They grew up great. They grew up heroes
So. Back to [Ron and Harry’s fight in Goblet of Fire]. What is the cause of that, if not jealousy?
The clues, as usual, are in the text, hidden as background noise. If we look at the events between the time the Tournament is announced and when Harry’s name comes out of the Goblet, something interesting shows up.
"Wonder what the tasks are going to be?" said Ron thoughtfully. "You know, I bet we could do them, Harry. We’ve done dangerous stuff before…."
Fred interrupts, and Harry doesn’t respond to Ron.
So here we see that Ron is gung-ho about entering, but Harry doesn’t seem to be. We know from Harry’s thoughts that he wouldn’t mind winning, but from Ron’s PoV, Harry isn’t up for it.
Or is he? The day after the Durmstrang and Beauxbatons students arrive, the Trio see the Goblet inside its Age Line. Ron asks a third-year girl if the other students have put their names in yet. She says the Durmstrangs have, but no one from Hogwarts.
"Bet some of them put it in last night after we’d all gone to bed," said Harry. "I would’ve if it had been me … wouldn’t have wanted everyone watching. What if the goblet just gobbed you right back out again."
Then the twins and Lee Jordan show up, having taken a drop of Aging Potion each.
"We’re going to split the thousand Galleons between the three of us if one of us wins," said Lee, grinning broadly.
And so here we have another set of friends that are almost as inseparable as Harry and Ron. They’ve made a pact to try to enter the tournament anyway and split the winnings among themselves. They fail, of course, but what the hey. They gave it a try.
This is the context in which The Rift begins: Ron interested in trying to get into the tournament, Harry not appearing to share Ron’s enthusiasm, and Fred, George, and Lee working together to get in so they can split the winnings.
And so Harry’s name comes out of the Goblet, inexplicably. Right out of the blue. Harry is of course stunned, but so is Ron, along with everyone else.
"I didn’t put my name in," Harry said, blankly. "You know I didn’t."
[Ron and Hermione] stared back just as blankly.
What is Ron supposed to think at this point? How could Harry’s name come out of the Goblet unless Harry put it there? Ron must have gone back over the events leading up to that moment, just as we have, to try to make sense of it all. He might not have noticed Harry’s lack of enthusiasm, but he does know that Harry never proposed a plan for fooling the Goblet. Not to him, anyway. Not the way the twins and Lee did. The only conclusion that makes sense to him is that Harry was planning to go for it all along, and he deliberately cut Ron out of his plans.
Suddenly, Harry must have seemed like a very different person to Ron. Harry had never left Ron out of anything before. Mugre y uñas, remember? And yet the “evidence” that Harry ditched Ron this time is right there in his face. Is Ron feeling jealous of Harry because “everything happens to him”? I doubt it. Instead, he has to be feeling deeply betrayed. And given what he and Harry have been through together, that’s gotta be a serious knife twist to the heart.
Ron’s also gotta be wondering why. Why would Harry do such a thing? As he casts about for an explanation, only one seems to make sense: Draco’s been right all along; Harry really does seek the spotlight. The proof’s right under his nose. And the events that follow seem to bear that out.
Let’s examine exactly what happens. Harry comes back to find the Gryffindor common room in an uproar. Everyone is celebrating, and no one wants to hear him say he didn’t enter. He’s trying to push his way through the crowd but can’t. Lee Jordan ties a Gryffindor banner around him. It takes him about a half-hour to get to the stairs. He gets into his room and finds Ron lying on the bed, still fully dressed.
[snip, directly quoted scene from GOF]
Freeze picture. Here we see Ron, who refused to participate in the festivities, but who “knew” that Harry had been part of it because he had that banner tied around him. He might have even been aware of when Harry came through the portrait hole by the way the crowd reacted, so he might have known how long Harry was down there. This would confirm his suspicion that Harry really does crave the spotlight.
What Ron says is telling, too. He remarks on Harry’s apparent secret plans for getting his name in the Goblet and how he’d left Ron out of them. But Harry doesn’t catch on to this subtlety; he only knows that Ron is calling him a liar. Resume action:
[snip again, directly quoted scene from GOF]
Freeze. So not only did Harry leave him out, he’s still leaving him out. He won’t at least share with Ron how he did it. And as for the prize money, Harry didn’t exactly offer to split it with Ron, either, the way the twins and Lee had agreed. So Harry’s not in it just for the fame — he’s also in it for the money. Resume:
"I didn’t put my name in that goblet!" said Harry, starting to feel angry.
“Yeah, okay,” said Ron, in exactly the same skeptical tone as Cedric. “Only you said this morning you’d have done it last night, and no one would’ve seen you…. I’m not stupid you know.”
"You’re doing a really good impression of it," Harry snapped.
"Yeah?" said Ron, and there was no trace of a grin, forced or otherwise, on his face now. "You want to get to bed, Harry. I expect you’ll need to be up early tomorrow for a photo-call or something."
He wrenched the hangings shut around his four-poster, leaving Harry standing there by the door ….
And there’s the accusation of being a fame-hound — Ron’s parting shot. On this remark hang most of the Jealous!Ron theories. But I don’t think that Ron is revealing jealousy here; I think he’s going for the jugular. Harry has hurt him tremendously, he believes, and when Ron hints around at why he’s feeling hurt, Harry doesn’t catch on. That must have meant to Ron that Harry really had betrayed him and didn’t care how he felt. Harry’s anger didn’t help either: instead of asking what Ron’s problem was, he just reacted to being called a liar. Understandable, sure, but it was still gasoline on the fire. Ron’s accusation of seeking the spotlight was therefore meant to hurt Harry back and it was meant to let Harry know that Ron was on to him and he wasn’t impressed in the least.
If, as Ron had hoped, he and Harry had put their heads together, figured out a way past the Age Line, and put their names in the goblet, and the goblet still spat out Harry’s name, do you think Ron would have been upset about it? If past actions are any indication, no he wouldn’t. He’d be cheering Harry on, hoping he’d win that bag of Galleons they would have agreed to split.
No, Ron isn’t jealous, he’s hurt. He’s deeply, deeply hurt."
Anatomy of a Rift, by Dicentra. Full essay located at The Sugar Quill, originally published elsewhere but unlocatable.
Read the full essay for the explanations leading up to and following this excerpt, especially the last section of the essay.(via beesandrobins)
There’s no such thing as magic!
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Do you ever just want to go to Hogwarts?
Like, you don’t want to be a member of the trio, or the order, or a death eater.
You just want to go to the school.
You want to know what it feels like to be up late stressing over potions homework, or how it feels to really ride a broom, and just go to Hogwarts on a normal year as a normal student
all the time
It’s sad how it is more socially acceptable to hate your body than to love it
This text post hit me like a train
someone mentioned april fools today, and it reminded me that last year a couple of radio DJs got taken off the air and almost faced felony charges because they told their audience that the local water supply was contaminated with “Dihydrogen Monoxide” and alot of people panicked
Dihydrogen - (two hydrogen)
Monoxide - (one oxygen)
some guys almost got arrested for telling people there was water in their taps.
John Green everyone
I have never before heard my favourite author referred to as a cutie patootie.
But I don’t disagree.
I mean he is kind of adorable
I’ve never not reblogged John Green.
always reblogging cutie patootie
there’s a special place in hell for people who worship satan
no seriously they probably get the penthouse suite and have sleepovers with him