Wikia says: "Boggart: Failure".

What was the specific form that the boggart took for Hermione?

Ron would like to know too:

He seems like a very good teacher", said Hermione approvingly. "But I wish I could have a turn with the boggart --"
"What would it have been for you?" said Ron, sniggering. "A piece of homework that only got nine out of ten?"
-- "Prisoner of Azkaban", Ch 7.


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Specifically, it was Professor McGonagall informing Hermione that she had failed all her exams.

Hermione did everything perfectly until she reached the trunk with the Boggart in it. After about a minute inside it, she burst out again, screaming.

‘Hermione!’ said Lupin, startled. ‘What’s the matter?’

‘P-P-Professor McGonagall!’ Hermione gasped, pointing into the trunk. ‘Sh-she said I’d failed everything!’

It took a little while to calm Hermione down.

Prisoner of Azkaban - page 234 - Bloomsbury - chapter 16, Professor Trelawney's Prediction

I should say that this occurred during final exams in year three and that it could technically be referring to just those exams or all her classes overall. Due to the context, that they were in the middle of exams, I tend to err on the side of Hermione failing just her exams. It could be construed otherwise, though, so that possibility remains open.

  • This is nicely in line with what Hermione says about the love potion in GF.
    – b_jonas
    Jun 16, 2012 at 17:25
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    Hermione's biggest fear is Professor McGonagall, Neville's biggest fear is Professor Snape, and they say Lord Voldemort's only fear is Professor Dumbledore (though it's actually not his boggart form). Hogwarts professors are scary.
    – b_jonas
    Apr 15, 2014 at 21:13
  • @b_jonas We don’t know for sure—Dumbledore might be Voldemort’s boggart form! (Though I guess it’s more likely to be Death itself or something like that. Or perhaps love.) Sep 9, 2015 at 23:01
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    @JanusBa: we do know, there's a relevant JKR interview about the Dark Lord and boggarts: scifi.stackexchange.com/a/12570/4918
    – b_jonas
    Sep 10, 2015 at 10:14
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    I identify with Hermione so much. Aug 15, 2017 at 13:32

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