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Hermione Jean Granger

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"When are you going to get it into your head? We're in this together!"

Portrayed by: Emma Watson (films), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast 

Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mitzy Corona (Philosopher's Stone-Chamber of Secrets), Geraldine Bazán (Prisoner of Azkaban), Leyla Rangel (Goblet of Fire-Deathly Hallows)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Michelle Jenner (Philosopher's Stone-Goblet of Fire), Laura Pastor (Order of the Phoenix-Deathly Hallows)

Appears in: Philosopher’s Stone | Chamber of Secrets | Prisoner of Azkaban | Goblet of Fire | Order of the Phoenix | Half-Blood Prince | Deathly Hallows | Cursed Child

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


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  • Academic Alpha Bitch: At first in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. She spends most of her first scenes bragging about all the spells she's read up on in advance, and showing off in class. She undergoes Character Development and becomes friends with Harry and Ron pretty soon however even though she remains something of a know-it-all for the entire series. In Order of the Phoenix in particular, she gets pretty testy once it's time to prepare for and take the O.W.L.S. and arrogantly dismisses Fred and George's joke shop products as rubbish with no real use despite the fact, as Ron points out, they're raking in money from them. In addition, in Half-Blood Prince, she grows angry and jealous of Harry, who is outshining her by following instructions provided by the eponymous Prince in his textbook. When a problem comes up that the Prince can't help Harry with, she is extremely smug that he's not going to beat her on this one - until he takes a shortcut and does.
  • 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, and is already a full-fledged one by the third book/film.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Hermione 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 detailnote 
    • Hermione's trademark bushy hair is also left out of the movies from Prisoner of Azkaban onwards, allowing Emma Watson to wear her hair in its more natural state, sleek with a few curls towards the ends.note 
  • Adaptational Badass: While Hermione is plenty brave in the canon (though prone to crack under stress for a while), the movies portray her as more of an on-the-spot Action Girl.
    • The first and possibly biggest example of this crosses over with Ron's first Adaptational Wimp moment. Near the end of the first movie and book, Harry, Ron, and Hermione land on Devil's Snare, a plant that will slowly throttle them. In the movie, Ron starts panicking really fast and it is only due to Hermione's level head and knowledge that the three escape unthrottled. In the book however, Hermione was the one who fell to pieces. It was only with Ron getting her to calm down and focus that she realizes what they need to do to escape. Presumably this change was made due to the fact that they removed Hermione's moment of limelight in the book, a logic puzzle involving potions which probably wouldn't have played very well on screen. However, this switch in characterizations basically stuck for the rest of the series.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the books, Hermione is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold - while she means well, she tends to be somewhat insensitive (for instance, her first reaction to learning that Lavender's pet rabbit had died was to try to use the event to assert that Trelawney was a fraud, and later calls Firenze a horse). She is also rather snippy when she gets annoyed (and she is decently easy to annoy, especially when it comes to Ron). In the films, many of these moments (including the examples listed) are removed, often with the side effect of making Ron look worse.
  • 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).
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite living in a world of magic, she is critical of Divination and doesn't believe in the existence of the Grim, a large black dog said to be an omen of death.
  • 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).
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Ron. They constantly argued as children to hide their mutual attraction, but would come to one another's defense whenever the other was threatened and/or insulted.
  • Babies Ever After: Has two children (a daughter and a son) with Ron by their adulthood.
  • 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 though it became noticeable starting in Book 4. The two argue and clash constantly due to their differing views and insecurities, but they very clearly care about one another and in fact, one of the motivating factors behind their aggression toward one another is jealousy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cat Girl: Was turned into one when she accidentally put a cat hair in her polyjuice potion.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Ron — met in their pre-teen years, became 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: One of her Not So Different aspects with Ron is just how venomous she can be with her jealousy/envy when it comes to Ron and romantic relations. While Ron's is a bit more obvious, looking back with the revelation they end up together makes some of these moments much more obvious.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Isn't it ironic for the child of two dentists to have such a bad case of buck teeth at the age of eleven-going-on-twelve? Granted, she's said to have taken care of the problem herself by the Yule Ball, but still.
  • Condescending Compassion: Her treatment of House Elves is very much this. Upon learning about their place in the wizarding world, she immediately concludes they're brainwashed slaves and works to free them and grant them full human rights. The truth is their Blue and Orange Morality makes them eager to serve humans, and they're offended by such notions as "freedom" and "payment", considering their hard work being appreciated a perfect reward. They like working for kind, understanding humans better than mistreatment, but they still (with only one exception that we see) prefer mistreatment to freedom, to the point where they literally consider it a Fate Worse than Death. Hermione, believing that she knows what's best for them and that they'll like freedom "once they've got a taste of it," attempts to trick them into freeing themselves. They do not take it well. Dumbledore, by contrast, treats them kindly and respectfully and gladly agrees to pay the one House Elf who asks for it (Dobby), but does not suggest freeing the majority who don't desire it.
  • Cowardly Lion: Downplayed example. Whenever situations go sideways, Hermione tends to be the first one to panic. It's one of her major character growths that in later books she is able to do quick thinking under pressure to get everyone out alive considering in the first book she had to be reminded by Ron that she could perform magic when they were trapped by the devil's snare.
  • 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 able to come up with a very sophisticated jinx that would deform the face of anyone who 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 Full-Body-Bind Curse in her first year and the Jelly-Legs Jinx in her sixth.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not nearly as often as Harry, but she has her moments. She tends to do this when she gets angry or stressed.
    Hermione: Rack your brains, Ron, that should only take a couple of seconds!
  • 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. To elaborate: Hermione had booby-trapped the Dumbledore's Army member list so anyone who betrayed them got 'Sneak' written across their face in acne. The Disproportionate bit comes in when the next book implies Marietta still has those pimples the next year and we not told if Hermione ever lifts the jinx
    • 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.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Her time at Hogwarts would have turned out quite different if not for her troll adventure.
  • First Love: To Ron. Even though Lavender Brown was his first girlfriend, he has always carried a torch for Hermione.
  • 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 and were insulted that she was trying to trick them.
  • Future Badass: Is a wanted criminal leading The Resistance in an alternate timeline where Harry's dead and Voldemort won.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: The Cursed Child shows that while she and Ron may still get into arguments, they have a gentle, loving marriage with Ron being the romantic of the two.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Specifically, the redheaded Ron.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In The Cursed Child, in the Voldemort Victorious timeline, she and Ron delay some Dementors so Scorpius and Snape can escape.
  • 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.
  • Informed Ability: Hermione is regularly considered the Teen Genius of her era and one of the smartest minds ever in the wizarding world. The problem is, we can compare Hermione to similar Teen Genius from previous eras: the Marauders and Snape, Riddle and Dumbledore. Riddle and Dumbledore are obviously on another level, but compared to the Marauders, Hermione never truly creates anything as impressive as the Marauder's Map, leave alone a feat of magic comparable to the Animagi transformations, or Snape's potions improvements and invented spells. Additionally, Fred and George Weasley, who do rather poorly academic wise, are shown inventing products for their joke shop that require complex and never before seen magic that Hermione is surprised by. Unlike Dumbledore whose papers were published in major journals while still at Hogwarts and who seemed to win more awards than there were available, we don't see Hermione's extracurricular triumphs. Likewise, within canon, she got 10 OWLS, far less than other geniuses like Percy and Barty Crouch Jr. who got 12. Hermione is obviously smart but she's not quite a prodigy.
  • In-Series Nickname: Her unusual name attracts these from those unskilled with English, notably Viktor Krum and Grawp, and many non-UK readers who initially pronounced her name much like Krum did.
  • 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, especially in Philosopher's Stone. 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".
    • The closest thing we get to names are "Wendell and Monica Wilkins," in the final book; their memory-modified PSEUDONYMS.
  • 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. And even with Defense Against Dark Arts, it's The B Grade (she gets an "Exceeds Expectations" instead of the "Outstanding" she got with everything else), not a major failing.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Hermione may be an Insufferable Genius but she makes a lot of mature points throughout the franchise.
    • During a class with Ron, she does show him the right way to pronounce and apply the levitation spell. Snobby as she may have been, she was right.
    • While reporting Harry's broom to be confiscated without first telling Harry may have been over-stepping her boundaries, he reasoning wasn't — stating the broom could've been hexed by Sirius Black, who they thought at the time to be dangerous. Hagrid even points this out during his chewing out of both Harry and Ron for their treatment of her in Book 3.
    • During her and Ron's fight after the Yule Ball, the former makes it clear that the latter should've had the courage to ask her out before Viktor. And it's not untrue, as Ron spent the majority of the Ball seething in jealousy over Hermione being with Viktor, and his prior attempts to ask out Hermione was rude and insensitive.
    • In the final book, she gives Ron a well deserved shouting for first abandoning her and Harry during the Horcrux Hunt and then showing up again seemingly without a care in the world.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Hermione can come across as bossy and intellectually snobby, she usually means well and is compassionate towards those in need (such as Neville).
  • Junior Counterpart: She has been noted to be uncannily similar in personality and ability to Professor McGonagall, with both being intelligent, logical and book-smart. When Harry and Ron balk at the idea of using Polyjuice Potion to impersonate Crabbe and Goyle in Chamber of Secrets, Hermione gets a "steely glint in her eye not unlike the one Professor McGonagall sometimes had."
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: In Book 3, Hermione became the owner of Half-Kneazle/Half-Cat Crookshanks, who won Hermione's heart the first moment she saw him.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: An Inverted Trope, at the Yule Ball in book four. She uses Sleekeazy's Hair Potion to style her normally messy hair into an elegant bun.
  • Like Brother and Sister: How Harry sees her. He's notably amazed to find that She Cleans Up Nicely and didn't even recognize her at first. How Hermione feels about Harry is never quite made clear, such as whether she ever had a crush on him. Within the books, she does ship him with Cho and give him romantic advice and is bemused at his cluelessness about girls in a manner not different than Ginny is with Ron. Harry is only a little mildly irritated about her and Ron's inevitable Relationship Upgrade because he hoped it wouldn't lead to Breaking the Fellowship.
  • 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.
  • Little Miss Snarker: On occasion, especially when someone breaks the rules without reason.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Harry. Along with Ron, Harry leans on Hermione not only for dangerous adventures, but for emotional support. And without her (or Ron), Harry wouldn't have a will to live.

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  • The Maiden Name Debate: Hermione keeps her name after marriage, and notably their children have a hyphenated surname.
  • 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, Hermione tends to go on about herself and technical subjects while disregarding the interest of those around her. Her interactions with Ron and Harry help her outgrow this pretty quickly.
  • 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 wise old wizard, 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 to become one. 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 she takes so many classes she ends up having to resort to time travel to get to them all. The sheer amount of homework from her combined classes proves to be too much even for her, causing her no end of stress. She switches back to a normal schedule by the next book.
    ...Even so, [Harry] wasn’t showing the strain nearly as much as Hermione, whose immense workload finally seemed to be getting to her. Every night, without fail, Hermione was to be seen in a corner of the common room, several tables spread with books, Arithmancy charts, rune dictionaries, diagrams of Muggles lifting heavy objects, and file upon file of extensive notes; she barely spoke to anybody and snapped when she was interrupted.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Hermione had a crush on Gilderoy Lockhart and actually bought his publicity, despite Ron and Harry seeing him as an obvious fraud. Ron never misses a chance to remind Hermione about this.
    • 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.
    • Despite campaigning for the rights of oppressed groups like Muggle-borns and house elves, she sometimes shows signs of Fantastic Racism herself, like when she derogatorily referred to Firenze as a horse after he became Hogwarts' new Divination teacher. While she was picked on in her first years before befriending Ron and Harry, she was apparently quite rude to Luna, even using the nickname "Loony" Lovegood at her like the other girls Luna teased, with Ginny and Harry being the first to befriend her.
    • In the finale of Book 7, despite claiming that of the Deathly Hallows, she would choose the Cloak of Invisibility, Harry notes that she, and Ron, both looked at the powerful Elder Wand covetously and with reverence.
  • Not So Different: Upon closer examination, she has a surprising amount in common with Ron, personality-wise. Both of them are defined by their insecurity in relations to wanting to stand out to their peers (compared to Harry, whose insecurities is more on fitting in). This is especially the case when it comes to their mutual attraction (though with Ron, we know it is because he feels he's not good enough for her though we've yet to see Hermione's thoughts on her feelings with Ron.)
    • Furthermore, both of them are very much the jealous types and are not willing to admit to their emotions about it. Heck, they are both prone to being very petty about it (though given Too Clever by Half with Hermione, her instances could be considered worse than Ron's, whose bouts are by impulse, which Harry even lampshades in his thoughts.)
    • Fascinatingly, they are also both very empathetic yet also prone to being insensitive at the same time. While Hermione is the one who can better relate to people in emotions, Ron's the more emotive one who would get angry or happy alongside someone. At the same time, Ron is often chided for his insensitivity, sometimes by Hermione who does similar actions, but is not called on it. And often, said insensitivity cause problems with each other (Hermione gets angry at Ron's seeming insensitivity to her yet she often makes comments or does things that make Ron feel worse.) Furthermore, Hermione's insensitivity appears to also be connected to her Condescending Compassion.
  • 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.
  • One True Love: Played with. In Cursed Child it's revealed that she doesn't get married to Ron in two futures created by Scorpius and Albus' interference with time, in one case because of a small reason (the Yule Ball going differently), while, for example Harry and Ginny's relationship still happens (despite, logically, Harry's life should also look much different in details due to Ron and Hermione's different relationship). Still, in both of those futures their mutual attraction is revived at instant by Albus or Scorpius mentioning their marriage in the main timeline. And in one of those futures Ron is married to another woman. And no (shown) alternate timeline has her end up with Harry.
  • O.O.C. 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?
    • Throughout the series, of the primary trio Hermione is generally shown to be the most levelheaded, pragmatic and in control, often reigning in the brash tendencies of Harry and Ron. In Deathly Hallows it's clear that Ron abandoning them affects Hermione deeply but when he returns she well and truly flips out. She physically attacks Ron to the extent that Harry has to use a Shield Charm to restrain her and is astonished, having never seen Hermione like this and describing her as looking "demented."
  • Opposites Attract: The serious, go-getter witch fell in love with the funny, laid-back wizard (Ron). Though as noted above, they're not all that different...
  • Playing with Fire: In the first two books she conjures blue fires that can be carried around in jars on cold days, burn the Devil's Snare and boil the polyjuice potion in a toilet bowl.
  • Plucky Girl: A brave member of the Golden Trio and Magical Girl Warrior extraordinaire.
  • Pride: This is Hermione's Fatal Flaw in Prisoner of Azkaban. She signs up for every course believing she can do all the extracurriculars, and nearly goes insane from all the work she has to do. She dismisses Ron's worries about her cat going after Scabbers and only apologizes when Ron promises to help her with Buckbeak's case. Then she tells McGonagall about the Firebolt that Harry receives on Christmas without telling Harry about her worries first, which lead to Ron and Harry calling her out since Harry needs a new broom to play Quidditch and since he's Sirius Black's main target he ought to know if a nice present will try to kill him. By the end of the book Character Development sets in; she drops two of her classes to have a better schedule, admits she was wrong about the Firebolt when McGonagall can't find any jinxes on it, and tries to shoo Crookshanks away from Scabbers near the Whomping Willow.
    • It kicks back again in Half-Blood Prince. First, she's disappointed to see that she got an "Exceed Expectations" in Defense Against the Dark Arts, and later, when Harry starts outshinning her in Potions she feels threatened and is quick to call him out on his "cheating", and even when Harry offers to share the Prince's notes with her, she refuses to accept them.
  • The Professor
  • Quirky Curls: Especially in the movies.
  • Race Lift: Is played by a black actress, Noma Dumezweni, in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Of course, this is a case of Color Blind Casting (a big theatre tradition in Britain) and the role can be played by actresses of any race.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As a prefect she adheres to rules and regulations, confiscating banned items and generally having a much better handle on prefect responsibilities than Ron. She even finds a way to temper Fred and George's antics once they cross a line by testing their products on first years by threatening to write to Mrs. Weasley.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The level-headed and logical blue to Harry and Ron's red.
  • Reset Button Suicide Mission: In The Cursed Child, the she and Ron from Voldemort's Bad Future sacrifice themselves to Dementors knowing that Scorpius will undo it.
  • 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.
    • Whenever she gets an idea, she tends to run off to test her theory or put it into practice without explaining anything to Harry or Ron. Lampshaded by Ron in Order of the Phoenix.
    "I hate it when she does that. Would it kill her to tell us what she's up to for once? It'd take her about ten more seconds..."

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  • Sadistic Teacher: In the alternate timeline in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, where she and Ron never got together, she's Hogwarts' Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher and happily docks house points.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Almost always in the movies.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely:
    • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry doesn't recognize her at the Yule Ball 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, this time in floaty lilac dress robes.
  • 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: Towards Harry and 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 Naïve: 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 of the trio.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Token Religious Teammate: It's subtly hinted that Hermione has some kind of spiritual and religious beliefs. For one thing she readily accepts and understands the concept of a soul that Ron and Harry have a little difficulty in understanding. Likewise, when she and Harry glimpse the grave of Harry's parents and find the "last thing is to be destroyed" phrase, she understands and explicates the meaning to Harry who literally didn't get it at all.
  • Took a Level in Badass: At least as far as her ability to stay calm under pressure goes. In Book 1, she was the first of the trio to crack under pressure and lose her mind to panic as seen with the Devil's Snare episode. By book 5, she's started being able to come up with plans under pressure, though they don't always go as planned such as her plan to deal with Umbrage when she had them hostage. She led Umbridge into the forbidden forest, but randomly taking a path nearly took them to Aragog's lair, and even though the centaurs she was trying to get the attention of did take care of Umbridge, they turned on Harry and Hermione moments later and nearly killed them. By book 7 however, she is able to do lots of quick thinking under pressure, and gets Harry and Ron out of multiple life or death situations.
  • 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.
  • Unbuilt Trope: On account of her higher profile in the adaptations and reputation as a feminist icon by millennials it's often lost that the original Hermione is not quite as advantaged and perfect as later fans imagine her to be:
    • It's lost out that in Book 1, Hermione was rescued by Ron and Harry from the Troll while she was entirely caught off guard, and that in the finale, the Devil's Snare scene was changed significantly. In the books, it's Hermione who panics not knowing about how to solve the Devil's Snare, noting that there's no Wood to light a fire, while Ron yells out, "Are you a witch or not?". In Book 5, during the vast duel with the Death Eaters, she gets knocked out by Dolohov with a dangerous curse, and in combat acquits herself well but not significantly greater than either Harry and Ron. Her main skills are organizing and logistics (as in the DA, and the camping equipment for the Horcrux trip).
    • Likewise, Hermione does not quite do as well in school (getting 11 OWLS when the usual mark of genius is 12, which was achieved by Barty Crouch Jr. and Percy). It's acknowledged that she has a Fatal Flaw of Arbitrary Skepticism relying too much on book-learning, being skeptical about the Marauders being animagi when only seven legally registered animagus existed in the last century (Remus has to correct her that it was possible for people to become illegal unregistered animagi), writing off the Deathly Hallows as just a myth despite the evidence of the Cloak of Invisibility that Ron is the first to point out (namely it was unusually durable for a cloak to last that long, especially when it was a family heirloom that was used the same way by the Marauders), and Harry himself privately agrees with Xeno Lovegood that she is narrow minded at times.
    • Hermione in the original books was also plain looking, having large teeth, and her appearance at the Yule Ball was surprising to everyone (albeit not Ron, who had a crush on her from before) for that drastic contrast (Harry himself noting in Book 4 that she was unrecognizable at first). In the film, this distinction is lost on account of Emma Watson's casting and the overall Adaptational Attractiveness of the cast. Likewise, Hermione's generally abrasive nature, even passive-aggressive bullying to Luna (who she calls "Loony"), and her well-intentioned but initially clumsy approach to House Elf activism, and also her ruthless edge (such as blackmailing Rita Skeeter and putting the Sneak Jinx) and other flaws gets glossed over, with the likable, shrewd and vulnerable Rounded Character of the original books being Lost in Imitation in the rather more idealized adaptation.
    • Many fans have cited Hermione as a kind of activist on account of her proactive behaviour about SPEW in Book 4, the DA in Book 5, and her decision to jinx Marietta Edgecombe and erase her parents memories. In the books, her Character Development towards the wizarding world's Fantastic Caste System (at least to creatures) becomes more moderate and reformist by the end of the books. She goes from open abolitionism about House-Elves to convincing Harry to be a kind slavemaster to Kreacher in Book 7.
  • 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 Deathly Hallows 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.
  • Unwanted Assistance: In-Universe the house-elves think this of Hermione, as they are offended by her failure to understand that they find Happiness in Slavery.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: The rule-abiding, perfectionist Hermione fell for the lazy, gluttonous Ron.
  • Uptown Girl: Zig zagged. Word of God says she's from a well-to-do Oxford family, and she winds up marrying Ron, whose family is infamous for their financial struggles. To the haughty Purebloods like the Malfoys, Blacks, and Yaxleys 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 Muggle-born, 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 very 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 Harry in the OOTP was because Sirius 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.
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