In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010), Ron gives Harry a wand and explains:

Took it off a Snatcher a couple of weeks ago. Don't tell Hermione this, but they're a bit dim, Snatchers.

Why did Ron tell Harry not to tell Hermione this?

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    dare I ask, just what is a "snatcher"? Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 0:38
  • Think "Deatheater Light". Deatheaters are the HP equivalent with the 1940s nazis, i.e the bad guys. Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 10:34
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    @user2813274 They go around and kidnap people for the bad guys
    – GammaGames
    Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 16:55
  • Snatcher, not the Snitch from Quidditch.
    – Mazura
    Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 18:34

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Ron wants to impress Hermione.

Consequently, a fact that makes his achievement look easier and lessens the apparent danger he was in, is not something he wants Hermione to know.


Ron wants to impress Hermione with his story of defeating snatchers. He hopes it will make him look tough, impress Hermione, and she will forgive him for walking out.

But actually snatchers are "a bit dim" and so easy to beat. Ron doesn't want Hermione to know that.


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