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McGonagall: "Why is it that whenever there's trouble, it's always you three?!?"

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, the three main characters. They became friends in the first book and, over the course of the series, they have endured and suffered more than most people do, but they have only become closer over the years. They spend more time together than they do with anyone else, and whenever there is a problem, they always try to solve it together.

While Harry is nominally The Leader of the three person team, he, Ron, and Hermione often defer to each other. In the future, they become family in the legal sense, as Ron marries Hermione and Harry becomes Ron's brother-in-law through his marriage to Ginny, so Hermione is Harry's sister-in-law.
  • Adorkable: All three of them in their own way.
    • Harry at eleven years old in the first film, with his small stature, glasses, baggy clothes and requisite British accent.
    • Ron has red hair, is awkwardly tall and oblivious to love. He is Harry's loyal companion and sidekick.
    • Hermione, a bushy-haired, bookworm, who in the first book stutters approximately a third of everything she says.
  • Author Avatar: Rowling has admitted that each of the three main characters are aspects of herself. Mostly Hermione though, who is, by J. K. Rowling's own admission, an exaggeration of herself when she was younger.
  • Badass Crew: Every book they take on things that would be considered challenging to experienced wizards, and survive all of them, starting with a troll in the first book, and ending with the Final Battle in the seventh. Harry is accomplished at Defense Against the Dark Arts, quick on the draw, and more than capable of holding his own against more experienced wizards, Ron is a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, and Hermione is a Badass Bookworm.
  • Best Friends In Law: In the end, Ron marries Hermione and Harry marries Ginny (Ron's sister), making Ron and Hermione Harry's in-laws.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: After the fourth movie, where Emma's bushy brown hair got highlighted so much it became blonde. Ron is the redhead and Harry is the brunette.
  • Break the Cutie: Each of them have been through some heartbreaking moments in the series.
  • Character Development: The trio each mature, in their own way, by the end.
    • Harry goes from a naive, inexperienced young boy who had a "Black and White" concept regarding the houses of Hogwarts (e.g., Slytherin = bad, Gryffindor = good) to a hardened, battle-ready, powerful adult wizard who now sees the "Grays" in all of the Houses. In fact, he told his son, Albus, that it didn't matter to him (or Ginny) if he was chosen to be a Slytherin.
    • Ron as of Book 7. Being forced away from his usual comfort zone, facing his greatest fears in the form of one of Voldemort's horcruxes, and the war in general really made Ron a more mature and sensitive individual.
    • Hermione, even with being a Static Character, does undergo some subtle development. She starts off as a bossy, insecure, neurotic, rule-abiding little girl, best exemplified by equating being expelled from school with being killed. By the 5th book, she will now do as much rule breaking if it's to help her friends, family, and the wizarding world.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: In the movies the trio each have their own specific colors: Harry is blue, Ron is red, and Hermione is pink.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Specifically in the films, each of them had their own scheme color when not in their Hogwarts uniform: Harry (blue), Ron (orange), and Hermione (pink).
  • Despite the Plan: The usual sequence goes along the lines of "Hermione comes up with The Plan, the trio puts it into motion, things go horribly wrong and Harry steers things to at least partially successful completion, either by adapting successfully or just straight up improvising."
    • Lampshaded in the last film: "Hermione, when have any of our plans actually worked? We plan, we get there, all hell breaks loose!"
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The troll incident is what forms their friendship; others solidify it.
  • Freudian Trio
  • Good Parents: They all become this to their children in the epilogue. Ron and Hermione are doting and loving to their daughter (Rose) and son (Hugo). Harry with Ginny are supportive parents to their three children (James II, Albus, and Lily) and tell their middle child that they won't disown him or be disappointed if he gets sorted into Slyhterin.
  • Kid Heroes: Until they become full grown adults in the seventh book. Deconstructed since they were forced to deal with things that greatly interfered with their social life and has been very traumatic events for them, especially Harry.
  • The Power of Friendship: A constant theme in the series.
  • Power Trio: Ron is the Id, Harry the Ego and Hermione the Superego.
  • Red Baron: All of them receive their own title by the end of the series:
    • Harry- "The Boy Who Lived"
    • Ron- "The King"
    • Hermione- "The Brightest Witch Of Her Age"
  • Red Is Heroic: In the films they wear red-and-gold ties as part of their school uniforms, as Gryffindors, and Harry wears a red sweater during the crux of Philosopher's Stone.
  • ˇThree Amigos!: They've been friends since they were 11.
  • Token Trio:
    • Harry is a half-blood, Ron is a pure-blood, and Hermione is a Muggle-born.
    • Also, pre-Deathly Hallows, the three had, according to Word of God, the three different wand cores offered at Ollivanders: Harry has phoenix feather, Ron has a unicorn tail hair, and Hermione has a dragon heartstring.
  • Took a Level in Badass: All three of them become stronger in some way by the end.
    • According to JKR, Harry became the best duelist in his circle of friends during his Third Year. Probably graduated to "best student duelist in the school" a year later, as the Triwizard Tournament pushed him into successfully learning several combat spells far beyond his expected level. All in all, Harry goes from bullied and timid kid to a pretty reasonable all round badass by book 4 at the latest. You could argue he takes a further one of these in the final book, going to his death calmly, then just as calmly offering the man who killed his parents and a lot of his friends a chance at redemption, admittedly almost certain that he wouldn't take it.
    • Ron is a more emotional/mental variety. In the first book, he went from not even calling Voldemort by his full name to insulting the man himself in the finale.
    • Hermione started off as a girl who would never dreamed of breaking the rules. Come Book 7, she will use any illegal skill to insure success for her and her loved ones. A more standard example of the trope in the fact that she becomes a very good fighter only in the later books.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Each of them received a memento from Dumbledore in Book 7, which happened recently after his death. See their character sections for specifics.
  • True Companions: They are closer than siblings, and even closer than lovers. Their loyalty to each other is absolute.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The Hero, The Lancer, and The Smart Girl.
  • Vagabond Buddies: Become this in Book 7 when they search for the horcruxes.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: All of them fight, but Ron and Hermione bicker the most.
  • Walking the Earth: To find the horcruxes.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded more than once; why does everything interesting or dangerous happen to them?
    • From the Half-Blood Prince film.
    McGonagall: "Why is it, whenever something happens, it's always you three?"
    Ron Weasley: "Believe me, professor, I've been asking myself that same question for six years."
    • Lampshaded by Ron as early as book one, when he sarcastically asks what it would be like to have a peaceful life.
    • Also lampshaded by Harry when Hermione tells him that Malfoy could use his prefect privileges to make Harry's life difficult. Harry sarcastically wonders what it would be like to have a difficult life.
  • With Friends Like These...:
    • Both Harry and Ron row with Hermione, Ron more often than Harry. Harry and Ron row only twice, for a month in book four and when Ron leaves for a month in DH. Which, given that the heroes are between 11 and 18 years old during the course of the series, is not exactly unbelievable.
    • Harry is usually the peacemaker. Hermione plays peacemaker once and can't stand it, and Ron never has to because mostly when Harry fights with Hermione to the point of not speaking with her for longer than a few hours, it's because he sides with Ron. The most memorable exception to this was when Hermione turned in the broom that Sirius sent Harry. That time, Ron sided with Harry.

    Harry James Potter 

    Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley
"We're with you whatever happens."
Portrayed by: Rupert Grint (films), Paul Thornley (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run)

"Maybe you don't have to do things all by yourself, mate."

The id of the series' resident Power Trio. Ron, the second youngest child and youngest son of the Weasley family, has something of an inferiority complex. He first meets Harry on Platform 9 3/4, and the two became fast friends on the Hogwarts Express before they'd even reached Hogwarts. Throughout the books, he sticks with Harry through thick and thin, with the exception of a month in fourth year and again in Deathly Hallows— being constant sidekick to The Boy Who Lived sure doesn't help that inferiority complex.

Nineteen years later, he's married to Hermione and has two children named Rose and Hugo.
  • Action Survivor: He's more than competent, but he's neither as clever as Hermione (except at wizard chess) nor as naturally talented as Harry. Although academically they are more or less the same anyway and Ron actually wins the Gryffindor team two Quidditch Cups which is one more than Harry.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: A lighter example than most as Ron was always a fairly comedic character, but the movies remove many of his genuine moments of competence and add in several more moments of buffoonery.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The books showed that Ron was quite competent when it came to tactics or fighting. The movie make him more comedic, and give his more impressive moments to either Harry or Hermione. One notable example of this is in the shrieking shack. In the books, he tells Sirius that "if you want to kill Harry, you'll have to through us first" while standing up on a broken leg between Harry and Sirius and then throws himself on Sirius's wand when Harry attacks Sirius. In the movies, his line goes to Hermione and Ron spends the entire scene moaning on the bed in the background.
  • Always Second Best: Goes through this motion occasionally with Harry. The Horcrux in the Slytherin locket reveals that he has felt this way all his life, convinced that he is less loved by his parents because he is not as accomplished as Charlie, Bill, and Percy, and wasn't the daughter that his mother was wishing for prior to having Ginny, and that Hermione was in love with Harry instead of himself.
  • Amazon Chaser: He certainly appreciates Hermione's strength and cleverness. He practically beamed with pride when she slapped (punched in the movie), Draco. Despite his occasional jealousy of Harry, he never shows any sign of jealousy at Hermione's achievements. He frequently tells her that she "already knows everything" or comments on her intelligence. When Harry asks if Hermione passed her apparition test, Ron says that she "was perfect, obviously." When their O.W.L. grades arrive, Ron makes it clear that he's completely unsurprised by her 10 O.W.L.s, and mildly amused by her visible annoyance that she earned nine Outstandings and one Exceeds Expectations.
  • Animal Motifs: He has a Jack Russell terrier patronus.
  • Attention Whore: Justified because Ron felt that he wouldn't be as distinguishable like the rest of his siblings were. Also because his best friends were known as "The Chosen One" and "The Brightest Witch of her Age," leaving him as the ginger tagalong in his own mind.
  • Audience Surrogate: Becomes more of this as the series goes on and Harry becomes more experienced. Besides the fact that he was raised by wizards, he's for the most part a normal teenage boy who reacts how one would expect him to.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: His skill at Wizard Chess becomes his perhaps biggest Crowning Moment of Awesome, as it allows Harry and Hermione to proceed through the last challenges in PS. Too bad that's only used once in the series… other times, a less dangerous version is played to pass the time between classes.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Hermione.
  • Berserk Button: He is particularly sensitive to being mocked about his family's lack of wealth.
  • Best Friend: He is Harry's best friend for life as much as Harry is his.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The comic relief of the trio (and the series), but also will own anyone that insult the people he loves.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He has a soft spot for his little sister, Ginny, even coming down hard on Harry when he thinks Harry isn't treating her right.
  • Big Eater: Definitely.
    Hermione: "Do you ever stop eating?"
    Ron: "What? I'm hungry."
    • This, in the films, at least, has an effect on him; due to retiring from the Aurors and working in George's joke shop (as confirmed by J.K. Rowling), Ron has rather a pot belly by the epilogue.
    • For what it's worth, the books also give him shades of this: when he introduces Harry to the Chocolate Frog cards in Philosopher’s Stone, Ron has given Harry a new hobby. Ron himself, however, is "more interested in eating the Frogs."
    • It causes some problems in Deathly Hallows, when the trio is traveling around without regular or guaranteed access to food. Ron is used to three squares a day, and when the gang isn't able to find enough food, his mood degrades accordingly.
  • Book Dumb: He needs Hermione to help him with his homework, but he still has a great tactical mind. And he's the same as Harry in that regard. Though he does know a lot about wizard folklore and culture, finer details about Beedle the Bard that Hermione wouldn't know from reading books since he grew up as a wizard. He is also noticably lacking in knowledge about the Muggle world, leading to him not even knowing what to order in a Muggle coffee shop without help in Deathly Hallows.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Like Harry, Ron was intelligent, but lacked the motivation to put forth effort in class; during their years at school, Ron frequently expected Hermione's help, and when she either refused or was unavailable, he was often dumbfounded about how to proceed.
  • Bromantic Foil: To Harry. Harry had to find a date for Ron to go to at the ball. Well, both of them were dateless and struck out with who they wanted to ask out.
  • Brutal Honesty: Ron doesn't shy away from what he thinks of something or someone. It's been frequently pointed out that him being honest can come off being extremely insensitive. Which makes him a good match for Hermione, who's also prone to this.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He recieves this in Goblet of Fire when he notes that Harry never realized that Leprechaun Gold went missing, since he's well provided for to the extent of not needing money, noting that for him that money would at least mean not wearing second-hand robes in front of everyone. His only reply to this is, "I hate being poor!".
  • Butt Monkey: Not nearly as severe a case as Neville, though.
  • The Cassandra: But doesn't realize it. Most of the time if he is joking, it comes true. The Divination homework where they had to predict a month in advance.
  • Catch Phrase: "Bloody hell", but only in the movies. Applied to the books, this is a Beam Me Up, Scotty!.
  • Character Tics: When he felt insecure or embarrassed, it was noted that his ears turned red. This became his tell-tale sign of his anger and embarrassment.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The first book has Ron's skill at chess put to good use, by getting past McGonagall's giant chess set in order to get to the Philosopher's Stone.
  • The Chew Toy: If there's a Homemade Sweater from Hell or Magic Misfire to be endured, Ron is the most likely candidate. Subverted in later books when Ron grows increasingly despairing and resentful of this, and it stops being quite as funny.
  • Chess Motifs: Ron plays chess, and this is a major plot point in the climax of the first book. There aren't any obvious metaphorical implications, which just means this was fertile ground for a number of (now mostly jossed) Epileptic Trees. The most spectacular example is probably the Knight-to-King theory (which, in brief, uses the chess game to conclude that Dumbledore is actually a time-travelled version of Ron). Ron, himself takes the place as the knight.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Hermione, High School Sweet Hearts and married afterwards.
  • Class Representative: He's a prefect in the fifth and sixth books. He doesn't take his duties as seriously as Hermione, however.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: He's immature, temperamental, and attention seeking. A lot of Character Development in the last book helps him get over it.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Averted when both Harry and Hermione agree that Ron's gripes are relevant.
  • Conflict Ball: His fight with Harry in Goblet of Fire? His jealous behavior to Hermione in the same book because she went with Krum to the Yule Ball? More jealousy with Hermione in Half-Blood Prince because she might have kissed Krum? The poor guy seems to get handed this a lot. Truth in Television, given that teenagers are known to be emotional. Things get just plain ugly when he gets saddled with a literal Conflict Ball in the form of Slytherin's locket. It also comes because Ron is in many ways an Audience Surrogate, being a mostly normal person reacting just like they would in the absurd fantasy situations that they are thrust into.
  • Cool Loser: By the age of 13, he's helped Harry defeat Voldemort (in one form or another) twice, and has been given an award for special services to the school. He's a Deadpan Snarker who's best friends with the Chosen One, his brothers are all ultra-cool (Except for Percy. Nothing can make him cool), and it's implied that he's at least moderately attractive. While he isn't a straight-A student, he's not described as stupid by any measure. And he fights a bunch of adult Death Eaters, and becomes star player in a cup-winning House Quidditch team. He's still not treated as particularly cool though. Apart from Harry, Ron should be the most popular kid in school among everyone but the Slytherins. Explained by Hermione in Goblet of Fire that Ron gets pushed off to one side in favour of Harry because of Harry's fame. Besides the other students in their year who have classes with them and some friends of Ginny's, no one spends enough time with Harry or Ron to realise that Ron is cool too - they're just in awe of Harry. His family is another problem. As mentioned above, all of his older brothers are ultra-cool, but Ron can't (or at least, feels like he can't) ever live up to them or find a particular skill that sets him apart. Even some of the things that make him "cool," like Quidditch, are things his brothers were already well-known for before him. Throw in that his other best friend is a verifiable genius and he's just generally Overshadowed by Awesome.
  • Cowardly Lion: Ron may be easily scared, but his bravery and nerve are on par with Harry.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Ron is often portrayed this way in Harry/Hermione fanfiction. He does have the same jealousy and insecurity in the books as well, evident in the way he questions Hermione when she dates Krum and worries about her attraction to Harry.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Yes. Ron is one of the main comic reliefs in the series, but he's also the guy who defeated some of the nastiest Death Eaters in existence.
  • Darkest Hour: Facing down the Horcrux in book seven, among numerous other moments.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Frequently. Leading to a Crowning Moment of Funny, his reaction to Peeves' jingle, in book seven: "Really gives a feeling for the scope and tragedy of the thing, doesn't it?".
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He actually tells Voldemort that Harry beat him. An epic Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He dislikes corned beef sandwiches.
  • The Everyman: An odd example — While Harry is the viewpoint character discovering the magical world, he hardly qualifies as ordinary, whereas Ron is ordinary for the magical world and would be unremarkable if he wasn't Harry's best friend.
  • Expy: In the fifth book, after Ron's triumph at the Quidditch Cup, he sits under a beech tree, flush with triumph and running his hands through his hair, which Harry had seen his own father, James, do in the Pensieve, making him smile in recognition. James and Sirius' first meeting in the final book echoes the instant connection between Harry and Ron as well, and the fact that Ron is a Hopeless Suitor to a Muggleborn girl and they get together in their final year cements the connection.
  • Fanboy:
  • Fatal Flaw: Ron's jealousy has nearly costs his friendships with Harry and Hermione, and a possible romantic relationship with the latter.
  • Fiery Redhead: Taken Up to Eleven when puberty is added to the mix.
  • Foil: He's particularly a Foil to Draco Malfoy, both of them are pureblood but Draco is an only child and wealthy while Ron is none of those things. The fact that at the end, Ron punches Draco and puts him down for being an Ungrateful Bastard who they went out of their way to save his life.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • Freudian Excuse: Ron's phobia of spiders stems from young Fred and George transfiguring Ron's teddy bear into a giant spider.
  • The Generic Guy: Deconstructed. Ron is an average wizard, and his two closest friend outshine in one or another. It got so bad that he thought of himself as The Unfavorite of his family, thinking they preferred Harry for a son, instead. One main reason Ron never was opened about his feeling for Hermione was because he thought "a girl as amazing as her wouldn't choose an average guy like me".
  • Genre Blind: Despite being Genre Savvy, he is completely in the dark about even the most basic aspects of Muggle life, a fact that turns the tables for the Trio when they hit the road in DH.
  • Genre Savvy: In earlier books and somewhat in general about the magical community; he's had a lifetime amongst wizards while Harry and Hermione just learned about it at the beginning of the series. The fact that he initially worries that Hermione will go for Harry could be considered Genre Savvy, since he's self-aware enough to realize that he's the sidekick to Harry's hero.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Gender-flipped. By Prince, Ron's technically a jock, and Hermione's still a geek. Not to mention Cormac, who is also a good-looking Quidditch player (though it's subverted in that Hermione thinks he's an idiot and only dates him once, to annoy Ron).
  • Go Through Me: In Prisoner of Azkaban the book, he says this to Sirius, it's (one of) his Crowning Moment of Awesome. The movies gave this moment to Hermione, a mark of the Flanderization there. To add insult to injury, he spends the entire scene moaning about his leg on the bed.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Ron finally discovered his feelings for Hermione when Viktor Krum took an interest in her.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: His Patronus is a Jack Russell terrier.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: A big theme in Ron Weasley's Character Development is feeling inferior and unskilled in relation to Harry and Hermione, which more than one mixes with Driven by Envy. He feels that he's not really good at anything, and even if he was, either his friends or his siblings would have done already anyway. Reading between the lines, he's not an idiot, has a certain amount of intuition his two friends often lack, and he's a world-class chess player.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Harry. Despite Hermione's (often correct) assertion that Ron is insensitive, Ron often seems to have a better idea of what Harry wants or needs than Hermione or even Harry himself.
  • Hidden Depths: Beneath his temperamental and moody nature, Ron was good with tactical thinking and showed a talent for thinking outside of the box. For example, it was Ron who suggested that Harry use Felix Felicis to try to get Horace Slughorn's memory of telling Tom Riddle about the Horcruxes, and Ron's idea to go to the Chamber of Secrets in order to get Basilisk fangs to destroy the Horcruxes. Ron was also able to keep a level head in highly stressful situations, and was generally more pragmatic than either of his best friends.
  • High School Sweet Hearts: With Hermione, as they are married by the epilogue.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's in the House famed for courage and belongs to a family full of Fiery Redheads. He couldn't be anything but this.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: He and Hermione argue all the time, but he's reliably the first to jump to her defense when someone insults her. The best example? Yelling at Snape for calling Hermione a know-it-all, when everyone in the room knows he calls her that on a regular basis.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Sometimes, though he doesn’t seem to envy Harry his life. Contrasting with Harry’s I Just Want to Be Normal.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Goes through this in Deathly Hallows after he returns, saves Harry, and destroys Salazar's locket.
    Ron: I'm sorry. I'm sorry I left. I know I was a — a— (trails off)
    Harry: You've sort of made up for it tonight. Getting the sword. Finishing off the Horcrux. Saving my life.
    Harry: Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was. I've been trying to tell you that for years.
  • In-Series Nickname: His full name is "Ronald", but he's mostly known as "Ron".
  • Innocently Insensitive: His penchant for Brutal Honesty frequently puts him at odds with Hermione, such as when he says that her poorly-knitted elf hats look like woolly bladders. (She doesn't speak to him for the rest of the morning.)
  • Insecure Love Interest: To Hermione. One of the main reasons he didn't confess his feelings to her was because he didn't feel like "a girl like her would fall for a guy like him." Or rather he felt that Hermione liked Harry and that they would be a better fit than him and her. This is a recurring theme in the fanfiction between the two.
  • Jerkass Ball: Gets one in Book 7 thanks to wearing a horcrux, causing him to be unbearable and angry, to the point he leaves Harry and Hermione.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ron has often nearly costs his friendships with both Harry and Hermione because of his jealousy/anger, immaturity, and just plain insensitivity. But in all of those times, he came back for his friends and family. And learned his lesson.
  • The Lancer: Ron books fits the definition perfectly. It was a plot point in the first book with the Mirror of Erised. Harry, who lacked ambition and never knew a family other than his abusive aunt and uncle, sees nothing but his parents standing behind him. To contrast, Ron felt crowded as the second youngest of seven kids and dreamed of outshining them all so he sees himself alone holding awards of many kinds. For a bit of extra symbolism, Ron (short for Rhongomynyad, cutting-spear) was the name of the mythical King Arthur's spear.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Lampshaded multiple times, when the narration (which is from Harry's perspective) describes Hermione as acting very much like Mrs. Weasley. Though at times, Ron seems more like his mother than his father.
  • The Load: He runs into this. He's a decent enough wizard, but his friends are the smartest witch in their school and one of the best duelists around. Not helping matters is the fact that the only major thing he accomplished in the earlier parts of the series was because of his chess skills. In later books, he acknowledges this in the form of a full blown inferiority crisis and has to be convinced by Harry to even try to destroy the Locket Horcrux. He's not particularly bad or ineffective in a fight necessarily, its just that he lacks a single great fight
  • Magic Misfire: Several times in book two, due to a broken wand, though said wand helps him and Harry out of a predicament later, when Lockhart tries to wipe their memories because they found out just a teensy bit too much about Lockhart's career.
  • Make-Out Kids: With Lavender. Which he quickly comes to be annoyed of.
  • Man Child: Deconstructed. The pampering he received in childhood didn't allow Ron to understand how to live without it. That and the effects of the Horcrux of Slytherin's Locket made him very unapproachable by his friends. Then, Reconstructed when he destroys the Horcrux — a physical representation of him maturing into an ''actual'' adult.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Ron's uncanny ability to impersonate others becomes a minor Chekhov's Skill in Deathly Hallows, impersonating Wormtail to fool the guards in Malfoy Manor, and again when impersonating Parseltongue so he can get into the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Has a huge nuclear family to contrast with Harry's orphanhood.
  • Master of Disguise: A rare voice disguise example. Ron was clever at imitating voices. While at Malfoy Manor, he was able to convincingly imitate Peter Pettigrew to avoid arousing the suspicions of Bellatrix and the Malfoys. He was also able to mimic Parseltongue effectively, which is a rather difficult language to learn or even imitate, enough to open the Chamber of Secrets after previously hearing Harry do it.
  • The McCoy: The most easily riled up and hot blooded of the trio.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Ron is the only Weasley whose name doesn't follow the Family Theme Naming convention of being named after British royalty and/or figures from Arthurian legend note , possibly hinting at his status as The Unfavorite.
    • Bilious means "Easily angered".
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Ron is constantly overshadowed by his six siblings despite being the second youngest. This changes over the course of the series as he gains credit for his heroics fighting alongside Harry and ultimately probably becomes the most famous member of the Weasley family.
    • He may have been the second or later to become a Prefect note , play for the Hogwarts Quidditch team note , fight Dark wizards as an Auror note , and run a successful business note . He ends up being the only sibling out of the entire family to do all four, and accomplishes all of them by age 25. And he gets his own Chocolate Frog card.
  • Moment Killer: Had a habit of ruining a perfectly romantic mood with either his mouth or just arriving at an inopportune time.
  • Mr. Exposition: In the earlier books, Ron was the one to explain the "norms" in wizarding society to Harry and Hermione.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Mostly played for comedy, as Ginny doesn't really care what he thinks. Harry is more worried about Ron’s reaction. It turns out that if it's with Harry it's OK. In fact at the end of Order of the Phoenix on hearing that Ginny has broken up with Michael Corner, he seems to be actively shipping them. He tells her to choose someone better and glances pointedly at Harry. Played straight with Dean, however, until Ginny shuts down Ron's Big Brother Instinct.
  • Noble Bigot: Ron harbors some stereotypical wizard point of views (i.e., being afraid of werewolves, shocked at Hagrid's Giant heritage, and thinking that elves are fine with serving wizards/witches), but isn't as bad as Draco Malfoy, and grows out of it by the end of the series.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: As Hermione so eloquently pointed out — "he has the emotional range of a teaspoon".
  • Opposites Attract: The funny, light-hearted wizard fell in love with the ambitious, go-getter witch (Hermione).
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: His two best friends, Harry and Hermione, are The Chosen One and a Genius Prodigy, respectively, and all of his siblings have been star pupils or Quidditch aces, if not both. Even the academically-unremarkable Fred and George still make names for themselves as pranksters and with their joke shop business, and his younger sister has already invented a hex that can ruin anyone's day. It goes without saying that he suffers a massive Inferiority Complex for much of the series. Not helped in the least by characters' tendency to overlook Ron in favor of Harry when introducing themselves or interacting with them. Examples include everyone from Draco Malfoy to Ernie McMillian to Cornelius Fudge.
  • Perpetual Poverty: In contrast to Harry's wealth.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: More so in the films than the novels.
  • Precision F-Strike: Ron was also shown to have a habit of swearing. In 1993, he called Professor Snape something that caused Hermione to exclaim: "Ron!". Also, after Draco Malfoy insulted him, Ron told him to do something he would never have dared say in front of Mrs Weasley. He also called Draco Malfoy a "two face-bastard" during the Battle of Hogwarts after saving him from a Death Eater, and rescuing him for a second time, from death.
  • Red Hair And Freckles: This is what Harry first describes when he and Ron first meet.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Has bright, red hair and is one of the main characters.
  • Redheads Are Uncool: Ron's an aversion. Rowling introduces him as "tall, thin and gangling, with freckles, big hands and feet, and a long nose." He is insensitive and immature, feels overshadowed by his older brothers, and feels embarrassed to have to use second hand supplies and wear second hand clothes. On top of all that, he's awesome at chess. However, he largely grows out of the immaturity. He's a Deadpan Snarker and is one of the most loyal characters in the series. Ron also makes prefect and the Quiddich team.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • He and Harry are Red to Hermione's Blue.
    • With just him and Harry, Ron is the Red Oni to Harry's Blue Oni.
  • The Resenter: Although one of Harry's closest friends, he becomes increasingly angry with his Butt Monkey status as well as being poor, in comparison to Harry's fame, vault full of gold, and the yearly chance to shine as the Chosen One, eventually coming to a head in Deathly Hallows. Ron is also resentful for being the youngest son in such a large family of talented children, so that any of his accomplishments become standard expectations (getting into Gryffindor, becoming a prefect, joining the Quidditch team, etc.) but this isn't focused on as much in the series, except for a few moments.
  • Retired Badass: Worked as an Auror with Harry. Their work in the Ministry revolutionized the Auror department, and, along with Hermione, they helped "make a new world" for the wizarding community. Two years after he started in the Auror Office, he left to help his brother, George at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. His decision remains a mystery, he did comment that the Horcrux hunt had "took its toll" on him.
  • Scars Are Forever: He still has the scars he got from the brains in Book 5.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Implied to ship Harry/Ginny, though Harry doesn't pick up on it until after they start going out: for a long time while he fancies Ginny, Harry is indeed afraid that Ron will badly disapprove a relationship between him and Ginny.
    • Ron shipped Bill/Fleur, but it was mostly because Fleur mesmerized him.
  • Sidekick Glass Ceiling: Random accidents often prevent him from getting into adventures the way Harry (and to a lesser extent Hermione) do, leaving him less able to contribute to any endeavour. That leads to him feeling useless and growing resentful because he wants to be a hero like Harry. This inferiority complex has a great effect in the seventh book when it's amplified by an Artifact of Doom and causes Ron to temporarily abandon his friends.
    • In first year, he spends some time in the hospital wing with a dragon bite while the others serve detention in the Forbidden Forest and encounter the centaurs and Voldemort.
    • In second year, his wand gets broken, leaving him unable to cast magic properly. That is taken Up to Eleven when a botched spell from that wand collapses a tunnel, preventing Ron from aiding Harry in the Chamber of Secrets (where they are headed to rescue Ron's own sister).
    • In third year, he suffers a broken leg while Harry and Hermione travel back into time and rescue Sirius on a hippogryph.
    • In fifth year, he spends the better part of the battle in the Department of Mysteries assaulted by brains and rendered incapable to fight.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Every other page.
    Ron told Malfoy to do something that Harry knew he would never have dared say in front of Mrs. Weasley.
    He called Snape something that made Hermione say "Ron!"
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Hermione.
  • This Loser Is You: One of the main reasons why Ron is dearly loved by the fans is how relatable he is.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Ron eventually gained the concept of sensitivity by the seventh book.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ron had a great fondness for bacon sandwiches.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Ron inherited Dumbledore's deluminator in Book 7.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Gets this a lot not only because of his family, but also because he's overshadowed by his friends. He even does this to himself. But, he's a powerful and original wizard in his own right, with his own skills.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Harry and Hermione. Above everyone else in the series, it is Hermione and Ron who stand beside Harry at every twist and turn in his path to stop Voldemort.
    "You'll have to kill us too!"
  • The Unfavorite: Ron is not particularly special amongst the Weasley family, and he knows it. In DH, the locket Horcrux attempts to use this to sway Ron from the mission at hand, telling him that his love interest prefers Harry and mother would have preferred a daughter. Ron doesn't fall for it, but he comes perilously close.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Sometimes his Butt Monkey status can get depressing.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Hermione.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-flipped. Normally a pretty easygoing guy, Ron tends to go nuclear when Hermione is taunted for being a "Mudblood" or otherwise mocked by Draco or Snape.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To an extent. He's always been overshadowed by his brothers and simply wants to be set apart, and earn the recognition of his parents. However, the Weasley family is an extremely loving one, so while he doesn't necessarily feel "special" in their eyes, he does know that he's loved.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Both Ron and Rupert Grint are arachnophobes. Ron became afraid of spiders due to his brothers transmogrifying his teddy bear into a massive spider for a joke when he was much younger. During Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he and Harry end up having to "follow the spiders" into the Forbidden Forest, and they almost get killed by a bunch of gigantic ones.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Like Harry, Ron shows no problem with attacking girls via spells.
  • You Shall Not Pass: End of the first book.
  • Youthful Freckles: Harry notices them during their first meeting.

    Hermione Jean Granger
"When are you going to get it into your head? We're in this together!"
Portrayed by: Emma Watson (films), Noma Dumezweni (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run)

"Me? Books and cleverness! There are more important things. Friendship and bravery and—oh, Harry, be careful!"

The last third of the series' resident Power Trio, who serves as the superego and always has a smart solution. Like Ron, Harry meets her on the Hogwarts express on the first day of school, though they don't become friends until an incident involving a troll at Halloween. Throughout the books, Hermione serves as The Professor, being practically married to the library.

Nineteen years later, she's married to Ron and has two children, Rose and Hugo.
  • The Ace: Hermione knows every spell in wizarding history. She's not nicknamed the "Brightest Witch of Her Age" for nothing.
  • Action Girl: Eventually grows into this over the books / the films.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness:
    • In the books, Hermione is described as beautiful from the Yule Ball in Goblet of Fire (book 4) henceforth (She Is All Grown Up and She Cleans Up Nicely).
      • A lot of characters (even her enemies like Draco and Pansy) are shocked when they finally notice how beautiful she is at the Ball.
    • However, in the previous books she is described as rather plain, but isn't in the films. In the earlier books she had large buck teeth until she had them magically shrunk in Goblet of Fire, contributing to her becoming attractive; the films skip entirely the large teeth detail.
    • In the earlier films, when she's not intended to be pretty, that may be because the books are from Harry's POV and he doesn't actually take much notice of her appearance beyond hair and eye color until he sees her gussied up at the Yule Ball and notices she is indeed beautiful, even jaw-droppingly gorgeous when she puts the effort into it.
  • Adaptational Badass: While Hermione is plenty brave in the canon, the movies portray her as more of an on-the-spot Action Girl.
  • Agent Scully: At least, she's hesitant to believe things that are seen as superstitious or unlikely according to the laws of the magical world. There's a reason that Rowling described Luna as the "Anti-Hermione." It's a subversion of the way this trope usually plays out, though, in that Luna is usually the one who is wrong and who grows to be more skeptical.
    • Her being an Agent Scully even causes her to Rage Quit her Divination Class.
    • This is taken to something of an extreme in Deathly Hallows, where she bluntly refuses to believe in the Deathly Hallows, despite having confronted... well, let's see, a guy with an Omnicidal Maniac stuck to the back of his head, a rock that grants immortality, a cursed diary that can communicate with people, a giant snake that petrifies her, Dementors, etc.
      • That is mostly because she refuses to believe in anything that violates Magic A Is Magic A and the fact is she's able to believe in the cloak and with prodding would probably have believed the Elder Wand, it was the stone she was having trouble with and it was hinted that was due to being afraid of thinking about dead people.
  • And I Must Scream: Was one of the victims who gets petrified by Tom Riddle's Basilisk.
  • Animal Motifs: Otter (her Patronus).
  • Author Avatar: She is, by J. K. Rowling's own admission, an exaggeration of herself when she was younger. Rowling says she was a bit of an Insufferable Genius in her younger days but gradually mellowed out, much as Hermione does over the course of the series (this may be why, of all the young performers in the Potter movies, Rowling is closest to Emma Watson).
  • Badass Bookworm: Hermione is a notable example, being a know-it-all bookworm whose studies, combined with her significant innate talent grant her great magical power. She comes into her own in the last book, where nothing would have gotten done without her hyper-organization and constant vigilance. In the films, she even punches Malfoy in the face, though it's only a slap in the books.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ron.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As Ron lampshades, Hermione can be rather "scary."
    • When she found out that the Weasley Twins were giving their joke candies to first years, she threatened them with writing to their mother. The twins immediately complied, an act which had never been seen before or since.
    • Her humor can be quite cutting when she wants it to be.
    • She put a jinx on the Dumbledore's Army list to give anyone who ratted them out some cursed acne.
    • Weaponized birds.
    • She deliberately chose a date to the Christmas Party that would annoy Ron. And when Parvati commented that Hermione "liked her Quidditch players," Hermione corrected her, saying she only liked "really good Quidditch players."
    • She set a teacher's robes on fire when she was twelve.
    • And brewed an illegal potion in the bathroom, and came up with a plan that involved drugging two other students and stuffing them in a closet so they could interrogate another student.
    • And modified her parents memories to make them forget that she existed
    • And put Rita Skeeter in a jar, then blackmailed her into telling Harry's story
    • There was also the time she slapped Malfoy in the face in the third book (punched in the film). He definitely deserved it, but it's still pretty surprising given that Hermione usually just brushed off rude comments and encourages Ron and Harry to do the same.
      • She was very stressed, what with all the time she has spent using the Time-Turner, putting in about two-three extra hours per day, and what is implied to be less sleep time than normal. No wonder she exploded when Malfoy went a word too far (especially considering that the word in question was the Muggle-Born equivalent of the N-word).
      • She's also just made up with Harry and Ron after a 3-4 month fight. She's been bottling up her feelings for a long time.
    • And she led Umbridge in the Forbidden Forest hoping to get her in trouble with the Centaurs... And anyone who knows their mithology knows that Centaurs RAPE human women.
    • Moral of the story: Do not cross Hermione. She will end you... Assuming she's being merciful enough to not let you live.
  • Brainy Brunette: Provides the page image. Though from the fifth film onwards, she is more blonde.
  • Broken Ace: Her sometimes abrasive attitude masked deep insecurities and fear of failure, as personified by her Boggart. Hermione feels the need to prove herself, perhaps partly because of how many people in wizarding society looked down on Muggle-borns.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Ron, High School Sweet Hearts and married afterwards.
  • Child Prodigy: A budding genius from her first year. At Hogwarts, Hermione was usually the first to master any spell, and was capable of using spells beyond her educational level. She eventually grew into a teen genius.
  • Class Representative: She was a prefect in books 5 and 6. She also ended up administrating Harry's D.A. class.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Depending on the situation, Hermione can be quite scary or funny when Ron is romantically interested in another girl. She's arguably as jealous as Ron when it comes to romantic partners, though she's not as obvious as he is.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Especially for the road trip in Book 7.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Matching brown hair and eyes.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Hermione was not known for her ability to cast Dark magic and the extent of her ability within this magical discipline is truly unknown (however, one would assume given her borderline genius status that she was no slouch). Still, she must have had some ability as she was ability to come up with a very sophisticated jinx that would deform the face of one would betrayed the D.A.. She was also able to successfully cast a Stinging Hex at a moment's notice. In her fourth year she was also able to cast the Leg-Locker Curse in her first year and the Jelly-Legs Jinx in her sixth.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In the first third or so of book one.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • If you fuck with her in a dream, you'd better wake up and apologise. Just ask Marietta Edgecombe.
    • She cheerfully traps Rita Skeeter in a tiny, unbreakable jar and blackmails her into agreeing to never publish another story in book 4. Hermione lifts that sanction in book 5, but not before blackmailing Skeeter a second time.
  • Dude Magnet: Hermione became the "thing missed most" in the Triwizard Tournament for Quidditch superstar, Viktor Krum. Two years later, Hermione got the (unwelcome) attention of Cormac McLaggen. Then, there's Ron Weasley.
  • Fantastic Slurs: Is on the receiving end of this, as she is called a "Mudblood" by Malfoy or other pure blood-supremacists.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Averted with Hermione, who isn’t skilled and complains that the boys make her do the cooking while the three of them are on the run because she’s a girl. Ron quickly retorts that it’s because she’s the best at magic.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Her time at Hogwarts would have turned out quite different if not for her troll adventure.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Despite the fact that she lives in a world of magic, she still attempts to act as a rational skeptic; particularly in her derisive attitude toward divination or Luna Lovegood's cryptozoology.
  • For Great Justice: As Hermione gets older, she becomes an advocate for muggle-born wizards and elves. Though she means well, she’s sometimes misguided and is unintentionally rude to the creatures on whose behalf she’s speaking. In fact, the Hogwarts house elves end up refusing to clean Gryffindor Tower because Hermione would hide articles of clothing for them to find.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • Genre Blindness: Of the three main characters, Hermione suffers the most from this, despite having read numerous books of magic. You would think by now she would realize that anything can and possibly will happen in the world she lives in. She is the most skeptical of the trio when it comes to the more mysterious aspects of the Wizarding World that are mostly unsubstantiated. And when they are, she'll point out why it still doesn't make sense. She dismissed the Deathly Hallows mostly because the way they found out about them was less than reliable AND the idea behind the Resurrection Stone doesn't make sense in a world where All Deaths Are Final. There's also her attempts with SPEW, where she believes she's a great revolutionary who will free all of the elves, despite them being offended by and rejecting her efforts. She does manage to help fix many of the problems of Wizard/Magical Creature relations, but only after she's grown out of her previous mindset.
  • A Girl And Her X: A Girl And Her Kneazles. Hermione's cat, Crookshanks, is her closest confidante.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Hermione always seeks to be tops in her classes and impress her teachers. And yet, she (mostly) stays well-grounded throughout it all.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She’s somewhat prone to insult humor.
  • Good with Numbers: Arithmancy was Hermione's favorite subject and, considering she was one of the few people to take this subject, she must have skill in this field, too. She earned an 'Outstanding' O.W.L and took the subject to N.E.W.T.-level.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Specifically, the redheaded Ron.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She forms close friendships, lasting in their adult years, with Ginny and Luna.
  • High School Sweet Hearts: With Ron, as they are married by the epilogue, though Word of God says their differing temperments would have necessitated marriage counseling at some point.
  • Hot Witch: In the movies(due to Emma Watson going from 'cute' to 'beautiful'), and in the latter half of the 7 books (from the Yule Ball in book 4 onwards). No adverse mention is ever really made of Hermione's looks in the films, while in the books, it comes across as her focusing on schoolwork and not bothering to spend time on needless beautification.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: In the first book, Hermione acts like a total know-it-all to mask her insecurity for being a muggle-born. It decreases throughout the series as Hermione quickly gains confidence in herself and her abilities.
  • In-Series Nickname: Regularly called "Mione" by her friends in fanfiction.
  • Insistent Terminology: She gets rather snippy when people refer to her "Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare" by its acronym. The name is even better in Dutch: "Stichting Huiself voor Inburgering en Tolerantie" (society house-elf for naturalizing and tolerance).
  • Insufferable Genius: Sometimes ends up as this. Snape likes to criticize her for it. Most people, including Ron and Harry, tend to tolerate it.
    ''' Severus Snape: Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know-it-all.
    ''' It was a mark of how much the class loathed Snape that they were all glaring at him, because every one of them had called Hermione a know-it-all at least once, and Ron, who told Hermione she was a know-it-all at least twice a week, said loudly, "You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don't want to be told?"
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Played straight at the beginning of the first book, but subverted later, when it becomes clear that Hermione is not particularly shy.
  • Invisible Parents: In contrast to Ron and Harry, whose unusually large and (ahem) "unusually small" families are important plot points, Hermione's comparatively normal family is rarely mentioned and appear "in person" very rarely (in Book Three and Movies Two and Seven). For those who are wondering, they're Muggle dentists. How invisible are they? We have yet to be told their first names. Even nowadays they're still referred to as "Mr. and Mrs. Granger".
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Being the Smart Guy of the Trio, Hermione is talented and knowledgeable in nearly all subjects, except Defense Against Dark Arts, which Harry is best at.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Of the Insufferable Genius variety.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Since Book 3, Hermione became the owner of Half-Kneazle/Half-Cat, Crookshanks. She fell in love with him the first moment she saw him.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: An Inverted Trope, at the Yule Ball in book four.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Harry, though nothing in the books actually shows this. There is textual evidence to show Harry thinks this way towards Hermione, but nothing the other way around. It is much more logical that Hermione views her relationship to Harry as best friends, not as brother/sister, just like the movies version does.
  • Little Miss Snarker: On occasion.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: After she marries Ron, Hermione still keeps her maiden name.
  • Messy Hair: She tells Harry that taming it is too much bother.
  • Moe Couplet: Hermione is a magical genius, except when it comes to dealing with actual dark wizards, which is Harry's specialty his life being basically a long series of fighting dark wizards. Hermione, however overcomes this problem gradually, eventually becoming a damn good fighter towards the end of the series. When it comes to personality, Harry is selfless to an annoying degree even when personal friends are not involved, while Hermione focuses on immediate gain and loss to her close friends (especially when it comes to grades!). While these traits alone would get kind of annoying, together they play off each other quite well.
  • Motor Mouth: Mainly in the first books.
  • Ms. Exposition: Due to being such a brain, Hermione often figures out and explains crucial plot points to her Book Dumb friends. Lampshaded when Hermione asks Harry and Ron if they're ever going to read Hogwarts: A History — Ron replies, "Why should we when we've got you to explain it all?" Rowling has said in interviews that her default characters for exposition-giving are always Dumbledore and Hermione — Dumbledore because he's The Obi-Wan, Hermione because any fact can be explained by her having found it in a book somewhere. Averted in Book 7 when it is Harry, not Hermione, who remembers the name of the author of A History of Magic, despite (or possibly because of) the fact that Harry never read it, yet was told repeatedly about it.note  This might say something about Hermione's retention of "important" information, such as the contents being more important to her than the author. Also subverted in book seven, when Ron knows more about the Deathly Hallows than Hermione. It's justified because they're a fairy tale he grew up with, as the only member of the Trio to be raised by wizards.
  • My Beloved Smother: Implied. In the movie version, she frets over Rose having everything she needs.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Grows into this trope in the later films and books.
  • Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Deconstructed in the third book when it causes her to lose a lot of sleep and become incredibly irritable.
  • Not So Above It All: Though she'll smile or laugh often, Hermione's usual response to most of Harry and Ron's more lowbrow jokes is mild disapprovement. In Goblet of Fire, however, The Trio hear an elderly wizard named Archie complain about possibly wearing pants, saying that he likes "a healthy breeze round my privates". This gives Hermione such a serious case of giggling that she has to leave the area temporarily.
  • One Mario Limit: She was named after a character in William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, but it's doubtful that the name "Hermione" will ever again be used as anything other than a reference to Hermione Granger.
    • JKR stated at one point that she didn’t want other girls to be made fun of for sharing her name, so she chose something rare.
  • One of the Boys: She spends more time hanging out with Harry and Ron than with, say, Parvati and Lavender.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Hermione advocates breaking the rules, you know it's serious.
    • Lampshaded in the Chamber of Secrets book.
      Ron: I never expected you to persuade us to break school rules!
    • Lampshaded in the Order of the Phoenix movie, too.
      Hermione: This is sort of exciting, isn't it? Breaking the rules!
      Ron: Who are you and what have you done with Hermione Granger?
  • Opposites Attract: The serious, go-getter witch fell in love with the funny, laid-back wizard (Ron).
  • Platonic Life Partners: She and Harry love each other like siblings.
  • Plucky Girl: A brave member of the Golden Trio and Magical Girl Warrior extraordinaire.
  • The Professor
  • Quirky Curls: Especially in the movies.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She is far and away the Blue to Harry and Ron's Red.
  • Running Gag:
    • Hermione becoming exasperated with people for not having read Hogwarts: A History. Lampshaded by Ron, who says that they don't need to read it because she'll just tell them anyway.
    • Her advocacy of freedom for house-elves.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Almost always in the movies.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely:
    • In the book Harry doesn't recognize her at first, noting blandly that Krum was accompanied by “a pretty girl in blue robes that Harry didn’t know.” The movie plays it straight (as nobody could fail to recognise Emma Watson) and Hermione descends the stairs while Harry and Ron look on agog.
    • Noted again at Bill and Fleur's wedding, where she's noted for being very beautiful.
  • She Is All Grown Up: The books imply that she's rather plain as a child, with bushy hair and buck teeth, but as she grows older and has her teeth fixed by magic, she becomes very beautiful and attractive. More and more boys seem to be interested in her…
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Harry says this about her. See also Like Brother and Sister, above.
  • Shipper on Deck: Hermione ships Harry/Ginny.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Hermione is the smartest of the trio and it's heavily implied that she remains the shortest of them, at least in the books.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • Hermione has a long-running Belligerent Sexual Tension-style attraction to fundamentally good guy Ron Weasley. The thing that finally pushes her to kiss him senseless? It's when Ron realizes in a panic that the House Elves are unprotected during the Battle of Hogwarts. The welfare of House Elves has long been a moral cause close to Hermione's heart, and one that had opened her up to general ridicule in previous books (especially from Ron). Although it's worth pointing out there's a difference between forcing unwanted freedom on them and trying to make sure they don't get killed.
    • Hermione's brief love interest Viktor Krum, although he's introduced as an intimidating world-class athlete from a rival school, turns out to be a pretty nice guy.
  • Sixth Ranger: Fills this role in the first book, since she joins Harry and Ron halfway. At first, her know-it-all behavior put her at odds with Harry and Ron, but the battle with the mountain troll caused her to join Harry and Ron, finally forming the well known Power Trio.
  • Skewed Priorities: Provides the page quote where apparently getting expelled is worse than getting killed. Pops up two years later when she is unable to face her Boggartnote  which is Professor McGonagall telling her she failed all her classes. The films really make this one of her defining traits. In the third film, when Harry illegally does magic outside school she says he was lucky not to be expelled - Harry replies he was lucky not to be arrested. And in the seventh, when they have just narrowly escaped the Death Eaters twice she laments that they didn't celebrate Harry's birthday.
  • Skilled, but Naďve: In contrast to Harry, she has an encyclopaedic arsenal of magic but tends to perform awkwardly in fast-paced practical combat. However, she gradually grows out of this, becoming a very good fighter in the later books, in which she is able to defeat various dark wizards in combat.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Ron.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Her hair, after the Yule Ball, is described as having come undone from its updo as she's arguing with Ron at the end of the night.
  • The Smart Girl: The cleverest witch in her year at Hogwarts, and quite possibly the cleverest witch, period. She displays magic in her fifth year that seventh-year students consider extremely advanced — and she learned it as an offhand "oh, I was just studying ahead" thing. We're never told just how she stacks up with the rest of the wizarding world, but she's probably right up there.
  • Smug Snake: When the Insufferable Genius aspect goes too far she can drift into this, especially in the first book.
  • Soapbox Sadie: On the subject of house elves, Hermione is very passionate and over-the-top in her campaign to get them fair wages and better treatment. Often despite the lack of support from the house elves themselves.
  • The South Paw: Implied at the very end of Chapter 21 of Deathly Hallows; if you recall that Harry's wand arm is his right and he is right-handed. Going off the exchange, and the fact that Harry and Hermione did not fall with either of their backs to the Death Eaters and Hermione still cast two spells while holding Harry's hand, it can be surmised that Hermione is, in fact, a lefty:
    "Please Ron! Harry, hold on tight to my hand, Ron, grab my shoulder."
    Harry held out his left hand.
    • In the movies, however, she is visibly right-handed. Or she's ambidextrous.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: "Sirius was horrible to Kreacher... I've said all along that wizards would pay for how they treat house elves. Well, Voldemort did... and so did Sirius."
  • The Spock: The most logical and rational.
  • Static Character: Among the Trio, Hermione has changed the least over her years. Not that it hinders her as a character, mind you. However, she is static only in comparison with Ron and Harry. She undergoes some significant positive changes. She has only changed less than Harry and Ron.
  • Stop Helping Me!: In-Universe the house-elves think this of Hermione, as they are offended by her failure to understand that they find Happiness in Slavery.
  • Sudden Name Change: A meta example: Word of God statements had long established that her middle name was "Jane," which the fifth book also established as Umbridge's middle name. The final book makes Hermione's middle name "Jean" instead. Rowling stated that she had changed her mind because she didn't want the heroine Hermione to share a middle name with the bad and sadistic Dolores Umbridge.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: At least in book one, but becomes more Tsundere as the story goes on.
  • Team Mom: Sometimes tries to mother the boys, which is generally met with irritation from Harry and ambivalence from Ron, who is used to it. Ron sometimes mothers her right back.
  • Tender Tears: As the token girl, she’s somewhat prone to crying.
  • Teen Genius: Harry even refers to her as "The brightest of our year." She gets 112% on an exam in her first year, and she even passes 3rd year Muggle Studies with 320%.
    • Although, as Ron points out, she has a bit of a leg-up with that last one given her background
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Hermione starts out as lawful (and consequently, friendless), but her adventures with Harry and Ron chip away at this. Her troll encounter pulls her sharply in the direction of good. This culminates with a tenure as head of magical law enforcement, likely so others don't have to choose.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • In Philosopher's Stone, Hermione becomes friends with Harry and Ron after they save her from the troll.
    • In regards with Luna, Hermione eventually accepted their differences in magical creatures. The following year, they become the best of friends.
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Ginny's Butch and Luna's Neither.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Dumbledore bequeathed the original publication of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, written in runes, to Hermione. It contained a clue about the Deathly Hallows which led Hermione, Harry, and Ron to Xenophilius Lovegood, who told them about the legendary items. Later in life, Hermione translated the book into English and published her translation.
  • Tsundere: Lampshaded in Deathly Hallows Part One.
    Harry: You're not still mad at him (Ron), are you?
    Hermione: I'm always mad at him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Harry. Above everyone else in the series, it is Hermione and Ron who stand beside Harry at every twist and turn in his path to stop Voldemort.
  • The Unfair Sex: Averted in Book 6. After Ron found out that Hermione might have kissed a guy who asked her out two years prior while she was single AND getting told that his overbearing watchdog tendencies about his sister were due to his own inexperience with girls, he gets into an extremely shallow relationship with basically the first girl to give him the time of day, largely out of spite. He is portrayed as insensitive and, given how publicly he flaunts the relationship, pretty hypocritical, and quickly gets his own comeuppance by means of his “girlfriend” being utterly insufferable. Hermione attempts to retaliate by accepting to go out with the Jerk Jock… only for the plan to implode immediately, since she genuinely can't stand the guy. Harry, and by extension the narrator, are quick to point out that they're both idiots, though he's slightly more overtly critical of Hermione, possibly owing to the fact that Ron was being an impulsive idiot who didn't think things through, whereas Hermione was being consciously and deliberately petty.
    Narrator: "Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge."
  • Unperson: She wipes her parents' memories of her in DH to keep them safe (in the movie, even going so far as wipe herself from any pictures with her on them). Word of God stated that after the Trio's victory over Voldemort, she found her parents and restored their memories.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Ron.
  • Uptown Girl: Zig zagged. Word of God says she's from a well-to-do Oxford family, and her marriage to Ron. To the haughty purebloods like the Malfoys, Blacks, and Yaxley it would be the other way around. While Ron might be from a dirt poor and ridiculed family he is still a pureblood and Hermione is a muggleborn, the lowest of the low to them, except for muggles.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Done twice. First when hiding her Time-Turner in Prisoner of Azkaban, and again in Deathly Hallows when she wears the locket Horcrux.
  • White Man's Burden: Briefly, during her house-elf liberation subplot in Goblet of Fire. Played with, as everyone at Hogwarts, even the reader, points out that while she does have a few good points about the treatment of house-elves, she's basically staging a one-woman campaign for house-elf freedom without so much as consulting the subjects she's trying to free, and having only met two house-elves in her life: Dobby, who is a total weirdo, and Winky, who was in considerable stress at the time.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Despite her flaws, Hermione is quite intelligent for her age, and not just in the school aspect. For example, she reasoned that the reason why Sirius was so adamant in having in the OOTP was because Siruis wanted to live through Harry. She wasn't wrong.
  • Woman Scorned: She weaponized birds after Ron kissed Lavender. She also chose a date specifically on the basis on "who would annoy Ron most," and went out of her way to hint that she had chosen him because McLaggen was superior to Ron as Quidditch player.
  • Women Are Wiser: Hermione, the only female member of the Trio, is the smartest and doubles as The Spock.
  • Zombie Advocate: Hermione becomes a "House-Elf Advocate" during her fourth year and onward. She even forms an organization called, "Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare" or S.P.E.W. for short.