I've been asked if this is now just a reading blog. Reading will always feature here, since you're supposed to write what you know, but I will try to get to some real-world topics.
Today is HARRY POTTER PREMIERE DAY!!! Yeah I'm more excited than Rowling is, and I don't get to go swimming in a freshly-filled money pool tomorrow. I can't help it - it's almost as good as the days new books came out. Sadly this will also be the good-bye to the regular Harry Potter What-If series. I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have.
What If Harry hadn't friended Ron on the Hogwarts Express? Seriously, what would he have missed? What did Ron EVER provide that a substitute partner-in-crime (Dean? Seamus? Neville?)? The Weasleys would all still have been in the Order, his path to Ginny would have been far more open, and I just can't see what would be missing. Harry's foster family would be missing, although if he dated Ginny, I think they would've loved him just as much. The locket wasn't wrong - Harry and Hermione were doing fine without him.