Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Education Quotes Page 2
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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.
Trying to answer a question with Hermione next to him, bobbing up and down on the balls of her feet with her hand in the air was very off-putting, but Harry had a go. (7.2.34)
The image of Hermione practically jumping up and down in eagerness is really vivid, as well as funny.