Harry Potter Literary Criticism Essay

1393 WordsAug 16, 20156 Pages
Role confusion: Hermione as the true main character in the Harry Potter Series In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Hermione Granger serves as a key figure as one of Harry’s best friends. Harry Potter is touted as the main character throughout the novel and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger as sub-characters. J.K. Rowling has the character labeling all wrong, and throughout the series this flaw is exploited. In truth Hermione Granger serves as the true main character, due to her function as a role model, her constant search for knowledge and her undeniably admirable characteristics. These character traits all contribute to Hermione’s role throughout the series and her development as a character. Role models are people that influence the people whom they are arounds actions as a positive influence and Hermione envelops the entire concept throughout the series. “I’m hoping to do some good in the world!” Hermione says (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 124). This particular quote exemplifies the role model persona that envelopes Hermione throughout the series. A good role model described by Mark Thomas “should be someone hard working, creative, free thinking and moral.” (Thomas). Hermione fulfills all of these through her intense work ethic and avid desire to learn pushing her as well as her fellow classmates’ to question the system such as in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She stands up for her and her classmates educations to Dolores Umbridge by creating “Dumbledore’s Army”. In today’s society teenagers, and in particular teenage girls, focus too much on their look and the people's opinion of them whereas Hermione says “Books! And cleverness! There are far more important things-- friendship and bravery” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 287). This solidifies Hermione as the biggest role model throughout this book series. Hermione

More about Harry Potter Literary Criticism Essay

Open Document