This is a moment from the first Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie not found in the book, again demonstrating the more obviously dramatic uses of silence possible onscreen, and it's another moment I nearly cut from this list at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances, another moment I kept anyway because I love it that much.
In the case of this moment, those unforeseen circumstances would be J.K. Rowling's recent revelation that she thinks putting Ron and Hermione together was a mistake.
I've championed you nearly my whole life, Ms. Rowling. I've always been on your side. You earned your fortune. You gave the world something priceless. There's nothing insidious or corrupting about this incredible story that taught a generation the joy of books.
You want to say Hogwarts has a thousand students even though that doesn't come close to adding up, fine. Dumbledore's gay? Sure, what of it? And even though I'm a Heron shipper (that is the way you were leading us, after all), if you'd decided to make a complete turnaround by the last book and found a way to end things in the Harmonian camp, I'd like to think I could have sucked it up and accepted that.
But with this years-late backpedaling, you are officially George Lucas levels of mad with power, and I'm disappointed.
There, I said it.
Yeah, I'm taking this way too personally. You bet I am. It's hard not to, as someone who grew up more in the Harry Potter world than the real one, and as someone who's in many ways a Hermione who married a Ron.
It bothers me that Ron has never gotten the respect he deserves. It bothers me that people confuse being funny with being a joke. It bothers me that no one remembers things like "If you want to kill Harry, you'll have to kill us too," (yes, that was Ron in the book) because it's easier to remember him vomiting slugs instead.
Oh, and it also bothers me more than a bit that everyone assumes that the three of them had to come to a love triangle at all in the end, because of course no two straight people of the opposite sex and same generation who aren't related are ever allowed to have a meaningful relationship that isn't about sex.
Well, with all that said, this is a moment from the movie universe that actually Hollywood-izes the HRH relationship a little and takes it closer to triangle territory but does it so subtly and tastefully that I actually really love it.
This happens right after the only serious thing Ron does that anyone ever seems to remember, when the locket horcrux's evil influence wears its way into his head, the three of them have a fight, and he walks out on Harry and Hermione in the middle of their quest to destroy it.
They've been keeping the radio on around the clock to listen to the death toll from the Death Eaters' rampage, hoping not to hear names they know.
Harry takes the locket from Hermione, puts it aside for the moment, and coaxes her into a dance.
They’re stumbling, twirling each other around and laughing, without hiding the fact that she's a shade taller than he is, all to this soft, staticky, half melancholy broadcast.
And when it's over, there comes the silence.
There are a lot of things that could have been put in that silence. The triangle could have been forced with an almost-kiss, or diffused with a "thanks, I needed that," but we don't get either of those things.
The scene brings out the very deep love between the two of them, built over the course of nearly seven years and countless shared life-and-death experiences, without explaining, defining, or apologizing for it. It just is, and this moment is just a moment, a stolen reprieve that ends, and I think it's beautiful.
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