7 Relationship hacks from the Harry Potter books

Relationships fill the pages of the Harry Potter books. Here are the best relationship hacks from seven of them.

  • Philosopher’s Stone – Vernon and Petunia Dursley

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Without doubt the worst relationship on this list, the Dursleys were miserable, self-centred, and judgemental. They were so stuck in their ways that they were willing to completely sever ties with Harry because he didn’t represent their way of living.

The hack from this relationship is to be the type of couple that challenge each other on faulty ways of thinking and become better, together.

  • Chamber of Secrets – Arthur and Molly Weasley

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Kind, caring, and genuine, Arthur and Molly Weasley represent hospitality and kindness that affected everyone around them. Perhaps the polar opposites of the Dursleys, they treat everyone as their own, welcome all to The Burrow, and are supportive of each other whilst embracing each other’s quirks and faults.

  • Prisoner of Azkaban – Hagrid and Buckbeak

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Okay, so this isn’t your classic ‘romantic’ relationship, but there is something that can be said for the loyalty that the half-giant and the hippogriff show each other during their time at Hogwarts.

They would each go against their own best interests to benefit the other and this kind of loyalty is a trait that would benefit relationships we can relate to.

  • Goblet of Fire – George Weasley and Angelina Johnson

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Though technically this was only a date to the yule ball, I think something can be learnt from how George unashamedly asked Angelina to go in the public eye. He was unconcerned about what people thought and I think a lot of us can learn from this.

Basically, if you like someone, go for it!

  • Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and Cho Chang

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This was a bad move from Harry here. Whilst Cho was still mourning the loss of Cedric Diggory, she and Harry kissed. It didn’t go too well from there. The lesson that can be learnt from this is simple; timing is everything.

If Harry and Cho were meant to be, in the fullness of time it would have eventually come to pass, however, entering into something like that when she still wasn’t ready effectively doomed the relationship from the start.

  • Half-Blood Prince – Ron Weasley and Lavender Brown

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Too. Much. PDA. Relationships that are built and maintained on an obsessive need to be around and touching each other might not be as healthy as you’d think.

This relationship lacked any real depth and was quickly exposed as Ron realised that actually, the kind of relationship he had with Hermione was far more desirable than the one he had with Lavender. Which leads us on to…

  • Deathly Hallows – Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger

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The moment where everyone cheered. After 7 books and 7 years of “will they, won’t they”, Ron and Hermione finally realised they were meant for each other. Whilst some might say “what were they waiting for?” the benefit from this is that their relationship was undeniably built on a foundation of friendship. They knew they loved each other for who they were, and not for simply being attracted to each other.

Throughout the books they were sacrificial for each other, protective for each other, and some would say it was inevitable from the moment they set foot on the Hogwarts Express.

by Dan Callan

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