Amazingly, Ron did nothing to ruin things with Hermione in the weeks leading up to Slughorn's party. He met her in the common room every morning, getting there before Harry so they could have some time alone. Unfortunately, it was usually only five or ten minutes because however much Ron fancied Hermione he was still inherently lazy and was definitely not a morning person. They would spend these precious minutes talking and Ron learned more about her family than he had in their six years of friendship previous; five years to her, he had to remind himself constantly.
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