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Emotional Range of a Teaspoon

Emotional Range of a Teaspoon

“Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have,” said Hermione nastily, picking up her quill again.

Hermione Granger contradicting Ron, who believes Cho Chang could not possibly feel all of the things Hermione suggests she is (without exploding) (OP21: The Eye of the Snake)


"Well, obviously, she's feeling very sad, because of Cedric dying.  Then I expect she's feeling confused because she liked Cedric and now she likes Harry, and she can't work out who she likes best.  Then she'll be feeling guilty, thinking it's an insult to Cedric's memory to be kissing Harry at all, and she'll be worrying about what everyone else might say about her if she starts going out with Harry.  And she probably can't work out what her feelings toward Harry are anyway, because he was the one who was with Cedric when Cedric died, so that's all very mixed up and painful.  Oh, and she's afraid she's going to be thrown off the Ravenclaw Quidditch team because she's been flying so badly."

A slightly stunned silence greeted the end of this speech, then Ron said, "One person can't feel all that at once, they'd explode."


This conversation between Harry, Ron, and Hermione happens to reveal Hermione's continued correspondence with Viktor Krum, to whom Hermione is writing when Harry returns to the Gryffindor Common Room.  That night, Harry dreams that Cho accuses him of luring her to the Room of Requirement in return for fifty Chocolate Frog cards, and she angrily compares his lack of Chocolate Frog cards to the ones she still carries that Cedric gave to her.  Since he does not have any, Hermione suggests that he give Cho his Firebolt instead, but he says Umbridge has it in her office, and that he only came to the room to put up Christmas baubles shaped like Dobby's head, anyway.  This dream metamorphoses into his vision of Nagini's attack on Mr. Weasley.  His connection to Voldemort saves Mr. Weasley's life, and it prompts Dumbledore to command Snape to give Harry Occlumency lessons, in an effort to prevent further visions of this kind.


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