As part of #PotterheadJuly, I am writing today about Ginny Weasley and her role in the Harry Potter series. If you want to check out the schedule for the rest of the posts in July, you can find it here.
My love for Ginny Weasley is relatively recent, unlike Hermione where it was love at first sight. Ginny didn’t matter until book 2 and by then I was firmly in love with Hermione, I had eyes for no one else.
That all changed when I started to think about her seriously. In the films, she is portrayed as little more than the little girl who needed saving, or the youngest, overlooked Weasley or the girl lucky enough to catch the Harry Potter’s eye. But she is far more than that.
She is the girl who taught herself to play Quidditch because she wasn’t allowed to join in with her brothers. She broke into the family broom shed and took each out of her brothers’ brooms in turns. This was only found out many years later as Ginny went on to play as both a Seeker and Chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch Team.
She is the girl strong enough and brave enough at age 11 to resist Lord Voldemort, which is a feat many grown witches and wizards couldn’t even dream of achieving. Whilst, ultimately she may have needed help, she managed to throw away the diary that Voldemort was using to control her, showing her strength.
She is the girl that came up with the name Dumbledore’s Army and then proceeded to stun everyone with her skill at defensive magic. Even once Harry, Ron and Hermione left, she continued on with it with Luna and Neville in order to defy Snape and prove Hogwarts was still loyal to Harry Potter.
She is the girl that was in love with Harry but she didn’t mope around looking tragic and wait for him to return her love. She went on and dated Michael Corner and Dean Thomas, despite her brother’s disapproval. Initially she was shy and nervous around Harry but she grew into a funny, kind, confident women who didn’t just wait for him.
She is the girl who is a fierce and loyal friend, first to Luna who everyone finds odd and teases, yet she defends and also to Neville, who she agrees to go to the Ball with, even though she’d rather go with Harry. She defends and supports her friends no matter what is happening in the Wizarding World around her.
She is the girl who fought in numerous battles, most notably the Battle of Hogwarts and never backed down from a fight. From standing up to Draco Malfoy in Flourish and Blotts aged 11 to taking on Bellatrix Lestrange in the Battle of Hogwarts. She is known for her Bat Bogey Hexes and is notorious for her determination to stand up for what she believes in, regardless of the risk.
She is the girl who is Harry’s love interest, but she is also so much more than that. She is a fierce and loyal friend, a determined and brave fighter, a loving sister, a Quidditch player and so much more. She is not defined by her status as the Boy Who Lived’s girlfriend, quite the opposite, I would argue her role as his love interest is her least important one.
So, what do you think? Is Ginny Weasley more than just a love interest?
What’s your favourite Ginny scene? Let me know!