Books and I go a long way back. Starting from the age of 4 where I read fairy tales and moving on to Enid Blyton from when I was 6, books have always been a part of my life. So it’s not surprising I have dreamt of being best friends with characters I’ve read. After all, they do become a part of your life.
During my teenage years, Darrell Rivers and her friends from Malory Towers were my best friends too. Not being your typical girly-girl, I found I identified a lot more with Darrell and the gang compared to some friends in real life. Yes, I was cool like that. Even though I read a lot of Nancy Drew and later, The Babysitters Club, I never saw myself as being friends with any of them!
When I was about 18, I read my very first Harry Potter book. And I fell in love with the series and the characters. My favourite character to start with was Ron Weasley. I remember thinking what an awesome mate he’d be. I fell in love with his dry sense of humour, his wit, his loyalty. But as the series went on, I also began to get the shits with Ron. Some of his behaviour was very childish — like when Hermione was asked out by Viktor Krum or when the three were struggling to find the Horcruxes. Needless to say, if Ron had been my mate, I would have most certainly told him off.
From all the books and series I’ve read in my 30 years, I reckon I could easily be best friends with Hermione Granger.
Hermione is a fellow-nerd and loyal to the core. She’s intelligent and fights for equality. Being a Mudblood, she understands discrimination; being a girl, she understands how girls are treated differently to boys. She fights for her rights and stands up for her values in spite of being laughed at. Sure, her know-it-all nature would annoy me at times, but imagine how great she’d be when it came to group assignments? Or even if you just needed to find out something and were too lazy to do so? Yup, Hermione and I would get along just fine!
So what about you?
Which fictional character would be your friend?
Until next time,