The Ron/Hermione romance was one of the best things about the new Harry Potter film. I’m glad these reviewers agree.
“I couldn’t really fault the acting, but ironically even though Radcliffe’s Potter is the focal point of the film, the un-requited love affair between Granger and Weasely produces most of the emotional fireworks.”
“Hallows 1” has nice moments of humor even as the trio travels through forests and chilly tundra. Most notably, Ron and Hermione’s maturing (but still cutely immature) relationship offers many giggle-worthy moments. Rowling has always excelled at writing wry little bits that make a reader smile, and after a decade of making these movies, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson know how to exchange glances in just the right way to make a moviegoer giggle with glee. Note the scene where Ron unnecessarily calls for a vote on where they should go next, bluntly jumping at the chance to agree with Hermione so she’ll like him again.
Harry doesn’t have as much to do in “Hallows 1,” but that’s fine; I didn’t exactly crave the familiar sequences of him cringing when his scar hurts, and with the spotlight on Ron and Hermione, Harry comes off as mature and contemplative. The short shrift given to his love life will disappoint some: His relationship with Ginny is underplayed, and I’m guessing they’ll barely have time to bond over a butterbeer in “Hallows 2.” Harry gets more love-esque scenes with Hermione than he does with Ginny; those are cute but tension-free, because it’s already clear that Hermione is Ron’s girl, and that Harry is fine with that.
As for me, I didn’t like the way the film showed Harry appearing to have an attraction to Hermione when Ron leaves. That is completely out-of-character for the honorable Harry Potter we know from the books, a bloke who would never make a move on his best friend’s would-be girlfriend or betray the girl he truly loves, Ginny Weasley. I’m glad that the film showed that Hermione clearly wasn’t interested in Harry and is totally in love with Ron. You can quote me on that! 😉
I’ll post my own review here later, but for now I’ll say that Rupert Grint and Emma Watson did an outstanding job of portraying Ron and Hermione’s love for one another. They were both wonderful in this film. 🙂