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Today is Rowling’s (and Harry’s) birthday. On the 20th anniversary of the publication of the 1st book, let’s look at 22 times when the women in Harry Potter rocked!
When Hermione punched Malfoy in the FACE, while others just stood there gaping. He had it coming, tbh. smirks
When Hermione Granger founded Dumbledore’s Army and broke several dozen rules at once. The same Hermione who’s worst fear was getting ‘expelled’. Now that’s character development!
When she never shied away from being a ‘know-it-all’ because it’s true.
When she solved the potions puzzle in the Chamber Of Secrets using pure logic and blew up the stereotype of women being ‘illogical’, set up by somebody who was thrice her age. A gem you can’t appreciate if you haven’t read the books. Brightest witch of the century, indeed.
When she proved her strength by tolerating Bellatrix’s torture and healing in no time! #proud
When Molly Weasley accepted Harry into the family without a second thought and was protective over him like over her own children.
When she sassed her children and still managed to raise them as the kindest individuals.
When the only swear word said in the whole series was by Molly Weasley, while killing Bellatirix Lestrange to save her daughter. The wand action, though. * whoops and cheers *
When Ginny Weasley simply refused to let Malfoy be nasty to Harry. Note that she was a year younger than both. Go Ginny!
Ginny was probably the most badass of all women in Harry Potter, but sadly most of it didn’t make it to the movies. She didn’t let Ron order her around about the guys she dated, and excelled in the DA lessons. AND she was captain of the Hollyhead Harpies. Just putting it out there.
When Luna Lovegood called Dobby ‘sir’, and was a bundle of good vibes, i.e., all the time.
When she pulled off that costume and didn’t give two hoots about others.
When Professor McGonagall threw this tongue-twister-disguised-as-a-line, oh so casually! Yass, #queen.
When she burned Umbridge to toast more than once. #savage
When she fought Snape like that in front of the whole school. No wonder Snape fled away, literally. #thatshowweroll
I could go on about McGonagall, honestly.
When Fleur Delacour defeated an actual dragon, was humble and caring, and loved Bill passionately.
When Tonks pulled off bubblegum pink hair, and refused to be called ‘Nymphadora’. She doesn’t let anybody mess around with her.
When Madam Pomfrey refused to deal with Malfoy’s drama, and was practically the reason why everyone was alive and whole.
When Rita Skeeter, however unpleasant she is, was the most ambitious woman in the series.
When Bellatrix Lestrange was… well, Bellatrix Lestrange. Even though we hate her, she is the best villain and is opposite of what women ‘should’ be. Also, she knows Snape was trouble. Something even Voldemort couldn’t figure out. smirk
When Lilly Potter died for her son and stumped the greatest dark wizard of all time.
When Narcissa Malfoy lied to Voldemort’s face, the best legilimens in the world, and basically saved the day along with her son. Without a flinch.
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18// New Delhi, India
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