Hermione Granger was one of the brightest Hogwarts students of all time. She alone recognized Prof Lupin as a werewolf when Snape gave them an essay on werewolves. She knew that ministry was interfering in school's matters as soon as Umbridge was appointed DADA teacher. The list will be too long if I start counting all proofs about how bright she was. But in Chamber of Secrets book, when a classic fraud Gilderoy Lockhart was made DADA teacher with all his recommended books (every subject), Hermione never questioned his teachings or the material of his test papers that contained questions like:
- What is Gilderoy Lockhart’s favorite color?
- What is Gilderoy Lockhart’s secret ambition?
- What, in your opinion, is Gilderoy Lockhart’s greatest achievement to date?
On and on it went, over three sides of paper, right down to:
- When is Gilderoy Lockhart’s birthday, and what would his ideal gift be?
Forget about questioning, her behavior considering Lockhart can be seen in the below lines, which was very un-hermionish.
“To Miss Granger, wishing you a speedy recovery, from your concerned teacher, Professor Gilderoy Lockhart, Order of Merlin, Third Class, Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defense League, and five-time winner of Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award.” Ron looked up at Hermione, disgusted. “You sleep with this under your pillow?”
She used to draw hearts in her schedule everywhere to a Lockhart's lesson.
“Defense Against the Dark Arts,” said Hermione at once. “Why,” demanded Ron, seizing her schedule, “have you outlined all Lockhart’s lessons in little hearts?” Hermione snatched the schedule back, blushing furiously.
How can Hermione fancy a total fraud guy who has no skills at magic other than stealing?