There's no way to change history-- what's done is done. So, when it comes to Harry Potter, obviously Ron and Hermione end up together. The questions remains, however, was this the right move?
Hermione and Ron sometimes work great together, but other times they are simply the worst. It ended up becoming a roller coaster of a relationship, filled with arguing, jealousy, and teenage hormones that probably wouldn't have lasted in the real world.
The two seem to always be in two completely different places, and their priorities are just a tad bit too dissimilar.
There were also many fans who believed that Hermione and Ron weren't supposed to be together, and instead, thought that Hermione and Harry should have ended up together.
No matter what side you're on, one thing is pretty certain: there is a major debate as to whether or not Ron and Hermione should have ended up in a relationship at all.
While there are pretty good points on both sides of the argument, it's pretty certain that this is a complex issue in the Harry Potter world.
So get ready to see both sides of the Quidditch field, because here are the 7 Reasons Ron And Hermione Shouldn't Be Together (And 8 Reasons They Should).
15 Should: Hermione Smells Ron’s Hair When She’s Around Amortentia
Amortentia is known for being the most powerful love potion in the Wizarding world. It causes the person under its effect to become obsessed with someone, however, and not actually fall in love with them.
It also doesn't have an exact scent, as the aroma of the potion smells different to each person, depending on what they're interested in/attracted to.
For example, Harry smells a broomstick handle and a flower that might have been spotted at the Burrow while he is around the potion. Hermione, on the other hand, smells fresh cut grass, new parchment, and Ron Weasley's hair.
Since the smell is supposed to be a seductive scent, it makes sense that the smell changes for each unique person.
For Hermione, this means that one of the things she finds most seductive is Ron Weasley, due to smelling his hair when she smells the potion, which is a sign that he was always the one she was attracted to the most.
14 Shouldn't: Ron and Hermione Fight All The Time
Ron and Hermione's fights tend to be based on their jealous tendencies. Ron is jealous of Hermione being with Viktor, and thus they fight. Hermione is upset that Ron is throwing his and Lavender's relationship in her face, and then they fight some more. It's a pattern that regularly occurs throughout the years.
They also don't think the same way. Hermione is methodical-- she uses logic, even if her emotional side doesn't agree.
However, Ron, on the other, hand is different. He goes more on emotion than logic. It's not as though people who approach things differently can't be together, though, it just takes more effort and Ron and Hermione might not necessarily understand that.
The two obviously are attracted to each other both physically and emotionally, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the bad stuff can be ignored just because of this.
13 Should: They Reflect James and Lily Potter
Ron and Hermione are two of the most important people in Harry's life. With his parents gone, Ron and Hermione take the place of Harry's family after he starts attending Hogwarts.
The idea of Ron and Hermione being reflections of the late Lily and James Potter isn't all that far fetched.
Hermione and Lily are both muggle-born, and are both kind-hearted and intelligent. Ron and James aren't as easily matched, but they still have some similarities-- like their love for Quidditch and their silly sense of humor.
If Hermione and Ron were supposed to mimic Lily and James Potter, then of course they would end up together.
It's a good parallel to have, especially when viewing things from Harry's perspective. While Lily and James might have died, Ron and Hermione would always be there for Harry throughout the series.
12 Shouldn’t: Hermione Chose Harry Over Ron in Deathly Hallows
When Hermione chose Harry in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it was not like Ron and Harry had told Hermione to pick between them without any other context.
That being said, Hermione did choose to stay with Harry and finish the job they had started rather than follow Ron.
Ron was being incredibly stubborn when he left in Deathly Hallows. He was also being somewhat controlled by a Horcrux, so it's easier than not to forgive him. He also tried to go back as soon as he left, but wasn't able to actually do so.
Hermione chose what she believed to be the right decision, even if that meant not being with Ron. Her priorities were with Harry and, despite Ron wanted to leave, she made the decision to not go with him in the end.
11 11. Should: They’re Ridiculously Attracted to Each Other
Looks aren't the most important thing in a relationship, but being attracted to one another is pretty significant.
No one can tell you that Ron and Hermione aren't attracted to each other. They are attracted to each other both physically and emotionally.
When Hermione wore her dress at the Yule Ball it took Ron's breath away, and Hermione smells Ron's hair when she's around the most powerful love potion Amortentia. The two obviously feel things when they look, smell, and talk to each other.
Attraction is a major part of any good relationship. If the two weren't attracted to each other, they would probably just be friends and none of this would have happened in the first place.
10 Shouldn’t: Ron Can’t Handle Hermione’s Greatness
Hermione is wonderful; there's no doubt about it. She's not only smart, but she puts her all into everything, especially while at Hogwarts. The only problem with that is that her greatness doesn't seem to inspire Ron. Rather, it seems like it annoys him.
Ron always has some sly comment about Hermione going to the library or Hermione showing off too much.
Yes, picking on someone does add a little fun to any relationship, but Ron spends years making Hermione feel bad for her intelligence and her motivation.
A lot of it has to deal with Ron not being interested in things like school. Another aspect of it has to deal with Ron being jealous of how easy some things come to Hermione.
Let's face it, Ron has rarely been able to be the star. From his family to being best friends with the boy who lived to being the love interest of the smartest girl around, Ron is always in the background. However, in relationships it is important to help motivate your partner, and Ron never does this.
9 Should: They Balance Each Other Out
Hermione brings the cleverness while Ron brings the humor, and together, they are unstoppable. These two are more yin and yang than any other couple out there. They are total opposites, but it's a complimentary type of opposite.
There's a reason why these two find each other intriguing. This is because each one is so different from the other, but not in a way where they completely repulse each other.
Each one brings something new and completely different to the table-- something that the other doesn't have.
They are both Gryffindors, so they have that in common. However, when it comes to their ideals, how they go about doing things, and how they think, the two are on opposite ends, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
8 Shouldn't: Viktor Appreciated Hermione's Brain More
Viktor was the perfect guy for Hermione-- he was good looking, smart, an athletic Quidditch star, and an empathetic sweetheart.
He loved Hermione for her brain and interesting personality, which is something that Ron has had trouble showing his appreciation for in the past.
Ron never truly realized what he had when he had it, or at least, it took him awhile to realize. Viktor, on the other hand, knew that Hermione was special. He would follow her to the library every day and try to muster up the courage to talk to her.
Hermione liked Viktor and they had a pretty solid friendship. It could have blossomed from there if Ron hadn't been in the way. In fact, Hermione might have even visited Viktor in Bulgaria under different circumstances.
7 Should: They Both Tried Dating Other People, But Always Ended Up Back Together
It's not like Ron and Hermione didn't date other people. Not only that, but the two developed crushes on several other characters throughout the series.
Therefore, they truly did choose each other in the end. It thus wasn't just out of circumstance, since the two obviously had other interests throughout the years.
Even though Ron dated Lavender Brown somewhat out of spite for Ginny's remark towards him, he still found interest in her, at least a little bit.
Additionally, Hermione absolutely felt feelings for Viktor Krum, which he returned. Yet, neither relationship worked out, nor did they pursue any other relationships.
No matter what was happening, though, Ron and Hermione always found their way back to each other and that within itself speaks volumes.
6 Shouldn't: They Come From Very Different Worlds
Hermione and Ron both have different views on the world, which mostly comes from the fact that they both had completely different upbringings.
Hermione had a life similar to anyone living in a loving, yet boring family in the muggle world. Ron, on the other hand, came from a completely different home, as there is nothing truly like the Weasley family.
When it came time for Harry, Ron, and Hermione to go out on their own, Hermione and Ron took dissimilar approaches.
Specifically, Hermione felt the responsibility to wipe out her parents memory of her in order to fulfill her duty. It wasn't like Ron could do that to Arthur and Molly, though, since that would just be silly and probably useless, as they are both powerful wizards and witches.
However, it shows that Hermione came from a place where she was seen as the mature one while in the muggle world, while Ron, on the other hand, was always just the younger brother. The two backgrounds hardly blend well together.
5 Should: They Defend Each Other No Matter What
Remember when Ron accidentally cursed himself when Draco Malfoy called Hermione a mudblood? Or, how about when Hermione stands up for Ron in front of Fred and George after Ron becomes a prefect?
The two always had an unspoken agreement that they were allowed to mess with each other, but when it came to other people poking fun, they were quick to defend each other.
The group of friends have always been protective over one another. The thing about Hermione and Ron, though, is that they were always extra quick to have each other's back.
Plus, a lot of their reactions aren't always well-thought through and were more of an instant response that anything else.
Either way, they both have a natural instinct to defend each other no matter what is going on.
4 Shouldn’t: They Have Different Ideas of What Success Means
Hermione strives for greatness-- anything less than perfect doesn't work for her. Meanwhile, Ron is like that kid who sits in the back of the classroom and only does the bare minimum of work to make it through. The two are very different when it comes to what success means to them.
It's not like you can't be with someone who has a different view of success than you do, however, but it does make things a bit more difficult.
Specifically, living day to day with someone who doesn't want to work as hard as you, or someone who you think is caring too much about the little things, can be frustrating.
While it might seem appealing in the beginning, Ron and Hermione eventually marry. Not seeing eye to eye on what success means can drive a relationship right into the ground once it's serious, so it's not exactly the most realistic situation to be in.
3 Should: Ron Makes Hermione Laugh
Ron is a funny guy, even when he's not trying to be. Well, actually he's a funny guy especially when he's not trying to be. Ron continuously makes Hermione laugh and that's a great aspect to their relationship.
Sometimes, Hermione takes things a bit too seriously, and thus it's important for her to get a good laugh in once in a while and relax.
If she was dating someone as serious as her, she probably wouldn't be happy. With that said, it's a good thing that Ron is a humorous person because he brings a smile out of her.
Humor is a main aspect of attraction for most people. Someone with "a good sense of humor" is always something people want in a partner. The fact that Ron is extremely funny and light-hearted makes the relationship a lot better.
2 Shouldn’t: J.K. Rowling Says It Shouldn’t Have Ever Happened
A few years ago, J.K. Rowling shocked the world when she said that Ron and Hermione shouldn't have ended up together and that the whole thing was her being a writer who couldn't let go of a bad idea.
Rowling had this to say about it: "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 ended up with Ron."
Plus, Emma Watson agreed with Rowling, saying, "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."
So, both the actress who played Hermione, as well as the author of the series itself, agreed that the relationship wasn't a realistic one and probably shouldn't have happened.
1 Should: Their Love for Each Other is an Underlining Storyline Throughout the Entire Series
Even if Rowling admitted that the two shouldn't have ended up together, she wrote the series in such a way that allowed them to become a couple.
If fans had gotten to the end of the series only to find out that Ron and Hermione didn't end up together, a lot of people would have been upset.
The relationship had been brewing from the start of the books. No matter which book you were reading, there was some sort of Ron and Hermione drama.
As the series went on, it became way more obvious that there was something going on between the two of them that was meant to last throughout the series.
No matter what was going on, there was always an aspect of Ron and Hermione's relationship to be discussed. From holding hands to picking fights to being jealous of each other's significant other, the two were always meant to be together.
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