In Defense of Ginny Weasley

In Defense of Ginny Weasley

Ginny Weasley gets a lot of hate in the fandom, and given that we so often criticize those who don’t read the books, I have to wonder why. Although the film franchise did not do the youngest Weasley justice, anyone who read the books knows Ginny is one fierce lady. She is possessed by Voldemort when she is only eleven – Harry can’t handle that at seventeen! She also stands up to Harry when he’s angsting in Order of the Phoenix, reminding him that she understands what it’s like to be possessed and chastises him for acting like a victim. Ginny also says one of my favorite quotes in the series: “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve,” a lesson she learns from her older twin brothers and one she actually lives by. When the trio drop out of school, Ginny is the one to restart Dumbledore’s Army and steals the sword of Gryffindor from Snape. Ginny Weasley is nothing less than audacious. She’s actually willing to fight the Death Eaters against her mother’s will when she’s only sixteen, and I, for one, would not have risked my life at that age, even for Harry Potter.

One of my favorite things about Ginny is her bravery in everyday situations. Although she started out timid and shy (the youngest of seven children and suddenly hanging out with the famous and adorable Harry Potter? I’d be anxious, too!), Ginny really blossomed after her encounter with Voldemort’s Horcrux in Chamber of Secrets. Instead of hiding away from the danger she was exposed to, she takes more of a “life is short” perspective and tries to have as normal an education as she can – until Goblet of Fire happens, and she helps Harry, without hesitation. Ginny is an incredibly loyal friend to Harry, without building her entire existence around him like far too many fictional heroines.

Perhaps the dislike for Ginny comes from the fact that, while befriending outcasts and fighting against evil, Ginny is also a normal teenage girl. She has lots of friends, dates different boys, and plays Quidditch. Ginny sort of seems like the kind of person I might hate in high school. But Ginny is also clever, brave, and a champion of the underdog. She stands up for herself and her friends. She’s really a shining example of a Gryffindor and feminist, too. It takes a Gryffindor to defy the rules and do what’s right, even when everyone tells you no; it’s truly a marker of feminism for a young woman to own her sexuality and defend herself when she is criticized. For that reason, I think each of us should aspire to be a little more like Ginny: a little smarter, or more daring, or a little more willing to make her own choices.

  • J Seaver

    I agree! Ginny is awesome. Strong, beautiful and never wavering in her loyalty. Some may see these traits as faults, but I think as a role model for young girls you cant beat her.

  • msmalone90

    I LOVE the movies, well except the 5th one. For the most part they adapted them as well as they could (especially the last 3). But the one thing that bugged me to no end was them not really caring about the character of Ginny. Bonnie Wright was perfect as Ginny in scenes where she was able to shine, but the writers and producers just didnt care about the love of Harry’s life. Anytime I hear someone criticize her its clear they never read the books. Shes one of the best characters.

  • msmalone90

    JK Rowling created mulitple, strong brilliant female characters. Some of these YA novels struggle to give us one great female character. Even Katniss Everdeen kind of wanes in the end. I didnt like that she had to even choose a guy to be with in the end. Plus Suzanne Collins’ way of writing her internal dilemma about choosing between Peeta and Gale grew tiresome with all the flip-flopping. But J.K. makes sure to show these female characters as strong, spunky, sexy. Its refreshing to read the different female tropes in a single story. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince brilliantly captures teenage angst, especially among females, perfectly. I wish the movies had done a better job at showing all of this but I understand the need to add or subtract certain things. Completely respect that. But not showing Ginny Weasley in all her brilliant light is just wrong and a huge disservice to fans of the movies who have not read the books.

  • johallo1

    I suspect the Ginny haters are also the Harry and Hermione shippers.

  • Emily

    My older sister has read the books, but she is also critical of Ginny and says we really don’t know much about her as a character. I told her she needs to reread the books because I got a good sense of her character when I read them, much like described above. She was more for Harry and Luna, which I wouldn’t have minded, but I liked him with Ginny. I think you may have been right that Ginny is a pretty normal, popular teenager and some would have liked to see Harry with an outcast or nerd or someone else like that.

  • Deepti Dani

    She also is friends with Luna and defends her when her own brother teases her. Ginny is a compassionate person and brave. You know she is a strong headed girl when she stoically accepts Harry’s decision to break up with her and understands his reasons for doing so. She holds up the fort with Neville when the trio does not return to Hogwarts.

  • Taytortots

    Here here

  • sacha

    One of the things that received criticism in the Harry/Ginny relationship is the names of their children. The concencus is she a dormat that let her husband’s make every decision about their children. While it’s obvious that the names have more meaning to Harry it’s quite debatable that he’s the one who choose them. It could have easily been her to please him. Which obviously would’ve work quite well. The point is they are one of those couple that fits. And when JKR was having introspection about her character it wasn’t about Harry/Ginny

  • Phil Boswell

    I find it very strange that so many people criticise the way Ginny is “parachuted in”, ignoring the implied friendship which began—albeit in a limited fashion—when Harry stayed at the Burrow at the beginning of “Chamber of Secrets” and continued through all those holidays when he returned there (to me, the fact that we hear hardly anything about those times implies that Harry was really enjoying himself: we generally only hear about times of crisis and change!).

    Even worse, they then suggest an alternative girl with whom Harry has even less back-story! He actually met Ginny before Hermione, the only other girl with whom he has had more interaction, but their relationship—as he states to Ron—is far more that of siblings.

  • Rose

    Personally I adore Ginny’s character in the books, she is so passionate, brave and spunky; she’s a great quidditch player (who learnt to fly on brooms she ‘borrowed’ from her brothers.) has a great sense of humour and a strong moral compass. While silly and naive at first – but who isn’t at that age? – she quickly matures in to a confident young woman who isn’t afraid to speak up for what she believes in, I mean just look at how she helped Neville and Luna organise the students/DA during while the Golden Trio were out Horcrux hunting. Ginny has the ability to balance Harry out which is part of the reason why her and Harry fit together so well.

    However while I love to Ginny that J.K. presents in the books, the Ginny that we see in the films is so far from what I expected, I do not think this is the fault of the actress either but more a fault of the script, as Bonnie is never really given a chance to properly develop Ginny’s character. A side effect of this is the awkwardness of Harry and Ginny’s relationship in the film series as neither of them are given to chance to properly interact with each other and form the relationship that we know and love from the books.

    • evelynsandman

      It was Neville who organised D.A, not Ginny. Yes, she helped, but it was Neville’s idea.

  • disqus_Imoi7LGhwf

    I’m guessing that haters of Ginny Weasley are typically Harmony militants. I love her!! Tired of the delusionals…