Books and cleverness

“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery and — oh Harry — be careful!”

Hermione Granger after Harry says he's not as good as Hermione as he prepares to face the last enchantment protecting the Philosopher's Stone (PS16)


Hermione values friendship and bravery over books and cleverness -- no wonder she's in Gryffindor and not Ravenclaw.

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  • I can relate to Hermione on so many levels. When I was younger I sorted into Gryffindor and now that I am older, I have been sorted into Ravenclaw on the current version of Pottermore. Just as being Gryffindor is more than being brave, so to is being Ravenclaw more than having a love for books and learning.

    So why was Hermione sorted into Gryffindor over Ravenclaw?

    Before I go on…a few conjectures and observations. I see Hermione as a younger version of J.K. Rowling herself. I think one of the main reasons Hermione ended in Gryffindor is because Rowling saw her younger self in Hermione. Since Rowling endured bullying as a child, making Hermione a Gryffindor (as she herself is) made perfect sense.


    Then there is the “almost” Hatstall issue with Hermione. The sorting Hat was having a bit of a time deciding whether or not to place Hermione in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw. Ultimately, it was decided that Hermione is Gryffindor. What that tells me is that Hermione’s Gryffindor traits and her Ravenclaw traits are both quite dominant. Since the 4 separate houses collectively represent character traits that are present in all of us, the Hat seems to tap into to what is most dominant (or desired if taking Hermione’s wishes under consideration).

    A few other things…Over the years I compiled a list of traits relevant to all of the houses based on Pottermore information, Rowling interviews, character analysis and other sources. Being Gryffindor centers around traits like bravery, passion, being sociable, fighting for social justice, being ethical, morality (almost a stubborn sense of right and wrong), spontaneity, being daring, being determined, etc. While being Ravenclaw centers around traits like knowledge acquisition, wit, intelligence, independent, individuality, unconventionality, acceptance, wisdom, creativity, being analytical, being genuine, being considerate, being esoteric, being eccentric, being curious, etc.

    So what of “our Hermione” (as Hagrid would say)?

    Hermione is a curious, intellectual with a passion for fighting for the underdog. She is very sociable and focuses on friendship. She has bravery in spades and often initiates and takes risks for greater causes. Hermione is quite logical and analytical. Hermione is driven by a desire for true equality and justice…without the constant reminder of being a “Mudblood”. Hermione has a passionate love of learning, and tends to channel that into helping others foremost. In this way she is more extroverted, as Gryffindors are. Hermione is also very rules driven, especially when it comes to what is right and wrong. While I think Hermione is quite resourceful, I don’t find her to be overly creative. Although, as she would tell you herself, she is highly analytical.


    She tends to be skilled at manipulating and using ‘book learning’ to accomplish things. Since Hermione is more prone to being acceptable in front of others, she shows that she cares about what others think of her. She is not overly confident in who she is, but she is confident in what she can do, and often takes risks for others. (Not very logical to me). As a Ravenclaw, the things about Hermione that make me cringe a little are how she often takes the moral high ground, teases or is chronically judgmental of other people’s choices, is not accepting of differences and snubs her nose art esoteric things like Divination.

    Basically, I see Hermione as a Gryffindor with Ravenclaw tendencies that she draws on with equal passion.

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