"For heaven's sake, Ron, he's only a Quidditch player' she exclaims to Harry. The Durmstrang party was walking up toward the castle from the lake. But on the evening that the Triwizard Champions are to be selected, Hermione shows more than a passing interest in Viktor as she returns to the castle with Harry and Ron after a visit with Hagrid. Viktor Krum was walking side by side with Karkaroff, and the other Durmstrang students were straggling along behind them.
At the Quidditch World Cup in Goblet of Fire, Viktor first catches Hermione's attention after he catches the Golden Snitch to end the Quidditch match. ' Hermione said, leaning forward to watch Krum land." While Hermione isn't swooning over Viktor, she has noticed him and admires him for his bravery.
When Viktor later arrives at Hogwarts for the Triwizard Tournament, Hermione doesn't pay him much attention at first except to show her disdain for all the attention he attracts by being famous.
She would like to think that looks don't matter, but knows that they do.
Or, at least they matter to Ron, who has been smitten with the dazzlingly beautiful Fleur Delacour.
Does that mean that Hermione likes Ron and not Viktor?
It does mean Hermione likes Ron, but it doesn't necessarily mean she isn't also romantically interested in Viktor. Viktor obviously has a romantic interest in Hermione, and Hermione's blush reveals that her interest in Viktor is romantic too. Hermione keeps her date with Viktor secret from Ron, who makes no secret of the fact that he is looking for beauty, not brains. "So basically you're going to take the best looking girl who'll have you, even if she's completely horrible." "Er”yeah, that sounds about right' said Ron. Despite the sometimes heated controversy over romantic pairings in the Harry Potter series, author J. Rowling's romantic development of her main characters has been, for the most part, transparent. Because the novels are written from Harry's point of view we always know where his romantic interests lie. There is neither mystery, nor ambiguity, to the clues Rowling gives us about Harry's stomach or "the monster in his chest." Rowling makes no secret of Ginny's crush on Harry either, and Ron's romantic interests are relatively easy to read.