The Harry Potter books are full of all kinds of good stuff: magic, murder, and raging hormones. It was in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire — the fourth book in the series, for those not in the know — that it became all too clear that Ron and Hermione had a thing for each other. Rather than ask her to the Yule Ball, Ron simply waited, expecting that he could ask Hermione out at the last minute. Obviously, the kid was wrong, and Hermione ended up going to the ball with Durmstrang student and Quidditch badass, Viktor Krum.
This is one-sided “love triangle” of sorts (where Ron is intimidated by Viktor, and Viktor doesn’t even know Ron exists) that’s pretty much contained to the fourth book, and eventually Ron and Hermione end up together to live happily ever after. At no point does Viktor come back into the picture as a potential romantic love interest.
Well, it turns out that this was almost not the case — at least not for the films. Speaking with EW on their Binge podcast, actor Stanislav Ianevski revealed that director David Yates actually brought Viktor back for one more bit of love triangle fun in Harry Potter in the Deathly Hallows Part 1, during the Weasley-Delacour wedding.
“[Yates] invented a new story that wasn’t in the books, a love triangle between Viktor Krum, Hermione, and Ron, but that was cut out of the film because it obviously didn’t fit with all the horrible things that happen in the last book. We did a new dance scene, I sort of stole [Hermione] from Ron. She remembered our old times, Viktor was acting like a gentleman again, happy to see her, she was happy to see him. Ron was sitting on the side, was jealous, and then Viktor took her to the dance floor.”
That definitely would’ve been an interesting dynamic, though I think they made the right choice in cutting that out. When you have a film that chronicles a desperate hunt for Horcruxes, I feel like a love triangle like that would’ve only irritated viewers — especially since it wasn’t in the book.
“I don’t know how far they could go,” Ianevski continued. “If the story from the seventh [film] that David Yates invented extended itself then maybe they would’ve gotten into a fight with Ron, and Viktor would obviously win and then live happily on forever with Hermione.”
Ron indeed wasn’t well known for his physical prowess. It was all probably for the best.
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on November 18, 2016.
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