Ron and Hermione: Development as a Couple through to HBP - Chamber of Secrets
At the beginning of the cycle, we meet Harry, Ron, and Hermione in of their relationship, frustrated by his own inability to talk to Hermione . But I agree with the analysis of Ron, and the Ron and Hermione relationship. As a child of the '90s, I learned a lot from Harry Potter 's Hermione Granger that I will forever hold close to my heart. In my version, Harry married Luna and Hermione married Neville. Just in case it escaped your notice, Ron Weasley spends the majority of his time with Hermione. Ron and Hermione's relationship will never be fully understood because .. for both of them, as shown in Ron_is_da_man's brilliant analysis.
I think she had a clue as early as Prisoner of Azkaban although I really think it was GoF when she fully realized. Ron still observes her behaviour even when they are not talking to each other: Hermione was barely visible behind a tottering pile of books. Ron, looking quite terrified, patted her very awkwardly on the top of the head. Finally, Hermione drew away. Ron never feels good enough for anything.
He is an excellent Quidditch player but does not believe in himself, he's an excellent spell caster but has no confidence.
Likewise with his love life, he likes Hermione but even with enormous, gigantic anvils topelling him constantly he still doesn't know what to do. Hermione did not have any friends when she first enters Hogwarts and still hardly does.
She has been not been attractively described for most of the books. This can lead to a lack of confidence especially with a guy that seems perpetually attracted to very beautiful women with whom she could never compete.
So they are attracted to each other but their blindness to this and their insecurities the conflicting issues keep them apart. Bickering Ron and Hermione are the classic bickering couple. There are things to note about the classic bickering couple and what it usually means: Focus - by arguing Ron and Hermione are able to focus on each other.
They don't do it purposefully but it is a way to gain attention. Ron is the youngest boy in 7 children who all go to Hogwarts and have thus overshadowed him and Hermione is an only child with no friends. I think initially they liked the focus they get from each other from their bickering.
Sexual tension - this was discussed above. Some of their bickering is related to sexual tension. Indicators are usually when bickering refers to the opposite sex. The Pleasure of the Communication - I don't know if I am the only one that noticed this but quite a few of their bickering moments seem to give them some pleasure. They are either smiling or amused while arguing.
I think the pleasure Hermione derives is she likes a good debate and Ron will rise to the challenge. Missing Moments Ron and Hermione's relationship will never be fully understood because we will never get inside their heads as this is and will always be Harry's story. Instead we have to rely on Harry's views and interpretations or our own interpretations on what Harry observes. However, something that has characterised and defined Ron and Hermione's missing moments seem to be a lot of happiness and joy and fun.
The plot is being driven forward during scenes when the Trio are together but when Ron and Hermione are alone, there is usually an implied sense of fun and happiness being experienced. These scenes were most notable: OotP, Dudley Demented As far as Harry could tell from the vague hints in their letters, Hermione and Ron were in the same place, presumably at Ron's parents' house. He coudl hardly bear to think of the pair of them having fun at the Burrow when he was stuck at Privet Drive The scene below was not a missing but I felt it said something.
Harry thought she would rather go to Hogsmeade with Ron than with him when Ron and Harry had the tiff. GoF, The Weighing of the Wands Hermione told Harry that it would be good for him to get away from the castle for a bit, and Harry didn't need much persuasion.
They'd gotten the idea from Malfoy using it on Neville, and were ready to use it on Snape if he showed any sign of wanting to hurt Harry. As a surprise for Harry, they had painted a large banner on one of the sheets Scabbers had ruined. It said Potter for President, and Dean, who was good at drawing, had done a large Gryffindor lion underneath.
Then Hermione performed a tricky little charm so that the paint flashed different colours.
Ron and Hermione: Development as a Couple through to HBP
PS The rest of the team hung back to talk to one another as usual at the end of practice, but Harry headed straight back to the Gryffindor common room, where he found Ron and Hermione playing chess. Chess was the only thing Hermione ever lost at, something Harry and Ron thought was very good for her. An old cauldron was perched on the toilet, and a crackling from under the rim told Harry they had lit a fire beneath it.
CoS Harry fretted about this next to the fire in the Gryffindor common room, while Ron and Hermione used their time off to play a game of wizard chess.
Cardamom and Moss: Let's talk about Ron and Hermione
Harry could tell they had rehearsed this conversation while he had been asleep. OotP, Luna Lovegood "Shall we go and find a compartment then? Ron and Hermione exchanged looks. Other missing moments I remembered but didn't include were: Time spent together when Ron and Harry had their fall out during Goblet of Fire.
Because Ron is special to her. Fleur Delacour, Viktor Krum, and the Ugly Duckling Syndrome Regardless of the image of Hermione presented in the movies, where she is portrayed by the beautiful Emma Watson, in canon she is not an especially pretty girl.
Her strength is undeniably in her intellect rather than appearance, and she is well aware of her cerebral prowess and is quite proud of it. Nonetheless, she is not immune to the insecurities of adolescence, so she, like so many other ordinary-looking year-old girls, sometimes falls prey to doubts about her own attractiveness and desirability at a time in her life when sexuality is developing and girls are expected to measure up to social standards of beauty.
If you doubt that Hermione has insecurities regarding her appearance, see her reaction to Snape's insult of "I see no difference," on pg.
In that book, the embodiment of Hermione's insecurities arrives at Hogwarts in the form of Fleur Delacour, a tall, blue-eyed blonde who looks down her nose at Hogwarts and turns male heads wherever she goes, especially Ron's, which causes Hermione no end of annoyance.
In fact, she bristles with poorly concealed jealousy at the attention that Ron, a typical year-old boy, pays to Fleur. One could argue that Hermione's unfriendliness towards Fleur, and her disapproval at her effect on Ron is strictly a matter of Hermione bearing generalized dislike for Fleur, and it is true that Fleur gets on Hermione's bad side before Ron or Harry pay her any notice, and that is because of her attitude.
Fleur's snootiness at the Meeting Feast is the trigger for Hermione's initial dislike, and it is important to note Hermione's continued reactions as they relate to Fleur's demeanor. This scene offers some insight into the philosophy behind Hermione's dislike of Fleur: She embodies the social emphasis on appearance over character, which devalues brilliant, hard-working girls like Hermione because they look ordinary. Whether Fleur actually thinks of herself this way is unimportant for the time being; it is the impression she gives Hermione, who feels accordingly threatened and unappreciated by comparison.
With this in mind, it is easy to see why Hermione is so offended by the criteria Ron uses to select a partner for the Yule Ball. We don't want to end up with a pair of trolls. Hermione is acting like a girl who has not yet acknowledged her feelings for Ron or seen any signs that he might want to go with her, because in this scene, he is certainly not acting like it.
If a good-looking, but horrible girl is appealing, but a girl like Eloise Midgen is out of the question, then where does that leave Hermione? She doesn't have a chance, which bothers her too much to stay and argue the point with Ron. He may have brought up Eloise, but Hermione's closing reaction, to snap at Ron and then leave the room, shows that she is taking this personally. Hermione may claim to be advocating for Eloise, but she is actually advocating for Hermione.
That shut Harry and Ron up. Well, I'm sure you'll find someone somewhere who'll have you. She is immediately smug and gratified to hear that Ron's criteria for selecting a date, which overlooked Hermione, have proven unsuccessful. Lest we think she has dismissed him and moved on, she blushes while telling Ron she already has a date, so she is embarrassed or otherwise uncomfortable to share this piece of information with him.
Next she is especially angry at Ron for taking so long to recognize her as a romantic prospect. If her feelings for him are purely platonic, she should not experience such strong emotion while having this conversation.
Not only does Harry say nothing during this exchange, she gives no sign of caring about Harry's opinion of the matter, or even noticing that he's in the room after Ginny tells her the boys were both just turned down by their dates of choice.
Her attention and emotion are focused entirely on Ron, which indicates that she holds a special interest in him. Another example of this focus can be found on pg. She is not comfortable talking about Viktor's invitation in front of Ron, but she hardly notices Harry.
Not only does Hermione show readily apparent signs of self-consciousness over her interactions with Viktor that are reserved especially for Ron, but even after the Yule Ball, she is still jealous of Ron's attention to Fleur.
Hermione looked simply furious Here we see both Fleur's sudden show of affection for Ron, and his enjoyment of it, both of which anger Hermione, and this time, there is something other than her general-principles dislike of Fleur at work.
In this case, Fleur has dropped the attitude and is being very warm, unpretentious and appreciative. There is no reason for Hermione to be angry at her, except that she, Hermione Granger, wants Ron for herself and Fleur had better keep her hands off. Another example of Hermione's continued unhappiness around a much friendlier Fleur is on pg. Fleur smiled at him; Hermione scowled. No matter that Ron's attraction to Fleur is the result of veela magic, rather than any personal relationship between them, and that Ron has no realistic hope of attaining her affections, Hermione is jealous of her anyway.
Far from Hermione needing to have some other girl, such as Luna Lovegood, threaten her hold on Ron's affections, so that she'll know how it feels to be jealous, I would say she has already had her experience with jealousy over Ron. She has been jealous of Fleur Delacour, as formidable a rival as any girl could find. In addition to her own jealousy over Ron's attraction to Fleur, a normal response for a typical year-old boy to have to a part-veela, she is aware of, and responds to, Ron's jealousy over Viktor Krum.
However, this does not mean she provokes, aggravates, or causes his jealousy. While Hermione feels inadequate and undesirable next to the Beauxbatons champion, the Durmstrang champion notices that she is a girl, and an appealing one at that.
Viktor is the first of three boys to ask Hermione to the Yule Ball an impressive track record for a Muggle-born plain Jane whose intellect is her only currency, I must admitand this, I think, is why Hermione agrees to go with him, and therein lies the key to why she gets along with him so well.
He has his choice of giggling fangirls p. She appreciates that he has the sense to choose, not her per se, but someone like her, when he could have someone like Fleur Delacour, or at least Parvati Patil, if he wanted. This sends a positive message to Hermione. As she gets better acquainted with Viktor, she continues to appreciate him, such as when she points out to Ron that Viktor is "really nice, you know. Otherwise, this scene would read differently: He attempted to engage Hermione in conversation again, but she was too busy cheering Harry to listen.
She is too busy cheering Harry for succeeding in the Second Task, and glowering at Ron for enjoying Fleur's kisses, to notice that Viktor wants her attention. When her interactions with Viktor become apparent, Ron notices, he is clearly jealous, and Hermione knows that he is jealous, but I do not think that is what she had in mind or that she exploits that jealousy. Before the ball opens, and Ron doesn't yet know who Hermione's date will be but is trying to find outshe declines to tell him, on the grounds that he will "just make fun of [her].
When the ball opens, and Hermione reveals her secret to the whole school and its guests, she appears to derive enjoyment from Parvati's shock and the jealousy of Viktor's fan club; finally, she has her moment, in which she is the lovely girl that everyone notices, and not because her teeth have just been enlarged.
She may enjoy the envy of other girls and the stunned silence of Draco Malfoy, but she does not count on the jealous reaction from Ron. She did not know Ron would feel this way. She is not happy that he feels this way. She thinks it is unreasonable of him to have such a reaction, because Ron is supposed to be a fan of Viktor's and there is nothing inappropriate or devious about their date.
She is angry, once again, when Ron insinuates that Viktor had ulterior motives in getting acquainted with Hermione. He's Karkaroff's student, isn't he? He knows who you hang around with He's just trying to get closer to Harry--get inside information on him--or get near enough to jinx him--" Hermione looked as though Ron had slapped her.
When she spoke, her voice quivered. Hermione is, again, extremely offended by Ron displaying so little faith in her unique charms. It is as though he has just slapped her.
This is not difficult, as Ron is not exactly subtle. She is also quick to point out that his and Harry's safety and well-being are more important to her than Viktor's attention. She wants him to know that Viktor does not mean as much to her as he and Harry do.
This is very strange behavior for a girl who is trying to "make Ron jealous. Krum had already started walking away when Ron burst out, "Can I have your autograph? She is happy to see that Ron is returning to normal, rather than resenting Viktor over a relationship that does not exist. She is still unhappy over Ron's continued attention to Fleur Delacour p. That is not the end of it. Ron's jealousy does not end in GoF; it continues stubbornly into OotP, and Hermione's response to it evolves.
Many readers have postulated that she is using Viktor to make Ron jealous in order to maintain her hold on his affections, but I disagree. Hermione is not using her correspondence with Viktor in a ploy to induce jealousy in Ron. She knows that Viktor is quite taken with her, and playing with his affections, or misleading him about the way she feels about him, in order to secure the affections of another boy, would be a terrible way to treat him, regardless of what she'd be doing to Ron.
Whether Viktor even thinks Hermione reciprocates his feelings is far from established. Even if he is under this impression, whether Hermione intended to lead him to believe such a thing is another matter entirely. Given her reactions to Ron when Viktor is brought up in GoF, and her behavior toward Viktor, or rather her lack of it, after the Second Task, it is exceedingly unlikely that Hermione ever wanted Viktor to think she felt anything beyond the platonic for him.
Quite frankly, Hermione is too principled a person to do such a thing to someone that she acknowledges is a very nice young man. Even Luna Lovegood, whom Hermione does not like very much at that point in the book, is allowed the dignity of being a willing participant in Hermione's scheme of having Harry interviewed by Rita Skeeterrather than an unsuspecting pawn.
Rather, she went to the Yule Ball with Viktor because he asked her first, and she writes to him because he is a decent person who treated her right, and I, for one, do not believe for a second that she has done anything to deceive him.
What did Vicky say? Hermione shook her head exasperatedly and, ignoring Ron, who was continuing to watch her, said to Harry, "Well, what do you think? Will you teach us? She wants to know why he has a problem with her writing to Viktor. She wants Ron to admit to himself why this bothers him. She is "exasperated" with him because he still can't acknowledge the real issue, which is the feelings between himself and Hermione.
Ron's jealousy is not something that she enjoys. It assures her that Ron still fancies her, but it does not effect any progress in her love life. Furthermore, Ron doesn't seem to need her manipulations to provoke his jealousy; he feels that way on his own.
Ron's immediate reaction is to suspect that Hermione has been kissing Harry, when she has been doing no such thing, and Ron knows how most of her interactions with Harry proceed, because he participates in them. Ron's jealousy is outside of Hermione's control, and what's more, this exchange sheds light on why it is a situation she does not want to continue. As long as Ron is jealous, Hermione does not have a love life. She is not supposed to write to Viktor, she is not allowed to snog Harry, but she does not have a mature relationship with Ron, either.
Her options are all closed off. Then again, if Hermione's correspondence with Viktor had absolutely nothing to do with Ron's feelings, perhaps this interaction would not be so finely nuanced. Hermione hitched it up out of sight. However, if Hermione had no interest whatsoever in Ron's jealousy, then perhaps she would not be writing a novel-length letter to Viktor in front of Ron. Between this scene and the one found on pg. Her real attempt is to goad Ron into admitting why he is so jealous of Viktor and is so possessive that he does not want her to get close to other boys.
Her aim is not to exacerbate Ron's jealousy so much as harness it, so that he will acknowledge his feelings for her. Until the release of HBP demonstrates otherwise, this is my analysis of the situation based on presently available evidence: Hermione was jealous of Fleur Delacour and the attention she got from Ron while she was at Hogwarts.
She is trying to turn Ron's jealousy of Viktor Krum in a positive direction, so that it will no longer be an issue. See Hermione's Code of Honesty for further details. A Sign of Respect In the previous section, I hope I did not create the impression of blaming Ron for all the frustration between him and Hermione. He is, in the words of JKR, a "typical boy. His problem is not in rudeness, or stupidity, but in a lack of emotional self-awareness.
Hermione is not much help to him, because in GoF, she isn't much better off. He has no idea how much grief he has caused Hermione with his adolescent hormonal reactions to a part-veela. If he knew, I'm sure he would have changed course straight away. By the same token, Hermione did not intend to cut into Ron's insecurities when she assumed Harry had been appointed a prefect. She manages to embarrass herself soundly with her surprise over Ron's appointment, but in all fairness, she is hardly the only person to make this mistake.
Fred and George expected Harry to be the prefect OotP, pg. Weasley is pleased, but very surprised, that Ron got the badge pg. Harry did not expect Ron to be appointed over him pg.
Ron himself expected Harry to be chosen over him pg.
The Keeper of Her Heart: The Case for Hermione's Feelings for Ron
No, Hermione makes the same mistake as everyone else who walks into the room in the scene, and to her credit, she is quick to defend Ron against Fred and George's teasing p. What's more, once they are on the way to Hogwarts, she holds him to high standards of performance in his position.
He should know better than to abuse his position and sink to Malfoy's level p. He is not supposed to call the first years "midgets. Hermione glared at him. Fred and George sniggered. The glare indicates that Ron is not fulfilling his responsibilities in Hermione's view, that he is letting her down, that he should be able to do better than this.
However, she does not dress him down in front of the twins. When the time comes to put her foot down on the twins' testing practices, she still assumes Ron is willing to help her in exercising their prefect authority.
She is not merely annoyed with Ron, she is disappointed. She went into the scene with Lee and the twins expecting to have a partner, and instead she was on her own, hence her speaking to Ron in the same adverb that she used when he first acknowledged that, just as Neville said, she was a girl. These expectations on Hermione's part, and her resulting disappointment, stem from a belief that Ron can handle standing up to his brothers, all of whom are older than he is, and very talented.
Whether it is reasonable, fair or realistic of her to expect this of him is beside the point. Hermione sees more authority and responsibility in Ron than he sees in himself.
She has a high opinion of his abilities, regardless of her initial reaction to his appointment as prefect. Then there is the issue of Hermione's telling Ron to "stop whimpering" and other harsh interjections after she says Voldemort's name out loud.
Hermione has been the recipient of much indignation from the fandom over this position of hers, and so I must point something out: It is Harry who does that, on pg. Hermione expects Ron to hear the name without going to pieces. However, she is now able to say it, and so she expects him to hear it. She has made progress, and she thinks he should make progress, too.
One could say that she, as a Muggle-born, doesn't know what it is like to grow up a pureblood, a context in which Voldemort's name is always feared, but most pureblood wizards are not best friends of the Boy-Who-Lived. After all that Ron has experienced during his friendship with Harry, after where he stayed over the summer, and knowing what half of his family is doing, Hermione thinks he should be able to hear Voldemort's name spoken aloud without flinching, and she is not about to go easy on him because he comes from a Wizarding family.
She has gone far enough to say it out loud, and she expects him to go some way, too, but her demands on him are actually fairer than is frequently argued. A possible clue into Hermione's attitude may be found on pg. Weasley appealing to her husband during Harry's first dinner in Grimmauld Place. Regardless of how you think Molly Weasley treats her husband, JKR did not have to compare Hermione turning to Ron to a woman appealing to her husband and the father of her children.
Therefore, this scene may hold the explanation as to why Hermione goes so easy on Harry in OotP while she demands so much of Ron. Harry is her child. Ron is her partner. Why shouldn't she expect so much of the boy who helped her with Buckbeak's appeal, stood on a broken leg to defend Harry in the Shrieking Shack, has repeatedly stood at her side in dealing with Harry, and is not afraid to stick his neck out to defend her honor? Rather than argue that Ron and Hermione do not respect each other, I would hold that Hermione's high expectations are evidence of her having considerable respect for Ron.
She may not be very good at communicating it to him yet, but the respect is there, which is an important component of a relationship with anyone, especially Hermione. Hermione makes exceptions for Ron. Harry and Ron have always turned to Hermione for academic help, and she has always been happy to be of assistance, but in OotP, she finally becomes impatient with their dependence on her.
She gives them "dire warnings that they would fail all their OWL's" on pg. She gives them homework planners for Christmas, and she is capable of having good taste in gifts such as the Broomstick Servicing Kit she gave Harry in PoAbut this year she is trying to get them to take responsibility for their academics.
She admonishes Ron to "take notes for a change, it won't kill you! This is OWL year, the boys cannot expect Hermione to check their homework and lend them her notes forever, and, at least from her perspective, it is time they learned to sail on their own.
Still, exceptions can be made in times of stress. While she is furious at them for taking extra Quidditch practice when they are already very behind on their homework, her stance changes after Ron tears up Percy's letter. Hermione was looking at Ron with an odd expression on her face. Therefore, the sequence is this: Ron tears up Percy's letter, thereby making a resounding gesture of loyalty to his best friend, then Hermione looks at Ron with an "odd expression," and it is hard to tell just what that means, but is must be an expression Harry doesn't see on her very often, and then she decides she's willing to help the boys with their homework after all.
The "slightly amused" look on her face suggests she is not so indignant that they procrastinated as she would have them believe. So far, she is treating them equally. This is reasonable; it would be terribly rude of her to help only one of her friends with his homework when they are both struggling and have both been procrastinating. The difference comes after she is finished revising. Even if you think this means Ron needs much more help than Harry because he is less intelligent, Hermione goes well above and beyond the call of duty for Ron.
She normally doesn't approve of copying, and she has held this position since Book 1 SS, pg. Ron, for his part, is extremely appreciative of her making this exception for him. I'll know you're back to normal," said Hermione. Some have taken this to mean that Hermione thinks Ron is unbearably rude all the time, but then one has to wonder why she bothers hanging out with him so much, particularly when they are not with Harry. Instead, I think that was her way of telling him he could not be expected to be polite to her forevermore which is reasonable, as she is not exactly sunshine and daisies to him all the time, eitherthat he was about to make a promise she couldn't ask him to keep, and most of all, that he doesn't have to repay the favor.
He tries to offer something in return for her help, and she cuts him off. Therefore, what she means by that "I'll know you're back to normal," is not only that his rudeness doesn't particularly bother her, but also, "Don't worry about it, you don't owe me anything. Why should one be honored over the other? Both kisses are expressions of friendly comfort rather than lust or romantic overtures.
The difference is in the context behind them. When Harry gets a kiss from Hermione, it immediately follows a hug from Mrs. Weasley and a clap on the back from Ron. Three people in a row, of whom Hermione is the third, show Harry a bit of physical affection, and this is only appropriate, as Harry has just suffered the most harrowing experience of nearly anyone's life.
He has just survived two assassination attempts in one night, been tortured, and witnessed the murder of an innocent boy and a brutal act of self-mutilation. Lord Voldemort has returned to power. On top of all that, he has to go home to his cranky Muggle relatives. Her kiss for Ron follows no one else's gesture of affection; he ambles over to her and Harry looking "lost and desperate," and she kisses him and then goes on her way. Her kiss is intended to distract Ron from the Slytherins' badges and boost his confidence while going into the match.
She kisses Harry to comfort him over having narrowly escaped death, an event in the recent past. She kisses Ron to comfort him over having to play Quidditch against Slytherin, an event in the very near future.
The exception to be found in this case is that Hermione will not kiss just any boy over a Quidditch match. Ron inspires Hermione to offer comforting affection much more easily than does Harry. Why does he keep laughing about it? Ron's initial reaction to Hermione's apparent description of the sport is one of amusement borne of curiosity. The activity is entirely foreign to Ron, and he, being unfamiliar with the excitement and endurance involved, thinks it's funny.
He laughs about it, in such a way that Hermione doesn't want Ron to know that she isn't fond of it. This instruction on Hermione's part--that Harry not tell Ron that she doesn't enjoy skiing--says several things about her rapport with Ron.
For one, it is a glance at the way she gets along with him when Harry is not around, and it appears they have been getting along very warmly. It is an example of them having a friendly conversation about a subject that does not concern Harry: Most of all, Hermione has made an exception to her policy of brutal honesty just because Ron "kept laughing so much. This is understandable, seeing how much Ron makes her laugh; it is only natural that she would grab at the opportunity to return the favor.
It has not escaped anyone's notice that Ron gives Hermione perfume for Christmas, or that Hermione remarks that it is "really unusual.
If it were to her liking, she would probably say something more unambiguously positive than that. Conversely, she is not normally given to sugar-coating the truth. As Hermione's communication skills go, "really unusual" is very tactful. If she were genuinely displeased with the gift, I do not think she would have insulted it to Ron's face, rather, she would not have mentioned it to him at all.
We could have heard about the perfume from Ron speaking to Harry "I sure hope Hermione likes the perfume I got her" or Ginny speaking to Ron in front of Harry "Ron, why did you get Hermione that smelly perfume when she's been saying for ages she wants Honestly, what was he thinking?
She is trying to communicate to Ron that his gift, even if ill-chosen and of low quality, is appreciated. The perfume is a romantic gesture from Ron, and Hermione aims to react gracefully to it, which means she accepts the gesture. She constantly makes decisions and assessments and solves problems by use of logic. In this case, she still uses logic, but it is a much more philosophical, humanistic type than she usually employs. The fact is that Ron is doing a very poor job as Gryffindor Keeper.
Any sensible person would look at the situation and say that if Angelina Johnson had any sense, she would put the entire school out of Ron's misery and let him resign from the team. Instead, Hermione says the real problem is the importance the Wizarding World places on the sport of Quidditch! She argues that it is Quidditch, not Ron's abysmal goalkeeping, that is causing "bad feeling and tension. She is going to great logical lengths to defend Ron. This is a very unusual way to look at the situation.
After hearing that Ron is still struggling, she comes up with a reason why he is not the problem at hand. Hermione has long been less enthusiastic about Quidditch than her best friends, but not until OotP has she accused the sport of causing tension and bad feeling between the Houses.
Not until Ron does badly at the sport does she have anything actively negative to say about it. She Understands His Feelings Throughout the series, Hermione has shown signs of being less than understanding about other people's feelings. It's not that she's uncaring, more that she has more important things to worry about than her classmates' and other surrounding characters' emotional concerns. She simply does not pay much attention, or does not worry too much, about the way most people are feeling.
With Ron, however, she is different: During the Crookshanks-Scabbers estrangement, she was not present to hear Ron tell Harry that he would let up on her "if she just acted like she was sorry," as she had just run up the stairs in hysterical tears, but oddly enough, act like she's sorry is precisely what she does once she's found her voice after Ron offers his friendship back to her.
He is waiting for an apology, even a feigned one, and she offers him a real one. When Ron is feeling attacked after Malfoy's taunts on the train journey in GoF, Hermione chooses to respond gently to his bad mood. Hermione makes the effort to agree with Ron to ease him out of his anger, and she handles him very gently. He means enough to her that she wants to be the one to calm him down.
Some time later, after Harry has become the fourth Triwizard champion and Ron is unhappy about it, Hermione intercepts Harry the next morning in an attempt to mediate their disagreement.
At first, the scene may appear to suggest a special attachment to Harry, but she uses the interaction to advocate for Ron. I know it's not your fault," she added quickly, seeing Harry open his mouth furiously, "I know you don't ask for it Harry already knows that Ron has a lot of brothers overshadowing him; in fact most of the Wizarding World knows that much about the Weasleys. Harry also knows that he is famous and the recipient of excessive unwanted attention, but notice what else Hermione says: The part that Ron voices to Harry is that he's skeptical that Harry didn't put his own name into the Goblet, but that falls short of explaining why Ron refuses to believe Harry for so long, and why he takes the supposed slight so personally.
This is more than a matter of who was responsible for Harry becoming the fourth Triwizard Champion.