Harry/Hermione

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Pairing
Pairing: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger
Alternative name(s): Harry/Hermione, H/H, H/Hr, HP/HG,
HMS Harmony, HMS Pumpkin Pie
Gender category: het
Fandom: Harry Potter
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: common
Archives: Portkey.org
Other: see also: Harmonian
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Harry/Hermione is the romantic pairing of Harry Potter and Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter fandom.

History

As the Harry Potter fandom took off after the release of Goblet of Fire, Harry/Hermione was one of the two major shipping factions. Early communities such as Harry Potter for GrownUps had endless debates about whether Harry/Hermione or Ron/Hermione (and sometimes Harry/Ginny) would become canon. These debates generally bred ill will between the opposing sides and sometimes deteriorated into flamewars. In order to escape the ship wars, many fans created pairing-specific communities and archives.

The H/H-versus-R/H ship war continued past the publication of Order of the Phoenix and came to a climax with the publication of Half-Blood Prince in 2005, the book that canonized Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione. A post-HBP interview with J.K. Rowling further angered those who thought Harry/Hermione would become canon: interviewer Emerson Spartz called H/Hr shippers "delusional" and Rowling implied that they had missed "anvil-sized" hints from the first five books.[1]

There was so much wank involving the ship and its die-hard shippers that fandom_wank eventually banned all H/Hr wank and a separate community, hp_cornfield, was created for it.

Many fans of Harry/Hermione felt vindicated when, in a 2014 interview with Emma Watson, Rowling acknowledged that "in some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit" than Ron and Hermione, and that she had "felt this quite strongly" in Deathly Hallows when Harry and Hermione were alone in the tent.[2] Rowling had previously discussed the "real pull between them" in the tent during a 2011 conversation with Steve Kloves, in which she called the film-only dance scene "perfect" and "completely true to the character."[3]

Terminology

  • Harmony (a.k.a. HMS Harmony) - A popular name for the ship. It's a pseudo-portmanteau of the names "Harry" and "Hermione".
  • Pumpkin Pie - Another name for the pairing. Comes from an early story by Narri, in which Hermione kisses Harry and he tastes like pumpkin pie.
  • Harmonian - Originally just a name for someone who supports "HMS Harmony," it has come to refer specifically to a particular type of die-hard Harry/Hermione shippers, especially ones who insisted that H/Hr was going to become canon and everyone else was interpreting the books incorrectly. Sometimes spelt "Harmoanian" to emphasize their wankiness.

Common Tropes

  • Weasley Bashing - Especially of Ron, Ginny, and Molly but often the entire Weasley clan. However, Fred and George are often exempt from Weasley bashing, often siding with Harry and Hermione over their mother and siblings.
  • Hermione and Ron date, but then break up - Sometimes with a dose of Weasley-bashing in the form of Ron being unfaithful and/or evil. Alternatively, Ron is often dead.
  • Pining

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

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On LiveJournal

References

  1. MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling. 16 July 2005. (Accessed 21 May 2013.)
  2. J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson discuss Ron, Hermione, and Harry: The full interview 7 February 2014. (Accessed 28 October 2014.)
  3. "Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 7: Story" from the Harry Potter Wizard's Collection. 06 July 2011.