Nylon Admiral is spending the next few weeks counting down to the movie in her own way: she's posting about it. Every week she'll post about a different topic on her blog. She's inviting anyone and everyone to join in.
This week's topic: The relationships in Harry Potter; which worked and which do I wish Rowling never even attempted?
When you get as involved in a book series as I did with Harry Potter, you tend to see the characters as friends (or enemies) and you feel the need to either give these characters encouragement or tell them when they're being stupid. Of course, as they are fictional characters living in a book, they obviously aren't going to hear you or take your angry shouting into consideration.
I like to call this the "Don't Go into the House Alone!" syndrome. We all do it. We do it when we're watching our favorite TV show and our favorite character has just started dating the slimeball that no one likes. Or we could be watching a horror film and the beauty queen is making a fatally stupid move by, as the title suggest, going into the house alone. We know the killer is there but she doesn't and, no matter how much we yell at our TV, the person on the screen continues on her merry way...until she gets stabbed with an ice pick.
When I read the Harry Potter books the first time around, I suffered from "Don't Go into the House Alone!" syndrome like nobody's business. I yelled at Harry not to go find Sirius at the Ministry. I told him not to go with Moody after the return of Voldemort during the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Harry is just not a good listener.
Anyway, some of my yelling had to do with relationships, which, after all, is what we're supposed to be talking about today. There were some couples that I was so glad got together in the end, there were some that I was disappointed never made it together, and there were others where I started to wonder if maybe J.K. Rowling had officially lost her ever-loving mind. We'll look at each of these in turn.
First Place: Ron and Hermione:
Runner-Up: Molly and Arthur Weasley
Miss Congeniality: Hagrid and Madam Maxime
First Place: Lupin and Tonks:
Runner-Up: Harry and Ginny
Miss Congeniality: Bill and Fleur
I admit that I'm a shipper. Some of the couples that I wish would get together are conventional, others are not. Here is my list of ships, both het and slash.
First Place: Sirius and Snape
Judge me all you want, but for some reason I always wanted the two of these guys to get together. Even with the bad blood between them, I wished for even just a little sexual tension. I know Rowling would never have done that (although I give her mad props for saying that Dumbledore was gay) so this pairing only exists in (usually) poorly written fanfic.
Runner-Up: Neville and Luna
Miss Congeniality: Draco and Ginny