Rowling wrote Hermione to eschew stereotypes. She doesn’t end up with the hero; she is never there to function as Harry’s love interest. She prefers Arithmancy to Divination in school. Hermione is also a total badass, despite her prim and proper reputation. (…) So often, female characters are allowed to be aggressive or rebellious, but in exchange are stripped of any traditionally feminine qualities and instead are forced to pick up traditionally masculine traits. However, Hermione is never made to do that. Most notably, she is written to be highly logical AND emotionally expressive, a combination not commonly afforded to most of today’s leading ladies.
I am interested in language because it wounds or seduces me.
There must be something strangely sacred in salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.
We were together. I forget the rest.
Do I dare disturb the universe?
You are, at once, both the quiet and the confusion of my heart.
A blessed companion is a book! A book that, fitly chosen, is a life-long friend.
We all romanticize the people we adore.
So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.
Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?