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Hey y'all!! I'm Vicki. I joined, and am apparently one of the first to post, but whatever. I guess I'll just post stuff about me.

Name: Vicki. But I said that already.
Age: 16
Location: Adrian, Michigan
Favorite Ships: Harry/Hermione, Draco/Ginny
Ships that make me sick: Draco/Hermione, Snape/Hermione. Basically anyone/Hermione, but Harry and Ron.

As for my reasoning behind Harry/Hermione, well... Only read if you have a lot of time on your hands.



Comments on this always welcome. I didn't write all of this, but did do the arranging of it.

What Happened with Ron and Hermione:

Noting that she maybe having an affair with Ron, she is starting to pickup some of Ron's bad habits. Such as bad mouthing someone while they are in the room, i.e. Her scathing comments about the Quibbler while the editor's daughter is present. There is also a similarity in their speech patterns which may just be there due to the extensive time they had to spend together over the summer holidays, but it is worth noting.

In Prisoner of Azkaban it has already been observed by many others that Hermione is taking a more concerted interest in Ron. Her tears when he insinuates that Crookshanks had eaten Scabbers, the snide comments Ron makes that send Hermione fleeing to her dormitory, it is obvious that she is deeply in need of Ron's friendship and possibly his approval. Also, her's and Harry's adventure saving both Sirius and Buckbeak would have reaffirmed her deep admiration for Harry. Notice the number of times that Hermione clutched at Harry, almost as if she were making sure he wouldn't forget and leave without her.

In Goblet of Fire, Hermione spends a great deal of time with Harry at the beginning after his and Ron's argument. It may be observed that Harry may not be oblivious to Hermione's feeling for Ron. Just before the first Task when there is a trip into Hogsmeade, Hermione asks Harry to go with her. His reply is to ask why she doesn't want to go with Ron to which Hermione blushes and says they might meet up with him. This is after the article that names Hermione as Harry's paramour and neither she nor Harry try to dissuade anyone about the validity of this statement. Harry is aware of Hermione's feelings but doesn't know how Ron feels and given his recent animosity may not mind giving Ron something more to fret about. After Harry and Ron make up Hermione bursts into tears and gives both of them a hug, but after that single emotional outburst she is obviously starting to spend time with Krum. She may have been flattered that Krum would be interested in her and upset at Ron's apparent lack of interest. We should note her comment to Ron: When Ron suggested that Hermione could go with one of them to the Yule Ball, Hermione's comment is directed not to both of them but right at Ron stating that she can't go with HIM. Just after the 2nd task, Hermione is paying close attention to Harry (with Ron right beside him) and is perhaps trying to ignore Krum pointing out the water beetle. When Fleur bent to kiss Ron Hermione was furious.

After Skeeter's article in Witch Weekly, Harry goes around telling everyone that Hermione isn't his girlfriend and this seems to upset her, but she hides it under the guise of wanting to know how Rita Skeeter overheard her and Krum. Ron is very jealous at this point and Hermione is taking notice of his behaviour. Krum takes Harry aside to ask him about Hermione. Krum says to Harry that she is constantly talking about Harry while she is with him. She may have been trying to give Krum the brush off at this point by talking about Harry and would have been heartily embarrassed after Hagrid's talk. Also, Ron's mother when she came to watch Harry in the 3rd task is very frosty to Hermione until Harry tells her that Hermione isn't his girlfriend. It is strange that she would have to be reminded herself even though Mrs. Weasley admonishes Mr. Diggory earlier that day about believing anything that Rita Skeeter writes. Could Ron or Ginny have written and told her about Ron and Hermione?

It would appear that some time after Easter and before the third task that Ron and Hermione start dating. Her comments when Ron says something she doesn't like become less vindictive and overall she has softened her attitude to Ron. Both Ron and Hermione are very jealous of each other when the other champions come to say goodbye. Hermione looks furious when Ron speaks to Fleur. When Krum and Hermione go off to say goodbye to each other she returns quite quickly and her face is impassive. Ron is eyeballing intently. Of note, Krum is both surprised and gratified when Ron asks for his autograph. Through the whole book Krum was never introduced to Ron so why did he shake his hand? Why would Krum have a gratified expression when Ron asks for his autograph? Why was Hermione smiling? I believe that what Hermione said to Krum is that she is starting to date Ron and Krum shook hands as a sign of good faith. She never told Harry and Ron that she told Krum though! Then, at the end Hermione kisses Harry in front of Ron. Both of them may be comfortable enough together by this time that Ron doesn't object so long as it's Harry.

Then in the Order of the Phoenix, Hermione throws herself onto Harry the minute he steps into the room, Ron is smiling and doesn't object. Again, well into the relationship and the rest of the household probably knows not to talk about it in front of Harry. The twins may have apparated while Ron and Hermione were kissing, I've noticed that they are speaking to Harry more often, possibly to distract him. Strange that Ginny would have known this and didn't take advantage to press her luck with Harry. I've noticed that Ginny is talking to Harry in a normal manner, no more accidents or even blushing while Harry is around and when Harry gets angry Ginny gives as good as she gets while Hermione is the first to start getting tears in her eyes.

At the party where Ron wins the Keeper position Hermione isn't at Ron's side congratulating him (with kisses) but instead she is asleep over by the fire. Ron's reaction is slightly put out saying that she seemed pleased when he told her earlier. When Hermione asks Harry if he would like to do some knitting, her face is shining with glee. She has just told Harry something that she likes to do and invites him to join in. Very daring and she has exposed something of her inner self to a friend and male companion. It isn't easy for any friend to do this but to take that chance is saying trust and I want you to come into my world just a little deeper. His response seems to hurt her a little. I think Hermione is missing the friendship with the two men in her life. She also complains about being so tired and implies that if Harry can go to bed so can she without looking bad. What a Freudian slip!

After Percy's letter, Hermione is giving Ron an odd look. When she offers to go over their papers, Ron is the most gracious we've seen yet.: " 'Hermione, you are honestly the most wonderful person I've ever met,' said Ron weakly....." It would appear that things are going well for the two young lovers, however, something happened between the first D.A. meeting and Christmas.

When their first Quidditch match of the season is upon them Hermione gives Ron a peck on the cheek. Ron seems to come to himself but is puzzled and touching the spot where Hermione kissed. Why is he puzzled? Perhaps they had a row recently and Ron thought she was still mad at him? Why doesn't Harry comment on this? I must question the dash used by the author at this point. " 'Good luck, Ron,' said Hermione standing on tiptoe and kissing him on the cheek. 'And you, Harry-'" Many people have stated that she didn't give Harry a kiss. I'm no English Major, but isn't this dash supposed to indicate that the same action took place? Others I've spoken to felt this indicated that she stopped herself repeating her action. However if she had stopped herself wouldn't Harry have commented or noted this hesitation? After the match Hermione may be so worried that Harry might lose his temper that both she and Ginny are stationed on either side of him. It isn't until later that night that she leaves his side her whole concern for Ron.

At Christmas, even though the room was decorated with Mistletoe, Hermione never gave Ron a peck on the cheek. Most women in any relationship, whether stale and bored or new and fanciful would stop at nothing to kiss their beau in an otherwise romantic setting. Since Harry had seen Hermione give Ron a kiss on the cheek before, there was no reason to not do so now. Harry wouldn't have thought anything of it because he was hoping for something to happen with Cho. The only reasons I can think of is that the affair is waning or they have had a huge argument and Hermione may not want to reconcile with Ron. She did however take Ron from the room before Harry was ready to leave in order to give Cho and Harry some time. Hermione must have seen the mistletoe in order to have this idea.

Luna obviously did, so why didn't she give Ron a kiss? Probably because Ron was hovering around Hermione and she didn't approve of Luna anyway at that point. Remember Hermione's earlier comment to Harry: You can do better than her.

In the common room later on, she is writing a letter to Krum and Ron is working on his Transfiguration homework. You would think that two lovers who have the best seats by a roaring fire with the snow falling softly outside the window would be snogging even a little. I have to question the letter she is writing. Why, when all the mail going into and out of Hogwarts is being censored, would she be writing a letter to a foreign wizard? It can't be a romantic letter because she would have been hauled in front of Umbridge for questioning or at least have been teased about it. This little nuance is lost on her two male friends. Is this a ploy to keep Ron at arm's length? I don't believe that she even sent the letter to Krum at all. Earlier in the story, Ron's remark to Hermione still being in contact with Krum doesn't seem to phase her at all and she takes his comments in stride with a bored 'Ho, ho' but blushing just a little. Now, however, her comments to Ron take on a decidedly bitter nature.

She didn't openly criticize Ron's raucous laughter but she did give him a look of deep disgust. She also said nastily that Ron was the most insensitive wart she ever had the misfortune to meet and had the emotional range of a teaspoon. This doesn't sound like a couple who are becoming intimate with each other. It sounds like the death knell of the relationship. Why was Ron laughing? I don't believe that there was any malicious intent, simply this is something us guys do when we are happy that at least one of us is making progress. After all, at this point I think Ron is in the doghouse as far as Hermione is concerned.

Then there is Christmas Day. Hermione is really happy with the present Harry gave her, a book that she had been wanting. This would appear to show that Harry does listen and watch Hermione with a kind of scrutiny that all women would like to see in their men. Ron's present to Hermione is perfume. She says it's unusual. No indication if she is happy about it. Note that Harry didn't smell anything on her, I don't know a woman alive that wouldn't immediately try out the perfume. Ron's reply is 'No problem,' as if he is shrugging his shoulders. Perhaps the affair is over and he couldn't return her present so he gave it to her anyway. The comment is just so flippant that it bears scrutiny. And Hermione's gift to the men in her life; this year it's a homework planner for Harry and Ron. Arm's length until Harry gets over Cho? If Ron was her beau why wouldn't she give him something that better described their intimacy? I realize many of you would be saying that she just wants both of them to do well in their OWLs which I believe but I disagree that it is the only reason. Before this year Hermione would give Harry things that he really appreciated. Now it's as if she wants to keep things on a professional level.

I believe that Christmas is a demarcation point between Ron and Hermione. After Christmas it would appear that she is becoming more distant with Ron and the best example of this that I can find is in the way she speaks to him. Her comments become snappish and hurtful. In the past Ron wouldn't have stood for it and would have retaliated. Now he just seems to get sullen and takes the abusive words. What could he have said or done to Hermione that would have caused this?

When Ron suggests that Snape isn't helping Harry with Occlumency, Hermione snaps at Ron to shut up. Turns out Ron was right, but this verbal attack on Ron was rather vicious and all Ron did was turn taciturn and sullen.

What happened with Cho:
At the beginning, Hermione appears to be encouraging the relationship. She rounds on Ron when he starts badgering Cho about her Quidditch team and ruining a chance for Harry to have a conversation with Cho. After the meeting in the Hog's Head, she starts off questioning Harry about him and Cho to which Harry replies "What do you mean?" even though he is starting to blush. Hermione says "Well, she just couldn't keep her eyes off you, could she?" While she is asking this she is smiling slightly as though pleased with Harry's response. It would be in Hermione's and Ron's best interest if Harry and Cho got together because it would make Harry more amenable to an announcement of their intentions.

Back in the common room after Harry's encounter with Cho at Christmas time, Hermione's attitude is rather curt. Harry comes in and sits down beside her. (Why is Ron on the floor?) She 'guesses' what happened and asks in a business like way if Cho cornered him, as if he were an unwilling participant. She then asks briskly if they had kissed. This is not normal responses from any female I know. Most women with no romantic allusions for a male friend would be eagerly asking for all the details and perhaps offering ideas on how to improve the relationship. Hermione does not. She gives Ron a look of deep disgust because of his laughter and returns to writing her letter frowning. She doesn't ask for details, Ron does and only with Harry's reply does she then goes into a discussion about what Cho's feelings are, but it is all very logically presented as if giving a lecture. She doesn't dissuade Harry from pursuing this relationship, quite the contrary, she asks if Harry will ask her out but with a distant attitude. It may be that Hermione doesn't think that Cho will make a good girlfriend for Harry anymore. If Hermione is good with feelings and emotions she would know that Cho only wants to know more about how Cedric died and that Cho is still working through her grieving period. Her attitude and snide comments to Ron is Hermione's indicators that the affair with Ron may be over or at least in a steep decline.

Hermione was after all going to go skiing with her parents over the holidays. Yet she came to Grimmauld Place after the incident with Ron's dad. Did she come because of Ron? If so she wouldn't have had to lie to her parents about staying at school in order to study. Her parents would have understood she wanted to be at her boyfriend's side in a time of tragedy. I think she came because of Harry and what the portrait told Dumbledore. Therefore, did she lie to Harry? I don't think so. It just isn't in their relationship makeup to lie to each other without feeling horrible. At other points in the story Harry lied to Hermione but felt rotten afterwards. They are quite capable of withholding information and trying to justify their actions. She may have also been there at Dumbledore's request. Dumbledore would have realized that at this point Harry's nerves are at the breaking point. Hermione has a bit of a calming effect on Harry. Yes, Harry has taken his frustrations out on Hermione before and will do so again later on, but he almost always listens to Hermione even if he doesn't always do as she wants him to. This attitude reminds me of an older married couple.

Hermione seems to be the only one to whom Harry listens. When Harry hears Moody's comments on the Extendable ears, none of the others who heard were willing to go and get Harry and talk to him. They all left him alone, especially Ginny. If she were interested in Harry you'd think she would want to offer some comfort and solace and in fact she did have information that would have consoled Harry. But instead she waited out of the line of fire until Hermione came. Then, she gets angry with Harry's attitude and gives him attitude right back. In fact, I'd have to say that she treated Harry the same way she would treat any of her brothers. But Hermione marched right up to get Harry even before she had removed her coat.

Harry barely questioned her being there. One remark, that's all he said and then he followed her without further ado. There is something to note here, there simply couldn't have been enough time to tell Hermione what the others heard on the Ears. It came as a shock to Harry that after only a few minutes after the doorbell rang that Hermione was knocking on the door of Buckbeak's room. It would have taken those few minutes just to climb the stairs. Then, Harry is surprised to find Ron and Ginny waiting with a plate of sandwiches. I still think that at this point the others aren't letting Harry in on the other ways they have of communicating with each other. I think that this was setup by Hermione ahead of time in order to get Harry calm enough to listen without his exploding or storming out. Only someone who cares enough and is thinking about someone's well being would have thought of this.

I'm surprised that with all the adults around them at Christmas not one asked if Harry was interested in anyone and that no one was able to tell Harry to never go after a witch on the rebound. Bunch of sexually repressed boneheads.

It would appear that Hermione is engineering the downfall of a Harry/Cho pairing after this point in the story. Hermione starts doing subtle things to sabotage the relationship. She never told Harry or Ron about jinxing the roll call sheet until the following Monday and may never had told them if the Educational Decree hadn't gone up. I noticed that she never offered to remove the jinx from Marietta Edgecombe as a gesture to help patch things up between Harry and Cho. Not that Harry wanted to.

Then there is Valentine's Day. Hermione was cooking up this interview for weeks prior to this day but when the reply from Skeeter came she couldn't simply tell Harry, she ran off to reply to it. Why couldn't she have held the owl back and replied then and there? There was no need to keep it secret from Ron or Harry at this point. Then there is the question of why she didn't tell Harry earlier about it. The way that Harry found out about the interview would have been a shock to Harry and given his temper lately it wouldn't have surprised me if he had lost it there in the pub. Also, after Hermione's lecture on feelings you would think that she would have been able to give Harry some pointers on how to handle himself around women before hand. But no, Harry was left to flounder just like the rest of us idiots on his first date ever. Hermione would have known that Harry being deprived of a proper parental figure for so long wouldn't know how to handle this situation where feelings are so important. I believe that Hermione did this intentionally. Hermione knew that for Harry to move on he would have to get Cho out of his system first.

When Harry arrived in the pub, she stated that she wasn't expecting him for another hour. Did she have this planned out to the minute like a military drill? And when Skeeter starts to threaten Hermione she replies "Yes, yes, one of these days you'll write more horrible stories about Harry and me." Why does she include herself and Harry in the same sentence?

The Monday after Valentine's Day Hermione finally asks Harry what happened on his date. But she asks "brightly". I think she knew what the answer would be. Didn't Harry walk back up to the school with her after the interview? Why did it take a day for her to finally ask?

There are many clues in the conversation that follows. Hermione's lecture about how Harry should have treated Cho is strangely the very type of information that Harry should have been given before his date. Strange how his friend didn't. Then there is the comment, "Harry, you're worse than Ron... well, no, you're not." She sighed when she said this. This is a direct clue to the fallout of Hermione's and Ron's relationship. There is no indication that Ron gave her anything for Valentine's Day and that is a serious no-no for a relationship unless it is over. Then Harry asks if it wouldn't be easier to ask if he liked Cho more than Hermione and Hermione replies, "Girls don't often ask questions like that." Could this be a lament that Hermione should have asked this question? Should she have asked this question to Ron?

Then there is this little treasure: " 'You should write a book,' Ron told Hermione... 'translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them.'" What a shot. It would appear that Ron has finally got his digs in with Hermione. It may have been a comment on how Angelina coached the team but I believe that he and Hermione have had a huge argument and now he has publicly retaliated. This also shows that Ron has finally got his groove back and will give as good as he gets from Hermione from now on. Notice as well that Harry had to ask how the practice went and with Ron's reply Hermione doesn't believe him and turns to Ginny for an answer.

Before that match with Hufflepuff, Hermione has this to say: " 'Maybe not,' she said darkly, returning to her translation, 'but at least my happiness doesn't depend on Ron's goalkeeping ability.'" Does her happiness depend on anything from Ron anymore? After the match, Ron is sitting in a corner by himself. We know that Hermione was at the match with Harry but for some reason she is conspicuous by her absence. Ginny was sitting by Harry and having a normal conversation with him. Hermione didn't show up at all that night and Harry let Ron go to bed first.

Hermione seems to be the only one to whom Harry listens. When Harry hears Moody's comments on the Extendable ears, none of the others who heard were willing to go and get Harry and talk to him. They all left him alone, especially Ginny. If she were interested in Harry you'd think she would want to offer some comfort and solace and in fact she did have information that would have consoled Harry. But instead she waited out of the line of fire until Hermione came. Then, she gets angry with Harry's attitude and gives him attitude right back. In fact, I'd have to say that she treated Harry the same way she would treat any of her brothers. But Hermione marched right up to get Harry even before she had removed her coat.

Harry barely questioned her being there. One remark, that's all he said and then he followed her without further ado. There is something to note here, there simply couldn't have been enough time to tell Hermione what the others heard on the Ears. It came as a shock to Harry that after only a few minutes after the doorbell rang that Hermione was knocking on the door of Buckbeak's room. It would have taken those few minutes just to climb the stairs. Then, Harry is surprised to find Ron and Ginny waiting with a plate of sandwiches. I still think that at this point the others aren't letting Harry in on the other ways they have of communicating with each other. I think that this was setup by Hermione ahead of time in order to get Harry calm enough to listen without his exploding or storming out. Only someone who cares enough and is thinking about someone's well being would have thought of this.

I'm surprised that with all the adults around them at Christmas not one asked if Harry was interested in anyone and that no one was able to tell Harry to never go after a witch on the rebound. Bunch of sexually repressed boneheads.

It would appear that Hermione is engineering the downfall of a Harry/Cho pairing after this point in the story. Hermione starts doing subtle things to sabotage the relationship. She never told Harry or Ron about jinxing the roll call sheet until the following Monday and may never had told them if the Educational Decree hadn't gone up. I noticed that she never offered to remove the jinx from Marietta Edgecombe as a gesture to help patch things up between Harry and Cho. Not that Harry wanted to.

Then there is Valentine's Day. Hermione was cooking up this interview for weeks prior to this day but when the reply from Skeeter came she couldn't simply tell Harry, she ran off to reply to it. Why couldn't she have held the owl back and replied then and there? There was no need to keep it secret from Ron or Harry at this point. Then there is the question of why she didn't tell Harry earlier about it. The way that Harry found out about the interview would have been a shock to Harry and given his temper lately it wouldn't have surprised me if he had lost it there in the pub. Also, after Hermione's lecture on feelings you would think that she would have been able to give Harry some pointers on how to handle himself around women before hand. But no, Harry was left to flounder just like the rest of us idiots on his first date ever. Hermione would have known that Harry being deprived of a proper parental figure for so long wouldn't know how to handle this situation where feelings are so important. I believe that Hermione did this intentionally. Hermione knew that for Harry to move on he would have to get Cho out of his system first.

When Harry arrived in the pub, she stated that she wasn't expecting him for another hour. Did she have this planned out to the minute like a military drill? And when Skeeter starts to threaten Hermione she replies "Yes, yes, one of these days you'll write more horrible stories about Harry and me." Why does she include herself and Harry in the same sentence?

The Monday after Valentine's Day Hermione finally asks Harry what happened on his date. But she asks "brightly". I think she knew what the answer would be. Didn't Harry walk back up to the school with her after the interview? Why did it take a day for her to finally ask?

There are many clues in the conversation that follows. Hermione's lecture about how Harry should have treated Cho is strangely the very type of information that Harry should have been given before his date. Strange how his friend didn't. Then there is the comment, "Harry, you're worse than Ron... well, no, you're not." She sighed when she said this. This is a direct clue to the fallout of Hermione's and Ron's relationship. There is no indication that Ron gave her anything for Valentine's Day and that is a serious no-no for a relationship unless it is over. Then Harry asks if it wouldn't be easier to ask if he liked Cho more than Hermione and Hermione replies, "Girls don't often ask questions like that." Could this be a lament that Hermione should have asked this question? Should she have asked this question to Ron?

Then there is this little treasure: " 'You should write a book,' Ron told Hermione... 'translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them.'" What a shot. It would appear that Ron has finally got his digs in with Hermione. It may have been a comment on how Angelina coached the team but I believe that he and Hermione have had a huge argument and now he has publicly retaliated. This also shows that Ron has finally got his groove back and will give as good as he gets from Hermione from now on. Notice as well that Harry had to ask how the practice went and with Ron's reply Hermione doesn't believe him and turns to Ginny for an answer.

Before that match with Hufflepuff, Hermione has this to say: " 'Maybe not,' she said darkly, returning to her translation, 'but at least my happiness doesn't depend on Ron's goalkeeping ability.'" Does her happiness depend on anything from Ron anymore? After the match, Ron is sitting in a corner by himself. We know that Hermione was at the match with Harry but for some reason she is conspicuous by her absence. Ginny was sitting by Harry and having a normal conversation with him. Hermione didn't show up at all that night and Harry let Ron go to bed first.

What's in store:

Throughout books 1, 2, the latter part of 3 and the beginning of book 4, Hermione is almost constantly at his side. So much so that his conscience has developed into her voice. Hermione's almost constant attention to Harry has all the earmarks of an obsessive compulsive behaviour.

Harry sticks up for Hermione in several ways: In the 4th book he is full of admiration for her, he is grateful when she offers him breakfast, he was first to challenge Malfoy when he insults her, in the 5th book Harry tells the team that it was Hermione who came up with the Impervious Charm, when Hermione tries to get Umbridge to put her in detention Harry puts himself in the line of fire to protect her, McGonagall's lecture to Harry about losing his temper ends with Harry's answer and she says that at least he listens to Hermione. In her turn, when the DA was found out, Hermione was the one to yell back at Harry to get a move on. Hermione was the one to start nattering at Harry to resume Occlumency. Hermione went into overdrive to stop Harry from using the fire in Umbridge's office.

When Hagrid asked Harry and Hermione to come with him Harry said yes and Hermione followed immediately without asking if she could stay and watch the rest of the game. When Harry agreed to help with Grawp, Hermione only complained about it but never said they couldn't even though she was terrified of Grawp. She didn't have go along with it but did so anyway. Notice Ron said they couldn't help and gave very good reasons. Hermione kept saying she and Harry promised and we promised. She didn't promise anything. When Grawp tried to grab Hermione, Harry pulled her behind a tree and she clung to Harry much the same way as she had in the Shrieking Shack.

Once they were out of the forest, to look at them, scratched up and twigs and leaves in their hair, other might interpret this as instead of going to the match, they went into the forest for a rendezvous. After all, I don't think the rest of the school has forgotten Skeeter's articles from last year. Cho certainly hasn't, " '- of course, if it was darling Hermione's idea- '".

Hermione makes an interesting comment: "Why does he have to make life so difficult for himself - for us?" To which us is she referring? Harry glares at her after she makes a disparaging comment about Hagrid and again her eyes fill with tears.

When Harry saw Sirius being tortured, Hermione was the one who came up with the plans to check on Sirius and to keep Umbridge from torturing Harry. Harry recognized Hermione's offer to be with him in Umbridge's office as a sign of solidarity and loyalty. Harry ran to Hermione when Grawp appeared. When Grawp made to grab Hermione, Harry put himself between his hand and Hermione prepared to do anything to protect her. Throughout the Department of Mysteries, Hermione is either right beside or behind Harry. After the trap is sprung, Harry's first thoughts are to save Hermione: he pulled her away from the collapsing shelves, he tackled the Death Eater who was going to kill her, a whine of panic was stopping him from thinking properly when he thought she was dead, he felt a huge wave of relief when he found out she was still alive, he ordered Neville to take her to safety and get her medical help. When he finds Ron, Ginny and Luna he doesn't have those same feelings after learning of their injuries.

Harry goes into shock and denial after Sirius' death. It may be the only thing keeping him from thinking about Hermione. As for Hermione, she wants to help Harry through his grieving process by wanting to talk about it. On the train home, Ron is still trying to get Ginny and Harry together but she states her intentions for Dean Thomas. Do you think it's an accident that she isn't trying for Harry? Hermione joined the members of the Order in intimidating the Dursleys. She didn't kiss Harry this year probably because she didn't want Ron to get upset.

What does all this prove? It proves that Harry and Hermione have something for each other that is deeper than friendship. Yes, we would all do some of these things for those we hold dear. But not all of them. These two are unique. Recognizing that uniqueness is usually the first step on the road to love. Hermione will probably be re-evaluating her feelings over the summer. I doubt that after this year her parents will let her stay at the Weasleys again for the summer. They will want her close by and to spend time with her which will give her ample opportunity for inner self examination. Harry on the other hand, may have to have outside intervention to help him see his feelings for what they are. By not having any kind, loving parental unit to make a comparison with he simple won't know what to make of his feelings.

The one unknown factor is Hermione's final words to Harry. "We promise."
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