How do you see Hermione? I feel like most people dont like her
In my experience, I come across more people who over-idolize her! I like her but for very different reasons than idolization.
Over the years, Hermione’s become an icon for the bookworm. I don’t see her that way. I think she’s someone who knows how to use her resources wisely, who strives for excellence and perfection, who is prepared, and who wants to be respected for all of these traits—which is great but I don’t think it makes her a bookworm like she’s oft characterized. She’s practical, but not so much a lover of knowledge that would place her in Ravenclaw.
I see her as an activist. An aggressive, sometimes-damaging activist for reasons that this post can explain better than I can. I think at her core, Hermione needs to be correct and likes feeling needed. She would rather mold other people to fit her views of correctness than concede. While I frame these traits negatively, they’re the flip side of the traits I mentioned in the paragraph earlier, on the negative extremity. Hermione can be hardworking but also overworking, determined but also pushy, usually on the mark but also very very wrong.
And I can relate to that. I can relate to that better than the flawless Hermione the movies gave us. Better than the Hermione who is beautiful all along, a trope that I find detrimental to representation of nerd girls. Better than the Hermione who is compared to Cho, Lavender, Pansy and elevated by somehow being less emotional, fanatical or conniving (she isn’t but that’s how it’s written, and I fault JKR for that). Hermione may not always be a great person, and that’s why I like her.
Do you think Draco's the type of guy who likes a challenging girl (the one who challenges him/his ego and is competitive) or a girl who's sweet and charming enough to appear as very vulnerable?
the kings in Romania thing. aren't the "kings" the dragons? that's how i understood it.
Indeed! A metaphor :D
on that note, sorry for the lack of posting still! We’re still here, just super busy; I hope you don’t mind an inactive blog in your follow lists for awhile. We’ve also received a number of really nice anons—thank you very much for the love! ^__^
Julia edit: wheee looks like our jobs and various commitments got the better of us. Thanks so much for all your support & kind words and I hope we can post some new material soon!
Um..about your chatlie weasley edit.. umm.. we don't have a king in Romania. Just sayin'.
It’s a metaphor!
I couldn’t resist sorry.
Apologies for the late acceptance letter. Or maybe you were taking classes all along?
what do you think of rita skeeter?? (besides the obvious)
Rita’s 100% selfish and revels in it. Sure, she might have some redeeming quality somewhere, but would she even care? She clearly loves her job and holds nothing back, has no boundaries nor shame, stomping all over both the alive and dead. Her quill is the only thing she holds sacred. She has few loved ones if any. She travels too much for them and they’re all hassle, no payoff; she needs concrete incentives, not evidence. She gets a kick out of the attention her stories get and her sheer power through words. There’s a terrifying appeal to that kind of thrill and freedom. I don’t think she has many regrets.
I completely understand why JKR thinks she’s so fun to write. My thoughts on her are biased because I write an OC who’s her grandniece, and she’s a Rita-lite who I’ve essayed endlessly about. She describes Rita as a “rubbish writ[er], brilliant businesswoman,” and has this anecdote to sum up Rita’s familial love: “Great-Aunt Rita always said she would take me to the Prophet headquarters, but let’s face it: the woman is much better at being a liar than an aunt.” Which sums up my headcanon for her and her writing as well.
Terrible, knows it, sassy about it. I love to hate her :D