This post could otherwise be called: “Why Hermione Granger is the best female protagonist EVER.”
If you are unfamiliar with the Harry Potter series, here’s the gist of Hermione. She is Muggle-born, meaning that her mom is not a witch and her dad is not a wizard. She is an only child and her parents, the few times they make appearances throughout the series, seem to be very kind and supportive of Hermione. Harry meets her before they even arrive to Hogwarts and Hermione, Ron and Harry become fast friends. While Ron and Harry are typical pre-teen boys and like to obsess over Quidditch and procrastinate with their studying, Hermione is on the ball with everything in her life. Not only is she organized and mature, but she is extremely intelligent. One might speculate why she was not chosen to be in the Ravenclaw house, full of students known for their intelligence and knowledge. But from the first adventurous encounter and quandary that Harry finds himself in, Hermione proves herself as a brave and courageous member of the Gryffindor House (known for their bravery and, um, courage).
Harry Potter is obviously the main protagonist in these stories and he is fabulous in that role. But, truth be told, he could not have become who he became throughout his life without the help of his best girl friend. HP and the Order of the Phoenix only highlights this fact more. Let me count the ways. . .
- It is Hermione’s idea to start “Dumbledore’s Army,” in which Harry teaches his fellow students how to fight against the Dark Arts. Hermione uses her knowledge of charms to keep the group secure and organized.
- During Year 5 at Hogwarts, the students must sit for their O.W.L. exams, very important subject tests that will determine their future. It is only with Hermione’s encouragement and downright hounding that Ron and Harry finish their homework and study for these exams.
- During Year 4, Hermione got rid of a nasty lying reporter that was bothering Harry. In Year 5, Hermione “resurrects” said reporter and befriends a newspaperman’s daughter and, in turn, Harry gets the chance to tell of his encounter with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
- Hermione encourages Harry in his study of occlumency, the magical defense of the mind against external penetration. I won’t go into much detail on why this important for him.
- Hermione explains the complicated nature of girls to Harry and Ron, without which they would never find or keep a date.
- During a very important encounter with Professor Umbridge, Hermione literally saves the day. Her quick mind and courageous attitude saves Harry and Co. from certain expulsion from Hogwarts, if not a harsher punishment.
The list could go on and on, my friends. I mean, these are just instances from years 4 and 5 at Hogwarts. Hermione, while sometimes harsh and brutally honest, is downright fabulous.
What other instances can you think of where Hermione shares? Feel free to share them in the comments!
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
by J.K. Rowling
Originally published in 2003