In the Harry Potter series, Harry has always been my favorite character. However, as an adult, I’ve heard many assert that Hermione is wiser than Harry and that she is the series’ true hero. His humility is endearing to me. Is Hermione, on the other hand, truly more brilliant than Harry?
Hermione is a brilliant young woman, and if she discovers something her friends don’t, she smacks them in the face, demanding to know if they’ve ever read or chastising them for not paying attention in class. As a result, it’s pretty easy for us, the readers, to recognize when Hermione is more intelligent than the rest. Harry is occasionally more brilliant than Hermione, although these instances are less visible because Harry does not make a huge issue. As Snape would put, he isn’t an “insufferable know-it-all” (PoA 172). As a result, he doesn’t get the recognition he deserved for the moments when he was the wisest of the three. Here’s a list of all the occasions Harry was more intelligent than Hermione to ensure he gets his due.
Harry was the one who devised a plan to eliminate Norbert. He recalls that Ron’s brother Charlie might be able to assist them if Ron cannot.
2. Gilderoy Lockhart
Gilderoy Lockhart is readily seen through by Harry. While Hermione is captivated with Lockhart, Harry appears to identify him as a con artist right away.
3. Riddle’s Diary
Harry deduces how to operate Riddle’s journal. Hermione’s attempts to work the journal consist of uncovering already written messages; she never attempts to write in it herself. Ron, meanwhile, quickly sees that the diary could be dangerous, indicating that he was astute here as well.
4. Saving Buckbeak
When Harry and Hermione use the Time-Turner to travel back in time, Harry is the one who realizes what Dumbledore wants them to do: save Buckbeak and then use Buckbeak to save Sirius.
5. Escaping a Werewolf
Harry and Hermione are saved from a werewolf attack by Harry. When Harry and Hermione are hiding with Buckbeak on the Forbidden Forest’s edge, Harry is the one who remembers that Lupin will be approaching them in his transformed state. Harry quickly thinks of a spot for them to hide: Hagrid’s vacant cottage.
Harry has a greater understanding of house-elves than Hermione. Harry hass usually kind to house-elves, but he never tries to set them free if they don’t want to be let free.
Harry is aware of the centaurs’ desire for respect. Hermione learned about centaurs about the same time as Harry (during their first expedition into the Forbidden Forest), yet she treats them with disdain in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She puts herself and Harry in peril by leading them into the forest, assuming the centaurs will not hurt them. They were fortunate that Grawp devised a diversion just in time to prevent the centaurs from abducting them like they did Umbridge. When Centaurs encircled Harry and Hermione, he was hesitant to speak to them since he had reservations about traveling so deep into the forest in the first place.
8. Draco the Death Eater
During events of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry discovers Draco Malfoy’s transformation into a Death Eater. There was no concrete evidence that Malfoy was a Death Eater at the time, but there was plenty of circumstantial evidence. Hermione would have complained about the lads’ incapacity to pick up on subtle hints of people’s conduct if she had come up with the concept that Malfoy was a Death Eater, and they had refused to believe her. Hermione refuses to listen to Harry in a circumstance when he is more alert to subtle undertones than she is, and Harry patiently puts up with it.
9. The Resurrection Stone
Harry discovers Dumbledore’s Resurrection Stone in the Snitch and rightly deduces that Voldemort is after the Elder Wand. Hermione mocks both of these ideas, but he is correct.
10. The Elder Wand
Throughout Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry successfully traces the route of the Elder Wand and pays close attention to wand activity. Hermione refuses to accept that the Elder Wand could exist for most of the book, and she also refuses to believe that wands can pick their owners or that wands might behave differently for different wizards. As he tries out other wands, Harry, the more open-minded of the two, is educating himself wandlore.
Harry is acutely aware of his surroundings, including people and supernatural entities. Because Harry’s mental abilities are more strong than Hermione’s, he never speaks down to others. It’s easy to overlook his abilities and believe Hermione is more intelligent. Harry is just as brilliant as Hermione, despite not spending as much time reading and studying from books.