So today I'm excited to get to share my favorite friendships from books:
3. Kate and Cecelia from Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
2. Isi and Enna from The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale
1. Harry and Ron from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
When I reflected on books in which friendships are handled well, the Harry Potter series was the first that came to mind. Over the course of the series so many wonderful, sometimes unexpected, friendships arise that are fun to explore. But the one that holds the dearest place in my heart is the friendship between Harry and Ron. What I think draws so many people to these characters is that their relationship feels so real. They commiserate about school, share jokes, and try to figure out the world around them as they grow and develop together. But they also go through more difficult times. The reader experiences their hurts, jealousies, and misunderstandings right along with them, and in turn shares the relief and joy of their reconciliations. I also appreciate the way in which Harry gets to become a part of Ron's quirky, loving family. I have had the opportunity to share family moments with several of my most genuine, cherished friends, and it's a rare treat to get to see that played out so well in fiction. Despite their moments of turmoil, Harry and Ron have each others' backs, whether they're standing up for each other against bullies or putting their lives on the line to fight against the evil of Voldemort and other dark wizards.
Now I want to hear from you! What friendships have you enjoyed most in books? Do you prefer books with strong friendships, strong romance, or some of each?
Thanks for reading!
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