Hermione Granger, and the power of fictional characters on our mindset

Ron & Hermione's Relationship In 'Harry Potter' Wasn't Just Disappointing, But Dangerous.  By presenting a character we admire in a situation like this, it makes it more acceptable in the mainstream and in our own lives. 

Yes, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger are fictional characters. But the Harry Potter characters have more power over their generation than possibly any other fictional work that has come before them. For millions of us, they shaped our worldviews, our opinions, our sense of right versus wrong. And watching our young feminist hero of the '90s blossom into a woman who ended up settling for someone who emotionally tore her down countless times is more than disappointing — it's dangerous. It unconsciously tells all those kids who identified with Hermione growing up to settle for their Ron, when they are deserving of mutually supportive, healthy, fulfilling relationships with a partner who loves them unselfishly.

"From her, I learned to be unapologetic about my knowledge and confident in my opinions. I learned the moral responsibility to speak up for people who don't have a voice of their own. I learned to be brave, to be relentless, to be fierce, and to value my relationships with people for the precious things that they are. And, had I not been careful, I also would have learned something quite dangerous from her: to settle for someone who recognized these desires in me, and actively used them to tear me down."

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Anjana Nagarajan

Ron & Hermione's Relationship In 'Harry Potter' Wasn't Just Disappointing, But Dangerous.  By presenting a character we admire in a situation like this, it makes it more acceptable in the mainstream and in our own lives. 

Yes, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger are fictional characters. But the Harry Potter characters have more power over their generation than possibly any other fictional work that has come before them. For millions of us, they shaped our worldviews, our opinions, our sense of right versus wrong. And watching our young feminist hero of the '90s blossom into a woman who ended up settling for someone who emotionally tore her down countless times is more than disappointing — it's dangerous. It unconsciously tells all those kids who identified with Hermione growing up to settle for their Ron, when they are deserving of mutually supportive, healthy, fulfilling relationships with a partner who loves them unselfishly.

"From her, I learned to be unapologetic about my knowledge and confident in my opinions. I learned the moral responsibility to speak up for people who don't have a voice of their own. I learned to be brave, to be relentless, to be fierce, and to value my relationships with people for the precious things that they are. And, had I not been careful, I also would have learned something quite dangerous from her: to settle for someone who recognized these desires in me, and actively used them to tear me down."

Read more  : https://www.bustle.com/articles/198364-ron-hermiones-relationship-in-har...

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