How Did Hermione Granger Find Out She Was a Witch in the Books and Movies?

How Did Hermione Granger Find Out She Was a Witch in the Books and Movies?

Today, we are going to explain to you how Hermione Granger found out she was a witch and how her parents reacted to the news.

There is a procedure in cases where someone is thought to be a witch, and it is believed that Hermione was subject to that procedure as well.

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is one of the most popular and lucrative franchises in modern history. The story of Harry Potter, a young wizard whose parents are killed by the evil Lord Voldemort, but he himself survived the encounter, and his adventures have inspired generations of children and have spanned a multi-media franchise consisting of additional books, several high-grossing films and a series of video games for different platform.

Despite Rowling changing some details over the years, the Harry Potter canon is one of the better-established fictional universes with a lot of details generally known and unchanged. Still, people ask questions and we are here to answer them for you.

Who is Hermione Granger?

Hermione Jean Granger is one of the three protagonists of the Harry Potter book series, alongside Harry Potter and her future husband, Ron Weasley. She was born on September 19, 1979 and is described as the brightest witch of her generation. She was modeled after Rowling herself and is known to be very smart, academically successful and the most logical member of the main trio.

She is a Muggle-born witch who was sorted into Gryffindor, despite being a somewhat obvious candidate for Ravenclaw. As the years passed, Hermione has proven her courage, thereby showing that the Sorting Hat was – like always – not wrong. Because of her diligent nature, she has often clashed with her friends when certain decisions had to be made, but she ultimately stood by them when it was necessary.

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Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

As for her heritage, it is known that her parents were Muggles and dentists by profession. Although they were a tad bemused by her strange powers, they were still very proud of her. In a very sad moment in the final book of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hermione used a false memory charm on her parents, making them think they were Wendell and Monica Wilkins, a childless married couple whose biggest ambition is to move to Australia. Hermione basically cut all her family ties with this act, but she did it to ensure their safety in the midst of the Second Wizarding War, since Voldemort would have surely made them the targets of his revenge.

After the War, she married Ron Weasley and the couple had two children together. She worked in the Ministry of Magic for years, before ultimately becoming the Minister of Magic in 2019.

Heritage in the Harry Potter universe

The question of heritage in the Harry Potter universe is actually a very important thing, as the lack of tolerance towards certain groups has been in the center of some of the conflicts in the books. The division is made in accordance with the principle of blood purity or blood status, a concept used to distinguish different families within the Wizarding World. There are three main groups according to this principle:

  1. Pure-blood – this group encompasses different witches and wizards with no known non-magical family members. This is the “cleanest” among the groups, as the magical ancestry is fully present in both the maternal and the paternal lineage. If magical parents give birth to a non-magical child, they are called Squibs.
  2. Half-blood – this group encompasses witches and wizards who have some Muggle heritage. This is actually a combination that came into being when pure-bloods mixed with Muggles, but the magical skills have been passed onto the next of kin.
  3. Muggle-born – this group encompasses those witches and wizards who have magical abilities, but are born into a Muggle (non-magical) family. The magical abilities are usually passed on by having a distant (possibly even unknown) magical family member, but the child’s parents and other close relatives are Muggles.

Since Hermione Granger herself is a Muggle-born witch, we are going to analyze her story in the following paragraphs.

How did Hermione find out she was a witch? Do her parents know that?

Since Muggle-born witches and wizards don’t actually have relatives who could explain magic to them, they are unaware of their powers for most of their lives. They might be subjectively aware of something different, but they can hardly explain their powers or ask their parents to do so. The same happened to Hermione Granger, who was considered a bit odd by her parents, but they were still exceptionally proud of her. By the way, her parents are Muggle dentists.

So, how did she find out? Well, there is a procedure in such cases, so we can readily assume – since Rowling never revealed any exact details – that Hermione was subject to that procedure as well.

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The images of Hermione with her family, moments before she disappeared from the photos due to her using Obliviate on her parents to keep them safe from the Death Eaters

Namely, due to the Muggles’ ignorance of magic, the school – in this case Hogwarts – sends a staff member to the child’s home to talk to the parents and explain them the whole situation. This happens before a child turns 11 and is ready for Hogwarts. Usually, the school sends an owl with the invitation, but in the case of Muggle-born (and not Half-blood, as witnessed in the case of Harry Potter himself) children, the staff members do that. This is because Muggles don’t react positively to such news before getting extra information, something they cannot get from a letter, but can from a person standing next to them.

So, it is safe to assume that Hermione Granger was visited by a staff member from Hogwarts, who informed her parents of her abilities and offered all the help needed. How did Mr. and Mrs. Granger react? That, we also do not know because Rowling never wrote that scene in the books (nor was it shown in the movies), but since Hermione said that they were proud of her and they are later seen with her in Hogsmeade, it is safe to assume they accepted the facts and moved on with their lives as if nothing strange had happened.

And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.