This is the kind of thing I had hoped we would NOT get in this thread. I read the blog and it's highly offensive towards OBHWF shippers and to Ron fans as well as Ginny fans. I still maintain my conviction that it is indeed possible to argue a ship without resorting to denigrade a beloved wonderful character. Why isn't it possible to just explain why you prefer H/Hr WITHOUT putting down Ron (using biased and selective arguments at that)??? If that's really absolutely impossible, then I have to draw the conclusion that the H/Hr ship, or rather someone's belief in it, isn't very strong and very founded in the first place. I NEVER argued my ship, R/Hr, by putting down Harry. NEVER. And I am sure it's possible for H/HR too. I am even willing to do so in this thread. I am a die-hard R/Hr shipper, there is no way in the world that could be changed, but in the R/Hr thread I agreed that it would be interesting to play "devil's advocate" and argue pro H/Hr. Not against R/Hr, just pro H/Hr. Why they would make a good couple. I will do so in this thread, but I won't take any Ron or Ginny bashing. I just think it's fair to make that clear right from the beginning. I am hoping for an open, civilized and inspiring discussion.
Well, lets start: I think Harry and Hermione share something special as in they both grew up in the Muggle world and have been thrown into the Wizarding world without knowing too much about it. Except in Hermione's case of course what she read in books. But it must have been terrifying for them and I think no wizard or witch who grew up with magic can quite understand how it feels to come from "oustide" so to speak.
"I still maintain my conviction that it is indeed impossible to argue a ship without resorting to denigrade a beloved wonderful character."
I am of the opinion that it is not impossible to debate a particular 'ship wihout resorting to degrading another character. I read the blog as well, and to tell you the truth, I did not quite like it at all. I felt it was insufficient enough to explain H/Hr to a R/Hr shipper. And, the diction in the blog article was not what I would have chosen in terms of trying to appeal to a mass of people (especially on MovieFone). I mean, really, you're just going to blatantly state your opinion without any consideration for other people? I mean, what do these people expect? The blog writer was a little thick.
She did make some good points. But, very few--i.e. Harry is a very "observant" person...just to state a premise.
I think your playing "Devil's Advocate" is a good idea. I used to be a R/Hr shipper. So, here goes: I suppose...Ron has the type of character that promotes "funniness, affability, and a resilient nature." Notice, I did not say "comic relief" because it denotes that, that is his primary function and he thus becomes merely a secondary character. He becomes relegated to the background, in other words.
The thing with Ron is: his nature is one that works well in conjunction with Hermione's serious persona. The friction between the two--the tension--plays off a sort of "banter" that, contrary to this blog writer's suggestion that Ron would not offer "intellectual stimulation", gives Hermione a challenge to enter into argument. She's always been one for debate.
Though Harry would be the one to match Hermione wit for wit (at times) and offer an "intellectual" sort of banter, Ron keeps Hermione in shape--both physically (running after him if he decides to make emotional decisions [think back to when Ron left Hermione and Harry in Deathly Hallows
--the novel, I am mentioning, even though it happened in the movie]), mentally (all that irritation has to get her thinking), and emotionally (the range of emotions she would feel as a result would be incredible).
Well, I reckon my fellow H/Hr shippers (after reading this) would disown me.
But, hey, you started off playing on the H/Hr side, so I figured it would only be wise to offer some premises for the R/Hr side.