Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Hermione Granger

IDK guys, I guess it is “back to school” for those of you lucky ducks that are still in school. Yeah, I don’t care if it is high school, elementary school, LAW SCHOOL, I just miss that sweet regulation of a scheduled day. I miss, sigh, learning–which is why I am so happy that I get to teach you guys here in this column every week. I guess it should be considered more of a “reminder” than a “lesson” because we all grew up with this stuff together.

But for back-to-school week, I was thinking the best person to focus on is Hermione Granger. And also because I’m like…way into Harry Potter, and I feel like you guys don’t even know that about me. I am slightly more than a Friends/Simpsons buff, and by “slightly,” I mean also Harry Potter and that’s it.

EINTKILF Hermione Granger

1. Equality is important.  For whatever reason, I tend to forget about Hermione’s awesome club entitled The Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare or S.P.E.W. Though the name isn’t catchy or flattering, I always appreciated Hermione’s passion for equality. Obviously by now, because we aren’t kids anymore, it is pretty clear to pick out JK Rowling’s parallels between her wizarding world and the real life one. The way house elves are treated by wizards, including the fact that wizards own the cute little creatures, is indicative of the countless numbers of groups that are mistreated in the world. Having a strong female character like Hermione defending them is awesome. GO GIRL.

2. Sort out your priorities. hermioneronIt is kind of funny that Hermione ends up blowing off her last year at Hogwarts to break all kind of “rules,” especially when her life was in such danger! What growth. Which leads me to the next lesson:

3. Rule breaking is okay sometimes. Kind of like I mentioned with Lisa Simpson, it is okay to be a good girl who doesn’t conform. The wizarding world really goes downhill throughout the book series, and when it becomes clear that the Ministry of Magic is more corrupt than the LAPD (oh, snap!), Hermione has no problem straight up breaking the rules. She eventually finds herself breaking into the Ministry of Magic, disguising herself as Bellatrix Lestrange to steal from Gringott’s, not going back to school, and being a key part of an all-school-and-magic-persons battle. I guess it is true what they say: some rules are made to be broken. hg

4. There are more important things than books and cleverness. One of my favorite Harry and Hermione moments (and there are A LOT TO CHOOSE FROM) is when she tells him that friendship and bravery are more important than books and cleverness. In fact, it still makes me cry–book and movie version. Hermione and Harry have such an awesome relationship, and I always appreciate how she pushes him to be a better version of himself, but I also love when she is modest about herself, as well. I fully DITTO this lesson. I will always believe in the power of bravery and friendship over books and cleverness–maybe because I am not book smart, but I am a super good friend, and I think I’m quite brave.

Of course, we all know that Hermione is book smart, clever, a great friend, and super brave, so I guess she is just perfect.

5. Sometimes, you just gotta get physical. HGDracoI literally cheered out loud the first time I read the part when Hermione slaps Draco in the face. I wasn’t even mad when they made it a punch in the movie. Some of my favorite parts in the entire series are when the kids throw their wands aside and use their hands. Maybe that means I have an anger problem, or maybe it means that I think Malfoy is a foul, loathsome, evil little cockroach.

6. It’s okay to always be right. I don’t know I guess because I always think I am right, I think it is okay to be right all the time. I know people don’t like people that are never wrong about anything, but eh. It happens.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1407262565 Francesca Tricamo-Palmer

    Fun fact which I thing you will LOVE: I read in an interview with JK Rowling that, while Harry and Ron did not, Hermione went back and finished her final year at Hogwarts. JK Rowling said that though Hermione ended up choosing helping Harry defeat Voldemort over her education it still would have been very important to her to take her NEWTs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1061462114 Julie Lu Camoin

      hey Fran,
      Where did you get that interview ? I’m very interested…
      My name for a long time has been Miss Hermione, cause I’m a sorta “know it all” … LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523445653 Stephanie Naber

    Love this post!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1562416659 Shezara Cecilia

    Great post! Can relate to this a lot

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25913481 Miranda Eubanks

    This makes me so happy! I love Harry Potter, and I am glad to have grown up with the books (what an amazing time to be alive!). Hermione is the best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000254892243 Andrea Guzman

    Ugh this post made me soooo happy! Hermione is such a role model and my 3 year old daughter already loves her so I’m beyond excited about that! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570105909 Brittany Jewell

    Hi There Jessica Tholmer,
    I came across you blog through this post via my cousin who is a huge Harry Potter fan. I am slightly less of a fan than her, but love this blog post anyway. In Fact, I run the blog Just Jewell (http://just-jewell.blogspot.com) and I wonder how you’d feel if I re-blogged this to my blog.
    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Brittany Jewell

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=45902312 Jackie Bona

    Amazing entry. I completely agree with all the above. Especially with “getting physical.” I cheered when I saw it happen for the first time in the trailer (I hadn’t gotten thru “The Prisoner of Azkaban” at the point).
    SPEW was kinda easy to forget about because it wasn’t given its day in court… er, the movies, reminding me that it didn’t matter if Hermonine was Muggle-born or not. She was a great witch and it’s also cool that she could be modest while always pushing Harry to be his best. You can’t say that about many other literary characters.
    I wasn’t at the top of my class (maybe the top 25% in high school), but she was definitely the character I related to most in the series.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=644991022 Alan Do

    Now if only more kids aspired to be like Hermione Granger instead of that horrid Bella creature.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=639127062 Alexandra Renee

    Ever since I read the books I have wanted to be her. For real. Damn, now I want to read Harry Potter again. ><

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000696827285 Jade Tayla Bate

    Hermione is the best role model a girl can have!! Harry Potter was literally my life growing up and it was so good to see a smart, brave and totally awesome teenage girl who I could look up to and admire! HP 4 EVA <3 <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000191042656 Chris Sangiorgio

    Revisited one of my old paintings recently. Check my Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) painting. I’m 18 year old digital artist from South Florida, any support, views or appreciations on my behance project are much appreciated :)


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