Skip to main content
No. of Recommendations: 1
Anyway, the reason I think Hermione's attitude towards the elves is bad writing isn't because she thinks they deserve freedom and I think they don't want it. I think it's bad writing because Hermione is shown in every other respect to be highly intelligent and a thorough researcher of subjects that catch her interest. But in this single case, her position is a simple minded pushing of a political agenda that isn't being accepted. Why isn't she trying to talk to the elves about their point of view? If she can see the Ministry of Magic meddling in Hogwarts on the first day of class, why can't she see that the house elves issue is more complicated than simply fooling them into accepting liberation for their own good?

Was Hermione trying to fool the house elves into freedom? I read it more like she was hiding the hats and socks and whatever from the other wizards so that the house elves would be able to find them and claim them. None of the elves other than Dobby were willing to clean the Gryffindor common room because they were *offended.* I took this to mean that they weren't worried about being accidentally freed against their will but were offended at the thought that they would want freedom. Hermione would still do much better if she really got to know some house elves rather than relying on her image of what they must really be like, but I don't think she's so disrespectful as to be tricking them into freedom. I'll have to take another look at that.

As for Hermione seeing the house elves issue as too simple, I agree with you there, and we just have to remind ourselves that she is *fifteen* after all. Athena (known as Minerva to the Romans -- hence Minerva McGonagall) was the Greek goddess of wisdom and sprang from the head of Zeus fully grown. She couldn't have grown up from childhood because children by definition are not wise. They can be awfully intelligent, but wisdom is a different ball of wax. Hermione can pick up on spells awfully quickly and knows "Hogwarts, A History" backwards and forwards, but she's still got some learning to do, 'cause after all she's still a kid. So far, Hermione hasn't had to realize that she still has a lot to learn. I would expect that she will have to come to grips with this in Six and Seven.

Print the post  


What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.