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Quote #1

I bet Krum can see right through [Malfoy], though ... bet he gets people fawning over him all the time ... Where d'you reckon they're going to sleep? We could offer him a space in our dormitory, Harry ... I wouldn't mind giving him my bed, I could kip on a camp bed. (16.16)

Ron gave Hermione a hard time for her crush on Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He even mocks her for her Lockhart fixation when Hermione blithely says, "I don't like people just because they're handsome" (15.53) in this very novel. But there doesn't seem to be a big difference between Hermione's Lockhart crush and Ron's early Krum fixation, wouldn't you say? What's the real difference between a crush and hero worship?

Quote #2

They ended up having lunch with Hagrid, though they didn't eat much – Hagrid had made what he said was a beef casserole, but after Hermione unearthed a large talon in hers, she, Harry, and Ron rather lost their appetites. However, they enjoyed themselves trying to make Hagrid tell them what the tasks in the tournament were going to be, speculating which of the entrants were likely to be selected as champions, and wondering whether Fred and George were beardless yet. (16.155)

We love Hagrid. His generosity, easy kindness, and slightly bumbling quality makes him impossible not to love. The fact that Malfoy loathes him just goes to prove how twisted Malfoy can be. The location of Hagrid's cabin outside the Hogwarts castle proper symbolizes his role in the novel. Hagrid is a part of the wizarding world, but he's also outside of it. He represents a link between magical humans and magical creatures. Hagrid's role as a bridge becomes even more literal when his half-giant heritage is revealed.

Quote #3

"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, staring at the dark red velvet curtains, now hiding one of the few people he had been sure would believe him. (17.143-4)

Actually, we're surprised that Ron hasn't had a blowout with Harry before now. Imagine how stressful it must be to be best friends with the Boy Who Lived – to be standing near the spotlight, but always to one side. Even in the best friendships, anyone can get jealous. What do you think some of the pitfalls of friendship with Harry Potter might be for you? If you could be friends with him, how would you handle the pressure of Harry's fame on your friendship?

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