Ron/Hermione

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Pairing
Pairing: Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger
Alternative name(s): The Good Ship, R/Hr, RW/HG
Gender category: het
Fandom: Harry Potter
Canonical?: yes
Prevalence: popular
Archives: Checkmated, The Sugar Quill
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Ron/Hermione refers to the romantic pairing of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter fandom. The pairing is perhaps best know as one side of the fandom's epic shipwar that occurred while the fandom was still open and relatively young.

Harry/Ginny & OBHWF

Many Ron/Hermione shippers often identified as Harry/Ginny shippers as well, especially during the shipwars of the early fandom. The term "One Big Happy Weasley Family" (OBHWF) was thus coined to encompass both pairings and provide a unified front against the Harmonians.

However, not all Ron/Hermione shippers necessarily support Harry/Ginny. Many, especially early-on, preferred Harry romantically disentangled for the series' conclusion, and after the release of Half-Blood Prince, the Harry/Luna ship gained reasonable popularity among R/Hr shippers. Additionally, many R/Hr fans prefer Harry to be paired with Draco Malfoy, and many Harry/Draco fics also feature Ron/Hermione.

Detractors

Even after canon had set and the shipping wars died down, some fans dislike the idea of Hermione and Ron together. One complaint is that it's anti-feminist for Hermione to settle down relatively young and start having children. A common epilogue-compliant way for such fans to deal with it is infidelity stories, where either Ron or Hermione or both are unfaithful, and the couple eventually breaks up.

JKR on R/Hr

Rowling officially confirmed that Ron/Hermione would be canon in an interview with MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron on July 16, 2005, the day of the publication of Half-Blood Prince. She agreed that she thought she made Ron/Hermione "painfully obvious in the first five books," and said:

"I personally feel – well it’s going to be clear once people have read Book 6. I mean, that’s it. It’s done, isn’t it? We know. Yes, we do now know that it’s Ron and Hermione. I do feel that I have dropped heavy – hints. ANVIL-sized, actually, hints, prior to this point. I certainly think even if subtle clues hadn’t been picked up by the end of Azkaban, that by the time we hit Krum in Goblet…"[1]

Prior to HBP, Rowling had made several other comments supporting Ron/Hermione in interviews. In 1999, Rowling said that Harry and Hermione were "very platonic friends," but "[she wouldn't] answer for anyone else, nudge, nudge, wink, wink,"[2] and in 2003 stated that Ron and Hermione had much more potential for snogging than Harry and Hermione.[3] Many Harry/Hermione shippers (particularly Harmonians) chose to interpret Rowling's comments in ways that wouldn't sink their ship, either believing that Rowling was deliberately misleading fans or accepting that R/Hr may be temporary or one-sided but that H/Hr would still be endgame.

In 2014, Rowling was interviewed by Emma Watson, and made these comments:

"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. [...] 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. [...]
"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. [...] In some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit [...]
"Oh, maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counseling, you know. I wonder what happens at wizard marriage counseling? They’ll probably be fine. He needs to work on his self-esteem issues and she needs to work on being a little less critical."[4]

Before the full interview was out, several media outlets released articles with sensational (and often outright inaccurate) headlines and quotes from the interview apparently denouncing R/Hr. The first excerpts were published in a The Sunday Times article called "JK admits Hermione should have wed Harry".[5] Many anti-Ron/Hermione shippers continue to quote this interview (particularly "fundamental incompatibility") as evidence against the ship, though many fans of the pairing believe such claims are unfair and out of context.

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  1. MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling. 16 July 2005. (Accessed 28 October 2014.)
  2. Transcript of National Press Club author's luncheon, NPR Radio, October 20, 1999. (Accessed 28 October 2014.)
  3. Couric, Katie. Interview with J.K. Rowling. Dateline NBC 20 June 2003. (Accessed 28 October 2014.)
  4. J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson discuss Ron, Hermione, and Harry: The full interview. 07 February 2014.
  5. See The Sunday Times front cover for February 2, 2014, posted by @thesundaytimes on Twitter 01 February 2014. (Accessed 28 October 2014.)
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