hermione granger the smartest witch of her age
hermione granger who in book two figured out that the thing turning kids into stone and killing other kids off was a giant fucking snake living in the secret fucking basement AND NO ONE HAD DISCOVERED IT IN A THOUSAND YEARS
hermione granger who was so smart and so studious that she traveled back and forth in time to learn everything she could about a world she’d never known about, and itself was torn apart over whether to treat her as one of their own or as scum
hermione granger who at fourteen discovered and trapped an illegal adult shapeshifter with considerable media sway and blackmailed her remorselessly
hermione granger who at fifteen decided to forge her own brand of justice with cool-headed cunning and subtle leadership “here’s what we have to do to protect ourselves,” she murmurs, drafting plans and strategies, when the law is useless you write your own, as harry takes the lead
hermione granger who was thrown into a world where people like her were reviled and persecuted at the tender age of eleven but learned all its tricks and whims, its secrets and deepest thoughts, who cut it open with the keen knife of intelligence and discipline and learned how to pluck each nerve and make it sing for her
*:･ﾟ✧*:･ﾟ✧ HERMIONE *:･ﾟ✧*:･ﾟ✧ GRANGER *:･ﾟ✧*:･ﾟ✧
it was my mom’s headcanon that she should become minister of magic
because how fuckin’ awesome would that be
I think this is a really good point, and it’s one I gave a lot of thought to after getting your ask. I think I would definitely agree that this is a problem if the men in Tolkien’s stories didn’t suffer fates just as painful and tragic. To show my reasoning, I’m going to go down the list of women I mentioned in my previous post (found here.)
- Eowyn: Proved she was powerful by fighting in the Battle of the Pelennor and killing the Witch King. Her punishment is a near-fatal injury. This is basically exactly what happens to Faramir and Merry, though.
- Arwen: Is powerful in that she chose mortality and love over immortality in Valinor, and became Queen of Gondor. Her punishment is death, I guess. However, Arwen is not the only elf to make that decision. Most famously, Elros (Elrond’s twin brother) also chose mortality, and ended up becoming King of Numenor.
- Luthien: Showed her power through various acts of awesomeness. Her punishment was death (twice). Others die after (or during) acts of valour, though, and are again sent back, such as Glorfindel and Gandalf. Also, since Luthien chose mortality (like Arwen), I’m not sure if it really counts as a punishment…
- Haleth: Lead her people through years of warfare, and died childless at the ripe old age of 79. If the dying childless bit is a punishment, she wasn’t alone. Finrod also died childless, since the woman he loved refused to leave Valinor, and Finrod would marry no other in Middle Earth.
- Melian: Used her powers to create a forcefield around Doriath. When her husband, Thingol dies, Melian leaves Middle Earth and returns to Valinor. Melian’s fate is closest to Elrond. When his wife, Celebrian, is attacked, she leaves for Valinor in order to heal. Elrond, because of his duty to the people of Middle Earth, does not go with her, and must be separated for thousands of years.
- Tar-Miriel: She fought for her rightful place on the throne of Numenor. She lost, however, and was forced to marry Ar-Pharazon, and eventually died when Numenor sank. Tar-Miriel’s fate is very sad, but she’s hardly the only ruler (recognized or otherwise) to die during the fall of her country. Most tragic is Celebrimbor, who was basically ruling Eregion when Sauron attacked it. After torturing Celebrimbor for information, Sauron killed him and hung his body on a pole to be used as a banner during battle.
- Idril: She planned a secret escape route from Gondolin which saved herself, her family, and some of her people from Morgoth’s attack. She eventually sailed to Valinor with Tuor. I can’t think of how that would be sad, except that her son, Earendil, stayed in Middle Earth. But then again, Tuor had to face that separation as well.
- Andreth: Maintains her status as a wise woman of her people by debating philosophy with Finrod. She was tragically in love with Aegnor, an elvish prince, who died before she did. Of course, the obvious counter-argument for Andreth is Aegnor himself, who tragically fell in love with a mortal woman, and then died.
- Galadriel: Galadriel basically radiated power. But she was exiled from her home for a long time, and had to watch her people’s influence in Middle Earth fade over thousands of years. However, Feanor was also incredibly powerful, and he died. What’s more, he’s still “exiled” in a sense, as his spirit will remain in the Halls of Mandos until the Dagor Dagorath, and cannot be reembodied.
I just used these women as examples because I’d mentioned them in the other post. There are, of course, other women with tragic endings in Tolkien’s writing, just as there are other men with tragic endings. The point I’m trying to make, is that in my own opinion, the women do not systematically face worse ends than the men. So, for me, I don’t see any sort of punishment for being powerful. But that’s just me.