The trio met for the first time on the Hogwarts Express when Hermione was looking for Neville's lost toad, Trevor. At Hogwarts, they all got sorted into Gryffindor. While Harry and Ron were already best friends at this point, they did not get along with Hermione yet.
Hermione followed Harry and Ron when they left the Gryffindor tower to duel Draco Malfoy (which, in reality, was Draco attempting to get Harry and Ron into trouble, as he never showed up). They escaped caretaker Argus Filch into the third-floor corridor, where they encountered a three-headed dog, Fluffy. They quickly ran away, and only Hermione noticed the dog was standing on a trap door.
On Halloween that year, Hermione spent the entire day crying in the girls' bathroom, unaware that a mountain troll had been let loose. When Quirrell told everyone there was a troll in the dungeons, Harry and Ron rushed into the bathroom to save Hermione. They noticed the troll there and defeated it. When the professors arrived, Hermione covered for the boys, saying she had attempted to fight a troll on her own. Since then, Hermione had been best friends with the two, making this the forming time of the trio.
The trio spent their Hogwarts years together, solving mysteries during these years, and often leading to saving the school. They had some arguments, such as when Harry and Ron didn't get along when Harry was chosen for the Triwizard Tournament, but in the end, they always made up.
The three were the founding members of Dumbledore's Army, an organization that taught how to defend against the dark arts in secret as Dolores Umbridge's lessons didn't teach them anything.
In what would have been their seventh year at Hogwarts, the three didn't attend, and instead spent the year looking for Horcruxes.
Harry and Hermione were already close to the Weasley Family during their school years, and they became official family members when Hermione married Ron and Harry married Ron's younger sister, Ginny.
The Golden Trio is an iconic part of the Harry Potter series and one of the most famous trios in all of fiction. The Golden Trio is popular in fanart and manips, as well as headcanons. On AO3, the trio has nearly 500 fanworks, but is not among the top ships for the characters as Harry Potter is one of the biggest fandoms on the website.
The Golden Trio has also inspired fanon terms for other trios in the fandom. Silver Trio nearly always refers to Ginny Weasley, Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood, and the combined Golden and Silver Trio are often considered the main six of the fandom. Bronze Trio usually refers to Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle, although it is sometimes used to refer to other, sometimes non-canon, trios. Other terms such as the Platinum Trio are also used, but are less common and do not have agreed on characters.
- Each member of the trio has a different eye (Harry: green, Ron: blue, Hermione: brown) color and a different hair color (Harry: black, Ron: red, Hermione: brown).
- They also have a different blood status (Harry: half-blood, Ron: pure-blood, Hermione: Muggle-born).
- The trio is never actually called the "Golden Trio" in any official material, but it is a common fanon name for the trio.
|SHIPS||femslash||Linny • TNT|
|slash||Deamus • Drarry • Flintwood • Grindeldore|
Scorbus • Starbucks • Wolfstar
|friendships||Golden Trio • Marauders|
|het||Billdora • Blackinnon • Bleur • Charry • Dramione • Drastoria • Druna|
Fremione • Georgelina • Harmony • Hinny • Huna • Jakweenie
Jily • Lovander • Marthur • Nadence • Nevannah • Newta
Newtina • Nuna • Perdrey • Red Moon • Remadora • Romione
Seekerhearts • Snily • Tedoire • Tedromeda • Theta
|non-binary||Barnaby x MC • Bill x MC • Charlie x MC • Chiara x MC|
Felix x MC • Penny x MC • Rowan x MC • Talbott x MC
|family||Black Sisters • Severitus • Weasley Family|
|CHARACTERS||m/f||Harry Potter • Luna Lovegood • Draco Malfoy|