over a year ago:
I love nene72's reasoning so I'll stick to that.
But Hermione is very smart too and not just book smart
, people come on. I think Hermione lived to Severus's expectation when she solved his riddle in The Philosopher's Stone in only a couple of minutes and
she was only eleven. It took me almost 40 minutes, and I'm 17, much older and
I think it was mostly luck. She's much smarter than me, I'll give her that.
Not to mention other occasions when Hermione proved to be smart, not just reciting facts she learned from books.
What I think Severus had and Hermione lacked was creativity. Just as Mr. Lovegood said, she was too close minded, which restricts her intelligence. I think that's what didn't allow her to brew the Draught of the Living Dead correctly in Slughorn's class; doing something different from what the instructions said in the book was something Hermione refused completely, unlike Severus who always changed potions instructions to make a better potion. I think if Hermione learned to open up her mind a little, she would have accomplished more.