Shipping, initially derived from the word relationship, is the desire by fans for two or more people, either real-life people or fictional characters, to be in a relationship, romantic or otherwise. It is considered a general term for fans’ emotional involvement with the ongoing development of a relationship in a work of fiction. Shipping often takes the form of creative works, including fanfiction and fan art, most often published on the internet. [source]
I was first exposed to shipping via the Harry Potter series. In the beginning, I didn’t know it was called shipping, I just thought Harry and Ginny, and Ron and Hermione made cute couples and I hoped they’d be together when the series ended.
Despite some people’s feelings, I was pleased when in the Deathly Hallows epilogue it was shown the two couples were married with children.
For me, the OBHWF summed up everything special about the series. Love, friendship and family.
Ron and Ginny were already siblings. Ron, Hermione and Harry were best friends, and Ginny and Hermione were close. For them to be bonded by family was the perfect way to end the series, in my opinion.
There are also some fan theories that suggest each of the four represent a united Hogwarts: Harry who could have easily been sorted into Slytherin, Hermione who was almost placed in Ravenclaw, Ron who has the loyalty of a Hufflepuff, and Ginny the Gryffindor.
I felt that both Harry and Ginny, and Ron and Hermione as couples complemented each other nicely, and balanced each other’s best and worst qualities. Harry, the Chosen One, needed someone special and Ginny was certainly that. She was feisty enough to not take any of his crap, and never feel like she was in his shadow. In a lot of ways Hermione and Ron were a case of opposites attract, but that’s just on the surface. If you look at the characters’ cores, justice and loyalty is important to both of them, and their strengths counter-balance the other’s flaws.
I loved to imagine Harry and Ginny, and Ron and Hermione gathered in the Burrow with the rest of the Weasley family celebrating Christmas.
How can you not love this?
What are some of your favourite ships; Harry Potter or otherwise?