Please feel free to comment and join in the discussion. I'm sure everyone agrees that Hermione Granger is certainly an interesting character!
I've come to the conclusion that Hermione Granger is probably one of the best female characters I have ever come across, and perhaps also the most relatable. Here’s why:
- Hermione isn't exceptionally pretty. Of course, she isn't ugly either, but she is described as a pretty normal-looking individual. She has bushy brown hair and irregular teeth (however, that does get fixed later on in the series) and there’s nothing particularly attractive about her. But she’s such a valuable character in so many other ways; she doesn't even need to be pretty to be outstanding. In a world where many popular series have a slim, attractive heroine as the centrepiece, Hermione’s character becomes almost reassuring, even inspiring.
- She’s true to herself. She’s the smart girl, the nerd, the goody-two-shoes, and she’s also best friends with Ronald Weasley, a boy who’s constantly making fun of her for it. We can see throughout the books how Ron is sometimes grumpy about the fact that Hermione does better than him (and everyone else, for that matter) at school-work, and he isn't afraid to hide it. We also know that Hermione fancies Ron, and that simple fact could have probably made her try and win his approval by seeming less annoyingly smart, and maybe even pretending she was interested in Quidditch. The amazing thing is, she doesn't do any of that. She remains true to herself despite of all of Ron’s taunting. Until the end of the books, she’s the same old Hermione. She may care about what Ron thinks of her, but she doesn't let it change her, and maybe that’s what makes her win his admiration in the end. She even goes so far as to get Harry’s brand-new Firebolt confiscated, causing both Ron and Harry to quit talking to her, just because she’s that stubborn about what she believes in. She’s the perfect role model to show girls to never compromise on themselves.
- In the trio, she represents the side of us which plays by the rules, makes plans and thinks smart. She’ll read the books Harry and Ron never cared to read, she’ll make sure to know what they might have overlooked. At times, they pass this off as just ‘Hermione being Hermione’, but other times, it saves their necks. She plays a hugely significant role in the success of all their endeavours. While we tend to favour those who are daring and brave, Hermione reminds us that we can be daring, brave and play it smart at the same time. She sends out a clear message to any girl out there – invest in your brain. Intelligence is the real deal. Read, write, do your homework (not just in the school sense, but also in other contexts). Don’t worry about being cool or getting the guys, because there are things which are much more important. In the end, the smartest girls finish first. They’re the ones who make history.