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In Deathly Hallows, Hermione had packed everything – clothes, money and books – but not food.

They were practically starving when they were on the run. Earlier she’d played an extension charm on her bag, so why didn’t she include some canned food? All they had to eat was what they could scavenge, like fish, mushrooms and a few things bought from a shop.

Hermione thinks of everything, so why didn’t she pack food? She had enough time: she could have bought it when getting money from the bank, or when she bought the food from the shop on the run, or even when they were in Grimmauld Place. So why did she forget this?

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The answer comes from chapter 14 of Deathly Hallows, shortly after the Ministry raid in which Yaxley apparated with them to Grimmauld Place:

He felt hungry now, and a little light-headed. Hermione had not packed any food in her magical bag, as she had assumed that they would be returning to Grimmauld Place that night, so they had had nothing to eat except some wild mushrooms that Hermione had collected from amongst the nearest trees and stewed in a billycan.

It’s short-sighted to think that they’d never be driven out of Grimmauld Place, but maybe the fact that both Dumbledore and Moody contributed to its protection gave her a false sense of security.

When she packed her bag, she was at the Weasleys (being fed by Molly), and then she moved to Grimmauld Place (being fed by Kreacher). It’s easy to see how food might have slipped her mind.

I feel compelled to point out that while she didn’t pack food, she did pack tea:

“I’ll make some tea,” said Hermione breathlessly, pulling kettle and mugs from the depths of her bag and heading toward the kitchen.

Hashtag British stereotypes, etc.

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Both quite realistic points in fact; the first in that obtaining food can often pose a lot more difficulty for people attempting underground resistance than things like weapons that are generally hard to come by, the other in that tea is recommended as a way to gain both heat and hydration in any wilderness survival situation. The stereotype that a British squaddie will respond to any moment's respite with "let's get a brew on" is partly from the general British love of tea, but largely because it's generally a wise practice. –  Jon Hanna Jun 12 '14 at 11:58
Thanks for the answer but that answer(through no fault of your own) seems like a cheap excuse to make Ron and everyone hungry and use that as a plot point. I seriously read that part of the book before I asked the question and thought why did she pack clothes, they would be returning to Grimauld place and why would she pack books or tents they would be returning to Grimauld place. I really don't think the question has a logical answer. I am not hating on JKR though she wrote a rocking books series. –  itlookslikeimaqueen Jun 12 '14 at 16:27
Good tea is hard to come by, priorities, where are your priorities people. –  Nit Jun 12 '14 at 19:24

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