Ron/Hermione

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Pairing
Pairing: Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger
Alternative name(s): The Good Ship, R/Hr, RW/HG, Romione, Heron
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.

In 2005, at least one fan, Heidi8, downplayed the shipwar:
DD was written in July-September of 2000, so it predates OotP, and all the HP movies for that matter, as well as a lot of interviews by JKR which are said to "prove" one ship or the other. Believe me, back in those heady days of Early Fandom, while you could find people willing to argue one ship or another, the stridency of the arguments and "evidence" as they exist today was nil. In the winter of 2000/2001, people started to posit that "r/hr is canon", but their arguments were not really based in anything JKR had said, but rather on predictions of where the books would go (and lots of those predictions predicted R/Hr snogging in Book Five, so there you go). [1]

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…"[2]

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,"[3] and in 2003 stated that Ron and Hermione had much more potential for snogging than Harry and Hermione.[4] 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 2007, at Los Angeles during a book tour after the Deathly Hallows was released Rowling further stated that she always knew that Ron and Hermione were meant to be together despite her assertion that Ron was "not so much fun to date" and that she eventually "married Harry Potter" referring to her second husband Neil Murray. She also told those who worry about Ron and Hermione's relationship:

"Ron and Hermione, however, are drawn to each other because they balance each other out. Hermione's got the sensitivity and maturity that's been left out of Ron, and Ron loosens up Hermione a bit, gets her to have some fun. They love each other and they bicker a bit, but they enjoy bickering, so we shouldn't worry about it." [5]

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."[6]

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 whilst ignoring the positive comments from the same interview (in an ironical confirmation of Rowling's portrayal of media dishonesty represented by the character Rita Skeeter who often wrote sensational but inaccurate articles within the novels). The first excerpts were published in a The Sunday Times article called "JK admits Hermione should have wed Harry".[7] 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 and whatever criticisms directed at this pairing appears to be reversed by the release of the play Cursed Child.

Fanfiction

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Common Themes & Tropes

The majority of fanfiction are divided into two types: canon complaint stories and alternative universe stories. The canon compliant stories are normally told from either Ron and Hermione's point of view of either scenes included in the novels or missing moments.

Notable Stories

  • After the End by Arabella and Zsenya
  • The Book of Morgan Le Fey‎ and The Final Reckoning by LavenderBrown
  • The Price of Love by RogueSugah
  • Ann Margaret's Hermione Granger Series - Divided into two series. The first is the last 3 books told from Hermione's POV while the second follows canon until the end of the Order of the Phoenix then diverges into an alternate universe [8]
  • The Secret Diary of Hermione Granger by Arabella - An imagined diary maintained by Hermione that recounts her thoughts of events that occurred in her life after she received her Hogwarts letter: only includes completed stories up to her 4th year at Hogwarts[9]
  • Hermione's 4th Year by Eleanor Gangee - Second half of Goblet of Fire told from Hermione's POV[10]
  • Ron Weasley's Heart on his Sleeve by JoJo4 - Half Blood Prince told from Ron's POV[11]
  • Seven Simple Years by HalfASlug - Missing moments from canon between Ron and Hermione over the course of the seven books[12]
  • Becoming Ron and Hermione by IheartRonaldWeasley - Some missing moments between Ron and Hermione from the Deathly Hallows and then follows their life and marriage until the Epilogue 19 years later[13]

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References

  1. Heidi8: New Reader, March 20, 2005
  2. MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling. 16 July 2005. (Accessed 28 October 2014.)
  3. Transcript of National Press Club author's luncheon, NPR Radio, October 20, 1999. (Accessed 28 October 2014.)
  4. Couric, Katie. Interview with J.K. Rowling. Dateline NBC 20 June 2003. (Accessed 28 October 2014.)
  5. J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson discuss Ron, Hermione, and Harry: The full interview / 'Harry Potter' Author J.K. Rowling Outs Dumbledore At New York Event . 10 October 2007. (Accessed 5 February 2017.)
  6. J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson discuss Ron, Hermione, and Harry: The full interview. 07 February 2014.
  7. See The Sunday Times front cover for February 2, 2014, posted by @thesundaytimes on Twitter 01 February 2014. (Accessed 28 October 2014.)
  8. Stories for Ann Margaret.
  9. The Secret Diary of Hermione Granger.
  10. Hermione's 4th Year.
  11. Ron Weasley's Heart on his Sleeve.
  12. Seven Simple Years.
  13. Becoming Ron and Hermione.