Madam Puddifoot’s: What’s Life Without a Little Romance?
by Kelly Kearney
The following is meant to explore the character of Ginny, just a small bit, and to scrape the surface of her character and her importance in the Harry Potterverse — Im breaking her down by book, in order, and will just touch on the basics — Rowling hasnt let us get too deep into her character just yet, but what we do know of her, so far, is very positive:
When little Ginny Weasley is first introduced to us in SS, shes obviously starstruck with Harry, because hes The Boy Who Lived, and that is all she knows of him. No, they do not interact on the train platform, other than to see each other for the first time. However, this is a significant scene because of the single fact that JK Rowling considers the King’s Cross Station to be a very romantic place:
“For me, Kings Cross is a very, very romantic place. Probably the most romantic station purely because my parents met there. So thats always been part of my childhood folklore. My dad had just joined the Navy, my mum had just joined the W.R.E.N.S. They were both traveling up to Abroath in Scotland from London and they met on the train pulling out of Kings Cross. So, um, I wanted Harry to go to Hogwarts by train.
I just love trains, Im a bit nerdy like that. Obviously it had to be from Kings Cross. — J.K. Rowling, HP Lexicon
Harry does not meet nor see Hermione (nor does he describe any other girl) in the station. He meets Hermione later, on the actual train. The station itself is whats important, and what Rowling is pointing to.
The future lovers first see each other in the very station that Rowling considers a very, very romantic place, where her own parents first met. A relevant clue to the HMS Chocolate. (Some Harmonians like to point out that Hermione first kisses Harry on the cheek in the same station. While this is true, it also takes place at the end of GoF, just after Harry has witnessed the death of Cedric Diggory, and faced off with Voldemort.)
Harry’s childhood, at this point, is officially over. He is moving into adulthood, as is Ron, as is Hermione. Hermione and Harry are very comfortable with each other in their friendship, and in physical proximity to each other, because there are no underlying romantic or awkward feelings between them. Hermione’s kiss on the cheek, something she had never done before, represents them moving away from their childhood, and into a more adult friendship. Little boys don’t like little girls kissing them on the cheeks, girls are gross! And little girls don’t like to kiss little boys on the cheeks, boys have cooties! Harry and Hermione are growing up.
Had Harry contemplated that kiss or even given it a second thought, or had Hermione kissed him ‘lightly on the lips’, then we could wonder whether or not it was a hint to a possible H/Hr romance. But he doesnt, and she only kisses him on the cheek (and is comfortable doing so), as girl friends do to their guy friends, all day long.
From this scene in SS, we also see Ginny running after the train and waving her brothers off to school. Of course, the train just also happens to be carrying Harry.
The train began to move. Harry saw the boys mother waving and their sister, half laughing, half crying, running to keep up with the train until it gathered too much speed, then she fell back and waved.
Harry watched the girl and her mother disappear as the train rounded the corner. — SS, Platform 9 3/4
Harry just happens to watch Ginny and her mother, all the way along until the train rounds a corner and they fall out of his sight. Rowling chooses to impart that tidbit to us for a reason. This is foreshadowing of how Ginny and Molly will become very important people in his life later on. Molly, we already have her role pretty well figured out surrogate mother, perhaps future mother-in-law? Ginny — future wife?
Whats important is that Harry did not have to watch Ginny running after the train as it moved away. He could have watched the other passing scenery the whole way out of the station. But Rowling worded it specifically so that he was seeing Ginny chasing after his train, until she disappeared from his sight. Subtle, romantic symbolism. Another clue.
In CoS, Rowling keeps Ginny on the back-burner. Her introduction scene is brief, but there are some very sweet hints early on:
On the third landing, a door stood ajar. Harry just caught sight of a pair of bright brown eyes staring at him before it closed with a snap.
“Ginny,” said Ron. “You dont know how weird it is for her to be this shy. She never shuts up normally.” – CoS, The Burrow
The moment she saw Harry, Ginny accidentally knocked her porridge bowl to the floor with a loud clatter. Ginny seemed very prone to knocking things over whenever Harry entered a room. She dived under the table to retrieve the bowl and emerged with her face glowing like the setting sun. Pretending he hadnt noticed this, Harry sat down and took the toast Mrs. Weasley offered him.
Oh, are you starting at Hogwarts this year? Harry asked Ginny.
She nodded, blushing to the roots of her flaming hair, and put her elbow in the butter dish. Fortunately no one saw this except Harry, because just then Rons elder brother Percy walked in. — CoS, At Flourish and Blotts
These scenes are simply adorable. Little Ginny has a crush. An 11-year-old, school girl crush. And Harry is sweet enough toward her — he doesnt tease or draw attention to her putting her elbow in butter, and he graciously pretends not to notice her embarrassment as she emerges from under the table.
Something else that is important is the wording that Rowling chooses for Harry to describe Ginny in those scenes. Harry imparts to us that her hair is flaming, her face is glowing, and she has ‘bright brown eyes’. Subtle words, and words that could easily have been left out — but they are there for a reason, so they must be important and necessary.
Harry himself is only 12-years-old at this point, Ginny merely 11. Hes not thinking about things like that where girls are concerned. But the seeds of Ginnys appearance in Harrys eyes are planted, and Harry seems to think rather favorably of them. Flaming hair and a glowing face are much better descriptions than bushy haired and large toothed, or straggly haired with protuberant eyes. Perhaps Harry sees Ginny as more attractive than, say, Hermione or Luna? This is not to say that Harry finds those other girls ugly; he just uses much more flattering words to describe Ginny, and on some subconscious level, Harry finds her appearance pleasing to the eye. Another clue from CoS, At Flourish and Blotts:
“Famous Harry Potter,” said Malfoy. Cant even go into a bookshop without making the front page.
Leave him alone, he didnt want all that! said Ginny. It was the first time she had spoken in front of Harry. She was glaring at Malfoy.
Potter, youve got yourself a girlfriend! drawled Malfoy. Ginny went scarlet as Ron and Hermione fought their way over, both clutching stacks of Lockharts books.”
Two important things here. The use of the word girlfriend is rather obvious foreshadowing, but Ginnys reaction to Malfoy is also important. The ‘first time she speaks’ in front of Harry is at a time when Harry is threatened; she immediately forgets to be shy, she gets angry and she stands up for him against an older, larger, and very nasty Draco Malfoy. Even at age 11, Ginny is showing some inner strength and guts.
Nearer the end of CoS, after the Prince rescues the Princess from the Chamber, Harry is quite reluctant to rat Ginny out, either in front of her brother, or her parents. Hes compassionate toward her, he understands that shes been through a serious traumatic experience and he wants to soften the blow for her, as well as keep her from getting into trouble or being expelled.
“How come youve got a sword?” said Ron, gaping at the glittering weapon in Harrys hand.
“Ill explain when we get out of here,” said Harry with a sideways glance at Ginny, who was crying harder than ever.
“But – ”
“Later,” Harry said shortly. He didnt think it was a good idea to tell Ron yet whod been opening the Chamber, not in front of Ginny, anyway.” — CoS, The Heir of Slytherin
So Harry, his voice now growing hoarse from all this talking, told them about Fawkess timely arrival and about the Sorting Hat giving him the sword. But then he faltered. He had so far avoided mentioning Riddles diary — or Ginny. She was standing with her head against Mrs. Weasleys shoulder, and tears were still coursing silently down her cheeks. What if they expelled her? Harry thought in panic. Riddles diary didnt work anymore . . . How could they prove it had been he whod made her do it all?
It seems that Harry has already developed a bit of a protective streak for little Ginny, and he barely knows her at all. Its Dumbledore to the rescue at the end of that scene, fortunately but Harry was still reluctant to make things worse for her or say anything that would get her into trouble.
So in CoS, though theyve barely said 10 sentences amongst themselves, we see both Harry and Ginny showing inclinations of protectiveness toward each other. Ginny facing off with Malfoy, and Harry withholding “unnecessary” information about her involvement with the diary.
Rowling keeps Ginny firmly on the back-burner during PoA. Her introduction scene is similar to the CoS introduction more blushing and avoiding Harrys eyes.
Ginny, who had always been very taken with Harry, seemed even more heartily embarrassed than usual when she saw him, perhaps because he had saved her life during their previous year at Hogwarts. She went very red and muttered hello without looking at him. –PoA, The Leaky Cauldron
Yes indeed, I believe Harry perceived that correctly. Ginnys Knight In Shining Armor just so happens to be the famous Harry Potter, whom she has been crushing on for the past 1½ to 2 years. Devastatingly embarrassing for her. But Rowling does also take this opportunity to remind the reader of Ginnys little crush in that Ginny once again goes ‘very red’. But Rowling does allow them to share a cutesy little moment as well:
Percy and Ginny suddenly appeared behind Harry. They were panting and had apparently taken the barrier at a run.
Ah, theres Penelope! said Percy, smoothing his hair and going pink again. Ginny caught Harrys eye, and they both turned away to hide their laughter as Percy strode over to a girl with long, curly hair, walking with his chest thrown out so that she couldnt miss his shiny badge. –PoA, The Dementor
And once again, in Ginnys GoF introduction scene, Rowling reminds us of the crush — but also gives us some significant, subtle developments in her character:
Then two girls appeared in the kitchen doorway behind Mrs. Weasley. One, with very bushy brown hair and rather large front teeth, was Harrys and Rons friend, Hermione Granger. The other, who was small and red-haired, was Rons younger sister, Ginny. Both of them smiled at Harry, who grinned back, which made Ginny go scarlet — she had been very taken with Harry ever since his first visit to the Burrow.
Er – why are you calling that owl Pig? Harry asked Ron.
Because hes being stupid, said Ginny. Its proper name is Pigwidgeon. –GoF, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
Ginny manages to meet Harry’s eyes and give him a smile, and then she even speaks up to him after Harry had asked Ron a question. Yes, she still blushes a bit around him, but Ginny is starting to mature. She is able to look directly at him, and is able to speak directly to him. Progress. We also get a little hint from this chapter that Ginny is very modern and quite a ‘hip’ girl:
“And your hair’s getting silly, dear,” said Mrs. Weasley, fingering her wand lovingly. “I wish you’d let me give it a trim…”
“I like it,” said Ginny, who was sitting beside Bill. “You’re so old fashioned, Mum. Anyway, it’s nowhere near as long as Professor Dumbledore’s…” –GoF, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
Rowling then reverts Ginny, once again, to the back-burner for most of GoF. Shes mentioned here and there, but nothing overly important, until shes brought up rather prominently during Rons revelation before the Yule Ball.
“…but she was wasting her time. Hes going with Cho Chang.
Ron looked up.
I asked her to go with me just now, Harry said dully, and she told me.
Ginny had suddenly stopped smiling. –GoF, The Unexpected Task
Poor little Ginny must be heartbroken here. She learns that Harry has a torch for another girl. Rowling even gives her a line all to herself, to show us her reaction to this news. She then gets annoyed with the boys, and sticks up for Hermione as the pair of them are laughing about the idea of Neville asking Hermione out, and she is able to promptly put them in their places and shut them up. And even further, she then defends Hermione, and keeps her secret, refusing to tell the boys who her date is. Ginny is a good friend to have — shell loyally stick up for you behind your back, and she can keep a secret. Very important aspects of her character:
Shes lying, said Ron flatly, watching her go.
Shes not, said Ginny quietly.
Who is it then? said Ron sharply.
Im not telling you, its her business, said Ginny.
Right, said Ron, who looked extremely put out, this is getting stupid. Ginny, you can go with Harry, and Ill just–”
I cant, said Ginny, and she went scarlet too. Im going with – with Neville. He asked me when Hermione said no, and I thought well Im not going to be able to go otherwise, Im not in fourth year. She looked extremely miserable. I think Ill go and have dinner, she said, and she got up and walked off to the portrait hole, her head bowed.
What lousy timing, no wonder she looked so miserable! Here was an opportunity for her to attend the Yule Ball on Harrys arm, but she had already accepted Nevilles invitation. It was, however, very noble of her to not jump at the chance to go with Harry, and cancel on Neville.
After that, she disappears again. Rowling is purposefully keeping her in the background just enough until shes ready to bring her forward. OotP is where Ginny really starts to come into view as a potentially Very Important Person in Harry’s future, and this book is where we get a majority of our clues for their possible, pending romance. Rowling has planted the seeds, subtly, through the first four books, and they begin to sprout in Book 5.
A door opened and a long mane of red hair appeared.
Oh hello, Harry! said Rons younger sister, Ginny, brightly. I thought I heard your voice.
Turning to Fred and George she said Its no go with the Extendable Ears, shes gone and put an Imperturbable Charm on the kitchen door. –OotP, Number Twelve Grimmauld Place
This is a VERY different introduction. She doesnt blush, and she greets Harry brightly and straightforwardly. Even more progress, and a hint that Ginny is maturing. But most importantly, Rowling has Harry relay two things to us. One, the long mane of red hair again, a much nicer description than bushy or straggly haired Harry is again describing Ginny in a flattering way.
By now, Harry has made it clear to us that hes smitten with Cho Chang, and has been since PoA. Therefore, he is not going to notice any other girl until the Cho-Colored Glasses come off. But we can easily speculate that, subconsciously, Harry does find Ginnys appearance appealing. This is why Rowling has him use flattering words and phrases as he is describing Ginny for us even though his attention might (for now) be elsewhere, Ginny is not an unpleasant sight to him.
Two, Rowling reiterates Rons younger sister. This is not the first time Harry has referred to Ginny as such, and up until now, this is how Harry views her. She is, simply, Rons younger sister to him. Viewing her as anything else has not yet occurred to Harry. He doesnt really know her all that well at this point, so its still perfectly natural for him to view her as such. Although, that stands to change significantly, and in the very near future Ginny shows us early on that shes ready and willing to stick up for good people.
“….You’re Harry Potter,” she added.
“I know I am,” said Harry.
Neville chuckled. Luna turned her pale eyes upon him instead.
“And I don’t know who you are.”
“I’m nobody,” said Neville hurriedly.
“No you’re not,” said Ginny sharply. “Neville Longbottom – Luna Lovegood. Luna’s in my year, but in Ravenclaw.” –OotP, Luna Lovegood
Ginny is telling Neville to stand up and be counted and that he’s worthwhile and ‘somebody’. She shows encouragement and compassion toward her friends.
One of the most important things we learn in OotP, is that Ginnys schoolgirl crush on Harry is over. Hermione confirms this for us, and Rowling words the paragraph in an interesting way:
But, said Ron, following Hermione along a row of quills in copper pots, I thought Ginny fancied Harry!
Hermione looked at him rather pityingly and shook her head.
Ginny used to fancy Harry, but she gave up on him months ago. Not that she doesnt like you, of course, she added kindly to Harry while she examined a long black-and-gold quill.
Harry, whose head was still full of Chos parting wave, did not find this subject quite as interesting as Ron, who was positively quivering with indignation, but it did bring something home to him that until now he had not really registered.
So thats why she talks now? he asked Hermione. She never used to talk in front of me.
Exactly, said Hermione. –OotP, In The Hogs Head
And now were getting somewhere. Ginny is growing up and has grown out of her crush, and she is getting into more mature relationships with boys. She has a real boyfriend now, and is comfortable with Harry as a friend. And it should be incredibly important that Harry and Ginny become friends first, as that is a strong basis for any relationship.
The fact that Ginny once gave Harry a singing card, or wrote a love poem for him, obviously offers her no embarrassment at all. She accepted her crush for exactly what it was, and now that its over, she can be comfortable and herself in Harrys presence. Shes growing into a strong-willed and confident girl.
Another interesting thing about that passage is that Harry, whose head was still full of Cho, does not find the discussion about Ginny and her boyfriend interesting because he is distracted by Cho; but he does still have a realization about Ginny, in that she can now speak to Harry. However, Rowling has got to let the Harry/Cho dynamic run its course, and get Cho out of the way, before Harry will be able to see a clear path to Ginny. And its also important that Ginny is not sitting around pining for or waiting on him shes out there dating other boys, and gaining valuable experience about the opposite sex.
Little Ginny also has quite a clever and witty sense of humor, it seems:
“Hem, hem,” said Ginny in such a good imitation of Professor Umbridge that several people looked around in alarm and then laughed. “Weren’t we trying to decide how often we’re going to meet and get Defense lessons?” –OotP, In the Hog’s Head
For the casual reader and Chocolate supporter, Cho might just represent Ginnys competition. A small Ginny vs. Cho clue # 1:
I was thinking, said Hermione, frowning at Fred, more of a name that didnt tell everyone what we were up to, so we can refer to it safely outside meetings.
The Defense Association? said Cho. The D.A. for short, so nobody knows what were talking about?
Yeah, the D.A.s good, said Ginny. Only lets make it stand for Dumbledores Army because thats the Ministrys worst fear, isnt it?
There was a good deal of appreciative murmuring and laughter at this. –OotP, Dumbledore’s Army
Score one for Ginny.
Harry again makes note of Ginnys appearance as they are waiting on news about Arthur in Grimmauld Place:
Fred fell into a doze, his head sagging sideways onto his shoulder. Ginny was curled like a cat on her chair, but her eyes were open; Harry could see them reflecting the firelight. –OotP, St. Mungos Hospital For Magical Maladies and Injuries
Even in a serious and tense situation such as this — Arthur attacked, and not knowing whether hell live or die — Harry takes the time to describe Ginnys eyes to us, reflecting the firelight. This means that Harry is looking closely. In other circumstances, this could raise a Romantic-At-Hearts eyebrow. A most flattering description, not to mention the possibility of implied romantic undertones. But their attention is focused on Arthur right now, so the full meaning of firelight in her eyes of course remains unrealized.
A very big scene for Ginny comes during Christmas at Grimmauld Place. After Arthur is attacked, Harry is worried that hes being possessed by Voldemort. When Hermione confronts him about hiding from everyone, Harry looks at Ginny and Ron angrily. Ron looks away and cannot meet Harrys eyes, however, she stares him right down rather unapologetically, and almost as if shes daring him to contradict or deny what Hermione had said. Rowling points out Ron and Ginnys very different reactions to Harrys anger for a good reason.
“We wanted to talk to you, Harry, said Ginny, but as youve been hiding ever since we got back-”
I didnt want anyone to talk to me, said Harry, who was feeling more and more nettled.
Well, that was a bit stupid of you, said Ginny angrily, seeing as you dont know anyone but me whos been possessed by You-Know-Who, and I can tell you how it feels.
Harry remained quite still as the impact of these words hit him. Then he turned on the spot to face her.
I forgot, he said.
Lucky you, said Ginny coolly.
Im sorry, Harry said, and he meant it. So so do you think Im being possessed, then?
Ginny is growing up nicely. This girl stands right up to Harry, tells him hes being stupid (and shes right), and she has no trouble getting angry and in his face. Shes assertive and does not back down from him when hes in a sulk and having a poor, pitiful me attack.
And then she switches gears, just as quickly, setting back into her cool demeanor. Coolly is a word that Rowling uses more than once for Ginny, and in this particular scene, Rowling is showing us that Ginny is well in command of her emotions. Harry ticks her off, she retorts angrily, and once her point is made, Harry apologizes and means it, she lets go of the anger and helps him find an answer to his question.
Harry, as much as I love him, does seem a bit self centered from time to time, and this scene is a good example of that. He should have remembered Ginnys encounter with Tom Riddle, but as he has not spent much time with her, and has not much considered Ginny at all to this point, the fact that he forgot isnt a huge surprise. Disappointing, yes but not surprising.
Then You-Know-Who hasnt ever possessed you, said Ginny simply. When he did it to me, I couldnt remember what Id been doing for hours at a time. Id find myself somewhere and not know how I got there. –OotP, Christmas on the Closed Ward
Harry hardly dared believe her, yet his heart was lightening almost in spite of himself.
Im not the weapon after all, thought Harry. His heart swelled with happiness and relief, and he felt like joining in as they heard Sirius tramping past their door…
Ginny and Harry have more in common than he remembered, as they have both had close encounters with Voldemort. His heart was lightening and swelling with happiness and relief, all because of knowledge Ginny imparted to him.
Oh, and also, Rowling specifically mentions Harrys heart, by name, twice in that scene. His lighter, happy heart — due to Ginny. Nice.
There are other ways as well of Ginny showing us that she is full of surprises. Harry gaped when he learned that she was the new Gryffindor Seeker. And shes even pulled the wool over the twins eyes for some eight years:
Come on, Ginnys not bad, said George fairly, sitting down next to Fred. Actually, I dont know how she got so good, seeing how we never let her play with us …
Shes 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, said Hermione from behind her tottering pile of Ancient Rune books.
Oh, said George, looking mildly impressed. Well – thatd explain it. — OotP, Seen and Unforeseen
Wow. Shes even surprising and impressing the twins, who are Masters of Surprise!
The miracle was that Gryffindor only lost by ten points: Ginny managed to snatch the Snitch from right under Hufflepuff Seeker Summerby’s nose, so that the final score was two hundred and forty versus two hundred and thirty.
”Good catch,” Harry told Ginny back in the common room, where the atmosphere closely resembled that of a particularly dismal funeral.
”I was lucky,” she shrugged. “It wasn’t a very fast Snitch and Summerby’s got a cold, he sneezed and closed his eyes at exactly the wrong moment. Anyway, once you’re back on the team…”
A nice compliment from Harry. And then a bit later:
Harry got into bed, thinking about the match. It had been immensely frustrating watching from the sidelines. He was quite impressed by Ginnys performance but he felt that if he had been playing he could have caught the Snitch sooner.There had been a moment when it had been fluttering near Kirkes ankle; if she hadnt hesitated, she might have been able to scrape a win for Gryffindor
Reiterating his praise of Ginnys performance. But not too much praise, as he himself, of course, could have done better than a girl…
Also, we have Rowling giving Harry and Ginny something else in common. Their mutual love of, and abilities at, Quidditch.
Another important scene between Harry and Ginny comes just after Harry has seen Snapes Worst Memory in the Pensieve. This memory showed him that his father might have been a bit of an arrogant, bullying prat in his teen years. Harry holds his father on a shining pedestal, and simply doesnt want to believe this of him. Talking to Sirius would ease his mind, but as Umbridge is watching the fires and frisking the owls, communication seems impossible.
As hes sulking in the library, Ginny enters, looking very windswept. This is an unbelievably flattering description, and Harrys taking note of Ginnys appearance yet again. Never mind the fact that windswept is a word often used to describe supermodels during a photo-shoot, walking into the wind along a beach somewhere!
Ginny perceives quickly that something is bothering Harry. She assumes it is Cho-troubles, which is a very mature and astute observation on Ginnys part, as Harry and Cho are fighting at that moment, and Ginny knows that they are a couple. However, when Harry opens up to her, Ginny listens…:
“I wish I could talk to Sirius,” he muttered. ”But I know I can’t.”
More to give himself something to do than because he really wanted any, Harry unwrapped his Easter egg , broke off a large bit, and put it into his mouth.
“Well,” said Ginny slowly, helping herself to a bit of egg too, ”if you really want to talk to Sirius, I expect we could think of a way to do it …”
”Come on,” said Harry hopelessly. ”With Umbridge policing the fires and reading all our mail?”
“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, ”is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if youv’e got enough nerve.”
Harry looked at her. Perhaps it was the effect of the chocolate – Lupin had always advised eating some after encounters with dementors – or simply because he had finally spoken aloud the wish that had been burning inside him for a week, but he felt a bit more hopeful –OotP, Career Advice
…and she helps. Now, I know some folks believe that Ginny is being reckless in this scene, but I heartily disagree. Rowling uses the words slowly and thoughtfully to describe Ginnys musing, which implies that Ginny is thinking it through carefully. She listens to Harrys problem, and she begins to work out a possible solution. Rowling is telling us that she is a clever and resourceful girl. Harry knows full well the risk of defying Umbridge and contacting Sirius, he even states it to Ginny. But she knows a way to help Harry, by going to the twins. So she does.
And for the second time, Ginny gives Harry a lift. First with the lightening of his heart, and now she is instilling a hopeful feeling in him. Perhaps it is the effect of the chocolate but perhaps not. When Lupin gives Harry chocolate after the encounter with the dementor in PoA, Harry feels warmth spreading through him. Not hopefulness.
Another interesting thing about that passage is that Harry had been moping around for a week, not voicing his thoughts or concerns to anyone, not even to his two best and closest friends. We know from canon that, on several occasions, Harry has hidden things from both Ron and Hermione; and hes even lied to Hermione before, in order to avoid a confrontation or hearing her nag him. But he opens up to Ginny and tells her what hes thinking, with no prompting at all on her part.
A small Ginny vs. Cho clue, # 2:
”Yeah,” said Ron slowly, savoring the words, ”we won. Did you see the look on Changs face when Ginny got the Snitch right out from under her nose?” –OotP, O.W.L.S.
GO GINNY!!! Rowling then gives us another example of Ginny being able to stand up to Harry:
The classroom door opened. Harry, Ron and Hermione whipped around. Ginny walked in, looking curious, followed by Luna, who as usual looked as though she had drifted in accidentally.
”Hi,” said Ginny uncertainly. ”We recognized Harry’s voice – what are you yelling about?”
”Never you mind,” said Harry roughly.
Ginny raised her eyebrows.
“There’s no need to take that tone with me,” she said coolly. “I was only wondering whether I could help.”
Again with the coolness in the face of Harrys anger. This girl will most definitely be able to handle him when hes in one of his tempers.
And Ginny is most helpful in the following scene as well. The twins have taught her well. She uses one of their ideas to divert traffic away from Umbridges office, and is very convincing and manages to keep the corridor clear for Harry to get in. Unfortunately, they are outnumbered, but Malfoy gets his when he takes hold of Ginny her curse is the best, according to Neville, and she takes out the little ferret with a Bat-Bogey Hex. Would love to have seen that!
We unfortunately dont get to see much of Ginny in action in the DoM. Rowling chose to split her apart from Harry, and Im betting theres a good reason for it. She seems to hold her own, despite the twisted ankle, and who knows what curses she might have hit which Death Eaters with? But she survived against the DEs without Harry’s help, we can know that much.
Another rather obvious hint comes in the final chapter, as Ron and Hermione are questioning Harry about his now-dissolved relationship with Cho. It is Ginny that informs them that Cho has moved on to Michael Corner, who is coincidentally Ginnys own ex.
“Who’s she with now anyway?” Ron asked Hermione, but it was Ginny who answered.
“Michael Corner,” she said.
”Michael – but -“ said Ron, craning around in his seat to stare at her. ”But you were going out with him!”
“Not anymore,” said Ginny resolutely. “He didn’t like Gryffindor beating Ravenclaw at Quidditch and got really sulky, so I ditched him and he ran off to comfort Cho instead.” She scratched her nose absently with the end of her quill, turned The Quibbler upside down and began marking her answers. Ron looked highly delighted.
”Well, I always thought he was a bit of an idiot,” he said, prodding his queen forward toward Harry’s quivering castle. ”Good for you. Just choose someone – better – next time.”
He cast Harry an oddly furtive look as he said it. –OotP, The Second War Begins
Furtive, of course, means stealthy or underhanded. Perhaps Ron has some match-making insinuations, here? He sees that Harry is now over Cho, and with Michael also out of the way, he assumes that Ginny is single as well. Hes openly giving Harry and Ginny his blessing when he casts the look at Harry. Foreshadowing at its finest? (Editor’s note: Rowling’s description of Ron’s chess move, see above quote, may also mean something. We know how sly she can be. Ron’s queen=Ginny/Harry’s quivering castle=our hesitant Harry)
Rowling seems to think very highly of Ginnys character, shes made her into a very strong girl and is pushing her more into the forefront, slowly but surely. Ginny is clever and resourceful, self assured and confident, kind, loyal and sticks up for her friends; she’s quick-witted, temperamental if provoked, can be trusted with a secret, can face-off with Harry and put him in his place, as well as be equally calm in the face of his temper, and can think things through and work toward solutions in a “thoughtful” manner. She possesses lots of qualities that Harry will need in a partner.
Rowlings own descriptions of Ginny (through Harry’s eyes), her use of certain words in certain situations, and the clues that she has planted from Book 1, strongly point to a Harry/Ginny romance, and to Ginny being a more important character in the future.
Rowling has let the Harry/Cho dynamic run its course, and its now over. Harry’s path is clear to the next girl. Hell have a lot to deal with in Book 6, with Sirius death and the newly learned Prophecy looming but as Rowling herself has said, whats life without a little romance? And it certainly seems that she herself expects bigger and better things for Harry and Ginny
Question: Will Harry ever notice the long-suffering Ginny Weasley?
Rowling: You’ll see– poor Ginny, eh? –From the BBC “Red Nose Day” Online Chat Transcript © BBC, March 12, 2001