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In chapter 10 of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we have some action. Quidditch, regrowing bones, Dobby, Gilderoy Lockhart being just… you know. And more! We break it all down in our video for today. As always, all of this content will be filled with *SPOILERS*.
Today on the site, we’re going to focus on someone who is in much need of a spotlight—Hermione Granger. Seriously, why did I wait so long to do this?
First, a brief appreciation statement for our girl, one of the best characters in the series in my opinion. I haven’t had the opportunity to focus on Hermione since this blog started, but let me just say, she’s an amazing character. One of the things I love about this series is it doesn’t usually have flat characters; almost all of them go through changes that develop them as people. As one of the main characters, Hermione definitely grows as the book series continues, and I’m excited to see her change and develop along with Harry and Ron.
All of us go through what we would call “defining moments” at various points in our lives. These are situations that forge us into the people we are today, further steeping us in our own personalities and who we’re becoming. For Hermione, the Chamber of Secrets is one of the books where this is most apparent for her, and we witness these changes occurring in this very chapter.
At this point in the books, it’s been well-established that Hermione is a rule-follower, and this becomes even more apparent as the series continues. However, another quality of hers steadily rises to the surface, and this chapter is a moment when we catch a glimpse of it—Hermione’s strong sense of justice. She is noble, bold, and unafraid to sometimes break rules to ensure evil is stopped.
Here’s one of my favorite moments from the Chamber of Secrets:
Hermione shut the book with a snap.
“Well, if you two are going to chicken out, fine,” she said. There were bright pink patches on her cheeks and her eyes were brighter than usual. “I don’t want to break rules, you know. I think threatening Muggle-borns is far worse than brewing up a difficult potion. But if you don’t want to find out if it’s Malfoy, I’ll go straight to Madam Pince now and hand the book back in—”
“I never thought I’d see the day when you’d be persuading us to break rules,” said Ron.Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10
Seriously, what an awesome scene!
Hermione, like many other Gryffindors, is a champion of justice for the innocent who are threatened. The opening of the Chamber of Secrets and what it represents for the students of Hogwarts lights a fire in Hermione, and she becomes the trio’s leader during a horrifying time to be at Hogwarts. She doesn’t let fear stop her and views this situation as an opportunity to help those who can’t fight for themselves.
Keep this in mind—Hermione is a Muggle-born, someone who is also being targeted. While I’m sure this does play into her feelings about the situation at hand, I think Hermione would still hold these views and passion whether she was a Muggle-born or not. She would have reacted the same way and with the same fervor.
Actually, if she wasn’t a Muggle-born, I think she’d strive even further to protect these people. Think of how she interacts with house-elves starting in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! She’s never been in these elves’ position, but being on the outside of what they experience makes her sympathize and fight for them even more. I can’t wait to talk about this particular topic when the time comes!
Hermione is compassionate, driven, and dedicated to ensuring justice is served and those who are helpless are protected. While we do see her break rules to go after the Sorcerer’s Stone in the first book, this is the moment when we vividly see her desire to protect others in action.
While Harry and Ron obviously hold these values dear as well, Hermione’s determination becomes an obsession until she decides how she wants to accomplish her goals. Once she has a plan, she dedicates all her energy to achieving it. She becomes the driving force behind the trio’s goals and works to keep Harry and Ron focused on the task at hand. This is the case with the Polyjuice Potion plan, too. For the next couple of chapters, we’ll see her work and work on the potion every chance she gets, striving to do all she can to fight against the danger posed by the Heir of Slytherin.
This dedication toward her goals is something we see later on in the books as well, especially in the seventh when she, Harry, and Ron are living on the lam.
Again, I’m so excited to watch how Hermione grows from here. Don’t worry, we’ll reanalyze her soon! For this book, we get to watch her be an invaluable member of this team, even helping Ron and Harry when she’s petrified…
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See you next week for chapter eleven, “The Dueling Club!”
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