I really don't feel sorry for either Pansy or Draco and, somehow, I have a feeling that their punishments have just begun and that more stringent ones are in the offing for them. I do like the approaches that Harry & Hermione are taking and I loved it when Harry pointed out a fundamental fault in the Brotherhood's studies that they'd never noticed (obviously, their cultural conditioning, despite the extra ages of experience, have left some blind spots). Somehow, I suspect, Hermione is going to find a twist, likely in some "minor" portion of the Horcrux ritual, that limits the sex for the successful performance of the ritual and, with a small "tweak", it'll work for either sex; perhaps some word that carries a "males only" connotation and can be replaced by a neutral or "females only" word for Hermione to use. If that happens, I wonder if Hermione can use Pansy for the ritual? 'Twould seem most fitting in the extreme.