Status: Complete, Word Count: 529,100, Pairing: Hermione Granger/George Weasley
Author’s Summary: Hermione grows up as a maths whiz instead of a bookworm and tests into Arithmancy in her first year. With the help of her friends and Professor Vector, she puts her superhuman spellcrafting skills to good use in the fight against Voldemort.
My Thoughts: The Arithmancer is a very well done start to this trilogy. Out of the three, this one is definitely my favorite for several reasons. First of all, Hermione’s character arc is incredibly strong in this story. It moves at a similar pace to the story without ever feeling like she’s going in circles or anything like that. Hermione in this story is incredibly flawed, and watching her grow and learn is extremely satisfying. Her relationships with her friends are also very well written, and very fun to read about. Now, this story gets criticized for featuring an overpowered Hermione, and I’d like to try and explain why that’s not really true, and also not really relevant, at least for me. So first of all, even though Hermione does reach incredible heights in this story, she never dominates the story to an unreasonable extent. What this story does incredibly well is making sure that every member of “the golden trio”, as they’re so often called in fanfiction, each contribute something valuable to the team, while not being able to really survive without the other two. Secondly, this story’s primary goal is to be a deep dive into Hermione’s character, and a large part of that is the enormous character arc that she goes through, and a large part of the arc is her coming to grips with the power she has, and figuring out how to use that in a responsible way. So…I guess my overall thoughts on it are this: Is Hermione powerful? Yes. Is she more powerful than any normal 14 year old should be? Absolutely. Why is this ok? Because not only does it serve the story incredibly well, but she’s also no more powerful than Harry is in several well regarded stories such as Prince of Slytherin, Ashes of Chaos, or International Tri-Wizard Tournament. So anyway, I really like this story, and I highly encourage checking it out. Who knows, it might give you a new perspective on Hermione’s character.