Just as I predicted, there are a number of people who are upset that I killed off their favorite bookworm. A few people have left scathing reviews, and a number of them have abandoned this fan fiction altogether because it's suddenly "become horrible" due to me killing off their favorite character.
Before I get into my explanation on why I killed Hermione and not some other character like Susan Bones or Lisa Turpin, allow me to just say that while I am not surprised by how shallow minded people are, and I include myself in this because if I read a book that killed off my favorite character I would stop reading as well, I am a bit disappointed. While I've never out righted stated that I plan on killing off main canon characters, I do remember telling everyone that this story was more adult oriented. That more or less implied that someone was going to die during the Chamber of Secrets incident in the second book. The fact that Rowling wrote the book without anyone getting killed always bugged me because of how unrealistic it is. But then, her story is for CHILDREN so that's to be expected. Mine is not.
Now, as for why I killed off Hermione Granger instead of someone else, there are several reasons for this, which I will list off to you:
1. Hermione Granger is a muggleborn: out of all of Harry's friends, Hermione is the ONLY muggleborn of the group. The others are either pureblood or halfblood. Between these three groups, who do you think Tom Riddle, Muggleborn hater extraordinaire, is going to go after? The Pureblood? The halfblood? No. He's going to go after the one with muggle parents.
2. Hermione Granger is one of the most intelligent witches in her age group: not only is Hermione a "mudblood" she is also insanely intelligent. The only reason she is not on par with Harry academically is because Harry has the advantage of perfect memory. Were that advantage not present, she would be every bit his equal. The fact that a muggleborn can be so much better at magic and magical theory than a pureblood is something that rankles on Tom's nerves, thus, killing her would bring him great pleasure.
3. Hermione Granger is in Gryffindor: the feud between Slytherin and Gryffindor is well-known. Even before the start of the books these two houses had a heavy rivalry. If Tom Riddle was going to kill anyone, it would be the "mudblood" who is too intelligent for her own good AND in Gryffindor.
4. Hermione Granger is Harry Potter's friend: In canon, Tom Riddle went after Hermione because she was friends with Harry and he wanted to get Harry's attention. What in the seven hells makes you people think he wouldn't go after her again for that same reason? Come on people! Think!
5. Hermione did not have all of the information that she did in canon: in canon: Hermione survived being assaulted by the Basilisk due solely to the fact that she had several key bits of information that the Hermione in MY fan fiction did not have: the spiders fleeing from every scene where someone was petrified, the fact that each person petrified had something that protected their eyes (a puddle, the lens of a camera, a ghost, already being dead, you get the picture), Harry hearing voices that no one else could, and learning that Harry was a parselmouth. With these four pieces of information, Hermione was able to deduce not only what the creature attacking students was, but also how it moved through the castle without anyone noticing. The Hermione in my story did not have ANY that information because she listened to Harry's advice and did not get involved, therefore, when she was attacked, the Basilisk killed her. It's as simple as that.
6. Someone was going to die in this book. Like I said previously, someone in this story was going to be killed off. I had always found it completely unrealistic that something as powerful and deadly as a basilisk could go around the school and not kill a single student. JK Rowling can be forgiven for this because her book is for children, but I cannot, because Harry Potter and the Heir of Slytherin is NOT for children. It is rated M for a reason. There will be death, there will be sorrow, not all hardships can be overcome so easily, and the characters in my version of the Harry Potter series will experience pain just as they will experience happiness and joy. I had always planned on killing someone off in the second book and, like or not, Hermione Granger was the most logical choice due to the reasons mentioned above.
7. Lastly, Hermione was expendable: I know this is going to be hard for Hermione fanboy/fangirls to hear, but in my story, Hermione Granger is a secondary character of no real importance. If you look at my story objectively, you'll see that Hermione doesn't really play a serious role, and much of her value as an intelligent character who has an answer to every problem has been taken over by Harry. In the end, unlike the other characters who will all have their own part to play, Hermione's character does not, making her expendable.
So, there you have it, my reason for killing off Hermione. You can accept these reasons, or you can complain, but just know that complaining will not change my mind. Hermione's death was a foregone conclusion in my mind, and was something I had planned from the very start of this book.
Now, if you have any questions, comments, or would like to complain, you're free to post a comment.