Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling
Education Quotes in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
How we cite our quotes: Chapter.Paragraph or Chapter.Section.Paragraph (depends on whether or not the chapter had sections - some did not)
Professor McGonagall broke off, and they saw that her nostrils had gone white. She went on, more calmly. "Divination is one of the most imprecise branches of magic. I shall not conceal from you that I have very little patience with it. True Seers are very rare, and Professor Trelawney –" (6.1.126)
Listening to McGonagall here is like listening to Hermione in a few decades, don't you think? It's fascinating how similar the two women are, in some respects. Their mutual dislike of Trelawney certainly binds them together, but it's their shared reasons for disliking Trelawney that really make the connection interesting. Both of them find Trelawney illogical and ridiculous, implying that these two gals value rationality and logic above all else.
"Why don't you just drop a couple of subjects?" Harry asked, watching her lifting books as she searched for her rune dictionary.
"I couldn't do that!" said Hermione, looking scandalized. (12.5.63-4)
The use of the word "scandalized" really sums up Hermione's over-achiever tendencies. She takes her schooling as a point of pride and quitting a subject would be like some sort of defeat to her.