Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.
A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.
So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.
“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.
When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.
So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.
In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.
So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.
Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?
[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]
I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.
Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?
She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.
Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that."
|1. Would you have sex with the last person you text messaged?|
|2. You talked to an ex today, correct?|
|3. Have you taken someones virginity?|
|4. Is trust a big issue for you?|
|5. Did you hang out with the person you like recently?|
|6. What are you excited for?|
|7. What happened tonight?|
|8. Do you think it’s disgusting when girls get really wasted?|
|9. Is confidence cute?|
|10. What is the last beverage you had?|
|11. How many people of the opposite sex do you fully trust?|
|12. Do you own a pair of skinny jeans?|
|13. What are you gonna do Saturday night?|
|14. What are you going to spend money on next?|
|15. Are you going out with the last person you kissed?|
|16. Do you think you’ll change in the next 3 months?|
|17. Who do you feel most comfortable talking to about anything?|
|18. The last time you felt broken?|
|19. Have you had sex today?|
|20. Are you starting to realize anything?|
|21. Are you in a good mood?|
|22. Would you ever want to swim with sharks?|
|23. Are your eyes the same color as your dad’s?|
|24. What do you want right this second?|
|25. What would you say if the person you love/like kissed another girl/boy?|
|26. Is your current hair color your natural hair color?|
|27. Would you be able to date someone who doesn’t make you laugh?|
|28. What was the last thing that made you laugh?|
|29. Do you really, truly miss someone right now?|
|30. Does everyone deserve a second chance?|
|31. Honestly, do you hate the last boy you were talking to?|
|32. Does the person you have feelings for right now, know you do?|
|33. Are you one of those people who never drinks soda?|
|34. Listening to?|
|35. Do you ever write in pencil anymore?|
|36. Do you know where the last person you kissed is?|
|37. Do you believe in love at first sight?|
|38. Who did you last call?|
|39. Who was the last person you danced with?|
|40. Why did you kiss the last person you kissed?|
|41. When was the last time you ate a cupcake?|
|42. Did you hug/kiss one of your parents today?|
|43. Ever embarrass yourself in front of a crush?|
|44. Do you tan in the nude?|
|45. If you could, would you take back your last kiss?|
|46. Did you talk to someone until you fell asleep last night?|
|47. Who was the last person to call you?|
|48. Do you sing in the shower?|
|49. Do you dance in the car?|
|50. Ever used a bow and arrow?|
|51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?|
|52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?|
|53. Is Christmas stressful?|
|54. Ever eat a pierogi?|
|55. Favorite type of fruit pie?|
|56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?|
|57. Do you believe in ghosts?|
|58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?|
|59. Take a vitamin daily?|
|60. Wear slippers?|
|61. Wear a bath robe?|
|62. What do you wear to bed?|
|63. First concert?|
|64. Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?|
|65. Nike or Adidas?|
|66. Cheetos Or Fritos?|
|67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?|
|68. Favorite Taylor Swift song?|
|69. Ever take dance lessons?|
|70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?|
|71. Can you curl your tongue?|
|72. Ever won a spelling bee?|
|73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?|
|74. What is your favorite book?|
|75. Do you study better with or without music?|
|76. Regularly burn incense?|
|77. Ever been in love?|
|78. Who would you like to see in concert?|
|79. What was the last concert you saw?|
|80. Hot tea or cold tea?|
|81. Tea or coffee?|
|82. Favorite type of cookie?|
|83. Can you swim well?|
|84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?|
|85. Are you patient?|
|86. DJ or band, at a wedding?|
|87. Ever won a contest?|
|88. Ever have plastic surgery?|
|89. Which are better black or green olives?|
|90. Opinions on sex before marriage?|
|91. Best room for a fireplace?|
|92. Do you want to get married?|
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