Hermione's Biggest Sacrifice Everyone (Including Harry and Ron) Chose to Ignore

Hermione's Biggest Sacrifice Everyone (Including Harry and Ron) Chose to Ignore
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All heroes make sacrifices to do what's right; many villains do, too.

In the Harry Potter series, most characters lost something or someone precious to them, and sometimes they even made sacrifices on purpose.

The most spoken-about examples are Voldemort who split his soul multiple times to ensure his victory; Harry who literally gave up his own life willingly to defeat the Dark Lord; and Dumbledore who did the same to save his sleeping agent and prevent his student from becoming a murderer.

But the big magical guys are not the only ones who made sacrifices for the cause!

When the Golden Trio was getting ready for the Horcrux hunt, Harry was actually the only one who had little preparation to do.

Ron was leaving his entire family in the darkest time and it laid heavy on him, and Hermione… What Hermione did is always overlooked, and that's unfair — she did more than her friends.

We're not even talking about her gathering and taking with her every single item that could've even theoretically been useful — we all know that she's awesome and the boys would've been dead in a matter of two weeks without her.

Her sacrifice was not just leaving her family behind: Hermione altered her parents' memories severely, effectively completely changing their identities.

"I've also modified my parents' memories so that they're convinced they're really called Wendell and Monica Wilkins, and that their life's ambition is to move to Australia, which they have now done," she tells Harry and Ron.

In order to proceed with their quest and defeat the Dark Lord, she cut off the people she loved the most and made them forget she'd ever existed in the first place.

All that so that Voldemort wouldn't be able to get to them, thus protecting them and Harry at the same time.

"'Assuming I survive our hunt for the Horcruxes, I'll find Mum and Dad and lift the enchantment. If I don't — well, I think I've cast a good enough charm to keep them safe and happy. Wendell and Monica Wilkins don't know that they've got a daughter, you see.' Hermione's eyes were swimming with tears again."

It's taken a heavy toll on her, but she consciously made this sacrifice for the greater good. She wasn't sure she'd live to lift the curse and was ready to never be remembered by her family in case she died.

No one speaks about this, but Hermione sacrificed the most for the cause and was ready to sacrifice even more.

Ron's whining about being away from his family at Christmas suddenly doesn't feel that righteous now, does it?