Note: This post may contain spoilers from the Harry Potter series.
This might be a new record for how late this post is, however, I’ve been swamped with university assignments all month. This month’s choice was fairly easy though, deciding it by mostly association during the stress of work, but I love this character so much and have been wanting to include her for ages.
Hermione Granger | The Harry Potter Series
Hermione has been one of my all time favourite Harry Potter characters since first reading the series as a child. As I’ve mentioned in a recent top five, I found Hermione the hero of the golden trio. I adored her intelligence, her strong-will and her caring nature.
What I love most about Hermione Granger is her approach to situations. Whilst wizards and witches solved their problems with their magical abilities, always seeming to have an answer to the situation, Hermione used a more logical approach. Having grown up within a muggle family, her quick thinking makes her miles ahead of the other characters. She doesn’t need her magic; she’s as talented without it. This is what makes her such a brilliant character.
Another reason I love Hermione is her activism. Being someone who is extremely sure of herself – even if it does make her sometimes hesitant to admit she’s wrong – it’s amazing to have a character that uses her self-assurance for something good and positive. During her time at Hogwarts, Hermione founded S.P.E.W, the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, becoming an advocate for the well-being of House-Elves to receive better treatment from their masters. She continues this regardless of the negative reception, staying true to her beliefs, which is a deeply inspiring thing for young readers.
With this in mind, Hermione’s personality makes her role-model material for readers of all ages. As I’ve mentioned, she’s an intelligent, caring young woman. However, she is also heroic, courageous and a pretty all-round bad-ass of a protagonist. With all the negativity she faces throughout her education at Hogwarts, it wouldn’t be difficult to give up and change in order to fit in more with her peers. However, Hermione doesn’t, she remains the same, growing into a brilliant witch and eventually having one of the most important careers within the wizarding community. She’s a natural leader, and such an important character within the children’s book world.
Who is Hermione Granger?
- A muggle-born witch born to Mr and Mrs Granger, both dentists.
- Gryffindor and member of Dumbledore’s Army.
- Best friend to Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, who were first unfriendly with her before learning more about her outside of her ‘know-it-all’ persona.
- Played a crucial role in opening the Chamber of Secrets in 1992.
- An advocate for the better treatment of house-elves, forming the association S.P.E.W.
- Played a significant role in many battles of the Second Wizarding War, including; the Battle of the Seven Potters, the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, and the battle of the Astronomy Tower.
- She completed her education after the Second Wizarding War, and later found employment with the Ministry of Magic, furthering the cause for House-Elf treatment. She was then promoted to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
- Wife of Ron Weasley and Mother to Rose and Hugo. Also, is the godmother of Harry and Ginny Potter’s eldest son, James.
- In 2019, she became the Minister for Magic.
- Noted as extremely intelligent, hardworking, and studious. However, she is also known to demonstrate acts of social conscience, compassion and tenacity.
- Responsible, perfectionistic, and well put-together, making her a natural leader and devoted to rules.
- Has a reputation for being a know-it-all, due to her opinionated and interfering nature. However, this is due to her fear of failure and desperation to prove herself to those around her.
- Earned 10 O.W.L.s: nine ‘Outstandings’, and one ‘Exceeds Expectations’. Hermione is also highly skilled at non-verbal magic and was known to practice wandless magic.
Note: Hermione Granger is portrayed by Emma Watson in the Harry Potter film adaptations.
“We protest! And I’m hunted quite as much as any goblin or elf, Griphook! I’m a Mudblood!”
“Don’t call yourself-” Ron muttered.
“Why shouldn’t I?” said Hermione. “Mudblood, and proud of it! I’ve got no higher position under this new order than you have, Griphook! it was me they chose to torture, back at the Malfoys’!”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“Ron,” said Hermione in a dignified voice, dipping the point of her quill into her ink pot, “you are the most insensitive wart I have ever had the misfortune to meet.”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.”
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
“Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!”
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“That’s the trouble with Quidditch,” said Hermione absentmindedly, once against bent over her Rune translation, “it creates all this bad feeling and tension between the houses.”
She looked up to find her copy of Spellman’s Syllabary and caught Fred, George, and Harry looking at her with expressions of mingled disgust and incredulity on their faces.
“Well, it does!” she said impatiently. “It’s only a game isn’t it?”
“Hermione,” said Harry, shaking his head, “you’re good on feelings and stuff, but you just don’t understand about Quidditch.”
“Maybe not,” she said darkly, returning to her translation again. “but at least my happiness doesn’t depend on Ron’s goalkeeping ability.”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix