If you’re a girl of a certain age, Hermione Granger probably made a big impact on your life, she certainly did have one on me. Hermione loved to learn and worked hard to become “the brightest witch of her age”, she was loyal and brave but could also be spiteful and cruel – I’m thinking Rita Skeeter stuck as a bug in a jar for an entire year.
Nine-year-old-me loved Hermione because she loved books and had brown bushy hair just like me. I now love Hermione so much because she’s strong and brave and while she’s a goody-two-shoes, she will bend or break the rules in order to do the right thing. It’s funny how you can learn to appreciate a character over time because when I first read the books and Hermione was on her crusade for S.P.E.W. (the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare) I, much like Harry and Ron, thought it was a bit silly and annoying, but now when I reread the books I love that Hermione believed in something so strongly even when other people mocked her for it.
Hermione Granger is just a plain badass. She’s smart, is great at magic and can remember pretty much anything. Hermione is one of those characters I’d like to be more like, and she was definitely one of the first characters I fell in love with when reading the books.