Books: My Thoughts on Even More ‘Harry Potter’ Ships

Screenshot of Jude Law and Mads Mikkelsen from the ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ trailer. Copyright goes to Warner Bros.

Hey! Hallie here!

For those who’ve never been on this blog before, this has been an ongoing series where I list off my opinions on some of the biggest couples in the ‘Harry Potter’ fandom. I keep saying that I’m going to end this series now that I’ve covered so many couples, but there are always couples I forget. So with this post, I make no such promises. There are plenty of really big couples on this list and probably even more I’m forgetting. A few of these couples have been major topics of discussion recently, so know in advance there are a few that I’ve been thinking quite a bit about lately and, because of that, have a lot of opinions on. Let’s get started!

Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald:

I’m diving straight into the most recent couple that’s been drawing attention back to the ‘Harry Potter’ fandom. In the most recent teaser for the newest ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film, Dumbledore tells Grindelwald that he had been in love with him. He actually said it. It didn’t just happen in Rowlings’ imagination this time. While I’m happy that Dumbledore has finally revealed that he’s gay, I still don’t have the highest opinion of the ship. This relationship isn’t really relevant to the ‘Harry Potter’ series and is, therefore, not really brought up. The most we discover in the ‘Harry Potter’ books and movies is that Dumbledore was extremely close with a man named Grindelwald when he went to school. This is used to portray Dumbledore as a more morally complex person than Harry originally thought as a result of Grindelwald being the evil wizard who started the first wizarding war. But there really isn’t any indication that the two had romantic feelings for each other. Rowling decided to expand on their relationship by writing about the death of Ariana Dumbledore, which detailed how a feud between Dumbledore and Grindelwald resulted in the accidental death of Ariana as well as the end of Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s partnership. But still, even in all that, there was no hint at a relationship. That wouldn’t be as big of an issue if Rowling hadn’t spent all her time loudly patting herself on the back for writing a major gay character in her books (Dumbledore). The new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ teaser marks the first time Dumbledore has actually served as representation for the LGBTQ+ community. But I’m still wary about how much will actually be explored in terms of this relationship. As things are, I still don’t love this ship and I’m not going to go to the movie and support Rowling to see if she can change my mind.

Harry Potter and Hermione Granger:

This is another ship that’s been brought up recently, this time by Rowling herself. Because Rowling feels the need to express regret over putting Hermione with Ron instead of Harry every chance she gets. I don’t like Hermione with Ron. I’ve written about all the problems I have with them in the first post in this series. That said, I also very much dislike Hermione with Harry and I think Rowling needs to stop talking about this ship. Harry and Hermione are great friends, but they never seem interested in being anything other than friends. In fact, I find that the screen chemistry between Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson made them feel like brother and sister in the films, especially with moments like the dance scene in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’. And to be honest, that strong platonic bond is a lot more important than a romantic relationship between the two could ever be. For one, women and men aren’t shown in healthy platonic friendships nearly enough in media. For another, making Hermione, the only main female character, just another girl who becomes the main character’s love interest would have thrown her directly into a harmful trope. Hermione’s existence as it is now sends the message that women can be important without falling in love with the lead. Changing that just because her relationship with Ron isn’t great, is idiotic.

Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley:

Now we’re to the relationships I don’t feel the need to dissect so harshly. Hermione and Ginny are a cute couple. You actually see these two interact a lot more than you see either of them interact with Luna, and they seem to have a very trusting friendship. They stay in the same room often when Hermione stays with the Weasleys, and both always come away from these experiences with high opinions of each other and new secrets they learned about one another. I don’t necessarily see any major chemistry between them, but that doesn’t mean that fans can’t write it themselves!

Harry Potter and Tom Riddle:

I feel like this ship just exists because everyone thought young Tom Riddle was hot in ‘Chamber of Secrets’. Which, yes, he kind of was. But Tom Riddle, even at that age, is still much older than Harry. And putting that aside, Tom Riddle is Voldemort. Who is even older than Harry and definitely murdered his parents. So I don’t really get why fans like this one. This ship is a lot more popular than I thought and, with or without a smaller age gap, it’s still problematic. But heroes tend to get shipped with their villains a lot, so I can’t say I’m surprised.

Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort:

Bellatrix absolutely has a thing for Voldemort. It’s clear in every single line and every single scene in both the books and the movies. Bellatrix is married, but it’s heavily hinted at that she did so only to aid further in Voldemort’s plans rather than because she actually wanted to. All that said, Voldemort doesn’t have the capacity to care about anyone in the way Bellatrix cares about him. He clearly finds her very useful, but he’s just as likely to harshly threaten her as he is likely to praise her work. So no, not the ideal relationship. ‘Cursed Child’ attempted to canonize this relationship by making one of its main characters the daughter of these two, but given their relationship I found that to be highly disturbing. I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of this one.

Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein:

How can I not like these two? Newt Scamander is the most adorable character in all of ‘Harry Potter’ and Tina fits him well as a badass who always speaks her mind despite how uncertain she can be. Their shared awkwardness is always a joy to watch, and the way that both get through to one another, mostly by admiring the kindness and capability each display, makes me feel very single. But unfortunately, Rowling has made it impossible for me to justify further supporting her. So my love of this couple will not continue through the rest of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series.

Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall:

This couple was pretty popular when the ‘Harry Potter’ books and movies were initially releasing. A lot of people liked the fact that these two were somewhat similar in age and acted as Harry’s main parental figures while on Hogwarts grounds. But once Rowling started talking about how Dumbledore was a gay character, fans quickly backed off of this ship. I can’t really blame them. While I think Dumbledore has been a poor excuse for LGBTQ+ representation, I still think some representation is better than none. Also, Minerva McGonagall is much too intelligent to start a relationship with someone as shady as Dumbledore. McGonagall is just fine on her own, and if she was to date, she’d deserve better.

Pomona Sprout and Filius Flitwick:

While we’re talking about Hogwarts professors, it’s worth pointing out that many fans decided that it would be fun if even more of the teachers dated. So the Sprout and Flitwick ship began. This relationship then became much larger when a supposed tweet from Rowling confirmed that they had been a couple in the past but had apparently broken it off before their Hogwarts teaching days. This tweet was fake. But then Rowling saw the popularity of the subject and decided to tell everyone that she always thought they had been a couple at some point. Not that anything she says holds any importance. As for me, I can see this couple being cute, but we really don’t know enough about either character for me to have a strong opinion on this.

Dorcas Meadowes and Marlene McKinnon:

If you’re thinking “who?” I’m not going to blame you. These two are only mentioned in passing by Sirius Black. And yet, they’re one of the largest lesbian ships in all of ‘Harry Potter’. Both of these lovely ladies went to school at the same time as the Marauders. They’re mentioned by Sirius specifically because they joined the Order of the Phoenix during the first wizarding war. During the war Dorcas was killed personally by Voldemort whereas Marlene was killed alongside her entire family by Death Eaters. What they did to deserve this treatment, we don’t know. All we know is that the Marauders were close enough to them to mourn their deaths, and that they took a picture together right before their demise. Because of this picture, and as a result of the fandoms love of exploring what the Marauders era might have been like, Dorcas and Marlene became a popular ship. Fans have given each of them their own personalities as well as a sweet relationship that serves as excellent representation for the LGBTQ+ community. This is a great example of fans creativity proving to be more impressive than Rowlings’.

I covered so many couples today that I’m once again, struggling to think of others to cover. But I’m sure I’ll think of something. To be honest, I think the amount of ships in ‘Harry Potter’ could feed this series for a long while, but we’ll see what happens. Until then, remember to be careful about supporting Rowling, and remember to be supportive to all of the amazing ‘Harry Potter’ fans who make this fandom so much lovelier of a place than it could be. I’m so grateful for the kindness and creativity that have still managed to thrive in this fandom.

Don’t do anything fun until I get back!

Hallie

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