Hermione Jean Granger is a fictional character in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. She first appears in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as a new student on her way to Hogwarts. She becomes best friends with Harry and Ron and often uses her quick wit, deft recall, and encyclopaedic knowledge to lend aid in dire situations. Hermione’s first name is taken from a character in William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.
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Hermione Jean Granger is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. She first appears in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as a new student on her way to Hogwarts. She becomes best friends with Harry and Ron and often uses her quick wit, deft recall, and encyclopaedic knowledge to lend aid in dire situations. Rowling has stated that Hermione resembles herself as a young girl, with her insecurity and fear of failure. Hermione was originally intended to have a sister, but the planned sibling did not make an appearance in the first Harry Potter novel. The version of Hermione portrayed by Emma Watson in all eight Harry Potter films was voted the best female character of all time in a poll conducted amongst Hollywood professionals by The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. Hermione’s first name is taken from a character in William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, though Rowling has said that the two characters have little to nothing in common otherwise. She is an overachiever who excels academically and is described by J.K. Rowling as a ‘very logical, upright and good’ character. Hermione’s nemesis at Hogwarts is Pansy Parkinson, a bully based on real-life girls who teased the author during her school days. Rowling said that she resisted her editor’s requests to remove her from her website to remove the logic of the potions and work of the Devil. She said she wanted her name to be unusual since if fewer girls shared her name, fewer girls would get teased for it and it seemed that ‘a pair of professional dentists, who liked to prove how clever they are…
gave an unusual name that no-one could pronounce’ Her original last name was ‘Puckle’, but Rowling felt the name ‘did not suit her at all’ and so the less frivolous Granger made it into the books and movies. Hermione is the brains behind the plan to enter the place where the Stone is hidden, and is also suspicious of Professor Snape and his wariness of Professor Severus Snape. She mocks Ron for his inability to perform a spell to turn his rat yellow. She proves just how much she knows by declaring that she memorized all the textbooks by heart and by performing the ‘oculus’ spell on Harry to fix his broken glasses. Rowling stated that the character of Hermione carries several autobiographical influences: ‘I did not set out to make Hermione like me but she is an exaggeration of how I was when I was younger’ She also states that her feminist conscience is rescued by Hermione, ‘who’s the brightest witch of her age’ The character is a plot dump to explain the Harry Potter universe. Rowling confirmed in a 2004 interview that Hermione is an only child and that her parents are two Muggle dentists who are well aware of the wizarding world and have visited Diagon Alley with her. She was born on 19 September 1979 and she was nearly twelve when she first attended Hogwarts.