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Favourite Harry Potter Character: Ginny Weasley

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Ginevra Molly 'Ginny' Potter (Weasley)

Quick Facts:
Born: 11 August, 1981, Great Britain
Blood status: Pure-blood
Marital status: Married to Harry James Potter
House: Gryffindor
Occupation: Quidditch player for Holyhead Harpies & reporter for the Daily Prophet

Appears in
Books:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Films: - Portrayed by Bonnie Wright
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Personal opinion
Growing up as an avid book reader and film fan of the Harry Potter universe, Ginny Weasley have always been my favourite character. She's also my very first crush. I remember when I was around 12, maybe 13 years old, I felt so much affection towards Ginny, that I'm certain that I actually was in love with her. Her energetic and lively personalty, combined with her shyness, warm heart, humour and toughness made me fall for her. That she's extremely cute in the films also added towards my obsession of her. So, I've grown up at the same haste of her. Her and my age has been simultaneously growing, and with both of us getting older, the physical attraction naturally came as well. Without going to far into that, I'll just say that she holds the record being my desktop image the longest.

The years have gone by since the final Harry Potter book and film, and still I feel something extra for Ginny Weasley. Certainly, the feeling ain't as strong and passionate as before, because I'm no longer an overly hormonal teenager, but out of every book or film character I've come across, there's no one that quite manages to catch what Ginny is for me. And I do honestly wish that I could put some very precise words on exactly what it is with this fictional character, J.K Rowling's words and Bonnie Wright's performance that has caused me to never forget her. And I probably never will.

I'm also a sucker for love stories. And there are very few love stories that I've been personally more invested in than the relationship between Ginny and Harry Potter. I think it's beautifully told in the books. It's a bit clumsier in the films, but still achingly cute. I like how Ginny has a crush on Harry immediately, and I think it's so sweet and cute that she's incapable of doing anything when he's around. And while she's off blushing and being cute, Harry barely notices her. It reminds me of how cruel, innocent and awkward young love can be. And I like how her feelings towards Harry always seems to be present, and that she never actually gives up on him, despite him barely paying any attention towards her. I like that she manages to go on with her normal life, and that when Harry finally notices her for the amazing person she is, it's actually he who has to "chase" her. The journey towards the beginning of their relationship is wonderful and one of the loudest cheers I've ever given was when they finally embraced each other in Gryffindor Common Room in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Them breaking up shortly after was naturally inevitable due to Harry's Horcrux hunting. But their love is still actively present, and while we never get to see or hear much of Ginny during this part, a huge grin appears on my face every time Harry thinks about her. And once Lord Voldemort was defeated, things naturally ended as it should. Them married with three happy kids.


Unfortunately, her role in the films have been diminished a lot. A part from Chamber of Secrets and Half-Blood Prince, and to a certain degree Order of the Phoenix, she only pops up in some scenes here and there, with a very limited number of lines. But whenever she's on screen we get to see many glimpses of the Ginny we've come to love from the books, and a lot of credit should be given to Bonnie Wright for her portrayal. She has managed to capture many subtle things that makes Ginny's personality shine. Take for instance the quick glance Ginny gives Harry when he's walking past her in Order of the Phoenix. It's a small thing, but it perfectly shows us that she still have huge feelings for Harry.

Other things are that, even though she's very naive (but young) in Chamber of Secrets, she's shown to have a huge heart, which is a thing that goes on throughout the entire franchise. She's always there to stand up for anyone. She shows several cases of bravery and loyalty, and is, to put it very easily, just terrific.

So, that's it, I guess. I imagine I could have gone on a lot more about her, gone more into depth, pulled out more examples and so forth. But that would really just have made the list unnecessary long. The very short, simple and quite embarrassing truth is that she just holds a very special place in my heart. I grew up with her. While some might say that their first crush was Megan Fox or Angelina Jolie, I can say, while blushing tremendously, that Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter universe was my first crush.

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