Sunday, May 15, 2011
Hermione, Ginny and Luna (Awesome Women)
I adore the Harry Potter series of books by JK Rowling. And almost as much, I've loved seeing the books be adapted into wonderful films. I can't even put into words how much I love the world that JK Rowling has created, her fabulous characters and the situations that they are put in. I love the magic and how these books (and films) have inspired so many children and young people.
And for me, I especially love her female characters. As much as I love Hagrid and the Weasley twins, I especially love that we see women in all forms, from mothering Mrs Weasley to studious Hermione to absolute bad-ass villian, Bellatrix Lestrange. And so today, I thought I would say a little something about my favourite three Harry Potter women.
Hermione Granger - I admit it, I kind of see myself as a Hermione type. Especially in the first book, where she's overly studious and a stickler for rules and quote really boring things like The History of Hogwarts. She also doesn't have any friends and doesn't really know how to fit in with her bookish ways and her big bushy hair. All things that I could relate to very well as a teenager.
Thankfully for all of us, she learns to really lighten up a bit and I love the banter between her and Harry and Ron. She really goes from annoying know-it-all to really wonderful and loyal friend. Plus, I think it would be awesome to be able to use a Time-Turner. Though, possibly for other things, rather than taking more academic classes. She uses her cleverness to help conceal the DA and continuously fought alongside Ron and Harry against evil.
I loved the slow and sweet relationship between Hermione and Ron, but also loved that she is so much more than just a romantic love interest.
Ginny Weasley - And then there's Ginny Weasley. Who is sort of the annoying little sister at the beginning of the books. When she first attends Hogwarts in Harry's second year, she's so smitten with him she can hardly string a sentence together in his presence. After some wonderful advice from Hermione, she is able to lighten up around Harry and not focus on him so completely.
She goes on to have several relationships with other boys, plays quidditch incredibly well, is known for her severe bogey-bat hex and is a prominent member of Dumbledore's Army. I love how her confidence really grew as the series went on and I loved her transformation.
Luna Lovegood - Luna Lovegood just makes me happy. I love her quirkiness and how she just marches to her own beat most of the time. Quite happy to be kind of an outcast and friendless, Luna often goes on about mythical creatures like nargles, and of her father's magazine, the Quibbler. Until she meets Harry, Hermione and Ron in the fourth book and joins the DA.
I really feel quite badly for Luna. I hate that she's so picked on and ridiculed but it makes my heart happy that she found a group of friends and is able to be accepted for her own wacky self.
Do you love Hermione, Ginny and Luna as much as I did? Who is your favourite character in Harry Potter?