Although the last booked published in 2007 and the final movie came out in 2011, Harry Potter is still influencing youth around the globe and has an ever-growing fandom. Hermione Granger has had a huge impact on my life, by being the leading lady of one of my favorite series. Below is what she taught me about being a woman.
Loyalty is Magical
One of the best characteristics anyone can have is loyalty. Hermione is incredibly loyal to her friends, and often demonstrates her refusal to let Harry fight Voldemort alone. Loyalty is a commitment that many people won’t make or can’t make, and I believe being loyal is one of the most noble things to be.
It’s OK to Show Emotion
Showing emotion is not a sign of weakness. Swallowing emotion is more painful than expressing it. Hermione wasn’t afraid to cry on Ron’s shoulder or feel sorrow when Harry is about the go into the Forbidden Forest as a sacrifice. Hermione shows it is good to express feelings.
Stand Up For Your Beliefs
Hermione wasn’t afraid to stand up for what she believed was right. In the books, she creates S.P.E.W., which is the Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare. She fights the injustice and foul treatment of house elves at the Quidditch World Cup and beyond. She knows what is the right thing to do, so she pursues it.
Friendship is Powerful
Probably the most powerful lesson learned from the Harry Potter series is that friendship is magical. Having close, strong friendships with people (no matter their gender, race, etc.) is the best thing you can have.
Your Brain is Your Best Asset
Hermione is smart, and she uses it. Logic and knowledge are so important to her. She is known as the brightest witch of her age. And she uses her book smarts and street smarts on a regular basis.
It’s OK to Be a Know-It-All
It’s LeviOsa, not LeviosAR! Hermione is a know-it-all, because her intuition is flawless and her intelligence is impeccable. Hermione made it cool to be the first person to raise their hand in a class. She shows off her knowledge like how other witches show off their new robes. Flaunt what you got.
Fight for Good
Hermione CHOOSES to fight for the good of the wizarding world. She was sorted into Gryffindor because she would fight. She has Ravenclaw book smarts, but her strength, loyalty, and inner good makes her a true Gryffindor. She teaches us to fight for the good in the world, because happiness can be found even in the darkest of places, as long as one remembers to turn on the light.
What did Hermione teach you?