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When Steve Kloves (who wrote the majority of the Potter screenplays) met J.K. Rowling for the first time, he told her straight up that Hermione was his favorite character. Rowling admitted to being relieved, and who could blame her? It was more likely for Hermione to end up disrespected on screen—she wouldn’t be the first female hero to get butchered in the reels.

But this resulted in an undercutting of Ron’s entire character from the first movie. Don’t believe it? When the trio go after the Philosopher’s Stone, they face a series of tests that demand each of their skills in turn. Time likely demanded that this sequence be cut down, and so Hermione’s test—solving Professor Snape’s potion riddle—was removed entirely. To make up for this, she gets them out of the Devil’s Snare, Professor Sprout’s deadly plant. Hermione shouts to Harry and Ron to relax so the foliage will release them—but Ron continues to panic and moan (in campiest fashion possible because he’s played by a child actor and these things are always requested of them), requiring Hermione to blast the thing with a sunlight spell.

In the book, Hermione is the one who panics. She remembers what her lessons taught her—that the Devil’s Snare will recoil at fire—but balks at their lack of matches while they are being strangled to death. Ron immediately shrieks to the rescue YOU ARE A WITCH YOU HAVE A WAND YOU KNOW SPELLS WHAT ARE MATCHES.

It’s a simple change, but it makes such a marked difference in how both characters come off to an audience. Rather than a near-infant, incapable of following the clearest directions, Ron is the even-keeled nitty-gritty one. He’s a tactician, the one who will find the simplest answer to a problem provided that the situation is dire enough to ensure his clear head. Ron is good under pressure and brave to boot. He’s also hilarious.

It is easy to write this off as an actor problem; Emma Watson matured and improved much faster than her costars in terms of talent—and Steve Kloves liked her portrayal so much that he started giving her many of Ron’s important lines. During The Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black is trying to get to Peter Pettigrew (currently disguised as Scabbers the Rat), but Ron and Hermione are convinced he’s after Harry. In the book, Ron stares up defiantly from his mangled, broken leg and tells Sirius Black that if he wants Harry, he’ll have to get through his friends first.

Yeah, my leg hurts way too much, Hermione. You take this one. But say it’s from me. And in the film, it’s Hermione who boldly steps in the line of fire while Ron sobs in pain and babbles incoherently.

These rewrites not only depict Ron as an idiot coward—they also make him an outright jerk. When Professor Snape snaps at Hermione yet again for being an insufferable know-it-all, movie-Ron gives her a look and drawls, “He’s right, you know.” Wait, what?! Harry, why are you friends with this prick? Well, maybe because the Ron Weasley that J.K. Rowling put on paper was in that exact same situation, and immediately leapt to Hermione’s defense when she was being abused by a teacher—“You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don’t want to be told?”

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Erased by Time and Blockbusters—The Cautionary Tale of Ron Weasley (via messrmona)

I’ve been indignant about this for years and this makes me even smadder, Of course I adore Hermione, but she’s already wonderful enough without needing to character assassinate Ron to build her up.

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For the first time in his eleven years, Harry James Potter got to open proper presents at Christmas, all because Ron Weasley wrote home and told his own parents that Harry wasn’t expecting anything.
What the Weasleys lacked in galleons, they more than made up for in heart.

I love the Weasleys 

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"The sword clanged as Ron dropped it. He had sunk to his knees, his head in his arms. He was shaking, but not, Harry realized, from cold. Harry crammed the broken locket into his pocket, knelt down beside Ron, and placed a hand cautiously on his shoulder. He took it as a good sign that Ron did not throw it off.
“After you left,” he said in a low voice, grateful for the fact that Ron’s face was hidden, “she cried for a week. Probably longer, only she didn’t want me to see. There were loads of nights when we never even spoke to each other. With you gone…”
He could not finish; it was now that Ron was here again that Harry fully realized how much his absence had cost them.
“She’s like my sister,” he went on. “I love her like a sister and I reckon that she feels the same way about me. It’s always been like that. I thought you knew.”
Ron did not respond, but turned his face away from Harry and wiped his nose noisily on his sleeve. Harry got to his feet again and walked to where Ron’s enormous rucksack lay yards away, discarded as Ron had run toward the pool to save Harry from drowning. He hoisted it onto his own back and walked back to Ron, who clambered to his feet as Harry approached, eyes bloodshot but otherwise composed.
“I’m sorry,” he said in a thick voice. “I’m sorry I left. I know I was a - a -” He looked around at the darkness, as if hoping a bad enough word would swoop down upon him and claim him. “You’ve sort of made up for it tonight,” said Harry. “Getting the sword. Finishing off the Horcrux. Saving my life.” “That makes me sound a lot cooler than I was,” Ron mumbled. “Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was” said Harry. “I’ve been trying to tell you that for years.”
Simultaneously they walked forward and hugged, Harry gripping the still-sopping back of Ron’s jacket."

— Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 19, The Silver Doe (via sundaystorms)

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He’s like “OH, YEAH!” I enjoy beatings!

That moment when movie Harry was EXACTLY like book Harry

THAT. Yes. Exactly. I don’t have a HUGE problem with movie Harry, but he was definitely less sarcastic, less awkward, and way more earnest than book Harry. This line is perfect.

#you mean the only time

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“He’s my best friend.”

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How did Harry Potter not even get nominated for best editing when leaving everything out was the only thing they actually put some effort into

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#hey remember how Ron’s insecurity stemmed from always feeling like he was the one who was not good enough to be friends with The Famous Harry Potter and The Brilliant Hermione Granger and having Amazing Older Siblings and then the movie did exactly just that and…
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#FUCK YOU, KLOVES, FUCK YOU

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#FUCK YOU, KLOVES, FUCK YOU

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THAT AWKWARD MOMENT WHEN WHAT THE FUCK

THAT AWKWARD MOMENT WHEN WHAT THE FUCK

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lissomelle:

# I technically don’t ship it # but # the h/hr people on my dash are wonderful and have made me appreciate this relationship

As a R/Hr shipper (maybe especially so?), I have to agree.  I definitely think the H/Hr shippers that I’ve encountered on Tumblr are just all around great people, full stop, which makes it all the more saddening to reflect on past and present pettiness.  Either way, I think what mainly got everyone riled up (or still does, because fandom is cyclical and [especially horrible] old habits die hard) is the argument about interpretation, and how strictly everyone should be confined to one version or another. I actually really like the dancing scene in DH Pt. 1, for example, because I think it’s sweet and reads as purely platonic, but I still resent being told that that means I’m viewing it incorrectly.  I don’t care if it makes people ship it — I just want to appreciate it the way I see it.  It follows what I think a great friend would do for another when they’re both feeling low, and the fact that it was a brief moment that clearly didn’t make Ron’s absence all better reinforces the idea of the trio as a unit.

I have major problems with Hermione’s line about staying in the forest and growing old together for precisely this reason, because I find it not only extraneous — it also negates the undercurrent of connectivity amongst the three of them that’s so important.  The shippy stuff really doesn’t matter to me in light of that transgression.  And I think it’s one of the biggest weaknesses of the film adaptations, really; the way Ron’s friendship with either Harry or Hermione is vastly underplayed and how he, as a character, thus becomes more of an afterthought when they’re ALL integral to the group.  If anything, the dilution of Ron and Harry’s friendship disappoints me the most because they’re clearly brothers in the books in every way minus biology, and the films would have Ron be nothing more than the lone Obligatory Guy Friend who’s there to look more scared than Harry when they’re in danger.  FAIL.

lissomelle:

# I technically don’t ship it # but # the h/hr people on my dash are wonderful and have made me appreciate this relationship

As a R/Hr shipper (maybe especially so?), I have to agree.  I definitely think the H/Hr shippers that I’ve encountered on Tumblr are just all around great people, full stop, which makes it all the more saddening to reflect on past and present pettiness.  Either way, I think what mainly got everyone riled up (or still does, because fandom is cyclical and [especially horrible] old habits die hard) is the argument about interpretation, and how strictly everyone should be confined to one version or another.

I actually really like the dancing scene in DH Pt. 1, for example, because I think it’s sweet and reads as purely platonic, but I still resent being told that that means I’m viewing it incorrectly.  I don’t care if it makes people ship it — I just want to appreciate it the way I see it.  It follows what I think a great friend would do for another when they’re both feeling low, and the fact that it was a brief moment that clearly didn’t make Ron’s absence all better reinforces the idea of the trio as a unit.

I have major problems with Hermione’s line about staying in the forest and growing old together for precisely this reason, because I find it not only extraneous — it also negates the undercurrent of connectivity amongst the three of them that’s so important.  The shippy stuff really doesn’t matter to me in light of that transgression.  And I think it’s one of the biggest weaknesses of the film adaptations, really; the way Ron’s friendship with either Harry or Hermione is vastly underplayed and how he, as a character, thus becomes more of an afterthought when they’re ALL integral to the group. 

If anything, the dilution of Ron and Harry’s friendship disappoints me the most because they’re clearly brothers in the books in every way minus biology, and the films would have Ron be nothing more than the lone Obligatory Guy Friend who’s there to look more scared than Harry when they’re in danger.  FAIL.

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Top 5 R/Hr book moments that are not in the movies (and that’s a shame) | 03. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 - The Wedding
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I WILL HATE YOU FOREVER KLOVES FOR TAKING THAT AWAY FROM US AND GIVING A DANCE SCENE TO ANOTHER CERTAIN PAIRING YOU’RE SO FOND OF.

I will hate Kloves forever for everything he chooses to be.

What she said.

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Top 5 R/Hr book moments that are not in the movies (and that’s a shame) | 03. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 - The Wedding

Art.

I WILL HATE YOU FOREVER KLOVES FOR TAKING THAT AWAY FROM US AND GIVING A DANCE SCENE TO ANOTHER CERTAIN PAIRING YOU’RE SO FOND OF.

I will hate Kloves forever for everything he chooses to be.

What she said.