Harry Potter and the Happy Squirrel: Hermione, as Page of Coins, considers Ron and Harry

Perhaps you have read news that Harry Potter author J.K Rowling recently disclosed that Hermione was not destined for Ron.

Having recently read how to do a Happy Squirrel reading, I couldn’t resist. I am a fan of quirky humor and animation, like “The Simpsons”, where the Happy Squirrel originates.

“The Happy Squirrel has become a bit of an in-joke in the tarot community since  it first appeared in the Simpsons episode Lisa’s Wedding in the mid 1990’s.” —   A review of the Touchstone Tarot


In the absence of a deck that has a Happy Squirrel card, I’ve turned to picking the card the Page of Coins from the Vanessa Tarot to represent Hermione. She is inquisitive, and pages are the court card that correlate to students. No one out-students Hermione, no one!

I simply shuffled the deck and spread out the cards until that Happy Squirrel appeared … the idea is to see what cards lies just to either side of the Happy Squirrel.

In Hermione’s arc, the Page of Coins arrives inverted. This arguably confirms the confusion of her romantic fate.

To her left, the side where her magnifying glass faces, is the Seven of Swords inverted. This is a card of trickery, and being a sword, it relates to the intellect and communication — next to it is the Page of Swords, inverted, a redheaded girl with a paper hat standing on a soapbox: Ron did indeed struggle with confidence throughout the Harry Potter series.


To the right of the Page of Coins is The Emperor inverted. If we interpret Ron as the Page of Swords, this seems to imply Harry Potter. The Emperor reminds us of the value of order and responsibility. His personal narrative dealt with these issues, and this is also one of the two parental major arcana cards: an inversion of the father. He was orphaned when Voldemort killed his parents.

Next to the Emperor appears the Two of Cups. Equal Partnership. Rowling argues that bringing Harry and Hermione together would have made Hermione a happier woman.


Then I saw the Ten of Wands inverted. It and its mirror on the opposite end of the original arc lie below the top row in the photo below.


The Ten of Wands inverted seems to be to represent Hermione again. I had debated using this card to represent her before choosing the Page of Coins. She is surrounded by books late at night, reading away.

On the side indicating Ron lies the Queen of Wands, associated with creativity. In her hands is a letter, and behind her, a horse on a verdant hill. This imagery reminds me of the author and seems to resonate her success.

Though the activity of the Ten of Wands is in keeping with Hermione’s character, the inversion deepens the overall concept of this reading: yes, Hermione’s fate would’ve been different with Harry. On some level, maybe the character herself knew it — and maybe Rowling’s fans, the readers, suspected the same.

If you’d like a reading of your own, please let me know. I’d love to speculate and dream with you!

Thanks for the read.


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