Thursday 1 July 2010

Harry & Me (scratch that) Ron & Me

I woke up the other morning having forgotten that the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer would be online. I realised this approximately two minutes before I absolutely had to leave for work. Needless to say...I was a little late.

My history with Harry Potter started well after its initial publication. I had heard about it for years before I actually got around to reading one. I remember deciding with disdain that I would during my third year school practicum placement for my education degree. I was very wise to the world at 20 (snickers) and decided that I was beyond this kiddie crap (the irony doesn't escape me especially as I was studying Children's Literature as my sub-major.) All the students in my prac class were reading the four titles that were out and I realised it would be a great way to engage with these difficult to impress ten year olds.

I went to the primary school library and inside a week I had read the first four. (I would have been quicker but like all teaching students we need to nap a lot just to summon the energy to return.) I was hooked. I no longer made fun of the premise that I had initially believed to be monumentally stupid.

I am not one of those people who tends to get fixated on things. Even if I adore something I am more appreciative than devout. I don't study the books or rewatch the movies every weekend. For this post I even had to fact check because I don't retain useless facts on the Weasley's fictional life. But there was something about the world of Hogwarts that drew me in. It is not all that surprising considering I also attended boarding school, I have had to wear robes to meals, Greek mythology pushes my buttons and tracing the evolution of friendship really interests me.

Some admissions. I never really gravitated towards Harry. Ever. He never made me cry or emphasise or really anything. For me, Harry's an entry point, a must to have access to some amazing predicaments and characters. From the beginning I was all about Ron, even though on appearance I have a lot more in common with Hermione (which was a name I failed to pronounce correctly until HP6). I am clumsy and foolish. I appreciate a laugh and never feel like I measure up. I don't always try to the best of my abilities because I am confident I will fail. I am not above petty jealousies but I am loyal. I don't have any particular gifts or book smarts but I am calm in a crisis. Ron might seem like the weak link in the Terrific Three but he's far from it. And I felt an instant connection with him from the beginning.

Ron's got a lot to offer. He's shares his family with his friends. He's completely ineffectual at being pissed off for too long and he is totally crushing on one of his besties. I suspect that people sometimes forget that the Weasley's are amongst a smattering of surviving pure blood wizarding families. Despite this, and pressure from distant relations like the Malfoys, Ron befriended a half-blood and a mudblood without a second thought. Ron's heart is open...more so than the other two. He's one classy dude.

I always got the connection between Ron and Hermione. They challenge one another in a way that makes me smile, usually this is due to the snark that accompanies their interchanges and one (or both) storming off in a huff. It's perfection. They are polar opposites in the best way possible and yet that never really impacted their loyalty to the group. Most of all, I quite enjoy all the jealous fuelled incidents over several of the's my literary chocolate.

In seeing the first part of the final film this year, it will finally bring an end to my Harry Potter Ron journey. I might have read the final volume upon its release a few years back, and re-read it last year, but it isn't over until I hear that crooked organ tune playing over the final credit sequence in July of next year.

The trailer looks incredible. From the haunted and aged gaze of Harry, the fire, the duels and the general grandness of it all. I am unbelievably excited....not for another Ginny/Harry snog mind you, but you have to take the good with the bad.

Scenes I am desperately looking forward to seeing in the theatre and then re-watching time and time again on DVD like a stupid little fangirl:
  • Anything with Ron that involves a smart ass comment.
  • The Ron/Hermione snog over elf freedom
  • Ron beating down doors (shrieking like a girl) as Hermoine is tortured (taking it like a man)
  • Everything Ron and Godric's sword
  • Molly kicking Bellatrix's ass in a duel. (I swear the line needs to be exactly as written - "Not my daughter, you bitch")
  • Percy finally siding completely with his family and fighting alongside of them.
  • Fred dying (it will kill me but I hope they give him a good send off with at least a 90 second long death scene)
It occurred to me as I was writing this list that my adoration might be less about Ron and more about the Weasley family. I won't rename the post again because that just makes me look flighty.

But why not? The Weasley's are a liberal family ready to accept everyone and fight for what is right. They raised leaders. Most of their children have retained a prefect position at Hogwarts and been members of (official and otherwise) the Order of the Phoenix. They are an admirable family in every sense of the word, magical or not.

I love them.

I am not ready to say goodbye.


Emily said...

*sniff* what a beautiful tribute. I had a major literary crush on Ron in junior high. In fact, there was a guy a year older than me that looked just like I had pictured Ron. So, he became my crush for that reason. Alas, the feelings were unrequited.

Carla said...

To be frank, this made me cry. Well, not the full post because most of that made me giggle, but that last line hit me where it hurts. I am not ready to say goodbye << because really, neither am I. I grew up with these books, I've spent 12 years of my life with the Harry Potter books. I read the first a few months after it was released on loan from my library. I can never thank that librarian enough for passing me that gold red and blue book and changing how I view books. They make me believe. I'm that sad that I cried when I saw the trailer. I'm not ready to say goodbye, but I dont think I ever will.

Finally before I start waxing poetic more than I already have. YES!! finally, Ron is my favourite character too. He's just loyal and fierce and dumb and silly and just amazing. The Weasleys are the glue that holds the books together, as trite and cliched as that sounds. The books wouldnt be half as popular without them in it.

Loretta Nyhan said...

Thanks for the Ron-love! Great post.

I have a soft spot for the Weaselys as well. Maybe because I have my own little redhead (spitting image of Rupert Grint, btw).

Adele said...

I shall marry him when he becomes of age :)

cat said...

I have to agree with you that the Weasleys are one of the best literature families out there and I adore Ron - more-so by the portrayal of his character by Rupert Grint in the movies because he is fantastic!

I think second in my heart in this series is Neville. I never was drawn to Harry himself and as the books progressed I found him to be rather whiny and irritating. ;)

I didn't know the trailer was coming out this past week so I was so happy when people started posting it on twitter! I cannot wait!

Jenn said...

I too did not jump on the Harry Potter bandwagon until later. Interestingly, it was my grandpa who suggested them to me. At any rate, like you, I was taken in and am sad to see it coming to a close. Thank goodness for DVDs!

Beautiful post.

Maw Books said...

I just wanted to say that I LOVE this post!

Pam Pho said...

Wow fantastically said!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Oh I forgot about the way Ron reacts when Hermione is tortured--they'd better do that right! And Fred def deserves a great send off! Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post, as much as I love Harry and Ron to me what really makes this series wonderful are all those brilliant second characters like Snape (I adore Snape), Dumbledore, Minerva ... and let's not forget Voldemort

The Book Owl said...

What a wonderful post. Your last line combined with the trailer made me cry. I think it's amazing that one perfect series can bring together so many generations and cause so many emotions.

Unknown said...

Beautiful post! You summed up so many of the things I enjoy about the
series, and sent shivers up my spine! (Fred and George are my
favourite characters. I also have a crush on Rupert Grint.)
Have you seen 'Driving Lessons'? It has Rupert Grint and Julie Walters
in it, and gives a great idea of how Molly Weasley will look at her
pentultimate! (I can hear her saying that line right now.)

Critica said...

I like very much that you give the Weasley's so much credit. I don't think I have until now.

Like you, I did not get into Harry Potter right away, and also like you, I thought it looked "monumentally stupid" but it ended up being a huge part of my life.

I am not ready to say goodbye either! Oh, gosh... I'm crying again! I knew it was "over" when the Deathly Hollows came out... but... after this movie, it's REALLY over. Despite the world will want one, there will be no encores.

And no second chances for this director, who I have been very unimpressed with. But, this trailer is so epic, the movie has to be good. It has to be!

I am also a fan of the Twilight Saga, and when I saw this trailer, I was not crying - I was breathing heavily, but I felt like I couldn't breathe at all. I was SOBBING.

Anonymous said...

Awwww, love this post Adele! I always like hearing other people's stories about their relationship with the HP series.

Like you, am a huge Ron fan (us gingers have to stick together!) and you've captured many of the reasons I adore him (and rest of the Weasley family)

Splendibird said...

Much like Carla, this post got me all emotional. I read the first Harry Potter book a couple of years after it first came out - I was about 18. I read the last one while heavily pregnant with my first child (in fact, I read the majority of it aloud to my bump). And the 6th book was sent to me on its release by surprise while I was living in China and was desperate for something good to read...These stories saw me through my entire twenties and while I am excited to see the final film, I am sad that that era of my life has passed...

Riv Re said...

<3 the twins!
When did Hermione get tortured on Ron beat down a door? I don't remember that in the book...

Lawral the Librarian said...

Like so many others have said before, this post made me tear up a bit (I'd be crying if I weren't sneakily reading this at work). Ron really is the best out of the three, though I have a huge soft spot for Hermione as well. Emma Watson looks just like my sister when she's condescending and angry. :)

But the Weasley's really are great! If I ever "grow up" and have kids, I want have a house like there's. Always crazy and always room for one or two more.

Kiwi Ivashkov said...

Aw! I love Ron too! I find him super-cute even now! His mistakes and fears are extremely adorable..and the bit about the Wesley's being a pure blood didn't occur to me!Though i did in the beginning adore Harry but as he grew and is growing older i am beginning to having feelings otherwise. Unlike Ron who somehow seems more neutral and constant than Hermione and Harry-who are getting a lot more spotlights than Ron! He is a cutie and the best part is in TDH he is all built up and taller than Harry which i found amusing!
and the scene in TDH where Ron is screaming for Hermione i cried!It broke my heart! they are soo adorable together!
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