“It’s alright, Ginny. It’s over. It’s just a memory.”
HARRY POTTER ALPHABET ϟ
→ B of (the) Burrow
“It looked as though it had once been a large stone pigpen, but extra
rooms had been added here and there until it was several stories high
and so crooked it looked as though it were held up by magic (which,
Harry reminded himself, it probably was). Four or five chimneys were
perched on top of the red roof. A lopsided sign stuck in the ground
near the entrance read, THE BURROW. Around the front door lay a jumble
of rubber boots and a very rusty cauldron. Several fat brown chickens
were pecking their way around the yard.
“It’s not much,” said Ron.
“It’s wonderful,” said Harry happily”
Tom: You are a fool Harry Potter, and you will lose… Everything.
Harry: You’re the weak one. And you’ll never know love, or friendship, and I feel sorry for you.
Fred: What’s your name?
George: It’s gonna be fine, Nigel.
Fred: Yeah, it’s not as bad as it seems. See? It’s fading already.
George: You can hardly see ours anymore.
Fred: And the pain stops after a while.
I love this part so much. To me, it shows that Fred and George aren’t always the funny guys that they are who never take things seriously. It shows that they know pain and that they have to deal with it at some point or another; it shows they care about other people and not themselves.
A nice little travel around certain shipping forums resulted in this little rant by yours truely. It’s a nice little pro-Ginny thing and I hope it clears up some of my thoughts and frustrations on one of Fandom’s biggest mistakes.
Have you met Ginny Weasley? A certain minority of fandom has become well known for their Weasley-bashing, to the extent that the author of the series has expressed her personal opinion on the matter. Now, I could sit here and defend each Weasley individually, because some may think it’s fair to bash Mrs Weasley for being overbearing (almost *gasp* Hermione-like) or Ron because he has one fight with his best friend in six years. However, I think my defence should go to a certain little Miss Weasley who has taken a lot of bashing in the forms of “essays” (Rants with an intro and conclusion are not essays, by the way this is an example of a rant. I’m not going to degrade a word like “essay” on this pile of thoughts because I respect the English language. Take note a certain minority of fandom). All this mainly comes down to certain people finding it hard to accept that she’s Harry’s “ideal girl”. Well atleast that’s what JK says. It’s not like her opinion matters much, does it?
I think I will start of with the obvious argument from the anti-Weasley army, mind you I need to remove the swears and bad grammar to make it clear:
“Ginny’s a spoilt, selfish brat who has no character and was not even existant until HBP”
This is not a direct quote, by the way, it is just an example of a common phrase used. So, lets get started analysing this:
Spoilt: Now, I’m no expert but one would deduct that a girl who lives in a wonky house, has to wear “old hand-me-downs” from her brothers and only outlet of comfort was within an enchanted diary, isn’t really your typical spoilt brat. Where this idea comes from, I may never know. Perhapes if she was an only-child with two proud and rich dentist parents some of her behaviour could be said to be a direct result of her childhood being spoilt. But, that’s far too much logic.
Selfish: You really have to ask yourself if these people think about their comments, or they just choose negitive descriptive words from the newest issue of “Girlfriend magazine” or what ever is hip with jelous teenage girls these days and slap it on Ginny. If I recall Ginny has been very un-selfish in the past. It was, afterall, Ginny who stood up to Malfoy to defend Harry, it was Ginny who shut Harry and Ron up for laughing at both Hermione and Neville, it was Ginny who supported Neville on the train, it was Ginny who told people teasing Luna to shut up, it was Ginny who verbally and physically attacked Blaise and Zacahrias to defend Harry. Selfish? No, I would say she is defensive of her friends and a little bit stubborn.
Ginny has a dirty whorish mouth!
This one entertains me to no end because before Harry I do believe Ginny had two romantic love interests, and she was more dedicated to these relationships then Hermione ever was to her two love interests (Krum and McClaggin). It is even more funny to see that these people missed JK poking fun at them in HBP at the joke shop when Ginny says “last time I looked he was definetly one boy, not five” (HBP, pg 117, UK edition). However, the humour and irony of this is somehow lost on them all.
Ginny wasn’t developed! Harry never noticed her!
Oh my, can anyone say denial? Ginny was a very developed character, I think you will find that if you visit the archive of any pro-Ginny forum supporters were saying she was everything JK said she was in the LeakyMug chat, and this was pre-HBP. It probably comes down to resistant reading, a major part of their denial is this. All Ginny’s characteristics where shown and existed pre-HBP, they choose to ignore them in place for Hermione-worshipping (Have you guessed the minority yet?) and as a result got hurt. Now, Harry never noticed her? I do recall Harry staring at her as she chased the train in his first year, then noticed many little things through the first four books. Came OotP H/G’s noticed a dramatic increase in the way Harry noticed Ginny, he noted the way she walked, sat, had her hair, the way her eyes where, the way she acted, their eyes constantly met. I even remember one cute quote where he went to bed thinking about her playing quidditch. AND THIS WAS ALL PRE-HBP. So, Harry didn’t notice her? *bzzzzz* Wrong, it is YOU who didn’t notice her.
She didn’t cry at their break-up! She never loved him!
This is also funny, an excuse that is stupid beyond belief. I do believe that it is incredibly out of character for Ginny to be so heavily effected by a boy, she took her break ups fairly well. However she took Harry’s hard, don’t think so? That’s because you don’t analyse. Ginny knew Harry was going to break up with her ever since Dumbledore died, JK said they both knew it. An interesting quote is before the break up where Ginny says that she hasn’t been sleeping well. One can see that this is a direct result of her fear for Harry’s safety and well being ever since the cave event. She knew it was coming, the “hard blazing look” at the funeral was Ginny steeling herself up, much like Harry did and much like she did before their first kiss, she was preparing herself for something big. The whole idea of Ginny not crying is in contrast to Cho, who cried a river and made Harry’s love life hell. It is showing that Ginny is the perfect girl for Harry. The fact that she is strong enough not to make it hard on him by shaking him and begging him not to let her go is proof that she understands him. The irony is that Harry states “and that when he told her what he was going to do now, she would not say ‘Be careful’ or ‘Don’t do it’, but accept his decision, because she wouldn’t expect anything less of him.” (HBP, pg 602, UK edition). Harry reflect this, and when she says the line later on about knowing he has to fight Voldemort, it is tieing all this in. He read her mind and knows her, and that is meant to break the readers heart because we see how perfect they are, how well suited they are. Another interesting note is that Hermione said ‘Be careful’ during the potion task in PS and ‘Don’t do it’ before he went to the lake during the time-turner sequence in PoA. As you can see, JK is comparing Ginny to Hermione in that scene, and guess who comes out on top.
And so ends my little pro-Ginny rant. To all those who still believe Ginny is an evil little whore who has drugged Harry and is soon to be Voldemort’s bride, you are kidding yourself. I think it’s time you grew up and stop blaming JK for your resistant-reading. Most logical readers had forseen not only Ginny’s character in HBP, but the relationship. The only people who didn’t are those who found cold comfort in thinking she was a one-dimensional selfish, spoilt brat. Now, let us all grow up and respect the fictional creations of a brilliant author, instead of blaming her for your mistakes.
Excuse the grammar mistakes, I am in a rush and full of lots of angry!fan hormones
Bravo, excellent analysis here! You’ve picked apart the haters arguments very well, and I agree with everything you’ve said. I despise mindless hate against Ginny, she’s so brilliant and she’s so brave, strong, loving, and a perfect match for Harry.
Something I do want to add though: Another thing I sometimes see people say she’s “weak” and thus no match for a hero like Harry. Um, hello? Remember that time Tom Riddle tried to posess her at age eleven and she actually managed to fight him off for a while? Or the fact that she, Neville, and Luna ran the DA club and fought back during the 1997-1998 school year? She stands up to people when she believes they are wrong, and she fights for what she believes in. Ginny is a very strong person.
However, Ginny isn’t only a bamf with no heart. In the battle of Hogwarts we see her looking after and comforting the younger students who are scared, and she also comforts Hermione when Hermione’s upset about Ron. Ginny is very kind and loving, which I think will make her a great Mum.
She is also a great match for Harry because she is the only other person who knows what it’s like to be posessed by YKW, and I think they are good because Harry is a bit stubborn and reckless sometimes and he needs someone strong like Ginny to not be afraid to tell him when he’s being like that. Also Ginny has a bit of a temper so she needs someone gentle like Harry to help her relax and stuff.
Day 7 : Favourite female character and why
Molly Weasley because she’s pretty much the perfect mum; she’s a great cook and she worries constantly about her kids. But at the same time, she is a complete BAMF. I had the biggest smile on my face when I read that it was Molly who got to take Bella’s life. That she got to get revenge for all the pain Bella had inflicted on the people she loved.