There are many, many reasons to love Hermione Granger. She is a wonderfully written character and a great role model. However, lately I've been seeing a lot of people say things to the extent of "i love hermione because she's sooooo pretty!!!!! she's the most beautiful girl in hogwarts and i love her!!!!!" It seems harmless, and it probably is. But I have a problem with it.
People tend to obsess over her appearances, when Hermione herself would probably scoff at such things. Hermione was never one to care all that much about physical appearances; she was far more concerned over more important things, such as defeating Voldemort, getting good grades, freeing the house elves, and, of course, being in love with Ron. Of course, she cared a little bit about her appearances, but not to a superficial extent. She's not shallow.
Hermione is so much more than just a pretty girl. The most important trait is not her physical appearances, but her intelligence. She is extremely logical, book smart, and clever. She can be a bit of a know-it-all at times, but she is extremely caring, brave, and good hearted. She is tough; she fights for her friends, and she fights for what is right, even when she stands alone. She is the one who will do the right thing, or the smart thing, even when everyone else becomes annoyed at her for it. She is the one who keeps her friends up to date on what is going on, who organizes and plans for important things, who motivates them to never give up and to always keep trying. So why do so many refer to her as "the pretty girl"? I think it's because (a) Emma Watson just so happens to be absolutely gorgeous, and (b) she is a girl. People don't refer to either Harry or Ron as "the hot guy". They may also be oversimplified (Harry being "the brave one" and Ron being "the funny one", although I already wrote an article about Ron's reputation), at least they are referred to by personality traits. Hermione isn't. Yes, people think of her as smart, but she is more often referred to as "the pretty one," or "the beautiful one." And yes, Emma Watson is gorgeous. But if you notice, people tend to be extremely concerned about how a girl physically appears, even though it's not really so important. Although people generally mean well, I think it's really downgrading to say "i love hermione because she's so pretty."
Another note: Hermione is NOT supposed to be super gorgeous. Yes, her appearances do get better as the books go on. But she was never super model gorgeous. People say that because, as I said before, Emma Watson happens to be super model gorgeous. But Hermione, for the first three and a half books, had bushy hair and buck teeth. And, yes, she got better looking. But she was never super amazingly gorgeous. The only time she was supposed to be super amazingly gorgeous was during the Yule Ball. That's it. People say she's the most beautiful girl at Hogwarts. This may be true in the films, but not in the books. No, in the books, the most beautiful girls were Cho Chang and Ginny Weasley, except during Goblet of Fire, where it was Fleur Delacour (she's half Veela!). Why isn't Hermione super gorgeous? Because what makes Hermione so wonderful isn't her looks, it's her personality. Sadly, people seem to have forgotten about this.
So please, pay more attention to Hermione's personality, and not the fact that Emma Watson is gorgeous. It's really insulting to Hermione. Hermione is too awesome for such shallowness XD
(Note: I did NOT draw this picture of Hermione. This I found on Deviantart, made by GreenifyME. I take no credit. I just think that this is how Hermione is supposed to look ^_^)