Ginevra “Ginny” Molly Weasley Potter

born August 11, 1981 to Arthur & Molly Weasley
Gryffindor 1992-1999 (Quidditch, D.A., Slug Club)
married to Harry Potter; children James, Albus, & Lily
Chaser for the Holyhead Harpies;
  later Senior Quidditch Correspondent for the Daily Prophet

Ginny Weasley, by LMRourke

At that moment there was a diversion in the form of a small, redheaded figure…. (CS3)
 

Ginny Weasley, by Elisabeth Alba

“The backstory with Ginny was, she was the first girl to arrive in the Weasley family in generations, but there’s that old tradition of the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and a seventh son of a seventh son, so that’s why she’s the seventh, because she is a gifted witch. I think you get hints of that, because she does some pretty impressive stuff here and there.”

–J.K. Rowling (July 2005)

 

In the Common Room, by Agatha Macpie

“[Once] Ginny… stopped being mute in Harry’s presence I think you [could] see that she is a fairly forceful personality.”

–J.K. Rowling (March 2004)

 

Ginny, by Marta T

(by Marta T)

“I didn’t 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 don’t know anyone but me who’s 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 wheeled round. “I forgot,” he said.
“Lucky you,” said Ginny coolly.
(OP23)
 

Ginny Weasley, by Loleia

(by Loleia)

“Yeah, size is no guarantee of power,” said George. “Look at Ginny.”
“What d’you mean?” said Harry.
“You’ve never been on the receiving end of one of her Bat-Bogey Hexes, have you?”
(OP6)
 

Ginny in all her Quidditch Splendour, by Drew Graham

“Ginny’s not bad,” said George fairly, sitting down next to Fred. “Actually, I dunno how she got so good, seeing how we never let her play with us.”
“She’s 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 weren’t looking,” said Hermione from behind her tottering pile of Ancient Rune books.
“Oh,” said George, looking mildly impressed. “Well – that’d explain it.”
(OP26)
 

Ginny Weasley, by Heather Campbell

Ginny… was the life and soul of the team. Her imitations of Ron anxiously bobbing up and down in front of the goal posts as the Quaffle sped toward him, or of Harry bellowing orders at McLaggen before being knocked out cold, kept them all highly amused. (HBP24)
 

Definitive Ginny, by lberghol

[Harry] had the nagging worry that if he didn’t do it, somebody else was sure to ask Ginny out soon: He and Ron were at least agreed on the fact that she was too popular for her own good. (HBP24)
 

by Caladan

(by Caladan)

“The plan, which I really hope I fulfilled, is that the reader, like Harry, would gradually discover Ginny as pretty much the ideal girl for Harry. She’s tough, not in an unpleasant way, but she’s gutsy. He needs to be with someone who can stand the demands of being with Harry Potter, because he’s a scary boyfriend in a lot of ways…. I think she’s funny, and I think that she’s very warm and compassionate. These are all things that Harry requires in his ideal woman…. And I feel that Ginny and Harry, in this book, they are total equals. They are worthy of each other. They’ve both gone through a big emotional journey…. So, I enjoyed writing that. I really like Ginny as a character.”

–J.K. Rowling (July 2005)

 

Ginny Weasley, by Abigail Larson

“I never really gave up on you,” [Ginny] said. “Not really. I always hoped… Hermione told me to get on with life, maybe go out with some other people, relax a bit around you, because I never used to be able to talk if you were in the room, remember? And she thought you might take a bit more notice if I was a bit more – myself.” (HBP30)
 

Ginevra Molly Weasley, by reallycorking

She was not tearful; that was one of the many wonderful things about Ginny, she was rarely weepy. [Harry] had sometimes thought that having six brothers must have toughened her up. (DH7)
 

A Nap at the Burrow, by Lisa Villella

“Ginny and Harry are soulmates, with a passionate connection.”

–J.K. Rowling (October 2007)

 

Chaser Weasley, by Cambryn

(by Cambryn)

“After a few years as a celebrated player for the Holyhead Harpies…”

 

Good Morning 3, by Pen-umbra

“…Ginny retired to have her family and to become the Senior Quidditch correspondent at the Daily Prophet!”

–J.K. Rowling (July 2007)


 

Spunky Ginny, by Alicia M.B

“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” (OP28)
 


34 Responses to “Ginevra “Ginny” Molly Weasley Potter”

  1. Amazing Ginny portraits! MartaT and Pen-umbra captured the empathy, Alicia MB captured the lively energy, Loleia the Weasley temper and Heather Campbell the “bright brown eyes”. I always thought Ginny should have amber eyes, nearly the same colour as her hair.

    I regret we didn’t see more of Ginny in the books. She is the girl who Saw Voldemort and Lived, so she must have had some stories to tell.

  2. Ahh… Ginny. She’s one of those characters that I wish we had seen more of. There was never enough of her in the books and I find myself wondering a lot about her. It’s great that JK Rowling gave us more details, though–knowing that she played Quidditch (Quidditch!) professionally makes me like her even more. How cool is she?

    I hope we get to know more about Ginny in Pottermore.

  3. I have to agree with Grace has Victory.While I prefer Harry and Hermione as a couple, I have no problems with Harry and Ginny. I just wish we would have seen more of her. Then, I think, it would be easier for me to imagine them together.

  4. Hmm. I really like this. I never paid much attention to Ginny and Harry’s relationship. Well not even Ginny. I was too caught up in my fingerling over hermione and Ron *derp* I never really pictured hermione and Harry getting together. In fact I don’t think it even ever crossed my mind untill several years later. It was pretty natural for them to get together (Harry and Ginny). But I really have come to like her. More in the books than the movies, but still. Ima re read the whole series again, this time paying more attention to her :)

  5. Exactly – Harry and Ginny are a “natural” pair, but there would have been far less fan anxiety over this if we had seen more of Ginny earlier. A few scattered cameos here and there would have made all the difference.

  6. Great character page.

    I agree with the others…more on Ginny along the way would have made more of a natural transition for me too.

    Tiny example: it was neat when we found out her full name was Ginevra, not Virginia. Wish we’d had that detail sooner as well. (Ginevra is Italian for “Guinevere” to Harry’s “Arthur.”)

  7. I adore Ginny as a character. She has almost as large a transformation as Neville. It happens in the background and we don’t really realise that the shy girl in her nightie is turning into such a popular and gutsy young woman. She is so strong. Not only did she get through her ordeal with Voldemort but it didn’t set her back. She is such a loving character. She went to the Yule Ball with Neville and looked out for Luna when others would turn away from them. She really is the perfect person for Harry. Like others above I just wish we had seen more of her. My imagination has had to fill in the gaps and whenever I reread the books I’m always surprised at how little there is of her. Fingers crossed we see a lot more of her in Pottermore.

    I know this site is about the books and not the films but I would just like to say how disappointed I was in their relationship in the films. There is just no chemistry whatsoever between them and it’s such a shame to see my favourite couple reduced to that. Thank goodness for the books. At least I know how it should be done.

    This sums up my feelings on the books v films. It’s by the wonderful burdge-bug http://burdge-bug.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d40edko

  8. Beautiful portrait. The last quote is perfect.

    For me JK’s plan worked. I had never thought of Harry to end up with Ginny, but as soon as I read it, I thought it was perfect. When I had only seen the first two movies (and was around 8-9 years old) I thought Harry and Hermione fitted together, but as soon as I began reading the books, my opinion changed. It just seemed a bit to perfect, for the hero to end up with the heroine (Not that Ron isn’t a hero, but I hope you know what I mean).

    Anyway, I think that was my 2 cents.

  9. While she’s not my favorite character (in an ordering sense, not in an I-don’t-like-her sense), I’m so happy to have this character page available! The last quote included is my favorite said by her. She’s such a wonderful girl.

    And I agree with those above me–we had too little of her in the books. I wish she’d shown up just a little more, so we could see her relationship with Harry built a bit better. But, still, I’m so happy he found joy and love with her. :)

  10. Thanks Josie for the new post, and to Amy for the great link!

    I love Ginny… she’s smart, athletic and funny in a completely unassuming way. Everything about Ginny is downplayed… she’s present throughout the entire series and yet always in the background. I love to imagine all the conversations she must have had with Hermione over the years… the quote from Hermione above about Ginny’s quidditch skills reveals how much they must have shared together… and yet the girls’ friendship is always secondary to the trio. I wish Ginny had been given a moment to shine like Neville in the final book… but maybe that just isn’t her style… she’s not needy, just solid in what she brings to life and relationships.

  11. I love that last quote so much! I am very fond of Ginny – it’s bizarre to me that so many people don’t like her. Even in Order of the Phoenix she is the only person that can deal with Harry’s crap -> she leads Harry to talk to Sirius which stops his mopey mood and she snaps him out of hiding upstairs when he thinks he’s possessed. Especially compared to Cho.,

  12. Ginny’s always been one of my favorites from the books. Love this post! I like Andrea’s portrayal of Ginny in the comments above.

  13. *Does happy dance* Hooray! I’m so happy that you had done one of my favourite characters (the other is Sirius Black) for your next character profile!

    Many thanks, and I like all of the comments as well! Pictures are great, as always. My favourite would probably be the ones by Lisa Villella and Heather Campbell.

  14. Very nice character portrait! I really don’t get why so many people hate on Ginny (at least in the NYC fandom, anyway). She is an awesome character and really the only girl who can handle Harry. I think OotP is the book that shows it best – Hermione cowers from Harry’s temper, Luna just infuriates him when he’s angry, but Ginny stands up to him and calms him down.

    That said, I was extremely disappointed with Ginny in the last book, how she went from awesome and Harry’s equal to a damsel in distress waiting for the conquering hero at home. I wish we could have at least seen her take charge of the DA with Neville and Luna, as is, her only role seems to be Harry’s love interest and Ginny is so much more than that.

    (Moderated for language)

  15. HUGE fan here, I troll through here quite often, and I am contstantly falling in love more and more with each post (and comment)! I truly love the continuous effort you put into this site especially with a little guy at home and all the things that you! I appreciate everything that you and will continue to be a loyal FAN, and try to get more active in the comment section, because all of your conversations are AMAZING… Hope to see you all in Pottermore…

  16. i think a lot of people don’t like Ginny in the later movies – i certainly didn’t- so they forget how awesome she is in the books. Great portrait!

  17. I never liked Ginny. What is WRONG with her? NOTHING.

    Mary Sue.

  18. If you mean “Mary Sue” as in the character who stands in for the author himself or herself, then Ginny Weasley is not the Mary Sue of the Harry Potter stories. Hermione Granger is. I think J.K. Rowling even said that Hermione is like her younger self exaggerated.

  19. And if you mean “Mary Sue” as someone with an impossibly flawless character, it certainly isn’t Ginny. I love Ginny myself, but she has the Weasley temper and can behave horribly immaturely at times–well, because she is immature. Her fight with Ron in HBP, and her violation of Hermione’s confidence re Viktor Krum, were really cringeworthy. But all the main young characters occasionally act like brats, i.e. act their age. The beauty of the books is that they all get to grow up, and, especially in DH, get to be heroic. I, too, had hopes that Rowling would allow Ginny to make an instrumental and visible contribution to the ultimate victory, but one mustn’t forget that Ginny hardly spent the year at home waiting for Her Man; she really was co-leading the resistance, and taking a huge risk by trying to get the Sword of Gryffindor to the Trio. Invisibility to Harry’s POV never means passivity.

  20. I agree with everyone that Ginny was amazing in the books, and awkward in the movies, which is probably why everyone hates her.
    Also, I love the idea of Ginny and Harry together, but I wish it had been more gradual and given more background.
    In Half-Blood Prince, they suddenly get together, they don’t see each other the next year, and then in the epilogue they’re married with three children.

  21. Oh, and don’t get me wrong. I absolutely adore Ginny.

  22. The biggest reason I loved Ginny’s character was because of her close relationship with Fred and George: they are either playing Exploding Snap, Chanting to Harry’s acquittal, or teasing Percy. A lot of their interaction, obviously, happens “off-screen”, but we receive clues as to how those interactions are. Considering how awesome the twins are, Ginny picked the right siblings with whom to have the closest relationship.

  23. Oh Ginny, I have to be honest she is one of my least favorite characters in the whole series. Not because she is a BAD person, I like bad characters they make for great stories, but because she is an unbelievable person. As in I can not believe this person exists. She doesn’t seem very 3 dimensional, she shows up at what I perceive as awkward moments and then usually doesn’t stay long. I honestly wish Harry could’ve married someone, almost anyone else. Sorry to all the Ginny lovers out there. Anyways the art of her is fantastic (as per usual).

  24. I love this! My favorite picture was Lisa Villella’s, it really captured their love for each other perfectly. The caption underneath fit it well too. I personally never saw Harry and Hermione together. Since the book started Rowling always hinted towards her and Ron, and I love them as a couple. True, we didn’t see much of Ginny in the books, but that still doesn’t stop her from becoming one of my favorite characters. She’s strong, funny, can put up with so much, and is truly the perfect girl for Harry. I hope we find out loads about her on Pottermore!

  25. I like Ginny, but I just wish JK Rowling put more of Ginny’s personality into the books. If she is important to Harry and other characters as well why is she in the back ground. All of my other favorite characters are mentioned as main character (ex: Fred and George, Draco Malfoy, even Neville and Luna) everyone talks about how Ginny is part of ‘The Silver Trio’ with Neville and Luna yet we all don’t see that much of her. When Harry had a crush on her (I don’t know if anyone else feels like this) it seemed kind of weird. One minute she’s ‘Ron’s younger sister’ than the next thing you know he kisses her after a Quitdditch(sp?) championship. That’s seems kind of weird right? Anyway, I would totally have Ginny as a best friend.

  26. Ginny is my favorite!!! Thx soooo much!!

  27. I love Ginny’s personality, but I feel that more people would have liked her had she had more page time. To me, she is not an unbelievable character. I can easily imagine someone like Ginny. When she first came to Hogwarts, she allowed herself to be open and vulnerable to Voldemort and suffered because of it. By the time we see her again in the 5th book, she is strong and forceful and independent. Sure the reader does not see the gradual development, but it is believable that someone who went through what she endured her first year would set out to never appear so emotionally vulnerable and weak again, hence her brash and feisty personality.
    She is not a Mary Sue because she is completely flawed. She is hot-headed, a common trait amongst the Weasley family, is judgmental (her initial response to Luna Lovegood and Fleur Delacour), and can be emotionally insensitive (her treatment of Ron in the 6th book even though it was justified).
    All in all, I think she is a well-rounded and strong female character whose only shortcoming was her lack of page time. Had Rowling put more of her into the book, she the reader could see her grow, Ginny would probably be a fan favorite, perhaps on par with Hermione. I really wish she was in the book more. I hope to learn more about her in Pottermore and see people come to like Ginny as much as I do. She, Hermione, and Luna are my absolute favorite characters in the series. Hermione for her cleverness and refusal to dumb herself down for the convenience of others. Luna for her quirkiness and refusal to become more socially acceptable to fit in. And Ginny for her feisty pluck and bravery and refusal to be passive and meek and sit on the sidelines while other people fight.

  28. I think when people say that Ginny in a Mary-Sue, they confuse Harry’s POV with how Ginny really is. Harry eventually falls in love with her, naturally he thinks that she is perfect.
    I also think that there were more than enough hints that they would eventually get together. I never really doubted it, because it was so obvious.
    1. Harry’s descriptions of other people are often very unflattering, and that includes the girls. Hermione has buckteeth and bushy hair, Luna big eyes, Parvati and Lavender are constantly giggling. Even with Fleur he notices her arrogance concerning everythin not french more than her beauty. But there are two. One is Cho, his first crush. The other is Ginny.
    2. Even when Ginny is still shy towards Harry, it’s pointed out that this is not her usual behaviour. She isn’t naturally shy, it’s just Harry who causes the behavior in her. And even though he notices, he is very kind about the whole thing, and never does anything to discourages her. He even gives her his books – it’s more a spontaneous gesture, but he could give them to Ron just as well, instead of doing something nice for her.
    3. Harry and Ginny have a lot of small moment together – a look they share when Percy acts pompeous. They also have the same kind of dry humor. And Ginny is one of the few people who knows how it feel’s to face Voldemort, one of the few who can understand this aspect of his live.
    4. Even if one overlooks the signs in the first four book, the fifth is like a big gleaming arrow pointing in Ginny’s direction. She talks Harry out of one of his bad moods trice, he opens up to her when he isn’t even able to talk to his friends.

  29. I love that drawing by Lisa Villella. Also, I LOVE GINNY! She’s my FAVORITE of the female characters. This page is great. :D

  30. I liked Pen-umbra’s pic with Ginny, Albus, James and the dog because that’s really how I picture it. James looks like a Weasley, but Al looks like his father.

  31. I also liked Elizabeth Alba’s pic, because it really captured Ginny’s personality.

  32. Okay, I’m going to start off by saying that Harry and Ginny have to be my favourite couple in the series. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Ronmione, but I just seem to like reading HPxGW fanfics more. Also, I do get why people like Harry and Hermione together (i love their platonic, brothersister relationship, never thought they would get together) but I DO NOT get why some people think Ginny’s a Mary Sue.
    She made a huge mistake when she was eleven, went through a tramautic experience, but still managed to recover and land on her feet, however shakily. She’s hotheaded like her mom, she’s a good Quidditch player and yes, it is possible to be smart and attractive at the same time. Hermione, Ginny and Luna are all examples of that.

    Last point? She let Harry name one of their sons ALBUS SEVERUS. Not sure if it’s a con or a pro but either way I love her! <3

  33. Gotta agree with Natalya and swanprincess totally. You said everything I wanted too… I love that third-year glance; it’s their first in-joke!
    Ginny is Harry’s equal. In every way.

  34. I wish we could have seen more of the ‘active’ Ginny rather than only the ‘tongue-tied’ Ginny in the earlier books. But all the scenes we get with her are precious jewels. I must say that one of my favorite moments in all the books is when Ginny is the one to pull Harry from his grief over Dumbledore’s death when Harry finds his body below the tower. All the students felt the loss of a teacher, perhaps their best even if they never had a class from him. Harry lost his mentor, his guide to the world, and I think, the only father/grandfather figure he ever knew. Ginny seems to know that. Her empathy, going to look for him while the others are still in shock over the violent death, her care for Harry, it is just an overwhelming moment for me. She is a very strong, deeply caring young woman.

    Then there is the break-up following the funeral. She still shows strength despite her sense of loss. And in the next book, only a couple of months later, she decides she still can have a chance in the future with Harry. Her birthday gift? The best kiss Harry has had, ever, from anyone. He would remember Ginny even if he faced a whole school of velas!

    Despite their dual losses (the death, and their relationship is at best on hold), her care, her compassion, reciprocated by Harry himself, is really, I think, the glue that cements their growing relationship for the next book, and for the years between the “Flaw in the Plan” and the epilogue 19 years on. Harry seems to be the only boy she ever cared about as a potential boyfriend. And why? Because she saw his strength, his nobility of character. She says that it is why she has always loved him. I rather have a feeling she paid attention to lessons in the kitchen from her mother, too. Yes, Harry is a very, very lucky man, and I think he knows it! Finally, in the epilogue, I think Ginny is reminded once again, just how lucky she is, too. Yes, I love that young lady. Ginny and Harry, what a great couple!

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