I want to start this blog post off by saying that I love nearly every character in the Harry Potter series in their own individual ways.
There are so many characters in Harry Potter that deserved so much more in the movies than what they got. Fred and George, Professor McGonagall, Sirius Black, Hagrid, the list could go on forever. The one that consistently shocks me every time I rewatch the movies, given her prevelance and development in the books, is Ginny Weasley.
Ginny is the youngest of the Weasley siblings, she is the only girl, and she deserved so much better in the movies than what she got. From the very beginning of the book series, her feelings for Harry are obvious but in the movie series, Ginny’s character disappointingly doesn’t stretch far beyond that. While the movie series has no lack of iconic women on either side of the second Wizarding War, with the likes of Bellatrix Lestrange, Molly Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, Luna Lovegood, and everyone’s favorite Hermione Granger, Ginny’s arcing storyline is quite sadly overlooked in the beloved films. In the books, we come to know a very different Ginny Weasley, and many people who have not read the books are missing out on a phenomenal character.
While yes, Ginny’s character comes to be known through her crush on Harry in the first book, her personality goes much beyond that in the rest of the series. During Ginny’s first year at Hogwarts, which takes place in the second book/movie of the series Chamber of Secrets, she gets possessed by Lord Voldemort through the memory of his sixteen year old self that he preserved in his diary from his time at Hogwarts (aka a Horcrux for those who are unaware). The movie does not really touch on her experiences throughout the storyline, which is disappointing to me because Chamber of Secrets reads like a mystery and the movie skipped out on that. She has an ever budding friendship with Hermione that we miss out on throughout the series, and we never see the full extent of her duelling abilities.
Okay, I can’t go on in paragraphs because I truly don’t know where I would stop, so here’s my list of all the reasons why Ginny Weasley should have been just as prevalent in the movies as she was in the books.
- In The Order of the Phoenix, 3 years after literally being possessed by Voldemort, she expresses her disappointment in Harry for not coming to her when he thought he was also possessed by Voldemort and attacked Mr. Weasley in the Department of Mysteries.
- She came up with the name “Dumbledore’s Army” as a jab at Dolores Umbridge’s reason for being at Hogwarts, which was to ensure that the student’s weren’t learning defensive spells.
- She’s an incredible dueller. She came out of 3 separate battles of the Second Wizarding War nearly unscathed. All of which she was fighting against some of Voldemort’s fiercest Death Eaters, including Bellatrix Lestrange.
- She was one of the most talented students in the DA, and was particularly talented with the Reducto Curse, which continually irked her older brothers.
- Right after hitting Zacharias Smith with the Bat Bogie Hex, she ran into Professor Slughorn who invited her to join the “Slug Club” instead of giving her detention. The “Slug Club” was Slughorn’s exclusive club for promising students.
- After Harry and the twins were banned from Quidditch (which ALSO didn’t make the Order of the Phoenix movie), Ginny stunned everyone and took over as Gryffindor’s new Seeker, and while she admitted she didn’t do nearly as well as Harry did, she did a fantastic job.
- She played Chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team her 5th year.
- When her boyfriend, Michael Corner, got upset with Ginny forGryffindor beating his house, Ravenclaw in Quidditch, she dumped him.
- When Ron got angry that Ginny kissed her boyfriend Dean Thomas in public, Ginny told him off.
- When Ron was constantly kissing Lavender Brown in public, Ginny called him out for it and told him he was a hypocrite.
- She repeatedly refused to be left behind because she was a girl and held her own in every battle she fought in.
- She took on Bellatrix Lestrange twice.
- She ended things with Dean when she realized how unstable their relationship truly was.
- She followed her heart, and it eventually lead her to Harry.
- When Harry ends things with Ginny for her protection, Ginny doesn’t pine over him (that we’re aware of).
- She was true to herself despite Percy trying to get her to be like him, and as a result, grew much closer to Fred and George, who acted as her protectors on several occasions.
There are so many reasons that Ginny deserved a more prevalent role in the films, but these are the ones that I think are the ones that were missed the most and should have been included. Her storyline was one of the most interesting ones, and as I reread the books I realize how much I wish she was in the movies more. But the books will have to do for now.