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One of the best things about stories is when a fictional couple just clicks. In addition to the emotional investment, there is so much to be learned and admired in the dynamics of functional couples, real or not. As a belated Valentine’s Day post, here are a few of my favourites in books, movies, and TV.

  1. Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley, from Harry Potter:
    Harry and Ginny are both very strong and fierce people who understand each other perfectly. They have similar values and interests (i.e. Quidditch), and are incredibly passionate about each other, bringing such warmth and compatibility to their relationship. Ginny is the only person who truly understands Harry, them having both encountered very scarring experiences with Voldemort as children. She is the only one who can calm him down, who isn’t afraid to face his rages, and who has always defended him against everything. She is the last thought on his mind before he dies and the only person he longs for during the horcrux hunt. They are both powerhouses on their own, never depending on the other, but complementing each other and working together wonderfully for a common goal.
  2. Elizabeth Bennett and William Darcy, from Pride and Prejudice:
    The development of this relationship was so subtle that it felt real. It was not a fairytale get-together with an immediate connection; it was based on intelligence. Both were strong, smart, and independent people before meeting each other, and very gradually discovered their similarities and attraction, making for a solid relationship based on lots of common ground.
  3. Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, from Gone With The Wind:
    clark gable & vivien leigh - gone with the wind 1939
    Scarlett and Rhett have a great love-hate relationship, fighting and making love in a classic passionate attraction- repulsion dynamic. But their personalities scream for each other the entire way through. Both are very headstrong, very tough and cunning, and are not afraid to defy social mannerisms. Rhett is the only person who accepts and understands Scarlett’s wild side from the very beginning, from her almost evil streak of manipulation to her temper tantrums. He loves her throughout and there is no one else that they can be themselves around.
  4. Carl and Ellie Fredricksen, from Up:
    An average contemporary couple ploughing through the hardships of life, fuelled by a great love for each other. Founded in similar interests and lifestyle, they lead a simple and happy life together, finding joy in the smallest things, like house chores, because they are just so happy to be around each other. They bring new meaning to how wonderful sharing a life with someone can be.
  5. Lily and Marshall, from How I Met Your Mother:
    In the midst of hook-up culture and relationship screw-ups, Lily and Marshall prove to all their friends that true love is possible. This is a couple willing to sacrifice and work through troubles, to discover themselves and still come back to each other, and to laugh through every personal failure with the knowledge that they will be there at the end of the day. With their high-fives, support for each other’s careers, and humour, they click so well. They understand every bit of each other without words and are a clear example that that special someone is out there.

Honourable mention goes to Simba and Nala (The Lion King), Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson), Katniss and Peeta (The Hunger Games), and my most recent addition, Sherlock Holmes and Molly Hooper (Sherlock BBC series).