There are very few bookworms out there who don't know this earth-shattering news already, but for those of you who haven't bothered to read any news updates thrown at you lately, or have been stuck with your noses inside a book (the latter excuse is more acceptable) – there is a new Harry Potter book out. Based on a play written by J K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the play is set in the Hogwarts universe and will include the main characters of the original story. Harry Potter fans across the world have gone into a frenzy at the new release, whether they're schoolchildren discovering the series for the first time, or adult children reliving their fondest memories from the much-loved magical saga.
For many not-so-little girls out there, the person they will miss the most is not Harry, but good old Hermione Granger, the geek turned unbeatable legend from the Harry Potter series, because let's face it Hermione did save the day, every single time. And while looking back at some of Hermione's best moments, we at Tribune began to relive the stories of all the other fiery young girls who inspired us in our childhoods with their bravery and spirit. Here is only a few names of the incredible female literary characters that most of us wanted to be when we were little girls.
For many of us, Roald Dahl's stories for children were our first steps into a literary magical realm of enigmatic characters in chocolate factories and friendly giants who collaborated with the queen to save the world. And which Dahl fan can forget the lovable Matilda? The little girl who was constantly bullied, at home and at school by the tyrannical Miss Trunchbull, realised that her superior intellect allows her to move objects with her mind. Hilarity ensued when she used her telekinetic powers to give the bad guys their comeuppance. Every schoolchild who has ever suffered under a mean teacher's 'discipline over education' strategy couldn't help but cheer Matilda on.
The March sisters from L M Alcott's Little Women were the constant companions of many little bookworms once upon a time, and their daily adventures and mishaps were something that most of us could relate with. But the tomboyish Jo March hold top place for many little girls, especially when they're at the awkward age between childhood and teenage years, and they are faced with social pressures to be more 'womanly' as they grow up. Jo taught all of us that you don't need to be a little lady - it's okay to be loud and boisterous and march to your own beat, as long as you stay true to yourself and dream big.
The curious and good-natured Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia series is a character you can't help fall in love with. The baby of the Pevensie family, she instantly becomes the favourite of any Narnia reader, if only for her unwavering loyalty to her friend Mr Tumnus. As the story progresses, the good-natured Lucy goes on to protest against injustices, love all her semi-human and animal friends in Narnia, show extraordinary courage in the face of adversity and eventually become known as Queen Lucy the Valiant, co-ruler of Narnia.
Speaking of valiant rulers, the first lady to conquer the literary battlefield can only be named as Lady Eowyn of Rohan (and eventually Gondor) from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Born at a time when women tended to stay at home while the men went off to fight, shieldmaiden Eowyn refused to be locked up in a guilded cage, and instead went to battle dressed as a man. During the epic battle of the Pelennor fields, it was Eowyn who eventually slayed the Witch King of Angmar, lord of the Nazgul and one of the most fearsome foes in the trilogy, with the now legendary response - “I am no man” - to Angmar's final taunt of being unbeatable by any living man.
The teenage sleuth was a shelf favourite for many a teenager once upon a time – who wouldn't want to be smart, witty and the only one in the vicinity with the capability to solve the mysteries related to any number of robberies, murders, international conspiracies and much more? Nancy's no-nonsense attitude and her ability to get to the bottom of things, regardless of the obstacles that faced her, inspired many little girls in her time to follow her footsteps and aim for their goals, whether its to solve the neighbourhood crime or ace your next exam.