Hermione Granger

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Character
Name: Hermione Jean Granger
Occupation: witch, student, Minister of Magic
Relationships: Mr. and Mrs. Granger (parents)
Ron Weasley (friend, husband)
Harry Potter (best friend)
Hugo Weasley (son)
Rose Weasley (daughter)
Weasley clan (in-laws, various nieces and nephews)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Other: born 19 September 1979[1]
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Hermione Granger is a main character in the Harry Potter series. She is one of Harry's best friends and is considered the brightest witch of her generation.

Canon Background

Hermione is a Muggle-born, meaning she was born to non-magical parents. She is thus subject to much discrimination from blood purists and outright danger from Death Eaters.

Little about Hermione's home life is known, and her parents have only a handful of mentions in canon. In 2004 Rowling mentioned that she had a younger sister, but this character was never mentioned in the books and appears to have been dropped from canon[2]. Though it was J.K. Rowling's intention to make Hermione's family "quite ordinary," some fans have pointed out that Hermione hardly ever sees her parents, and have interpreted a strained relationship between them.[3] When black actress Noma Dumezweni was cast as Hermione in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Rowling pointed out that she had never stated Hermione's race.[4] (See: Hermionewank)

At Hogwarts, Hermione was consistently the top of her year. Though fans sometimes question the nature of Hermione's intelligence,[5][6] she was undoubtedly instrumental in assisting Harry in the fight against Lord Voldemort.

Fan Interpretation

Front cover of Sentimental Lollipop by Sumomonoki

Hermione is generally well-liked, one fan even stating that she "is arguably one of the best female role models in any children's book."[7]

Though Hermione is less often a victim of character bashing than Ron or Ginny, certain aspects of her character have been called into question though essays, meta, and wank.

A good fanart example to show the difference between the character shown in the books and one portrayed in fanfiction is: Hermione Book vs. Fanfic by The-Starhorse

Ruthless!Hermione

Hermione has been described by some as "ruthless," and many fans questioned a number of her actions, including:

(See Also: Hermione's Selective Ethics; In Hermione's Defense, In Defense of Hermione)

In addition, she has also been accused of prejudice due to a comment about Firenze,[11] and there has always been mixed feedback regarding her pursuit of "S.P.E.W."[12]

Most of the criticism of Hermione seems to be an example of resistant reading--that is, J.K. Rowling did not intend for readers to interpret Hermione's actions negatively. For example, when asked if Marietta's pimples (the result of Hermione's curse) ever faded, Rowling replied: "Eventually, but it left a few scars. I loathe a traitor!"[13] This implies that Rowling, at least, feels Hermione's actions were justified.

Hermione Sue

Some have also accused Hermione of being a self-insert for J.K. Rowling[5] and a canon Mary Sue:

It's interesting to note that people start to have issues with Hermione, the best student in her year, who is pretty, can make an international Quidditch superstar make fall in love with her, is admittedly like Rowling when she was young, knows everything from obscure spells to Cho's innermost feelings, who is always right and gets away with murder. If Hermione's flaws continue to be perceived as being only bushy hair and an abrasive personality, then the accusations of Hermione being a canon Mary Sue will multiply by tenfold.[14]

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Black Hermione Granger: Hermione is sometimes portrayed as black, partially based off the casting of Noma Dumezweni for the Cursed Child stage play. However, Hermione's race is not specified in the books and the trope predates Dumezweni's casting.
  • Future Fic often has Hermione working as a Hogwarts professor, or in the Ministry in jobs ranging from advocacy for magical creatures to Minister of Magic.
  • Overage due to Time Turner: Due to Hermione's use of a Time Turner to take extra classes in third year, some fanworks portray her as an entire year ahead in age from the time travel. This is common in Severus/Hermione fics, and other ships that pair Hermione with an older lover, as it means the relationship isn't underage.
    • There are other ways fans use the fanon trope of Hermione as older due to Time Turner use.
  • Pureblood Hermione Granger: Some works, particularly dark!Hermione works, have Hermione as a secret pureblood. Usually her Muggle parents are actually squibs or they adopted her.
  • Scars: In film canon, Hermione is tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange, who carves the word Mudblood into her arm. This is widely accepted even in works that focus more on book canon. In fanworks, the scars from Bellatrix's torture are often painful long after they heal, either from a curse or as psychosomatic pain.
  • Slytherin!Hermione is modestly popular, often based off of fan's interpretations of her more ruthless actions, combined with her intelligence and ambition. Some Slytherin works portray a misunderstood Slytherin (often with a side of Draco/Hermione), while others portray Slytherin as hostile to Hermione.

Shipping

While the canon was still open, particularly before the publication of Half-Blood Prince, there were massive ship wars over whether Hermione would end up with Harry or Ron at the end of the series. When Half-Blood Prince and a subsequent interview with J.K. Rowling confirmed Ron/Hermione to be canonical, there was much wank by certain Harry/Hermione shippers.

In fanon, Hermione is featured in a variety of both het and femslash pairings, and could be considered a Little Black Dress of the fandom. She is commonly paired with Harry, Ron, Draco, and Snape in het fanworks, and Ginny, Luna, and Pansy in femslash.

In crossovers she is often active in the Muggle world under cover, and tends to be paired with intelligent male characters; Sherlock Holmes, Daniel Jackson and Tony Stark are typical examples.

List of Hermione Pairings

Het:

Femslash:

Threesomes and Moresomes:

Notable Hermione-centric Fanworks

Front cover of PiriPiri! by Red Wing

Fanfiction

  • Hermione, Queen of Witches by Arabella - a retelling of the Harry Potter novels from Hermione's point of view. (Ron/Hermione)
  • Unsticking The Shadows by pogrebin. About the multilayered prejudices in the Wizarding World & the lengths to which Slytherins will go.
  • Corpus Incendio by julia_fractal. Hermione knew exactly how long it took for a human body to burn.
  • A Brane of Extraordinary Women by Diane Castle. "It all started when Hermione Granger received a prophecy and had to find women all across the multiverse." (multi-fandom crossover)
  • Amends, or Truth and Reconciliation by Vera Rozalsky. "Post-DH, Hermione confronts the post-war world, including the wizarding War Crimes Trials of 1999, rogue Dementors, werewolf packs, and Ministry intrigue. All is not well, and this is nothing new." Some Draco/Hermione (2009-2015)
  • Bone by Alchemia; also into Russian by Galadriel. First year Hermione comes to terms with her fears, about puberty and sex, through fantasy and masturbation. ~2,850 words. (Hermione/McGonagall, Ron/Hermione, Hermione/McG/Ron, Hermione/Entire-Class)
  • The Arithmancer by White Squirrel (2015, 529,129 words); Hermione grows up as a maths whiz instead of a bookworm and tests into Arithmancy in her first year. With the help of her friends and Professor Vector, she puts her superhuman spellcrafting skills to good use in the fight against Voldemort. Sequel Lady Archimedes (2015-2018)
  • The Brightest Witch by angelholme; "Hermione Jane Granger has always known she was special. But now that she is going to Hogwarts, she is going to make sure the world knows just how special she actually is." Hermione is MUCH more than a typical muggleborn; Hermione & Draco & Harry, VERY AU for books 1-4 (2017- WIP)
  • Darkly Loyal by Keira Marcos; Harry/Hermione/Draco threesome, time travel, three-some fighting against both Voldemort and Dumbledore to save magic

Fanart

Filk

Fanvideos

Other

Archives and Communities

Recs

Meta/Further Reading

Resources

References

  1. ^ J.K.Rowling Official Site. 19 September 2003. Archived at the Harry Potter Lexicon: Guide to jkrowling.com - Brithdays. (Accessed 20 January 2011.)
  2. ^ Harry Potter Wiki - Hermione Granger's Sister accessed 12th July 2018
  3. ^ Scott. Harry Potter Lexicon Essays: Hermione's Family. 2004. (Accessed 17 August 2011.) Link is to The Wayback Machine, as the original link is broken.
  4. ^ BBC News - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announces lead cast accessed 19 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b Penny Linsenmayer. HPfGU Fantastic Posts: Hermione Granger. 21 June 2001. (Accessed 01 April 2011 via the Wayback Machine.)
  6. ^ ReaderRavenclaw. Rebuttal regarding Hermione's Intelligence. 04 September 2004. (Accessed 01 April 2011.)
  7. ^ Rosie. Harry Potter and the Nerdy Feminist. (Accessed 01 April 2011.)
  8. ^ Elkins. HPfGU Post #52640: Hermione, Knowledge and Blackmail. 21 February 2003. (Accessed 01 April 2011.)
  9. ^ Kia (no_remorse). Hermione, the murderer. 12 October 2004. (Accessed 01 April 2011.)
  10. ^ Victoria P. (musesfool). sauce for the goose. 21 April 2004. (Accessed 01 April 2011.)
  11. ^ Morgan D. Hermione's prejudice and it's consequence in book 6. (Hogs_Head Messages #349, #377, #403, and #436). 11-16 January 2004. (Accessed 01 April 2011.)
  12. ^ sollersuk. Is Hermione completely wrong about house elves? 04 June 2006. (Accessed 01 April 2011.)
  13. ^ MuggleNet. The Deathly Hallows Web Chat. July 2007. (Accessed 13 August 2012.)
  14. ^ Kia (no_remorse). idol_reflection: Hermione Granger. 28 October 2004. (Accessed 01 April 2011.)