There are a lot of great literary characters whose relationships we’ve been inspired by over the years – the intellectual match of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, the passion of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. But what about Harry Potter and the secrets to everlasting love that those books hold? Here are some tips on love that I’ve picked up from some of my very favourite fictional characters…
Harry And Ginny
Ginny Weasley well and truly married her first love, but the path of true love didn’t run true for her and the Boy Who Lived. Both of them went through other relationships first – he with Cho Chang, and she with Dean Thomas and a Ravenclaw who, let’s face it, didn’t play much of a role other than to demonstrate to her that it was probably best for her to end up with Harry instead. Through the books, Ginny grew up from a quiet, meek character who Harry didn’t take much notice of to someone who was bold, funny, brave and adventurous, when he abruptly fell in love with her. The number one thing that we can learn from the love story of Harry and Ginny is that you can’t find real love until you’ve grown into yourself and into the person that you’re going to be. When Ginny showed Harry who her true self was, he realised just how great she was and how much he wanted to be with her. Relationship goals or what?
Ron And Hermione
The love story of Ron and Hermione demonstrates just how incredible falling in love with your best friend can be. If you’ve been single for years and you aren’t really sure where you should be looking for true love, take a look around yourself at some of your male friends, because the person you’re destined for might just be there already. The basis for any good relationship is friendship – you need to be able to bicker good-naturedly without taking any real offence (you don’t want to find yourself facing the divorce process after all), you need to be able to find comfort in each other, you need to understand the way each other’s mind works and to accept any differences that there might be between you. Ron and Hermione was a slow burn, but their love story was absolutely worth it in the end.
Arthur And Molly
Let’s face it, Arthur and Molly Weasley, the parents of seven children including Harry’s best friend Ron and his future wife Ginny, were one of the best love stories of the entire book series, sticking together through an incredibly busy family life, two wars and money problems to create a happy, warm and loving home environment for all their remarkably well-adjusted kids. Not only did Arthur and Molly provide a wonderful home for their own kids but they also took in Harry and showed him what a mother and father’s unconditional love really felt like after his abusive childhood with the Dursleys. Despite horrible tragedy befalling them in the seventh book (I won’t spoil you), we all know that Arthur and Molly will be together for good.