I don't like The Cursed Child at all, but since JKR has confirmed that it's canon, can someone tell me how Hermione ends up as Minister for Magic? It's quite evident that she probably has the educational qualifications and skills required but she isn't really shown to have great leadership or diplomacy skills, which, even as a Minister for Magic, is something extremely necessary to have.

Moreover, in Chapter 7 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ("The Will of Albus Dumbledore"), when Scrimgeour suggests that she should pursue a career in Magical Law, she retorts that she wouldn't because she "wants to do some good to the world".

So, after two books of hating the way the Ministry actually functions, why did she want to take charge? This seems pretty out of character to me.

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    Maybe she took charge to make changes and bring some good to the world – Edlothiad Sep 6 '17 at 9:58
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    If you don't like the way something is, you have two choices: do nothing or try to change it. Which do you think sounds more like Hermione? (Hint: it's not "do nothing".) – Anthony Grist Sep 6 '17 at 10:04
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    JKR only developed the Cursed Child with Jack Thorne, and it is indeed considered as a canon only. This is not the only plot hole in this story, even the time-turners. So the answer would be, it is up to you if you want to believe this story or not. Many potterheads chose to ignore this, though. – ur_Auror Sep 6 '17 at 10:14
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    @ur_Auror these aren't "plot holes", if you're going to throw the term around, actually teach yourself of the definition. (this goes for 90% of the internet) – Edlothiad Sep 6 '17 at 10:23
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    @ur_Auror (1) Not every statement is factually correct. It's not far-fetched for someone to say "(A) is impossible" when they really mean "There is no evidence of (A) having ever happened" (this is the basis for many stories where the hero does something amazing). (2) "unmentioned" does not equal "plot hole". A plot hole is a contradiction, not just an omission. (3) "if you go back on time too much" This is very vague. What constitutes "too much"? Without using hard numbers, there is no way to measure if someone is actually travelling "too much". – Flater Sep 6 '17 at 10:46
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Hermione's post-Hogwarts career is detailed in an interview with JKR. In short, she decided to work at the Ministry in order to further her SPEW campaign. Over time she became known as a powerful and progressive voice for liberal modern wizarding

JKR: Harry and Ron utterly revolutionized the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic... Hermione began her post-Hogwarts career at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures where she was instrumental in greatly improving life for house-elves and their ilk. She then moved (despite her jibe to Scrimgeour) to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement where she was a progressive voice who ensured the eradication of oppressive, pro-pureblood laws.

Bloomsbury Live Chat with JKR

In the Quidditch World Cup (2014) article written by Rita Skeeter and published on Pottemore, we learn that she was already tipped as a future Minister for Magic, described as a "ruthless careerist".

Hermione Granger, of course, was always the femme fatale of the group. Press reports of the time revealed that as a teenager she toyed with the young Potter’s affections before being seduced away by the muscular Viktor Krum, finally settling for Potter’s faithful sidekick. After a meteoric rise to Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, she is now tipped to go even higher within the Ministry, and is also mother to son, Hugo, and daughter, Rose. Does Hermione Granger prove that a witch really can have it all? (No – look at her hair.)

Quidditch World Cup 2014 - The Compiled Articles via Reddit.

and

Almost all of the Weasley family are supporting Brazil. Certainly nobody can have expected Ronald to cheer on his wife's ex-boyfriend. Both his children – Rose, who appears to have inherited her father's unfortunate hair, and Hugo, who has his mother's bushy locks – are decked out in green, but Hermione Granger is not wearing anything to indicate which team she is supporting. Does she secretly hope to see Krum take the trophy at last? Or is this the kind of diplomatic neutrality one might expect of a ruthless careerist whose long-term ambition is undoubtedly to be Minister for Magic?

Quidditch World Cup 2014 - The Compiled Articles via Reddit.

Given her connections to Harry Potter and the (now victorious) Order of the Phoenix, it would seem that her personal charisma, coupled with her deep connections to the great and powerful meant that she was able to rise to the position of Minister for Magic with relative ease.

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    Let's not forget that she is repeatedly implied to be one of the most gifted witches in a generation, charisma and connections aside. – WannabeCoder Sep 6 '17 at 12:48
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    "her personal charisma" - WHAT charisma? She's horrible! No wonder she hasn't got any friends! – DVK-on-Ahch-To Sep 6 '17 at 14:20
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    She’s actually rather more successful at motivating and organizing people than one would initially imagine. For example, it was Hermione who got the idea of the DA off the ground in the first place, and managed to convince more than 20 people to come out and listen to Harry. SPEW failed not because of her leadership skills, but because she was campaigning against ingrained practices in wizarding society (not to mention constantly irritating the house-elves themselves while doing it). – Adamant Sep 6 '17 at 16:06
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    Yeah, let's remember it's mostly just Ron who complains about Hermione, and that's because he likes her so much. – ell Sep 6 '17 at 16:35
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    I would love to smack Rita Skeeter. – MissMonicaE Sep 6 '17 at 17:36

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