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The Thing You'll Miss The Most
More than friends, closer than brothers....
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mcmuffins_js From: mcmuffins_js Date: March 17th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, BOYS!!!! This is great - I love Ron not knowing the truth until he says it! And it just being so perfect and right with Harry, them understanding each other and all :) And I'm a Hermione fan, but, meh, do what you want with her, right?
shadowfiction From: shadowfiction Date: March 17th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
It's really the difference between a relationship where the balance of power is equal, and one where it's grossly weighted in favour of one partner.

I'm glad so many of the Hermione fans are reading and appreciating this story! Now, I don't hate Hermione, by any means. She's not my favourite character to write, but I've always written her symapathetically in the past. This was the first time I hadn't redeemed her, and I really did wonder if people would appreciate what I'd tried to achieve.

People change, and not always for the better. I can think of a couple of people who were my friends in high school whom I haven't spoken to in close to a decade, and now, they're almost unrecognisable as the people I knew back then. One girl in particular has lost most of the characteristics I liked about her, and expanded on her worst qualities, due in part to her long term partner/fiancee. She's let him build her body image issues to a new height of paranoia, and rejected her old friends because they don't fit in with the image he wants them to fit as a couple. Fitting in and self esteem were always problems for her, but they came second to her vivaciousness and assertiveness back when I knew her. Now, any communication I recieve from her comes across as angry, bitter and defensive. When another friend of ours expressed concern that she was heavily dieting and exercising despite being underweight, she viciously verbally attacked her.

So with Hermione and Ron, I took characteristics they both already had at Hogwarts, and amplified them. Hermione's need for control and difficulties with empathy were heightened, as were Ron's lack of self esteem and sense of inferiority. Put both in a small living space, stir, and watch the inevitable disaster.

And though Harry didn't come into this very much, I tried to show that he was gay and fancied Ron, but couldn't stand to be around Ron and Hermione like that. He couldn't get involved, because it was their mess to sort out and he didn't feel he could be impartial, but likewise, he couldn't just watch it. So he worked double triple overtime, and when he didn't want to go home, he'd go to some club or bar and find some anonymous stranger to be close to, for a while. That's why once they get together, Harry's suddenly at home a lot more often than he had been.
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