- 〉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〈
- —JK Rowling
Though Harry and Ron initially found Hermione Granger stuck-up and arrogant, the three became best friends after Harry and Ron saved her from a troll in their first year, and she in turn lied to keep them from getting in trouble. Her quick mind was at times the only thing that saved the three friends from potential failure in both life-threatening and every-day situations.
Hermione was always with Harry and was fiercely protective of him, from snapping at Lavender Brown when she doubted Harry's claim that Lord Voldemort had returned, to interceding when Dolores Umbridge was about to use the Cruciatus Curse on Harry. Hermione stood by Harry even when Ron doubted him during the Triwizard Tournament, accepting his story "without question," and when Ron temporarily left them in 1997, despite her own romantic feelings for Ron. Harry, for his part, was quick to defend Hermione against Cho Chang, Draco Malfoy, and others who insulted her, and protected her physically on instinct in dangerous places.
Though their friendship remained entirely platonic, at times their closeness engendered jealousy or curiosity in others, especially those who had feelings for one or the other, including Cho Chang, Viktor Krum, and even Ron. When the two were briefly alone together during the search for the Horcruxes, Harry and Hermione experienced some "charged moments," in which the two "shared something very intense"; however, Harry remained devoted to Ginny.
As Harry himself described, Hermione was one of two of his best friends. It could be further said she was like his older sister, protective and always trying to keep him in line. The two were also close enough to share their feelings with one another before sharing those feelings with their significant other. Through Hermione's marriage to Ron Weasley, and through Harry's marriage to Ginny, Hermione became his sister-in-law, as well as the aunt and godmother of his children.
- 〉You're a great wizard Harry, you really are.〈
- —Hermione, Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone.
- 〉You're brilliant, Hermione, truly!〈
- 〉I'm scared for you.〈
- —Hermione about Harry.
- 〉I'll go with you.〈
- —Hermione to Harry.
- 〉I wish you were here, Hermione.〈
- 〉You're my best friend, Harry.〈
- 〉One of my best friends is Muggle-Born. She's the best in our year.〈
- —Harry about Hermione.
Although H/Hr is not canon, it still has quite a few shippers. H/Hr shippers tend to be rivals with R/Hr and H/G shippers and, although they do not have as large as a shipper base as they did when the books were unfinished, they have not given up and continue their "insurgency" against the established canon pairings.
- J.K. Rowling, after concluding the series, commented that, in comparison to Ron/Hermione, "in some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit."
- The ship is also called H/H, H/Hr, HPHG, H.M.S. Pumpkin Pie, or Harmione in some communities.
- A vocal Harry/Hermione shipper tends to be called a Harmonian.
- The combinations of the ships Harry/Hermione, Ron/Luna and Neville/Ginny is called S.S. Dumbledore's Army.
Notes and references
- JK Rowling: Hermione should have married Harry, not Ron (February 2014)
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|slash||Deamus • Drarry • Flintwood • Grindeldore|
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|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||Draco Malfoy • Harry Potter • Jacob's sibling • Luna Lovegood|