I can’t stop laughing at Harry running the fuck away, the boy who lived ladies and gentlemen.
….You realize, of course, that Hermione Granger lit a teacher on fire when she was eleven, and kept a person alive in a jar for a year when she was fourteen, and studies dark and forbidden magics for kicks, and is one of the brightest and strongest witches of her era. If she came at me, even wandless, I would aparate to Neptune to get away from her.
Hermione Granger also:
- punched Draco Malfoy in the nose for being an idiot
- purposefully performed a confundus charm on whatshsface WHILE HE WAS FLYING just so Ron would win (omfg that is so fucking dangerous)
- literally pulled a fucking Bourne Identity on her parents and managed to set them up in fucking Australia (jesus christ she literally made it so that she NEVER EXISTED wtf that’s so fucking 007)
- Convinced the Ministry of Magic to give her an incredibly dangerous and volatile device that allowed her to ALTER TIMELINES COMPLETELY (just because she was so smart, literally, that is the reason, her “potential”)
- Has enough basic survival skills and badass magic to literally disappear to the middle of nowhere and flourish AND figure out Voldemort’s plot with Harry
- Hermione also figures out not only what Voldemort’s plan is, but generally how to beat it, WAY BEFORE VOLDEMORT EVER DOES. Why? because she is just that much smarter and better at magic than everybody else
in conclusion: Voldemort wishes he could be as awesome as Hermione, that’s why he wants to kill her so bad.
So why was this series about Harry Potter again?
because apparently any media without a straight white male lead character won’t sell
Okay, I’m a feminist. I love Hermione Granger. But I also love Harry Potter. The point of the series is that we all have different strengths and weaknesses, but by working together, we can bring out the best in each other. Hermione was wonderful, and could do a lot of things that Harry couldn’t, but Harry was special in his own ways that Hermione wasn’t. I think there’s a lot to be said that a character doesn’t have to be the ‘main character’ in order to mean a lot to the series. Harry knows that without Hermione, he would never have made it. The audience knows it, too.
And finally, saying that ‘any media without a straight white male lead won’t sell’ might actually be more impactful if you were arguing that a well-rounded woman of color should be the lead instead of a one-dimensional male character, and weren’t using it to argue taking the lead from a dynamic straight white male to a dynamic straight white female.