J.K. Rowling and the issues she has with Ronald Weasley

Sick and tired of Ronald Weasley bashing

If you’re a Harry Potter  fan, then you may have heard what J.K. Rowling said last week about regretting putting Ron and Hermione as a couple, and how Harry and Hermione should have been together.

J.K. Rowling is a good writer. I always felt that her logic in the Harry Potter books was good. However, after reading her latest words, I’ve had to come to terms with little illogical aspects that bothered me in the series.

The one aspect that I’ve always wondered about is why J.K. Rowling kept bashing Ron as a character. She frequently put him down, making him jealous of Harry in the 4th book, supposedly unkind in the 6th book, scorned at in the fifth and sixth, and jealous again in the 7th book. In the 5th book, it was revealed that Harry would have been made a prefect instead of Ron.  In the 6th book, when Ron made a brilliant save in Quidditch practice, we find out later that it happened by accident. His brothers and sister also put him down frequently, all the while praising Harry. There’s a saying that everyone is good at one thing. The ONE area where Ron was better than Harry and Hermione was in Chess, but that area was only dealt with in the first book, and was never spoken of again. To be a great chess player means that you have to be a great strategist. Harry made some big mistakes that could have been avoided if they had had a good strategist; so why wasn’t the one thing that set Ron apart from the rest brought into the story? It always seemed to me like Ron just kept taking hits as a character. J.K. Rowling’s recent statements saying that Ron and Hermione would have needed couple’s counseling in the future seems like another bashing of Ron.

Another issue that I had, was the fact that Hermione, who was very smart academically and emotionally and was kind, kept viewing Ron as someone who couldn’t accomplish much. Yet she didn’t have the smarts to see that this type of perception of your ‘best friend’ was very hurtful and could rightfully break a relationship. How many of you would keep calling someone your best friend knowing full well that they have such low expectations of you? Whenever Ron did accomplish something, she would be soooooo shocked. When he became prefect instead of Harry, she  angrily said that it couldn’t be possible.

This is what I think: J.K. Rowling has admitted that she dated a lot of Ron -like characters in the past. These men may have been unkind to her. So  she keeps bashing Ron because in retrospect she sees a lot of fault in these men that she dated. However, if indeed the character faults of Ronald Weasley were the character faults of the men she dated, then J.K. Rowling really needs to take another good look at Ron’s so called faults.

In the 5th book, Luna Lovegood calls Ron “mean at times” and Harry agrees. This is a classic case of telling not showing. How exactly was Ron mean from Luna’s perspective? She barely knew him. Oh, Ron wasn’t perfect, but how different was his behavior from Harry’s or Hermione’s? Harry didn’t treat Cho Chang well, blew up at everyone, disrespected people’s privacy, etc.  Hermione never removed the hex she put on Cho Chang’s friend; the girl had that hex for life (on her face). That is CRUEL; being a snitch doesn’t merit that, and Hermione knew better.

Furthermore, why was Hermione never called to answer for her behavior? (the same thing can be said about Harry).  Whenever Hermione was insulted, Ron was ALWAYS quick to her defense, always. We cannot say the same for Hermione. Even Ginny was quick to the defense of Harry, but Hermione was not like that for Ron. In the 6th book, Hermione laughs cruelly at Ron when he makes a mistake, and when he retaliates by making fun of her, she starts crying (typical). Harry comes to her defense saying that he also laughed at Ron’s mistake, but the difference in the laughter is never pointed out. Harry laughed as a joke, Hermione laughed vindictively. I’ve seen this behavior in myself and others in the past, getting upset at people’s mistreatment, but not paying attention  to the seemingly little hurtful things I did that provoked the so called ‘mistreatment’.

In the 6th book Ron starts dating another girl, Lavender. This makes Hermione sad, but why did Ron do this? He had had enough (and rightly so) of Hermione always believing that he was incapable of success. (He also was being mean, and looking for attention, any attention). Hermione, who was smart and kind to others, never seemed to see how her negative perception of Ron was affecting their relationship, and never apologizes for this behavior in any one of the books.  Imagine what the 6th book would have been like if Hermione had just admitted to viewing Ron in such a negative light, had apologized, and had promised to change. I think this could have helped Ron care about the wrong choices he was making in  the 6th and 7th book, like dating Lavender.

Ron, on the other hand, opened up his family for Harry and Hermione and never once complained. An insult on anyone of his friends was taken as an insult to him. He never mocked or made fun of his family members. When Harry became the Quidditch team captain, Ron was genuinely happy that Harry would now get privileges that he and Hermione already enjoyed as prefects. This is why I had a problem with J.K. Rowling making him jealous of Harry. Sure, he may have had jealous thoughts, but to break up a close friendship out of jealousy just feels so out of place to me. It made me wonder why J.K. Rowling kept portraying Ron like this.

I’ve noticed that at times writers may have an image of a character in their mind, but the person that comes out of their pen does not entirely resemble that person. The men that J.K. Rowling based Ron on may have been unkind, but the Ron that came out of her pen wasn’t very unkind.

I’d like to conclude by saying:

J.K. Rowling, please  stop bashing Ron. Whatever some Ron-like character did to you, please stop making an innocent character pay for their crimes.

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4 thoughts on “J.K. Rowling and the issues she has with Ronald Weasley

  1. Great article even if I don’t exactly agree 100% with everything you said. Ron bashing is just tiring and stupid. However I don’t think Hermione’s actions to Ron was really that bad and they were certainly better than his family.
    I don’t think Rowling said she regrets putting Ron and Hermione – it’s just done by those lying media articles that would have made Rita Skeeter proud. The counselling statement was aimed at both Ron and Hermione as Rowling did say both of them to be better.

    “In the 6th book, when Ron made a brilliant save in Quidditch practice, we find out later that it happened by accident. His brothers and sister also put him down frequently, all the while praising Harry.”
    It’s actually the 5th book when Ron made that accident save. However I would contend to say Ron could be brilliant and was shown to be brilliant when he overcame his nerves like during the match against Ravenclaw in OotP and opening match against Slytherin in HBP. I thought it was fine here.
    Yeah, his family really wasn’t great to Ron especially compared to Harry. Is it any wonder when the Horcrux showed him that his mother prefers Harry as a son?

    “When he became prefect instead of Harry, she angrily said that it couldn’t be possible.”
    “Even Ginny was quick to the defense of Harry, but Hermione was not like that for Ron.”
    Was Hermione angry really? I just thought she was shocked and then she rightly came to his defence against the twins while Harry was fuming. It doesn’t sound that bad to me. She also tried quite hard to make Ron forget about the Weasley is our King lyrics from the nasty Slytherins afterwards.

    Fully agree with you on the points about Luna had little authority to speak for Ron and Hermione did not have to answer for her bad actions. Another example would be the attacking canaries where we were meant to see Ron as the bad guy here.

    The fact she dated Ron characters a lot – Honestly I don’t really think she meant what she said there as in the same interview she did say this:
    “Ron and Hermione, however, are drawn to each other because they balance each other out. Hermione’s got the sensitivity and maturity that’s been left out of Ron, and Ron loosens up Hermione a bit, gets her to have some fun. They love each other and they bicker a bit, but they enjoy bickering, so we shouldn’t worry about it.”
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/54889/12-post-potter-revelations-jk-rowling-has-shared

    “Hermione, who was smart and kind to others, never seemed to see how her negative perception of Ron was affecting their relationship, and never apologizes for this behavior in any one of the books. Imagine what the 6th book would have been like if Hermione had just admitted to viewing Ron in such a negative light, had apologized, and had promised to change. I think this could have helped Ron care about the wrong choices he was making in the 6th and 7th book, like dating Lavender.”
    My guess is something similar actually DID happen after Ron was poisoned and Hermione visited him in the hospital wing as seen by their interactions afterwards.

    ‘Sure, he may have had jealous thoughts, but to break up a close friendship out of jealousy just feels so out of place to me.’
    I think the only time where this came close to happening was during the Triwizard Tournament. Even when it was happening Ron never stopped caring for Harry’s wellbeing. Even the best friends fight at times so I don’t see it as a big deal.
    Fully agree with the conclusion.

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      • Thanks for your reply! I think the main problem is that too many people hypocritically try to blame Ron for everything that went wrong within the Trio when Harry and/or Hermione’s behaviours were just as guilty if not worse than Ron in those cases. A good example would be Ron snogging Lavender in HBP; somehow Hermione’s behaviour was totally OK while Ron was a horrid abuser.

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