Hermione Granger

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Hermione Jean Granger (pronounced /hərˈmaɪ.əni ˈdʒiːn ˈɡreɪndʒər/) is a fictional character and one of the three protagonists (the other two being Harry Potter and Ron Weasley) in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. She initially appears in the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, as a new student on her way to Hogwarts. After being saved in the girls' bathroom from a mountain troll by Harry and Ron, she becomes close friends with them and often uses her quick wit and encyclopaedic knowledge to help them. Rowling has stated that Hermione resembles her at a younger age, with her insecurity and fear of failure.[1]

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Hermione is a Muggle-born Gryffindor student, and the best friend of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. Based on the chronology of the Harry Potter series it can be established that the character's birthdate is September 19th 1979[citation needed]. She is an overachiever who excels academically, and is described by Rowling as a "very logical, upright and good" character.[2] Rowling adds that Hermione's parents, two Muggle dentists, are a bit bemused by their odd daughter, but very proud of her all the same."[3] Though Rowling has described the character of Luna Lovegood as the "anti-Hermione" because they are so different,[4] Hermione's foil at Hogwarts is Pansy Parkinson, a female bully based on real-life girls who teased the author during her school days.[5]

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