Great Duos from Harry Potter
a blog written by Kierstinnn
Harry Potter month is a really important month to me. I feel like I’ve been so immersed in the Wizarding World for years. I annually compete in our town’s Harry Potter Trivia Contest, and the first movie I ever saw in a theatre was ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ when I was four years old. So, I’m really excited to be writing this blog!
I’ve decided to rank the top ten duos from the Harry Potter series, including the more recent additions of the franchise, such as ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’. The criteria for this was really, really easy - just at some point in the series, be an awesome duo! Unfortunately, that means that the Golden Trio will not be included on the list, even though they are awesome, without a doubt.
So without further ado, here are my picks for top duos in the Harry Potter series:
10. Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonnagal
This may be the most surprising to be on the list. I’m assuming that many people will believe that most of these duos will be couples, and that may be true, but this is a duo that cannot be stopped. When you combine the “greatest sorcerer in the world” with the woman who Harry Potter respects so much that he performs the Cruciatus curse upon a man who spits at her, you get an undeniably powerful duo. They are always on each other’s team and value the opinions of one another.
9. James Potter and Sirius Black
All in all, I wish that we knew more about this fantastic duo. I mean, as readers, we felt fantastic when we got to see a snippet of James alive. And we got to spend hardly two books with Sirius. But, from the way that we see Sirius loving Harry (and, mostly, seeing James in him), we know that Sirius and James were not only the best of friends, but very loyal friends to one another, to the point that Sirius is Harry’s godfather.
8. Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks
I actually had a really hard time deciding between putting this relationship up or the one of Fleur Delacour and Bill Weasley, because both are so similar. Both of them taught that, above all else, love can overpower. Who cares if one is a werewolf? Tonks and Fleur sure didn’t care! But, in the end, I decided to place Tonks and Lupin in this list because of their stories being more powerful in the end. Lupin is a character that very strongly loved Harry (enough to name him Teddy’s godfather), but in almost a more genuine way than nearly anyone else did. Also, they both died in the Battle of Hogwarts to reestablish the Orphans of War point that is so powerful in the series.
7. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger
I am very much a shipper of this couple. Ron is actually my favorite character in the series, and in every single “Who are you from Harry Potter?” quiz that I have ever taken, I have gotten Hermione. So, why are they at number 7? I love the slow build to their relationship. Rereading, I found hints that Ron liked Hermione in the second novel. It shows the development needed by both of them to actually commit to one another in the end. The reason they are sort of low on this list is because of Ron. Choosing to abandon Hermione and Harry in the Deathly Hallows is my biggest issue with Ron’s character. They both choose to take interest in other people to hurt one another, and it really bothers me. In the end, they’re happy and in love, but I can’t forgive Hermione for taking McLaggen to Slughorn’s Christmas party or Ron for leaving them in the woods.
6. Arthur and Molly Weasley
These two characters are fantastic. I think back to the first book where Molly knits Harry a sweater without hesitation so that he would have something to open on Christmas. This is when she had only met him once! Arthur fought to tell Harry about Sirius Black, and both of these characters took Harry in as one of their own, when the entire Wizarding World could have told you that they had no extra money to do this. Both are genuinely great characters, and I will never forgive Harry for not naming one of his children after Molly.
5. Albus Potter and Scorpious Malfoy
This long awaited duo is new to fans as canon. Prior to the Cursed Child, I had seen many a posts about these two as friends, frenemies, and even in a relationship. We obviously know that they aren’t frienemies, but they are serious friendship goals. They look past what is considered to be bad by other people. Scorpious knows that Albus belongs in Slytherin (after all, I don’t think I’ve ever read about a character so ambitious), and Albus never for a second cares about the rumor of Scorpious being the son of Voldemort. While some people still believe the two of them should be a couple, I believe that they belong together as best friends.
4. Fred and George Weasley
I mean, did anyone expect that they wouldn’t be on this list? I can’t think of a single member of the Harry Potter fandom that is not personally devastated by Fred’s death. Sorry, Rowling, but it’s harsh to kill off one twin. Really harsh. They’re obviously a very good source for comedic relief throughout the entire series, which is why Harry reckons they are able to keep the joke shop open, but they’re also a fantastic example of undoubted love. The two of them play pranks on nearly everyone, and are always getting into trouble, but they always do these things together. R.I.P. Fred.
3. Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley
These final three spots were really hard for me to place, to be completely honest. Unsurprisingly, they all contain Harry, but the degrees of importance that they have on the story are all very similar. Harry and Ginny are undoubtedly my favorite couple in the series. At first, she’s star struck, but then she finds her footing and makes Harry realize that she is fiery, funny, and all around a great person. When Harry is feeling unstable and confused in the Deathly Hallows, he knows that Ginny is awaiting him, which is a great source of comfort to him. Meanwhile, Ginny is doing everything possible at Hogwarts to help Harry, Ron, and Hermione while they’re off hunting Horcruxes. I’d give literally anything to see their first kiss as it is written in the novel, where Harry is so overwhelmed with emotion that he can’t help but to kiss her in front of everyone, even Ron.
2. Harry Potter and Ron Weasley
Ah, yes. “Finally! But, wait, they aren’t number one?” No, they are not. Ron is the first friend that Harry makes, generally, in his whole life. In the Goblet of Fire, we learn that Ron is the person that Harry would miss the most in the entire world. Ron writes to his parents in the Sorcerer’s Stone to make sure that Harry has Christmas presents to open, because he knew that this is something that Harry had never gotten before. The sole reason that they are not at the top of this list is because of the fierce jealousy between the two of them. Ron always fears that he is inferior to Harry, and consequently takes his anger out on Harry for it. And Harry feels as though Ron is the luckiest guy in the world for having such a loving family. When, at the end of the day, Harry would give as much money as he could to make sure that Ron is happy and Ron would gladly take Harry in as an additional brother.
There are some duos that I haven’t mentioned that still deserve some love, and they are as follows: Hagrid and Harry, Fleur and Bill, Viktor Krum and Hermione, Winky the House Elf and Barty Crouch Jr., Dobby the Free Elf and Harry, and Ginny and Luna Lovegood.
1. Harry Potter and Hermione Granger
This pairing has nothing to do with relationships. While many support the two as a couple, I do not agree with this assessment. Hermione is one of the few people in the story that loves Harry with no underlying motive. When Ron abandons Harry, she is right by his side, helping him figure out what to do. The two of them have a bond that is extremely important in shaping Harry as a character, and I think that they deserve to be named the best duo of the series.
Thank you to Kierstinnn for writing this awesome blog!