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July 26, 2014

Tribute - Katie Boyer, Head of Teen Services at Benton Harbor Public Library

In this post, Katie Boyer --- the Head of Teen Services at Benton Harbor Public Library --- explains why the fact that Harry Potter doesn't end up with "the" girl (Hermione) is one of her favorite things about the series.


There are so many things I love about the Harry Potter series, and so many great memories I have associated with it.  I remember the very moment I finished the series, sitting out on my porch and just feeling what I’d read.  There are so many characters I loved in the series: Fred & George, Sirius, Luna, Neville and more.  But, when thinking about writing this, one thought kept coming back to me; I love that in this series, the hero doesn’t get the girl.

That’s right.  Harry Potter is obviously the hero of this series (the books are all named after him), but in the end, he doesn’t get “the” girl.  There was a big discussion recently about how Hermione should have ended up with Harry instead of Ron, but I like it best the way it was written.  I think the fact that Hermione doesn’t end up with Harry makes sense, and it makes Harry more likable and keeps Harry from being too perfect.  One of the best things about this series is that Harry makes mistakes.  Harry is not a perfect hero, he is someone who falls, who is whiny, and who needs his friends.  Plus, I love the fact that Harry ends up marrying Ginny, and by marriage he becomes a Weasley.  I can’t think of a more perfect ending for Harry then to officially be part of his adopted family who has stood by him throughout the entire series.

One of the best things about this series is that Harry makes mistakes.  Harry is not a perfect hero, he is someone who falls, who is whiny, and who needs his friends.

I think Ron and Hermione complement each other, and I think the fact that Harry’s fame and heroism didn’t make Hermione fall in love with him is perfect.  Hermione loves Harry, that is obvious, but they are equals, they are best friends, they are not romantic interests.  If Harry had ended up with Hermione, then I think that would have just made Ron a sidekick, and not a full character on his own.  And Ron deserves so much more than to just be Harry’s sidekick.  I cheered for Ron to move out of his brother’s shadows and to become his own person, and I think finding love even up against the famous “boy who lived” helps give Ron that extra something that keeps him from being a dopey sidekick and makes him a full character.  Also, I think that it is sweet that Ron and Hermione’s patronses match up, just like James and Lily’s did.

There are so many things to love about the Harry Potter series, and I had a hard time picking just one thing to write about.  Honestly, I could have written paragraphs about multiple characters and why I love them, or about my memories of reading the series, or even about what class I’d most like to attend at Hogwarts.  


Katie Boyer is the Head of Teen Services at the Benton Harbor Public Library. She's pretty much a big kid herself and loves YA books, video & board games and all things pop culture.