Ron and Hermione receive acknowledgment in these chapters that they aren't normally used to. For once, Ron is welcomed as a hero, and for once, Hermione is considered attractive. The ways these characters react to their new roles is interesting. Ron, having always lived in Harry's shadow, enjoys his recognition. He exaggerates the undersea story to impossible extremes, and enjoyes the attention he gets. It is clear in this book that Ron, the youngest of six sons, wants to be recognized and admired as an individual separate from Harry. His relationship with other men reflects this desire: he admires Krum for his supernatural Quidditch abilities; he values Harry as a best friend; and he admires his twin brothers for their bright, bold personalities. Hermione, on the other hand, has always prided herself on her brains rather than her looks. When boys find her beautiful, she reacts with great modesty, not changing at all to in response to her newfound attention. Rather than being swept away by the notion of Krum's fame, she lavishes more attention on Harry, when both emerge from the lake. She remains loyal to her friends, and she lies low; she seems excited by the attention, but not changed by it.