Harry Potter on Relationships

27 Jul

First let me start off by stating:

As I sit here pondering the intricacies of life and love, butter beer in hand, I am struck by the magnitude of what the end of the Harry Potter series means to me. The newest and final installment of the Harry Potter saga has brought with it the end of an era. Since I first cracked open the spine of my first Harry Potter novel, I have been hooked. And for the past 11 years, I learned a lot from Harry about life, love and friendship. I feel as though my childhood is officially over and as I sat in that theatre opening night, a lightening shaped scar drawn on my forehead with black sephora eyeliner, I teared up in mourning.

I think back to how excited I was when the UPS delivery man arrived on my doorstep bearing the newest Harry Potter book that I pre-ordered months in advance. I remember seeing the midnight showings on opening night, seeing the crazy costumes people wore and how every fan shared an inexplicable bond with one another.

We grew up WITH Harry, Ron and Hermione. We went through awkward stages, first loves and faced challenges TOGETHER. And now, thats it… its all over.

The last scene is an epilogue that occurs 19 years from now. Harry and Ginny are married as are Ron and Hermione- just as we knew they would. The perfect series has a perfect ending that leaves readers and movie goers completely satisfied. If we had to say goodbye, at least we parted on a positive note.

Sadly, real life relationships are rarely as perfect as they are portrayed in the series. However, there is a lot to be learned from those relationships- aside from the obvious and constantly emphasized theme of love.

Lets talk for a second about one of the major relationships in the Harry Potter saga.Ron and Hermione…

I know what you are all thinking… FINALLY!!!!!!!!! And I heartily agree.

The Ron and Hermione relationship finally progresses in Deathly Hallows Part 2. Like a painful ingrown pimple festering below the surface, it finally comes to a head! For 7 years they have been friends and then … FINALLY at the most critical point of their lives, it explodes as they act on the feelings that have been kept hidden all this time.
I don’t know about you, but that was the hottest most passionate kiss I have ever seen (with the exception of the rain scene in The Notebook- nothing beats that EVER).
Ron and Hermione are the example of a perfect couple. Starting out as friends, they got to know each other in a casual sense. The tension between Ron and Hermione was apparent from the start. Right from when they first met and Hermione told him he “had a bit of dirt on your nose…just there.” She was taking care of him, and irritating him from day 1!Together they laughed, cried, incited jealousy (we all remember Lavender Brown and Viktor Krum) and fought countless times. They endured life threatening situations together and worked as a team towards a common goal- that being destroy Voldy.

In relationships it is important to be able to get through the hard times, work together and most importantly, to be yourself. Ron and Hermione did just that and more which is why they are, in my opinion, the best couple in the series.

To sum:

People are often under the misconception that “love conquers all”, “all you need is love” and other kinds of mushy inspirational quotes that make you either go “awww” or gag.

I feel it is my obligation to bluntly inform you that very VERY rarely is love enough to sustain a lasting relationship. There must be some sort of strong and sturdy foundation based on teamwork, common values and trust with which to build on first (and obviously intense chemistry). It’s not all rainbows and kittens. Life challenges you every day and it is critical to be with a person who has your back and is ready to face those challenges with you. And thats exactly what dear Ron and Hermione have done over their 7 years at Hogwarts. Even with today’s rising divorce rates, I am 100% certain that Ron and Hermione will stay together. Yes, I realize I am talking about fictional characters here and therefore is designed to let the readers get a glimpse into a fantastical world where anything can happen. However, the qualities that make Ron and Hermione’s characters blend together so perfectly is something we as singletons should all emulate.

Hey, if they can handle Voldy, they can surely handle anything else that life throws their way.


One Response to “Harry Potter on Relationships”

  1. Chronicles of the naÏve September 1, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    i Couldn’t have said it better or used a more befitting example 😉

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