“Ron doesn’t deserve Hermione so let’s ship her with someone who has bullied her for many years.”
Every dramione shipper has heard a thing or two of something like that before. And I’ve come across a post like this recently in the dramione tag and I just want to share a piece of my mind (for the first time ) about it.
So regarding the first part, about Ron not deserving Hermione as a basis for shipping dramione. Here is my view: deserving someone and being compatible (for the lack of better word) with that someone are two different things. Ron is a great character who is imperfect but, at the end, his good characteristics outweigh the bad. The same goes for Hermione. As much as I love her, she is not a saint and i find it pretty annoying and unrealistic, even in fanfiction, to paint her as such. But like Ron, Hermione is a good person through and through and so her annoying traits can be forgiven.
Having said this, I come to my point: Ron not deserving Hermione (and/or vice versa) is not the basis for shipping dramione (at least for me). Ron deserves all good things in the world and deserves Hermione. But the question is, do they compliment each other? Yes he deserves her, but for me, that has always meant he deserves someone who has the traits that Hermione personifies (kindness, faithfulness, courage, etc.) but lacking the traits that makes Hermione Hermione, which are incidentally the same traits that would make Ron and Hermione not compatible with each other (which for me is a discussion for some other time).
Second point. Yes Draco Malfoy has bullied Hermione Granger and her friends for many years and yes, he is a prat, a bigot, a Death Eater, and *gasps* he has wished her death. Say what you want, I won’t excuse Draco’s actions because true, they are bad.
But what is wrong with people is that they only stop there. They don’t see (or refuse to see) this whole other side, whole other dimension, of Draco which is redeemable. A glimpse of what Draco could be is shown in HBP and DH and that is what we dramione shippers can see. Other characters are given a shot at redemption and/or character development, why not Draco? (this could lead to a discussion about the many things that are lacking in the epilogue but I really don’t want to make this longer than it already is).
Dramione is not the perfect ship/couple. Nothing or no one is. But what upsets me is that people only seem to point out the flaws to put down a certain ship.
rant over! im out