Emma Watson has portrayed a number of strong roles in her movies. Not only that, but with her feminist ideas, she is a true role model in real life. Hermione Granger, one of her characters, was one such marvel as well.  Let’s take a look at how the birthday girl’s character in J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter taught us the true essence of being a hero.

When she saved Ron and Harry from Devil’s Snare

When Hermione came along and casually cast a Lumos Solem charm, Ron was busy getting killed by a super-vicious plant while searching for the Sorcerer’s Stone. She’s basically the feminist witch version of a knight in shining armour, so it’s no surprise Ron fell in love with her.

When she figured out how the disembodied voice was getting around the castle

When the Chamber of Secrets was opened, Harry began hearing disembodied snake whispers, which was yet another weird mystery explained by Hermione. She not only detected a Basilisk lurking around Hogwarts’ pipes, but she also managed to relay this information while petrified. Way to go, girl.

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When she saved Buckbeak and Sirius Black’s lives

Hermione was handed a Time-Turner in the trio’s third year so she could attend extra classes, but she also used it to save a few lives on the side. The gang was able to go back in time and save Sirius Black from being kissed by a Dementor, as well as Buckbeak from being decapitated, thanks to Hermione’s genius.

When she kept Dumbledore’s secret weapon safe

In the Harry Potter series and films in general, Umbridge is one of the most easily despised villains. So Hermione’s fast thinking saves the day once more when Umbridge tortures Harry to give up Dumbledore’s secret weapon. This sends Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest, where the Centaurs take her away.

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When she sacrificed her childhood for the greater good

Hermione, at a heart-breaking moment, wiped her parents’ memories of her in order to protect them during the Wizarding War. It was the ultimate sacrifice, putting their happiness and safety ahead of her own.

It would be right to dub Hermione as “The Girl Who Saved the Day”. What do you think?