Hermione is a fan favourite in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. Hermione is surrounded by people who are viewed as some of the bravest witches and wizards in the wizarding world throughout Rowling’s series. Yet, Hermione herself in the first book is not brave. Hermione is probably, at this point in the series, one of the least brave characters in Gryffindor. Hermione utilizes her knowledge and brilliance to help her through the tough things that occur during the book. Once there is any notion of danger, Hermione shuts down. One of the most prevalent and most valued traits of a Gryffindor is to be brave. This begs the question of, is Hermione truly a Gryffindor when the hat sorts her into the house or should she have been sorted into Ravenclaw where they are more focused on intelligence and wit? Hermione is one of the smartest people in the book. So there is no doubt that she belongs there, but her house placement is something that there is some doubt with. Hermione should have been sorted into Ravenclaw based on the fact that Hermione isn’t brave, she is just very intelligent.
While the first years at Hogwarts are getting settled in at the school, they are sorted into one of the four historic houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Young witches and wizards are all placed in houses depending on if you have certain traits. Ron, Harry, and Hermione were all sorted into Gryffindor. The Sorting Hat said that, “[y]ou might belong in Gryffindor, / Where dwell the brave at heart, / Their daring, nerve, and chivalry / Set Gryffindors apart” (117). The main traits that every Gryffindor is supposed to possess is bravery. They are supposed to be people who are “daring” enou...
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...but brave is not something that she is. She lets her friends do the tough things, like fight a troll in order to save her. They also deal with the possibility of being killed due to the fact that her quick thinking isn’t always going to be fast enough or if her thought process was even accurate. There is no doubt that Hermione is someone who is very smart and loves to learn, but that isn’t what people think of when they think about the people of the Gryffindor house. They think of bravery, chivalry, and people being able to keep their nerve. These are things that Hermione struggles with throughout this entire book. She doesn’t have the qualities that are of the most importance to Gryffindors. Ravenclaw is where Hermione should have been sorted. Her intelligence is something that is her defining characteristic, so why wouldn’t she be sorted into a house based on that?
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