At the ripe age of seven I was introduced to the world of Harry Potter. And 14 years later I am still enthralled in the magical kingdom of the Wizarding World. More than that, I look at Hermione Granger as a role model.
Hermione Granger is often overlooked as the bookworm best friend of the brave hero, but to me she is truly the most talented, brave, intelligent, sympathetic character in J.K. Rowling’s literature.
Over and over again in the Harry Potter books Hermione uses her heart and brain to protect and serve. Whether she is whipping up a Polyjuice Potion to help Harry find the Chamber of Secrets or offering to wear a Horcrux to alleviate the mental strain on her friends, she combines the two most powerful organs to help those she cares about.
Hermione is kind, even when most wouldn’t want to be. When Harry and Ron save her from the troll, she definitely had the excuse to completely call them out for horrid behavior. But instead she takes the high road and gives herself a scolding. She creates a club to help the most berated group of magical creatures, house elves, and continues to fight despite her friend’s criticism. And all the horrible things she could have done when Ron was dating Lavender…She is a much kinder soul than me.
When faced with nearly fatal danger she keeps a cool head and is prepared. That bag filled with all the essentials – double-checked every day in case of sudden warning – shows that she is ready, which is good considering her companions aren’t really the preparation kind. It is her forethought that has led the trio out of many tricky situations.
Not to mention her poise. Even though it did slip a bit with Professor Trelawney, let’s talk about when she Apparates them to a busy English street as Death Eaters trail the friends. How composed is she? Most people would be completely mental with the horror, but she takes her fear and trains it to composure to get the job done. That is true elegance and bravery.
Bravery is the last of Hermione’s amazing qualities. I once saw an online thread asking why Hermione wasn’t in Ravenclaw as she is so clever. Easy. Hermione is a Gryffindor because her bravery shows in the most subtle of ways. While she does not take life-threatening risks like Mr. Harry Potter (who is a borderline moron from some of his decisions) Hermione shows her bravery with the little things. It is her bravery of brewing Polyjuice Potion. It is her bravery of punching Malfoy in the face despite his tell-tale nature. It is her bravery of speaking out against Dolores Umbridge. It is her bravery of pretending to be Bellatrix Lestrange.
Hermione Granger is a truly phenomenal witch, and as a mere Muggle, I hope to look toward her examples of intelligence, kindness, poise, and bravery to help those I love. And if I end up looking like a bossy know-it-all, at least I’ll get Ron Weasley in the end.
Who is your literary role model? If it’s Hermione, let’s talk about it in the comments! If it’s not, I want to know who it is and why!
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