Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Fiction's Finest Nerds #3: Hermione Granger

The magical world Harry Potter flies his broom in just might be a little too much to take without this week's honoree. Hermione Granger, like Potter, was completely unaware of the magical world until she was invited to Hogwart's School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. Unlike Potter, she was raised by educated professionals and was a driven, smart little bookworm. Deep down, she stays a bit of a muggle, but it is her more grounded, nerdy tendencies that make her a formidable witch.

Many of the mysteries solved by Potter and his crew owe a great deal to Hermione's studious nature. The phrase, "I read it in Hogart's: A History," often starts the key to figuring out a major puzzle piece. She also knows most spells earlier and more accurately than even the great Harry Potter. Hermione can be emotional, but is quite cool under pressure. She is so smart and reliable that Prof. Dumbledore allows her to use a time travel device to double-up on classes in her third year (The Prisoner of Azkaban).

A sideline note that sheds light on why Hermione is so endearing is that she is the character J.K. Rowling says she most closely identifies with, which is perhaps why we get a more critical look at Hermione than Harry's other companion, Ron Weasley (Ron is far from two-dimensional, but I believe Hermione is a more developed character).

Now that the Harry Potter books have come to a close, maybe Ms Rowling might try her hand at some Hermione Granger: Undauntable Auror books? She can even have that title, if she names a character after me :-D


Dave Tackett said...

"Hermione Granger: Undauntable Auror"???

It must be mine!!! Huzzah!

Keith said...

I would read it.

Darius Whiteplume said...

See, Ms Rowling? You know you want to write Hermione books!

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