Will they convince you, or will you see right through them like a Wrackspurt?
Our first wild conspiracy theory:
Hermione Granger is a werewolf.
As noted in the film adaption of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a werewolf only answers to the cry of one of its own. During Harry and Hermione’s journey into their own past, Hermione howls like a wolf in order to distract the transformed Remus. This feature is not present in the book version.
Therefore in the film universe: was Remus’s reaction (his returned howl and search for the source of the cry)
a) indicative of film!Hermione’s status as a werewolf.
b) indicative that transformed Remus heard a noise which sounded like a human rather than any animal, and due to the nature of the werewolf curse, is inherently prone to attack and harm humans and therefore sought the source of the sound to do just that.
Further evidence given for Hermione’s status as a werewolf in both film and book universes includes her detailed knowledge of how to recognise a werewolf, despite not being meant to study it yet, and her recognition of Remus as a werewolf when others don’t. However this ignores the fact that as noted, Hermione Granger is, and was, a bright young witch who read ahead constantly.
Her potential status as a werewolf is also supported by some who view this as part of the inspiration and driving force behind her determination to support Non-Human Rights for individuals whose identities include house-elves, trolls, goblins and of course werewolves.
This is of course reductive, implying that one cannot fight for a cause one believes in without personal investment. Furthermore Hermione’s sympathies with those marginalised and isolated by the wizarding community stems partially from her status as a Muggle-born of Half Blood Wizard, and partially from her own empathetic nature and knowledge of the injustices of the Muggle world; injustices she fears seeing take place in the Wizarding World.
One issue is of course that we never see Hermione transform; especially at full moon which is when the scene in PoA takes place. This would imply that
a) she is bitten or scratched during the encounter with Remus, but without any of the others witnessing this. This would suggest she does transform on other occasions and would require a constant supply of Wolfs Bane to keep her condition under control. This is however unfounded and unproven in any canonical media. Furthermore it draws the question of how none of the other characters ever question or draw attention to this, especially during their hunt for Horcruxes. This could be supported by the fact that post 3rd year, Hermione spends decreasing amounts of time at home, possibly to hide the condition from her parents.
b) Hermione was bitten or scratched by a werewolf who was not transformed. This would give Hermione some properties of a werewolf, as seen in Bill Weasley after he was attacked by Greyback. However again, this is unfounded, and no scars are ever noted by any of her companions. Furthermore, she does not display any werewolfish tendencies. Though this again really depends on what one views as ‘werewolfish’ tendencies; her snappy nature may be just that, and not the symptom of an underlying curse.
And so; is Hermione Weasley, nominee for inspirational witch of the year 2017, a werewolf?
Comment your theories and vote below.
Coming up next; the tattoo Ron Weasley probably doesn’t want anyone (including his wife to know about), and are Albus Dumbledore and Ron Weasley actually the same people?