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.
She is one of the best female literary characters, because while she was exceptionally smart and brave, she didn’t sacrifice her femininity for that. I think that’s a wonderful message and I love JK Rowling for doing that
Yes exactly! So often when someone is talking about a “strong female character” they want the female character to be more hard and have masculine traits and shun their femininity. A female character can be awesome and strong without looking down on more feminine attributes.
Love the post! You described Hermonie so well. I love how she grows over the books and comes into her own.
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Thanks! Yeah that’s one of the great things about the series, you see these characters grow from children to powerful young people 🙂
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Hermione is a wonderful character. So many admirable qualities but like all the characters in the series fully human with flaws too. I love her loyalty.
Yeah her loyalty and bravery are the qualities I admire the most in Hermione 🙂
I have to say, I love the fact that Hermione was so human. She was so easy to relate to- she was smart and bright, and as you pointed out could still be spiteful and flawed. She could be self-conscious, but powerful, and she was most of all a loyal friend.
My favorite character from the series!
I LOVE Hermione. Not just my favorite character from Harry Potter, but one of my favorite characters ever.
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I was an adult when I read the Harry Potter series and still found Hermione to be inspirational. I’m blogging on 26 Books That Kids (and Their Parents) Should Read and will be including Harry Potter soon. Thanks for your blog!