With any book series, television show or film, there are always going to be some fans that are disappointed in the canon relationships, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is no different. Sure, some Potterheads were thrilled when Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley started dating in the sixth book or when Ron Weasley finally declared his love for Hermione Granger, but then there were others who absolutely hated the canon relationships for various reasons.
If you, like me, still feel that Harry would have been better off falling in love and marrying anyone but Ginny or loathe the romance between Ron and Ginny, then you’ll love the following list of Harry Potter characters that we wish would have fallen madly in love by the end of the series.
15 Harry Potter And Luna Lovegood
I have never liked the Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley pairing because it seemed so random. Ginny was just Ron’s annoying kid sister, and then all of a sudden she was this beautiful, snarky, and totally awesome Quidditch player. I felt as if there was no buildup, and it seemed very cliché to have the fan girl FINALLY date her idol. In my opinion, Harry would have been better off dating Luna Lovegood because she understood him. She instantly knew when he needed space in Deathly Hallows and had the right words to soothe him after Sirius Black passed away in Order of the Phoenix. Plus, both Daniel Radcliffe and Evanna Lynch had great chemistry in the films, while the sparks failed to fly between Daniel and his other co-star Bonnie Wright.
14 Sirius Black And Remus Lupin
As cute as the relationship between Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks was in canon, I always thought that Remus was going to wind up with Sirius Black. They had some great chemistry in Prisoner of Azakaban, and I always wondered if Remus was secretly in love with Sirus—and vice versa. It’s a shame J.K. Rowling never put them together, it would’ve been interesting (and utterly heartbreaking) if Sirius and Remus had started dating after the events of Prisoner of Azakaban and Sirius still died at the end of Order of the Phoenix. It would be interesting to see if Remus still would have died at the end of Deathly Hallows, or if J.K. Rowling would have spared him and have him eventually move on in the future, as I am sure Sirius would’ve wanted.
13 Harry Potter And Hermione Granger
When I first started reading the Harry Potter series, I was utterly convinced that Harry and Hermione were going to start dating by the last book. It just made so much sense—both were smart and powerful magic users, plus Hermione never let Harry wallow in self-pity. She had no problem calling Harry out on his s*** and often her brilliance helped save his life. I honestly have no idea what Hermione saw in Ron—he’s a nice guy, but they were constantly bickering 24/7 and I never felt that he truly respected her. He just seemed too immature for Hermione. In real life, that would be a recipe for disaster, but J.K. Rowling insisted on having a "One Big Happy Weasley Family" ending. Sigh. It would’ve been nice if Harry and Hermione got together, especially since Daniel Radcliffe also had excellent chemistry with Emma Watson.
12 Draco Malfoy And Ginny Weasley
Oh man, J.K. Rowling really missed out with this relationship—she could have went for the whole star-crossed lovers aspect if she had Draco Malfoy and Ginny Weasley start dating in the series. Yes, Draco was sort of a villainous character in the beginning of the series, but by the end it was clear that he was forced into becoming a Death Eater and he didn’t believe in their ideology. It would’ve been awesome if Draco and Ginny started a forbidden romance while they were at Hogwarts, and that helped Draco make the decision to renounce his family’s beliefs in pureblood superiority. It also would have been an interesting way to redeem the character of Draco, and would be a good way to force the two families to reconcile their differences.
11 Pansy Parkinson And Blaise Zabini
Even though there were hints that Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson were dating in the series, he ultimately wound up marrying Astoria Greengrass. Given that Pansy and Blaise’s futures after the fall of Lord Voldemort are unknown, it is easy to imagine that the two might have fallen in love and got married. After all, both were sorted into Slytherin and sneered at the idea of marrying muggleborns. Draco once held this prejudice too, but it is clear that he has moved away from this kind of hateful ideology by the end of the Harry Potter series. It would not surprise me if Pansy became frustrated with Draco’s tolerance, broke up with him and started dating Blaise because he is a “proper” Slytherin whose morals were not changed by the war.
10 Neville Longbottom And Luna Lovegood
Even though Harry/Luna is my OTP (One True Pairing) and I loathe Harry/Ginny with a passion, I do like the idea of Neville and Ginny. I think if J.K. Rowling had stuck with Ginny as this sweet and shy character, it would’ve been cute if she had ended up with Neville. It would have been nice to see two shy, quiet kids find love and grow as characters by helping Dumbledore’s Army fight Lord Voldemort in the seventh book. Just imagine how cool it would be if Ginny and Neville both used Gryffindor’s sword to kill Nagini during the final battle. Maybe Ginny could have screamed something inspiration about Dumbledore’s Army to distract Lord Voldemort and the snake while Neville obtained the sword. That would’ve been such a kicka** fight scene!
9 Sirius Black And James Potter
I know J.K. Rowling wanted James Potter and Lily Evans to have a tragic romance, but I also think that James was the perfect match for Sirius. In Order of the Phoenix, Molly Weasley hinted that Sirius was still devastated by the death of his BFF and had not been able to properly grieve while stuck in Azkaban. Judging by how close Sirius and James were during the scene where Harry’s curiosity gets the better of him and he looks into Snape’s memories during the fifth book, I wouldn’t have been shocked if James had harbored a crush on Sirius. They would have been a great match, since they were both a bit reckless, a little bit arrogant, and had the same sense of humor.
8 Draco Malfoy And Harry Potter
Imagine how awesome it would have been if J.K. Rowling had defied heteronormativity and the idea of “One Big Happy Weasley Family” by having Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter fall in love and live happily ever after. Not only would there have been more LGBTQ+ representation in the novels if Harry and Draco started dating, but it also would have been a nice nod to the “enemies to lovers” trope that is often found in fiction. Plus, if Harry and Draco had actually taken the time out to get to know one another, perhaps Harry would’ve been able to help his boyfriend escape from the Death Eaters before they tried to force him to kill Albus Dumbledore in The Half-Blood Prince. It also would have been cool to see Harry and Draco teaming up to destroy the Horcruxes and eventually defeat Lord Voldemort too.
7 Ginny Weasley And Luna Lovegood
As much as the character of Ginny Weasley irks me, I do think her less admirable qualities (such as being a bully and making fun of other women) would have been tempered by Luna Lovegood’s influence if they were dating. Ginny does seem to be very close with Luna, and even defended her BFF from bullies that tried to taunt her for being “weird.” It would have been nice if Ginny realized that her feelings for Harry were just a stupid schoolgirl crush, and she eventually fell in love with her pal Luna. If Ginny dated Luna, I imagine the latter’s calming presence would keep her fiery temper at bay while she would urge her girlfriend to be a bit more bold and outspoken in public.
6 Nymphadora Tonks And Bill Weasley
Even though I awww’d over Tonks and Remus’s relationship in the books, I do think she would have been a good match for Bill if he hadn’t fallen in love with Fleur Delacour. Tonks seemed a bit rebellious—there were a few hints that she disliked her mother’s old-fashioned ways, which is why she went by her last name instead of her first—and Bill definitely seemed like the rebel of the Weasley family with his long hair and job as a curse breaker for Gringotts. I could easily see the two of them hitting it off if they were both single. Plus, they both seem pretty intelligent and I would imagine they would enjoy long intellectual conversations—Tonks might be clumsy and suck at household spells, but she’s an Auror, so she has to be fairly smart.
5 Bellatrix Lestrange And Lord Voldemort (Tom Marvolo Riddle)
I know J.K. Rowling hammered the point home in the books that Tom Marvolo Riddle/Lord Voldemort was incapable of falling in love and didn’t understand the emotion, but if he did have the capacity to love, he probably would’ve wound up with Bellatrix Black if she never married Rodolphus Lestrange. They are perfect for each other—both are dedicated to the Dark Arts, both are incredibly powerful magic users, and both are pretty damn smart too. It would make sense that Bellatrix would be drawn to Tom/Lord Voldemort, and vice versa. They would have made one hell of a power couple in the wizarding world if Tom could actually feel (and understand) love for another human being and if he didn’t try to become a dictator.
4 Dean Thomas And Ginny Weasley
I won’t lie, I felt sorry for Dean when Ginny dumped him in The Half-Blood Prince. They seemed like they were a cute couple, and it would have been nice if J.K. Rowling ditched the idea of Harry/Ginny for Dean/Ginny. After all, both Dean and Ginny were obsessed with Quidditch and seemed to be more interested in sports than they were with their studies. Sure, Harry loved Quidditch and was a great Seeker, but he has always been more interested in taking down the bad guys than winning matches. Plus, since Dean wasn’t white, it would have been really cool to have an interracial couple that fell in love while attending Hogwarts and had the longevity to make it last long after they graduated from the famous wizarding school.
3 Seamus Finnigan And Dean Thomas
There is no mention of what happened to Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas after the Battle of Hogwarts, but it is known that they both survived the final confrontation with Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. I’d like to imagine that Seamus and Dean, who were already best friends before the war, realized that they had feelings for one another and started to date. J.K. Rowling once hinted that Dean was a big fan of Star Wars and it would be so cute if he introduced his boyfriend to all of the famous pop culture muggle films. I’m sure Seamus, who was a bit of a pyro in the films, would get a big kick out of the CGI explosions in Star Wars. He’d probably be fascinated by the Jedi order too and think that Dumbledore was a bit like Obi-Wan Kenobi.
2 Cho Chang And Harry Potter
I won’t lie, I was a bit disappointed that J.K. Rowling never had Cho Chang and Harry Potter wind up together at the end of the series. Both Cho and Harry have lost loved ones at very young ages, and struggled with their grief. Sure, Ginny lost her older brother Fred at the Battle of Hogwarts, but she was a bit older. Harry was an orphan, and Cho was only 14 when she discovered that her boyfriend Cedric Diggory was murdered on the orders of Lord Voldemort. I also felt that Cho liked Harry for who he was. I never got the impression that Ginny had gotten over her silly schoolgirl crush for “the Boy Who Lived” and in real life, that relationship would have fallen apart rather quickly.
1 Severus Snape And Lily Evans
I know Severus Snape is a very polarizing figure amongst the Harry Potter fandom, but J.K. Rowling did once admit in an interview that if he hadn’t become friends with future Death Eaters while at Hogwarts and overcame his prejudice of muggleborns, there is a good chance that Lily Evans could have developed romantic feelings for her childhood best friend. I can’t help but wonder how Severus would’ve changed for the better if he realized that his views on muggleborns were vile and his friends were bigots. I imagine that if Severus was in a happy relationship with Lily, he would not have had such a temper and wouldn’t have felt the need to bully his students at Hogwarts. Plus, Severus and Lily were both pretty powerful, so I imagine that they would’ve been formidable fighters in the war against Lord Voldemort.