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  • Harry James Potter — The titular protagonist who is thrust into the Wizarding world, facing many conflicts throughout the story.

The Trio

McGonagall: Why is it, when something happens, it is 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 in seven years more than most people do in a lifetime, 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.

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    In General 
  • 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 Defence 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.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn:
  • 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 (a movie role in a different film outside of the series may have helped). 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 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 colours: Harry is blue, Ron is red, and Hermione is pink.
  • Colour-Coded Characters: Specifically in the films, each of them had their own scheme colour when not in their Hogwarts uniform: Harry (blue), Ron (orange), and Hermione (pink).
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Harry is famous at Hogwarts and qualifies as the Cool friend to Ron and Hermione who are not particularly popular on their own.
  • 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!"
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The troll incident is what forms their friendship; others solidify it.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • Hermione is firmly the superego. Intelligent, respectful to authority, has proper 'manners'. Her 'know it all' quality can get on the other characters nerves. Likes organization and neatness, the one who most often refuses to eat if something perceived as more important is at play, is almost always the first one to advocate sticking to the rules or the established way of doing things, has academic and theoretical knowledge of the magical world gained by education and research but is ignorant of a lot of magical social conventions (i.e. house-elves, "giants are really all that bad, it's just wizard propaganda", the tales of Beedle the Bard).
    • Harry is the id when the going gets rough. He has "a saving people thing" as Hermione says in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and is the most prone to impulsive and irrational behavior when the shit hits the fan. In casual situations, he is the ego; he's not messy, not tidy, eats normally, breaks rules for a good cause but will usually play it safe, has neither intuitive nor academic knowledge and usually relies on the other two to explain things.
    • Ron is the ego when things get hairy. He acts as the 'middle' of the two when Harry wants to rush off to save somebody but Hermione wants them to take their time being as cautious as possible. In more laid-back scenarios, he's the id; he's generally messy, eats at every opportunity to do so, is almost always the first one to advocate breaking a rule, good cause or not, has intuitive and social knowledge of the magical world gained by being a native but isn't up-to-snuff on how magic works on a scientific level.
  • 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 Slytherin.
  • Interclass Friendship: Harry is implied to be somewhere between very and obscenely rich. Ron is a member of the poorest family depicted in the novels. The issues of class are played down in that Harry was raised by muggles and more or less a Spear Counterpart to Cinderella in that he lived as a poor servant to a rich step-family but then gets pushed forth into celebrity-superhero-dom. The class issues don't become part of their dynamic until Book 4, where Harry casually admits that he forgot about missing Leprechaun gold. Ron mutters that if he got a sum of that much gold he would certainly notice it missing.
  • Kid Hero: Until they become full grown adults in the seventh book. Deconstructed since they are forced to deal with things that greatly interfere with their social lives and suffer trauma aplenty, especially Harry.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Rowling confirmed around the time of the fourth book that Harry views Ron and Hermione as his adopted brother and sister, something Harry reiterates occasionally. It causes some tension with Ron due to his own romantic feelings in Hermione in Deathly Hallows until Harry and Ron have a very intense argument about it.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: Downplayed, as all three are kind and heroic individuals, but Harry, being a compassionate, warmhearted All-Loving Hero, is hands-down the nicest one of the group, though he is still able to stand up to meaner characters whenever he doesn't want to put up with their crap. Ron is prone to easily losing his temper and can get jealous, especially if anyone other than him does anything romantic with Hermione, though he does become more and more sensitive as the series goes on. Hermione, while having moments of being bossy and somewhat vain about how smart she is, is still a pretty level-headed and well-meaning person and does know when to be kind and who to be kind to if ever they need it.
  • 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.
  • 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 Rowling, the three different wand cores offered at Ollivanders: Harry has phoenix feather, Ron has a unicorn tail hair, and Hermione has a dragon heartstring.
    • Harry, Hermione, and Ron represent wealth, the middle class, and poverty, respectively.
    • Also with the three others Hogwarts houses except Gryffindor (as lampshaded for Harry and Hermione in the books at least): Harry is cunnning and has similarities with Voldemort and would have fit into Slytherin, Hermione is book-smart and as studious as a Ravenclaw and Ron is as loyal and light-hearted as a Hufflepuff.
    • In the books, when Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley discuss the Hallows at Xenophilius Lovegood's house, they each choose a different Hallow that they'd rather have: Harry chooses the Resurrection Stone, Hermione chooses the Cloak of Invisibility, and Ron chooses the Elder Wand. This matches with their respective personality. Hermione is wise and prudent, Harry is regretful and pained by deaths in his past, and Ron is ambitious and power-hungry.
  • 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 Dropout: All three are forced to leave Hogwarts in what would have been their seventh year in order to hunt down the horcruxes and avoid getting killed by the new Death Eater regime. That said, Harry and Ron downplay this since weren't the best students to begin with and their lives turn out okay in the end (they both become Aurors). Hermione is an outright subversion since she does return to Hogwarts and graduates offscreen after Voldemort's defeat.
  • 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: Harry and Ron are both boys while Hermione is a girl.
  • 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, when something happens, it is always you three?
      Ron: Believe me, professor, I've been asking myself the 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.
    • At the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
      Ron: Do you think we'll ever just have a quiet year at Hogwarts?
      Hermione: No.
  • 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.

    Ron Weasley 

Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley
"We're with you whatever happens."

Portrayed by: Rupert Grint (films), Jamie Waylett (Vincent Crabbe disguise in Chamber of Secrets), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter disguise in Deathly Hallows: Part I), Steffan Rhodri (Reginald Cattermole disguise in Deathly Hallows: Part I), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast

Video game voices: Gregg Chilingirian (Philosopher's Stone (2001) to Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter for Kinect (2012))

Voiced in French by: Oliver Martret
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Díaz (Philosopher's Stone-Chamber of Secrets), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Prisoner of Azkaban-Deathly Hallows)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Ian Lleonart (Philosopher's Stone), Bruno Ramos (Chamber of Secrets), David Carrillo (Prisoner of Azkaban-Deathly Hallows)
Voiced in Polish by: Marcin Łabno
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Charles Emmanuel de Barros Marcondes

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

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

The Best Friend of Harry Potter.

The King.

The id of the series' resident 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.

For the rest of his family, see The Weasley Family.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Fleur. It's more pronounced in Goblet of Fire than in future books, as Fleur ends up marrying Ron's older brother and Ron starts pining for Hermione, but Ron certainly fancies her early on and then is unfortunate enough to be around her when she was apparently attempting to charm Cedric with her Veela abilities. To hear Ron tell it, she looked at him like he was a sea slug, leading him to bolt (though she does favour him with a peck on each cheek for helping save Gabrielle from the merfolk later on). Later, after becoming engaged to Bill, Ron still seems to nurse a crush all the same, with Fleur being far more patient but still a little annoyed by his antics.
  • Academic Athlete: Like with Harry, it is Played Straight, but subtle. Unlike Hermione, who always goes above and beyond what is expected of them, Ron has other interests outside of the world of academia and only does well enough to pass. Despite this, he never failed a subject during their time at Hogwarts. He was also one of the twelve sixth-year students eligible enough to enter the Potions N.E.W.T.S class, which, considering he was graded by Sadist Teacher Severus Snape and still managed the second-highest grade, isn't exactly a small feat.
  • The Ace: He is a muted example compared to his two best friends, but Ron is a wizard without weaknesses once he works around his self-esteem issues. He manages to earn a large number of O.W.L.S and is able to win the Quidditch Cup two times. He also becomes a successful enterprise owner alongside his brother, survives the Second Wizard war, and ends up serving in the Aurors with Harry.
  • 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 wins the Gryffindor team two Quidditch Cups, which is one more than Harry.
  • Adaptational Badass: Downplayed example, but in Order of the Phoenix, he was made the prefect and when Seamus and Harry got into an argument, Ron supported Harry and threatened Seamus with a detention if he tried to insult Ron or Harry. The film adaptation doesn't show whether Ron is made a prefect or not and he defends Harry from Seamus (and everyone else in the movie) by simply metaphorically flexing his muscles and making everyone back down.
  • 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 Dumbass: A lot of Ron's insightful moments are either given to Hermione or absent in the films.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed. He's still a loyal friend in the movie adaptations, but he has less sympathetic moments than in the books.
    • The scene where he defended Hermione after Snape referred to her as an "insufferable know-it-all" was replaced with Movie!Ron agreeing with the professor. Also, many of the moments that gave sympathetic reasons behind Ron's actions (i.e., initially not believing Harry didn't put his name in the Triwizard Cup, the reason behind starting a relationship with Lavender, etc.) are not mentioned in the movies at all. The movie keeps this in while leaving out many of Hermione's rougher edges and moments.
    • In the fourth movie, Ron in the movie is more openly hostile to Harry regarding his putting the name in the goblet despite Harry's denials. In the book, Ron attempts to feign congratulations with more sarcastic barbs that Harry quickly picks up on.
    • The movies also convey the sense that Hermione is a better friend to Harry than Ron. This is because the movies leave out many parts in the book where Harry rows and argues with her (which is a lot more often in the books) or that Harry truly gets depressed in the two moments where he and Ron have a falling-out (Book 4 and Book 7).
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed. While Movie!Ron does get more jerk moments than Book!Ron, one instance of him being more kinder in the movie adaptations is his relationship with Lavender. In the books, Ron mostly began a relationship with her out of spite when he learned Hermione had kissed Viktor in their fourth year. But in the movies, it's shown that Ron did harbour more of an attraction to Lavender with no petty ulterior motives.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • The books showed that Ron was quite competent, shrewd, and insightful in other moments and a genuinely true friend to Harry. The movies make him more comedic, and give his more impressive moments to either Harry or Hermione.
    • The first particularly notable example of this would cross over with Hermione's Adaptational Badass status. In the first movie, when they land on the Devil's Snare, Ron freaks out and it is only due to Hermione's cool head and knowledge that they escape unscathed. However, in the book, Hermione is the one who panics and Ron has to get her to focus to remember the Devil's Snare's weakness. Presumably this change was made due to the fact that Hermione's moment to shine in the book, a logic puzzle involving potions, wouldn't translate very well to the screen. However, the characterization change stuck with both of them for the rest of the series.
    • 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 go through us first" while standing up on a broken leg between Harry and Sirius. He 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.
    • In the books, Ron is always the one to go ballistic whenever Draco calls Hermione a racial slur or makes fun of her looks. He also served as Mr. Exposition for the Fantastic Racism present in the Wizarding World, seeing as both Harry and Hermione grew up with Muggles, but in Chamber of Secrets, this moment is given to Hermione.
    • Even some of his great moments that were left in have the stain of this in them. For example; in the first film when he defeats the troll, there is a quick cut to Hermione coaching him through the wand movement. Meanwhile the book had her too scared to do much of anything in that scene.
  • 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; he isn't as popular or financially successful as Fred and George; he wasn't the daughter his mother wanted; and that Hermione was in love with Harry instead of himself. Lucky for everyone involved, Ron works through this mindset in all these cases, ultimately convinced that he just has to be the best boy/man he can be without comparing himself to anyone else.
  • Amazon Chaser: He certainly appreciates Hermione's strength and cleverness. He practically beamed with pride when she slapped Draco in the third book. 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.s 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 didn't get a perfect score (she earned nine Outstandings and one Exceeds Expectations, which is as close as one can come without being perfect).
  • Animal Motifs: He has a Jack Russell Terrier for a Patronus.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Fred and George often treat him this way, although they do care about him in spite of it.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Subverted. His favorite Quidditch player is Viktor Krum and said star comes to Hogwarts during Ron's fourth year, which excites the latter — until he found out Krum was romantically interested in Hermione.
  • 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", while he himself is seen as "another Weasley".
  • 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 and moreover, that's why Harry values him so much. With Ron, Harry can enjoy a genuinely close and wonderful friendship whom he can have fun and discuss sports and girls with, a normal thing that Harry never had as a kid.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: His skill at Wizard Chess becomes his perhaps biggest 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.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: In Deathly Hallows, he manages to successfully get himself and Hermione into the Chamber of Secrets without Harry's help by mimicking the sounds he'd heard Harry make when speaking Parseltongue. In a mundane context, imagine speaking a foreign language you don't understand well enough to fool a native speaker into believing you're fluent.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Hermione. They constantly argued as children to hide their mutual attraction, but would come to one another's defence whenever the other was threatened and/or insulted.
  • Babies Ever After: Has two children (a daughter and a son) with Hermione by their adulthood.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Ron is a huge fanboy of Quidditch star, Viktor Krum, and wanted to know him more during the Triwizard Tournament. He did... but only because Hermione had gotten romantically involved with Krum, much to his dismay.
    • His relationship with Lavender. He wanted a romantic relationship; he got one. However, it was with the wrong person, and he realizes who he really wants to be snogging.
    • Ron, long envious of Harry's fame, gets a taste of popularity in book 6 and soon realizes it's not as fun as he thought.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Hermione. They are often shown bickering and as they grow older, their fights become more intense, especially when the opposite sex is involved, all to mask the romantic feelings they have for one another (and not acting on it because of their mutual insecurities).
  • 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 dares insult the people he loves.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Seems to be this at times towards Ginny, despite not being incredibly close to her; this is most notably shown in the final book when he thinks Harry is leading his sister on.
  • Big Eater: Definitely in the later films.
    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 a rather noticeable pot belly by the epilogue.
    • It causes some problems in Deathly Hallows, when the trio is travelling 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.
    • Cursed Child has Albus say that Ron "hides it well", but he's "getting a bit of a gut".
  • Blue Blood: As a Weasley, he is part of the Sacred Twenty-Eight wizarding families, though the Weasleys are not treated with the same respect as the others.
  • Book Dumb: Averted Trope. While he's not nearly as academic as Hermione, who slaves away in the library, Ron still studies reasonably hard, and always passes his exams with good marks, managing to enter the highly exclusive Potions N.E.W.T.s class among several others. Simply put, he doesn't exactly hate school; it's just that he's a regular teenage boy who thinks there are more important things to do than writing essays.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Ron is intelligent with a talent for strategy and thinking outside the box, but probably because he believes he can't live up to his older brothers' reputations, he doesn't apply himself as much as he could, and often relies on Hermione for help with their homework. When he does apply himself, he manages seven OWLS.
  • Bromantic Foil: To Harry. Harry had to find a date for Ron to go with at the Yule Ball.
  • 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 as being extremely insensitive. Hermione tends to call him out on this, which is ironic considering how often she is guilty of doing the same.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He receives this in Goblet of Fire when he notes that Harry never realized that Leprechaun Gold disappears after a certain amount of time, since he's well provided for to the extent of not needing money. He also notes that for him, money would at least mean not wearing second-hand robes in front of everyone.
    Ron: I hate being poor!
  • Butt-Monkey: Not nearly as severe a case as Neville, but Ron is often the butt of his older brothers' jokes, suffers the wrath of his mother, and Harry is the only one who usually gets credit for their adventures.
  • The Cassandra: To the point that even he doesn't believe his predictions — at least in part because he doesn't believe in Divination in the first place. His most accurate predictions invariably come in the form of something he pulled out of his ass to get an assignment done, and nobody ever notices how often he is right. For example, in Chamber of Secrets, Harry ponders how Myrtle died. Jokingly, Ron says the person who did it probably earned themselves a special award for services to the school, what with Myrtle being so annoying. A few chapters later, while the pair polish the trophies in the trophy room as part of their detention, whose trophy do they see? Tom Riddle's.
  • Catchphrase: Only in the movies, but "Bloody hell!" On the other hand, the books contain a lot of instances of "Ron swore loudly," so maybe he was saying "bloody hell" each of those times.
  • Character Tics: Whenever Ron feels insecure or embarrassed, it is noted that his ears turn red. This quickly became his tell-tale sign for being angry or flustered.
  • 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.
  • Chess Motifs: Ron plays chess, and this is a major plot point in the climax of the first book.
  • The Chew Toy: If there's a Homemade Sweater from Hell or Magic Misfire to be endured, Ron is the most likely candidate. It becomes deconstructed in later books when Ron grows increasingly resentful about his experiences and stops being funny altogether when one realizes how hurt he actually is by this.
  • Chick Magnet: He becomes this after winning at Quidditch, but tones it back to win Hermione's heart. Funnily enough, he never had to, considering how early Hermione's own attraction to him began.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Hermione. The pair met in their pre-teen years, became High School Sweet Hearts, and married afterwards.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: He's immature, temperamental, and attention-seeking, but he is also one of the most reliable, loyal, and helpful people you could hope to meet, and often strives to be better. A lot of Character Development in the last book helps him get over it.
  • Class Representative: He's a prefect in the fifth and sixth books. He doesn't take his duties as seriously as Hermione, however.
  • Conflict Ball: His fight with Harry in Goblet of Fire? His jealous behaviour 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. 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 Uncle: Plays this role to Harry and Ginny's kids, entertaining them with practical jokes from Weasley's Wizard Wheezes.
  • Cowardly Lion: He is turned into one in the movies, but in the books, he is a strong aversion. Ron makes what he believes to be a Heroic Sacrifice at the age of twelve. The only things that scare him are spiders and the danger his family and friends are under.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: His insecurity allows him to become easily jealous in regards to Hermione's possible interest in another guy, evident in the way he questions Hermione when she dates Krum, worries that she might be attracted to Harry — for the record: she isn't — and tries to make her jealous in return by dating her dorm-mate Lavender Brown. He grows out of it towards the end of the seventh book.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: 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: Book Seven has him face down the third Horcrux that was psychologically assaulting him the past several weeks (and was the reason for his argument with his friends).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Frequently. Most of his lines in the books are snarky one-liners about their experiences. Sadly, in the films, his wittier lines are relegated to either Hermione or Harry, or removed altogether.
  • Determinator: Not effortlessly, but Ron exhibits extreme bravery and unstoppableness, especially in the second book, where despite being terrified of spiders, he still follows an entire bunch of them into the Forbidden Forest to get a lead on the mystery of the Chamber; and the third, where he stands on a broken leg between Harry and Sirius, while still thinking that the latter was a known murderer, and then leaps on him to restrain him.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He actually tells Voldemort that Harry beat him. To Voldemort's face, no less.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He dislikes corned beef sandwiches. In the book, he seems to dislike cappuccinos, too, though it is probably because it was the first time he ever tasted it.
  • Due to the Dead: He, along with Dean and Harry, give Dobby clothes to be buried in. His, however, has the most significance, as he gives Dobby his shoes and socks, which not only has religious/spiritual significance, but would also be meaningful to Dobby personally. Dobby was freed with one of Harry's socks, and Ron had previously given Dobby a pair of socks as a gift.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Despite being portrayed as the Plucky Comic Relief who's neither as brave as Harry nor smart as Hermione, he still makes a few accurate observations (sometimes by accident when he's being sarcastic).
    • He once jokes that Hermione's boggart would be a test where she only gets 9/10. He's not far off; it's actually Professor McGonagall telling her that she's failed every class.
    • After hearing The Tale of the Three Brothers, he puts forth the In-Universe Alternate Aesop Interpretation that if one has the most powerful wand that ever existed, one shouldn't draw attention to it by incessantly bragging and challenging everyone to take it. He's proven right when it turns out that Dumbledore wielded the Elder Wand in plain sight for fifty years and nobody caught on because he never drew attention to it.
  • The Everyman: An odd example — while Harry is the viewpoint character for discovering the magical world, he hardly qualifies as ordinary, whereas Ron is ordinary for the magical world (aside from coming from a notable, if poor family) and would be unremarkable if he wasn't Harry's best friend... at least, at first.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • He has no problem insulting Hermione every chance he gets, but he absolutely loathes anyone who calls Hermione a "Mudblood", even going so far as to curse Malfoy when he called her one.
    • When Snape calls Hermione an "insufferable know-it-all", he doesn't hesitate to defend her, despite the fact that he calls her that at least twice a week. Notably, however, with Ron it's always affectionate.
  • Fanboy: Ron's favorite Quidditch team are the Chudley Cannons, his bedroom being covered in posters of them.
  • Fan of Underdog: He loves the Chudley Cannons, even though they're terrible Quidditch players who haven't won the League Cup since 1892. In 1972, their motto was changed from "We Shall Conquer" to "Let's all just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best."
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Jealousy. Ron has insecurity issues due to having more talented older brothers to start with, but hanging around The Chosen One and a Teen Genius all the time really doesn't help his attitude. This leads to Ron engaging in a number of petty squabbles, especially in the fourth book. This insecurity nearly cost him his friendships with Harry and Hermione, and a possible romantic relationship with the latter. However, through some Character Development, Ron resists the urge to become The Resenter, remaining a good guy.
    • One that specifically relates to Quidditch is his Nervous Wreck tendencies. If he makes even one tiny mistake during a match, he's more likely to lose his nerve and make several more in rapid succession.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has the famous Weasley red hair and is quite Hot-Blooded. Then puberty is added to the mix.
  • First Friend: In terms of kids his age, Ron is this to Harry. Ron would remain Harry's Best Friend and one of his most supporting companions until adulthood.
  • First Love: To Hermione. Even though she briefly dated Krum, she has always had romantic feelings for Ron.
  • Foil:
    • To Harry Potter. Harry never knew his parents, had no siblings and grew up in a well-off but unloving household, whereas Ron grew up in a poor but loving family with no fewer than six siblings. In the Mirror of Erised in their first year, Harry sees himself as part of a large family, while Ron sees himself standing alone free from being overshadowed by his older brothers.
    • To Draco Malfoy. Both of them come from Pureblood families, but Draco is an only child and wealthy, while Ron is none of those things.
    • He's a poor boy with a long-lasting crush on his Muggleborn friend (who is a widely acclaimed teen prodigy), while feeling vastly inferior to her (as well as a boy from the Potter family, with whom he is also jealous over the girl). His inferiority complex leads him to hurting said girl. Unlike Severus Snape, who never made an effort to improve his personality or fix things with Lily, Ron conquered his issues and got together with Hermione.
  • Formerly Fit: Downplayed. In the movies and in Cursed Child, Ron puts on weight later in life, though his nephew Albus believes he's hiding it well.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric — Friendly, sarcastic, adventurous, brash and stubborn.
  • 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 friends outshine him in one way or another. It got so bad that he thought of himself as The Un-Favourite of his family, believing they preferred Harry for a son instead. One main reason Ron never was open about his feelings for Hermione was because he thought "a girl as amazing as her wouldn't choose an average guy like me".
  • Genre Blind: 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.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Gender-flipped. By Prince, Ron's technically a jock, and Hermione's still a geek.
  • Go Through Me: In the Prisoner of Azkaban book, he says this to Sirius. The movies gave this moment to Hermione as a mark of Flanderization. To add insult to injury, he spends the entire scene moaning about his leg instead of contributing anything to the situation at hand.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Ron finally discovered his feelings for Hermione when Viktor Krum took an interest in her.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Ron's Fatal Flaw is his tendency to get exceptionally jealous, especially of his friends. It causes no end of trouble in Goblet of Fire, getting into shouting matches with Harry and Hermione that make things harder than they have to be. Ron does grow out of it, but until he does, he gets called out on it more than once.
  • Handwriting as Characterization: Ron's handwriting is always described as an "untidy scrawl", fitting his sometimes sloppy personality.
  • Happily Married: The Cursed Child shows that while he and Hermione may still get into arguments, they have a gentle, loving marriage with Ron being the romantic of the two.
  • The Heart: His role in the main trio. Notably, Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows have stretches where he falls out with the other two, and it's noted that they have a harder time interacting without Ron as a stabilizer.
  • Henpecked Husband: A bit by Hermione, but very much so in the alternate timeline where he marries Padma.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: His Patronus is a Jack Russell Terrier.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In The Cursed Child, in the Voldemort Victorious timeline, he and Hermione delay some Dementors so Scorpius and Snape can escape.
  • 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 once 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 what he did already anyways. It's a textbook case of "impostor syndrome," where he chalks up the things he accomplishes to luck or someone else's skill instead of his own. Reading between the lines, he's far from stupid, has a certain amount of intuition his two friends often lack, and he's a world-class chess player. He just gets Overshadowed by Awesome so often that even Ron himself has trouble recognizing his skill.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Harry. The pair have been best friends (with Hermione) since their first year and are more like brothers. And 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. Indeed, in the Second Task of Goblet of Fire, the judges selected Ron as "the person he would miss the most" and neither of the trio doubt that perception.
  • Hidden Depths: Ron's definitely not just the lazy idiot some of the Fan Dumb would have you believe.
    • Beneath his temperamental and moody nature, Ron is good with tactical thinking and showed a talent for thinking outside of the box. For example, he figured out the first task before Harry did, 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.
    • It's easy to overlook because his hex backfired but in his second year, it's hinted that Ron tried to use a nonverbal spell (which students don't really study until sixth year) against Malfoy, because "EAT SLUGS!" is presumably not the incantation for the spell he was using (that's for the film version - in the book, it was "You'll pay for that one, Malfoy!", which is definitely not the incantation). Had his wand not been broken, Draco would have been the one throwing up slugs for an hour.
    • He also fought with some particularly nasty Death Eaters in the Department of Mysteries, won his first Quidditch match for Gryffindor without the aid of Felix Felicis, destroyed Slytherin's Locket in the Forest of Dean, and got himself and Hermione into the Chamber of Secrets by somehow manually teaching himself Parseltongue. Seriously, he's probably the most gifted out of all of his siblings, which is saying something! Then again, his mother did single-handedly kill Bellatrix Lestrange so it's easy to see who he gets it from.
  • High-School Sweethearts: 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. Could he really be anything but this?
  • House Husband: After the Second Wizarding War, he spends a lot of time at home raising the kids while Hermione works at the Ministry.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Ron can be blunt and even rude towards his loved ones, but he'll be damned if he'll let anyone else insult or hurt them, showing trademark Gryffindor loyalty.
    • He and Hermione argue all the time, but he's reliably the first to jump to her defense whenever 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 at least twice a week.
    • Despite complaining about Scabbers the rat being boring and useless, he tries to keep him safe from Crookshanks, gets mad at Hermione for not keeping the cat away from Scabbers, and is both devastated and furious when Scabbers appears to have been eaten.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Sometimes, though he doesn’t seem to envy Harry his life, thus contrasting with Harry’s I Just Want to Be Normal mindset.
  • 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.
    Ron: That makes me sound a lot cooler than I was.
    Harry: Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was. I've been trying to tell you that for years.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: G-rated example with a glass of butterbeer in Order of the Phoenix after a disastrous Quidditch match that ends with the Slytherins mocking him with a chorus of "Weasley Is Our King", making his already low self-confidence drop like a Bludger.
  • Inept Mage: For the first couple books (and films). Because his wand is second-hand (it belonged to his brother Charlie), Ron can't utilize his magic properly. This is taken further in the second book when his wand is broken early in the year and gives him all sorts of trouble (ie: instead of making Malfoy vomit up slugs, the wand backfires and Ron spends most of the rest of the day vomiting slugs). The broken wand actually saves him and Harry near the end of Chamber of Secrets when Lockhart tries to wipe their memories and it backfires again, wiping Lockhart's memory. When Ron gets a wand that actually chose him in the third book (because the broken wand exploded), he becomes more competent. Right now, Ron (holding his broken wand) provides the trope image.
  • Innocent Bigot: Blood traitors his family may be, but he's still a pureblood wizard with a wizard's prejudices, and he occasionally expresses a low opinion of house-elves, giants, werewolves, and other magical creatures, which Muggle-raised Harry and Hermione are more open-minded about. In particular, he's completely incapable of having a conversation with a ghost without offending the departed spirit so badly that they walk out on him.
  • 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 thought that she liked Harry and that they would be a better fit than him and her.
  • In-Series Nickname: His full name is "Ronald", but he goes by "Ron".
  • Jerkass Ball: Gets one in Book 7 (which, to be fair, was largely thanks to extended psychological assault by the Horcrux), causing him to be unbearable and angry, to the point that he leaves Harry and Hermione—and by extension, their quest to find the Horcruxes—for a little while.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Ron can be blunt and even a little rude when expressing an opinion, but more often than not he'll be right. Some examples:
    • He tells Harry and Hermione to refuse Hagrid's request to secretly teach Grawp English in case Hagrid gets sacked, pointing out that they've got their OWLS coming up and need to study, and that the trio is already on thin ice with Umbridge, who is looking for any reason to expel them.
    • While he only dated Lavender out of spite to Hermione after he learned that she kissed Viktor back in their fourth year, he does make one good point in his rant to Harry that he and Hermione weren't officially a couple and that he has the right to date anyone he pleases.
    • Ron said some very nasty things to Harry while wearing the Horcrux, but made one point in it all — that Dumbledore gave Harry no clue on where to find the other Horcruxes or any guidance whatsoever, resulting in the trio essentially just aimlessly running around the country hoping to get lucky instead of making meaningful progress to complete the job.
    • He's not interested in joining Hermione's crusade for house-elf rights because he believes they're happy working for wizards, but he is right that trying to free them en masse is not a working solution. House-elves have different values than wizards; namely, they perceive being freed as the lowest of dishonors. Plus, he's right that Hermione trying to trick them into freedom by hiding articles of clothing under rubbish is both underhanded and condescending. The house-elves catch on pretty quickly to her plan and they refuse to clean Gryffindor Tower because they're so insulted by her actions.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While not by any stretch the biggest jerk in the series, his moments of jealousy/anger, immaturity, and just plain insensitivity have nearly cost him his friendships with both Harry and Hermione. But in all of those times, he came back for his friends and family, and learned from his mistakes, too.
  • The Lancer: Ron (in the 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, the cutting-spear) was the name of the mythical King Arthur's spear.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Harry. Along with Hermione, Harry leans on Ron not only for dangerous adventures, but for emotional support. And without him (or Hermione), Harry wouldn't have a will to live. For example, in the seventh book, when they are assaulted by Dementors upon stepping into Hogsmeade, Harry actually manages to fend them off by simply thinking about Ron and Hermione.
  • The Load: He runs into this in the movies which upsets the careful Balance of Power the Trio have in the books. He's a decent enough wizard, but his friends are the smartest witch in their school and the greatest celebrity in the wizarding world. 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.
  • Lovable Jock: Ron became a Quidditch Keeper in book 5 (but not in the movies until 6) and is a decent, if occasionally insensitive, guy.
  • 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 about.
  • Manchild: Deconstructed... sorta. Despite Ron's insecurities of being The Un-Favourite in the family, he still enjoyed being close to them and never dealt with some of the harsher things. This is seen when the Trio are on the lam and he becomes more surly due to the poor conditions (though perhaps that coming from a Wizarding background, they are able to use magic for comforts, best seen with the tents in Book 4.) Well, that and the mental torture of the Horcrux of Slytherin's Locket makes him very unapproachable towards his friends. Then, Reconstruction when he destroys the Horcrux, it can be argued that it is a physical representation of him maturing into a true adult.
    • This is something of an Enforced Trope. Rowling intended to kill Arthur in Order of the Phoenix, but she decided not to because that would force Ron to mature earlier than she had planned.
  • 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 Un-Favourite.
    • 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: Has 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. The situation is then reversed in the seventh book when the Trio goes into hiding in the Muggle world.
  • 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 he's fine with it. In fact, at the end of Order of the Phoenix, upon 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. Seems to be played straight with Dean, however, until Ginny shuts down Ron's Big Brother Instinct.
    • The only time he gets mad about Harry and Ginny's relationship is when he thinks Harry is playing with her feelings. To be fair, Harry had just broken up with her a few months prior, but was then caught snogging her.
  • "Near and Dear" Baby Naming: Ron's middle name comes from his uncle Bilius.
  • Nervous Wreck: When playing Quidditch as the Gryffindor Keeper. He doesn't have a lot of confidence in his own abilities, and if he makes a single mistake, he's likely to make several more shortly after.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his temper and lack of tact, Ron is a kind, friendly, funny, humble, brave, loyal and (physically) gentle person, whom anyone would love to have as a friend.
  • Noble Bigot: Having grown up exclusively in the wizarding world, Ron harbours some of the wider wizarding population's prejudices and points of view (i.e., being afraid of werewolves, shocked at Hagrid's half-giant heritage, resenting goblins for their role in the historical rebellions, and thinking that elves are fine with serving wizards/witches - though in this particular case, he's not exactly wrong), but isn't nearly as bad as the likes of Draco Malfoy, and grows out of it by the end of the series.
  • Non-Action Guy: Of all the characters in the Harry Potter series, he always seems to be the one so out of his league it's not even funny, especially in the movies. He also bleeds over into Action Survivor: doesn't exactly seek out danger and thrills, but is pretty good at reacting to the stuff his friends drag him into.
  • Not with Them for the Money: Platonic example. Ron is friends with Harry, not his wealth, and is noticeably irritated by the thought of charity.
  • Odd Name Out: Ron is the only Weasley family member who isn't named after an Arthurian hero and/or British royalty. He is also the only member of the trio whose first name doesn't start with the latter "H".
  • 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 falls 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 mastered 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 favour of Harry when introducing themselves or interacting with them. Examples include everyone from Draco Malfoy to Ernie McMillian to Cornelius Fudge.
  • Performance Anxiety: Ron suffers from this when playing Keeper - he can't defend well when he knows that people are watching. He gets better, resulting in Gryffindor winning the Quidditch Cup in Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince.
  • Perpetual Poverty: In contrast to Harry's wealth, Ron's family has little money for school supplies and other luxuries that wizards can generally afford.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Although 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!".
    • 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 faced-bastard" during the Battle of Hogwarts after saving him from a Death Eater, and rescuing him for a second time, from death.
  • Preemptive "Shut Up": He occasionally tells Hermione to "drop it" when he anticipates Hermione being in the process of arguing to Harry about something.
  • Red Hair and Freckles: This is how Harry describes him when they first meet on the platform.
  • Redheads Are Uncool: Rowling introduces him as "tall, thin and gangly, 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 and is one of the most loyal characters in the series. Ron also makes prefect and the Quiddich team.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The rash and temperamental red to Harry and Hermione's blue.
  • Relationship Upgrade: He and Hermione become Fire-Forged Friends in the first book. By the time of the third book, the beginnings of their long and complicated Belligerent Sexual Tension is born. By the seventh book, they share a Big Damn Kiss that seals them as an Official Couple. Nineteen years later, they are Happily Married with a daughter and a son.
  • Relative Button: Don't even think about badmouthing Hermione in front of him, especially if it involves calling her a "mudblood".
    • Draco calls Hermione a "filthy little mudblood" after she makes a snide remark about the Slytherin Quidditch team's Nimbus 2001s. A pissed off Ron tries to cast a slug-vomiting Charm on Draco, only for it to backfire and affect Ron instead as he had used a broken wand.
    • When Draco hopes that Hermione would be the next Muggleborn to die the next time the Chamber of Secrets is opened, a Crabbe-disguised Ron almost attacks him physically, only to be restrained by a Goyle-disguised Harry.
  • The Resenter: Although Harry's best friend, 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 (after enduring psychological attacks from the Horcrux). 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.
  • Reset-Button Suicide Mission: In The Cursed Child, the Ron and Hermione from Voldemort's Bad Future sacrifice themselves to Dementors, knowing that Scorpius will undo it.
  • Retired Badass: Ends up working for the Aurors alongside Harry after the Second Wizarding War. 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, but he did comment that the Horcrux hunt had "taken its toll" on him.
  • Scars Are Forever: He still has the scars he got from the brains in Book 5.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • After finding out that Ginny broke up with Michael Corner, Ron tells her to choose someone better next time, while giving an "oddly furtive look" at Harry. This implies Ron wants Harry and Ginny to date, 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.
    • Downplayed with Bill and Fleur, as Ron mostly shipped them because Fleur mesmerized him.
  • Sidekick Glass Ceiling: His overall feelings about his lot in life and what also happens in the narrative, and which gets worse in the movies. Basically no matter what Ron does, no matter the occasion he gets to work hard and do something for himself, he Can't Catch Up:
    • He's born into a poor (by Wizard standards) family, but his elder siblings are overachievers, popular, and extremely successful at what they do; and his younger sister, in addition to being The Baby of the Bunch, is also the "daughter their mother has always wanted," which leads him to having a monumental chip on his shoulder. He then becomes friends with the most famous Wizard in the world who gets a lot of attention, despite being more or less the same as him in skills and intelligence, and then becomes friends with Hermione. Ron likewise had to start the first two years of his schooling using a hand-me-down wand, and had to go through his second year with a broken one, which probably didn't do a lot to aid his confidence or his schooling, but he still manages to keep up with Harry who had neither disadvantage.
    • Ron works hard and practices in secret to enter the Quidditch team using a second hand broom (unlike Harry who was given the works to enter the Quidditch team in Year 1note ) and starts his fifth year as a Keeper who is seen as The Load and a victim of school-bullying from the Slytherins. However, when he succeeds and becomes a big game player and wins the Quidditch Finale for the team, he is crestfallen that Harry and Hermione were not there to see one of his greatest triumphs, with the issue of Grawp and Voldemort's rise overshadowing what would have been one of the happiest moments of his life. Likewise, despite proving to be a big game player, he is forced to try out again in Sixth Year and battle for what was supposed to be a fixed position to a Jerk Jock like Cormac, still be seen and suspected as The Load, and the fact that he was on the Quidditch Cup Winning team two years in a row (where on both occasions Harry gets suspended) gets overshadowed by the narrative, and among his friends. All the while these issues really don't go addressed until being stuck in a pretty tense situation on the lam while dealing with psychological assaults finally have him lash out.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Ron curses far more than Harry and Hermione, although his profanity is often left to the reader's imagination.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: From their first meeting, Ron and Hermione have bickered with each other about everything, from the relationship of their pets to the pronunciation of spells, yet the two gradually fall in love and end up getting married with two kids.
  • Spoonerism: When talking about a Muggle telephone, he initially refers to it as a "fellytone."
  • Strong and Skilled: Like Harry, he matures into this. While never reaching his best friend's level, Ron is more than a match for anyone on the Death Eater camp.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Ron has had to deal with this throughout his life. His three eldest brothers are all high achievers, and the next two are Brilliant, but Lazy. At one point he laments that whatever he achieves at Hogwarts (Head Boy, Quidditch hero), his older brothers did it first.
  • Tempting Fate: Played for Laughs when he expresses excitement about boarding the Knight Bus for the first time, claiming that he always wanted to ride it. After being thrown onto the floor for the sixth time due to the driver's erratic driving performances:
    Ron: I've changed my mind. I never want to ride on this thing again.
  • 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 Favourite Food: Ron has a great fondness for bacon sandwiches.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Ron inherited Dumbledore's Deluminator in Book 7. It comes in handy.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Dumbledore's rationale for making Ron a Gryffindor Prefect in their fifth year over Harry. Part of it was because he thought Harry already had too much on his plate, and partly because he thought Ron could use the win.
  • Unbuilt Trope: On account of the movies, and later online fandom, many fans who come to the books will occasionally find that "Ron being useless" is not entirely supported by the books.
    • He played a big part in the climax of Book 1 (his chess victory) and Book 2. While he did fall in the climax of Book 5, he was at least conscious while Hermione was knocked out by Dolohov and he played a major part in destroying two of the Horcruxes. He also successfully resisted Riddle's Mind Rape and overcame him in Book 7, a feat at which Ginny and even Harry failed at, the former because she was eleven and overpowered, while the latter succeeded by means of The Power of Love.
    • Likewise, despite Ron starting out as the weak link, he ends Hogwarts with a better sporting record than Harry, serving as a Keeper in two Gryffindor teams that won the House Cup, unlike Harry who got himself suspended twice in a row. In terms of his marks, he is near Harry's level, but one must consider his disadvantages: he went through his first two years of school with either a second-hand or broken wand; lacked any phlebotinum; and was not exempt from schoolwork for an entire year to focus entirely on defencenote .
    • Unlike Hermione, he is actually a rather skilled duellist, thanks to his ability to think on his feet. Although he is not on Harry's level, he is talented enough that he is constantly receiving praises from older wizards (one of them being a fully trained Auror) and, alongside Neville, was able to defeat Fenrir Greyback, one of the most dangerous werewolves in the Wizarding World.
  • 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 skillset.
  • 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.
    Ron: You'll have to kill us, too!
  • The Un-Favourite: Ron is not particularly special amongst the Weasley family, and not only is he aware of it, but it is the reason behind his resentment. 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 Mrs. Weasley would have preferred a daughter. Ron doesn't fall for it, but he comes perilously close.
  • Unlucky Everydude: A lot of times, his Butt-Monkey status can stop being funny and almost cringy at times. Deconstructed by Book 7 where he finally reaches his limit after being on the lam and enduring psychological torture from the Horcrux.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Hermione. They finally resolve it with the Big Damn Kiss in Book 7.
  • Uptown Guy: Zigzagged. Hermione is the only child of two dentists and grew up upper middle class, while Ron's family struggles financially. However, in the wizarding world, Hermione is a muggle-born, the lowest of the low to people like the Malfoys, while the Weasley family is (in spite of their poverty and status as blood traitors) still considered part of the "Sacred Twenty-Eight," the purest of the pureblood families. Their marriage is a lowkey magical version of Nobility Marries Money.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-flipped. Normally a pretty easy-going guy, Ron tends to go nuclear when Hermione is taunted for being a "Mudblood" or otherwise mocked by people like Draco or Snape. There's also this line he gives in the eighth movie after Goyle attempts to kill Hermione with a Killing Curse after she and Ron come to Harry's aid:
    Ron: That's my girlfriend, you numpties!
  • "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 Spiders?: 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 Acromantulas, giant talking spiders and among the most dangerous beings on the planet.
    "Why spiders? Why couldn't it be follow the butterflies?"
  • Would Hit a Girl: Like Harry, Ron shows no problem with attacking girls via spells.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He gets this a lot from Harry, who is (correctly) convinced that Ron's only problem is nerves when it comes to Quidditch. Having so many accomplished older siblings (or even just popular ones in the case of Fred and George) and his best friends being a Living Legend and a Child Prodigy only exacerbate his insecurities.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: End of the first book and the third book:
    Ron: If you want to go through Harry, you have to go through me.
  • Youthful Freckles: It runs in the family. It's also one of the main things Harry notices about him during their first meeting.

"Don't let it worry you. It's me. I'm extremely famous."

    Hermione Granger 

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

Portrayed by: Emma Watson (films), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter disguise, Deathly Hallows: Part I), Sophie Thompson (Mafalda Hopkirk disguise, Deathly Hallows: Part I), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange disguise, Deathly Hallows: Part II), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast

Video game voices: Emily Robinson (Philosopher's Stone (2001) & Chamber of Secrets), Harper Marshall (Philosopher's Stone (2003) to Order of the Phoenix), Erica Lindbeck (LEGO Dimensions)

Voiced in French by: Manon Azem
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)
Voiced in Polish by: Joanna Kudelska
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Luisa Palomanes

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!"

The (other) Best Friend of Harry Potter.

The Brightest Witch Of Her Age.

The last third of the series' resident 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.

  • Academic Alpha Bitch: At first in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and even after her Character Development, she remains something of a know-it-all for the entire series — something that's hinted in Philosopher's Stone to be covering up for a number of personal insecurities regarding social awkwardness.
    • She spends most of her first scenes bragging about all the spells she's read up on in advance, and showing off in class.
    • 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, though she later admits that some of their stuff is really impressive.
    • 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: Zig-zagged. She is one of the most skilled witches in the saga, but lacks the raw power and almost instinctual grasp that Harry has of some spells that Hermione can't perform. She is not much of a duelist either and her skill on a broom is rather subpar. Hermione's skill comes from her extreme hard work ethic rather than the raw talent that people like Dumbledore, Voldemort or even Harry have.
  • Action Girl: Eventually grows into this over the books/the films, and is already a full-fledged one by the seventh and final book.
  • 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 detail.note 
    • 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 books (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 Intelligence: Downplayed, as Hermione is already the smartest of the trio in the books, but many of Ron's more insightful moments from the books are given to her in the films, making him look dumber in comparison. These include:
    • The fact that hearing voices isn't a good sign (Chamber of Secrets).
    • Explaining the definition if the insulting term 'Mudblood' (Chamber of Secrets).
    • In the second film, she also uses Dumbledore’s wise line from the first book "Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself".
  • Adaptational Nice Girl: 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. This is notable in the scene where Trelawney is fired. In the books, Hermione flat out states she doesn't care if Trelawney gets fired. But in the films, she looks genuinely sympathetic towards her.
  • 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 sceptical.
    • 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.
  • Ambiguously Related: She might be related to or descended from Hector Dagworth-Granger, founder of the Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers.
  • And I Must Scream: Was one of the victims who gets petrified by Tom Riddle's Basilisk.
  • Animal Motifs: Otter (her Patronus).
  • Arbitrary Scepticism: 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).
  • Aw, 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 defence 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 significant magical ability. 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.
  • Berserk Button: Hermione does not like being told that she's not good enough to excel at something, even if it's something she doesn't have an interest in. When Ron suggests that Professor Trelawney may be accurate in saying that Hermione lacks the "aura" for Divination she immediately ends the discussion and furiously storms off. This is a result of her insecurities and need to prove herself, likely due to her status as a Muggle-born.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As Ron lampshades, Hermione can be rather "scary." While usually pleasant and law-abiding, if you cross her, she'll gladly use her vast knowledge of spells to demonstrate why crossing her is a bad idea.
    • When she found out that the Weasley Twins were giving their joke sweets 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 (though, granted, that had a lot to do with the nature of the threat).
    • Her humour 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 huge purple pimples on their face spelling out the word "sneak".
    • 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", leaving Harry to ponder the depths girls would go to get revenge. For context, Ron was by this point the Gryffindor Keeper.
    • She set Snape's robes on fire when she was twelve. Granted, it was because she thought that he had jinxed Harry’s broom, and while trying to reach Snape, she accidentally knocked over the real culprit, Professor Quirrell.
    • She brewed an illegal potion in the bathroom, and came up with a plan that involved drugging Crabbe and Goyle and stuffing them in a closet so Harry and Ron could impersonate them to interrogate Malfoy.
    • 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 kept Rita Skeeter in beetle form in a jar for a year, then blackmailed her into telling Harry's story by threatening her with Azkaban if she didn't.
    • She led Umbridge in the Forbidden Forest hoping to get her in trouble with the Centaurs.
    • She modified her parents memories to make them forget that she existed.
  • Book Smart: Hermione is very knowledgeable due to reading a lot.
  • Brainy Brunette: Hermione is incredibly smart, being described as the brightest of her age, and is brunette in the books.
  • 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.
  • Bully Turned Buddy: While not a 'bully', per-say, she does antagonize Ron and Harry a few times through being a stickler for the rules and an Insufferable Genius; she and Ron in particular are initially rather abrasive toward each other. But when a mountain troll puts Hermione in danger, Ron and Harry help her fight it off, marking the beginning of their friendship. Through the rest of the series Hermione is a member of the team, and ends up marrying Ron at series' end.
  • Can't Take Criticism: She tends to react very defensively when her ideas or plans are criticized. Any criticism towards S.P.E.W. is a particularly sore subject, and when Ron makes a fairly benign comment about the quality of her knitted hats looking like "woolly bladders" she doesn't speak to him for the rest of the day. It mellows out throughout the series but she still retains some of her Insufferable Genius tendencies.
  • Cassandra Truth: She's suspicious of the book Harry begins using in Potions during Half-Blood Prince and rightfully so. Unfortunately, a combination of her pride and disbelief at Harry being more competent than her in the class leads both Harry and Ron to assume she's just jealous that she's no longer the top student.
  • 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 Sweethearts, 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 similar 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. In Goblet of Fire, she's furious when Fleur thanks Ron for saving her sister Gabrielle by kissing him on the cheeks, and later on she scowls when Fleur smiles at Ron for complimenting her improved English. In Half-Blood Prince, when Ron starts dating Lavender, Hermione attacks him with a flock of birds, which leaves his hands and forearms bearing scratches and cuts for several weeks afterward.
  • 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?note  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 at least initially very much this, and presented as such. 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. This is probably not helped by the fact that the first House Elf she encounters, Dobby, doesn't conform to the rest of his species' 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.
    • Thankfully, though, she comes to understand elves a bit better, being the only person other than Dumbledore to have an accurate measure of Kreacher's character in Order of the Phoenix, and explains how the apparent inconsistencies in his thinking (being pro-Pureblood supremacy despite Voldemort's vile treatment of him and his beloved master Regulus turning against Voldemort) make sense from his perspective in Deathly Hallows.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • Although they're in the same year, she seems to fulfil this role in regards to Neville, helping him when he falls behind in classes he's not good at. When Snape tries to make Neville test his improperly-prepared Shrinking Solution on his pet toad Trevor, it's Hermione who helps him fix it.
    • She fulfils this role towards Ginny as well, giving her advice on topics such as her feelings towards Harry.
  • 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're not told if Hermione ever lifts the jinx, which as Cho pointed out, she should have told everyone about from the start instead of essentially tricking her classmates into signing a contract without fully explaining the terms.
    • 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. Sure, Skeeter was deeply unpleasant, and nearly destroyed Hagrid's life for the sake of a story, as well as making a fair mess of Hermione's own, but she's not someone to cross.
  • Dude Magnet: After having her formerly prominent front teeth shrunk after being hit by Malfoy's deflected curse, growing into her features a little, and becoming rather more confident, she becomes this. Namely, she 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.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Pride. Hermione, due to her good marks and skill at casting, is extremely prideful. Everything has to be her way and no other. When every evidence pointed towards Croonkshanks killing Scabbers she went in full Never My Fault. Or when Harry found out the Half-Blood Prince's book contained better instructions to make the potions, she started to suspect there had to be something off about it, and practically gloated to Harry's face after the Sectumsempra incident that almost resulted in Draco being killed.
    • Lack of Empathy: VERY Downplayed, but Hermione at several points is quite insensitive. When a grieving Lavender is crying over the Death of her bunny, she is more interested in explaining to her why Divination is stupid. Also she is very bad at guessing people emotional state and creates problems with that. Plus she tends to project her insecurities into others and be unnecesarily harsh (Specially to Ron)
  • 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 sceptic; 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.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic — honest, trustworthy, loyal, skeptical and perfectionist.
  • Future Badass: Is a wanted criminal leading The Resistance in an alternate timeline where Harry's dead and Voldemort won.
  • 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 sceptical 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 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. In fairness, the Resurrection Stone is a completely unique artifact which most witches and wizards were sceptical of, and she does eventually grow out of her Condescending Compassion towards elves, demonstrating she understands their Blue-and-Orange Morality fairly well in Deathly Hallows. Indeed, she maanges 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 humour.
  • Good with Numbers: Arithmancy was Hermione's favourite 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.
  • Goofy Buckteeth: She has buckteeth in the books. While she's skilled at all sorts of magic and incredibly intelligent, she is often not taken seriously in her early years as she can be a know-it-all. Getting rid of her buckteeth midway through the series comes at around the same time she starts being taken more seriously as both a talented witch and a love interest.
  • Handwriting as Characterization: Hermione's handwriting is always neat, per her characterization as an overachieving perfectionist.
  • 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.
  • The Heart: Peacekeeper for the three.
  • 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 Rowling says their differing temperments would have necessitated marriage counselling at some point.
  • The Horseshoe Effect: What Hermione’s S.P.E.W. campaign amounts to. Despite claiming that she’s the only one who respects House Elves and wants what’s best for them, the fact that Hermione patronizes them by calling "brainwashed and uneducated" and thinks they can be easily tricked into freeing themselves only proves that Hermione also looks down on them, just from the opposite direction.
  • 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 (although in book 4, she does have Madame Pomphrey shrink her front teeth so that she's no longer buck-toothed).
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: In the first book, Hermione acts like a total know-it-all to mask her insecurity for being a fairly plain and socially awkward muggle-born. It decreases throughout the series as Hermione quickly gains confidence in herself and her abilities, though she does relapse back into it during the sixth year when Harry starts to surpass her in Potions thanks to the Prince's textbook.
  • Informed Ability: Hermione is considered the "brightest witch of her age," but compared to teen geniuses from other eras (the Marauders and Snape, Riddle, and Dumbledore), she fails to measure up. She never achieves feats of magic comparable to the the Marauder's Map and the animagi transformation, Snape's potions improvements and invented spells, or Riddle's horcruxes, and unlike Dumbledore, never publishes any papers or wins any academic awards. Percy and Barty Crouch Jr. both earn 12 OWLS to her 10, and Fred and George, who are repeatedly derided for their poor academic performance, invent products for their joke shop that require complex, never-before-seen magic that Hermione is surprised by. Hermione is obviously smart, but she's not 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. It is possible that Hermione gets her middle name "Jean" from Mrs. Granger's first name, like other HPverse characters, including Harry James Potter and Ginevra Molly Weasley.
  • Jack of All Stats: Being The Smart Girl of the Trio, Hermione is talented and knowledgeable in nearly all subjects, except Defence Against the Dark Arts, which Harry is best at. And even with Defence Against the 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 at times, 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, her 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 calling 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 (as it turns out, he'd been trying to find them since the moment he'd left, after having a My God, What Have I Done? moment, but she had no reason to know that at the time).
  • 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 baulk 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.
  • The Lancer: Takes this role in the films while it's Ron in the books. One such example of her taking greater inititative is when she comes up with the idea for escaping Gringotts bank on a dragon when it's Harry's idea in the books.
  • 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. Harry never demonstrates any romantic interest in Hermione, and vice versa.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Her relationship with Ron is very similar to the relationship between Ron's parents. Lampshaded multiple times, when the narration — which is from Harry's perspective — describes Hermione as acting very much like Molly Weasley. In Order of the Phoenix, the narration even points out that Ron and Hermione's bickering is strongly reminiscent of Molly and Arthur's own bickering.
  • 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.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Her Precocious Crush on Gilderoy Lockhart in the second book blinds her to the fact the man is clearly a fraud who is not as skilled with magic as he claims he is, something Harry and Ron caught onto after just one class with him.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Slughorn mentions a potioneer named Hector Dagworth-Granger and wonders if Hermione might be a distant relative of his.
  • Mage Born of Muggles: She's the most important muggle-born character in the series. She's subjected to a lot of Fantastic Racism, especially from Draco Malfoy, because of it.
  • 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.
  • Mirror Character: 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Girl: Yes, she is flawed with her bossiness, but she is a kind, hard-working, loyal friend.
  • 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.
    • She's called Harry and Ron out for their impulsiveness since the first book, but her "S.P.E.W." campaign in Goblet of Fire demonstrates that she can also get ahead of herself and act without thinking things through.
    • She is rude to Luna Lovegood, mocking her beliefs and using the nickname that Luna's bullies devised for her ("Loony" Lovegood), even though Hermione was herself bullied before Harry and Ron befriended her and even afterwards.
    • She confunds Ron's main rival for keeper during the Quidditch try-outs, but is still outraged when she thinks Harry gave Ron some felix felicis before a match. She tries to justify her actions on the grounds a trial is not the same as an actual match with rules, but still.
    • 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.
  • 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."
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: She’s an intelligent young lady, but has been shown to not think before she speaks. The best example of this is in Order of the Phoenix when Luna voices her support for Harry and Hermione somewhat condescendingly dismisses The Quibbler as a load of nonsense. Luna coldly says that her father’s the editor. Harry angrily tells Hermione to stop insulting everyone on his side.
  • 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.
  • Precocious Crush: As a pre-teen, Hermione had a crush on Gilderoy Lockhart during Chamber of Secrets, to the point of outlining all his lessons on her schedule in little hearts and keeping a get-well card from him under her pillow.
  • 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 Defence 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.
  • Quirky Curls: Especially in the movies.
  • Race Lift: Has been played by black actresses in every run of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. However, JKR has observed that Hermione's skin tone is never mentioned in the books (despite there being an instance of Hermione's "white face" being mentioned), so this only applies in comparison to the films and the cover illustrations.
  • Randomly Gifted: Hermione is a Muggle-born witch, meaning she was born to two non-magical parents. She is frequently held up by other characters as the prime example of blood purity not being the deciding factor in what makes a skilled witch or wizard.
  • 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.
  • Relationship Upgrade: She and Ron become Fire-Forged Friends in the first book. By the time of the third book, the beginnings of their long and complicated Belligerent Sexual Tension is born. By the seventh book, they share an Big Damn Kiss that seals them as an Official Couple. And the epilogue shows them Happily Married with a daughter and son.
  • 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.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons:
    • When Harry anonymously receives a very expensive Firebolt as a Christmas gift in Prisoner of Azkaban Hermione is convinced that Sirius Black sent it to him and sabotaged it to kill him. Sirius did send it, but Sirius was Good All Along and genuinely intended it as a gift to his godson.
    • In Half-Blood Prince, she was convinced that there had to be something sinister about the Prince's book, mostly due to being jealous of Harry overshadowing her in Potions. Then the Sectumsempra incident happened.
  • 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..."
  • 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: Bushy-haired, buck-toothed Hermione is usually too concerned with schoolwork to worry about her looks too much. But when she does have an occasion to dress up, she's a stunner.
    • 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 at least pretty attractive. Certainly, 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, as Ron is notably tall for his age from the start, while Harry hits a growth spurt after Goblet of Fire.
  • 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 behaviour 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 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 Naive: In contrast to Harry, who was Taught by Experience, 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.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Towards Sirius to Harry — while it's not with any malice, and she's making a very important point, it understandably rankles. "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 (mostly) of the trio.
  • Sudden Name Change: A meta example: Rowling's 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.
  • Surprise Slide Staircase: Uses the Glisseo spell to do this to avoid two Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Hermione will sometimes break the rules if she thinks the alternative would be more moral.
    • She lies to Mcgonagall to protect Harry and Ron after they save her from the troll.
    • She makes the polyjuice potion as she wants to prevent students from getting harmed.
    • She fully supports Dumbledore's army even though the Ministry would be firmly against it.
  • 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. Indeed, 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.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: As part of her crusade for house-elf rights, she knits elf-sized hats (albeit not very well, with Ron saying they look more like "woolly bladders") and leaves them around Gryffindor Tower in a bid to free the Hogwarts house-elves. She also makes a patchwork quilt as a Christmas gift for Kreacher.
  • 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. As a Muggle-born, she may have grown up nominally (if not practicing) Christian or at least been familiar with its teachings, as opposed to her peers who grew up in the wizarding world, where religion does not seem to be important.
  • 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: Played with and towards Ron. She's usually Sweet, but whenever Ron is... well, Ron, she will instantly go Harsh and snap at him out of worry for him. This becomes especially prevalent with each book/movie, to the point it's hard to tell whether she is Sweet or Harsh. This is 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 combat is her main weakness, while Harry and Ron constantly improve, she never becomes much of a duelist herself. 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 10 OWLS when the usual mark of genius is 12, which was achieved by Barty Crouch Jr. and Percy). She has a Fatal Flaw of Arbitrary Scepticism—relying too much on book-learning, being sceptical 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 illegally unregistered animagi), writing off the Deathly Hallows as just a myth despite the evidence of the Cloak of Invisibility, which Ron is the first to point out (namely that the Potters' cloak had lasted as a heirloom generations when Invisibility Cloaks usually fade as time goes by). Harry privately agrees with Xeno Lovegood that she can be narrow-minded.
    • 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 likeable, 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. For instance, after coming to understand the Blue-and-Orange Morality of House Elves better, she goes from liberty-or-death about House-Elves to convincing Harry to be a kind master 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). Rowling stated that after the Trio's victory over Voldemort, she found her parents and restored their memories.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Ron.
  • Unusual Pop Culture Name: According to Rowling, Hermione Granger was named for the character from the the Shakespeare play The Winter's Tale in an effort by her parents to seem more sophisticated. At the time the name was fairly obscure.
  • 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 and aren't unintelligent beings who need her help.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: The rule-abiding, perfectionist Hermione fell for the easy-going, rulebreaking Ron.
  • Uptown Girl: Zig-Zagged. Rowling 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 from a very old family 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 narration, 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 by House Elf standards, and Winky, who was in considerable stress at the time.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Averted. She may speak a lot about people's feelings, but more often than not she is wrong, or whatever advise she may offer comes late. Case in point, she was convinced that Tonks was sad about Sirius death, but Ron pointed out that they barely knew each other. And he was right, she was sad because Remus rejected her. Also she refuses to believe that the Deathly Hallows are real. Despite having participated in the Chamber of Secrets Mystery, been hunting Horcruxes, being friends with the only person that has survived the Killing Curse and other things. She is also terrible at handling her relationship with Ron, specially in Book 6. All in all she may do well in school work, but she is not very wise or emotionally inteligent.
  • 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. Apart from her, no one takes it very seriously.

"I'm hoping to do some good in the world!"

Alternative Title(s): Harry Potter Ron Bilius Weasley, Harry Potter Hermione Jean Granger