Folder #9: Ginny Weasley
Hey again, readers of the digital abyss we call the Internet. Today, I shall tackle Arthur and Molly Weasleys only daughter, Ginny. But
before I do, I have a couple of bones to pick with you, the readers.
Firstly, I was highly disappointed in the lack of response and submitted editorials for Folders #3 and #4, which were re-opened two weeks
ago. I received many, many submissions for Dumbledores Folder, but very few for these two. I realize Dumbledore is a much bigger character
through the series than are Rita Skeeter and Seamus Finnigan, but based upon the responses in the CoS Forums, I expected there to be quite a
few well-written editorials submitted to me. I received a couple, and at least one of them seems post-worthy, but I would simply like more
points of view prior to posting. As such, Ritas Folder and Seamuss Folder will remain open until this coming Friday at midnight, and I
will open the fifth Folder, that of Mrs. Figg, now, and her editorials must also be submitted by Friday at midnight. If I only receive
responses for popular characters like Dumbledore and Neville, TPF will return to its old format, where no readers thoughts will be posted
on the main MuggleNet site (this means Neville and the upcoming Snape Folders, among others, will never be opened). I also do not think it
is fair for everyone to depend upon those whose editorials have already been posted to continue to submit so the Folders continue to be
opened. If you have read the Files I have written and have something to add, debate, or comment upon, it is really quite simple to write a
response. Simply jot down your thoughts, put them into paragraph format in a Word or Wordpad document, and send it via e-mail attachment to
me at christopherstephened at hotmail dot com. It need not be lengthy or elaborate. Secondly, I received a ton of response on last
weeks Neville File. I would like to clear up a couple of things:
First, Neville does tell us who he saw die in OotP during Hagrids class (when Umbridge is inspecting): his grandfather. I
mistakenly stated we didnt know. Second, Nevilles parents were tortured by the Lestranges after Voldemort had attempted to attack Harry at
Godrics Hollow, according to Dumbledore in GoF (The Pensieve scene). Also according to Dumbledore, they were searching for information on
the whereabouts of Voldemort. Unfortunately, even after five readings, I had not recalled these two important facts, which goes to show
everyone that even we authors are human, too. Third, The Phoenix Files are written to inspire dialogue amongst fans (including myself), not
so everyone will agree with everything I write. I often bring up multiple points of view, some of the commonly-cited evidence, and usually
add a bit of my own thoughts throughout the Files. Many disagreed with the thought Nevilles Gran has the potential to be evil, and I
personally do not hold the view that she is. But there are some who do, and I found it an interesting perspective (and a feasible one,
based upon canon, though some of the evidence is quite weak), which is why I included it in the File.
Okay, so I think thats enough lecturing for one File, lets get on to Ginny!
I think Ginny is the single character who has grown the most throughout the series; yes, even more than Harry. Harry has been through a lot
and has (arguably) matured, but Ginny is barely recognizable in OotP from her excitable, pointing self in SS/PS or her immensely shy,
embarrassed self in CoS. By OotP, she is holding her own, fending for herself in extremely dangerous situations such as Umbridges office
and the Department of Mysteries (abbreviated DoM for the rest of the File).
We know that Ginny was planned by JKR from before Book One was published, and it is possible that she had already picked a role or niche for
young Miss Weasley very early on, perhaps larger than the avenue through which the Chamber of Secrets was to be opened again. A couple of
tidbits: we know from Jos site that Ginny is the first female Weasley in many generations. I also believe it was stated that Ginny is
short for Ginevra instead of Virignia. In the first American paperback edition (1999) of Book One, we meet Ginny on page 92, in the sixth
chapter, entitled The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.
Now, whats the platform number?" said the boys mother.
"Nine and three-quarters!" piped a small girl, also red-headed, who was holding her hand, "Mom, cant I go
"Youre not old enough, Ginny, now be quiet. All right, Percy, you go first.
As always, I find it interesting who we meet and when. Though it usually doesnt matter, as in the case with Dedalus Diggle (who we meet
in Chapter One), sometimes those mentioned early on in the book or series become more important later. Ginny is the first Weasley whose
name we learn, then Percy, then the rest of the Weasley children.
Later in that chapter, Fred and George tell Molly it was Harry she had helped through the barrier to the platform. Ginny responds, Oh,
Mom, can I go on the train and see him, Mom, oh please
. (Mrs. Weasley replies, Youve already seen him, Ginny, and the poor boy isnt
something you goggle at in a zoo.) Ginny then cries as the train pulls away, and chases the train until it gains too much speed. It is
obvious she cannot wait to go to Hogwarts!
Ginny doesnt forget about Harry, either. The moment he passes through the barrier after the school year we hear:
There he is, Mom, there he is, look! ... Harry Potter! she squealed. Look, Mom! I can see
Be quiet, Ginny, and its rude to point.
Based upon Mrs. Weasleys responses to Ginnys comments, it seems to me as though she doesnt seem to favor her as many mothers who have
just one daughter might. I believe Mrs. Weasley is a good mother (especially when it comes to being stern when teaching her children a
lesson), and I do not doubt she loves Ginny very much, but it doesnt seem she favors her simply because of her sex. Interestingly, Harry
never sees Ginnys dead body appear as the boggart in OotP is running through those she loves. Mrs. Weasley had been sobbing, then Harry
found her and saw Ron first, then Bill, then Arthur, then the twins, then Percy, then Harry (OotP, pp. 175-176 Ch. 9 The Woes of Mrs.
Weasley, First American edition, July, 2003). Is there a significance to this order? Im not sure. It seems likely that the twins and
Percy would be toward the end, and Harry, not a member of the family, appears after Percy. Does this mean Charlie and Ginny appeared before
Ron (before Harry reached Mrs. Weasley), or would they have showed up at all (or after Harry)? I dont know if we can infer anything
directly from their absence, but its something to think about. Its possible it isnt important to the series, but Jo specifically decided
to tell us who appeared and in what order.
Ginny is so enthralled with Harry throughout the opening half of CoS that she cant even speak to him. We all recall (Im sure) Ginny
putting her elbow in the butter dish because Harry spoke to her. Ron tells Harry while at the Burrow (Chapter Three, The Burrow, CoS,
American first paperback printing, 2000) that its weird for her to be so shy, and that she never shuts up normally. Then, of course,
she stands up and defends Harry in front of Draco at Flourish and Blotts. To me, it seems as though Ginny has taken a big step forward in
maturity here. Little kids usually are in awe of celebrities (so are many adults), while adolescent teens tend to have crushes on those
Ginny was also the last of a long line of Weasleys to go back to the Burrow when they were supposed to be on their way to Kings Cross
(because she forgot her diary
how do we miss this stuff??).
Also, in CoS, I have always found Jos analogy of Ginny post-Pepper-up Potion to be interesting; something about how the steam coming from
her ears gave the impression her whole head was on fire. I dont know if thats supposed to be a clue, hint, or simply comic relief, but I
always found it funny and sort of intriguing.
What fascinated me the most, though, is the way Ginny dealt with the whole Chamber situation throughout the book. For a shy, young,
impressionable first year, she did rather well. She attempted to flush the diary down Myrtles toilet after she finally decided it was not
a good thing to be pouring her heart and soul into it, only to see Harry with it on Valentines Day. She bravely breaks into the boys
dormitory (still no idea how she did that, but Hermione showed up on Christmas, too) and steals it back (probably to protect Harry). Then,
she attempts to swallow her shyness and tell Harry all about her encounter with Tom Riddle, only to have Percy conveniently scare her off,
just before she gets taken into the Chamber. While in the Chamber (after Harrys duel with the basilisk), Ginny says, Ive looked
forward to coming to Hogwarts ever since Bill came and now Ill have to leave and
Combine this with they way Ginny seems to adore Bill at the start of GoF (backing up his choice of hairstyle to her mom), and I think Ginny
really admires first Bill and then the twins in the Weasley family. Its a good thing, because all three of them are very powerful wizards.
At the end of CoS, Ginny has no problem talking to Harry on the way back to Kings Cross about Percy and Penelope. I suppose after an
ordeal like the one she had with Riddle and the Chamber must mature a person, but Ginny really seems to come into her own toward the end of
In PoA, Ginny doesnt appear as often. She shares a laugh with Harry about Percy and Penelope as they board the train (again showing how
much her attitude has changed about Harry in the past year at the start of CoS, she was in awe; now, she seems to deem herself an equal).
Unfortunately, Harry doesnt see her that way yet, telling Ron and Hermione he has to speak with them in private. Ron rudely tells Ginny
to go away, and she huffs and stalks off. Then the dementor entered the compartment where Ginny had rejoined Harry, and they affected her
nearly as badly as they did Harry. Its rather obvious (now) why; its because she had had such horrible experiences in the Chamber the
previous year. Since the dementors force you to relive your very worst memories, surely those moments in the Chamber would have been some
of Ginnys worst. Theyre still not as bad as Harrys worst, so Ginny didnt faint, but she was shaking uncontrollably. Unbelievably, she
doesnt really reappear significantly until Chapter Ten, halfway through the book. After the dementors charge the Quidditch field, making
Gryffindor lose to Cedric and Hufflepuff, Ginny sends Harry (who is in the hospital wing recovering from his fifty-foot fall) a homemade
get-well card that sang shrilly unless Harry kept it under his bowl of fruit. This is quite powerful magic for a second year, and I
suppose we should have noticed that!
Goblet of Fire also presents us with an even more outgoing, more intelligent, more cool Ginny Weasley. I think its interesting how
Harry, Ron, and Hermione all insist on keeping Sirius quiet from Ginny. Perhaps its because they think shes too young, but they were
younger than she is when they were going through trapdoors and entering the Chamber of Secrets. Ginny laughs at the Ton-Tongue Toffee,
crashing flying tables, and other things, showing her sense of humor is similar to the twins. Ginny adds her two bits in here and there
throughout the QWC scene, and sounds a bit like Hermione when she says, I thought Mr. Bagman was Head of Magical Games and Sports. He
should know better than to talk about Bludgers near Muggles, shouldnt he?
Yet the majority of GoF, Ginny is mysteriously missing. Shes not mentioned aboard the Hogwarts Express or at the Gryffindor table during
most of the book. Its almost as if Jo forgot about her, but we HP Sleuths didnt, did we? Dont worry, she makes up for it in OotP.
Ginny is closer to Hermione than I ever realized. She knows Hermiones going with Krum to the Yule Ball (much to Rons discontentment) well
before the majority of people (including Parvati, who is in her year and, presumably, her dorm room). She obviously wants to go to the Yule
Ball because she accepts Nevilles invite (and seems embarrassed by it, at least in front of Harry and Ron). Do we have a little romantic
on our hands? From the evidence presented in OotP, Ginny could be a downright heartbreaker
OotP is definitely Ginnys coming out party. She takes on a much, much, much larger role. Shes very close to Tonks, as mentioned in her
own File, as well as the twins. She enjoys playing with
Crookshanks, which I find interesting, but not nearly as interesting as the part where she downright lies to her mother, unflinchingly.
From the first edition, in Chapter Four, entitled Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, Ginny says Hermiones cat left the Dungbombs outside the
door, when Ginny had in fact been tossing them there to see if they could get Extendable Ears under the door crack. Crookshanks, said
Ginny unblushingly. He loves playing with them.
Also in that chapter, Ginny states: Bill doesnt like him [Snape], either, said Ginny, as though that settled the matter. Thats a
reinforcement that Ginny really looks up to her eldest brother. Ginny makes a noise like an angry cat after Ron tells Harry that Percy
had blamed his father for being poor due to his lack of ambition (I hope you followed that; if not, read it again, I wont be offended, and
nobody will ever know). I think thats sort of intriguing, especially when combined with what comes later
Another small point you may or may not remember from OotP: as Fred and George are getting ready to go to Hogwarts, they bewitch their trunks
to go down the stairs. Unfortunately, they end up knocking Ginny down two flights!! Im hoping this is just comic relief and has no deeper
Did anyone else notice Ginnys impressive Scourgify charm on the Hogwarts Express, used to get rid of the Stinksap? That was probably not a
very easy charm to do, and shes following after her mother in that domestic magic. If she remains powerful in this area, it could prove
quite useful for the DA.
Ginny appears in nearly every scene in the early-middle of OotP, and Im not going to go over every one of them, just the ones I find either
particularly important or intriguing. I thought it was odd at the start of Chapter Eleven how Harry, Ron, and Ginny immediately stick up
for Hagrid in front of Luna, but Hermione takes much longer to reply. It seems perhaps Hermione has a bit of Ravenclaws traits in her,
while the rest of the crew seems to have a bit of Hufflepuffs loyalty. Ginny then gets hailed by some fellow fourth years when they
enter the Great Hall. Apparently, shes quite popular.
In Chapter Thirteen, Detention with Dolores, there is more evidence of Hermiones closeness with Ginny. Oh, for heavens sake, Harry,
you can do better than her [Luna], Ginnys told me all about her, apparently shell only believe in things as long as theres no proof at
Ginny says nearly nothing during the meeting of the future DA in the Hogs Head, save she breaks up two of her friends, Luna and Hermione,
from bickering over Fudges army of heliopaths. I wonder why she wasnt more talkative.
As mentioned earlier, if youre looking for a little more romance than the awkwardness that was Harry and Cho (or, arguably, Ron and
Hermione) in Book Five, Ginnys the place to look. She starts out dating Michael Corner (a Ravenclaw, whom shes been seeing since the end
of the previous year), then moves on to Dean Thomas by the end of Book Five. Once again, Hermione knows all this (why are we no longer
Ginny also proposes the name of Dumbledores Army for the DA group. Most of you probably recall that she takes over as Gryffindor Seeker
after Harry gets his lifetime ban. Of course, at the end of the book, she states she will probably try for Chaser next year. Seems to me
that little Ginny is awfully active. She comes up with the goods at times when they are most needed. An important quality not to be
There are a few other things of note with Ginny prior to her episode in the DoM. After they take the Portkey (I have a few questions about
those; are there two different kinds, like one where it takes people at a certain time and another where it takes the first person to touch
it?) from Dumbledores office to Number Twelve, Ginny is curled like a cat on her chair (p. 479, Am. 1st ed.). Thats the second cat
description Jo has used when Ginny was at Number Twelve. I believe this is a hint (its definitely reinforced). Perhaps Ginnys animagus
form would be a cat? Or, also possible, will her curiosity get the better of her in either Book Six or Seven? Now that would be Jo-like;
give us enough hints to simply lead us to another hint.
Finally, Ginny gets to be on the inside when she stays in the room with Harry, Hermione, and Ron just before Christmas, reminding Harry she
had been possessed by You-Know-Who. This is the first time Ginnys really included (though they still attempt not to include her in the
thestral scene). She said it quite matter-of-factly, and seemed to be happy to be able to help. In fact, every time shes seen Harry since
her first year, shes been very jovial when speaking to him, and not because she fancies him anymore (as Hermione told us).
Speaking of Hermione, she knows even more inside information about Ginny than Ive spoken of so far. In Chapter Twenty-Six, Seen and
Unforeseen, she says, Shes [Ginny] been breaking into your broom shed in the garden since the age of six and taking each of your brooms
out in turn when you werent looking. And Ginny is quite good, grabbing the Snitch in just twenty-two minutes (making Gryffindor only lose
by ten points
that reminds me of a certain QWC match
)!! Thats nearly as good as Harry was. Although Harry thinks he was quite
impressed with Ginnys performance, he thinks he could have done better. Ginny says in Career Advice (Chapter Twenty-Nine) that The
thing about growing up around Fred and George is that you sort of start thinking anythings possible if youve got enough nerve. She then
says, Oh damn, I forgot, when Madam Pince, the librarian, chews them out for having chocolate in the library. She had done very well
throughout the book until then!
Ginny comes up with another lie in Chapter Thirty-Two, on p. 737: "'Luna and I can stand at either end of the corridor, and warn people not
to go down there because someones let off a load of Garroting Gas.' Hermione looked surprised at the readiness with which Ginny had come
up with this lie, writes Jo. I think we should definitely be on the lookout for Ginny not being totally truthful in the future. Jo
specifically writes that Ginnys lie, when repeating it to unbelieving students, was convincing. Hmm
Of course, we all remember Ginnys Bat-Bogey Hex on Malfoy. Ron states that it was the best bit of magic of all the DA members who had
escaped from members of the Inquisitorial Squad. Ginny sets her jaw in Chapter Thirty-Three so that her resemblance to Fred and George was
suddenly striking. Im three years older than you were when you fought You-Know-Who over the Philosophers [Sorcerers] Stone, she said
fiercely, and its because of me Malfoys stuck back in Umbridges office with giant flying bogeys attacking him Now that sounds
like some Girl Power there. Go, Ginny!! She figures out why the thestrals are headed toward Harry and Hermione (who are covered in Grawps
Ginny fights valiantly in the DoM, but her ankle gets broken, and shes unfortunately really not much help after that.
Ginnys future looks very bright indeed. It is clear she, like Bill and the twins, is a very powerful magician, and her resourcefulness
could be just what the current trio needs. After all, theyve got Ron (who seems to enjoy thinking outside the box), Harry (with his
courage), and Hermione (with her book knowledge), so wouldnt someone like Ginny fit in perfectly? She will, but only if the trio will let
her in on the inside information she needs to know to be helpful. After all, now that the twins are gone, she is the only Weasley other
than Ron left at Hogwarts! To me, it seems like the experience in the DoM might serve like the troll experience in Book One with Harry and
Ron and Hermione. Did you notice on p. 848 of hardback OotP Am. 1st ed., toward the beginning of the last chapter, Jo writes, All six of
them looked around? Its possible it will no longer be the now-famous trio, but rather the sextet (with Neville, Ginny and Luna). That
is, of course, only if Ginnys curiosity doesnt get her first. Hmm
I suppose well just have to see.
THINGS TO KEEP A MOODY-LIKE MAGICAL EYE ON FOR BOOKS SIX AND SEVEN:
- Ginny telling very convincing lies without blushing or showing any signs of lying.
- Ginny continuing to look up to Bill, Fred, George, Hermione, and Tonks.
- Ginny continuing to mature, perhaps more quickly than Harry or Ron.
- Ginnys wizarding skills continuing to improve, and an increase in her competency as a witch. I wonder what kind of career she will
pursue, or how many O.W.L.s shell receive?
- Ginnys curiosity getting the better of her? (Or some other interpretation of the cat references.)
Hope everyone enjoyed this File (I know it was another long one, but I wanted to make sure I did my research!). Thanks for reading;
remember to send your comments to christopherstephened at hotmail dot com
and look out for the tenth folder, by multiple, multiple
requests. I figure since ten is a pretty, round number, I should take on a rather monumental task, so Folder #10 will be the folder of
Severus Snivellus Snape!! Ive been doing quite a bit of research, so hopefully you will all enjoy that one!
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