She kept hassling Harry about it, why didn't she try?

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    You should probably specify which particular book or film you're referring to. – LogicDictates Apr 18 at 21:55
  • This question has had a hell of a journey since it was asked. – Prometheus Apr 20 at 3:55
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    How can this be opinion based when there is an answer based directly off the books? – fez Apr 20 at 6:03

Dumbledore told Harry that he had to get it personally. Hermione trusts in his instinct that anyone else attempting to do it is doomed to failure and may well make it harder for Harry to get it in future.

‘I’m telling you, the stupid Prince isn’t going to be able to help you with this, Harry!’ said Hermione, more loudly. ‘There’s only one way to force someone to do what you want, and that’s the Imperius Curse, which is illegal –’

‘Yeah, I know that, thanks,’ said Harry, not looking up from the book. ‘That’s why I’m looking for something different. Dumbledore says Veritaserum won’t do it, but there might be something else, a potion or a spell …’

‘You’re going about it the wrong way,’ said Hermione. ‘Only you can get the memory, Dumbledore says. That must mean you can persuade Slughorn where other people can’t. It’s not a question of slipping him a potion, anyone could do that –’

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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    Turns out Harry was right, the solution was Liquid Luck and booze! – Julien Lopez Apr 19 at 9:54
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    @JulienLopez - When hasn't that been the solution to a problem? – Valorum Apr 19 at 10:05
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    @JulienLopez I think that (in addition to Luck and alcohol) the story of Slughorn's favorite student's death told by her son himself also mattered. – Demosthenes Apr 19 at 10:59
  • @Valorum - Yup. Sometimes the most important lessons you learn in school aren't in any of the schoolbooks. – T.E.D. Apr 20 at 16:03

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