Books Reflections

A letter to Hermione Granger #FridayReflections

February 24, 2017
hermione granger

Dear Hermione,

It’s hard to believe you became a known entity twenty years ago. I, however, was only introduced to you four years after that. At first, I’ll admit I didn’t particularly like you. After all, no one likes a know-it-all. But then, you slowly grew on me. You actually began to remind me of myself at a younger age. You see, when I was in primary school, I was a bossy little know-it-all. I would raise my hand to answer questions and enjoyed being the teacher’s pet. I had to do well at school and ace all my subjects. But in high school, I changed — unlike you who continued to strive to be the best.

The more I got to know you, the more I began to admire you. I admired your compassion for the house elves in particular. The way you passionately stood up for them even against your friends elevated my respect for you. You showed kindness when you knitted things for them. Or when you adopted Crookshanks who wasn’t the most likeable cat. {P.S. We both like cats!}

Your sense of justice and fairness is evident especially when you become a target of injustice. Being called a ‘mudblood’ is equivalent to racist taunts some minorities get in my world. I too am a minority where I live but so far, I haven’t been racially vilified. It doesn’t stop me from standing up to racism and injustice when I see it.

There was never any doubt about your intelligence. While it may have seemed like bookish knowledge, far too many people dismiss that. It takes a lot of effort to learn, to remember and to apply that knowledge. And you did it. Sure it was funny that the thing you feared most was failing in exams but as an over-achiever and recovering perfectionist, I know that feeling very well!

You were everything I wanted to be as a teenager and even as an adult woman — smart, intelligent, loyal, passionate, just and brave. Bravery is not just about using your wand to fight evil. It takes a lot more courage to stand up to your friends. To stand up for what you believe in and for what’s right. That’s what you’ve epitomised throughout the time I’ve known you.

Hermione, when I met you, I was probably a year or two older than you. Yet, you were my role model in so many ways. It was you, Harry and Ron that rekindled my lost love for reading. I wanted to be friends with the three of you. Truth be told, you and I would have most likely been friends even though we’d probably annoy each other with our causes and our soapbox issues. All I yearn for is that other girls, young and old, look up to you the way I did and learn from you.

I hope you continue to inspire others around you. I hope young girls want to be like you some day. Courageous. Strong. Loyal. Intelligent. Passionate. Just.

Thank you for coming into my life, Hermione. I’d be lost without you.

Regards,

Sanchie

If you are new to Friday Reflections, here’s what it’s about. It’s the end of the week, you’re probably exhausted with work, and all you want to do is sit back, put your feet up, sip on some fancy cocktail or wine, and write away.

Corinne from Everyday Gyaan and yours truly give you writing prompts and all you have to do is choose any one of those prompts to blog about and link up every Friday. The link will be open till the Monday. After you link up, be sure to spread the love by visiting other bloggers who have linked up too.

Feel free to add our Friday Reflections badge to your post or sidebar! Follow us on Twitter @FridayReflect and join our Facebook Group. Share your post on social media with the hashtag #FridayReflections.

Prompts for this week:

1. The thing I do most often when I’m meant to be doing something else…
2. Write a letter to a fictional character
3. Write on any of the prompts given in February
4. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall. Use this quote in your post or as an inspiration for one.
5. Picture Prompt (credit: http://everydaygyaan.com)

Last week, we had two featured writers as voted by you: Parul for her thoughts on living and dying, and Arpita for her grateful poem. If you want to be our featured writer next week, all you have to do is write on one of the prompts above, link up below and share!


***Linking with Vanessa for Archive Love***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

You Might Also Like

10 Comments

  • Reply Mithila Menezes @fabulus1710 February 24, 2017 at 1:38 AM

    Ohmigosh, I had tears in my eyes as I read this post. This letter would be so appreciated by Hermione 😍
    Hermione is such a strong character, and the way JKR has portrayed her is brilliant. She has made geeky cool, and hence, each and every geek must proclaim their love for Hermione from the top of every mountain. And you’ve done that in a fabulous way! ❤
    Mithila Menezes @fabulus1710 recently posted…I Love My Blog, and other truths I tell on the Internet #BlogchatterMy Profile

  • Reply The Unknown Journey Ahead February 24, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    This is one of the greatest things an author can experience – creating characters so perfect that readers identify with them and are so inspired by them that their lives are changed. And the Harry Potter books were so beloved by my son (who is in his mid 20’s), too.

  • Reply Shalini February 25, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    I consider myself to be a potter fan and simply love the way you have drawn the comparisons here. I wish we could each identify with one character to allow us to slip in and live in potter world – won’t that be something else !?! 😉
    Shalini recently posted…| GuestBlogging | Book Review | Book2Movie | Me Before You | Jojo Moyes |My Profile

  • Reply Ness February 26, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Love your letter to Hermione. Can you believe I’ve never read the HP series? I think it’s because of my boys watching the movies over and over so I was just Harry Pottered out. Hermione does seem like such a strong female role model, though. I’m glad you found her.

  • Reply Parul Thakur February 26, 2017 at 11:32 PM

    That’s a good one. I need to get on to the series- haven’t read a single one. 😛

    Thank you so much for the mention. This means a lot. Readers have been kind 🙂
    Parul Thakur recently posted…For the love of treesMy Profile

  • Reply Sreesha February 27, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    This post just filled me up! I love Hermione too cos like you, I’ve gone through that phase of being the teacher’s pet and loving it. She sets a great example for kids and is a good role model. There are very few heroines like her.
    Also, JK Rowling once said that out of the three, Hermione’s the one that’s most like her. 😀
    Sreesha recently posted…There She Goes Again, With Her Dancing ShoesMy Profile

  • Reply Make A Difference By Being You #FridayReflections - Everyday Gyaan March 2, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    […] to do is sit back, put your feet up, sip on some fancy cocktail or wine, and write away. Sanch of Living My Imperfect Life and Everyday Gyaan give you writing prompts and all you have to do is choose any one of those […]

  • Reply Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic March 5, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Oh I love this! Hermione will always be one of my favorites! I was a bossy know it all too! lol

  • Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge

    Close
    %d bloggers like this: