I bet Iris and Barry have dressed up as Kim and Ron for Halloween, and I imagine that was before the characters became a couple on the show. When it happened, Iris was laughing (hesitantly) like ‘Nah, that’s just a TV show!’ while Barry was secretly hoping that it might happen to them too…
ok i’m gonna try not to stress myself out with the logistics of this too much but it’s post-canon minus the epilogue & when they’re in their early/mid-20s. they both have jobs that don’t suck but i don’t know what they are
and we’re past the point where the relationship is a Big Deal everyone’s used to it now and the drama has passed. they haven’t been together for a long time but it’s stable
draco has been living with his mom, not at the manor, a new big house she bought in another country in europe. he works in london but he didn’t want her to be alone so he moved with her. she’s rolling her eyes waiting for him to move out and live w harry
harry is a Sad Boy as we all know and has been living at grimmauld place - he at least fixed it up a ton with the help/insistence of the weasleys so it’s pretty different than it used to be but it’s not like he picked it out or particularly likes it. it’s just never really occurred to him to move u know
he doesn’t sell it when he moves out but he checks up on it regularly and he gives andromeda and teddy free reign of the place also and just kind of keeps it available for anyone who he’s pals with who needs a place to stay or whatever. maybe if it’s relevant to his job, whatever it is, he turns the place into a legit shelter
definitely neither of them knows shit about looking for an apartment and hermione helps (ron also does not know shit and is disruptive)
they’re looking for something that’s more temporary, like not a house they’ll live in forever, something that kind of gets them on their feet and into the world of living like real adults. something nice but not fancy
draco’s difficult and dislikes very specific and unpredictable elements of each apartment and hermione throws her stack of notes at him because she can’t figure out how to avoid what he’ll dislike. the realtor thanks her
harry meanwhile has like no preference and is just like “ok this is nice” about everything they look at. ron throws hermione’s stack of notes at him (the realtor is scandalized but secretly thankful again)
tl;dr eventually they decide to live in a muggle part of london and work with a muggle realtor so they can just feel like normal people
the apartment they pick has a lot of big windows like narcissa’s new house
and a really big kitchen with a really long table like grimmauld place
and a spare bedroom which is mostly used for sleepovers with teddy, or rose and hugo, or ron when he falls asleep on the couch
they get plants because draco lives for the #aesthetic but both of them forget to water them so neville winds up coming over for dinner every wednesday night and “checking on” the plants
luna paints them a mural on one of their walls as a surprise gift so they lose their deposit money
an old lady lives next door and her cat is in love with draco and he keeps sneaking in and trying to eat their plants and trip harry so that he can have draco to himself. she gives them a key to her apartment so that they can just deposit the cat inside instead of knocking on her door three times a day. when she learns that harry likes to cook but doesn’t know a lot of actual recipes she gives him her family recipe book and he has an emotion about it
your Hogsmeade trip the Sunday passed happier between you than any other day in
the past months. The simple thought that finally you will do something against
Umbridge lift your mood, not to mention you could see there really are people
who believe what Harry says. He seemed delighted too; and you knew it’s also
because of your lovely date that you had in The Three Broomsticks. Not even the
large amount of homework could spoil your mood.
Umbridge herself, who shut down every organization by Monday morning. That
couldn’t be a coincidence, you knew it, but it’s only made you more eager to
stand up against her.
first D.A. meeating went pretty well; Harry was a good teacher indeed. Even
though if you started with basic spells, everybody needs practice, and for some
people it was clearly necessary. There were only two things that bothered you –
or better to say, two people. Firstly, Zacharias Smith, who constantly added
pejorative notes to almost whatever Harry said. You were really close to hex
him, but then there was the other thing that bothered you – Cho Chang’s
flirting with your boyfriend all the damn time.
what’s wrong?” – Harry asked after Ron and Hermione disappeared behind the Fat
Lady’s portrait and you stopped at the deserted corridor. The seventh floor was
always empty and silent at these late hours.
– you said with an unusually high pitched voice, but as he looked questioningly,
you sighed loudly and continued. – “Why Cho touching your arms and giggling
evey time when you’re near to her?”
shrugged. “I don’t know, she’s… wait, are you jealous?” – Taking a step closer,
a grin started to appear on the corner of his mouth.
I’m not.” – you said, offended. – “Or maybe I am. But the girl is flirting with
he let out a laugh you shot an angry look at him, folding your arms across your
chest, so he stopped. “Oh, come on. She probably knows I’m dating with you.”
and apperantly, she doesn’t care.” – you hissed, avoiding his gaze.
took a deep breath and stepped forward, placing a hand on the small of your back. Staring
his chest rather than his eyes, you were fiddling with the collar of his shirt
as he started to speak in a low voice. “Listen, even is she does, I don’t care.
Okay? I’m in love with you.” – As the
words left his lips he fell silent instantly, and looking up at him, you
saw as a light red colour flooded his cheeks. You knew why, saying this was
truly hard for him, and this was definitely the first time he did.
right. I’m sorry, it was stupid.” – you muttered in a raspy voice, leaning
closer and kissing him. – “I love you.” – you whispered against his skin,
feeling he was smiling.
back to the common room, you spent there the rest of your night, even when it
was completely empty – except the four of you. Ron and Hermione was sitting on
one of the couches next to each other, while Harry on the ground with his back
against the sofa, you between his legs, leaning back on his chest as his hands
was gently wrapped around you.
still can’t believe that was your idea Hermione.” – you said as you were
talking about the D.A., making her smile. – “I’m so proud of you.”
laugh was stopped by Ron’s sudden voice. “Sirius!”
I think he’ll be proud too.” – you added, but looking up at Ron, he was staring in the other direction.
I mean in the fire!”
your heads, you saw your father’s head inside the fireplace; a little smirk on
his face and an eyebrow cocked. “Having fun?”
too quickly, you crawled out from Harry’s embrace, kneeling down in front of
the fire. “What – what are you doing here? Mom knows about this?” – you rattled
of, only in the attempt to distract the attention from Harry and
kind of a question is this? Of course she doesn’t know.” – he said with ease.
– “But I need to know more about your secret, illegal society.”
“WHAT?” – you yelled together immediately before he told about Mundungus, who was also at the Hog’s Head all the time, having
a perfect view of you and the whole D.A. He also told that Mrs. Weasley wasn’t
happy about the idea at all.
applies to you too.” – he looked at you. – “Your mother said she don’t want to
hear about that you’ll take part anything like this.”
what do you say?”
say she doesn’t have to hear about it.” – he said with a wink, making you
do you think that’s a good idea?” – Harry asked in surprise.
course! Do you think James and me wouldn’t have done the same thing?”
continued to talking about the Dumbledore’s Army for a little while, but you could
tell there were some other things that he wanted to say; and when there was just
a moment silence between you, he take the advantage and asked. “So, what is it
about you two?”
at Harry, you saw he was too nervous to speak, but when you opened your mouth
to answer, your father spoke again. “Dung saw you together in The Three
nervously run his fingers through his hair and stared at the floor, but now
you felt yourself unconfortable too, thinking about your not exactly modest
behaviour at the pub.
so, we’re… dating.” – you said.
don’t say.” – he answered sarcastically.
rolled your eyes and laughed a bit. “Okay, sorry! I just didn’t write about it
because I wanted to tell you in person.”
your surprise, he wasn’t offended at all, but a kind smile appeared on his
face. “I think…” – he started, but stopped suddenly, and in the next moment, he
– you fell silence immediately as you saw a small, chubby hand with big, lousy
rings on her fingers. All of you jumped up and runned up to your own dormitory. Being so shocked, you only talked just a few words about it with Hermione before both of you went to bed.
was the first night in a long time when you couldn’t sleep again. All you could
think if is how close was Umbridge hand and what if she saw him, even if it’d
be still impossible to find him at the Grimmauld Place. You still tried to
remain calm and not stressing over about it, but after a few days, you’ve got a
message from a little first year. Unfolding the parchment, it said your Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher wants to see you in her office at four p.m.
have you done? I told you shouldn’t do anything!” – Harry said almost angrily while you were sitting at the Gryffindor table at the Great Hall in the morning.
I haven’t done anything!”
at the parchment with the childish handwriting, the answer was suddenly too
clear, but you remained in silent. Instead of you, Hermione said out loud.
knows about Sirius. She probably saw him on the other night…”
The rest of your day passed anxiously, not looking forward for your chat with Umbridge. You weren’t afraid of her, but it wasn’t about you.
Knocking at her door just a minute before four, you heard the girlish voice right away, giving a permission to enter. After
you stepped inside the office, you had to take a deep breath to prevent
yourself from making faces. Everything was pink and lacy, and there was some
strong parfume-like scent which you were sure it could make your head ache after ten
down.” – she said with a fake smile which was more like a grimace, her voice
sweet. “Would you like some tea?”
you could say no, she already handed a cup to you, already filled with the drink. “Sugar? Milk?” –
she asked with the same sugary tone.
– you said uncertainly, not taking your eyes off her.
drink.” - she insisted.
just lifted the cup, but your right mind stopped you. It was too suspicious.
The hot liquid touched your lips, and you acted like you drink some of it.
“Tell me, my dear, what do you know about Sirius Black’s whereabouts?”
arty cup trembled in your hand, even though you expected this question. “Nothing.”
some tea… before it cools down too much.” – her smile was so forced you couldn’t decide it’s funny or frightening. You faked another sip. – “Where’s your father?”
don’t know. I’ve never met him.”
the muscles in her face tightened, you could tell she started to lose her
patience. “And what about your mother? Does she know anything about him?”
my mother out of it!” – you snapped; half of the tea spilled on the floor.
vicious smile hovered on the corner of her mouth. “Tell me, Miss Black. Where
is she now? As far as we know, your
house in Hampshire stands empty.”
don’t think my mother’s personal life is your business.” – The words left your
mouth before you could stop yourself, but you were so angry now, it was a
miracle you didn’t shout. – “Professor.”
little, evil smile disappeared from her face; her voice was nothing like a few
minutes before. “Your mother worked amongst muggles for more than ten years –
after your father’s betrayal and murder. Why is she returned to the wizarding
world? Why now? And why the ministry?”
realized that job wasn’t for her. Maybe you should learn from her.” – you said
offhandedly, causing her to losing her remained patience.
– she shrieked, standing up, her face red with anger. – “Get out of my office!”
she couldn’t get any useful information, you felt yourself weak and scared, and
in the moment when you arrived back in the common room, you fell into Harry’s
arms, clutching your hands tightly around him and taking sharp breaths. He
repeated your name several times before you pulled back, looking at his also
frightened face before you lead him, Hermione, and Ron in a quiet corner. Then
you told everything to them.
bet she put Veritaserum on your tea! But that’s illegal! Oh, Y/N, if you had
drink it…” – Hermione said, but Ron cut her off.
bloody old hag! Harry, I’m sure she’ll speak to you too.”
right.” – Hermione said after she saw you confused faces. – “Fudge knows Sirius
is Harry’s godfather, so probably Umbridge knows too.”
out a deep sigh, you pressed your face against Harry chest who embraced you,
trying to say calming words. “Everything will be fine.” – he murmured, but you
could feel his fast heartbeat and rapid breathing, even when his voice was strong.
later, when the common room was almost completely empty, and you were curled up
on a couch, Harry spoke up after long minutes silent. “If you want to quit from
the D.A., I’ll understand.”
do you mean?” – you asked in surprise.
not just about Sirius. Your mother work at the ministry, and Umbridge already
suspicious about her.”
shook your head. “No. That won’t solve anything. In fact, it’s just made me
more tempted to do something against her.”
pressed his face to you forehead. “I just worry about you.”
“Don’t. I can handle myself.”
snorted. “Yeah, this is exactly why.” – You chuckled, lifting your head up and
pressing a kiss on his jawline. He smiled before he pulled back, stroking your
cheek with his thumb. – “Just be careful, please.”
– you said, trying to close that part of the conversation. – “Listen, I know
Christmas is still almost a month away, but… I’d like if you’ll come and spend
the break with us.” – His eyes sparkled with excitement. – “Of course, if you’d
rather go to the Burrow than the darkest place in London, I wont blame you.”
I want to go with you.” – This calmed you down a bit, enough for you to fell asleep peacefully; spending another night on the couch with Harry.
following a distressingly similar pattern to the way i did my schoolwork, i’ve taken almost two weeks with these prompts only to actually get around to finishing them all over the space of a single weekend, and gosh i am sooo sorry for how long it’s taken me to get them out! im almost there now though i promise!
“I can’t believe it!” Hermione squealed, “I’m going to the Yule Ball with Viktor Krum!”
I gasped in excitement for her. I was so happy that my best friend was going to the ball with the famous seeker! They had been flirting for weeks and I had just known he was going to ask her.
“That’s great, Hermione!” I responded. “You must be so excited! Have you picked out a dress? How are you going to do your hair?”
She grinned back at me, “I’ve been thinking about it all day. I’ve ordered some periwinkle dress robes, and it just might be time to break out my bottle of Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion!”
“Oh, you’re going to have so much fun!” I told Hermione. I meant it, too. Viktor seemed like a great match for her.
Hermione, observant as always, picked up on my word choice. “Won’t you come to the ball too? Please?”
I sighed and turned my attention to my already chipping nail polish, refusing to make eye contact. “Hermione, no one goes without a date. You know that.”
“Well, why don’t you ask someone?” she persisted, “I know Harry and Ron are still looking for dates.”
“You also know I would never do that,” I said. I was so done talking to her about this. She had been trying to convince me for the past two weeks, and I was not going without a date. But I knew that she wouldn’t leave me alone until I agreed to go, so I had been kind of avoiding her. “Bye Hermione, I’ve got to get to class.” I turned away quickly and left before she had time to protest.
It’s not like I didn’t want to go to the ball, it was just that no one seemed to want to go with me. It seemed like everyone interesting already had dates - everyone except for Harry Potter. But he would never ask me; he rarely even talked to me.
Later that night, I was sitting alone in the Gryffindor common room, studying for the potions test tomorrow, when Harry walked over to my table.
“Hey,” he said, running his hand through his perpetually messy hair. Oh my gosh, it was so cute when he did that. Not that I noticed or anything!
“Hi!” I smiled at him. “How are you?”
“I mean, I’m okay.” He opened his mouth like he wanted to say something else, but then closed it again.
“What?” I asked, studying him. “Is something wrong?”
“No. I guess I’m just nervous.” I raised my eyebrows in what I hoped created an interested but not obsessed expression. Was he going to ask me to the ball?
“Well, I mean… Hermione… Hermione suggested that… that I ask you to the Yule Ball,” Harry mumbled, a blush spreading up his face. “I mean, I know we don’t know each other that well, but… um… will you go to the ball with me?”
“Of course!” The words shot like a rocket out of my mouth. “I mean, yeah, I’d like that.” Oh great, now we were both blushing.
What a perfect time for Fred and George Weasley to walk by. “Harry loves y/n, Harry loves y/n!” They chanted. I wished I could melt in to the floor.
“Well,” I muttered, trying to ignore the twins, “I’ve got to go.”
As I turned away to gather up my things, I felt a smile spreading across my face. I couldn’t wait to tell Hermione about this!
In my head they’re both tall and lanky, Draco’s an inch or two taller but it’s not a dramatic difference. They’re muscular but very thin. Harry has broad shoulders and Draco has nice hands with long fingers. Draco has fair skin that’s a few shades lighter than his near-white hair. Harry has a similar complexion but more golden that contrasts shockingly to his jet black hair. Draco’s grey eyes are almost blue depending on the lighting and Harry’s green ones are striking.
Harry wears clothes that he’s been given and doesn’t really notice them. He’ll mismatch whatever he picks up first and though his outfits are usually a complete train-wreck he somehow manages to pull them off. Draco is the complete opposite. He takes a lot of pride in his appearance and loves to buy expensive clothing. He leans more toward monochrome but will occasionally add in a splash of colour -usually green which he says is for Slytherin even though it’s not Slytherin green at all. It’s Harry’s eyes.
Harry’s hair is always a mess. Most of the time it takes on the sex-hair/just-out-of-bed look but sometimes it’s just a mess. It spikes up in a way that almost defies gravity no matter how many times he tries to flatten it. Draco has finally cast away the excessive product and his hair falls neat and flat just past his ears. It’s parted in the middle of his head but Harry runs his fingers through it often enough that it rarely stays that way, much to Draco’s chagrin.
That’s just my mental picture though, what’s yours?
Dominant Function, Extroverted Intuition, Ne: Extroverted Intuition in its basic form takes in as few details as possible and gets the ‘gist’ of the situation. Luckily, ENPs are right most the time, but can run into real trouble when they are not. We see this a lot with Ron when it comes to his studies. Ron gets bored with his studies once he understands the basic ideas behind what he is doing, the actual implementation of writing a paper or finishing a project are boring to him as his Ne deals with ideas and potentials. Once he gets the gist of the assignment, Ron feels done and has a hard time completing his work and actualizing his ideas.
Contrast this style with Hermione (ESTJ). Hermione needs to go step-by-step (Te) through every reading and assignment and gather every minute fact and detail (Si). With dominant Ne, Ron has little time to go through concrete data and details, especially in order. Such methods hold little interest for him. For Ron his Ne makes him focused on the bigger picture and potentials, so dealing with actual implementation bores him and feels like a lot of work. For many ENPs once the idea is had, it feels completed, so following through becomes a major issue as the ENP, like Ron, feels they already did it. It is why many ENPs delegate tasks that deal with those details to others when they can. Ron most certainly does this by copying off of Hermione and making her do what he sees as the ‘grunt-work.’
Extroverted Intuition can seem veryb bleek looked at only through his study habits. However, his Ne is what makes him such a great chess player. His Ne floods with all the potential moves of his opponent and he reacts accordingly. Chess is all a game of potentials and trying to figuring out your next move. It is a future oriented game, at least that is Ron’s style. This shines in The Philosopher’s Stone. He may not be physical or in the present moment (Se) like Harry (ISFP) who gets the key task, and he may not have the best memory for details (Si) and mind for dealing with rational principles (Te), like Hermione who gets the potions task, but he has a mind for potentials (Ne) and winging it (perceiver) making him a great strategist and the best for the chess task.
Many mistype Ron’s Ne for Se. As extroverted perceiving functions they seem very similar on the surface.
While Se deals with the now and facts, Ne deals with the future, potentials, and ideas. Ron has a very difficult time living in the now.
One way we see this difference is that a dominant Se moves from activity to activity for very clear reasons. The excitement is gone, the thrill of the experience has dissipated and they move on to the next new exciting adventure. Ron as an Ne users moves on for less clear reasons. Because he is so much in his own head, thinking of the future, he will lose interest in an activity before it is ever actualized. Ron often shares his dreams and ideas for the future with Harry, but we see very little of these things actually happen. However, his Ne enthusiasm for the future and possibilities is the energy that Harry loves about Ron.
He often imagines many futures for himself without having very much information on the present. This is what creates a worrying Ron. He often doesn’t do things because in his head he has tried and failed. Despite Harry and Hermione pointing out that those futures aren’t inevitable, Ron often puts more faith in his conjured realities of the future than in what is happening around him. He already sees himself failing at getting Hermione to date him, he already sees himself losing the quidditch match, and he sees himself failing his classes, etc. His mind is in the future of what could happen (Ne) that he doesn’t bother with the possibilities of the present (Se). He doesn’t feel in control of his own fate, which is a result of a lack of self reflection, of not using enough of his auxiliary function.
Auxiliary Function, Introverted Feeling, Fi: Ron’s Fi gives him a people focus. Combined with his Ne that looks at potentials, this makes Ron interested in the potentials and dreams of others. He sees the Hero in Harry that Harry doesn’t and he sees the amazingly brilliant witch in Hermione. He sees so much in his friends. He wants to help them realize their own potentials. However, because he doesn’t use this function enough to self reflect, he doesn’t have the same positive view of himself. His Fi being used minimally leads him to want and think he needs positive feedback from others for support. He becomes super concerned with how others perceive him and what they think about him. When Harry gets all the glory and feedback in The Goblet of Fire we see his envy bubble to the surface.
We see Ron wield Fi in the way he makes judgments. He puts a lot of importance and meaning into his own personal experiences. This can actually work against him, making him closed minded. He doesn’t put as much value in the personal experiences of others. It is what makes him so judgey of someone like Luna Lovegood who sees the world in such a different way. Based on his own experiences are how he judges future, new events, and people. Fi can be used to also see the importance of the personal experiences of others, however, when Ron isn’t self reflective it can make him very closed minded to the views and experiences of others. He judges with his own personal experience of Fi and uses his Te to shut down the perspectives of others.
Fi also gives Ron a sense of personal responsibility. When skipped over to Te the effect is quite different (and will be explored in the tertiary function section). Ron needs to realize that his fate is not in the hands of those around him, that he is personally responsible for his own happiness. This becomes most evident in The Deathly Hallows. Ron under the spell of the horcrux necklace was thrown into his worst Ne-Te loop and blamed others around him for all of his life problems and what was happening to his family. Once it was removed and he was on his own to self reflect, he takes personal responsibility for his life, his choices, and his happiness. Therefore, is brought back to the group to help them take down Voldemort.
Tertiary Function, Extroverted Thinking, Te: Extroverted Thinking is a hierarchical and rational function. In an ENFP it shows itself by having the ENFP set logical priorities for themselves, but more importantly to see the logic of the priorities of others and respect the priorities of others. This is actually very explicit in Ron at a very young age, where in The Philosopher’s Stone we have a very popular line, “She really needs to sort out her priorities.” He points out that Hermione caring more about being expelled than dying is in fact rather illogical. This is how Ron has his more rational moments.
However, his Te becomes much more prominent in his unhealthy behavior caused by his lack of using Fi and compensating with Te. He often uses Te as a defense when he feels people are judging his Ne behaviors. Hermione triggers this a lot in her judgement of his looser/casual Ne habits. Without his Fi reflection, Ron doesn’t take personal responsibility and seems very irresponsible to an ESTJ like Hermione. Without enough proper use of Fi, Ron starts to surf through life. Hermione is trying her best to help him out of this, but Ron without his Fi become extremely sensitive to outside criticisms. He sees her comments as negative and trying to control him.
He takes her comments very personally. His Te blames her and others outside of himself for problems he has with himself and his own happiness. His Te moves his eyes away from himself and becomes extremely critical of others. Hermione immediately triggered this from their first meeting on the train. Ron puts too much stock in the opinions of others, so her snarky comments highly offended him. (His stock in the opinion’s of others is also why we see Ron look the most angry whenever they deal with Draco). He then is quite harsh to Hermione, becoming critical of her and her choices. The more uncertain Ron is about himself and his own values the more critical he becomes of others.
This is super strong in his jealousy of Harry. Ron wants to be “The Champion,” but as Harry gets more and more attention and approval from others, Ron grows angry and uncertain. Especially, when his own family dotes on Harry more than they dote on him. Ron deals with this specific dilemma most in The Goblet of Fire in his fight with Harry. Ron appears very selfish because his Te convinces him that people should care about his personal priorities. The problem with this Ne-Te combo is he is investing too much of his personal identity, his sense of self, in the opinions of others. He is relying on Harry and Hermione to give him confidence and to form his identity. He is constantly comparing himself to them and how he is or isn’t like them. If he were to really utilize his Fi, really self reflect he would find himself outside the perspective of others, which brings us to his Si.
Inferior Function, Introverted Sensing, Si: Introverted Sensing as an inferior function pushes Ron to stabilize his life in some unconditional way. For Ron, with his Fi people focus, he is looking for people that will love him unconditionally, who he can always rely on. He wants people to be there for him no matter what happens. The more Hermione and Harry seem to criticize him, the more insecure he gets as he has placed them in this unhealthy position of needing to always positively support him. The more he feels they are criticizing him the more he suspects that they completely disapprove of him and are disappointed with him.
This inferior Si impulse of finding someone to stabilize him comes out most in his dating of Lavender Brown in The Half-Blood Prince. He clearly likes and wants Hermione, but Hermione questions his Ne way of life and drives him up a wall (which is kind of what he needs). The more he thinks she is pushing him away, the more Ron acts out with Ne-Te and pushes her even further away. Lavender Brown is a very clingy girlfriend who thinks the world of Ron. She feeds into his unhealthy need to have constant support. As Ron grows though, he realizes that this kind of support is artificial for him. He is still insecure, but he breaks up with Lavender.
By the time Ron gets back to helping the gang in The Deathly Hallows and has reflected by himself, we get a very different Ron who returns. He takes responsibility for his actions and does the final act of destroying the horcux that brought out his worst Ne-Te looping self. From a functional perspective, he is symbolically self actualizing his Fi. His Fi then helps him see from Hermione’s and Harry’s personal experiences and point of view without brushing them aside as much as he used to.
The necklace showing his darkest suspicions brought all of his suppressed Fi thoughts to the surface and helped him deal in the realities of the present. It showed how absurd his Ne thoughts were becoming when he didn’t reflect on them or himself. With this new found confidence, Ron doesn’t rely as much on the opinions of others to define himself. He is then ready to be with Hermione, and in her and his friendship with Harry he really does find a healthy form of unconditional love.