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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HERMIONE!!

(Technically, a little bit belated, just as I am technically a little belated in posting this on the 19th.  However, it's still the 19th in all the other U.S. time zones.)

[livejournal.com profile] upupa_epops requested Adult Hermione Headcanons, which was so much fun.
+ After Kingsley Shacklebolt becomes headmaster, Hermione makes sure that he offers the house-elves the same wages that Dumbledore did.  The majority might refuse and disdain the idea, but she ensures that they at least have a choice in the matter.
+ After finding her parents and before returning to Hogwarts to do seventh year and take her N.E.W.T.s, Hermione takes a short sabbatical from the wizarding world to reconnect with her parents.  She can't cut herself off completely from the wizarding world, of course, not right after the war (and what would Ron and Harry do without her?), so she still sends/receives owls, but she limits her communication to just close friends and professors.  She spends the summer visiting her extended family and taking care of her parents, helping them readjust to their lives and trying to be the daughter they (finally) remember.

+ She introduces her children and nieces and nephews to all her favorite muggle movies growing up, and whenever something Big and Exciting comes to the cinema in the summer, she gives them the option of going.

+ She guest lectures at Muggle Studies classes.

+ She and Viktor Krum keep up regular correspondence (well, this is technically soft canon, if you take JKR's word, which I do), and she attends his wedding in Bulgaria.  Ron is very grumpy about it, until she reminds him that Krum getting married means he definitely is not interested in her.

+ Unpopular Opinion: You know that JKR interview with Emma Watson about Hermione and Ron needing couples therapy that stirred all the controversy a few months back?  Welp, I totally buy it.  I'm too much of a romantic to think that Hermione and Ron would ever divorce, but I would absolutely believe that they had marital problems worthy of therapy.  I never fully bought their romance, especially in the later books; I love Ron dearly, but he can be a huge jackass, and I really don't think his level of sensitivity/maturity is, well, evolved enough for them to sustain a relationship?  Don't get me wrong, I love Ron, he is my third favorite character because he's Ron, but I was always very uncomfortable with the viciousness with which he treated Harry and Hermione when he was mad at them (GoF/DH and PoA/HBP, respectively).  And Hermione is not the most patient/understanding person when it comes to humor/dicking around, even inoffensively.  I think at its most basic, my problem boils down to: they seem like they're meant to fulfill the "opposites attract" trope, but I rarely felt like we saw how they reached a happy medium between their extremely different personalities.  Since the books are from Harry's POV and we're not privy to their relationship outside of him, I give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it was more functional off-screen (especially in OotP when Harry is depressed and not being a very good friend).

What I'm trying to say is, I have no problem head-cannoning that Hermione and Ron have marital problems.  I think it's really telling that even 19 years in the future, Ron apparently lies to her (when he admits to Harry that he Confunded the muggle driving examiner); now I've never been married, but I'm prettttty sure that's not a healthy sign.

+ At the end of the day, Hermione and Ron love each other and work through their issues.

+ So Rose and Scorpius should totally be a thing y/y?  Because there's nothing funnier than the thought of Ron and Draco being forced to shared grandchildren and continuing to try to hex each other even when they're decrepit 120-year-olds, y/y?

When Hermione learns that Rose has befriend Malfoy's son, warning bells go off in her head, but she believes in not blaming the son for the sins of the father too much to tell Rosie not to see him anymore.  She keeps as close an eye on the friendship as she can while they're at Hogwarts (Neville gets many a would-be-casual query in their letters), and she tells Ron that he's not to try to prejudice Rose against Scorpius.

When Neville writes Hermione that he saw Rose and Scorpius holding hands in the hall outside class, she feels a swooping sensation in her stomach and her heart leaps into her throat.  The rug stays under her, though; after a moment, she realizes that somehow, part of her always knew this was going to happen.  At that moment, Hermione makes a vow to herself that no matter how much she dislikes Malfoy, she'll never hold what he did to her against his innocent son.

When Rose nervously introduces Scorpius to her parents, Hermione tries to be as friendly and welcoming as can be.  Thoughts of how Molly welcomed Hermione into the Burrow are never far from her mind.  She coaxes, reasons with, and threatens Ron and Harry into behaving themselves around Scorpius as well.  They do, grudgingly (Harry with a little more graciousness).  Hermione also takes it upon herself to invite Astoria to lunch, the first step in building a fragile bridge between the older generation.  They meet in an Indian restaurant in Diagon Alley.  Hermione tells Ron she probably won't be more than an hour; they end up chatting until the start of the dinner hour.

Scorpius always seems a little petrified around Ron, but he gradually relaxes in Hermione's presence.  Years later, after he and Rose are engaged, he asks Hermione if he can speak to her alone, and then he thanks her for always welcoming him and says, voice trembling, how sorry he is for what his family did to her.  Hermione hushes him before he can finish and hugs him fiercely and realizes she can't remember when she stopped thinking of him as a Malfoy and started thinking of him as her son-in-law.

Many, many years later, the wheelchair duels between the fathers-in-law are epic.  Hermione referees.

IDK where the fuck that all came from. Please pardon the feels.

Date: 2014-09-20 08:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] upupa-epops.livejournal.com
OMG I WANT THE WHEELCHAIR DUELS!!!

What mostly sets my alarm bells about Ron/Hermione is Ron's jealousy tbh. Ron is generally a good and loving person, but he has a terrible inferiority complex, and with a brilliant girl like Hermione, it just wouldn't work. Maybe I'm projecting, but I think he wouldn't feel good about her successes, especially academic. Hermione would end up either being mad at him all the time, or feeling guilty about being intelligent.

Date: 2014-09-30 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gryfndor-godess.livejournal.com
Sorry for the late response!!

Ron's jealousy tbh

THIS!! And we so rarely saw him rise above it of his own accord! I mean, in DH he gets over his Harry/Hermione jealousy b/c Harry assures him that they're not together; that's not character growth. There's zero indication that if Harry/Hermione had been together, Ron would ever have been able to accept it in a mature manner (Han Solo he is not). And when he's jealous he gets so petty and vicious.

Date: 2014-09-20 10:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ever-neutral.livejournal.com
YES GOOD

And you're not wrong about Hermione/Ron. tbh I don't get why JKR saying what she said deems her as a h8er since I'm pretty sure MOST long-term marriages would benefit from counselling. ~_o And Hermione and Ron always had a volatile relationship (the only thing I disagree with is that I think it's because they were always too SIMILAR, actually), so the two of them being together together would be a hot mess. ;) Sometimes you are just not a great fit with the people you happen to be madly in love with.

Date: 2014-09-30 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gryfndor-godess.livejournal.com
I don't get why JKR saying what she said deems her as a h8er since I'm pretty sure MOST long-term marriages would benefit from counselling

I did not get a lot of the flak that JKR got after that interview. Not only painting her as a hater but the expectation that an author isn't allowed to comment on her work after the fact. Like, IDGAF about whether or not the author is supposed to dead, at the end of the day they're still her characters and she can opine on them however she wants, just like readers can choose to ignore her. TBH I sort of had to just ignore most of the Tumblr stuff I saw about that interview because it made me ~see red.

And yeah, counseling definitely FTW.

because they were always too SIMILAR, actually

How do you mean? Like, too quick to give into their tempers?

Date: 2014-10-01 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ever-neutral.livejournal.com
tbh I think JKR sometimes goes too far into telling us how we should be reacting to her story, though, which I'm not here for. (Also, the whole shebang about Dumbledore's sexuality, which was never actually put INTO the books, grrrrrrr.)

Like, too quick to give into their tempers?

Pretty much. Too argumentative and spiteful (see: Hermione trying to make Ron jealous all through book 6) and emotionally immature and unwilling to appear vulnerable.

Date: 2014-10-01 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gryfndor-godess.livejournal.com
I go back and forth on how I feel about the Dumbledore reveal, since the other teachers' love lives weren't mentioned either and Harry was not the most observant of narrators. I wish she had put it into the books, but I'm glad she at least talked about it afterward.

I do like when she opines on Snape, cause she does not put up with apologist crap heh heh.

All that romantic angst in book 6 was unfortunate. :/

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