Anonymous said: wow, can you talk about how hermione is a vicious little thing? i'm interested and your line of thought is always so good.. i've never thought about it, so hm maybe please expand?
Okay i’m just gonna preface this by saying that i love Hermione, she’s one of my favourite characters in HP, this is not a bashing post okay OKAY
I feel like a lot of people overlook the darker side of Hermione’s nature when considering her character? Like yes, she is brave, and caring, and passionate, she’s clever and intuitive - but all of these things have a flip side and Hermione takes them to some extreme levels that are actually really, really messed up:
- coming up with a plan that involves knocking fellow students unconcious and stealing their identities in order to get into the Slytherin Common Room
- kept someone locked in a jar FOR A YEAR. SHE LOCKED RITA SKEETER IN HER ANIMAGUS FORM IN A JAR WITH AN UNBREAKABLE CURSE ON THE LID SO SHE COULDN’T GET OUT LIKE WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK
- creating a fall-out clause for potential snitches in Dumbledore’s Army that ends up with them covered in HORRIFIC FACIAL SCARS THAT ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OFF and when this does eventuate, takes a vicious pleasure in her handiwork
- thinks it’s totally cool to temporarily blind a guy so her boyfriend can get a spot on the quidditch team
- this one is less severe, but attacking Ron with birds when he upsets her is in this vein
- erased her parents’ memories of her and sent them packing to Australia - repeat, erased her parents’ memories
Keep in mind that she ranges from ages 12 to 17 when she does all of these things.
like, when Hermione is loyal she is loyal to the point where she can fly over the boundary of acceptable behaviour and justify it to herself completely. Girl is fucking extreme and it came as no shock to me when she so effortlessly slid into the role of a soldier in the seventh book, because she has been acting like one for a long ass time.
What is also important for me to remember about Hermione is that, like Harry, she was told that she was magical when she was eleven and introduced into a world where she thought she would feel a sense of belonging, but unlike Harry she struggles to make friends and then when she does, she finds out that because of her parentage/blood she is seen as subhuman by a relatively large group of people in this new society. These things all snowball and make Hermione someone who, even more than Harry, values the people that value her, and anyone who gets in the way of that better watch themselves or they’re going to get sent off to be tortured by centaurs ya heard
(this is not including Hermione’s issues with other women and femininity, but imo that is a symptom of the way women are treated series-wide, and not just by Hermione).