A Novel Reading List: Hermione Granger

If in doubt, go to the library: a mantra taught by the one and only Hermione Granger. Hermione sees the library as a hallowed place and respects books as not only valuable sources of information, but as enlightening sources of entertainment. I can imagine Hermione’s ‘to-read’ pile is endless, but she would no doubt have a reading schedule in place that she sticks to religiously. Hermione would be one to be reading three books concurrently: a school textbook, a non-fiction book of personal interest, and a novel.

The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy
Hermione would devour this poetry collection, agreeing with Duffy’s comment on the patriarchy ruling history, and identifying with the women who do all the work, only for the men to get all the credit.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
She would relish the opportunity to figure out the erudite classical references in this novel. Also: “Being the only female in what was basically a boys’ club must have been difficult for her. Miraculously, she didn’t compensate by becoming hard or quarrelsome. She was still a girl, a slight lovely girl who lay in bed and ate chocolates, a girl whose hair smelled like hyacinth and whose scarves fluttered jauntily in the breeze. But strange and marvelous as she was, a wisp of silk in a forest of black wool, she was not the fragile creature one would have her seem.”

Macbeth by Shakespeare
The Scottish Play would be Hermione’s springboard to critically discuss the problematic representation of witches in history and in literature. She would use this play to suggest that Voldemort, like Macbeth, had a fatal flaw, drawing a parallel between their responses to the prophesy.

The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot
Purely because she loves a challenge

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Gay’s musings on feminism would strike a chord with Hermione, as would her experiences with racism; she would see the racism towards Blacks as the Muggle version of ‘Mudblood’ oppression. Hermione is wise enough to know that magic can’t fix everything, even prejudice.

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Recommended reading for all members of S.P.E.W.

Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
After Harry’s brief moment at the top of the potions class, Hermione is crowed Queen of potions once more. She would certainly educate herself on Muggle science in order to advance her own scholarship.


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