I don’t care how hot you are, if your personality is shit your physical appearance automatically means nothing
Unless of course you are a fictional villain in which case physical attractiveness turns you from genocidal psychopath to ~misunderstood baby~ ten times out of ten.
I don’t care that JKR changed her mind
I don’t care that Harmione shippers are dancing the conga and that Romione shippers feel betrayed
I care that, once again, poor Ron gets the bloody short end of the stick.
He spent six and a half books/seven movies feeling he was second best at everything and finally shines and proves himself, ends up with the girl and the respect he deserves only to be told years later that it is a mistake….
I don’t like this post for a few reasons, but the main reason is because it acts like Hermione was some sort of prize to be fought for between Harry and Ron. In canon, as it stands now (and always will, because the books aren’t changing), Hermione chose Ron. She and she alone chose to be with him because canonically, she loves him. She loves Ron in a way she never loved Harry. And even if JKR says that Hermione actually did love Harry romantically (which she hasn’t), it doesn’t change the fact that Ron more than proved himself as a person and as character over the course of the series.
The hypothetical possibility of him not marrying Hermione does not take away from all that he achieved in the canonical narrative, and for people to say that “he got the short end of the stick” by “not getting the girl” defeats the whole point of his character growth and actually insults and demeans Hermione in the process. And that is selling Ron short. Not JKR saying that she wishes he hadn’t have married Hermione.
This comment is way better and sums up my feelings about the original post.
Thank you so much. :)
lmfao everyone is so dramatic like jkr just said she regrets a ship because she changed her mind about how she felt about it or something she didnt say okay no i take it back ron/hermione isnt canon just delete all of it it never happened, like the ship is still canon and it’s still endgame and jkr isnt changing that she’s just changing her opinions on stuff and guess what that’s a thing people do and are allowed to do and last time i checked jkr is human so she gets these amazing privileges too isn’t that great? uwu
The reason why Harry wasn’t chosen for Ravenclaw was because he tried to catch the Hogwarts letters from the air instead of taking one from the fucking floor.
Are we talking Neville-Peter parallels? Let me talk to you about Neville-Peter parallels.
Superficially, Neville and Peter both do and don’t map onto each other. On the one hand they’re both clumsy, not great at school, physically awkward, more follower than leader (at least at first). Neville needs Hermione’s help in potions; Peter wouldn’t have gotten through school with out his friends’ help. On the other hand, Neville is a direct product of the first wizarding war in the way Peter can’t possibly be. Neville has seen first hand what darkness does. He’s a victim of a war he was too young to remember. He has concrete experience with particular brand of evil in a way Peter doesn’t. Potentially even more importantly, Neville is explicitly not part of the golden group, especially in the early years. There are four marauders. There have always been four marauders. It’s why Peter’s betrayal came as such a blow — not only did he betray them, he did it despite being one of them. He wasn’t just James’ friend, he was James’ best friend. Neville, by contrast, is on the fringes of Harry’s group. It’s the golden trio, and Neville’s not part of it. He doesn’t really ascend to it either; when the time comes for him to shine he gets his own group. Like Peter, Neville grew up in someone’s shadow, but it was his parents’ shadow, not his friends’.
To me that’s one of the key differences and one of the reasons they go down such different paths. Of course I don’t want to diminish Neville’s strength of character or his arc — he’s incredible and his growth as a character is phenomenal and he deserves all the credit in the world for the choices he makes. But the pressures he faced were subtly different than the ones weighing on Peter. Neville was pressured to be a hero, to live up to his parents’ achievements. He comes from a background that judged him and found him wanting. Peter meanwhile is compared not to heroes of days gone by but to the friends he sees every day. He sees every day the ways in which he is not as good as them, the ways in which they surpass him. Neville has space to grow in a way that Peter doesn’t really, because Neville is basically trying to live up to abstracts. Living up to abstracts is daunting as hell and in many ways fundamentally impossible, but at least he isn’t presented with concrete proof of his failures as a person in the form of living breathing people ribbing on him for missing too many questions on that last charms test.
Let’s be clear, just like I don’t want to diminish Neville’s choices, I’m not excusing Peter for his. Peter could have chosen to stick with his friends, could have chosen to come clean before it was too late, could have found a different way to express his individuality or gain power and respect and a sense of self worth (short lived as that may have been). He didn’t. Neville, when faced with similar circumstances, did. Neville Longbottom has demonstrably more strength of character than Peter, and no difference in unattainable expectations can change that. (Neville Longbottom has demonstrably more strength of character than, oh, 90% of the characters in the series, let’s be honest. And that’s a conservative estimate.) Where Peter chose to prioritize his own power by attaching himself to the most powerful person around, Neville chose to prioritize his morals and attach himself to the least powerful people. He did was basically no other character except possibly Harry managed to do and broke out of the cycle of bullying to become a better person.
#hp#mind you it’s not like the harry-james or ron-sirius comparisons are perfect either#formative experiences are important after all#harry doesn’t have the pride or really the mean streak#ron doesn’t have the cockiness and desperate recklessness#(though harry does have that recklessness interestingly#there’s a *lot* of sirius in harry i think#i wish we’d known james better so that we could do a better comparison#but the sirius-harry parallels are totally there#both in terms of upbringing and attitude#though again harry doesn’t have the cruel edge that sirius does#well except the thing with draco 6th year#and even then he didn’t know what he was doing in the same way sirius did#hermione’s the one with the cruel edge in the trio and she thinks things out more than sirius ever does#but i am getting way way off topic so i’m going to stop or we’ll talk about hermione forever)