It amuses me how many boys my age I talk to that had the hugest crush on Hermione growing up. As in her being “the perfect women”, or mentioning that they ended up dating girls that remind them of her, etc. And it just hits me how strange that seemed to me the first time I heard it, and how little I would have believed it if you’d told me that when I was eleven-thirteen and at the height of my Harry Potter obsession.
I mean, I always related to her (because loud, talkative, bossy, bookish was even more my thing when I discovered Harry Potter then they are now), but I had the impression that this was why I would end up forever alone somewhere with all my books. (This was not seen as a negative outcome at the time, boys were stupid anyways.)
But, I don’t know, so much of how I saw myself back then has kinda stuck with me, and with that the idea that my personality was not at all attractive to anyone.