Posted: 22 January 2011 at 2:31am | IP Logged
Originally posted by VirgoVixen
Word, Eloquent, word! I missed you here so hi there!
I so agree with everything you said. JKR actually focused a LOT on Ron's character and his groW*H. I just wished she did the same for Hermione.
A lot people still have the notion that Hermione is this 'perfect' girl when she does have her share of insecurities. I would have liked JKR to show us her Horcrux moment just so that everyone could understand her better. *sigh* I knew it from day one that the movies would butcher R/Hr's characters to some extent since both are the kind of characters that people misunderstand easily. And the movies just proved that fact by only highlighting Ron's comic side and Hermione's intellectual side. Well, of course, now finally, they have improved by trial and error. But In terms of characterisation, I feel Ron and Hermoine always got a rough deal. Draco, Harry, Slughorn, Dobby, Kreacher etc. etc. were closer to the book but R/Hr.....
and especially Ron..come on, he is not a dumbo/strictly comic relief...he is quite intelligent if you think about it.
EDIT - GroW*H huh? what is this?
@ big big bold: THAT is one of the times I feel JKR has performed an Unforgivable Curse (I'm kidding ofcourse :P )
You know, JKR chooses to ignore the character of Hermione in the books almost as much as the movie people ignore the character of Ron.
Out of the Trio, Hermione is the on most ignored in the books. :( We don't know about her parents and the only names we know of them are the fake names Hermione gives them after her memory charming session is over. For that matter, we NEVER got to see that heart wrenching scene of her modifying her parents' memories and for ONCE I thought that the movies did one better than the books: they opened the movie with the Memory Charm scene.
Again, after the whole Locket-Horcrux destroying scene with Ron, I was eagerly waiting to see Hermione's Horcrux-destroying moment and was thoroughly disappointed when it was only mentioned in passing and we never really got to see it. So that is why I am awaiting to see this one scene: Hermione destroying the Hufflepuff cup. I guess since Jo's producing the film and giving her creative inputs, I hope the scene in the movie would be shown exactly as she would have wanted it to be. Then, we can really see and understand Hermione simultaneously at her worst and best.
One of the things Hermione fears is failure. Maybe it would be that. I've also felt that she would have been slightly hurt when Ron was chosen to Harry's hostage during the second task of the Triwizard Tournament. During the earlier books, she might even have felt like the third wheel of the trio. And how she felt when Harry took Ron's side in PoA.
But we never really see the innermost workings of her mind, like we do with Harry and to some extent with Ron.
Anyway, I got really side tracked and am not even sure what I'm typing; just jumbled thoughts.
Well apart from that, Ron and Hermione are the characters she has explored the most. I think along with Harry, they are the main leads too. If you just extend the protagonist's tag a bit, you can include both of them into that tag.
They are sidekick protagonists. :P
And one thing she has really, pain-stakingly developed right from book one is Ron/Hermione, 'the relationship'. I won't go into all the "steps" she has put them through but I loved how she kept us pondering the "will-they, won't they" question right till the very end of book seven, how she kept the tension between them all throughout the series and kept the whole R/Hr climax scene right at the end. Even Harry/Ginny got their
climax in book six but R/Hr had to wait till the end of seven, to get theirs. Save the best for the last, as I like to say.