Oh, Ron and Hermione. They're Harry Potter's two best friends, and they're also two characters who wind up together at the end of the Harry Potter series. Whether they belonged together is a question that's still up for some amount of debate. Even the author of the books, J.K. Rowling, is a little unsure. Whatever you think of them, though, it's hard to deny their iconic status, especially among Harry Potter fans.
Both before they get together and after, there's plenty of detail thrown in to illustrate their relationship. These little details may come from J.K.'s books or interviews, details from the movies, or from materials that were published after the books and movies were done. Whether you love them or hate them together, Ron and Hermione take up a lot of space in this story. Their romance is often frustrating, and occasionally very rewarding. Here are a few things that you might not have known about the couple:
Almost from the beginning, it seems clear that Ron and Hermione are meant to be together. It's not a huge surprise when, after seven books and eight films of tension, the two finally kiss in the story's climax. J.K. Rowling, though, admitted that she wishes things had ended differently.
In retrospect, J.K. says that she should have put Hermione and Harry together. Her argument seemed to be that they were the more natural match. That might be the case, or it might be a terrible idea. Unfortunately, J.K. has some serious problems with letting go of the series, even though it's been more than a decade.
J.K. wasn't the only one who thought Ron and Hermione made a poor match. When asked what he thought Ron and Hermione got up to after the series ended, Rupert Grint suggested that the pair would probably get divorced. Not only that, he claimed that Ron would probably be living alone in a one bedroom apartment without a job.
Of course, we know from the story's epilogue that Ron and Hermione stay married for quite a while at least, and manage to produce two children. Thankfully, it seems Rupert Grint's dark version of events doesn't totally line up with what actually happened.
Unsurprisingly, Rupert Grint was not a huge fan of having to kiss his co-star, Emma Watson when the moment finally came. That kiss is the culmination of years and years of tension between them. It's also an incredibly awkward moment for two actors who had been platonic friends for a decade at that point.
Kissing your co-star is always awkward, even when you haven't known each other as long as these two have. Although it may have been a huge pleasure for fans to see the two kiss, for Rupert and Emma, the moment was mostly just uncomfortable. Thankfully, it didn't impact their performances.
It will come as little surprise to anyone that, after Hermione finished school, she became someone who was very invested in her career. In fact, she eventually becomes the Minister of Magic, which is basically like taking on the job of president. While Ron is still working, most of his work is done from home.
That certainly strikes quite a contrast. Hermione is out here trying to keep the whole world together, and Ron isn't even wearing pants while he does his work. Still, that probably gives him more time to take care of the kids while Hermione is off fixing literally everything.
In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Ron and Hermione don't just stick together. They actually renew their vows to one another. Ron suggests the idea after explaining that he was quite drunk the first time, and would like to remember what he said a little bit better.
While that may sound like a dark bit of humor, it's also a revealing statement about how committed Ron is to their marriage. He wants to prove that he loves her now as much as he did when they were still kids defeating dark wizards together. He wants to prove that his love didn't die.
Because witches and wizards become adults at a young age, they tend to marry pretty early. While it's unclear exactly when these two got hitched, Cursed Child makes it clear that these two didn't wait too long before tying the knot. In fact, Hermione actually wonders whether the two of them got married too early in the play.
Ron wasn't the only member of his family to marry early, though. Many of his siblings got married fairly young as well. At least part of that can be explained by the circumstances surrounding the Wizarding World. When Voldemort is a constant threat, marrying young seems way smarter.
Ron and Hermione have been to more than one Quidditch World Cup, as we well know. Apparently, the two of them were spotted at the 2014 World Cup, according to reports from the world's most reputable news source, Rita Skeeter. Rita's column is the main source of information we have on their attendance, but it appears that the date got off to a somewhat rocky start.
Ron was apparently quite taken by the Bulgarian women, and Hermione had to elbow him to keep him from going catatonic. Things got better as the night went on, though, and Ron eventually planted a sweet kiss on his wife's cheek.
Among other things, the epilogue makes it crystal clear exactly what happened to our three main heroes. Harry and Ginny got married and had three children, and Ron and Hermione got married and had two. Their children were named Rose and Hugo, and they have the hyphenated last name of Granger-Weasley.
That hyphenated last name is a nice touch that reminds us how much power Hermione wields in her relationship with Ron. Why should she take his last name? After all, just because they're married doesn't mean she isn't still a free and independent woman. This is why we love Hermione.
In Cursed Child, we see a number of terrifying alternate realities. In one of those realities, Voldemort is still in power and Harry has been taken out. Dementors are hunting down rebellious wizards, and two of them actually close in on Ron and Hermione. Ron is injured, but he has a chance to escape them. Instead, though, he chooses to stay by her side and die with her.
It's a nice thought and another reminder of how devoted Ron has always been to Hermione. Even in alternate timelines, nothing can break the bond they have together. Getting your soul sucked out is not a great way to go, either.
Although Viktor Krum initially seemed like a rival for Ron, Ron should actually be grateful to Krum. We see in Cursed Child that what sparked Ron's initial interest in Hermione was his jealousy of Viktor Krum. In a sense, Krum showed Ron that he had feelings for Hermione that he wasn't even conscious of.
In one of the alternate realities in Cursed Child, Ron never gets jealous of Hermione, and ends up marrying Padma Patil instead. Ron's jealousy of Krum ultimately led him to the love of his life, and thank God for that! His life is much better because he hated Viktor Krum for a minute.
There's also some speculation that, because Hermione attended the Quidditch World Cup when Krum came out of retirement to play for Bulgaria, the two were still in love. Of course, that speculation also came from Rita Skeeter, so it's hard to put much stock into it.
Because Hermione had had a relationship with Krum when they were both quite young, rumors of an affair dogged both of them for quite a while. It doesn't help that gossip columnists exist to inflate these rumors. After all, both Krum and Hermione became public figures, and we love to speculate about celebrities and politicians.
In the first two filmed adaptations in the Harry Potter series, there aren't very many hints that Ron and Hermione will end up together. The story seems to be about three young friends who get into mischief together. In Prisoner of Azkaban, though, we begin to see hints of a deeper bond between Ron and Hermione.
It's clear, then, that director Alfonso Cuarón saw the relationship coming. He knew that one day the two would end up together, or at least had a good feeling about it. It turned out to be an incredibly prescient decision, and it's one of the many reasons that film aged so well.
In the normal timeline, Ron and Hermione have a pretty solid marriage. In Cursed Child, though, when Harry's son starts to play with time travel, their marriage ends up pretty screwed over. In one of the alternate timelines, the two aren't even married.
That's a scary thought for many in the world of Harry Potter. After all, the relationship between them is one of the foundational aspects of the story. Everything gets sorted out in the end, thank goodness. It's hard to imagine a world where the two of them don't end up together, even if they are fictional characters.
Like any good author, J.K. Rowling went through many drafts before she arrived at the first Harry Potter book that we all know and love. Through that process, tons of stuff changed. Characters were added or removed, plot points changed, and even things like names were swapped.
Ron was always a Weasley, though, even in the first draft. She knew she liked that name from the start. It was a good choice, too. Weasley perfectly describes who Ron and the rest of his family are, and their social status. They may be a pureblood family, but they're not snooty.
Ron's last name was always Weasley, but every character's last name was not set in stone right away. Hermione's last name was originally supposed to be Puckle. Thankfully, J.K. realized this was a terrible idea and came to her senses pretty quickly. Granger is a huge improvement.
A name like Puckle is just too cute by half. It doesn't seem like the kind of last name that many real people have. It may have worked for the earlier books in the series, but as the content got more adult, the name would have stuck out more and more. It seems J.K. eventually came to this same realization and changed the name to Granger.
Hermione is not a big rule breaker. She likes learning, and she's very stringent about making sure that everyone does what they can to make learning easier. When it comes to Ron, though, Hermione suddenly becomes much more willing to bend or even break the rules.
One of the prime examples of this is the way that Hermione confounds Cormac McLaggen so that Ron can become the Gryffindor Keeper. She helps him in the tiniest of ways here and goes against her instincts to let the better man win. She probably wouldn't have done that if she didn't love him so much.
When Ron was still quite young, he faced his greatest fear for Hermione. At this time, he likely thought that he was doing it as her friend, and that may have been the case. Either way, he was willing to face down Aragog to find out how the Chamber of Secrets was open, and hopefully, unravel a way to save Hermione as well.
We should have known then how dedicated Ron was. It's true, of course, that Harry also faced down Aragog, but there's a big difference. Ron's biggest fear is spiders, so his willingness to talk to one speaks to his love for her.
Although they weren't often paired up on set, Emma Watson harbored a crush on Tom Felton, the actor who played Draco Malfoy, for years. It doesn't seem like anything major ever came of that crush, but it was a crush nonetheless. It must be awkward to have to punch your crush on set, as Emma did on Prisoner of Azkaban.
For Tom, things only got more awkward. He basically had to wake up every day and pretend that he hated her guts. I sure hope he was nicer to her when the cameras weren't rolling. Otherwise, things could get tense real fast.
In the books, a major part of Hermione's character is her commitment to an organization she founded called S.P.E.W. This organization was created to defend the rights of house elves, creatures who literally don't care at all about their own wellbeing. When Ron and Hermione finally kiss in the books, it's because Ron finally shows some concern about the house elves.
In the movies, the reason for the kiss is simplified. The two simply kiss after they destroy a Horcrux together. That's certainly a harrowing experience, but it doesn't prove that Ron cares the way his display in the books does.
Although Molly never overtly interferes in her son's love life, the books make it seem possible that Molly knew how Ron felt about his childhood friend. After Molly reads an article suggesting that Hermione is dating around from Rita Skeeter in Goblet of Fire, Molly acts coldly toward her.
Most people thought this cold shoulder was to defend Harry, but there's another explanation. Maybe Molly knew that Ron liked Hermione before he knew it himself, and was upset with Hermione for choosing another man over her son. After all, Molly is a fiercely protective mother, and who wouldn't want the best for their son?
Much like Rupert Grint, it seems that Emma Watson harbors some doubts about the longevity of a relationship between Ron and Hermione. In an interview between J.K. and Emma in Wonderland Magazine, J.K. made the assertion that Harry and Hermione were probably better suited for one another. In the interview, Emma agrees with the author's sentiments.
It seems like no one is willing to stand up for poor Ron! Even the actors behind the two characters in the relationship don't think it was meant to be, which certainly makes it harder to root for them. Can we even believe in love anymore?
Ron was unlucky in love for a very long time. He has a moderately successful relationship with Lavendar Brown, but other than that, he's pretty much flying solo. We all know he's really interested in Hermione, and when he's struggling to win her affections, he turns to Fred and George for help.
Because Fred and George have trouble taking anything seriously, they give Ron a dating advice book. This isn't covered in the movie, but in the book, Ron spends quite a bit of time paying Hermione compliments. I'm not sure Ron needed a book to tell him people like being complimented, but I guess it couldn't hurt.
As we've already established, J.K. Rowling went through the fairly normal process of writing drafts of her story before the first book was published. In some of those early drafts, Hermione had a younger sister. J.K. eventually decided against introducing the character because she realized that she had waited too long to introduce her.
Any good story is a balance between tons of moving parts, and Harry Potter is no exception. Not all of J.K.'s plans for the story could be followed through on. At some point, she had to decide which aspects of her story were the most important.
Hermione's parents don't get to see very much of her. Just because she's a witch, she seems to spend most of her time with other magic-folk, and in particular, with Ron. Even when school is out during the summer, Hermione seems to keep making her way to the Burrow.
In Goblet of Fire, she arrives before Harry as they prepare to head to the Quidditch World Cup. In Order of the Phoenix, she apparently spends the whole summer with him at the headquarters of the Order. All that time without Harry around. Wonder what they could have been doing with it.
Ron and Hermione's would have really suffered if Ron had died in Deathly Hallows. While that didn't actually happen, it was part of J.K.'s plan for the series at one time. When it actually came time to write that final book, though, J.K. found it too difficult to let go of such an important character.
Instead, she decided to kill off Fred. What an unlucky turn for that character. Fred had to die so that Ron might live. Frankly, I'm not sure if that's a sacrifice Fred would have been willing to make. Of course, he didn't have any real say in the matter.
When people take on iconic roles, it's common for fans to confuse the actor with the character. Often, that's a mistake. Actors are actors for a reason, and they're often very difficult from the characters that they play. For Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, though, the differences between their characters and their actual personalities are less distinct.
Rupert is a bit of a goofball, and while he can be a little thick, he's also incredibly charming. That matches up perfectly with his characters. Emma, for her part, is incredibly smart and went to Brown to get an undergraduate degree. Even Hermione would be proud of Emma's good grades.
Ron's birthday, March 1, 1980, makes him a few months older than Harry. While Harry was born at the very end of the First Wizarding War, Ron was born during the height of it. Molly and Arthur Weasley were both in the Order at the time, but Molly already had quite a few children running around.
Because Ron was born during the war, his life has been defined at least in part by the battle against Voldemort. It's fitting that a child born as the battle was raging would play such an enormous part in his defeat, even if he was too young to remember anything about that first war.
We all know that Hermione is a witch who was raised by muggles. What few may know is that Hermione's name reflects that duality. The name comes from Greek mythology. It derives from Hermes, the messenger god who was tasked with taking messages back and forth from the humans to the gods.
Hermione understands the way both muggles and wizards behave and is able to traverse both worlds well. She's a remarkably gifted witch that came from a muggle family, and she wears both facets of herself boldly. She's not going to hide who she is, even if it makes her life a little harder.
Hermione is one of the brightest witches to ever set foot in Hogwarts. She's super brainy, which might have made her seem like a natural fit for Ravenclaw, the house most knowns for its smarts. The sorting hat almost placed her there. She definitely has the wisdom to fit in well.
After four minutes of back and forth, the hat ultimately decided that she was a better fit for Gryffindor. She may be smart, but she also has the kind of daring and nerve that characterizes that house. She would have done well in Ravenclaw, but it's hard to argue with the hat's decision.
In Prisoner of Azkaban, we discover that Ron's rat is actually Peter Pettigrew, the man partially responsible for Harry's parents' death. When Hermione gets Crookshanks in that same book, there's a whole plotline about how much time the cat spends chasing after Scabbers. As it turns out, that's likely because Crookshanks knew he wasn't a real rat.
Crookshanks was half-kneazle, a magical creature that can suss that kind of information out. All that time the cat spent hunting Scabbers was intentional. The moral of this story? Cats are always right about everything.
Although Harry and Ron never took the NEWTS, which are the final exams a wizard takes before entering the adult world, Hermione wasn't willing to leave her education unfinished. After defeating the most evil wizard of all time, she returned to take the exams in 1998. What's more, she probably aced them.
Meanwhile, Ron and Harry were willing to coast on the fact that they were famous wizards who had defeated a terrible enemy. Which, I mean, fair enough. It's not like fighting Voldemort didn't prove their proficiency as wizards. Hermione wanted a grade to be sure she was all set, though.
Although Harry certainly has other friends in the wizarding world, Ron and Hermione are definitely the people he's closest to. It's no wonder, then, that Hermione and Ron serve as godparents to Harry's three children. After the childhood he had, we would hope that Harry would have a quiet life and die at a very old age.
If anything were to happen to him and Ginny, though, Ron and Hermione would take in their three children, and gladly, I'm sure. After all, that's what friends are for. They also are the kids' biological aunt and uncle through Ginny. But just as Sirius was Harry's godfather, Ron and Hermione are James, Albus, and Lily's godparents.
Even as Ron and Hermione serve as godparents, they also have children of their own. Rose and Hugo are 11 and 9 respectively when we meet them in the epilogue, which means Rose is headed off to school right alongside Albus, Harry's kid.
She gets sorted into Gryffindor and becomes friends with her cousin Albus and also with Scorpius Malfoy. That's interesting, of course, because of the terrible relationship their parents have with one another. It's always awkward when kids have to deal with their parents' baggage, especially when most of it is pretty ancient history. Draco did do some pretty terrible stuff, though.
Bellatrix Lestrange is not a good person. That's pretty apparent the first time we meet her, but it becomes most evident as we watch hear Hermione's screams in Malfoy Manor as she's being tortured by Bellatrix. That torture was apparently quite severe, and Hermione wound up with the word "Mudblood" carved into her arm.
The entire time she's being tortured, Ron is screaming her name. It's clear that he can't stand to hear her be in pain. Those screams were clearly audible from the basement where Ron was being held because they helped keep Hermione conscious. She knew someone was coming to help her.
During one potions class, Hermione explains that Amormentia, one of the potions they're examining, makes people smell the things that are most attractive to them. When Hermione lists those smells, they're freshly mown grass, new parchment, and spearmint toothpaste.
There's a fourth smell, though, that Hermione identifies and doesn't say out loud. According to J.K. Rowling, Hermione also smells Ron's hair in the potion, but saying that out loud would have been incredibly embarrassing. She had clearly developed feelings for Ron by Half-Blood Prince, and Rowling used the potion to help her realize it. If only everyone could smell that potion and sort out their love lives.
Although she didn't intend for this to happen, J.K. has admitted that Hermione shares a lot of characteristics in common with her. Both women are brainy, and Hermione's patronus, which is an otter, also happens to be J.K. Rowling's favorite animal.
Of course, not every single detail matches up. Hermione is also meant to resemble Lily, Harry's mother, in some ways. Both are incredibly gifted witches. J.K. herself is obviously not a witch, but she did invent this magical world, and she would have been a great witch if witches were real. In a way, creating Harry Potter is the most impressive bit of magic of all.
The only people who might have been at all surprised when Ron and Hermione got together were probably Hermione and Ron. Everyone else basically knew what was gonna happen years before. It wasn't exactly like they were hiding their jealousy and affection for one another.
Ron and Hermione aren't alone in being blissfully unaware of their own feelings, though. There are plenty of couples both in fiction and in real life who have only gotten together after everyone around them told them what an obvious match they were. It's often those involved who are the most clueless, and Ron is certainly clueless about most things.
Hermione seems like a perfect Prefect. She gets great grades, has a remarkable talent with magic, and is often a bit of a stickler about the rules. Ron, on the other hand, is a somewhat confusing choice. He's not the world's best student, and he gets into just as much trouble as Harry.
Harry, of course, is a bit confused when he discovers that Ron was chosen over him. Still, it seems like Ron does a pretty great job as a prefect during the two years he has the job. Of course, he also quits school in his seventh year to vanquish the Dark Lord, so prefecting wasn't the most important thing for him.
Before Ron and Hermione can actually get together, they have to go through the frustrating process of being jealous of one another. Ron goes first after Hermione meets and is charmed by Viktor Krum. His jealousy of that relationship is what ultimately helps him realize that he has feelings for Hermione.
Then, when Ron gets into a relationship with Lavender Brown, it's Hermione's turn to be jealous. Teenagers make all sorts of dumb decisions, but Ron and Hermione figure things out eventually. It's comforting to know that they weren't too hard on each other about their early mistakes, even if they caused a lot of rage at the moment.
This scene is actually lifted from the movies. In fact, it's one of the sweetest moments that the two characters share. It comes when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are staying at Grimmauld Place. During a rare moment of recreation, Hermione tries to teach Ron how to play the Für Elise on piano. The results are predictably out of tune.
It's a charming moment that shows why Hermione and Ron work, especially on screen. Hermione is always trying to teach, and Ron is her frustrating but often hilarious pupil. He's always willing to try something new, especially if it means he can be with her.