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Harry Potter Fact #209

Omg…and to think I’ve considered Ron and Hermione a done deal since the 3rd book…

Harry is the central character, but surprisingly, Hermione is the reason I initially got as attached to the books as I am. She is the mirror image of me in the Wizarding World, minus the glasses. As the series went on and the movies began coming out, I started to look up to her more and more because she never tries to hide or change who she is.

She definitely grows a lot, but she stays true to herself and never (not even once) feels the need to dumb herself down or be anything other than comfortable in her own skin. I don’t know about J.K. Rowling, but when I was in high school 3 years ago, that kind of self-image was all but priceless. I’ll admit that she was kind of obnoxious in the early books before Harry and Ron completely integrated her into the group, but it’s kind of endearing.

Another thing that I admire about Hermione is her integrity. Take what she did in Prisoner of Azkaban, for example. She was already uncomfortable with Harry having the Marauder’s Map and on tenterhooks with Ron because they were fighting over their pets. But when Harry got his Firebolt, she still went to Professor McGonagall with her suspicions about it having been sent by Sirius Black, even though she must have known that doing so would probably make the boys hate her. I’m not sure that I could have done that.

At the same time, she doesn’t take it to extremes. She could be all self-righteous and refuse to help Harry and Ron with their homework if she wanted to, but she doesn’t (not usually, at least). She’s not all about following the rules and doing what she’s told. It’s a rare gift to have that level of intelligence and also the bravery to think for yourself at a time when everyone wants to give you instructions.

More than anything, though, I admire her determination. She had her heart broken by the boy she had been in love with for at least a good 3 years when Ron walked out in Deathly Hallows, but she still stayed and finished what she and Harry had to do. It’s a character-defining moment for her. She had two choices that would both have been understandable: 1) throw a fit like the lovestruck teenage girl that she is, or 2) grit her teeth and step up to the challenge in front of her anyway. This is the rite of passage to adulthood for her, and I am so, so glad that Jo set this example for the rest of us.

When I watched some of Jo’s interviews and heard her say that Hermione is an exaggeration of herself, I was beyond thrilled. I already looked up to J.K. Rowling because I (like her) wanted to be a writer pretty much since I began to understand the concept of a career, and it was awesome to have something – even the smallest thing – in common with her. I think that’s another reason why Hermione is my favorite female character.

Runners-up: Luna Lovegood, Bellatrix Lestrange