With a series as grand and vast as Harry Potter, there's bound to be a fanbase to match. One of fandoms' most favorite things to do is scour the internet for fan theories, and there are a lot of them. Hermione Granger was the brightest witch of her age, and one of the most popular characters in the franchise, which means more than a few fans have some strong opinions about our favorite Muggle-born.
Which Hermione Granger fan theory do you think could be true? Vote up your favorites below!
The Reason Why Hermione Is So SmartPhoto: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros Pictures
From Redditor u/Gay_Genius:
I’ve just finish all the Harry Potter books. I was thinking about wizarding education.
I think Hermione is so smart because she is muggle born. I’m sure she is just naturally intelligent too, but I think a big factor is that until she was 11 she had a good muggle education(And smart loving well of parents). Well an education in general. The same with Harry, but obviously didn’t get as good of an education/his guardians were terrible humans. But he can at least write his own name. Unlike Ron.
Ron’s parents are both witches and wizards and he is freakishly uneducated. Like stated above, it’s implied that he can’t spell his own name. I understand that Ron is also gifted in the exact opposite way Hermione is but it really seems like he isn’t the only wizard that is lacking in some basic human skills. It doesn’t really seem like witches and wizards have much in the way of education before they are eleven other than what their parents may or may not teach them.Believable theory?
Hermione Isn't Actually A Muggle-BornPhoto: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros Pictures
From Redditor u/StarWarsHarryPotter:
Remember in the 6th book, when Slughorn asked Hermione if she was related to Hector Dagworth Granger and she told him that she didn't think so because she is a muggle-born? I think she IS related to him. If you don't know, a squib is a person who was born from magical parents but has no magic powers or abilities, but can still see everything wizards and witches can. How can Hermione's parents see and go into Diagon Alley if they are non-magical or muggles? The could be squibs. Hector D. Granger could have been an ancestor of Hermione's. Hector may have gotten married to a witch but their children could have been squibs. There may have been a long line of squibs in the Granger family tree after that and the family could have almost all knowledge of magic, leading to Hermione and her parents not knowing what Hogwarts is until Hermione got her Hogwarts letter. Hermione probably was the first magical person in generations. So that wouldn't make her muggle-born, it would make her squib-born.Believable theory?
Hermione Was Homeless For Her Last Three Years At HogwartsPhoto: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.1 / Warner Bros Pictures
From Redditor u/sidewinderucf:
In this thread on r/Harrypotter, it was pointed out that in last three Harry Potter books, Hermione spends virtually all of her time out of school with Harry and Ron, spending her entire summer either at Grimmauld Place or the Burrow. It seems weird that she wouldn't spend any of that time with her parents.
My theory is that Hermione saw the writing on the wall and decided to take action. She erased her parents memories of her as soon as she left Hogwarts after the Triwizard Tournament, and was homeless for her last three years at Hogwarts. She knew she had places to stay, with the Weasleys, for example, but she kept it a secret in order to keep them as anonymous as possible, so that when the moment of truth came and she actually went to war against Voldemort with Harry, they would be as safe as possible.Believable theory?
Why Hermione Was Even Given A Time-TurnerPhoto: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros Pictures
From Redditor u/magrippalfcos:
One of the biggest plot holes in prisoner of Azkaban for me is that Hogwarts would give a device as powerful and dangerous as a time turner to a teenage girl so she could attend more classes. My theory is that due to the potential danger incurred by time travel, the wizards would have set up powerful means of monitoring when time travel has occurred and that Dumbledore has one of these monitors specifically for Hogwarts. If this was the case, Dumbledore would have seen that Hermione had used a time turner to attend classes. In order to prevent damage to the timeline, he would then have professor Mc'gonagle give Hermione a time turner and instruct her in its usage. This also explains why Dumbledore gave such vague advice to Harry and Hermione later in the book. He had already been monitoring the two of them during their journey to the past and knew that they would be successful.Believable theory?