JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, recently wrote on her website that she worries about her daughters growing up in a “skinny-obsessed world”, stating that she doesn’t want them to grow up to become “empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones.”
“Let my girls be Hermiones,” she declared, referring to the brainy female character from the Harry Potter novels.
Rowling has two daughters, Mackenzie, age 1, and Jessica, age 12.
I think Rowling has gone a long way towards making it easier for girls to break out from rigid social stereotypes by creating her character, Hermione. Basically, Hermione is easy to admire. But, lest Rowling forgets, even Hermione gave in to cultural whims regarding an idealized appearance for females when she allowed Hermione straighten her hair and shrink her teeth before going to the ball in Book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2002).