Published on Jun 2nd 2021
Seeing our favourite Harry Potter characters become grown up couples with kids and jobs (and in Ron's case, a Muggle car) took a bit of getting used to in Cursed Child - but we soon loved seeing just how much their relationships had progressed…

Image: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, London Production 2019 – Photo by Manuel Harlan

When Ron asked Hermione to marry him again

We were absolutely thrilled to see that not only did Ron and Hermione have an excellent marriage, but they still hadn’t lost their ability for witty banter. So, when Ron realised that in another reality he and Hermione weren’t even together, he decided that would not do and they would have to renew their vows. What makes this moment so brilliant, is that even when this couple are doing something as romantic as deciding to get married again, they still can’t help but delightfully bicker.

Ron
Shut up. Will you shut up for once? I want to do one of those marriage renewal things I’ve read about. Marriage renewal. What do you think?

Hermione (melting slightly)
You want to marry me again?

Ron
Well, we were only young when we did it the first time and I got very drunk and – well, to be honest, I can’t remember much of it and ... the truth is – I love you Hermione Granger – and whatever time says – I’d like the opportunity to say so in front of lots of other people. Again. Sober.

She looks at him, she smiles, she pulls him to her, she kisses him.

Hermione
You’re sweet.

Ron
And you taste of toffee.
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When Ginny told Harry she knew he would do the right thing

One of the greatest strengths of Harry and Ginny as a couple was that they always believed in each other. Despite Harry getting it disastrously wrong with Albus, the night before he headed off to Hogwarts for a new term, Ginny knew that he would put it right – she has that much faith in him. This moment also gave us an insight into just how well this pair knew each other and we enjoyed that at this point, Ginny could practically read Harry’s mind.

Ginny
So that’s what’s upsetting you? The night before Hogwarts, it’s never a good night if you don’t want to go. Giving Al the blanket. It was a nice try.

Harry
It went pretty badly wrong from there. I said some things Ginny . . .

Ginny
I heard.

Harry
And you’re still talking to me?

Ginny
Because I know that when the time is right you’ll say sorry. That you didn’t mean it. That what you said concealed – other things. You can be honest with him Harry . . . that’s all he needs.
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When Ron tried to protect Hermione

Draco Malfoy was awful to Hermione at school and Ron remembers. We loved that he wanted to stand up for his wife and put Malfoy in his place. We also enjoyed how this moment reminded us of their schooldays – as Ron had always hated the way Malfoy treated Hermione and often stood up for her. What we loved even more, is that when Hermione reminded Ron that she could in fact stand up for herself and that he needed to remember they were now all on the same side… Ron listened.

Draco
Can I just say ...

Ron
Malfoy, you may be all chummy chummy with Harry, and you may have produced a relatively nice child, but you’ve said some very unfair things to and about my wife . . .

Hermione
And your wife doesn’t need you fighting her battles for her.

Hermione looks witheringly at Ron. Ron takes the hit.

Ron
Fine. But if you say one thing about her or me . . .

Draco
You’ll do what, Weasley?

Hermione
He’ll hug you. Because we’re all on the same team, aren’t we Ron?

Ron (hesitating in the face of her unwavering gaze)
Fine. I, um, I think you’ve got really nice hair. Draco.
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When Ginny took Harry’s hand when he had to relive the past

We can’t begin to imagine what it would be like to relive the death of your parents after so many years and not be able to do anything to stop it. When Harry found himself in this situation it was undoubtedly distressing and overwhelming. Ginny recognised this too and took Harry’s hand to support him. When it became too much for Harry, she helped to hold him up. While taking someone’s hand may seem like a small gesture, we believe it reminded Harry that he is not alone, that he is loved and it was exactly what he needed.

Ginny takes Harry’s hand.

Ginny
You don’t have to watch, Harry. We can go home.

Harry
I’m letting it happen . . . of course I have to watch.

Hermione
Then we’ll all witness it.

Ron
We’ll all watch.

We hear unfamiliar voices . . .

James (from off)
Lily, take Harry and go! It’s him! Go! Run! I’ll hold him off . . .

There is a blast, and then a laugh.

You keep away, you understand – you keep away.

Voldemort (from off)
Avada Kedavra!

Harry flinches as green light flashes around the auditorium.

Albus takes his hand. Harry grasps hold of it. He needs it.

Albus
He did everything he could.

Ginny rises beside Harry, and takes his other hand. He leans into them, they’re holding him up now.
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When Hermione declared her love for Ron

We can’t stand the fact that in other realities Hermione and Ron aren’t a couple and they evidently couldn’t either. When Hermione, Ron, Snape and Scorpius found themselves in a tricky spot, Hermione bravely decided to sacrifice herself to give the others a chance to escape. But before she did, she had something she needed to say to Ron…

Hermione (she realises what she has to do)
They’re after me, not any of you.

Ron. I love you and I always have. But the three of you need to run. Go. Now.

Ron
What?

Scorpius
What?

Ron
Can we talk about the love thing first?

Hermione
This is still Voldemort’s world. And I am done with it. Reversing the next task will change everything.

Scorpius
But they’ll kiss you. They’ll suck out your soul.

Hermione
And then you’ll change the past. And then they won’t. Go. Now.

The Dementors sense them. From all sides screaming shapes descend.
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And Ron decides to stay, and they face the Dementor’s kiss

Ron deciding to stay in this moment proved that he and Hermione were always meant to be. After she declared her love for him and tried to send him to safety, he refused to leave her – despite being terrified. We thought it was incredibly moving that before they succumbed to the Dementor’s Kiss, they were finally honest with each other and wished for the life they should have had. Their first and final kiss was completely heart-breaking.

Hermione
You’re supposed to be going, too.

Ron
Well, they are after me a bit and I really am in quite a lot of pain. And, you know, I’d rather be here. Expecto—

As he reaches up to cast the spell, Hermione stops his arm.

Hermione
Let’s keep them here and give the boy the best chance we can.

Ron looks at her and then nods sadly.

Hermione
A daughter.

Ron
And a son. I liked that idea too.

He looks around – he knows his fate.

I’m scared.

Hermione
Kiss me.

Ron thinks and then does. And then the two are yanked apart. And pinned to the ground. And we watch as a golden-whitish haze is pulled from their bodies. They have their souls sucked from them. And it is terrifying.
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When Harry refuses a toffee in solidarity with Ginny

Getting older comes with its own set of challenges – something that Harry and Ginny were clearly aware of. At some point they had obviously both agreed to go on a health kick (how very sensible) and therefore had given up sugar. What we thought was brilliant, and a real testament to their relationship, was that when Harry was offered a tempting toffee in Hermione’s office in secret (and Ginny would never need to know) he turned it down. Now that is solidarity.

Hermione
Do you fancy a toffee? Don’t tell Ron.

Harry
You’re changing the subject.

Hermione
I truly am. Toffee?

Harry
Can’t. We’re off sugar at the moment.

Beat. You know, you can get addicted to that stuff?
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