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Novel Matchmaking

The approach of Valentine’s Day got us thinking: Which literary characters would make great couples?

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Voldemort and Grendel’s Mother
Just because they’re evil, serpentine fiends with hearts as hard and black as coal doesn’t mean they can’t find love! Once Voldy (Ralph Fiennes in the Harry Potter films) lays eyes on Grendel’s hot-to-trot single mother (Angelina Jolie in Beowulf), it won’t be long before little Grendel has a new stepfather to play catch with.

Dorian Gray and Miranda Priestly
Both are objects of fascination with sharp cheekbones and icy ambition. They belong together. But how can the marriage stay alive? Miranda (Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada) can hire the best photographers and airbrushers to keep Dorian (Ben Barnes in Dorian Gray) looking young forever — at least in portrait form.

Jay Gatsby and Holly Golightly
These glamorous frauds would make one of those couples who can charm every guest at a party without saying a word to each other all night. Holly (Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) is a much better match for Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby) than Daisy Buchanan — she wouldn’t mind being idealized.