With Harry Potter’s birthday just around the corner, we have to talk about one of the most underrated ships in the HP fandom: Fred and Hermione. Though Hermione and Ron are undoubtedly adorable, some think that she may have ended up with the wrong Weasley. From Chamber of Secrets to Half-Blood Prince, here are all the Fredmione moments that make us feel fuzzy inside.
When he rushes to her defense
When Malfoy calls Hermione a Mudblood in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, it’s not just Ron who rushes to her defense; Fred and George try to physically attack him. Though Fred undoubtedly sees Hermione mainly as his little brother’s best friend in this moment, there’s definitely a splash of “the best friend’s brother to boyfriend” trope here and we’re here for it as the series goes on.
The flirty dialogue
Though their interactions are (unfortunately!) few throughout the series, Fred and Hermione seem to be flirting every time they interact from Order of the Phoenix onward. Here are just a few of our favorite lines:
“It’s all right. I haven’t done anything to them. It’s the custard creams you’ve got to watch.” This moment is from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, during the first task afterparty. As usual, Fred and George supplied the food for the party. When Fred offers her a jam tart, Hermione is understandably skeptical, but instead of offering her a prank sweet, he offers her a jam tart and then reassures her that it’s safe. We can practically see the smile those two undoubtedly shared when Neville turned into a canary half a second later.
“Ask us no questions and we’ll tell you no lies, Hermione.” This conversation near the beginning of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is short and sweet. To refresh your memory, Harry gave Fred and George his Triwizard gold so they could use it to start their joke shop. When asked how they’re going to get the money to open the shop, this is Fred’s response. Not only is it suuuuper flirty, but he uses her name when he absolutely doesn’t have to.
The punching telescope
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince contains basically irrefutable evidence that Fred and Hermione were, in fact, more than friends. Let us break it down for you.
Because the Weasley house is so packed with people going to visit Fred and George’s new shop, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, Hermione ends up sleeping in Fred’s bed. Fred’s not in it with her, unfortunately, but she’s sleeping there nonetheless. Because Fred and George are who they are, she ends up getting punched in the face by one of their prank telescopes. It leaves her with a black eye that’s still there when they go to the shop the next day. When Fred asks her what’s wrong with her face, she responds “your punching telescope.” And she says this ruefully. Ruefully, according to the dictionary, means with regret and humor. The Hermione we know and love, though she is many things, would generally not respond to getting a black eye with humor. Furthermore, Fred gives her a healing balm right away. Fred is also many things, but he’s usually one to laugh about his pranks, not apologize for them. This moment is just full of banter and absolutely adorable.
There you have it: four sweet moments that make Fredmione the ship that got away. If it’s been a while since you’ve hopped on the Hogwarts Express, give the series a re-read and you may just discover some cute moments of your own.