October 26, 2011

magic and more

No. 2: Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I often feel like a grew up with Harry, Hermione and Ron. I started the adventure when I was the same age as them, and it came to an end the summer before my senior year of college. I adore the books, and I enjoyed the movies, too, so no list would be complete without them.

The history

Harry leaves for his first year of Hogwarts without ever knowing what a true friend is. He's lucky to find a good buddy and partner-in-crime from the get go in Ron Weasley. Soon, Hermione goes from the annoying girl in their class to part of their team, completing the trio.

Favorite scene

It's hard to pick just one from all of the shenanigans these three kids got into, but I suppose I'll pick one from the final book, because it's the one I read most recently.

I love when Ron, Hermione and Harry crash the Ministry of Magic after they escape to London while they figure out their next move. Though a critical part of the story, it ends up being one of the lighter moments in this dark book. I also like that you see them using spells and magic from the previous novels to get them through it.

Favorite lines

Hermione Granger
"You said to us once before," said Hermione quietly, "that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We've had time, haven't we?"

"Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have."

"Just because it's taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn't mean no one else has spotted I'm a girl!"

"Imagine losing fingernails, Harry! That really puts our sufferings into perspective, doesn't it?"
Ron Weasley
"Hearing voices no one else can hear isn't a good sign, even in the wizarding world."

"We're coming for you whether the Muggles like it or not, you can't miss the World Cup, only Mum and Dad reckon it's better if we pretend to ask their permission first. If they say yes, send Pig back with your answer pronto, and we'll come and get you at five o'clock on Sunday. If they say no, send Pig back pronto and we'll come and get you at five o'clock on Sunday anyway." Ron Weasley

"From now on, I don't care if my tea leaves spell 'die, Ron, die,' I'm chucking them in the bin where they belong."

"Lockhart'll sign anything if it stands still long enough."

Why I love them

Though the trio has its ups and downs (an understatement, of course), they are always there for one another. Whether it's playing a round of larger than life Wizard Chess to help Harry find the Sorcerer's Stone (I'm American. That's what we call it here.) or fighting Deatheaters in combat, Ron and Hermione are always first in line to face possible death when Harry calls.

Isn't that the ultimate test of a friend? Someone who has your back no matter what you're up against?

And for all of his faults, and he has many, Ron brings some much-needed humor to the seriousness these three always find themselves in. And Hermione is awesome. She comes off as a know-it-all, but I find her empowering. She isn't ashamed to be smart, and for the most part she makes a great role model for young girls.

All three of them are brave, and tough Harry is the star, he would never have made it to the end without his friends. And he recognizes that.

And aside from facing the constant danger of Lord Voldemort, the trio stands up against other adversity. For example, Ron and Harry are always quick to come to Hermione's aid when she is criticized for being a Muggle. Likewise, Harry and Hermione back up Ron when he is teased for his family. Supporting each other in these moments was as important to their friendship as the final battle at Hogwarts.

I'm still not completely a fan of the Ron and Hermione romantic connection (and don't get me started on Harry and Ginny), and do you know what my biggest reason for this is (aside from the fact that I not-so-secretly always wanted Harry and Hermione to get together)? Because I would rather the three of them stay BFF without having to get hugging and kissing involved. They're such an awesome trio as friends, and it bummed me out that even though Harry apparently finds love, he's now the odd man out in the group.

I don't know if any of that rambling made sense to you, but in my head it works, so humor me please.

Return tomorrow to see who will be the No. 1 BFF. You can also read more about the series by visiting the "Projects" page, posted on the bar at the top of the page. Also, check back on Friday for a very special Harry Potter themed Reading in the Kitchen.

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