What’s the Matter with Ginny?
The Harry Potter series isn’t perfect, as much as we’d like to deny the fact. Despite the beautiful world-building and crisp plotting, there are issues that could use fixing. One of these issues is the character of Ginny Weasley. She is the no-nonsense younger sister to Ron, Harry Potter’s main squeeze and future wife, and a star Quidditch player as an adult. While her importance is implied, her execution is extremely mishandled. By the end of the series she seems to only be there as a way to tie Harry back to the Weasleys so that he will have a proper family once and for all. She is also there so that the hero will have a girlfriend. Let’s just be honest. Her characterization leaves much to be desired, and let’s not get into the movies’ interpretation. Ginny Weasley is a character who has gotten snubbed.
How could she have been better utilized throughout the series? Well, folks, here is a theory.
Ginny Weasley would have been a stronger character in terms of execution and would ultimately have fit better into the story if she and Ron were twins.
More opportunity to flesh out her character
The biggest flaw with Ginny’s character development is that we are told all of it but never shown. This may have worked to the second book’s advantage but doesn’t do much for the rest of the series. If Ginny were Ron’s twin, she would have been given the opportunity to flesh herself out as a character. Being in the same year as the trio would provide more character interaction and also would supply a romantic build-up between her and Harry instead of it just popping up, giving their relationship the same weight as Ron and Hermione’s.
If Ginny were a year older, she would be in the same year as the trio. She wouldn’t be as close with them as they are with each other due to Ron wanting his own friends to himself in his first year. Plus, Ginny would be too nervous to interact with Harry. However, the reader would see Ginny in class and the trio interacting with her in small ways but in more ways than is provided currently. This would also show us Ginny and Hermione’s friendship as something genuine instead of sort of just there because they are two girls sharing a room during some summer holidays.
Still contribute to Ron’s insecurities
Ginny being a year older and a twin would not alter where the series ends up. In fact, most elements and interaction could stay the same. She would be the younger twin, which would keep her as the baby sister. Her birth will contribute to Ron’s anxiety that he is the least loved of his siblings as he is just another son born when his mother craved a daughter. If anything, this would heighten his anxiety since they were born the same day.
More time for Harry and Ginny’s relationship to grow
Once Ginny learns to be comfortable with Harry, she would join in more of the trio interaction. She wouldn’t necessarily be in on their adventures, but we’d see Harry grow somewhat of a friendship with her earlier on. Their relationship tends to come off as stagnant in the books. Perhaps Harry would ask Ginny to the Yule Ball. Perhaps we’d see Harry grow jealous of Neville for asking Ginny first. Harry would still date Cho, and as he grows more distant from her, he’d grow closer to Ginny in the process. This could tie into his decision to stop seeing Cho. Not only are they growing apart, but Ginny is also filling in that void. Harry would not only be spending time with Hermione in Order of the Phoenix but now also Ginny. Once Cho is out of the picture, we’d actually see the scenes Harry and Ginny share that are given one-sentence descriptions in Half-Blood Prince.
We’d see them do homework together and share actual dialogue. They’d talk about Quidditch, and she’d be an outlet for his frustration when Ron and Hermione have had another fight. They could have intimate conversations, and she’d tell him more about her experience with Tom Riddle in Chamber of Secrets. This would be something only the two of them share (and would fit nicely when you bring Ring Composition into play). Once again, we are told these scenes exist, but we hardly see them. We need another 20! WE NEED TO SEE THEM!
When Harry goes on his mission to find Voldemort’s Horcruxes, she will still understand. The reader will have a better grasp of her emotions. At this point, the reader now has a reason to be invested in this couple. Ron’s reaction to the two of them will also remain the same, but perhaps the tension between him and Harry will originate earlier in the series, say in Goblet of Fire.
Ultimately, Ginny’s character lacks a lot of screen time. When she is the same age as the trio, she gets more of a chance at being a genuine character instead of a last-minute girl for the hero to snag.
What do you think about this theory? Is it plausible, or would it never work? Let us know in the comments below!