from the fantastic Harry Potter series by the also fantastic J. K. Rowling
“ 'Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery and — oh Harry — be careful!' "
“ '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.”
" 'It's "levi-OH-sa" not "levi-oh-SAR." ' "
Oh, Hermione. She's smart, clever, loves books, and is compassionate and brave. She is one of the main reasons Harry can accomplish half of what he does in the story - but she's so much more than just a walking encyclopedia. Her crusade for the plight of the marginalized is so great that she not only begins a group to raise awareness - the Society for the Protection of Elvish Welfare ("S.P.E.W.") - but she then works to create laws to make just that happen. She leaves everything behind to help rid the world of evil, because for her there is no other way to be.
In a world where girls are often shown as passive, over-sexualized, boy-crazy, or stupid - or worse! hiding their intelligence so they're less threatening - Hermione Granger is a brilliant breath of fresh air. She's been described as a feminist icon and I'm beyond thrilled that my whole family loves her. Hermione is a role model for intelligence and striving to always do your best, no matter where you come from or who you annoy in the process. And her loyalty and compassion are just as important. She stands up there with any classic heroine you can name as being an important literary figure.