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Sun, Jan. 25th, 2004, 11:25 pm

At the Forums4Fans.com messageboards, we Ron and Hermione fans call ourselves Sidekicks. Recently, after reading the set report posted at TLC, we decided to create a petition to send to the production team at HPPoA. Well, read the petition below and click the link to sign! Keep the hug!

Keep The Hug in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"

To the entire Executive Production team in control of Editing 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban': Alfonso Cuarón, Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, David Heyman, Callum McDougall, Mark Radcliffe, Tanya Seghatchian and Steven Weisberg,

As die-hard Harry Potter fans, it has been our joy and privilege to see our favourite books transformed into the most wonderful movies. We are following the reports about your fresh approach to the Harry Potter novels with delight, in the main, and of course, with great anticipation. Based on comments Mr Cuarón has made in interviews and articles, we believe that the delicate balance of the Harry/Ron/Hermione friendship and its ensuing dynamic in the book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is well-understood. This is very reassuring for us, as we are naturally concerned that the movies should remain true to the spirit and the messages of the book, as well as just the storylines.

Recently, however, we have read an article* that alarmed us greatly. It stated that the hug between Ron and Hermione (which exists, albeit differently, in the book: see the first page of Chapter 15) is in danger of being cut from the upcoming movie. We, being what many call Sidekicks - supporters of an eventual romantic relationship between Ron and Hermione - believe that cutting such an important scene from 'Azkaban' would cause huge disappointment, not only for us, but for all fans of the Harry Potter world, and this book in particular. "The Hug" is the key moment lead up to by the tumultuous relationship of Ron and Hermione over the course of the year. They fight, they bicker, they are at loggerheads throughout, but they make up in the end, because they know that there are more important things like friendship to be thought of. That is a message which should not be diminished, much less forgotten.

Without "the Hug", 'Azkaban' will be sorely lacking. We, the undersigned, petition the Executive Production team of 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' to keep this lovely moment, "The Hug", in the movie, thus retaining the dramatic narrative as portrayed in JK Rowling's fantastic book intact, and vastly increasing our enjoyment of the finished article.

* = please see the 'Azkaban' Set Report at The Leaky Cauldron

The Sidekicks of Fanforum.com, Ronandhermione.com and Kickerlicious.com.

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