made it clear to everyone who she was after romantically.
13 She Kissed Him Because He Cared About House Elves
We all had theories over how Ron and Hermione would finally get together, but no one would’ve thought it would be because of something unromantic. As it happened, she kissed him in the Battle of Hogwarts because he suggested they save the house-elves.
The reason behind this was that Ron had shown that compassionate side of him that Hermione valued above all. She had been the only one who had spared any thoughts for house-elves, and the fact that the person she had feelings for showed concerned about the very thing that was important to her made Hermione certain that Ron was her hero.
12 She wanted to be his friend first
No, we don’t mean she wanted to be his friend first before dating, we mean she literally wanted to be his friend. When you read or watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, you’ll notice that Ron and Harry were never Hermione’s friends until the incident with the troll.
Before that, Hermione would interject herself between these two uninvited. She wanted to be their friend, but she was so insufferably a know-it-all that Ron and Harry didn’t like her much. In actuality, Hermione’s perceived narcissism wasn’t who she really was. And she did want desperately to be friends with Ron and Harry.
11 They Went To Couple's Therapy
Among the first of what seem like thousands of retcons and needless additions by JK Rowling, the author revealed that Ron and Hermione’s marriage was never smooth sailing. According to her, Ron still had many issues with self-esteem, which didn’t go away once he was proven to be a hero and Hermione’s preferred romantic interest.
Likewise, Hermione also didn’t let go of her bossy and critical nature, which rubbed Ron the wrong way many times during their marriage. So, it was off to couples’ therapy for these two and they worked things out in sessions overlooked by a wizarding therapist – wonder which classes those were at Hogwarts, right?
10 Ron Couldn't Remember Their Wedding
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was basically a badly written fan fiction; we can almost agree on that. But since that thing is canon, so is the fact that Ron evidently had so much to consume at his own wedding that he forgot the whole affair.
It turned out that stuck with Hermione so much that she didn’t appreciate Ron being so intoxicated on what should have been a great day. So, to make up for the whole goof up, Ron would re-propose to her and they renewed their vows. And just like that, Harry Potter felt like a lame episode of a multi-camera sitcom.
9 They Weren't Supposed To Be Together
Another one of JK’s list of retcons no one wanted to hear, she revealed that she never intended for Ron and Hermione to ever end up together. Disregarding everything she wrote or said in interview before this retcon, Rowling said she caved into fan demand to bring Ron and Hermione together.
According to her, Harry and Hermione always made sense and she was leaning toward that initially. So, it’s thanks to the fans that Rowling didn’t go through with the poor choice of pairing Harry with Hermione. JK should be appreciative rather than regretful.
8 She’s Attracted To His Sense Of Humor And Laid-back Nature
People who wonder why Harry and Hermione didn’t like each other romantically should read the books and how Harry was around Hermione. While he liked her, he didn’t enjoy her company nearly as much; Hermione too usually spoke to Harry about emotional things or studies.
It was Ron around whom Hermione laughed the most. Ron had a more casual demeanor and would be the source of hilarity in the trio of friends. For someone so rigid in personality as Hermione, a man who makes her laugh and loosen up is exactly what is needed.
7 He Started Hating His Idol Because He Dated Him
Before Hermione and Viktor Krum were a thing, Ron was obsessed with the Bulgarian Seeker. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, before heading off to Hogwarts, Ron wouldn’t shut up about Viktor Krum and how incredible he was.
He supported Bulgaria for the Quidditch final when everyone else supported Ireland. However, once Hermione dated Krum, Ron was so incensed he began loathing Krum. This got to the point where he stared at the man in hatred and refused to even be around him. This dislike continued all the way till Deathly Hallows as well and we have nothing to indicate Ron stopped disliking Krum.
6 She Broke Rules For Him
Hermione sure did break a lot of rules for someone who went on and on about sticking to them. However, you could argue her breaking these rules were only for the greater good, so there’s justification there.
What wasn’t justified, though, was how she used magic to get Ron into the Quidditch team. Hermione would use the Confundus Charm – a spell that caused the victim to lose their bearings momentarily – to ensure McGlaggen would miss the goal he was saving. It sounds more like something that’s illegal than school rules, so Hermione could very well have been charged with a crime just because she liked Ron so much.
5 How They Became Friends
The odd thing about this pairing is that had it not been for Ron insulting her, they never would’ve gotten married. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Ron would say to Harry how annoying Hermione was, likening her to a “nightmare”, and didn’t know Hermione was listening in on the conversation.
This caused her to be where the mountain troll attacked, and Ron and Harry ended up saving her. The rescue was what began their friendship, and we all know it blossomed into love. Remember guys, if you want a girl to like you, then insult her within earshot and you’re good to go.
4 He Broke The Weasleys' Pureblood Lineage For Her
What’s strange about the Weasleys is that they’re supposed to be a family of blood traitors, but always ended up marrying within other pureblood families as well. Let’s ignore this wild coincidence for now and focus upon how Ron broke this cycle.
Sure, Bill married a part-Veela, but what constitutes a Veela has never been elaborated upon so they’re basically witches. This means that Ron’s children were the first who were Half-Blood. Marrying the Muggle-Born Hermione meant the Weasleys weren’t a pureblood family anymore. Way to go, Ron, you’re a trailblazer.
3 He Said ‘I Love You' Several Times
You know you’re best friends when you can say you love them and not let it be weird in any way. In the Harry Potter novels Ron said ‘I love you’ to Hermione several times over the years without Hermione ever reacting to it.
The only time Hermione did blush at this declaration was when she was fully in love with him herself and hadn’t admitted to him. Ron himself said it in a friendly manner, but we all know he really felt it too. Strangely enough, we never saw them say ‘I love you’ romantically ever.
2 He Never Apologized For Mistreating Her
Hermione had a big heart to forgive Ron for how he behaved in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince considering he really hurt her bad. Ron began misbehaving to her face because she had kissed Krum two years previously, and cut off contact with her because of it.
They would both be at odds with each other for months until Ron got poisoned. After this, they were somehow friends again and all was forgotten. But the fact of the matter is that Ron never apologized for blaming her for something he had no business being upset about.
1 They Married Very Young
Okay, maybe they weren’t extremely young, but considering a wizard’s lifespan seems to be about 150-years-old, Ron and Hermione getting married when they were 24 means they have around a century and a half to remain hitched.
Add in how they were dating since they were 18-year-old teenagers means that they never got to know who they were as people singularly. In the end, all Ron and Hermione would know life to be would be around each other; it sounds romantic, sure, but it also sounds like they didn’t get to know who they were as individuals, which is a tiny bit of a shame.