Erm... I love most of this chapter... but I have a very hard time believeing Harry would kiss Hermione when he was in a relationship with Ginny... he's just too honourable for that.
As for Hermione's behaviour... i hope shes under a spell.. she seemed to love Ron well enough until the last chapter.
She's his BEST FRIEND. Harry's loyal enough, and loves her enough as a friend, to try to do anything he can to help her.
I forgot to add - this is an example of Harry being less than perfect, and acting like a normal teenager. There aren't a lot of boys who would resist kissing a pretty girl if she asks them to. That's how many guys go astray, not that Harry would, but still - sometimes an author has to show that the hero is not "perfect" but a normal guy who just happens to have abnormal things happen to him from time to time, which he faces and overcomes. But "normal" is the best way for a true hero to be. And "normal" involves making mistakes, using poor judgement, losing your temper, etc. This is just a case of Harry being a normal teenaged boy with normal hormones and not the best judgement all the time - and he does TRUST Hermione, so that factor plays into it too.
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