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In canon, I recall Hermione riding a broom once -- when escaping the Fiendfyre in the Room of Requirement during the Battle of Hogwarts. Even then, she was sitting behind Ron and Ron was in control of actually flying the broom. Are there any other instances of Hermione flying on a broom in canon? Why doesn't Hermione fly on a broom?

Please, no Wiki links or answers. I personally find the Harry Potter Wiki(a) to be inconsistent in its accuracy. I'm looking for a canon (the 10 canon books) or a JKR-based answer.

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IIRC, she was generally afraid of and bad at riding, but didn't she also help chase down the winged keys in Philosopher's Stone (book, not movie)? –  Josh Apr 6 '12 at 1:19
    
Just a thought... I think JKR was dodging the 'Witch, flying on a broom' image for Hermione.. Especially since 'ermione was a bit of an Author Avatar. [WARNING! That's a TVTropes link -- follow it, and you could lose hours..] –  KHW Apr 16 at 3:47
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Hermione did fly in the first book, when the three were trying to catch the enchanted key, and again to get back out:

"You drink that," said Harry. "No, listen, get back and get Ron. Grab brooms from the flying-key room, they'll get you out of the trapdoor and past Fluffy..."

But she really wasn't keen on flying from the beginning:

"Stick out your right hand over your broom," called Madam Hooch at the front, "and say 'Up!'"
"UP!" everyone shouted.
Harry's broom jumped into his hand at once, but it was one of the few that did. Hermione Granger's had simply rolled over on the ground, and Neville's hadn't moved at all. Perhaps brooms, like horses, could tell when you're afraid, thought Harry...

And in DH, ch. 4; the Seven Potters:

'Miss Granger with Kingsley, again by Thestral -'
Hermione looked reassured as she answered Kingsley's smile; Harry knew that Hermione, too, lacked confidence on a broomstick.

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Don't forget Prisoner of Azkaban. Not broom-related, but she did rather dread flying on the back of Buckbeak. –  Iszi Apr 6 '12 at 12:36
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I have no sources, but I always thought it was sort of a bit with her. Her Achilles heel, perhaps - broom flying (or perhaps flying or just heights in general) is the one thing that Hermione doesn't excel at. –  Abby T. Miller Apr 6 '12 at 14:41
    
+1 and accept - thanks especially for the canon references :) –  Slytherincess Apr 25 '12 at 21:54
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She flies on a broom when she plays Quidditch with Harry, Ron and Ginny while she and Harry are staying at the Burrow before their 6th year at Hogwarts. Even here it is clear that she didn't really fancy the idea of brooms:

Harry remained within the confines of the Burrow's garden over the next few weeks. He spent most of his days playing two-a-side Quidditch in the Weasley's orchard (he and Hermione against Ron and Ginny; Hermione was dreadful and Ginny good, so they were reasonably well matched) and his evenings eating triple helpings of everything Mrs. Weasley put in front of him.

(from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6: Draco's Detour)

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