I’ll admit it: I’m one of those people who likes a little romance with her magic. And as I’ve already confessed when I first saw the poster pictured, I was one of those readers who’s always secretly wanted Harry and Hermione together, even if I do appreciate what their relationship says about the depth of platonic friendships. Why am I bringing this up again (and this time, taking it to a vote)? Because there’s a scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–Part I that broaches the controversial subject. SPOILER ALERT! After Ron leaves Harry and Hermione on their quest to discover Voldemort’s horcruxes, she’s sad, and Harry tries to cheer her up by dancing with her. At first, it’s goofy and fun. Then it takes a slightly more adult turn when they wordlessly decide to remain just friends. “The way that Dan and I played it was there was the possibility there could be something else between Hermione and Harry,” Emma Watson tells “If you spend that period of time with one person alone on the road and you don’t know when you’re going to see anyone else again, I dunno, I feel like maybe there could have been something there, but not really from Hermione’s end. I think whether or not you like that storyline or not, the scene has a tension but it’s open to interpretation. It’s not fixed.”

The way Harry has always been an emotional and physical comfort to Hermione, hugging her when she was upset about Ron or holding her hand when they were in danger, I feel like this had to come up. And it sounds, from what Watson says, that the actors handled it perfectly. They give people like me the satisfaction of knowing that we weren’t totally off-base, without giving Harry and Hermione anything to regret. What do you think? Vote in the poll below. We’ll do another one after the movie opens.

Of course, Ron’s worst fear is Harry and Hermione coupling up, which we find out courtesy of a Horcrux. YET ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT! Watson also addressed that scene, when Ron imagines Hermione kissing Harry, with ComingSoon: “Oh, it was the weirdest thing ever, and they only told us about the silver body paint the day before. They were like, ‘Oh, and P.S., we hope you don’t mind but we’d like you both to be topless and covered in silver paint.’ I was like, ‘Ookay,’ if it wasn’t weird enough before. [Laughs] So yeah, it was bizarre. Luckily, Dan is very funny and talkative and we could just have a laugh about it. Kissing Rupert, he’s slightly more quiet so I was like, ‘Oh, God, what’s he thinking?’ Whereas the whole time with Dan I knew exactly what he was thinking, so that helped.”

Ah, Daniel. You gotta love him.

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