Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by

J. K. Rowling

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Hermione Granger Character Analysis

One of Harry’s best friends. Hermione is indisputably the smartest witch in her class at Hogwarts, as well as the hardest working. Nevertheless, because of her Muggle heritage she’s often exposed to prejudiced comments from professors like Slughorn or outright bigotry from Malfoy. Her intelligence often proves indispensable to the trio’s efforts to fight Voldemort, as she’s able to supply critical information or decipher complex puzzles. Hermione also often acts as the trio’s moral compass, forcing Harry and Ron to think about the ethical implications of their more dubious choices, like relying on the Half-Blood Prince’s annotations or using house-elf labor to follow Malfoy. Like Ginny, Hermione is far more emotionally mature than Harry and Ron, and this disparity sometimes makes her feel alienated and lonely: while Hermione is comfortable with her crush on Ron, she has to deal with his mood swings and hurtful behavior as he grapples with his feelings for her. At the end of the novel Hermione prepares to accompany Harry on his journey to find the Horcruxes, affirming the bravery and loyalty she’s shown since her first year at Hogwarts.

Hermione Granger Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince quotes below are all either spoken by Hermione Granger or refer to Hermione Granger. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince published in 2006.
Chapter Five: An Excess of Phlegm Quotes

Harry did not really listen. A warmth was spreading through him…He knew that Ron and Hermione were more shocked than they were letting on, but the mere fact that they were still there on either side of him, speaking bracing words of comfort, not shrinking from him as though he were contaminated or dangerous, was worth more than he could ever tell them.

Related Characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger
Page Number: 99
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Chapter Eleven: Hermione’s Helping Hand Quotes

“Anyone we know dead?” asked Ron in a determinedly casual voice; he posed the same question every time Hermione opened her paper.

Related Characters: Ron Weasley (speaker), Hermione Granger
Page Number: 221
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Chapter Fourteen: Felix Felicis Quotes

He and Cho were too embarrassed to look at each other, let alone talk to each other; what if Ron and Hermione started going out together, then split up? Could their friendship survive it?...And then, what if they didn’t split up? What if they became like Bill and Fleur, and it became excruciatingly embarrassing to be in their presence, so that he was shut out for good?

Page Number: 283
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Chapter Thirty: The White Tomb Quotes

…In spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.

Page Number: 652
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Hermione Granger Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The timeline below shows where the character Hermione Granger appears in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Four: Horace Slughorn
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...warns Harry not to speak freely about the prophecy but suggests he tell Ron and Hermione. Although doing so might entail confessing that he is “worried and frightened,” the professor points... (full context)
Chapter Five: An Excess of Phlegm
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...clucks over his height and thinness. As she pours him a bowl of delicious soup, Hermione’s cat Crookshanks jumps onto Harry’s knee; he’s glad to know that she’s already arrived at... (full context)
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In the morning, he wakes up suddenly to Ron and Hermione’s exuberant entrance. Sitting down on his bed, they quiz him on his journey and his... (full context)
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...Ron’s sister Ginny enters the room and says she knows someone who’s “worse than Umbridge.” Hermione rolls her eyes in agreement and says that “she’s so full of herself.” Harry thinks... (full context)
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...there’s not much for her to do, as she’s not interested in “cooking and chickens.” Hermione, Ginny, and Mrs. Weasley all look grimly away from each other. (full context)
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...Ginny counters that Bill likes the adventure and glamor that “Phlegm” provides, and Harry and Hermione laugh. Ron looks punch-drunk, clearly overwhelmed by Fleur’s magical attraction. Hermione tells him that he’s... (full context)
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Anyway, Ron says, Tonks seems increasingly depressed lately. Hermione thinks that she’s experiencing “survivor’s guilt” over Sirius’s death, to the point that she’s having... (full context)
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...important development, Harry shares that Dumbledore is going to give him personal lessons. Ron and Hermione are impressed. Harry says that he suspects the lessons have to do with the prophecy,... (full context)
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Ignoring her new black eye, Hermione looks sympathetically at Harry and asks if he’s scared. Ron points out that Dumbledore wouldn’t... (full context)
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...remembers Dumbledore mentioning that their O.W.L. results would likely arrive today. When she hears this, Hermione frantically runs downstairs to check the mail. When Harry goes down, he finds her pacing... (full context)
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Harry sees three owls heading toward the Burrow, and Hermione grips him and Ron tightly. With trepidation, Harry opens the envelope addressed to him: he’s... (full context)
Chapter Six: Draco’s Detour
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For the next several weeks, Harry relaxes at the Burrow and plays Quidditch with Ron, Hermione, and Ginny. However, the peaceful summer is often interrupted by grim stories of disappearances and... (full context)
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...the group splits up: Ginny and her parents go to the bookstore, while Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid set off to buy new robes. When the trio enters Madam Malkin’s shop,... (full context)
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...bright posters and flashing displays. It’s full of customers inspecting the twins’ joke products. Even Hermione is impressed with the caliber of their magic. (full context)
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...him to take anything he wants. They head off to show a skeptical Ginny and Hermione their range of love potions, teasing their sister that, as she already has “about five... (full context)
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The trio are puzzled by the entire conversation. Before the others can stop her, Hermione slips out from the cloak and strolls into the shop. Lying to Borgin that Draco... (full context)
Chapter Seven: The Slug Club
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...can’t stop thinking about Malfoy’s excursion to Knockturn Alley, but to his frustration, Ron and Hermione don’t find it as suspicious as he does, pointing out that there could be lots... (full context)
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...that Draco has replaced Lucius as a Death Eater in Voldemort’s army, but Ron and Hermione dismiss this possibility, saying that Voldemort wouldn’t want an accomplice so young. Undeterred, Harry points... (full context)
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Since Ron and Hermione are prefects and have to patrol the train, and Ginny is off to meet her... (full context)
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Soon, Ron and Hermione enter the compartment. Ron complains that Draco is sitting with the other Slytherins instead of... (full context)
Chapter Eight: Snape Victorious
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...the Great Hall, Harry is again embarrassed by people’s stares. Scolding him for scaring everyone, Hermione charms the blood of his face. (full context)
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...is the woman whose prophecy determined the entire course of Harry’s life. As Ron and Hermione begin to question Harry about Slughorn’s lunch, Dumbledore gets up to give his annual speech.... (full context)
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...Harry and Ron look at each other with a sinking feeling – neither they nor Hermione are taking the class, and they know the friendly giant will feel slighted. (full context)
Chapter Nine: The Half-Blood Prince
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In the morning, Harry repeats his story to Hermione, but she too seems to agree with Ron. In any case, it’s hard for them... (full context)
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...look over their O.W.L results and assign the next year’s classes. With her outstanding grades, Hermione quickly settles her schedule and jets off to Ancient Runes, but others are not so... (full context)
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In an hour, they meet up with Hermione, who’s already loaded down with homework. In Defense Against the Dark Arts, Snape has already... (full context)
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Snape asks who can name the advantages of non-verbal spell-casting. Although Hermione answers immediately and correctly, Snape sneers that her words are copied directly from the textbook.... (full context)
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...fuming about Snape’s prejudice against him and his obvious love for the Dark Arts. However, Hermione points out, Snape is actually mirroring what Harry previously said about facing Voldemort: that fighting... (full context)
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...Slughorn asks who can identify the various potions brewing at the front of the room. Hermione identifies them all, including the “flowery” mixture – which is a powerful love potion that... (full context)
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...book’s previous owner had valuable knowledge to share, he takes note of the additional marginalia. Hermione is frustrated to see that Harry’s potion is rapidly exceeding her own, while he is... (full context)
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...of Felix Felicis. As he tells his friends about the secret notes in the book, Hermione shakes her head in disapproval. (full context)
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...book – she’s referring to her own disastrous experience with Voldemort’s diary years ago. Emboldened, Hermione grabs the book from Harry’s hands and casts a number of spells to reveal any... (full context)
Chapter Ten: The House of Gaunt
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To Hermione’s increasing frustration, Harry continues to follow the Half-Blood Prince’s instructions and becomes even more beloved... (full context)
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...responds that it is imperative. Harry asks for and receives permission to tell Ron and Hermione what Dumbledore is teaching him. (full context)
Chapter Eleven: Hermione’s Helping Hand
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Harry finds that his workload as a sixth-year is much more strenuous than expected. Even Hermione struggles with the nonverbal magic that is expected in almost every class. Harry’s best subject... (full context)
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Harry is puzzled that so many people are trying out this year, but Hermione impatiently informs him that it’s because, after all he endured last year before being proved... (full context)
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That morning, Hedwig arrives carrying Harry’s new copy of Advanced Potion-Making. Hermione is triumphant that Harry will finally have to return his dog-eared copy, but instead he... (full context)
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In disgust, Hermione turns to the Daily Prophet. Ron asks her casually if anyone they know has died... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Hermione points out that Dumbledore has been absent from school much of the week, probably on... (full context)
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Harry turns to greet the new team and Hermione runs onto the pitch to congratulate Ron. As they walk towards Hagrid’s house, Ron recounts... (full context)
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...way in they see Cormac, who seems unusually clumsy and stumbles against the doorframe. Pulling Hermione aside, Harry quietly points out that it really does seem as though Cormac had been... (full context)
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...into the Great Hall, Harry is waylaid by Professor Slughorn, who genially invites him and Hermione to a special supper in his rooms with a few other “rising stars.” He seems... (full context)
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After dinner, Hermione reaches for the evening edition of the Daily Prophet. She’s surprised to read that Mr.... (full context)
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Grumpily, Ron tells Harry to drop his obsession with Draco; when Hermione snaps at him that it’s not their fault Slughorn doesn’t like him, he storms off... (full context)
Chapter Twelve: Silver and Opals
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...the ears of those around him with buzzing in order to have conversations unheard. However, Hermione becomes disapproving and refuses to speak each time he tries a new spell. (full context)
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...and releases him. Fortunately, Ron is amused by the whole episode, but when he tells Hermione, she scolds Harry for trying out a strange spell with no idea what could happen.... (full context)
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...Snape’s memories last year. He wonders aloud if his father was the Half-Blood Prince, but Hermione points out that lots of people use similar spells – even, for example, the Death... (full context)
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...In fact, Harry has been scheduling Quidditch practice every time he receives an invitation. To Hermione’s chagrin, his lesson with Dumbledore coincides with the next scheduled soiree. (full context)
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...and interrogates him, but Mundungus squirms away and Disapparates. As Harry shouts at the air, Hermione drags him inside, exhorting him not to talk so loudly about the Order’s secret headquarters. (full context)
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As Hermione comforts Leanne, Leanne explains that the curse happened when the package’s wrapping tore. Ron leans... (full context)
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...Borgin and Burkes, Draco knew about it and could easily have bought it. Ron and Hermione are skeptical, and before they have time to argue, Professor McGonagall hurries up, takes the... (full context)
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Although he’s annoyed at Ron and Hermione for refusing to back him up, Harry eagerly joins in as they discuss whom the... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen: Felix Felicis
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During Herbology the next day, Harry updates Ron and Hermione on his lesson – although everyone is intrigued by Voldemort’s youth, only Hermione is convinced... (full context)
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...their plants, and with difficulty they begin to wrangle their Snargaluff stumps. As they work, Hermione announces that Slughorn is hosting a Christmas party and has explicitly charged her with checking... (full context)
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...shut out by their relationship, either. Over the next few days, Harry watches Ron and Hermione closely, but all he notices is that they’re more polite than usual. (full context)
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...she jeers that all his friends have had some romance in their lives – even Hermione once “snogged” Viktor Krum. (full context)
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The next day, Ron behaves with “icy, sneering indifference” towards Hermione, who is completely perplexed by his attitude. His aggression makes his Quiddtich play even more... (full context)
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...a sickly Ron to breakfast and hands him a glass of pumpkin juice – but Hermione sharply warns him not to drink it, having noticed that Harry slipped something into it.... (full context)
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In the locker room, Hermione confronts Ron and Harry, accusing them of using the Felix Felicis potion to win the... (full context)
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Harry arrives at Gryffindor Tower to find a party in full swing and Hermione nowhere in sight. Smugly, Ginny points out Ron, who is feverishly making out with Lavender... (full context)
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Harry finds Hermione in an empty classroom, glumly conjuring up yellow birds. Harry is wondering what to say... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen: The Unbreakable Vow
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...each other. Whenever the subject comes up Ron becomes extremely defensive and repeats that since Hermione “snogged Krum” he can do whatever he wants. (full context)
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Since Hermione will no longer sit in the common room, Harry can only speak with her in... (full context)
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...Harry realizes that people are still succeeding in bringing in illicit objects. Eagerly, he tells Hermione that Draco might have found a way to ship the necklace to school, but she... (full context)
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When they return to Gryffindor Tower, Romilda Vane immediately gives Harry a box of chocolates. Hermione throws him a smug look; but when she sees Ron and Lavender “entwined” in an... (full context)
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Darting out of class in search of Hermione, Harry finds her being comforted by Luna. Impulsively, he invites Luna to Slughorn’s party. She’s... (full context)
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Arriving at the table, Hermione strikes up a bright conversation with Parvati and happens to mention that she’s attending Slughorn’s... (full context)
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Extricating himself, Harry drags Luna towards a very disheveled Hermione, who’s just escaped Cormac’s embrace. She admits that she just picked him because she knew... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas
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...he admits they mostly just make out. Harry cheers him up by telling him that Hermione and Cormac fell out at Slughorn’s Christmas party. (full context)
Chapter Seventeen: A Sluggish Memory
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...upset ever since Percy stormed from the house with Scrimgeour. At Gryffindor tower they meet Hermione, who enthusiastically greets Harry while ignoring Ron, who soon vanishes into Lavender’s arms. Harry quietly... (full context)
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...her on the events of the holidays. When he mentions Lupin’s account of Fenrir Greyback, Hermione eagerly points out that they heard Draco using his name to threaten Borgin. Harry sees... (full context)
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...mentions that Harry has already Apparated alongside an adult, everyone makes him recount the sensation. Hermione and Ron queue together to sign up for lessons, but when Lavender arrives to greet... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen: Birthday Surprises
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Although Ron and Hermione still aren’t speaking, Harry tells them both about his new assignment. Ron is sure that... (full context)
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Today’s assignment in Potions is to create an antidote to a given poison. Except for Hermione, no one  understands the principles behind the task; without precise instructions from his book, even... (full context)
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...leaves the room in anger. Resentful of his stunt with the bezoar, neither Ron nor Hermione is particularly sympathetic about his failure. Harry decides to drop the issue for now and... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen: Elf Tails
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That night, Harry sits by Ron’s bed in the infirmary with Ginny, Hermione, Fred and George. The twins, who arrived at Hogwarts to celebrate their brother’s birthday, ask... (full context)
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As Harry walks out of the hospital wing with Hermione and Hagrid, the giant says that Dumbledore is “worried sick” about continuing attacks within the... (full context)
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While Hermione goes to bed, Harry sits in the common room to think. He hypothesizes that Dumbledore... (full context)
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...that his friend has been faking to avoid his girlfriend. Lavender even questions him about Hermione, whom she claims is only interested in Ron after his “interesting” brush with death. (full context)
Chapter Twenty: Lord Voldemort’s Request
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The silver lining of Ron’s poisoning is that Hermione has abandoned her grudge and is now friends with them again. Even better, she tells... (full context)
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...once he rejoins them, he doesn’t talk to Lavender for the rest of the day. Hermione is in an exceptionally good mood and helps Harry with his homework, even though she... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One: The Unknowable Room
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...success with Slughorn. He takes to leafing through his Potions book for advice, even though Hermione thinks it has nothing useful to say. Ignoring her, he notices an incantation labeled “for... (full context)
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Hermione argues that if Dumbledore thinks only Harry can acquire the memory, the task has to... (full context)
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...except the trio, Kreacher and Dobby suddenly appear in the common room. Harry hasn’t told Hermione about his investigations, since she strongly disapproves of house-elf labor; indeed, she’s incensed that, because... (full context)
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...Requirement without knowing why Draco is using it, so Harry releases the elves for now. Hermione kindly commends Kreacher on his work, but he calls her a Mudblood before disappearing. Hermione... (full context)
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Before going to bed, Hermione reminds Harry that his job is to get Slughorn’s memory, not track Draco. Still, he... (full context)
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That weekend, Ron and Hermione go to Hosgmeade for additional Apparition practice. Since he can’t take the test until he... (full context)
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...since Sirius dies her eyes fill with tears and she strides away. When Ron and Hermione return from practice, Harry tells them of this strange encounter. He wonders aloud if she... (full context)
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Hermione is still confused as to why Tonks is coming to visit Dumbledore instead of remaining... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two: After the Burial
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...funeral that night. Ron is incensed, since the spider once tried to kill him, and Hermione doesn’t want to leave the safety of the castle at night. They decide not to... (full context)
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...splitting up with Dean and Ron permitting them to date. When he doesn’t say anything, Hermione briskly decides that the matter is settled. (full context)
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...whose younger brother has just been bitten by a werewolf and died in St. Mungo’s. Hermione says “bleakly” that this sort of thing is the reason why Harry must acquire Slughorn’s... (full context)
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...the lesson Slughorn hurries off before Harry can corner him. He returns upstairs to greet Hermione, who has passed the test, and Ron, who has failed after Splinching one eyebrow. Hermione... (full context)
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...of infinite opportunity” fills him and he knows he can accomplish anything. To Ron and Hermione’s consternation, he announces his intention to visit Hagrid – he has a good feeling about... (full context)
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...the three emerge into the common room they meet Lavender, who only sees Ron and Hermione and immediately becomes upset. Harry breezes through the portrait hole, brushing past Dean and Ginny.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four: Sectumsempra
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During the next day’s Charms lesson, Harry relates the newest developments to Ron and Hermione. Ron is so impressed that he waves his wand in the air distractedly, making it... (full context)
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For the rest of the morning both Ron and Hermione are in excellent moods and oblivious to Harry’s inner turmoil – now that Ginny’s free... (full context)
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...to talk to her and walk home from practice with her. He even considers asking Hermione for help, but doesn’t want to deal with her self-satisfaction. (full context)
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...incident, McGonagall reprimands Harry sternly and supports Snape’s decision. By the time Harry finds Ron, Hermione, and Ginny in the common room, the whole school knows what he’s done and the... (full context)
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Hermione feels vindicated, saying that the Half-Blood Prince must be a sinister character to come up... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five: The Seer Overheard
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...to study for her upcoming O.W.L. exams. One night when she’s retired to the library, Hermione brings up the subject of Harry’s Potions book, into whose origins she’s been conducting research.... (full context)
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...to the dormitory to fetch his Invisibility Cloak; while he’s there he tells Ron and Hermione about Trelawney’s encounter with Draco, asking them to keep track of his whereabouts. He gives... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Lightning-Struck Tower
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...school. Draco says that he got the idea for the mead after hearing “the Mudblood Granger” talking about Filch’s inability to detect poisonous potions. Dumbledore reprimands Draco for using the slur... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine: Phoenix Lament
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In the hospital wing, they find Neville passed out and Ron, Hermione, Luna, Tonks, and Lupin gathered around Bill, whose face is maimed almost beyond recognition. Lupin... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Hermione says that she and Luna were lurking outside Snape’s office when Flitwick burst inside to... (full context)
Chapter Thirty: The White Tomb
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...from across the world arrive, as well as large delegations from the Ministry. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny spend all their time together in the fine summer weather, which seems to... (full context)
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At night, Hermione reads the Prophet while Ron asks, as usual, if anyone they know has died. While... (full context)
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...to Dumbledore, who might have recognized Snape’s writing and been alerted to his evil nature. Hermione says quietly that “evil” is too strong a word to describe Snape and everyone falls... (full context)
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...helping Neville into a chair and feels intense gratitude to them for helping Ron and Hermione on the night of the attack. Looking at all the important people from the Ministry,... (full context)
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While Hermione is still crying and Ron looks to be on the verge of tears, Ginny is... (full context)
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...she’s always hoped to be with him. Even when she thought it would never happen, Hermione advised her to date other people so she could feel more relaxed around Harry. Harry... (full context)
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Seeing Ron stroking Hermione’s hair while she cries, Harry gets up and walks away. To his displeasure, Scrimgeour soon... (full context)
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As Scrimgeour stalks off, Ron and Hermione hurry towards Harry. Ron is begging Hermione to let him punch Percy, and she almost... (full context)
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After a moment of silence, Ron says quietly that he and Hermione will accompany him. Harry is startled, not having expected them to risk themselves, but Hermione... (full context)
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...that there’s still “one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.” (full context)