The PlotHole in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone that Fans Missed

Hermione Granger utilizes magic outside Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which could lead to a plot hole in the franchise.
A magical plot hole involving Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The first Harry Potter film follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione as they negotiate J.K. Rowling’s increasingly complex Wizarding World. However, the film forgets one of Hermione’s defining characteristics for a brief period.

Harry meets Ron for the first time when he boards the train to Hogwarts (who has dirt on his nose). Hermione later joins them in the compartment and observes Ron doing a spell. She challenges him to demonstrate his abilities; when he fails, she says, “Are you sure that’s a real spell?” She claims that she’s only tried a few easy spells so far, but they’ve all succeeded. Then she notices Harry’s damaged spectacles and quickly uses Oculus Reparo to fix Harry’s glasses, impressing both Harry and Ron.
Hermione has difficulties performing spells outside of Hogwarts. That can lead to the students being expelled from the magical school, and for Hermione, being removed would be death. “I’m going to the bed before either of you come up with another great idea to get us murdered or worse… expelled!” Hermione informs Harry and Ron in the same film. Furthermore, Hermione appears to be well-prepared on any subject and gives multiple lectures to the boys throughout the film. Hermione Granger seems to be acting out of character by rehearsing spells at home (and then casting one on the train to Hogwarts).


Hermione’s irresponsibility doesn’t stop with the first Harry Potter film. She casts Oculus Reparo on Harry again in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, this time at Diagon Alley. If Hermione didn’t know about the legislation prohibiting students from casting magic outside of Hogwarts before her first year, she certainly understood by the start of her second. Hermione’s parents are Muggles. Therefore it’s unlikely she didn’t know students aren’t allowed to cast charms in the Muggle world, even during Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Even though her parents accepted her magic, Hermione grew up in a world where she had to hide it.

There is just one defense for Hermione casting spells outside of Hogwarts in this situation. This statute, it could be argued, was enacted to defend the International Statute of Secrecy. As a result, casting spells on the Hogwarts Express and Diagon Alley is safe. Hermione did admit to Ron and Harry that she practiced charms at home. If getting expelled was her darkest dread (at least during her first year), using magic outside Hogwarts went entirely against her nature. It’s a mystery why Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone didn’t explain it, given that this is the first film in which the characters’ personalities are presented and developed.

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