I am currently pondering the idea that women have to be way more dangerous than men to seem as dangerous as men, in the same way that women have to be smarter than men to seem as smart as men. This thought is inspired by this blog post, which made me wonder whether Hermione is more dangerous than Harry but gets less recognition for it.

I think I’m probably going to submit this to Sonorus, a Harry Potter feminism zine. The deadline is 1st August, in case you want to join in. Thanks for the heads-up, Kirsty!

ETA: I stand corrected. SPOILER WARNING.Β Blunajana reminded me of Hermione’s blackmail:

Rita Skeeter isn’t going to be writing anything at all for a while. Not unless she wants me to spill the beans on her… I found out how she was listening in on private conversations when she wasn’t supposed to be coming into the grounds… Rita Skeeter is an unregistered Animagus. She can turn into a beetle… I’ve told her she’s to keep her quill to herself for a whole year. See if she can’t break the habit of writing horrible lies about people.source

According to Blunajana, Hermione discovered Rita’s sneaky ability after the Triwizard Tournament, caught her, and kept her in a glass until the end of term. So it was a week. Blunajana KNOWS HER STUFF, guys. I bow eternally to her epic expertise.