I will admit right from the start that my obsession with Hermione from the Harry Potter universe is partly due to my undying and perverse crush on Emma Watson. I’ll point that out right away. I oogle her almost as much as my parent’s generation oogled Farrah Fawcett. It’s odd, of course, and probably something that I shouldn’t admit to, but it’s true.
That being said, it didn’t matter to me until I got into Harry Potter fanfiction and discovered the Harry/Hermione pairing. I seem to position myself as Harry Potter when I read (I know, ego much Matt?), so of course, I want to be paired with a woman I’m very attracted to, even if it is (as I admitted) a perverse attraction.
I also sympathize with Harry’s character a lot. I think JKR hated Harry. She treated him like crap throughout the entire series. He was alone when he needed his friends the most, he was raised in an abusive household, and he had to become a murderer before he turned 18. He went through a lot of shit, and for that, what did he get? He got married off to a minor character whose only quality that we’re sure of is that she was a fan-girl, something that Harry hated supremely. Yet the girl who was by his side, and supported him universally for seven books, got married off to the one person who treated her worse than Draco Malfoy.
There’s a problem with all of this, though.
I like Harry paired with other girls. Harry/Tonks is great, Harry/Luna is awesome. I’m reading one now that has him paired with Katie Bell, it’s really good. But in order to read these stories that have him paired with not-Hermione, Hermione needs to be shoved off to the side or made into a villain.
By limiting myself to Harry/Hermione, I’m limiting the number of stories I have to choose from, and that makes me sad. I want to be able to read some other stories.
I think the biggest problem I have is that outside of Harry, the choices for Hermione’s beau are pretty limited. Neville seems like the best bet, as he’s respectable and a great wizard, but he seems too tame for Hermione. Draco Malfoy, please! He’d be abusive in a heartbeat, and any fanfiction that portrays him as otherwise is so OOC that it makes it unreadable. He’s unredeemable. Or is that irredeemable?
I started this post in early December, and I’ve just now (in January) to finish it. I’ve made myself read some other things lately just to broaden my horizons. Call it a New Years Resolution. I’ve read a lot of Harry/Daphne Greengrass lately, and I really like it.
Daphne is a canon character, but she is not developed at all. It allows fanfiction authors to pretty much come up with whatever personality they want for her and it can’t be considered OOC. It’s worked well for me to get away a bit from Harry/Hermione.
That being said, I still come back again and again. A lot of Harry/Other Girl has Hermione as a bashed character, and while I like that sometimes, I can’t read it all the time.
I’ll come back to what I said above in December. The choices for Hermione in the romance department are severely limited. I browse FFnet a lot in the HP fandom, and it’s just astonishing the ideas some people come up with. Hermione/Snape, Hermione/Sirius, Hermione/Remus; I even saw a Hermione, Dumbledore one, which is just gross. The age difference is only a part of the problem, but I digress.
The most popular non-canon pairing seems to be Hermione/Draco. I wish I could get into it. I just can’t though. I don’t see how he can be redeemed. He took the Dark Mark, we know that. We know that for seven years, he supported the pureblood movement, and wished nothing but eternal harm on Hermione. How does one come back from that? He let Death Eaters into the castle, which led directly to the death of Dumbledore (no matter how inevitable it was in the end). Sigh. Kiera Marcos, who is one of my favorite fanfiction authors, writes the only Draco I can stand. And even then, it’s mostly a Draco who isn’t such an evil little miscreant during the Hogwarts years.
But you see it, don’t you? Why does this matter so much to me? Why does Hermione Granger’s romantic pairing matter so much to me. Well for one, I’m still obsessed with Fanfiction. I read too much, so much so that I can’t read canon any longer. Another is that I like Harry Potter (the characters of it really) so much. I grew up pretty much friendless, and I would have loved to have been a member of the Golden Trio. The comradery that was between Harry, Hermione and Ron is something that even today I’d be beyond happy to have.
So, I’ll open this up. Do you have a character/paring that you just can’t seem to leave behind? Let me know in the comments!