It’s September 19th, which means it’s time to celebrate one of the most iconic female characters in history: Hermione Granger.
Hermione is very close to me, as Harry Potter was one of the first books I actually read and cared about, and she was the first character I ever identified with. With her bookishness and know-it-all attitude (more emphasized in the first couple books), I could relate to her.
She is commonly referred to as “the brightest witch of her age”, and rightfully so. I think we can all agree that the Golden Trio would not have made it that far, or achieved what they did without her.
I’d like to bring up the second book, the Chamber of Secrets, where Hermione’s intelligence really stood out to me. Of course, in many of the novels, it’s Harry and his friends that really find out what’s going on, and they trump it, without help from the teachers. But this, this was all Hermione, using her own brain and resources. She was the one who found out about the basilisk, and was able to survive using a hand mirror. Let me add, she was only 13!
But what really speaks to me about Hermione isn’t her cleverness, it’s her loyalty. Many people have wondered or asked in real life, and in the books, why she was sorted into Gryffindor rather than Ravenclaw, where she would most certainly fit in. I believe that she was sorted into the correct house, as her passion for friendship is unbeatable.
Hermione was always there for Ron and Harry. When they were overwhelmed with Quidditch practices, she would help them out, even if she had just finished her own homework, and was tired as hell. I’m not saying that to be a good friend you have to do your friends’ homework, but Hermione helped them out, and when they took advantage of her, she would immediately step back, and set them straight. She made sure that they knew she was cutting out some of her time, to help them, and that made sure there wasn’t any bad blood between them.
The moment that I think I truly fell in love with Hermione’s character was in the third book, when Hermione is stressed to the point of a complete breakdown. She was so overwhelmed with the classes, and on top of that, Harry and (especially) Ron were treating her like dirt. Yet she still found time to help Hagrid with his hearing for Buckbeak. She could’ve told Hagrid, “I’m sorry, my classes are getting too out of hand, I can’t help you”, and he would have totally understood, yet she stayed and helped, because she knew how important it was to him.
The thing about Hermione though, is that she ultimately believes in the good of not just people, but all creatures. When she started S.P.E.W. (The Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare), everyone laughed at her, saying that the elves didn’t want that, and that nothing would become of her little fundraiser. No one thought that the elves would want that. Hermione knew that too, but she believed that the elves had a right to be educated, so they could be treated humanely, and fairly.
Hermione is someone that I will always look up to, and I am forever grateful to JK Rowling for creating a strong female character that is so relatable.
Happy Birthday Hermione, have a good one.