If Hermione kept a diary, when would she do it?
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I have an seed of an idea for a Hermione fanfic that I think has the potential to grow into a flowering tree (let's just sit back and admire my lyrical prose for a moment, lol). I was thinking to call it something along the lines of "Hermione's Diary" and have it take place during one of her Hogwarts years. It would be in journal/diary format, basically answering the question of "What if the books were written from Hermione's point of view?" My goal is to portray Hermione as the character, her thoughts and dreams and pet peeves and dreads and everything that goes on inside 'that big bushy head.' Since my idea is just forming and is very underdeveloped, I need some help figuring out a few things:
During which year/book should I set my fanfic? I really want to show the heart of Hermione, and I think each book shows a different maturity level in her; after all, she's growing up throughout the series, she is a dynamic character. I'm just not sure where to place this diary-keeping side of her. In her second year, Tom Riddle's diary features prominently in Ginny's life; but then again I'm writing about Hermione, not Ginny. Since that diary is a big part of the plot in CoS, maybe that would not be the best part of Hermione's life for her to keep a diary???? But what about her later years, her 4th, 5th and 6th years at Hogwarts???? Please help me decide which year to have her keep the diary, because I'm obviously having trouble with the decision.
I think it depends on what is going on in her life at the time, which would or would not make it substantial diary material. Then again, I could make anything she's thinking or feeling go into the diary. It doesnt have to be related to what is happening around her and to her, although it would be ideal to have something for her to write about.
I guess what I'm really asking is, where in the series is Hermione's life the most diary-friendly (for want of a better term), with the most conflict going on, and a lot of different people affecting/upsetting her life, giving her things to ponder over and worry about? I mean something would have to also be going on in the wider wizarding world too, as it always is in each book. But that 'something' would have to directly affect Hermione or at least be something that is near and dear to her heart that she really cares about. I'm not sure in which book this would be.
Once I decide on the book in which I will set Hermione's diary, I will be able to really start writing the fanfic. Answering that question will probably bring up a ton of new questions, but whatever. Potterheads are used to that. :p