Potter Portaits #6: Hermione Granger (and Crookshanks)
No stranger to danger, it's Hermione Granger!

Here's Hermione Granger and her pet half-cat, hald-kneezle Crookshanks. Of all the L'il Potter pieces I've done so far, I think this one reflects the influence of Mary Blair the most (Blair was longtime Disney artist, though you may also remember her illustrations for Little Golden Books).

Hermione Granger was born to two Muggle dentists - a fact that always surprises Americans who didn't realize there were that many dentists in England. Given that Hermione was born to two non-magical parents, it wasn't immediately clear where her powers came from so she was heavily recruited not only by Hogwarts but also by an American private facility: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.

Hermione wound up being the smartest kid in Hogwarts, and probably was one of the smartest people there even including the teachers. Despite this, she didn't get sorted into the house for the smart kids, but the house for the brave kids because she's also uncommonly brave. Really, Hermione is particularly smart, brave, and ambitious and could therefore reasonably have been sorted into Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, or Slytherin (but not Hufflepuff, reserved for students who are not uncommonly smart, brave, or ambitious. It's always a little unclear just what makes a Hufflepuff. Mediocrity, I guess. I bet there are a lot of sad Hufflepuffs on sorting day).

With everything else she has going for her, at least Hermione is also really homely. What? Nope, she turns out to be beautiful as well (at least once she shows her parents that their years of studying dentistry can be bested by a teenager with a magic stick and she fixes her buck teeth). Aside from a mild tendency to be a bit of a know-it-all and a name that sounds like it should belong to your great grandmother, Hermione has pretty much everything going for her. Naturally, she therefore falls for a whiny redheaded boy who hates studying and whines about everything. Seems like a great match.

Let Hermione Granger be a lesson for awesome girls everywhere. Do not fall for the first guy who will talk to you at age 12. As you get older, other boys will stop being intimidated by your intelligence, looks, and outgoing personality too. Wait for them.

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