Author has written 20 stories for Harry Potter.
In Defense of a Bitchy Hermione in 'How the Light Gets In'
(alternatively titled: draco malfoy was a little shit for like 20 years)
Here's the thing, y'all: for the first part of my story, Hermione is not kind towards Draco. I acknowledge that. I feel your frustration. I understand your hostility towards her.
But let's be real, here! DRACO MALFOY WAS AN ASSHOLE TO HER.
Putting aside the fact that he was forced into the 'wrong' side by his family, he was a dick to her and her friends all on his own. He repeatedly called her the equivalent of a racial slur. He mimicked her in class. He charmed her teeth to grow. He taunted her mercilessly and did everything in his power to make her life hell.
In my fic, she is forced to work closely with her former childhood tormentor and she isn't happy about it. At first she behaves in a hostile way because the only memories she has of him are negative ones. However, he does try his best to prove he's changed. I think subconsciously she pushes his buttons to see if he'll break, to see if he's really changed or not.
I think that after reading a lot of fanfiction, we forget a little bit about the 'real' Draco from the books. He was not kind. He was not a good person. His journey to forgiveness with Hermione (and with the wizarding world in general) should not be an easy one. I hope that makes sense.
If you want to know where my inspiration for pissy Hermione came from, refer back to 'You--complete--arse--Ronald--Weasley!" That was one of my FAVORRRIIIITTTEEEE scenes from DH. I f*cking love feisty Hermione. She gives me life.
So yeah, hope that clears some stuff up, love y'all, thanks for reading, etc etc etc, bye!