Sci-Fi & Fantasy’s 14 Greatest Romances

8 Hermione & Ron

From: Harry Potter

“There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of

Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck

and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and

broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm

that he lifted Hermione off her feet.”

While the Harry Potter films create a less convincing “will they?/won’t they?” romance between the young wizards, J K Rowling sparked a realistic, funny and painfully gradual love story fuelled with the teen angst of the average teenager in her novels. Made all the more interesting by the obstacles of the wizarding world, the romance strengthened under the pressure of trolls, giant spiders, death eaters and of course Lord Voldemort.

While Harry seems to be what holds their friendship together, it takes nearly four years for Ron and Hermione to realise that their feelings for each other are more than just a feisty friendship, when jealousy rears its ugly head at the Yule Ball. Another few years pass and still the pair remain well and truly in the friend zone, with further hints of jealousy when either character has a love interest. In fact, it’s not until the battle at Hogwarts is in full swing that the couple finally hook up, the grand finale of the whole saga. Then there’s the slightly creepy but very sweet scene from the future, when Ron and Hermione are married and sending their kids off in the Hogwarts Express.

No doubt if the world wasn’t under threat from an evil dark lord for such a long time, the romance would have moved a lot faster.