Hermione Granger is thrilled to discover that she is a witch and starts her first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. On the way there she meets two infuriating boys – one who even had dirt on his nose – but little does she know that they will become a big part of her story.
Being a very studious sort of person, she excels at everything but does have some difficulty making friends. Nevertheless, those two infuriating boys (Harry and Ron) become two of her closest chums after an incident in the girls’ bathroom involving a troll, Wingardium Leviosa, and lying to a teacher (which was the most painful part of that experience).
The three of them embark on numerous adventures that could get them killed, or worse, expelled. This ends up with them protecting the Philosopher’s Stone from one very Dark wizard. That adventure led Hermione to demonstrate her logical side (a puzzling potions puzzle), her ruthless side (using the full Body-Bind spell on Neville) and proved that she was the cleverest witch of her age.
Hermione Granger is back and ready to start her second year at Hogwarts. Now with her two best friends at her side, she truly does feel at home in the wizarding world.
However, the Chamber of Secrets is opened. With a monster attacking Muggle-borns, Hermione finds herself in grave danger. Though that doesn’t stop her from being proactive about the situation. To help find the heir of Slytherin, she successfully brews Polyjuice Potion, which is way beyond the level of an ordinary second-year (even if the hair she used for her dose wasn’t puuurrfect).
She also solves the mystery of what the creature is before anyone else. When disaster strikes! Hermione is Petrified before she can inform Harry and Ron that there is a Basilisk attacking students and using the school’s plumbing to move around. She ends up in the hospital wing for weeks before they figure it out. Luckily, she has left them some clues. Harry and Ron are able to piece it together, defeat the Basilisk and Hermione is back and raring to go – despite her disappointment at the cancellation of the end-of-year exams.
Hermione’s third year at Hogwarts is set to be a very busy year for her. There’s an escaped murderer on the loose who appears to be after one her best friends. And there’s friction between her, Harry and Ron. Having bought the wonderful Crookshanks, she has to deal with Ron’s (unfair) hatred of her furry, ginger pet. And Harry is all snotty with her because she told Professor McGonagall about her legitimate concerns when a Firebolt arrived for him with no note.
Yet, that isn’t the only thing she has to contend with. As the brightest in her year, she has taken on more subjects than there are hours in the day. However, she is secretly entrusted a Time-Turner and so can be in two places at once.
She keeps it a secret from Harry and Ron for a long time. But after a particularly eventful night where she discovers Sirius Black is not a murderer, her half-cat half-Kneazle is an excellent judge of character, Scabbers is a man in disguise and her Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher transforms into a werewolf (though that was one secret she had already figured out), she has to tell Harry.
The two of them use the Time-Turner to try and save Sirius’s soul. And with werewolves, Dementors and the laws of time to grapple with, they have an awful lot on their plate. But once again, the bright and plucky witch pulls through – saving the day.
Hermione’s fourth year doesn’t seem to be any quieter than the previous three. With an exciting Quidditch World Cup Final, her best friend competing in the Triwizard Tournament, a new romance on the scene, her other best friend’s jealousy to deal with and the return of Voldemort – there’s always something going on.
When Harry is selected as the fourth Triwizard champion, it brings a lot of upheaval. She finds herself in the middle between Ron and Harry who aren’t talking. She is the subject of many false and awful articles by the odious Rita Skeeter. She also has to try and help Harry figure out how he’s going to complete the tasks, which involves a lot of research.
Those trips to the library do unlock a new relationship, as she gets to know Viktor Krum – the dashing Bulgarian Seeker and Triwizard champion. Krum invites Hermione to the Yule Ball, and she has a wonderful time right up until Ron ruins it for her.
With romance, jealousy, dancing, death and studying – this year is one Hermione will never forget.
Hermione Granger is a Prefect! And while this year may be overshadowed by the return of Voldemort, there are plenty of other things Hermione needs to focus on. Not only does she have the responsibility that comes with being a Prefect, but she has to sit her O.W.L. exams.
With her future on the line, this is not the year for Hermione to get a new and dreadful Defence Against the Dark Arts professor. Unluckily for her, the saccharine and sinister Umbridge is installed at Hogwarts – and is hellbent on changing things for the worse.
A proactive person, Hermione decides that now is the time to take her education into her own hands and comes up with the idea for Dumbledore’s Army. Having persuaded Harry to teach a group of students, this ragtag bunch become quite a force to be reckoned with.
And when Harry sends them all on a wild goose chase to the Department of Mysteries, she more than proves her worth. Even though she is severely injured, Sirius dies and it turns out to be one of Voldemort’s tricks, Hermione demonstrates that yet again she is someone you need on your team.
Hermione starts her sixth year at Hogwarts feeling (unnecessarily) disappointed with her O.W.L. results – Ten Outstandings and One Exceeds Expectations if you must know. Though she has little time to stay disappointed when there are plenty of other things she needs to focus on.
With Harry suddenly excelling at Potions and outperforming her (unfairly), she needs to knuckle down. Although, when she finds out that he has been getting help in the form of notes written in an old copy of Advanced Potion-Making, by someone called the Half-Blood Prince, she is rightly sceptical. But despite her pleas – Harry just won’t listen to her.
While the mystery of the Half-Blood Prince is a pressing concern, Hermione also has to deal with another important rite of passage – teenage heartbreak. The infuriating boy with the dirt on his nose has found his way into her heart, only to crush it as he takes up with Lavender Brown. Yet, an accidental poisoning helps to improve that situation remarkably.
And on top of everything else there is the revelation about the Horcruxes, the Death of Dumbledore by Snape’s hand (who turns out to be the Half-Blood Prince), Slug Club parties to attend and magic to be learnt. Hermione is in for one busy, frustrating and important year.
The hunt for the Horcruxes is well and truly on! Hermione may not be heading back to Hogwarts this year, but she is as prepared as she possibly can be for the mammoth task ahead. In fact, she is far more prepared than her companions Harry or Ron. With her trusty beaded bag full of all sorts of useful things, she is ready to find and destroy all those bits of Voldemort’s soul.
It won’t be plain sailing. As a Muggle-born she is very much at risk in Voldemort’s new regime. Not to mention the fact that she’s aiding and abetting Undesirable No. 1. There’s also all the danger that she will need to face. Whether it is breaking into the Ministry of Magic, being tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange, or having her heart torn in two for a second time, when Ron decides to leave them.
And even with Ron’s return, she still must face the final Battle of Hogwarts. Though this is a moment where she finally manages to share a kiss with her favourite redhead and has a turn at destroying a Horcrux.
While the battle is incredibly tough, she manages to fight with the best of them – even when it looks like Harry is dead. Luckily, he isn’t, and Hermione can finally have her happy ending. She and Ron are together, with a family of their own, and she’s still the cleverest witch of her age.