Rarely you come across a book with a male protagonist having strong female characters. Normally you have a female whose ONLY motive in life is to be romantically involved with a male character or to support and compromise for the male characters.
The major decisions are taken by the male characters and it just affects the female characters, rarely we see a female character making strong story- changing decisions.
Not So in Rowling’s World!
JKR proudly calls herself a feminist and explains her world in these lines:
“What’s interesting about the wizarding world is when you take physical strength out of the equation, a woman can fight just the same as a man can fight, a woman can do magic just as well as a man can do magic.”
I am loyal and smart like Hermione Granger
Normally in order to be accepted by male community we often see women dumb-ing themselves down in order to get their acceptance. A smart girl is always a plain, glasses clad person who interests nobody.
Hermoine is the nerd of the trio. She NEVER apologizes for being smart. She NEVER apologizes for loving books, even when she is teased mercilessly for being know-it-all.
She is smart, she knows her brains are her strongest point and she is not interested in any guy who cannot accept her for who she is.
She is the antithesis of all heroines ever written. She does not end up with the hero.
She prefers Arithmetic to Divination and is quite vocal about it. Normally it is always shown girls to be weak in logical subjects and excel in well..subjects without logic.
She is a bad-ass…even with her prim and proper persona. She punches Malfoy for being an ass. She takes no shit from anyone, she speaks her mind. She even manages to trap an unethical journalist in a jar, I mean how cool is that?
Traditionally if a female character is given traits of aggressiveness or rebelliousness, they are often portrayed as Tom-boys, Hermoine clearly is not one.
She is Emotional, She is Logical, She is unapologetic, this kind of a woman is rarely seen.
Best of all, Hermione is a true feminist. At first glance, Hermione appears to stick strictly to the rules. However, the truth is Hermione is constantly challenging the system and pushing others to consider the deep-seeded inequality faced by the non-privileged members of the wizarding world. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hermione comes up with the idea to start a clandestine student resistance movement called Dumbledore’s Army. In Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, when Hermione learns of the existence of enslaved house elves, not only does she call out her best friend for defending their enslavement, she establishes a student organization dedicated to demanding freedom and fair pay for house elves. The movement isn’t popular, but hey –- Hermione isn’t afraid of people judging her.
If I ever have a daughter, I am glad there is one proper character who can be a role model in true sense.
I am sexy and fierce like Fleur Delacour
Fleur Delacour is somebody who is constantly underestimated by people because of her looks.Traditionally such girls are the delicate ones who only play with the men’s hearts and usually dumb.Fleur kicks such stereotypes by being the only girl chosen by the Goblet.Thus proving she is better and stronger.She fights along with the male contestants and gives them a fight like an equal.
Fleur is gorgeous- and she knows it.
She does not hide her opinions nor she accepts authority just because it is there. She laughs at Dumbledore during his speech before the tournament not caring if people thought her disrespectful.
She cares about people. She looks past their appearances. Even when she knows Molly and Ginny do not like her, she does not change being who she is to gain their approval. She DEMANDS respect and tells point blank on people’s faces if they are being close minded.
She shows that a girl who looks awesome and sexy does not mean she is weak and brainless.
I am stubborn and brave like Ginny Weasley
Ginny is one girl who never EVER lets anyone make a decision for her. Not her brothers nor harry. She is described as a ‘forceful, independent girl who often knew her own mind’
She is not afraid of danger.
Ginny’s full name is Ginevra, and it is no coincidence that Rowling, who chose character names with great care, would choose this name for this witch. History’s most famous Ginevra is the Florentine aristocrat whose portrait by Leonardo da Vinci hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. In that portrait, allusions are made to Ginevra de’ Benci’s virtue and chastity, which makes it all the more deliciously ironic that Rowling would bestow the name on a serial dater who snogs her boyfriends all over the Hogwarts campus. Don’t get me wrong, one of the best things about Ginny is that she is totally unashamed of her sexuality. She dates a lot of boys, and when her brothers try to hint that she’s being a bit slutty – or as Ron would say, being “a scarlet woman” – she doesn’t put up with it for a minute. She makes it very clear that there is nothing wrong with what she’s doing, and that her private life is none of their business. And when she and Harry finally get together after years of silent crushing on her end and several months of angsty hesitation on his, it is Ginny who finally makes a move and kisses Harry.
I am creative and calm like Luna Lovegood
At school, Lovegood is ostracized and ridiculed because she’s so odd, but she has never felt the need to disguise her eccentricity in order to fit in.
She is a kind of person who just does not care what the world thinks of her! Honestly, how many people you know are like that?
She also has a habit of seeing only good in people. Even when people in question are ragging her.
She is one spunky girl who is brave enough to be different.
She knows people call her ‘loony’, she still refuses to change, even if it means she has no friends. She is happy.
She is wise, she is philosophical and she is spunky.
I am intuitive and wise like Minerva McGonagall
Professor McGonagall is one hell of a woman. She’s incredibly tough, courageous, intelligent and will always fight for what is right.
Exuding magnanimity and sternness, she was held in great respect by all students and staff.
She has a quick wit and a dry sense of humor, this coupled with presence of mind, makes her the best teacher at Hogwarts.
She is one of the few people who is not afraid to call Voldemort by his name.
Moments that particularly stand out to me are her many confrontations with Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix and how she is able to sensibly take charge after both Dumbledore’s death in Half-Blood Prince and Snape’s flight in Deathly Hallows (which, of course, happens after her duel with Snape – another brilliant McGonagall moment). These prove that Minerva McGonagall is a highly skilled woman who is more than capable of battle, whether it be a battle of wits or on in the midst of war.
I am not afraid to be different and loyal like Andromeda Tonks
Andromeda was born into the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black—also known as the Pureblood Family. It wasn’t so much that Andromeda was born into a Pureblood family as it is what kind of Pureblood family she was born into. As we know through the canon evidence given by Sirius himself, the Black family were so high on blood supremacists that they would willingly turn away their own flesh and blood if it meant potentially “tainting” the family line. There’s this sort of impression given, really, that Andromeda’s mother—Druella Black—was a rather haughty sort of figure. Indeed, both her younger and elder sisters (Narcissa and Bellatrix) grew into adults still upholding the narrow-minded set of beliefs that their parents had instilled into them as children. And if Narcissa and Bellatrix were raised to be blood supremacists and were products of ingrained racism themselves, then surely Andromeda would have been intended to be the same.
But she wasn’t. Andromeda was clearly able to escape this prejudiced vein of thinking that the rest of her family bought into. Out of a family of three daughters, she was the only one who dared to fight against what she’d been raised to think and believe.
With that being said, think of her husband. Realistically, she would have met him during her time at Hogwarts; it’s possible she might have fallen in love with him while attending school. And for her to so boldly speak up against her family’s tradition of marrying within strictly Pureblood families to run away and marry Ted Tonks…that takes a hell of a lot of nerve. It doesn’t matter whether she had a wonderful or terrible relationship with her family—it can be terrifying and nerve-racking for anyone to leave their family behind. Andromeda knew that marrying Ted would result in her being disowned; she knew that it would more than likely mean she wouldn’t be able to see or interact with her sisters and parents again. And she did it anyway. And for this, her face was blackened in the family tree in her wall.
It’s possible to regard the loss of her family as the first fatal blow that war and blood supremacy awarded Andromeda with, but that depends entirely on what sort of relationship she had shared with her sisters and parents pre-disownment. Either way, Andromeda was then forced to lose her husband during the war. The man she’d run away with and had built a life together with was dead, and she was left with a daughter, a son-in-law, and a grandson (who was, presumably, still on the way when Ted was killed). And as if becoming a widow wasn’t enough, she then lost her son-in-law in the war and her own daughter. Her daughter who was killed at the hands of her own sister.
So by the end of the war, Andromeda has no one but Teddy. She may have members of the Order who come around and help, sure, but her family is gone. The sister who murdered her child is deceased, her parents are long since gone, and the one remaining sister she has left supposedly hasn’t interacted with her in decades. Andromeda Tonks, an aging Witch who has been battered and tested by war, has nothing but her grandson left to remind her of the family she has built.
And that is heart-breaking. Andromeda seems like such a strong, fascinating character, and if you don’t think she’s boss as hell for being able to escape the chains of racism in her family and live for herself, then I don’t know what to tell you.
This is end of Part 1, more characters to follow in part 2!!
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