Welcome to the Moments section! Here you'll find book moments focusing on H/Hr. I'm one of those people that can dissect every line, every word, every second Harry and Hermione are together and put it back together again in a way that makes sense. So I'll probably find moments and reasons other people wouldn't consider as such. Please feel free to send in your comments!

Note: All quotes taken from pages in the American versions of the books. No quotes have been altered to fit the Harry/Hermione shipper perspective. Seeing [...] only means that I've omitted parts of text that have nothing to really do with the main point of the quote, or that the quote goes on for too long for our purposes.

Goblet of Fire

"Hermione's a witch," Harry snarled.
"Have it your own way, Potter" said Malfoy, grinning maliciously.

Harry quickly defends Hermione to Malfoy, who's insisting on reminding Harry she's a mudblood and that she's in danger. Harry won't allow Malfoy to try and scare them.

Perhaps there was truth in what Malfoy had said; perhaps Hermione was in more danger than they were. They set off again, Harry still searching his pockets, even though he knew his wand wasn't there.

Harry is beginning to worry about Hermione's safety, and instinctually grabs for his wand when he begins thinking she's in danger. Even though he knew his wand wasn't in his pocket, it was like he kept thinking it would magically appear again. He felt a bit helpless without it, and nervous that he wouldn't be able to defend her if something did happen.

"Harry, come on, move!" Hermione had seized the collar of his jacket and was tugging him backward.
"What's the matter?" Harry said, startled to see her face so white and terrified.
"It's the Dark Mark, Harry!" Hermione moaned, pulling him as hard as she could. "You-Know-Who's sign!"

Hermione is scared to death that Harry is going to be hurt. Her face is described as "white and terrified." She's desperately trying to get Harry away from it. She wasn't as concerned about herself or anyone else around her as she was about Harry at that moment.

She looked around at Harry and Ron, appealing for their support. "It didn't sound anything like Winky, did it?"
"No," said Harry, shaking his head. "It definitely didn't sound like an elf."

Harry is the first to pipe up and support Hermione in defending Winky at the tournament. He sees Hermione standing up to all these people so defiantly and has no problem being the first to stand with her.

He teetered on the verge of saying "me," but couldn't bring himself to make Hermione look any more horrified than she already did.

When describing his dream, even though it's incredibly scary, Harry is thinking of Hermione's well-being. He doesn't want her to worry any more than he could tell she already was. He was aware of how worried she was and made the conscious decision to spare her.

He walked resolutely over to the portrait hole, pushed it open, climbed out of it, and found himself face-to-face with Hermione.
"Hello," she said, holding up a stack of toast, which she was carrying in a napkin. [...] To his immense relief, Hermione accepted his story without question.

A great moment. It has everything; trust, friendship, understanding, etc. Hermione knows Harry needs a friend and is the first at his side. She believes him without hesitation. Harry is so relieved when he realizes that Hermione believes him. They have a long walk around the lake just eating and talking in comfortable companionship. To me, this moment proves Hermione will stand by him when everyone else walks away, even his best friend.

"Maybe he'll believe I'm not enjoying myself once I've got my neck broken or -"
"That's not funny," said Hermione quietly. "That's not funny at all." She looked extremely anxious.

Hermione doesn't even like Harry joking about getting hurt. She hates that he's so upset but doesn't want him to even kid about getting hurt and how it would make Ron feel. The word choice here makes me think she's thinking more about how she would feel if something happened to him.

"It's really not that difficult, Harry," Hermione tried to reassure him as they left Flitwick's class - [...] He had already struggled through one Friday's worth, with Hermione sitting next to him intoning "ignore them, ignore them, ignore them" under her breath, [...]

Hermione is, throughout the book, trying to comfort Harry through the horrible time he was having. She often told him just what he needed to hear to get through the day, as miserable as he was.

"Oh very funny," Hermione said sarchastically to Pansy Parkinson and her gang of Slytherin girls, who were laughing harder than anyone, " really witty."
[...] "Want one Granger?" said Malfoy, holding out a badge to Hermione. "I've got loads. But don't touch my hand, now. I've just washed it, you see; don't want a mudblood sliming it up."
Some of the anger Harry had been feeling for days and days seemed to burst through a dam in his chest. He had reached for his wand before he'd thought what he was doing.

Harry has pure blind anger at Malfoy for what he'd said about Hermione. Of all the things to set him off, it's insulting Hermione that finally does it. Very interesting, indeed. Not only is he angry, but, without thinking, he reaches for his wand and attacks Malfoy. It's like pure hatred and revulsion of what Malfoy had said to Hermione that drove him crazy!

Hermione had come in for her fair share of unpleasantness too, but she hadn't yet started yelling at innocent bystanders; in fact, Harry was full of admiration for the way she was handling the situation.

Harry recognizes how well Hermione was handling the Rita Skeeter articles. He understood that she was getting a brunt of the nastiness herself and she was taking it all in stride. Harry is proud of her.

"Stunningly pretty? Her?" Pansy Parkinson had shrieked the first time she'd come face-to-face with Hermione after Rita's article had appeared. "What was she judging against - a chipmunk?"
"Ignore it," Hermione said in a dignified voice, holding her head in the air and stalking past the sniggering Slytherin girls as though she couldn't hear them. "Just ignore it, Harry."
But Harry couldn't ingore it.

Even when Hermione didn't stand up for herself, Harry wanted to stand up for her. He thought it was horrible what they were saying about Hermione and it fueled his anger. He cares about her and hates to hear anyone badmouthing her. He stands up for her, or at least wants to, throughout the book.

"Hermione," Harry said, through gritted teeth, "will you shut up for a bit, please? I'm trying to concentrate." But all that happened when Hermione fell silent, was that Harry's brain filled with a sort of blank buzzing, which didn't seem to allow room for concentration.

Harry is short with Hermione when she's just trying to help him, then he feels a bit guilty. He even admits to himself that when she's quiet, his mind fills with an annoying buzz. A great instance of Harry pushing Hermione away when his unconcious mind and body obviously disagree.

And for his Firebolt, he needed -
"Hermione," Harry whispered [...] "Hermione - I need you to help me." [...] And so they practiced. They didn't have lunch, but headed to a free classroom, where Harry tried with all his might to make various objects fly across the room toward him. [...] At two o'clock in the morning, Harry stood near the fireplace, surrounded by heaps of objects: [...]
"That's better, Harry, that's loads better," Hermione said, looking exhausted but very pleased.

This is another great moment. Harry needs Hermione and Hermione is always there to help him. She's the first person he thinks about when he needs help. Hermione, despite being exhausted, stays up till all hours of the night to help Harry even though they could get caught and get in trouble. She stands by him to help him through anything he needs.

"Harry, you were brilliant!" Hermione said squeakily. There were fingernail marks on her face where she'd been clutching it in fear. "You were amazing! You really were!"

Hermione was scared to death watching Harry get through the first task, but she was so excited for him! She was so happy he won and was glad to see all their work pay off. Hermione will always be Harry's #1 fan. She was glad to see he wasn't hurt and was very proud of him.

"It's Christmas, Hermione" said Harry lazily; [...]
Hermione looked severely over at him too. "I'd have thought you'd be doing something constructive, Harry, even if you don't want to learn your antidotes."

Hermione is trying to get Harry to start working on the second task. This moment shows me how well Hermione knows him; she knows he's going to leave it to the last minute and that he'll regret it.

Hermione suddenly smiled very mischieviously, and Harry noticed it too: it was a very different smile from the one he remembered.

Harry can be kind of slow on the uptake sometimes, but he eventually notices that Hermione's smile was different from how he remembered. It's cute to see him have these epiphanies about Hermione from this point to the Yule Ball.

Then, spotting the look on Hermione's face, he said, "Come on, how'm I supposed to concentrate with all this noise going on? I won't even be able to hear the egg over this lot." - Harry

A cute moment showing how Harry knows Hermione. She only has to look at him and he knows what she's thinking.

Krum was at the front of the party, accompanied by a pretty girl in blue robes Harry didn't know. [...] His eyes fell instead on the girl next to Krum. His jaw dropped.
It was Hermione.
But she didn't look like Hermione at all. She had done something with her hair; it was no longer bushy but sleek and shiny, and twisted up into an elegant knot at the back of her head. She was wearing robes made of a floaty, periwinkle-blue material, and she was holding herself differently, somehow - or maybe it was merely the absense of the twenty or so books she usually had slung over her back. [...] Harry couldn't understand how he hadn't spotted it before.

What can be said about this moment that hasn't been said a billion times before? It's like Harry is having an epiphany: Hermione is not only a girl, but she's a pretty girl at that. He has this moment of realization that Hermione is more than just the smart girl that sits in the library and helps him. That she's more than just that bushy-haired friend that he never really noticed before. That she's beautiful.

Harry glanced up at Hermione to see how she felt about this new and more complicated method of dining - surely it meant plenty of extra work for the house-elves? - but for once, Hermione didn't seem to be thinking about S.P.E.W.

Harry almost seemed surprised that Hermione is having a good time. He seems genuinely surprised to see her doing something other than reading or talking about S.P.E.W. It's funny because throughout most of the book, he can't escape her talks about S.P.E.W, often dying to get away from her. Now that she's with Viktor and looking the way she does, Harry is actually attempting to start a conversation with her about it. Of course, Viktor is talking to her so he can't. But it's funny to see Harry subconciously trying to get Hermione's attention, even by talking about things he can't stand!

Hermione was now teaching Krum to say her name properly; [...] "Close enough," she said, catching Harry's eye and grinning.

Aww. It's so cute to see Harry constantly looking over to Hermione for one reason or another. And it's so obvious, to me at least, that Hermione is enjoying catching Harry's eye.

"Oh never mind," snapped Parvati, and she went off with the boy from Beauxbatons. When the song ended, she did not return.
Hermione came over and sat down in Parvati's empty chair.

Hermione seems to have waited until Parvati left to move toward Harry, who was happy to see her. He was also happy to see Parvati go.

"Oh, I - I reckon I've got a pretty good idea what it's about now," Harry lied.
"Have you really?" said Hermione, looking impressed. "Well done!"
Harry's insides gave a guilty squirm, but he ignored them.

Harry has a hard time lying to Hermione. He often feels guilty trying to hide things from her as evidenced throughout the entire series (especially in OotP). Not only does he feel emotionally guilty, but his body objects to it, causing him to have a guilty squirm. Yet with his friend Ron, he often hides things, such as his scar burning, etc. But he has a really hard time doing this with Hermione; he can't look her in the eye or he gets a "guilty squirm."

The mermaid in the prefects' bathroom was laughing. Harry was bobbing like a corkin bubbly water next to her rock, while she held his firebolt over his head.
"Come and get it!" she giggled maliciously. "Come on, jump!"
"I can't," Harry panted, snatching at the Firebolt, and struggling not to sink. "Give it to me!"
- Harry's dream before the second task.

He turned back to Hermione, raised the jagged rock and began hacking at her bindings too --
At once, several pairs of strong gray hands seized him. Half a dozen mermen were pulling him away from Hermione, shaking their green-haired heads, and laughing.
"You take your own hostage," one of them said. "Leave the others..."
"No way!" said Harry furiously - but only two large bubbles came out.
- Harry during the second task.

I think this is a great moment. Where so many people, HHr supporters, seem to get angry at seeing that the thing Harry "would miss the most" is Ron... I think of it quite differently. His dream proves his frustration at not being able to get what he wants. The mermaid is poking him with his Firebolt- something he loves very much. He was able to get to Ron very easily during the second task but when he tried to get Hermione, it mirrored the frustration with getting his Firebolt in his dream. He couldn't stand the thought of leaving Hermione there and he was being physically pulled away from her by the mermen. Just like the mermaid was poking him away from his Firebolt. To me, sure he'd miss Ron, but he'd die before he had to miss Hermione. And THAT is what's important.

Fleur was clapping very hard too, but Krum didn't look happy at all. He attempted to engage Hermione in conversation again, but she was too busy cheering Harry to listen.

Hahahahaa. Poor Krum. He just can't compete with Harry for attention when it comes to Hermione. She was so proud of Harry and excited for him that she couldn't care that much about Viktor.

"Hermy-own-ninny talks about you very often," said Krum, looking suspiciously at Harry.
"Yeah," said Harry, "because we're friends."

Harry is an idiot. That's all I can say. He's such a dumb boy about things like this, God love him. Krum, being older and probably having a bit more experience than Harry, has reason to be jealous of Harry: it's obvious that Hermione is a bit taken with Harry, in a way very different from anyone else around her. Viktor notices it because he's involved.

And finally, about the kiss... I didn't have anything up about it but I keep getting so much mail about, "Why don't you have the kiss moment up?" Well here's the answer: I don't find this particularly shippy. Please keep in mind that this is just my opinion and I know a lot of other people see it differently; that's okay! But please don't mail me asking me to change it! I know all of the different arguments about this already. I just feel differently. Harry had been through a lot and I think Hermione just wanted to say goodbye and hoped he felt better. She was also leaving very shortly after a very horrible event happened for him, and she probably hated having to leave him so soon. So that in itself is shippy. But some people go way too far reading into this, in my opinion. Hermione kissed Ron in OotP and I didn't find that particularly shippy either. She was wishing him luck. She wasn't kissing either of them because she was "in love." Some HHr folks over-romanticize this to be more than what it was. And RHr shippers over-romanticize the good luck kiss as well. Sometimes we reach so hard for moments that we make moments out of things that aren't there. It's just my opinion here, but I just didn't find this that shippy. I mean, it's sweet because Hermione is thinking of him, and feels horribly for him. But if we saw this as shippy, then we'd see Hermione kissing Ron on the cheek for luck as shippy by default. I don't feel either was shippy in any major way. So there-- I hope that stops the mail!