Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.
A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.
So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.
“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.
When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.
So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.
In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.
So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.
Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?
[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]
I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.
Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?
She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.
Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that.
The Standing Side of the Escalator
Grand Central New York, NY
Great for a cry on the go! Grand Central offers a wonderful large escalator from the 7 train up to where the other trains board. If you stay to the right and remain on the the standing side, it can be a wonderful crying experience. With people only in front and behind you, you can feel free to cry without anyone looking or wondering what you’re up to! Great for a 1-2 minute quick cry.
- Zapoi – Russian
We’ve all done it, gone out on a bend for 48hrs of non-stop partying and drinking, only to wake up somewhere utterly random having done something totally unexpected the night before. The Russian’s call this “Zapoi”
- Ayurnamat – Inuit
Simply and to the point, it’s a philosophy that you shouldn’t fret about that which you cannot change.
- Culaccino – Italian
Trust the biggest coffee drinkers in the world to come up with this one. ‘Culaccino’ is the term used to describe the ring a glass or cup leaves on a table.
- Tartle - Scottish
That fleeting moment of hesitation when you’re introducing someone, only to totally forgot their name before composing yourself and remembering.
- Goya – Urdu
The suspension of disbelief that can occur through good fiction or storytelling It takes a talented storyteller, to create a sense of ‘Goya’ or as we would called it “disbelief and wonder”
- Prozvonit – Czech
If you’re too cheap to pay for a phonecall, you’ll have done this before. It’s a term used to describe the act of calling someone, letting the phone ring out a few times and then hanging up. Thus forcing the other person to call you back on their own dime.
- Dépaysement – French
The longing feeling of being homesick.
- Sobremesa – Spanish
Those clichéd conversations You’ve just had a delicious dinner with your friends and now you’re all talking about food related subjects and discussing the meal.
- Ya’aburnee – Arabic
This might seem like a morbid one, it means “You bury me”, but it’s actually quite romantic. By using the term, you’re inferring that you hope you die first because living without your partner would be too unbearable.
- Jayus – Indonesian
A joke or pun that is so bad that you can’t help laughing at how stupid it is.
- Kyoikumama - Japanese
The ‘Tiger Mum’ who aggressively pushes her kids to reach ever rising levels of academic achievement.
- Torschlusspanik – German
It’s direct translation is “gate-closing panic” but its often used as a metaphor to describe that narrowing of options as you grow older.
- Tingo – Pascuense (Easter Island)
Taking objects you want from a person’s house by gradually borrowing all of them.” If you had a friend who had all the cool toys you wish you had, then you might have partaken in a bit of “Tingo” - taking treasured items from someone’s home by “borrowing” them gradually over time…
- Spaegie – Shetland Dialect
The soreness you feel in your muscles a day or so after you’ve had a hard workout. Even if you warm down after an intense workout, the chances are you’re going to feel a little sore or “spaegie” the next day.
- Aşermek – Turkish
Used to summarise a pregnant woman’s unusual cravings for peculiar food combinations.
- Nekama – Japanese
Easy and useful, it describes a deceptive man pretending to be a female on the internet.
- L’appel du vide – French
Used to describe a bizarre and yet sudden urge to leap from exceptionally high places something we recommend you avoid, unless you have a parachute.
- Mamihlapinatapei – Yagan (Indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego)
Ever made eye contact with a stranger across the room? Or experienced that unspoken magnetic sexual chemistry with someone you know? Whilst not only being a mouthful “Mamihlapinatapei” describes that silent glance between two people who lust after each other but are reluctant to make the first move.
for this is where you belong,
tight against my skin.
“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
— Vincent van Gogh
- me at 7AM: tired
- me at 12PM: tired
- me at 3PM: tired
- me at 7PM: tired
- me at 10PM: tired
- me at 2AM: TIME TO REDECORATE MY ENTIRE ROOM