|Champion/Commander - a perfect pairing!|
So JK Rowling - a woman who married a younger, less famous man who we hope supports her career! - regrets pairing Hermione and Ron.
A proportion of fandom agrees with her: Harry and Hermione should have been together.
This is just plain wrong. Stable relationships don't tend to work like that.
(And there's a Feminist angle on this too, but we'll get to that.)
The only reason we can't readily see this is because Ginny Weasley doesn't get much screen - or page - time, so Harry Potter's romantic conclusion is a bit of a blank.
A complete disaster!
|"So shall we just brood |
separately this evening?"
Ron Weasley is a pillar of strength and no wimp either. He's a regular hero, but he's a hero devoted to Hermione. Where she goes, he'll follow.
He'll also make her laugh, pop her serious bubble, and roughhouse with the kids. Where she has intellect, he has emotional intelligence.
Where she is sensible, he is playful.
Both are wise in their own way.
How can they not be the perfect match?
|...in the bedroom it can come |
out as dominance and submission,
though it need not.
Neither is weak or worthless, one tends to take control and the other to support.
Once has the vision, the other refines and embraces it.
Both have their roles to play: every King Arthur needs his Sir Lancelot.
Harry and Hermione are clearly both Commanders, and Ron is pretty clearly a Champion.
In terms or respect and worth, and negotiating position, these are equal marriages. In terms of leadership, they are asymmetric, and that asymmetry can go in either direction.
And of course, in the bedroom it can come out as dominance and submission, though it need not.
Despite a century or so of Feminism, we're still not surprised by a relationship that revolves around the male partner.
|...one tends to take control |
and the other to support.
Imagine if the genders were flipped?
It would make perfect sense. We'd even talk affectionately about, "...bubbly Rona who always brings Herman out of his shell".
So let's praise the Harry Potter stories for being able to depict male-female friendship, and for not having Harry and Hermione drift into a weird stormy on-off relationship based on mutual admiration rather than compatibility.
And let's ditch the sexism and accept that it's OK for a commanding woman like Hermione to pick a life partner who will revolve around her, making both their lives better.
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