Not only is Hermione Granger one of the smartest witches ever to go through Hogwarts, she’s a badass feminist too. Don't believe me? Here are some of Hermione's most feminist moments:
1. Scoring 112 per cent in her first year Charms exam
Near the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry decides to go through the trapdoor to try to save the Philosopher’s Stone amid a furious debate with Ron and Hermione. When Harry warns Hermione that she’ll likely be expelled if she comes with him she informs him, “Flitwick told me in secret that I got a hundred and twelve per cent on his exam. They’re not throwing me out after that.” Hermione makes no excuses for her intelligence, and is unashamedly the best student, male or female, in her year. Talk about girl power.
2. S.P.E.W (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare)
Not only is Hermione a feminist, she’s an intersectional feminist, fighting the good fight for house elves, half-giants, goblins and other oppressed groups. With the creation of the S.P.E.W., Hermione took a stand against the enslavement of house elves, becoming an activist at age 14. Hermione was also one of the few Hogwarts students to take Muggle Studies, and is a constant advocate for muggles throughout the series.
3. The Yule Ball
When Harry and Ron are forced to choose partners for the Yule Ball, they typically leave it to the last minute until Ron finally suggests that they “should get a move on” to avoid ending up “with a pair of trolls”. Hermione immediately calls them on their objectifying crap. “So basically,” she says, “you’re going to take the best-looking girl who’ll have you, even if she’s completely horrible?” Later, when the boys find themselves rejected by their preferred dates, she hammers the point home: “Well, I’m sure you’ll find someone somewhere who’ll have you.”
4. The Half-Blood Prince
When Harry discovers a tattered and annotated potions book during his sixth year, Hermione feels distinctly uneasy. Worried that the previous owner of the book may have been up to no good, she goes searching for the self-described ‘Half-Blood Prince’. While Harry assumes that the author must be male, Hermione instantly corrects him. She later presses the point, exclaiming, “the truth is that you don’t think a girl would have been clever enough.” But her presence has made Harry something of a feminist too: “How can I have hung around with you for five years and not think girls are clever?”
5. The search for the Horcruxes
When Harry, Ron and Hermione set off to find the horcruxes, much of the domestic work falls to Hermione. When Ron complains about the food she’s prepared, Hermione retorts, “Harry caught the fish and I did my best with it! I notice I'm always the one who ends up sorting out the food; because I'm a girl, I suppose!” Hermione knows a gender stereotype when she sees one, and she is not impressed.
Hermione is a feminist through and through, as is the actor who portrayed her in the films. As Emma Watson so perfectly said, “young girls are told you have to be the delicate princess. Hermione taught them that you can be the warrior.” Amen, sister.Support Villainesse