One pairing many people wanted to see in the original Harry Potter series was Draco and Hermione. Many fans have speculated if there were ever any romantic feelings between the two. Although there are many actions between the two that fans interpret as romantic, especially when it comes to Draco, did he ever have a crush on Hermione?
Throughout the books and the movies, there are no indications that Draco and Hermione have any kind of positive feelings toward one another. The few things that could be interpreted as romantic are most likely something J.K.Rowling left in the books since she mentioned on a number of occasions that she considered having the two together at some point in the story.
Since there is no definitive evidence that Draco felt anything beyond respect for Hermione, the fans are very divided on the topic. If you would like a useful overview of the situation to help you make your own opinion you made it to the right place. Make sure to read the article so if the topic ever arises you could effortlessly carry the conversation with your Potterhead friends.
Did Draco Malfoy have a crush on Hermione Granger?
Although fans love to pair up Hermione with Draco, because everyone likes a good girl who falls in love with a bad boy trope there is no actual evidence anywhere in the series to suggest Draco had a crush on Hermione.
Draco did not have any feelings towards Hermione, most likely due to his family’s beliefs tied to the blood status of witches and wizards. His opinion towards her had changed over the course of the series however they never evolve into anything beyond toleration.
This is also backed up by how the relationship between the two developed throughout the franchise. Throughout the Harry Potter series, Draco seems to despite her and hates her. Although these feelings are lessened over time it is also exhibited during the events taking place in the Cursed Child that Draco still has some bitterness towards her regularly mocking her bossing him around in their workplace. It was shown that he still has no regard for her and only stops on the account of his son’s presence.
At the very most, from the context of the books, we can conclude that the emotion Draco felt towards Hermione was respect. After all, she was always something he strived to be. Hermione was always at the top of every class, Draco following closely behind but never able to surpass her no matter how hard he wanted to.
After the second wizarding world Hermione could have been elevated in his eyes because she was one of the crucial players in the plan which freed him and his family from the grasp of the dark wizard who completely changed their lives.
The closest we ever get to Draco showing any kind of positive emotion towards Hermione was in the Goblet of Fire when he warns Harry and Ron to move Hermione away once the Deatheaters attack the World Cup after-party.
Draco points out that they are looking for muggles but they could easily spot a mudblood which is why they should hurry to get away from the scene before something bad happens. Although he did warn them, Draco managed to combine it with different insults directed toward Hermione without much regard for her.
This is why we can conclude that despite this act Draco does not have any feelings toward Hermione. It is more likely that Draco did this to scare them. He felt protected in this situation since in every possible outcome he could leave unharmed because his family was loyal to the Dark Lord for a long time.
The most likely explanation is that Draco took advantage of the situation to demonstrate his power over the three. This is backed up by the way Draco was described in the scene, calmly waiting for the three to exit their tent despite the mayhem going on around them.
Did JK Rowling say Draco likes Hermione?
Although there have been a few mentions of J.K. Rowling confirming this pairing over the years they were all ultimately proven to be fake. After all, this is one of the fan-favorite pairings and if it was confirmed by the author everyone would already know about it.
The confusion regarding this topic comes from the fact that J.K. Rowling mentioned in many interviews that she considered pairing the two up but ultimately decided against it.
She believed that the two endings up together could be an interesting plot twist. Both were similar in some of their general traits but complete opposites in the other aspects of their lives.
Hermione and Draco were both extremely smart and ambitious making sure to do everything in their power to achieve their goals. Despite the whole blood status thing, they would make a good pair, in which perhaps Hermione would help him overcome his family’s beliefs and set him up for a redemption arc.
This would also make a lot of sense. If you think about it Hermione is the only character in the series that directly stands up to Draco without much regard for who he is.
This could intrigue him and cause him to develop feelings for her over time. This would also explain why Draco picked on Hermione so much whilst attending Hogwarts with her. After all youngest boy shows their affection through playful teasing.
She ultimately decided against the two ever ending up together. J. K. Rowling explained that the way two characters developed would remove any kind of possibility of the two endings up together.
Despite what many fans may think of Draco, whether he ultimately turned his life around and redeemed himself or his actions hold so much weight nothing could excuse them, the things he did to Hermione were horrible.
He constantly brought up her parents and her blood status as if it was something that could lessen her skills as a witch in any way. Other things he did affect her greatly and it would only be logical to assume she wouldn’t want to have anything to do with that person.
On the other hand, although it was shown that Draco’s beliefs regarding the blood status of his fellow witches and wizards were a product of his family’s teachings, he still heavily promoted them and only denounced them after the war.
With everything taken into consideration, Draco could never feel anything more than respect for Hermione and she could forgive him for what he has done, but their relationship could never become anything more than civil for the sake of being professional.
Why did Draco bully Hermione if he had a crush on her?
As it was already mentioned Hermione was everything Draco aspired to be but could never achieve because of her. He could never be at the top of the class and to make it even worse the only thing standing in his way of achieving this was a witch who did not come from a magical family.
Furthermore, Hermione had a close group of friends who genuinely appreciated her, unlike Draco who as the story progressed lost the ability to connect with anyone who did not share the same affiliations with the Dark Lord.
To top everything off she was completely content with her friend group and hadn’t made any advances toward getting him to like her.
Finally, Draco was a bully and he did not only bully Hermione but everyone who was different from what he was taught to be.
Did Draco kiss Hermione?
Draco never kissed Hermione. This has never happened in the canon material of the series. Actually, Draco and Hermione had very few interactions throughout the series.
What movie does Draco kiss Hermione in?
Draco never kissed Hermione in the movies. As a matter of fact, the very small amount of interactions the two have in the books was cut to an even smaller number for the movies to the point that you could probably think of all of the scenes Draco and Hermione share from the top of your head.