It was about the daughter of Harry Potter, set sometime in the distant future of a series that was at the time still years away from ending.I'm sure the story itself was unremarkable (sorry, young Emma), but the framework was not.Sure, he's supportive of her some of the time, but that's just it — being supportive some of the time doesn't justify that kind of behavior.And allowing for this kind of behavior — the "he's mean to you because he likes you" cliche that I mentioned earlier — isn't just harmful for its own sake, but also for serving as a gateway for further abusive behavior.
Even in my 11-year-old brain, before I had any concept of romantic relationships, I could not see Ron Weasley in a healthy relationship with someone, least of all the heroine I so deeply identified with all through my adolescence. We all know now, of course, how the actual story ends.
In his worst moments under the influence of a Horcrux, he didn't just lash out, but directly accused Hermione of choosing another man over him.
Throughout their years at school, he intermittently cold-shouldered her and projected anger on her that she did not deserve. She said in an interview with Wonderland that she regretted that Ron and Hermione ended up together.
Ron and Hermione are a couple by the end of the books, and have their own Weasley-Granger brood in the epilogue.
As a kid, I was vaguely disappointed, without knowing exactly how to put it into words — but as an adult, looking back at all the circumstances in their courtship, I'm stunned.