When I started reading the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling, I found a kindred spirit in Hermione Granger. Like me, she is a girl who loves school and learning...loves pouring through books in the library and reading ahead of the class in all her textbooks. But Hermione is more than just a girl who is a little geeky and bookish. She is a strong female character that any girl...or woman...can look up to. She knows her own mind, is fiercely loyal and is a true friend. And she believes in righting the wrongs of social injustice (who can forget her taking on the cause of the Hogwart's House Elves!). There are many characters in the Harry Potter books that are favorites, but Hermione stands out as my most favorite because I see myself in her. It might (not) surprise you to know that I took one of those "which Harry Potter character are you?" quizzes and guess who I was? Hermione Granger! I have not yet read the last book in the series, but I'm hoping that Hermione will get her ultimate wish...to be with Ron as more than just friends (something that we finally saw the spark of in Half-Blood Prince). If you haven't already, take another look at Hermione. She is a character well worth remembering.
Do you have a favorite fictional character?