posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 11:09 PM
Originally posted by TKDRL
reply to post by PulsusMeusGallo
A nerd is the bully? That's a new one on me.
Why not a nerd? She came onto the field determined to excel in order to be SEEN to excel. And by this time she knows damn well that in the wizarding
world knowledge is quite literally power.
And she did seem to be learning. Gradually. Hermione had made considerable strides in breaking herself of at least some of her least likable behaviors
including bullying (academically, scholastically and/or psychologically).
By the end of Year 1 she had learned that boasting gained her no brownie points with her peers.
By the end of Year 2 she had evidently decided that drawing attention to herself on general principles was not a great idea either.
It took all year of Book 3 to get her to stop showing off in class, but she appears to have finally managed that lesson as well — for the most part,
although she still goes into that mode whenever she is confronted by a new teacher.
In HBP (#6) Snape finally went so far as to openly slap her down for simply parrotting the information from the textbook. He’d probably wanted to do
that for years. But Potions is a study which does tend to support rote learning and “one true answer”. At least the way he taught it.
Now if she could just wrap her mind around the concept that not all the answers can be found in books, or that she could be wrong about anything she
would be making real progress.
Which, by Deathly Hallows, she finally had.