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Who Run the Wizarding World? GIRLS.

WHO RUN THIS MUTHA?! Molly Weasley, Hermione Granger, and not really Petunia Dursley. GIRL POWER! Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood
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Sarah Elizabeth

on 26 May 2011

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Who Run the Wizarding World? Girls! Hermione Granger as a Feminist Role Model Intelligent “Hermione is a superior girl sleuth of intelligence and action. She uses her wits to detect clues, unravel riddles, expose suspects and their motives, and solve mysteries… she takes individual action to not only track down research and pursue adventures, but also to fight energetically against villains” (Andrade, 1-2) Active
Krunoslav Mikulan states, “Hermione’s character grows beyond the stereotype of the weak woman/geek and gradually attains the abilities usually attributed to male heroes” (290).
Fights Death Eaters, participates actively in the DA, she joins the Dueling club in her second year, fights with Harry during the War (Harry Potter Wiki) Standard of Beauty
She may get dressed up for the Yule Ball but she despises the process and the standard of beauty. She berates Ron in the Goblet of Fire over the issue on page 394: “We should get a move on, you know… ask someone. He’s right. We don’t want to end up with a pair of trolls.”
Hermione let out a sputter of indignation.
“A pair of… what, excuse me?”
“Well—you know,” said Ron, shrugging. “I’d rather go alone than with—Eloise Midgen, say.”
“Her acne’s loads better lately—and she’s really nice!”
“Her nose is off center,” said Ron.
“Oh I see,” Hermione said, bristling. “So basically you’re going to take the best looking girl who’ll have you, even if she’s completely horrible?”
“Er—yeah, that sounds about right,” said Ron.
“I’m going to bed,” Hermione snapped, and she swept off toward the girls’ staircase without another word. Ginny Weasley as a Feminist Role Model Active
Member of the Gryffindor Qudditch Team,
while at school and after graduating,
she joins the Holyhead Harpies,
an all female Qudditch Team. (Harry Potter Wiki)
Member of the DA, fights Death Eaters
with Harry at the Department of Mysteries,
fights in the final battle at Hogwarts (Harry Potter Wiki)
Engstrom calls her, “a risk-taking, adventurous
young woman” (16).
Escapes from the Inquisitorial Squad
in Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter Wiki) “Yeah, size is no guarantee of power,” said George.
“Look at Ginny.”
“What d’you mean?” said Harry.
“You’ve never been on the receiving end of one
of her Bat-Bogey Hexes, have you?” (Order of the
Phoenix, 100). Independent
While dating Dean Thomas, Ginny stands
up against her brother Ron, stating she is
the one who decides who she dates.
Dean and Ginny eventually break up after a
few arguments (one being about Dean joking
about Harry’s Qudditch injury), the final
argument being about Dean “always trying to
help her through the portrait hole” which she
can do on her own without a problem.
(Harry Potter Wiki)
Ginny restarts the DA in the seventh book
with Luna and Neville.
During the final battle, she objects to her
mother’s wishes that she stay behind and
not fight. She is later seen fighting anyway.
(Harry Potter Wiki) Luna Lovegood as a
Feminist Role Model •Active
Member of the DA originally, then helped restart it during the war (Harry Potter Wiki)
Actively participates in Hermione’s plan to make people believe Harry’s story about Voldemort being back by persuading her father to publish Rita Skeeter’s article. (Harry Potter Wiki)
Escapes from the Inquisitorial Squad in Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter Wiki)
Fights with Harry in the Depart of Mysteries (Harry Potter Wiki)
Fights in the final battle at Hogwarts (HP Wiki) Creative/Openly Different
Unashamed
Makes no apologies about
being odd and doesn’t really
even seem to consider herself
to be weird
In no way ever attempts to
conform Petunia Dursley as a Mother Figure Petunia (Evans) Dursley was a Muggle, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Evans, and the older sister of the Muggle-born witch, Lily (Harry Potter's mother).

During her childhood, Petunia broke off contact with her sister, because she was jealous of her magical abilities, and thus stopped any contact with the wizarding world.

(Harry Potter Wiki) Petunia worked hard to construct a normal life for her family. Harry's arrival on their doorstep made this a difficult illusion to uphold. As Harry's only living relative, Petunia was obliged to take him in. "But she didn't promise to love him; from the beginning, Petunia's treatment of Harry is cruel and reprehensible (allowing Harry's older cousin to pinch and prod him). In stark contrast to her overindulgence of her own child, Harry is treated like an unwanted servant" (HPL). Petunia's treatment of her nephew fits into the literary tradition of the "evil stepmother"
She is a negative female figure in Harry's life and only favors her own son. Mother Figures in Harry Potter's Life "Rowling’s narrative reinforces traditional categories of labor, as it presents women primarily as wives and mothers. Petunia Dursley, true to the wicked old stepmother stereotype, dotes on her selfish, spoiled, malicious son, Dudley, and mistreats her orphaned nephew Harry." (Gallabro 192) Molly Weasley as Mother Figure Matriarch of the Weasley family
Member of the Order of the Pheonix "On the other hand, there are the good mothers, such as the hardworking Molly Weasley, who keeps house for five children (out of seven) and a forgetful if easygoing husband, who makes at least as much trouble as the teenage boys. A formidable woman feared by the males in her family, she strives to keep them on the good path, reinforcing the image of women as civilizers of men." (Gallardo 192) For Harry Potter, Molly became his closest mother figure. Molly was appalled at the mistreatment that Harry suffered at the Dursleys, and was delighted to have Harry stay with the Weasleys at the Burrow, where she could offer food, advice and general mothering.

Starved for affection from his own Aunt Petunia, Harry found warmth from Molly. However, Harry occasionally found her over-protectiveness somewhat smothering.

(Harry Potter Wiki) Sirius: "He's not your son!"
Molly: "He's as good as."
— Sirius Black and Molly Weasley on Harry Potter.

(Harry Potter Wiki) Hermione Granger as Mother Figure One of Harry's best friends
Over protective
Harry and Ron's best interests at heart
Caring and supportive "The maternal ideal extends to other female characters as well. … Even Harry’s friend Hermione, like Professor Minerva McGonagall, eventually becomes a mother figure for Ron and Harry. Clearly, the text implies that the primary role of women in society is the care, socialization, and education of men at any cost." (Gradell 192-3) Sarah Daxton & Elizabeth Kunkle Go Hufflepuff! For more information on these very interesting topics, read our papers!
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