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Not really, as she tried to read everything she could about flying before their first flying lesson in PS. And then she gave harry "Quidditch Through the Ages", which I assume she had read. But then again, Harry had read it too. Perhaps she knew it from History of Magic?
Could it have been in Hogwarts, a History?


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Yeah, well, to be completely honest, I did notice that and it did bother me a little. It felt as though she was a tool sometimes. She was a little bit too convinient at times, don't you think?
There's a whole thread on this ,about the convinient escapes.I think it's not too inconsistent with Hermione character.She make plan for every little detail.If she really was preparing for so long she must have considered most things that could have happened.


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I also think that Hermione is a very believable character. She has some social skills problems, she has normal teenage boy related issues and hormonal rages. She's also a know-it-all and can be annoying at times. Yet, she's brilliant, empathetic, seriously cares about other people and human rights and has enough practical knowledge and foresight to get the trio out of trouble. I think this is a normal mixture of character traits that makes Hermione someone who I really identify with throughout the series.


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I also think that Hermione is a very believable character.
Agreed. Hermione can be a nag sometimes, but most of the time, she only bosses around Ron and Harry - the people she cares about most. I don't see anything wrong in wishing for your best friends' welfare, even if it means you come out looking like an overprotective mother. In fact, hasn't Hermione been compared to Mrs Weasley a couple of times in the series?

I also loved the fact that Hermione was so prepared in DH. It was totally in character for her to research, get everything ready for the Horcrux Hunt etc. One of my favorite parts, though, has to be when we see that Hermione was right all along about Kreacher!


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There's a whole thread on this ,about the convinient escapes.I think it's not too inconsistent with Hermione character.She make plan for every little detail.If she really was preparing for so long she must have considered most things that could have happened.
I know, but still... She was infallible... It bothered me very very little, for ten minutes or so, I just thought I'd share

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I also think that Hermione is a very believable character. She has some social skills problems, she has normal teenage boy related issues and hormonal rages. She's also a know-it-all and can be annoying at times. Yet, she's brilliant, empathetic, seriously cares about other people and human rights and has enough practical knowledge and foresight to get the trio out of trouble. I think this is a normal mixture of character traits that makes Hermione someone who I really identify with throughout the series.
I feel that way about her too, and identify with her, because I was like that in high school - I had two very close friends to whom I was devoted to death, I always nagged them and they used to roll their eyes, and I loved to rub it into people's faces how much I know and have read. I guess that's why Hermione is my favourite character - people tend to like those who they can relate to.


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I know, but still... She was infallible... It bothered me very very little, for ten minutes or so, I just thought I'd share
It's okay .I know what you mean,but Harry and Ron really did need someone infallible.Also Harry in PS stone was shown to have resourcefulness that Hermione lacked,she must have learnt something from him over the years.


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It's okay .I know what you mean,but Harry and Ron really did need someone infallible.Also Harry in PS stone was shown to have resourcefulness that Hermione lacked,she must have learnt something from him over the years.
I think the DA (in OOP) helped Hermione a lot. After her practical exam in Lupin's DADA class and helping Harry learn spells/curses/hexes in GOF, she knew she would need a good teacher in fifth-year to pass her OWLs. They got Umbridge, instead. I think that's when she really started to see Harry as an "instinctive dueler/fighter" and the DA gave her a chance to actually see Harry perform. Up until OOP, Harry had always done his best work/thinking out of the sight of Hermione and Ron.

This extra little bit of "instinctive magic", I think, gave her the confidence she needed to rely on her own natural abilities and with the knowledge and recollection of a vast number of spells gave her the confidence to use her physical and mental abilities together, to great effect.

I've always indentified with Hermione,too. All the same kind of strengths and weaknesses, but I never had a photographic memory.


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1.Hermione's afraid of failure,so as defense mechanism, she studies obsessively and tries very hard to do everything literally by-the-book. How have her insecurities and defense mechanisms affected her development as a character throughout the series, and what are some other ones? In what ways have they hindered or helped her ? What causes her to feel this way, and has she become more secure with herself throughout the series?
In my opinon Harry and Ron had alot to do with her insercurites(going more towards Ron). They were always teasing her about bookish personality, and how she is always afraid to fail.Her love for books have helped her through the series no doubt.

2. Hermione repeatedly defends and helps those who can't defend or help themselves. Early in the series, on the first ride on the Hogwarts Express, she starts helping Neville out with his toad and continues to help him out in Potions despite being told not to. In PoA she also works very hard to make a defense for Buckbeak, and in GoF she starts S.P.E.W. to end the opression of house elves. How similar is this to Harry's "saving people thing," and what does it say about her character?
I always thought that was a bit similar to he saving people thing.But the diffrence between Harry's "saving people thing" and Hermione;s "saving people thing" is that Harry saves people in more dangroues while Hermione is more minor. It saids that she hates seeing people get hurt.

3.Hermione is very intuitive when it comes to others' emotions. She seems to understand a lot about how both Cho and Harry are feeling during their "relationship" and notices Harry's feelings for Ginny before anyone else. She also berates Ron a lot for his "emotional range of a teaspoon" which implies that she notices how people feel more than he does. However, she hardly ever talks about her own feelings, and most of them are expressed only through actions, like the flock of birds in HBP. Is this related in anyway to her insecurity? How does her relationship with Ron and Harry affect this part of personality? How do her relationships with other girls ( Ginny, Luna, Parvati, Lavendar, Pansy, etc.) affect it? Or how do they reflect that part of her?
I think that her lack of expressing her feelings is part of her insecurites.Even though Harry and Ron are her best friends, I think she dosn't like expressing her feelings to them because they are boys but she does express them more to Harry then Ron.I actually think that she talks to Ginny and tells her how she feels on diffrent stuff but we can't be certain.

4. Hermione, being Muggleborn, must travel back and forth between the "Muggle world" in which her parents live and the wizarding world in which the majority of events in her life take place. She doesn't go home as often as some of the other students, choosing to spend time either at Hogwarts or with the Weasleys. When she becomes a prefect she comments that she wants to tell her parents because it will be something they will understand. What does this say about her connection to the wizarding world and her relationship with her parents? What do you think of her decision to modify her parent's memories?
I think she is more connected to the wizarding world then the muggle world.I don't think she is that close to her parents now. Maybe before she knew she was a witch. She does see them quite a bit during the summer.She only modified her parents so she will be safe from Lord Voldemort.


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I always thought that was a bit similar to he saving people thing.But the diffrence between Harry's "saving people thing" and Hermione;s "saving people thing" is that Harry saves people in more dangroues while Hermione is more minor. It saids that she hates seeing people get hurt.
Actually I think it's a totally different thing. What Hermione meant in OotP is that Harry has to play the hero, and Voldemort knows that. Hermione has never been like that. With her, it's acting on her principles and the things hse believes in.


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This is another question I have about Hermione. Had it been him instead of Ron who was to destroy the locket horcrux, what would it have done. Would it have attmpted to play off all of Hermione's insecurities as it did with Ron, or would it do something else. If it were the former, what would he have seen.


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This is another question I have about Hermione. Had it been him instead of Ron who was to destroy the locket horcrux, what would it have done. Would it have attmpted to play off all of Hermione's insecurities as it did with Ron, or would it do something else. If it were the former, what would he have seen.
(I think I've just seen this question )
I think it would be similar to Hermione's boggart. Something showing Hermione as less than perfect in something that she's really trying at. Like, her efforts aren't producing the best quality results. Though, because she was upset about Ron the past few weeks, it might have touched on him as well.


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It would probably try to convince her that she was not capable enough; that she will make a mistake or do something wrong and get Harry and Ron killed; that Ron left because she was incompetent and unloving; that Harry hates her because she's mere baggage, got them nearly killed at Godric's Hollow, and broke his wand; that Harry wishes she would just go away and leave him alone; that she was a terrible child for modifying her parents' memories; that she will never see her mother and father again because she will die; that she will be caught and suffer for being a Mudblood; and other misleading assertions.


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I agree that the locket would play off her insecurities. She wore them on her sleeve at times, and it'd amplify them and play off them for sure, IMO.


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This is another question I have about Hermione. Had it been him instead of Ron who was to destroy the locket horcrux, what would it have done. Would it have attmpted to play off all of Hermione's insecurities as it did with Ron, or would it do something else. If it were the former, what would he have seen.
I think Horcrux!Riddle would have tried to do something else in order to prevent Hermione from destroying the locket. I don't believe that the Horcrux ever bothered getting to know Hermione the way that it did Ron. My reasoning is that the Horcrux had a real goal, other than generally sowing dissent and discord among the trio. From what we saw of the diary Horcrux, Horcruxes evidently aren't content to stay safe in their chosen vessel--they seem to want to take over another person so that they can pursue their own agenda. If that's the case, then the bit of Riddle in the locket most likely evaluated each member of the trio, and chose the person it wanted to go after, in this case Ron (Hmmm. I think I'll post a bit more about this on the 'Ron Weasley's Abandonment...' thread.) I believe that Riddle would have rejected Hermione from the very start because as a Muggleborn, he would consider her an unworthy vessel for his soul. So if it came down to Hermione with the sword, I think Riddle would have tried a different tack--perhaps he would have tried to force Harry to stop her somehow.

As long as I'm thinking about Horcruxes, I also think Hufflepuff's cup didn't give Hermione the least bit of trouble. The Horcruxes also seem to need a bit of time to work on their intended victim, and the trio had the cup for only about a day (I may take that back--the locket appears to latch on to Ron almost immediately). No matter, the same reasoning about Riddle not bothering to learn about Hermione would apply in this situation anyway.


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I loved the Horocrux Harry and Hermione portion of the book. Of course I didn't want to see Ron hurt, but I thought it added a very unique and creative aspect to the chapter and was quite well done. It also allowed Harry to clear the air for once and for all about his relationship with Hermione.

Hermione I think was a fascinating character. She was brilliant, but sensitive, perceptive, yet at times insecure. It is true that she cried a bit during DH, but because of the stress of war and the Ron abandonment, I found it believeable. Even with all of that, in my opinion, she remained the intelligent, thoughtful character we had seen throughout the series.


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Hermione completed her transformation from annoying insecure know-it-all to mature, not annoying, does-it-all in DH, IMO. She was amazing at times, and she only displayed "bad hermione" a few times. And, even when she was being her old self, it was funny (to us), even if it annoyed them .


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Hermione completed her transformation from annoying insecure know-it-all to mature, not annoying, does-it-all in DH, IMO. She was amazing at times, and she only displayed "bad hermione" a few times. And, even when she was being her old self, it was funny (to us), even if it annoyed them .
I think that Hermoine the prefect brought out a lot of this amusing behavior that might not have been so amusing in real life. Like her reaction to Weasley's Wizard Wheezes experiments in the common room.


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Hermione completed her transformation from annoying insecure know-it-all to mature, not annoying, does-it-all in DH, IMO. She was amazing at times, and she only displayed "bad hermione" a few times. And, even when she was being her old self, it was funny (to us), even if it annoyed them .
loling at term 'bad hermione'

yep, people grow. Hermione is the person I relate to the most in the series, she really has weaknesses to match her incredible strengths. My favorite "quickthinking Hermione moment" was at Xeno's house when she tells Ron to put the cloak on and lets the death eaters see Harry. Very compassionate towards X.L.


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I think that Hermoine the prefect brought out a lot of this amusing behavior that might not have been so amusing in real life. Like her reaction to Weasley's Wizard Wheezes experiments in the common room.
That was in contrast to Ron, who gave up miserably on at least two occasions. And, yes, Ron was hating Hermione right then...but I know I was laughing


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That was in contrast to Ron, who gave up miserably on at least two occasions. And, yes, Ron was hating Hermione right then...but I know I was laughing
ah, the magic. Yep, just shows their relationship very well, doesnt it?


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