Ron and Hermione’s first kiss is an iconic moment in the Harry Potter films, but its portrayal in the books is far superior.
One of the most memorable first kisses in film history belongs to Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley from Harry Potter series. After seven books and eight long films, these friends are finally cementing their relationship to something more. However, while the iconic moment in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is dramatic and satisfying, it does not culminate the years of tension and emotion in the same way that the book version does.
One of the main reasons why the moment does not land the same is that director David Yates decided to omit a crucial side story that begins during Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and further developed during The Order of the Phoenix. Without this story, the book version of the kiss is not possible, forcing Yates to create a new situation that gave the couple their long-awaited moment.
Back in JK Rowlings Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hermione started an organization called the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare (SPEW) to fight for the rights of house elves everywhere. She learns that Hogwarts employs house elves in their kitchens and that their treatment of them was less than standard. Upset and furious, she starts this organization and keeps it going until the end of her time at Hogwarts. Ron and Harry were the first to join SPEW, and it grew from there.
During the battle of Hogwarts in the last book, as Harry, Ron and Hermione tumble through the middle of the chaos, Ron remembers that the house elves are likely to get caught in the kitchens and likely need help. For Hermione, this was a milestone moment in her relationship with Ron. His genuine care and maturity in that moment completely overwhelmed her and their long awaited moment finally comes when she kisses him.
In the movie version, the moment comes when Ron and Hermione are down in the Chamber of Secrets and destroy one of the Horcruxes. After the backlash by destroying the horcrux, and in the heat of battle and everything else going on, the couple finally kisses. But even though it’s dramatic and really fits the moment, it does not do their relationship justice.
After all that Hermione and Ron had been through, it was ultimately their difference in maturity and responsibility that caused the hesitation on both sides. Although at the end of The Half-Blood Prince they both knew each other’s feelings, they still did not act on it. In the books, Hermione needed Ron’s selfless action at that moment to convince her that he was ready for her, while the film treats it more as a matter of time rather than a matter and action.
Sure, both versions of Hermione and Ron’s first kiss were long-awaited and well-executed, but the book version did more justice to the characters and their journey together, from friends to partners.
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