This Is What Would've Happened If Hermione Granger Had A Quarter-Life Crisis

What if Hermione hadn't ended up with Ron?

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We all know the ending of Harry Potter.

Hermoine and Ron finally get together, end up getting married and having two kids called Rose and Hugo.

But in the 19 years since Voldemort's death, surely it couldn't have been plain sailing for Hermione and Ron?

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There must have been the odd drunken night on too much Butterbeer, resulting in a boozed-up Ron relegated to sleeping on the couch.

A time when Hermione innocently flirted with a Muggle in plain view of her boyfriend in the Leaky Cauldron.

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The worry of Gringotts on their back due to unpaid student debt.

An argument on whether to buy a house in the country near the Weasleys and suffer the hour commute by Nimbus 2000 to work or fork out on a flat near Harry and Ginny in the City.

What if Hermione suffered a quarter-life crisis?

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This is the question at the heart of director Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael's new project, Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis.

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In an interview with Mashable, Yisrael explains how she found herself turning to her favourite Potter fan fiction 'Friend Number Three' for support while she volunteered at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Struggling with life at the time, she asked herself what made her happy.

'Hermione Granger fan fiction is fun for me,' says Yisrael.

'And I haven't found a single fan fiction that features a Hermione who looks like me. I came up with the entire idea that night on the bus,' she added.

That "shooting a movie, casual fab" swag...

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The plot – which has been developed into a web series – starts in 2004 when Hermione is 25 years-old and realises she doesn't want to marry Ron and work for the British Ministry of Magic. Not yet, anyway.

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Naturally, in her moment of panic and confusion, she apparates to Los Angeles – not Thailand as is common place for us Muggles – to take stock of her life.

I came up with the entire idea that night on the bus

Hermione's counterpart in the series is former Hogwarts roommate Parvati Patil, who Yisrael explains was a character she was always drawn to, given the fact she was one of the book's explicitly non-white characters and isn't ashamed of her 'don't care' attitude.

'She's this strong, outspoken, opinionated girl from day one. You don't like divination? Parvati doesn't care,' she adds.

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'Our characters are magical and, with the exception of Draco, Parvati and Tae Joon, they have Muggle family members — so their whole life is living as a minority in the world around them so they've always spent life code switching and bringing different parts of their existence to the other half of their lives,' she adds.

From looking into the way Hermione's magical life disrupted her Muggle relationships, to her friendship with a non-witch cousin called LaQuita, Yisrael felt inspired to explore the unspoken aspects of Hermione's life and how it impacts her in life post-Hogwarts.

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One thing the creator was key to focus on was Hermione's autonomy and freedom to dictate her life, after years being joined at the hip with her male counterparts, Ron and Harry.

'One thing we talk about a lot in our writer's room is finding the balance between where [Hermione's] freedom and agency take her organically and where we want her to go.

'For this reason, a lot of the show is Hermione purposely deciding to not have a plan and committing herself to figuring out what path lies in her heart.

'Her freedom includes making mistakes, deciding which relationships she wants in her life, deciding what she wants her contribution to be to the world and, quite simply, having fun,' she adds.

Sounds like Hermione isn't that dissimilar to ourselves. Hurrah!

'Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis' is now available on YouTube.

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