Originally posted 1/5/2013
* This is a heavily revised and expanded version of my original Anti Harry/Ginny essay. I've pulled the other one offline. I was greatly inspired by Darynthe's antiHarry/Ginny essay, written after the fifth book. This wouldn't have been possible without the inspiration that essay gave me.
~*~We have all read the books. We know who ends up with whom. But a lot of fans, including me, are not happy with the way the relationships worked out. This is my essay on the Harry/Ginny relationship and why it would not work out in the end. Now, to start off I would like to say that I don't hate Ginny, I don't think she's a slut, etc. Overall, I'm indifferent to her. She's not my favorite character and she's not my least favorite.
The reason I don't like this pairing is because they have nothing substantial. So now I'm going to take you through their relationship through quotes from the books. When you see this: …... it means that I took out part of the scene that has no relevance, or I've skipped to a new place in the chapter.
Also, I know that J.K. Rowling has been planning their relationship from the beginning, that the first scene at Kings Cross was supposed to set up Harry/Ginny and Hermione/Ron. But J.K. Rowling's opinion is just that – her opinion. We all view things differently, we all have our own versions of the characters, and we all have our own opinions on the characters and the things that happen. When it comes to the actual texts, her opinion doesn't matter any more than ours does. Just because she is the author doesn't mean that her interpretation and opinion automatically outweighs anyone else's. In fact, her opinion often contradicts what was written in the books. So, her opinion holds no weight in this essay. I will not be including anything from her interviews. The only thing I will be working with is the published text.
The way this is going to work is that I'll look at every scene Harry and Ginny have together. I will analyze the scenes two different ways: the first as if it was the real world, and really happening; the second is looking at the literary symbolism (if there is any).
Then, after we go through all the book quotes, I'm going to look at the way J.K. Rowling wrote Ginny, symbolism surrounding Ginny in general, etc. Now, this is not an analysis of Ginny's character as a whole, but in relation to Harry.
Due to some conversations I've had with other fans, I want to make it clear that I don't think Harry and Ginny's relationship is inherently wrong, that it's wrong for Harry to be physically attracted to Ginny. There is absolutely nothing wrong with lust or desire. I don't have a problem with the fact that they dated – I have a problem with them being happily married 19 years later, for reasons I'll talk about below.
Now I want to state my thesis, or my main points, so you know what I'm working towards/my end goal is:
- While a typical teenage relationship, Harry/Ginny not only has no grounding for a long term relationship, but a lot of canon to go against it.
- A key part of Ginny's character is her innocence. It is shown clearly and consistently throughout the books.
- Ginny is not Harry's equal
Let's get started.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6
“Nine and three-quarters!” piped a small girl, also red-headed, who was holding her hand. “Mum, can't I go ...” …...
Harry heard the little girl's voice.
"Oh, Mom, can I go on the train and see him, Mom, oh please…"
"You've already seen him, Ginny, and the poor boy isn't something you goggle at in a zoo. Is he really, Fred? How do you know?"
This is the first time we meet Ginny. As we know, Ginny hero – worships Harry at this point. But does that really change? No. I'll show you how I came to that conclusion.
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.
Harry continues to watch the Weasley family after they helped him onto the platform. Ginny chases after and waves to her brothers.
This is what was supposedly setting up Harry/Ginny. Fans of the pairing have said that Harry didn't have to watch Ginny when the train pulled away, and because he did it shows a romantic scene – a lover chasing after a train. But the symbolism here is anything other than romantic. Harry is on the train, riding off into his future. Ginny is fruitlessly chasing after him, unable to catch up. That is a pattern we will continue to see in the books – signs of Ginny's crush that Harry reacts negatively or emotionlessly to.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 17
“There he is, Mum, there he is, look!”
It was Ginny Weasley, Ron's younger sister, but she wasn't pointing at Ron.
"Harry Potter!" she squealed. "Look, Mom! I can see —"
"Be quiet, Ginny, and it's rude to point."
This is the second time we see Ginny, and she still has not met Harry. She is also in hero – worship mode.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 3
At that moment there was a diversion in the form of a small, redheaded figure in a long nightdress, who appeared in the kitchen, gave a small squeal, and ran out again.
"Ginny," said Ron in an undertone to Harry. "My sister. She's been talking about you all summer."
"Yeah, she'll be wanting your autograph, Harry," Fred said with a grin, but he caught his mother's eye and bent his face over his plate without another word. …...
They slipped out of the kitchen and down a narrow passageway to an uneven staircase, which wound its way, zigzagging up through the house. 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 don't know how weird it is for her to be this shy. She never shuts up normally —"
Harry finally meets Ginny. She is so overtaken by her hero-worship/her crush she can't even speak.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 4
He and Ron went down to breakfast to find Mr. and Mrs. Weasley and Ginny already sitting at the kitchen table. 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 hadn't noticed this, Harry sat down and took the toast Mrs. Weasley offered him. …...
Harry's ignoring the obvious signs of Ginny's crush. And to ward off any comments about Ginny's face “glowing like the setting sun” that means Harry finds her attractive, let me remind you of this line in OP (ch 14): “Sorry...” Ron repeated, his red face shining like a beacon against the bright blue sky.
Both Ron and Ginny are embarrassed in these two scenes. If we say that Ginny is attractive then Ron also must be attractive.
“Well, we'll manage,” said Mrs. Weasley, but she looked worried. “I expect we'll be able to pick up a lot of Ginny's things secondhand.”
“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 Ron's elder brother Percy walked in. ….
Harry politely asks Ginny if she will be starting Hogwarts, after Mrs. Weasley implied it. Harry then makes no comment when she shows another sign of her crush.
George: “And Ginny needs robes and a wand and everything...” ........Mrs. Weasley now came galloping into view, her handbag swinging wildly in one hand, Ginny just clinging onto the other. …...
Ginny is holding on to her mom. This is the first time her innocence is implied. She is apparently protected so much she can't walk down the street by herself at eleven.
“We'll all meet at Flourish and Blotts in an hour to buy your schoolbooks,” said Mrs. Weasley, setting off with Ginny. …...
Another sign of Ginny's innocence. Everyone is splitting up to go their own ways, except for Ginny. Even her brother, who's barely a year older, gets to go off with just his friends.
Staggering slightly under their weight, he managed to make his way out of the limelight to the edge of the room, where Ginny was standing next to her new cauldron.
“You have these,” Harry mumbled to her, tipping the books into the cauldron. “I'll buy my own-” …..
Uncomfortable and embarrassed, Harry does a thoughtful thing by giving Ginny the books. We know he is keenly aware of how little the Weasley's have.
"Leave him alone, he didn't want all that!" said Ginny. It was the first time she had spoken in front of Harry. She was glaring at Malfoy.
"Potter, you've got yourself a girlfriend!" drawled Malfoy. Ginny went scarlet as Ron and Hermione fought their way over, both clutching stacks of Lockhart's books. …...
Finally, Ginny talks! It's the first time we see her talking when she knows Harry can hear.
If there is any symbolism here, or foreshadowing, it's negative. Draco is not a character associated with anything good, and it's a taunt. It's a very demeaning comment.
Ron went as red as Ginny. ….
He reached into Ginny's cauldron and extracted, from amid the glossy Lockheart books, a very old, very battered copy of A Beginner's Guide to Transformation. …....
Mr. Weasley flushed darker than either Ron or Ginny. …..
There was a thud of metal as Ginny's cauldron went flying; Mr. Weasley had thrown himself at Mr. Malfoy, knocking him backward into a bookshelf. ….....
He was still holding Ginny's old Transfiguration book. He thrust it at her, his eyes glittering with malice.
“Here girl- take your book- it's the best your father can give you-” …...
Not much here, just important plot pieces. We also get to see that blushing heavily is a Weasley trait in general.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 5
[cut]; and Mr. Weasley nearly broke his neck, tripping over a stray chicken as he crossed the yard carrying Ginny's trunk to the car. …...
She and Ginny got into the front seat, which had been stretched so that it resembled a park bench. …..They had almost reached the highway when Ginny shrieked that she'd left her diary. By the time she had clambered back into the car, they were running very late, and tempers were running high. …...
“I'll take Ginny and you two come right after us,” Mrs. Weasley told Harry and Ron, grabbing Ginny's hand and setting off. In the blink of an eye they were gone. …..
Another example where Ginny is extremely overprotected. She has gone to King's Cross multiple times to see her brothers off, and yet she is still not allowed to be by/to do it herself.
Ginny was among them, easily visible because of her vivid Weasley hair. …...
Harry sees Ginny when he and Ron are watching the First years be sorted. This is not a shipping moment, as everyone watches the sorting, and the Weasley's hair always stands out, no matter which member of the family.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 6
"You could've fried an egg on your face" said Ron. "You'd better hope Creevey doesn't meet Ginny, or they'll be starting a Harry Potter fan club."
“Shut up,” snapped Harry. The last thing he needed was for Lockhart to hear the phrase “Harry Potter fan club.”
This quote by Ron hints to Ginny being somewhat obsessed with Harry. Of course, it seems to be the hero – worship again.
As for Harry, he has a negative reaction to the mention of Ginny's crush, on top of the whole embarrassing situation with Colin and Lockhart. He is also afraid Lockhart will hear their conversation.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 7
"An Engorgement Charm, I suppose?" said Hermione, halfway between disapproval and amusement. "Well, you've done a good job on them."
"That's what yer little sister said," said Hagrid, nodding at Ron. "Met her jus' yesterday." Hagrid looked sideways at Harry, his beard twitching. "Said she was jus' lookin' round the grounds, but I reckon she was hopin' she might run inter someone else at my house." He winked at Harry. "If yeh ask me, she wouldn' say no ter a signed —"
"Oh, shut up," said Harry. Ron snorted with laughter and the ground was sprayed with slugs.
Like the examples above, we have another sign of Ginny's crush/hero – worship. Another negative reaction from Harry, although not as strong (probably because Lockhart and Colin aren't around).
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8
Ginny Weasley, who had been looking pale, was bullied into taking some by Percy. The steam pouring from her under her vivid red hair gave the impression that her whole head was on fire.
Another scene of Ginny being overprotected by a family member. We never see Percy doing anything like this for his brothers.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9
Ginny Weasley seemed very disturbed by Mrs. Norris's fate. According to Ron, she was a great cat lover. …...
The first mention of Ginny and cats, something we will talk about later.
“That's what I told Ginny,” said Percy fiercly, “but she still seems to think you're going to be expelled, I've never seen her so upset, crying her eye's out, you might think of her, all the first years are thoroughly overexcited by this business-”
Ginny's extremely upset over the whole Chamber business.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11
Ginny Weasley, who sat next to Colin Creevey in Charms, was distraught, but Harry felt that Fred and George were going the wrong way about cheering her up. They were taking turns covering themselves with fur or boils and jumping out at her from behind statues. They only stopped when Percy, apoplectic with rage, told them he was going to write to Mrs. Weasley and tell her Ginny was having nightmares.
Ginny's extremely scared and upset, and the Twins are doing nothing to help. As for Percy's overprotectiveness, he has threatened the Twins in the past. However, we have never seen him this angry with the Twins before (or after), so it may be another sign of overprotectiveness. Not that there's anything wrong with being overprotective sometimes, but it's the overall pattern I'm looking at.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12
Ginny didn't find it amusing either.
“Oh, don't,” she wailed every time Fred asked Harry loudly who he was planning to attack next, or when George pretended to ward Harry off with a large clove of garlic when they met.
Harry didn't mind; it made him feel better that Fred and George, at least, thought the idea of his being Slytherin's heir was quite ludicrous.
Ginny's still upset, the Twins are still up to their usual games. She doesn't find their joking funny.
As for Harry, he does. He and Ginny are opposing in this scene.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 13
Hot all over at the thought of being given a valentine in front of a line of first years, which happened to include Ginny Weasley, Harry tried to escape. …..
"Right," he said, sitting on Harry's ankles. "Here is your singing valentine:
His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad,
His hair is as dark as a blackboard,
I wish he was mine,
he's really divine,
The hero who conquered the Dark Lord
Harry would have given all the gold in Gringotts to evaporate on the spot. Trying valiantly to laugh along with everyone else, he got up, his feet numb from the weight of the dwarf, as Percy Weasley did his best to disperse the crowd, some of whom were crying with mirth. …...
Ginny was staring from the diary to Harry, looking terrified. …..
But Harry didn't care, he was one-up on Malfoy, and that was worth five points from Gryffindor any day. Malfoy was looking furious, and as Ginny passed him to enter her classroom, he yelled spitefully after her, "I don't think Potter liked your valentine much!"
Ginny covered her face with her hands and ran into class.
Ginny realizes Harry has the dairy.
Ahh, to be a young girl having a crush on a figure! Ginny's crush on Harry is like someone crushing on a celebrity. She doesn't really know him, she has made him to be this larger than life figure in her head.
Ahh, to be a young girl having a crush on a figure! Ginny's crush on Harry is like someone crushing on a celebrity. She doesn't really know him, she has made him to be this larger than life figure in her head.
Harry has a very negative reaction to her crush, wanting nothing more than to escape the entire time.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 15
Fred and George challenged Harry and Ron to a few games of Exploding Snap, and Ginny sat watching them, very subdued in Hermione's usual chair. Harry and Ron kept losing on purpose, trying to finish the games quickly, but even so, it was well past midnight when Fred, George, and Ginny finally went to bed.
Hermione has been attacked, Hagrid arrested.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16
Just then, Ginny Weasley came over and sat down next to Ron. She looked tense and nervous, and Harry noticed that her hands were twisting in her lap.
“What's up?” said Ron, helping himself to more porridge.
Ginny didn't say anything, but glanced up and down the Gryffindor table with a scared look on her face that reminded Harry of someone, though he couldn't think of who.
“Spit it out,” said Ron, watching her.
Harry suddenly realized who Ginny looked like. She was rocking backward and forward slightly in her chair, exactly like Dobby did when he was teetering on the edge of revealing forbidden information.
“I've got to tell you something,” Ginny mumbled, carefully not looking at Harry.
“What is it?” said Harry.
Ginny looked as though she couldn't find the right words.
“What?” said Ron.
Ginny opened her mouth, but no sound came out. Harry leaned forward and spoke quietly, so that only Ginny and Ron could hear him.
“Is it something about the Chamber of Secrets? Have you seen something? Someone acting oddly?”
Ginny drew a deep breath and, at the precise moment, Percy Weasley appeared, looking tired and wan.
“If you've finished eating, I'll take that seat, Ginny. I'm starving, I've only just come off patrol duty.”
Ginny jumped up as though her chair had just been electrified, gave Percy a fleeting, frightened look, and scampered away. …....
Ginny tries to tell them about the Chamber, and can't. She leaves after Percy shows up.
"Who is it?" said Madam Hooch, who had sunk, weak-kneed, into a chair. "Which student?"
"Ginny Weasley," said Professor McGonagall.
Harry felt Ron slide silently down onto the wardrobe floor beside him. …..
Harry has no reaction to Ginny being taken into the Chamber.
It was probably the worst day of Harry's entire life. He, Ron, Fred, and George sat together in a corner of the Gryffindor common room, unable to say anything to each other. Percy wasn't there. He had gone to send an owl to Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, then shut himself up in his dormitory.
No afternoon ever lasted as long as that one, nor had Gryffindor Tower ever been so crowded, yet so quiet. Near sunset, Fred and George went up to bed, unable to sit there any longer.
"She knew something, Harry," said Ron, speaking for the first time since they had entered the wardrobe in the staff room. "That's why she was taken. It wasn't some stupid thing about Percy at all. She'd found out something about the Chamber of Secrets. That must be why she was —" Ron rubbed his eyes frantically. "I mean, she was a pure-blood. There can't be any other reason."
Harry could see the sun sinking, blood-red, below the skyline. This was the worst he had ever felt. If only there was something they could do. Anything.
"Harry" said Ron. "D'you think there's any chance at all she's not — you know —"
Harry didn't know what to say. He couldn't see how Ginny could still be alive.
"D'you know what?" said Ron. "I think we should go and see Lockhart. Tell him what we know. He's going to try and get into the Chamber. We can tell him where we think it is, and tell him it's a basilisk in there."
Because Harry couldn't think of anything else to do, and because he wanted to be doing something, he agreed. The Gryffindors around them were so miserable, and felt so sorry for the Weasleys, that nobody tried to stop them as they got up, crossed the room, and left through the portrait hole.
Harry is obviously affected by Ginny being taken into the Chamber, but no more than he would have if it were the Twins or Percy, and less than if it were Ron. The Weasley's are his favorite family, and he knows how much Ginny means to Ron – his best friend. We see Ron react more than Harry in this chapter, and that's because Ginny is his sister. This is not a shipping moment. Yes it's the worst he's ever felt, but this is the first time he's ever faced the situation of someone he's interacted with dying. His parents don't count because he was to young to remember, and he didn't find out about Quirrell until afterwards.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17
“Ginny!” Harry muttered, sprinting to her and dropping to his knees. “Ginny – don't be dead – please don't be dead -” He flung his wand aside, grabbed Ginny's shoulders, and turned her over. Her face was white as marble, and as cold, yet her eyes were closed, so she wasn't Petrified. But then she must be -
“Ginny, please wake up,” Harry muttered desperately, shaking her. Ginny's head lolled hopelessly from side to side.
“She won't wake,” said a soft voice.
Harry jumped and spun around on his knees. …...
Harry finds Ginny, she's already unconscious. I just want to note something – Harry does not have a bodily reaction to finding her. We see his body react in many scenes, but this is not one of them. I am pointing this out because I have seen this scene compared to the one where Hermione falls in the DoM. However, they are two completely different scenes. Harry's body reacts in one, and not the other. I just wanted to clarify that.
Also, Harry mutters. To mutter is to “say something in a low or barely audible voice, esp. in dissatisfaction or irritation”. There is not a lot of emotion when someone mutters, and there is no personal attachment. He also talks desperately. Desperate means “leaving little or no hope”. Harry has no hope that Ginny is alive. This backs up what Harry thought in the chapter before, about how he doesn't see any way Ginny could be alive.
“You've got to help me Tom,” Harry said, raising Ginny's head again. “We've got to get her out of here. There's a basilisk... I don't know where it is, but it could be along any moment... Please, help me-”
Riddle didn't move. Harry, sweating, managed to hoist Ginny half off the floor, and bent to pick up his wand again. …...
“Listen,” said Harry urgently, his knees sagging with Ginny's dead weight. “We've got to go! If the basilisk comes-”
“It won't come until it's called,” said Riddle calmly.
Harry lowered Ginny back onto the floor, unable to hold her up any longer. …...
"The diary," said Riddle. "My diary. Little Ginny's been writing in it for months and months, telling me all her pitiful worries and woes — how her brothers tease her, how she had to come to school with secondhand robes and books, how —" Riddle's eyes glinted "— how she didn't think famous, good, great Harry Potter would ever like her…" …...
Riddle confirms Ginny's crush on Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived.
“It's very boring, having to listen to the silly little toubles of an eleven-year-old girl,” he went on. “But I was patient. I wrote back. I was sympathetic, I was kind. Ginny simply loved me. No one's ever understood me like you, Tom... I'm so glad I've got this diary to confide in... It's like having a friend I can carry around in my pocket...” …......
“Yes,” said Riddle calmly. “Of course, she didn't know what she was doing at first. It was very amusing. I wish you could have seen her new diary entries... far more interesting, they became... Dear Tom,” he recited, watching Harry's horrified face, “I think I'm losing my memory. There are rooster feathers all over my robes and I don't know how they got there. Dear Tom, I can't remember where I what I did on the night of Halloween, but a cat was attacked and I've got paint all down my front. Dear Tom, Percy keeps telling me I'm pale and I'm not myself. I think he suspects me... There was another attack today and I don't know where I was. Tom, what am I going to do? I think I'm going mad... I think I'm the one attacking everyone, Tom!” ….....
We hear how Ginny figured out what was going on. This could be a very traumatic thing for her to go through, but we can't decide that until we see how she reacts/is treated as a character after this, at least on a literacy level.
“Imagine how angry I was when the next time my diary was opened, it was Ginny who was writing to me, not you. She saw you with the diary, you see, and panicked. What if you found out how to work it, and I repeated all her secrets to you? What if, even worse, I told you who'd been strangling roosters? So the foolish little brat waited until your dormitory was deserted and stole it back. But I knew what I must do. It was clear to me that you were on the trail of Slytherin's heir. From everything Ginny had told me about you, I knew you would go any lengths to solve the mystery – particularly if one of your best friends was attacked. And Ginny had told me the whole school was buzzing because you could speak Parseltounge...
Ginny's fears about the diary being in Harry's hands are spot on eleven-year-old troubles. She's worried that he might tell Harry everything about her. I'm not blaming her, I'm just pointing out it's a normal reaction at her age. She isn't thinking about it in the big sense, or maturely – there is no mention of her fearing that Tom would tell Harry she was behind the attacks, just about the roosters. And the roosters are not the ones that really matter.
“So I made Ginny write her own farewell on the wall and come down here to wait. She struggled and cried and became very boring. But there isn't much life left in her... She put too much into the diary, into me. Enough to let me leave its pages at last... I have been waiting for you to appear since we arrived here. I knew you'd come. I have many questions for you, Harry Potter”. …...
So we find out that Riddle set the whole thing up, knowing Harry would come, because he knew Harry would “go to any lengths to solve the mystery”, not because he cares so much about Ginny. He cares of course, because he has empathy. But like I said above, his reaction was less than the Weasley's. That does not make this a shipping moment.
We also know that as soon as they reached the Chamber, Riddle came out of the diary and Ginny fell unconscious. Props to her for trying to resist, though!
Then came a faint moan from the end of the Chamber. Ginny was stirring. As Harry hurried toward her, she sat up. Her bemused eyes traveled from the huge form of the dead basilisk, over Harry, in his blood-soaked robes, then to the diary in his hand. She drew a great, shuddering gasp and tears began to pour down her face.
“Harry – oh, Harry – I tried to tell you at b-breakfast, but I c-couldn't say it in front of Percy – it was me, Harry – but I – I s-swear I d-didn't mean to – R-Riddle made me, he t-took me over – and – how did you kill that – that thing? W-where's Riddle? The last thing I r-remember is him coming out of the diary -”
“It's all right,” said Harry, holding up the diary, and showing Ginny the fang hole, “Riddle's finished. Look! Him and the basilisk. C'mon, Ginny, let's get out of here -”
“I'm going to be expelled!” Ginny wept as Harry helped her awkwardly to her feet. “I've looked forward to coming to Hogwarts ever since B-Bill came and n-now I'll have to leave and – w-what'll Mum and Dad say?”
I've heard a lot from Harry/Ginny fans about the symbolism in this scene. How it's the classic fairytale of the Hero rescuing the Damsel in Distress. It one of the oldest themes in literature, the young, pure girl captured by the bad guy and saved by the Hero.
However, this scene is quite different from the typical Damsel in Distress scene, and not in a good way. One of the key things of the archetype is that the maiden is awake, and cheering on the Hero. One example I remember well is Andromeda and Perseus, from Greek Mythology. Perseus is on his way home after slaying Medusa, sees Andromeda, falls in love with her instantly, kills the beast, takes her home, and asks for her hand. Andromeda had been chained to a giant rock, and was awake and watching the entire thing. It was an experience she and Perseus had gone through together.
Harry and Ginny didn't go through this together. Harry was not motivated by a love for Ginny, but because he's the Hero and evil needs defeating. Ginny was 'knocked out' before anything could happen, because Tom came out of the diary right away. She didn't even have to wait down there. Then the next thing she sees is when she wakes up, after everything's all over. She didn't witness Harry's bravery, or see him almost die from the fang. She saw and knows nothing of what happened. She takes in the situation and starts to cry and ask what the heck happened. Harry explains, and Ginny starts freaking out about being expelled and what her parents would say about that.
This is not a shared experience. This is not the Hero rescuing the girl while she looks on in admiration. This is Harry doing his duty as Voldemort's enemy and Ginny focusing entirely on herself (Note: I'm not blaming her, she reacts the way any normal eleven-year-old would do. I'm just saying it doesn't fit the archetype at all). This is not a romantic scene in any way.
I've also heard about the sexual symbolism of this scene, there was a Harry/Ginny essay written about it. I'll summarize the essay. Harry enters the cave, entering a cave is symbolic of entering the womb of Mother Earth, the cave symbolizes Ginny because she's described with Sun adjectives and symbols of earth. Ron cannot enter because that would be symbolic of incest. The passage in the book “implies a strong sexual image”, Harry's mouth is dry which is a common term in sexual images. Serpents represent death, evil, and destruction, but also sexuality. The Chamber symbolizes both, because the Chamber is a chamber (sexual) and the basilisk wants to kill Harry (evil). Ginny's appearance of white is symbolic of innocence, “things that are heavenly”, light, air, love, and redemption. It's important that Harry says Ginny's eyes are closed because eyes represent clairvoyance or a gateway to the soul. Tom riddle, symbolizes death and evil, he's leaning against a pillar and The Pillar is the bridge between heaven and earth, he's waiting for Ginny to die. Tom mentioning that Ginny spilled her heart to the Diary is important because the heart is a symbol of love, understanding, life giving, and affection. This shows that Ginny truly cares about Riddle, even though he just used her. Fawkes is important because birds represent the desire to become an angel, it's how when someone dies the soul is able to go to heaven, in fairy tales when people understand birds they have special knowledge, the bird is also symbolic of the change of a lover, Fawkes represents the moment when the soul is being set free. The Sorting Hat represents the authority of Gryffindor because hats represent authority and power, the hat represents him because it has his sword connected to it. Swords have many symbols, one of which is that it is sexual, and a sheath is the representation of the vulva, pulling the sword out of the hat gives a strong sexual feeling of a sexual act, the essay goes on about more symbolism of swords (knights, chivalry, etc). Harry killing the basilisk and Riddle represents the climax of a sexual act, because when he retrieves the sword Ginny moans. The essay then talks a little about Harry being the knight in shining amour, how winning the hand of the princess is the ultimate goal.
Now let's analyze this. A cave has many symbols, one of which is being the womb of Mother Earth. And while Ginny is associated with the Sun, she is not associated with the Earth. Ginny is a Leo, a sign ruled by the sun and Leo is one of three signs characterized by fire, not earth. The Sun also symbolizes the Father, not the Mother. There is a lot more symbolism connecting Ginny to the Sun and fire, I'm not explaining it all here, message me if you want it. So this shows us that while they are in a cave, it does not symbolize Ginny.
A dry mouth is not a sexual symbol. Many people have a dry mouth when they are nervous, or under stress. That has no connection to sex.
As for the serpent, it is associated with death, destruction, and evil in Christianity. However, it is commonly associated with Pagan religions, knowledge, rebirth, and the goddess. Remember St. Patrick? He's famous for 'driving the snakes out of Ireland', meaning the pagans. However, I'm getting off track. The serpent is a phallic symbol, but it can also be seen as androgynous.
The color white is symbolic of purity, cleanliness, and neutrality. Eyes do symbolize clairvoyance and a gateway to the soul, they also have lots of other meanings. The pillar is symbolic of the bridge between heaven and earth. The heart is a symbol of love. But what does all of this have to do with the scene? One of the main points of this essay is Ginny's innocence and purity. Riddle is waiting for Ginny to die (heaven) so he will be alive again (earth). Ginny did pour her heart to the Diary, and trusted Tom in the beginning. This is all symbolism of the plot points, but nothing relating to the potential of a Harry/Ginny relationship.
A hat does symbolize authority and power, but has no sexual component. The sword is a phallic symbol, and the sheath does symbolize the vagina/vulva (but Gryffindor's sword has no sheath). Birds do represent the freedom of the soul, but they do not represent the change of a lover. If you look at the definitions of a moan, most of them are about pain and suffering, although people do moan from sexual pleasure.
Now let's apply this to the scene. One phallic symbol (controlled by Harry) destroys another phallic symbol (controlled by Riddle), but neither of them is focused on Ginny, she is just a pawn or an afterthought to both of them. The chamber does not represent Ginny, we went over that above. We have one man trying to destroy another – the whole Harry vs Voldemort battle. Harry pulling the sword out of the hat has no sexual symbolism. Ginny moans after Harry pulls the sword out of the basilisk, not during, so that does not represent the climax of a sexual act.
So while you could say there is some sexual symbolism here, if you wanted to, none of it is connected to Ginny. She never uses the sword of Gryffindor – only Harry, Dumbledore, Ron, and Neville do. All men. There is nothing here that symbolizes Harry/Ginny.
Fawkes was waiting for them, hovering in the Chamber entrance, Harry urged Ginny forward; they stepped over the motionless coils of the dead basilisk, through the echoing gloom, and back into the tunnel. Harry heard the stone doors close behind them with a soft hiss.
After a few minutes' progress up the dark tunnel, a distant sound of slowly shifting rock reached Harry's ears.
“Ron!” Harry yelled, speeding up. “Ginny's okay! I've got her!”
He heard Ron give a strangled cheer, and they turned the next bend to see his eager face staring though the sizable gap he had managed to make in the rock fall.
“Ginny!” Ron thrust an arm though the gap in the rock to pull her through first. “You're alive! I don't believe it! What happened? How – what – where did that bird come from?”
Fawkes had swooped through the gap after Ginny.
“He's Dumbledore's,” said Harry, squeezing through himself.
“How come you've got a sword?” said Ron, gaping at the glittering weapon in Harry's hand.
“I'll explain when we get out of here,” said Harry with a sideways glance at Ginny, who was crying harder than ever.
“Later,” Harry said shortly. He didn't think it was a good idea to tell Ron yet who'd been opening the Chamber, not in front of Ginny, anyway. “Where's Lockhart?” …...
Harry shows tact and maturity beyond his age by recognizing and not wanting to upset Ginny more.
"Urgh!" said Ron as they left the bathroom for the dark, deserted corridor outside. "Harry! I think Myrtle's grown fond of you! You've got competition, Ginny!"
But tears were still flooding silently down Ginny's face.
“Where now?” said Ron, with an anxious look at Ginny. Harry pointed.
Ron confirms Ginny's crush on Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived. Again. I think he meant it as a joke to try and cheer her up, but it obviously didn't work.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 18
It was Mrs. Weasley, who had been sitting crying in front of the fire. She leapt to her feet, closely followed by Mr. Weasley, and both of them flung themselves on their daughter. …..
Fawkes went whooshing past Harry's ear and settled on Dumbledore's shoulder, just as Harry found himself and Ron being swept into Mrs. Weasleys tight embrace.
"You saved her! You saved her! How did you do it?".....
He had so far avoided mentioning Riddle's diary — or Ginny. She was standing with her head against Mrs. Weasley's shoulder, and tears were still coursing silently down her cheeks. What if they expelled her? Harry thought in panic. Riddle's diary didn't work anymore… How could they prove it had been he who'd made her do it all? …....
"What interests me most," said Dumbledore gently, "is how Lord Voldemort managed to enchant Ginny, when my sources tell me he is currently in hiding in the forests of Albania."
Relief - warm, sweeping, glorious relief - swept over Harry. "W- what's that?" said Mr. Weasley in a stunned voice. "You-Know-Who? En-enchant Ginny? But Ginny's not ... Ginny hasn't been ... has she?"
This has also been taken as a shipping moment – Harry feels panicked over the fact that Ginny might be expelled! And then he's relieved when Dumbledore understands! Well, duh. She's innocent. He knows she's innocent. And as we learned earlier in the book, Hagrid was expelled even though he was innocent. Harry would never want anyone innocent to get blamed, no matter who they are. The fact that Ginny is part of Ron's family means that she means more to him than just anyone off the street. It does not mean this is a shipping moment.
"But, Ginny," said Mrs. Weasley. "What's our Ginny got to do with - with - him?"“His d-diary!” Ginny sobbed. “I've b-been writing in it, and he's been w-writing back all year -”
“Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven't I taught you anything? What have I told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain? Why didn't you show the diary to me, or your mother? A suspicious object like that, it was clearly full of Dark Magic -”
“I d-don't know,” sobbed Ginny. “I found it inside one of the books Mum got me. I th-thought someone had just left it in there and forgotten about it -”
“Miss Weasley should go up to the hospital wing right away,” Dumbledore interrupted in a firm voice. “This has been a terrible ordeal for her. There will be no punishment. Older and wiser wizards than she have been hoodwinked by Lord Voldemort.” …....
"There has been no lasting harm done, Ginny," said Dumbledore.
Mrs. Weasley led Ginny out, and Mr. Weasley followed, still looking deeply shaken. …...
On the other hand, Ginny Weasley was perfectly happy again.
Wait. Ginny goes through all of that, and it has no lasting effect? Let's see how the rest of this scene plays out.
Too soon, it was time for the journey home on the Hogwarts Express. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Fred, George, and Ginny got a compartment to themselves. They made the most of the last few hours in which they were allowed to do magic before the holidays. They played Exploding Snap, set off the very last of Fred and George's Filibuster fireworks, and practiced disarming each other by magic. Harry was getting very good at it.
They were almost at King's Cross when Harry remembered something.
“Ginny – what did you see Percy doing, that he didn't want you to tell anyone?”
“Oh, that,” said Ginny, giggling. “Well – Percy's got a girlfriend.”
Fred dropped a stack of books on George's head.
“It's that Ravenclaw prefect, Penelope Clearwater,” said Ginny. “That's who he was writing to all last summer. He's been meeting her all over the school in secret. I walked in on them kissing in an empty classroom one day. He was so upset when she was – you know – attacked. You won't tease hime, will you?” she added anxiously.
So. Instead of having any traumatic reaction, she appears to be absolutely fine. She's happy and giggling. This would never have happened in the real world, but it's been made clear that it's happened in the book. Her innocence is still fully in tact. There has been no change in her demeanor whatsoever.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1
Right in the middle of the picture was Ron, tall and gangling, with his pet rat, Scabbers, on his shoulder and his arm around his little sister, Ginny. …....
It's amazing here in Egypt. Bill's taken us around all the tombs, and you wouldn't believe the curses those old Egyptian wizards put on them. Mum wouldn't let Ginny come in the last one. There were all these mutant skeletons in there, of Muggles who'd broken in and grown extra heads and stuff.
Innocent Ginny must be protected from the horrible sights is the message I'm getting.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4
At that moment Mrs. Weasley entered the bar, laden with shopping bags and followed by the twins, Fred and George, who were about to start their fifth year at Hogwarts; the newly elected Head Boy, Percy; and the Weasleys' youngest child and only girl, Ginny.
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.
So. Here is Ginny's introduction in the third book. Note that this enforces what we saw at the end of the last book – Ginny is still hero-worshiping Harry and her innocence is fully in tact. She shows no sign of being changed by what she went through.
“What do we want to be prefects for?” said George, looking revolted at the very idea. “It'd take all the fun out of life.”
“You want to set a better example for your sister!” snapped Mrs. Weasley.
“Ginny's got other brothers to set her an example, Mother,” said Percy loftily. “I'm going up to change for dinner...”
Ginny laughing at what George said. Her family is also singling her out again – both Ginny and Ron are younger than the twins. Why doesn't anyone need to be a good role model for Ron? This fits the pattern of overprotecting Ginny. She is, after all, the only girl and the baby. I'm not saying there's anything inherently wrong with that, but that it enforces innocent!Ginny.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5
They headed down to breakfast, where Mr. Weasley was reading the front page of the Daily Prophet with a furrowed brow and Mrs. Weasley was telling Hermione and Ginny about a love potion she'd made as a young girl. All three were rather giggly. …..
Percy and Ginny suddenly appeared behind Harry. They were panting and had apparently taken the barrier at a run.
“Ah, there's Penelope!” said Percy, smoothing his hair and going pink again. Ginny caught Harry's 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 couldn't miss his shiny badge.
I have seen this been taken as a big shipping moment – that Harry and Ginny share the same sense of humor, so their perfect together. However. Sharing a sense of humor with someone doesn't mean they're meant for you. Almost every Weasley (except Percy) has that same sense of humor. Ron certainly does. So if the fact that Harry and Ginny have the same sense of humor means that there is an indication that they are meant for each other, then so is there an indication that Harry and Ron are meant for each other, or Harry and the Twins.
Also, I believe this has been grossly exaggerated by Harry/Ginny fans, so I will be counting how many times they both laugh at jokes (including each others').
I'm saying that now, as I don't want to repeat myself every time it comes up, although I'm not done with the topic.
“Go away, Ginny,” said Ron.
“Oh, that's nice,” said Ginny huffily, and she stalked off. ….....
The Trio continues without Ginny. She is pushed away so they can talk.
“What are you doing?”
“I was looking for Ron -”
“Come in and sit down -”
“Not here!” said Harry hurriedly. “I'm here!” …..
Ginny comes looking for Ron, Hermione invites her to sit down, and Harry says “Not here!” On the surface it seems like nothings up, but if we look at the big picture, it fits one of the biggest patterns in the books. Harry rejecting Ginny. Once again, Harry wants Ginny as far away from him as possible.
Harry looked around the bright compartment. Ginny and Neville looked back at him, both very pale. …...
Ginny, who was huddled in her corner looking nearly as bad as Harry felt, gave a small sob; Hermione went over and put a comforting arm around her.
I have heard a fair bit about this scene from Harry/Ginny shippers. How it shows that both she and Harry have been through trauma, are equals, effected more then everyone else, etc.
We already came to the conclusion earlier that the whole Chamber bit didn't really have an effect on her, as she acted perfectly normal afterwards. Dementors show you your worst memory. Ginny never remembered anything she did. The closest the Dementors could have come was blanking out her mind. Also, Ginny is no more pale than Neville; and it's shown that no one was affected as bad as Harry when it says she looked nearly as bad. Yes they upset her, but that's what Dementors do! Ginny being the only child to shake, cry, and receive a hug only reenforces her innocence. This is not a shipping moment. It does not show Ginny being Harry's equal.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10
He had a stream of visitors, all intent on cheering him up. Hagrid sent him a bunch of earwiggy flowers that looked like yellow cabbages, and Ginny Weasley, blushing furiously, turned up with a get-well card she had made herself, which sang shrilly unless Harry kept it shut under his bowl of fruit.
Another confirmation of Ginny's crush. Like everything else to do with her crush, Harry has a negative reaction. It makes him uncomfortable and he would rather forget about it.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 13
“Fred!” said Ginny indignantly.
“All he did was eat and sleep, Ron, you said it yourself,” said George.
All that happens here is Ginny reprimands Fred after Scabbers goes missing. It her last mention in the book.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 5
Then two girls appeared in the kitchen doorway behind Mrs. Weasley. One, with very bushy brown hair and rather large front teeth, was Harry's and Ron's friend, Hermione Granger. The other, who was small and red-haired, was Ron's 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. …...
Ginny is once again introduced as the youngest Weasley, although this time she is called Ron's younger sister. Her introduction doesn't do much, and the last sentence only enforces her crush on Harry. It shows us that there has been no change in her feelings towards Harry, he is still the Hero.
Harry and Ron edged out of the kitchen, and they, Hermione, and Ginny set off along the narrow hallway and up the rickety staircase that zigzagged through the house to the upper stories.
“What are Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes?” Harry asked as they climbed.
Ron and Ginny both laughed, although Hermione didn't. …..
This doesn't count for our count of laughing together because Harry honestly doesn't know anything about the situation, so he couldn't laugh or not laugh.
“We've been hearing explosions out of their room for ages, but we never thought they were actually making things,” said Ginny. “We thought they just liked the noise.” …...
“And then there was this big row,” Ginny said, “because Mum wants them to go into the Ministry of Magic like Dad, and they told her all they want to do is open a joke shop.” …..
As Harry, Hermione, and Ginny followed Ron up three more flights of stairs, shouts from the kitchen below echoed up to them. It sounded as though Mr. Weasley had told Mrs. Weasley about the toffees. ….
“Er – why are you calling that owl Pig?” Harry asked Ron.
“Because he's being stupid,” said Ginny. “It's proper name is Pigwidgeon.”
“Yeah, and that's not a stupid name at all,” said Ron sarcastically. “Ginny named him,” he explained to Harry. “She reckons it's sweet. And I tried to change it, but it was too late, he won't answer to anything else. So now he's Pig. I've got to keep him up here because he annoys Errol and Hermes. He annoys me too, come to that.” …...
Ron and Hermione had been so deeply involved in helping Sirius escape from the Ministry of Magic that they were almost as concerned about Harry's godfather as he was. However, discussing him in front of Ginny was a bad idea. …..
Once again, Ginny is kept away from the Trio, from the important stuff going on.
“I think they've stopped arguing,” said Hermione, to cover the awkward moment, because Ginny was looking curiously from Ron to Harry. “Shall we go down and help your mum with dinner?”
“Yeah, all right,” said Ron. The four of them left Ron's room and went back downstairs to find Mrs. Weasley alone in the kitchen, looking extremely bad-tempered.
“We're eating out in the garden,” she said when they came in. “There's just not room for eleven people in here. Could you take the plates outside, girls? Bill and Charlie are setting up the tables. Knives and forks, please, you two,” she said to Ron and Harry, pointing her wand a little more vigorously than she intended at a pile of potatoes in the sink, which shot out of their skins so fast that they ricocheted off the walls and ceiling. …..
Fred and George were cheering, Ginny was laughing, and Hermione was hovering near the hedge, apparently torn between amusement and anxiety.
The kids cheering Bill and Charlie on. This shows that the almost all the Weasley's have the same sense of humor, not just Ginny.
Also, Ginny laughs. That brings the score to 1:1 for laughs and doesn't laugh. 1:2 if we count the one in Chamber with the Twins, where Ginny doesn't laugh, 1:3 if we count the one from the beginning of PoA, where George makes a joke about prefects.
“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...”
Harry is taking in all the dinner conversations. This is the only part that includes Ginny.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 6
There were footsteps down the passageway and Hermione and Ginny came into the kitchen, both looking pale and drowsy.
“Why do we have to be up so early?” Ginny said, rubbing her eyes and sitting down at the table.
“We've got a bit of a walk,” said Mr. Weasley.
Nothing to say here, I just included it because Ginny shows up in the text.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7
“I thought Mr. Bagman was Head of Magical Games and Sports,” said Ginny, looking surprised. “He should know better than to talk about Bludgers near Muggles, shouldn't he?”
“He should,” said Mr. Weasley, smiling, and leading them through the gates into the campsite, “but Ludo's always been a bit... well... lax about security. You couldn't wish for a more enthusiastic head of the sports department though. He played Quidditch for England himself, you know. And he was the best Beater the Wimbourne Wasps ever had.”
To me, I get a very innocent feeling from this scene. Ginny, the young girl, asks her father a question. Smiling, he explains it to her. I remember having scenes like this when I was little.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8
“He'll be okay, he only got ploughed!” Charlie said reassuringly to Ginny, who was hanging over the side of the box, looking horror-struck. “Which is what Krum was after, of course...”
Ginny's only mention during the game.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 9
They were soon arguing enjoyably about the match; Mr. Weasley got drawn into a disagreement about cobbing with Charlie, and it was only when Ginny fell asleep right at the tiny table and spilled hot chocolate all over the floor Mr. Weasley called a halt to the verbal replays and insisted that everyone go to bed. Hermione and Ginny went into the next tent, and Harry and the rest of the Weasleys changed into pajamas and clambered into their bunks. …..
Why Ginny had to be the one to fall asleep I don't know, because it could have been any of them, and this only reenforces the image of Ginny being young and innocent.
Hermione and Ginny came hurrying toward them, pulling coats over their nightdresses, with Mr. Weasley right behind them. At the same moment, Bill, Charlie, and Percy emerged from the boys' tent, fully dressed, with their sleeves rolled up and their wands out. …....
“C'mon,” said Fred, grabbing Ginny's hand and starting to pull her toward the wood. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and George followed. They all looked back as they reached the trees. The crowd beneath the Roberts family was larger than ever; they could see the Ministry wizards trying to get through it to the hooded wizards in the center, but they were having great difficulty. It looked as thought they were scared to perform any spell that might make the Roberts family fall. …....
Fred, George, and Ginny were nowhere to be seen, though the path was packed with plenty of other people, all looking nervously over their shoulders toward the commotion back at the campsite. …..
Charlie's head was poking out of the boys' tent.
“Dad, what's going on?” he called through the dark. “Fred, George, and Ginny got back okay, but the others -” …...
Bill was sitting at the small kitchen table, holding a bedsheet to his arm, which was bleeding profusely. Charlie had a large rip in his shirt, and Percy was sporting a bloody nose. Fred, George, and Ginny looked unhurt, though shaken.
Once again, we seem to have innocent!Ginny. Fred grabs her, but no one else gets grabbed – they're being overprotective of her again. We then learn that nothing happened to the Twins or Ginny, that they were away from everything that happened. This doesn't matter with the Twins, but with Ginny it does because it is part of the pattern – innocent Ginny is kept from all harm.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 10
“Why are they all sending Howlers?” asked Ginny, who was mending her copy of One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi with Spellotape on the rug in front of the living room fire.
“Complaining about security at the World Cup,” said Percy.
This is the only other time Ginny is mentioned while Harry is at the Burrow, she is not mentioned for twelve pages until boarding the train.
“I might be seeing you all sooner than you think,” said Charlie, grinning, as he hugged Ginny goodbye.
This is the last time Ginny is mentioned, even through everyone asking the adults about what was going on. She is also the only person to get a hug. Not a huge thing, but something that reenforces the overprotected, innocent!Ginny when looking at the bigger picture.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 20
When he'd finally got all his clothes on the right parts of his body, he hurried off to find Hermione, locating her at the Gryffindor table in the Great Hall, where she was eating breakfast with Ginny. Feeling too queasy to eat, Harry waited until Hermione had swallowed her last spoonful of porridge, then dragged her out onto the grounds.
Harry's impatient to tell Hermione what happened overnight, Ginny is just mentioned. Harry doesn't talk to her.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 22
Entering the Common room, Harry looked around, and to his surprise he saw Ron sitting ashen-faced in a distant corner. Ginny was sitting with him, talking to him in what seemed to be a low, soothing voice.
“What's up, Ron?” said Harry, joining them.
Ron looked up at Harry, a sort of blind horror in his face.
“Why did I do it?” he said wildly. “I don't know what made me do it!”
“What?” said Harry.
“He – er – just asked Fleur Delacour to go to the ball with him,” said Ginny. She looked as though she was fighting back a smile, but she kept patting Ron's arm sympathetically. …..
Score for laughs and doesn't laugh is 1:4.
Ron looked up.
"I asked her to go with me just now," Harry said dully, "and she told me."
Ginny had suddenly stopped smiling. …...
“Don't!” said Ginny, annoyed. “Don't laugh -” …..
Ron's laughing over Neville asking out Hermione.
“Because – oh shut up laughing, you two – because they've both just been turned down by girls they asked to the ball!” said Ginny.
That shut Harry and Ron up.
Now we know that Harry was laughing along with Ron, bringing the score to 1:5.
“Thanks a bunch, Ginny,” said Ron sourly. …..
“She's lying,” said Ron flatly, watching her go.
“She's not,” said Ginny quietly.
“Who is it then?” said Ron sharply.
“I'm not telling you, it's her business,” said Ginny.
"Right," said Ron, who looked extremely put out, "this is getting stupid. Ginny, you can go with Harry, and I'll just -"
"I can't," said Ginny, and she went scarlet too. "I'm going with - with Neville.
He asked me when Hermione said no, and I thought… well… I'm not going to be able to go otherwise, I'm not in fourth year." She looked extremely miserable. "I think I'll go and have dinner," she said, and she got up and walked off to the portrait hole, her head bowed.
Ginny suddenly stops smiling when Harry says he tried to ask Cho out. She blushes heavily when Ron suggests that she go to the ball with Harry. She looks extremely miserable when she does the right thing and says no because she already said yes to Neville. She walks out with her head bowed, still miserable. This shows that her feelings towards Harry have not changed, as she is obviously disappointed that she could not go with her crush.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23
He kept his eyes fixed over the heads of the watching people, and very soon many of them too had come onto the dance floor, so that the champions were no longer the center of attention. Neville and Ginny were dancing nearby - he could see Ginny wincing frequently as Neville trod on her feet – and Dumbledore was waltzing with Madame Maxime. He was so dwarfed by her that the top of his pointed hat barely tickled her chin; however, she moved very gracefully for a woman so large. Mad-Eye Moody was doing an extremely ungainly two-step with Professor Sinistra, who was nervously avoiding his wooden leg.
I found this part very interesting. Ever since Harry arrives at the Yule Ball his is describing what everyone and everything looks like. He comments on everyone's clothes, even people like Crabbe and Malfoy to people like Percy Weasley and Madame Maxime. But all he says about Ginny is above. He doesn't say what she's wearing, all he does is comment on Neville stepping on her feet. He comments on almost everyone else, but not Ginny – it's as if she is an afterthought compared to everyone else.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31
Fred, George, and Ginny came to sit next to them too, and Harry was having such a good time he felt almost as though he were back at the Burrow; he had forgotten to worry about that evening's task, and not until Hermione turned up, halfway through lunch, did he remember that she had had a brainwave about Rita Skeeter.
This is the last mention of Ginny in Goblet of Fire. It enforces the thought that Harry thinks of the Weasley's as his family, as it is family day for the Champions.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 4
"Oh, hello, Harry!" said Ron's younger sister, Ginny, brightly.
Ginny's introduction is once again as the younger sister, the youngest Weasley. It shows that Harry has yet to take any kind of interest in her, especially in “that way”.
Turning to Fred and George she said, “It's no go with the Extendable Ears, she's gone and put an Imperturbable Charm on the kitchen door.”
“How d'you know?” said George, looking crestfallen.
“Tonks told me how to find out,” said Ginny. “You just chuck stuff at the door and if it can't make contact the door's been Imperturbed. I've been flicking Dungbombs at it from the top of the stairs and they just soar away from it, so there's no way the Extendable Ears will be able to get under the gap.”
Fred heaved a deep sigh. “Shame. I really fancied finding out what old Snape's been up to.” …..
“Bill doesn't like him either,” said Ginny, as though that settled the matter. …...
“Because every time Percy's name's mentioned, Dad breaks whatever he's holding and Mum starts crying,” Fred said.
“It's been awful,” said Ginny sadly.
“I think we're well shut of him,” said George with an uncharacteristically ugly look on his face. …...
“What?” said Harry in disbelief, as Ginny made a noise like an angry cat. …..
Here is another Ginny = cat mention. We'll talk about it after going through the books.
“We know, Harry,” said Ginny earnestly. …..
Ginny's only mention while Hermione and Ron fill Harry in.
“The meeting's over, you can come down and have dinner now, everyone's dying to see you Harry. And who's left all those Dungbombs outside the kitchen door?”
“Crookshanks,” said Ginny unblushingly. “He loves playing with them.”
Ginny and cat mention.
“Oh,” said Mrs. Weasley,” “I thought it might have been Kreacher, he keeps doing odd things like that. Now don't forget to keep your voices down in the hall. Ginny, your hands are filthy, what have you been doing? Go and wash them before dinner, please...”
Ginny grimaced at the others and followed her mother out of the room, leaving Harry alone with Ron and Hermione again.
I don't have anything to say about this part. I just included it because I promised I would look at every appearance Ginny has in the books.
So. A lot of people have talked about Ginny's characterization, and how it changed drastically in the fifth book. I'm not going to be focusing on that, but I will be talking about it later when I talk about how J.K. Rowling wrote Ginny.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 5
“Some'n say m' name?” Mundungus mumbled sleepily. “I 'gree with Sirius...”
He raised a very grubby hand in the air as though voting, his droopy, bloodshot eyes unfocused. Ginny giggled. …..
Laughing score is 1:6 for laughs and doesn't laugh, as Ginny giggled at Mundungus and Harry didn't.
“No, no, I want to help!” said Tonks brightly, knocking over a chair as she hurried toward the dresser from which Ginny was collecting cutlery. …..
Opposite Harry, Tonks was entertaining Hermione and Ginny by transforming her nose between mouthfuls. …...
Apparently this was a regular mealtime entertainment, because after a while Hermione and Ginny started requesting their favorite noses.
“Do that one like a pig snout, Tonks...” …...
He lay down his spoon in a lull in the general conversation. Mr. Weasley was leaning back in his chair, looking replete and relaxed, Tonks was yawning widely, her nose now back to normal, and Ginny, who had lured Crookshanks out from under the dresser, was sitting cross-legged on the floor, rolling butterbeer corks for him to chase. .........
Another Ginny = cat mention.
Ginny was kneeling amid a pile of abandoned Butterbeer corks, watching the conversation with her mouth slightly open. …...There was instant uproar.
“We're of age!” Fred and George bellowed together.
“If Harry's allowed, why can't I?” shouted Ron.
“Mum, I want to!” wailed Ginny. …...
“Fine!” shouted Mrs. Weasley. “Fine! Ginny – BED!”
Ginny did not go quietly. They could hear her raging and storming at her mother all the way up the stairs, and when she reached the hall Mrs. Black's earsplitting shrieks were added to the din.
The beginning of this chapter starts out with Ginny acting like a normal teenager, so there's nothing to note there.
Ginny's reaction to being told no, though, is very telling. Her reaction is completely different from her brothers'.
Bellowed means to “shout something with a deep loud roar”. Shouted means to “say something very loudly”. To wail means a “a prolonged high-pitched cry of pain, grief, or anger”. There is something distinctly childlike in wailing. Babies wail, they don't shout. Also, her response is very childish. “Mum, I want to!” is a whine a child uses. Throwing a temper tantrum because they don't get their way is also a very childish behavior.
Now, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with Ginny acting like a child. She is a teenager who has been overprotected and coddled by her family, and we see that coming out in her behavior now. But there is this perception that some of the fandom, particularly the Harry/Ginny fans, have, where she is tough and gutsy, but is also warm and compassionate, can stand up to Harry, and is Harry's true equal. J.K. Rowling also has that opinion, she's said it in interviews.
But her opinion is not fact, and canon shows the direct opposite. That opinion has no foundation in the text. In fact, the opposite seems to be true – and that is one of my main points in this essay.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 6
"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?"
This is the first time Harry hears anything about Ginny's skills as a witch. He has no idea what George is talking about, but he seems to take George's word about it.
Also, literary wise, this is the beginning of a pattern we will continue to see – we will be told about Ginny's skills – hexing or quidditch – but we will not be shown them.
It was around these that Mrs. Weasley, Hermione, Ginny, Fred, and George were grouped, all looking rather peculiar, as they tied cloths over their noses and mouths. ….
“Don't call her a Mudblood!” said Ron and Ginny together, very angrily.
“It doesn't matter,” Hermione whispered, “he's not in his right mind, he doesn't know what he's -” …..
There was a musical box that emitted a faintly sinister, tinkling tune when wound, and they all found themselves becoming curiously weak and sleepy until Ginny had the sense to slam the lid shut; also a heavy locket that none of them could open, a number of ancient seals, and in a dusty box, and Order of Merlin, First Class, that had been awarded to Sirius' grandfather for “Services to the Ministry”. …..
Ron, Hermione, Fred, George, and Ginny all stopped talking and looked over at him. Harry nodded and tried to keep eating his chops, but his mouth had become so dry he could not chew.
“How am I getting there?” he asked Mrs. Weasley, trying to sound unconcerned.
Not much to say here, just Ginny acting like a normal teen.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 9
Mrs. Weasley was wiping her face on her apron, and Fred, George, and Ginny were doing a kind of war dance to a chant that went “He got off, he got off, he got off -”
“That's enough, settle down!” shouted Mr. Weasley, though he too was smiling. “Listen, Sirius, Lucius Malfoy was at the Ministry -”
“What?” said Sirius sharply.
“He got off, he got off, he got off -”
“Be quiet, you three! Yes, we saw him talking to Fudge on level nine, then they went up to Fudge's office together. Dumbledore ought to know.”
“Absolutely,” said Sirius. “We'll tell him, don't worry.”
“Well, I'd better get going, there's a vomiting toilet in Bethnal Green waiting for me. Molly, I'll be late, I'm covering for Tonks, but Kingsley might be dropping in for dinner -”
“He got off, he got off, he got off -”
“That's enough – Fred – George – Ginny!” said Mrs. Weasley, as Mr. Weasley left the kitchen. …...
Fred, George, and Ginny celebrating that Harry didn't get expelled.
“I thought we'd have a little party, not a sit-down dinner,” she told Harry, Ron, Hermione, Fred, George, and Ginny as they entered the room. …..
“I was never a prefect myself,” said Tonks brightly from behind Harry as everyone moved toward the table to help themselves to food. Her hair was tomato-red and waist length today; she looked like Ginny's older sister. “My Head of House said I lacked certain necessary qualities.”
I have heard that this is a shipping moment because Harry thinks Tonks looks like Ginny's older sister, so that shows how he pays attention to her, that he notice's her. This is not a shipping moment – Harry is just making an observation. There is no feelings attached to it. Also, Harry is very perceptive. He sees things most other people don't – where he gets into trouble is when he's trying to figure out the meaning behind the actions.
“Like what?” said Ginny, who was choosing a baked potato.
“Like the ability to behave myself,” said Tonks.
“Ginny laughed; Hermione looked as though she did not know whether to smile or not and compromised by taking an extra large gulp of butterbeer and choking on it.
“What about you, Sirius?” Ginny asked, thumping Hermione on the back.
Sirius, who was right beside Harry, let out his usual barklike laugh.
So. Tonks makes a joke, Ginny laughs, Harry doesn't. That brings the score to 1:7 for laughs and doesn't laugh.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 10
From what he heard as he dressed at top speed, Harry gathered that Fred and George had bewitched their trunks to fly downstairs to save the bother of carrying them, with the result that they had hurtled straight into Ginny and knocked her down two flights of stairs into the hall; Mrs. Black and Mrs. Weasley were both screaming at the top of their voices. …..
“Nearly – Ginny all right?” Harry asked, shoving on his glasses.
“Mrs. Weasley's patched her up,” said Hermione. “But now Mad-Eye's complaining that we can't leave unless Sturgis Podmore's here, otherwise the guard will be one short.”
Harry asks Hermione if Ginny is okay, after he hears she took a nasty fall. Nothing serious happened to her, and they continue to get ready to leave.
They had almost unloaded Moody's luggage cart when Fred, George, and Ginny turned up with Lupin. …...
“It's been great meeting all of you,” said Tonks, hugging Hermione and Ginny. “We'll see you soon, I expect.” …..
“See you!” Harry called out of the open window as the train began to move, while Ron, Hermione, and Ginny waved beside him. …..
“Come on,” Ginny told him, “if we get a move on we'll be able to save them places.” …..
Ron and Hermione have to go off to the prefect carriage for a little bit, Harry's put out about it, Ginny suggests finding seats.
“Hi, Harry,” he panted. “Hi, Ginny... Everywhere's full... I can't find a seat...”
“What are you talking about?” said Ginny, who had squeezed past Neville to peer into the compartment behind him. “There's room in this one, there's only Loony Lovegood in here -”
Neville mumbled something about not wanting to disturb anyone.
“Don't be silly,” said Ginny, laughing, “she's all right.”
She slid the door open and pulled her trunk inside it. Harry and Neville followed.
“Hi, Luna,” said Ginny. “Is it okay if we take these seats?” …...
“Thanks,” said Ginny, smiling at her. …..
“Had a good summer, Luna?” Ginny asked.
“Yes, said Luna dreamily, without taking her eyes off Harry. “Yes, it was quite enjoyable, you know. 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.”
We are at 1:8 for the laughs at jokes and doesn't laugh.
“I'm nobody,” said Neville hurridly.
“No, you're not,” said Ginny sharply. “Neville Longbottom – Luna Lovegood. Luna's in my year, but in Ravenclaw.”
“Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure,” said Luna in a singsong voice.
She raised her upside-down magazine high enough to hide her face and fell silent. Harry and Neville looked at each other with their eyebrows raised. Ginny suppressed a giggle. …..
Liquid squirted from every boil on the plant, thick, stinking, dark green jets of it; they hit the ceiling, the windows, and spattered Luna Lovegood's magazine. Ginny, who had flung her arms up in front of her face just in time, merely looked as though she was wearing a slimy green hat, but Harry, whose hands had been busy preventing the escape of Trevor, received a face full. It smelled like rancid manure. …..
Harry slumped back in his seat and groaned. He would have liked Cho to discover him sitting with a group of very cool people laughing their heads off at a joke had had just told; he would not have chosen to be sitting with Neville and Loony Lovegood, clutching a toad and dripping in Stinksap.
I have heard how the fact Harry doesn't group Ginny in with Luna and Neville shows how highly he thinks of her, that he respects her and thinks she's cool. However, that is not backed up by the text because we have had no thoughts about how cool Ginny is, or how he really respects her.
As for why he didn't include her, it's simple. Neville and Luna are known outcasts, tortured by their own housemates – Luna more than Neville, yes, but Neville is often the burnt of jokes or nasty comments. Ginny has no reputation like that. She seems to be a perfectly normal teenage girl with her own group, something that we will see backed up in Chapter 11.
“Never mind,” said Ginny bracingly. “Look, we can get rid of all this easily.” She pulled out her wand. “Scourgify!”
The Stinksap vanished.
Ron and Hermione did not turn up for nearly an hour, by which time the food trolley had already gone by. Harry, Ginny, and Neville had finished their Pumpkin Pasties and were busy swapping Chocolate Frog cards when the compartment door slid open and they walked in, accompanied by Crookshanks and a shrilly hooting Pigwidgeon in his cage. …..
She retreated behind The Quibbler again. Ron stared at the cover with his mouth hanging open for a few seconds, then looked around at Ginny for some kind of explanation, but Ginny had stuffed her knuckles in her mouth to stop herself giggling. Ron shook his head, bemused, then checked his watch. …...
Our laughing score is now to 1:9.
“Yeah,” said Harry, “but you, unlike me, are a git, so get out and leave us alone.”
Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Neville laughed. Malfoy's lip curled. …..
The score is now 2:9.
“Where's Hagrid?” he said out loud.
“I don't know,” said Ginny, “but we'd better get out of the way, were blocking the door.”
Harry and Ginny became separated as they moved off along the platform and out through the station. …..
“Malfoy was being absolutely foul to a first year back there, I swear I'm going to report him, he's only had his badge three minutes and he's using it to bully people worse than ever... Where's Crookshanks?”
“Ginny's got him,” said Harry. “There she is...”
Ginny had just emerged from the crowd, clutching a squirming Crookshanks.
“Thanks,” said Hermione, relieving Ginny of the cat. “Come on, let's get a carriage together before they all fill up...” …..
Once again, we see Ginny linked to cats. I will talk about why that's not a good thing later.
“I was saying, what are those horse things?” Harry said, as he, Ron, and Luna made for the carriage in which Hermione and Ginny were already sitting.
Nothing to say here.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 11
“Did everyone see that Grubby-Plank woman?” asked Ginny. “What's she doing back here? Hagrid can't have left, can he?”
“I'll be quite glad if he has,” said Luna. “He isn't a very good teacher, is he?”
“Yes, he is!” said Harry, Ron, and Ginny angrily. …..
Luna drifted away from them at the Ravenclaw table. The moment they reached Gryffindor's, Ginny was hailed by some fellow fourth years and left to sit with them; Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville found seats together about halfway down the table between Nearly Headless Nick, the Gryffindor House ghost, and Parvati Patil and Lavender Brown, the last two of whom gave Harry airy, overly friendly greetings that made him quite sure they had stopped talking about him a split second before.
This backs up what I said earlier about Ginny not being an outcast. She obviously has her own friends, and “hailed” suggests she may be the leader of the pack, so to speak. It also shows that Ginny is not part of Harry's circle of friends, as both groups sit far away from each other.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13
The door of the nearest greenhouse opened and some fourth years spilled out of it, including Ginny.
“Hi,” she said brightly as she passed. A few seconds later, Luna Lovegood emerged, trailing behind the rest of the class, a smudge of earth on her nose and her hair tied in a knot on the top of her head.
Ginny's mentioned in briefly, before the scene moves on to the important part of it with Luna (the whole “we believe you Harry” part).
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 14
Harry glanced over at her; she was sitting with Crookshanks on her lap and chatting merrily to Ginny as a pair of knitting needles flashed in midair in front of her, now knitting a pair of shapeless elf socks.
Harry is looking at Hermione and sees Ginny next to her.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 16
First came Neville with Dean and Lavender, who were closely followed by Parvati and Padma Patil with (Harry's stomach did a back flip) Cho and one of her usually giggling girlfriends, then (on her own and looking so dreamy that she might have walked in by accident) Luna Lovegood; then Katie Bell, Alicia Spinnet, and Angelina Johnson, Colin and Dennis Creevy, Ernie Macmillan, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Hannah Abbott, and a Hufflepuff girl with a long plait down her back whose name Harry did not know; three Ravenclaw boys he was pretty sure were called Anthony Goldstein, Michael Corner, and Terry Boot; Ginny, closely followed by a tall skinny blonde boy with an upturned nose whom Harry recognized vaguely as being a member of the Hufflepuff Quidditch team, and bringing up the rear, Fred and George Weasley with their friend Lee Jordan, all three of whom were carrying large paper bags crammed with Zonko's merchandise. …..
“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?” …...
Ginny makes a joke, bringing the score to 2:10.
“I don't like him much either,” admitted Hermione, “but he overheard me talking to Ernie and Hannah at the Hufflepuff table and he seemed really interested in coming, so what could I say? But the more people the better realy – I mean, Michael Corner and his friends wouldn't have come if he hadn't been going out with Ginny -”
Ron, who had been draining the last few drops from his butterbeer bottle, gagged and sprayed butterbeer down his front.
“He's WHAT?” said Ron, outraged, his ears now resembling curls of raw beef. “She's going out with – my sister's going – what d'you mean, Michael Corner?”
“Well, that's why he and his friends came, I think – well, they're obviously interested in learning defense, but if Ginny hadn't told Michael what was going on -”
“When did this – when did she -?”
“They met at the Yule Ball and they got together at the end of last year,” said Hermione composedly. They had turned into the High Street and she paused outside Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop, where there was a handsome display of pheasant-feather quills in the window. “Hmm... I could do with a new quill.” ….
“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 doesn't 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 Cho's 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 that's why she talks now?” he asked Hermione. “She never used to talk in front of me.”
“Exactly,” said Hermione. “Yes, I think I'll have this one...” …..
It's the beginning of October, so “months ago” must be some time between the Yule Ball and the end of the year. That would make sense, as we saw Ginny's reaction to not being able to go with Harry, which was a definite sign of her crush. I also cannot see Hermione ever lying to Harry, over anything, so Ginny must have told her that she “gave up” on Harry.
Ginny has supposedly given up on Harry, and Harry doesn't care. I've heard Harry/Ginny shippers explain this away by saying “But he was focused on Cho, so it doesn't mean anything!”
Yes, Harry was thinking of Cho. But that doesn't change the fact that he didn't even notice when she started talking to him. This not only tells us that he doesn't care about her dating life (this scene), but that he thinks so little of her all the time, because he has not noticed it before now.
Also, he doesn't say it like he's figured out a puzzle that wouldn't work. It's practically an afterthought. Like someone who says, “oh, okay, that's nice” but has no emotional connection/doesn't really care about what's going on.
We also see Ron going into overprotective brother mode. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, it's perfectly normal, I'm just noting it.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 17
Harry, Ron, and Hermione had barely taken their seats when Neville, Dean, Fred, George, and Ginny descended upon them.
“Did you see it?”
“D'you reckon she knows?”
“What are we going to do?”
They were all looking at Harry. He glanced around to make sure there were no teachers near them.
“We're going to do it anyway, of course,” he said quietly.
“Knew you'd say that,” said George, beaming and thumping Harry on the arm. …..
“I'll tell Michael,” said Ginny impatiently, swinging herself off her bench. “The fool, honestly...”
She hurried off toward the Ravenclaw table; Harry watched her go. Cho was sitting not far away, talking to the curly-haired friend she had brought along to the Hog's Head. Would Umbridge's notice scare her off meeting them again?
I've heard from Harry/Ginny shippers that his watching Ginny go over to the Ravenclaw table, and then looking at Cho, symbolizes that she's meant for him. There is nothing to back that up, though. This entire scene focuses on them letting everyone know that they're still going to do the defense lessons.
However, it does connect Ginny to Cho, something we'll talk about later.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 18
Together with Ron they had spent most of the day seeking out those people who had signed their names to the list in the Hog's Head and telling them where to meet that evening. Somewhat to Harry's disappointment, it was Ginny who managed to find Cho Chang and her friend first; however, by the end of dinner he was confident that the news had been passed to every one of the twenty-five people who had turned up in the Hog's Head. …..
Ginny gets linked to Cho again and Harry focuses on the first meeting.
There was a gentle knock on the door. Harry looked around; Ginny, Neville, Lavender, Parvati, and Dean had arrived. …..
“I was thinking,” said Hermione, frowning at Fred, “more of a name that didn't 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 we're talking about?”
“Yeah, the D.A.'s good,” said Ginny. “Only let's make it stand for Dumbledore's Army because that's the Ministry's worst fear, isn't it?”
There was a good deal of appreciative murmuring and laughter at this.
“All in favor of the D.A.?” said Hermione bossily, kneeling up on her cushion to count. “That's a majority – motion passed!” …..
Two things – Cho gets linked to Ginny again, as they both come up with the name. As for Ginny's contribution, it seems great now, but we know it will later cause a tragedy – Dumbledore having to leave the school. It may be foreshadowing, but it's negative (if it's foreshadowing at all).
Harry walked around the other pairs, trying to correct those who were doing the spell wrong. Ginny was teamed with Michael Corner; she was doing very well, whereas Michael was either very bad or unwilling to jinx her.
I have heard Harry/Ginny fans take the fact he outright 'says' Ginny's doing very well as a fact that he sees and likes her talents.
However, while she is the only one he says that to, right before it we see the Twins are doing it flawlessly. We also know that, back at the end of Chamber of Secrets, they were all practicing the spell on the train. “They played Exploding Snap, set off the very last of Fred and George's Filibuster fireworks, and practiced disarming each other by magic. Harry was getting very good at it.” is what the book says. We don't get told how well Ron and Hermione are doing, but Harry does send Neville to work with them, so they must be doing well. Also, afterwards, they fight about how many times Ron disarmed Hermione, so we know that each of them succeeded at least a few times.
So, logically, it makes sense that the six of them are best at the spell, because they had practiced it together over two years before. And while it could be a compliment to her skills, it would only be that if there was a pattern. But instead we have the opposite pattern, in which Harry is surprised and thinks badly of her skills (something we will be seeing a lot more of).
As for the literary pattern, we hear she's doing well, but we don't see her cast the spell (like we do for other characters). We got told, not shown.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 19
Hermione and Ginny sat down opposite them wearing red-and-gold scarves, gloves, and rosetts.
“How're you feeling?” Ginny asked Ron, who was now staring into the dregs of milk at the bottom of his empty cereal bowl as though seriously considering attempting to drown himself in them.
“He's just nervous,” said Harry.
“Well, that's a good sign, I never feel you preform as well in exams if you're not a bit nervous,” said Hermione heartily. …..
Not much here, just them trying to make Ron feel better before his first game.
“It's just so unfair,” said Alicia numbly. “I mean, what about Crabbe and that Bludger he hit after the whistle had been blown? Has she banned him?”
“No,” said Ginny miserably; she and Hermione were sitting on either side of Harry. “He's just got lines, I heard Montague laughing about it at dinner.”
“And banning Fred when he didn't even do anything!” said Alicia furiously, pummeling her knee with her fist.
Harry, George, and Fred have gotten kicked off the quidditch team by Umbridge.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21
“You and Fred and George,” she said impatiently. “We've got another seeker!”
“Who?” said Harry quickly.
“Ginny Weasley,” said Katie.
Harry gaped at her.
“Yeah, I know,” said Angelina, pulling out her wand and flexing her arm. “But she's pretty good, actually. Nothing on you, of course,” she said, throwing him a very dirty look, “but as we can't have you...”
Once again, Harry doesn't accept Ginny's abilities. I mean, “Yeah, I know”?! That couldn't sound any more derogatory to Ginny's Quidditch skills. We also see a precarious balance here – Ginny's good, but she'll never be equal to Harry in Quidditch. While that might not be a bad thing by itself, we're in desperate need of Harry and Ginny to be equal in something for their relationship to work. Of course, that never happens. I'll show you more examples just like this.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22
Fred, George, and Ginny were ushered inside by Professor McGonagall, all three of them looking disheveled and shocked, still in their night things.
“Harry – what's going on?” asked Ginny, who looked frightened. “Professor McGonagall says you saw Dad hurt -”
“Your father has been injured in the course of his work for the Order of the Phoenix,” said Dumbledore before Harry could speak. …..
Kreacher was disappearing through the door to the hall, looking back at them malevolently as he hitched up his loincloth; Sirius was hurrying toward them all, looking anxious. He was unshaven and still in his day clothes; there was also a slightly Mundungus-like wiff of stale drink about him.
“What's going on?” he said, stretching out a hand to help Ginny up. “Phineas Nigellus said Arthur's been badly injured -”
Once again, only Ginny gets helped up. I'm not blaming her at all, but having Ginny be the only one who gets help (or a hug) strongly reenforces innocent!Ginny.
“Ask Harry,” said Fred.
“Yeah, I want to hear this for myself,” said George.
The twins and Ginny were staring at him. Kreacher's footsteps had stopped on the stairs outside.
“It was -” Harry began; this was even worse than telling McGonagall and Dumbledore. “I had a – a kind of – vision...” …..
When Harry had finished, Fred, George, and Ginny continued to stare at him for a moment. …..
“We've got to go to St. Mungo's,” said Ginny urgently. She looked around at her brothers; they were still in their pajamas. “Sirius, can you lend us cloaks or anything -?” …..
Fred and George looked as though they could not care less what the Ministry made of anything. Ron was still white-faced and silent. Ginny said, “Somebody else could have told us... We could have heard it somewhere other than Harry...” …...
Fred and George still looked mutinous. Ginny, however, took a few steps over to the nearest chair and sank into it. Harry looked at Ron, who made a funny movement somewhere between a nod and a shrug, and they sat down too. The twins glared at Sirius for another minute, then took seats either side of Ginny. …...
His stomach was full of horrible hot, bubbling guilt. They would not be here if it were not for him; they would all still be asleep in bed. And it was no good telling himself that by raising the alarm he had ensured that Mr. Weasley was found, because there was also the in escapable business of it being he who had attacked Mr. Weasley in the first place. …...
He did not need to finish the sentence. It sounded to Harry, too, as though Mr. Weasley was hovering somewhere between life and death. Still exceptionally pale, Ron stared at the back of his mothers letter as though it might speak words of comfort to him. Fred pulled the parchment out of George's hands and read it for himself, then looked up at Harry, who felt his hand shaking on his Butterbeer bottle again and clenched it more tightly to stop the trembling.
If Harry had ever sat through a longer night than this one, he could not remember it. Sirius suggested once, without any real conviction, that they all go to bed, but the Weasleys' looks of disgust were answer enough. They mostly sat in silence around the table, watching the candle wick sinking lower and lower into liquid wax, occasionally raising a bottle to their lips, speaking only to check the time, to wonder aloud what was happening, and to reassure each other that if there was bad news, they would know straightaway, for Mrs. Weasley must long since have arrived at St. Mungo's.
Fred fell into a doze, his head lolling sideways on to his shoulder. Ginny was curled like a cat on her chair, but her eyes were open; Harry could see them reflecting the firelight. Ron was sitting with his head in his hands, whether awake or asleep it was impossible to tell.
Harry and Sirius looked at each other every so often, intruders upon the family grief, waiting… waiting…
This part, that “Ginny was curled like a cat on her chair, but her eyes were open; Harry could see them reflecting the firelight” is frequently referenced by Harry/Ginny fans. It does sound slightly romantic by itself, and Harry is paying close attention to Ginny. But when you look at the entire scene, the romanticism goes away. First of all, Harry is feeling to guilty for anything else to register in his mind. Secondly, he also pays close attention to the Twins and Ron. This passage tells us how the siblings are dealing with waiting, not how “Harry is noticing Ginny, OMG!”. It's not romantic.
It also compares Ginny to a cat again. I will be talking about why that is not a good thing for the Harry/Ginny relationship later.
Fed fell back into his chair with his hands over his face. George and Ginny got up, walked swiftly over to their mother, and hugged her. Ron gave a very shaky laugh and downed the rest of his butterbeer in one.
The Weasley reactions to finding out that Arthur will be okay.
Next second his mouth opened in shock as the dummy gave a tiny nod, beckoned its jointed figure, and Tonks had seized Ginny and Mrs. Weasley be the elbows, stepped right through the glass and vanished.
Harry's reaction to the entrance to St. Mungo's.
“I feel absolutely fine,” said Mr. Weasley brightly, holding out his good arm to give Ginny a hug. “If they could only take the bandages off, I'd be fit to go home.”
Only Ginny gets a hug, again reenforcing innocent! and baby!Ginny. Again, I'm not blaming her, but this pattern is happening, and will continue to happen, throughout the books.
Harry pulled the Extendable Ear out of his own, his heart hammering very fast and heat rushing up his face. He looked around at the others. They were all staring at him, the strings still trailing from their ears, looking suddenly fearful.
Harry finds out the Order thinks he's being possessed.
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Chapter 23
“Are you all right, Harry, dear?” whispered Mrs. Weasley, leaning across Ginny to speak to him as the train rattled along through its dark tunnel. “You don't look very well. Are you feeling sick?”
They were all watching him. He shook his head violently and stared up at an advertisement for home insurance.
“Harry, dear, are you sure you're alright?” said Mrs. Weasley in a worried voice, as they walked around the unkempt patch of grass in the middle of Grimmauld Place. “You look ever so pale... Are you sure you slept this morning? You go upstairs to bed right now, and you can have a couple of hours' sleep before dinner, all right?”
He nodded; here was a ready-made excuse not to talk to any of the others, which was precisely what he wanted, so when she opened the front door he proceeded straight past the troll's leg umbrella stand and up the stairs and hurried into his and Ron's bedroom. …...
“Harry,” said Ron's voice, from far, far away, “Mum says dinner's ready, but she'll save you something if you want to stay in bed...”
Harry opened his eyes, but Ron had already left the room.
He doesn't want to be on his own with me, Harry thought. Not after what he heard Moody say...
He supposed none of them would want him there anymore now that they knew what was inside him...
He would not go down to dinner; he would not inflict his company upon them. He turned over onto his other side and after a while dropped back off to sleep, waking much later in the early hours of the morning, with his insides aching with hunger, and Ron snoring in the next bed. …..
Everybody else spent the following morning putting up Christmas decorations. Harry could not remember Sirius ever being in such a good mood; he was actually singing carols, apparently delighted that he was to have company over Christmas. Harry could hear his voice echoing up through the floor in the cold and empty drawing room where he was sitting alone, watching the sky outside the windows growing whiter, threatening snow, all the time feeling a savage pleasure that he was giving the others the opportunity to keep talking about him, as they were bound to be doing. When he heard Mrs. Weasley calling his name softly up the stairs around lunchtime he retreated farther upstairs and ignored her.
It was around six o' clock in the evening that the doorbell rang and Mrs. Black started screaming again. Assuming that Mundungus or some other Order member had come to call, Harry merely settled himself more comfortably against the wall of Buckbeak the hippogriff's room where he was hiding, trying to ignore how hungry he felt as he fed Buckbeak dead rats. It came as a slight shock when somebody hammered hard on the door a few minutes later.
“I know you're in there,” said Hermione's voice. “Will you please come out? I want to talk to you.”
“What are you doing here?” Harry asked her, pulling open the door, as Buckbeak resumed his scratching at the straw-strewn floor for any fragments of rat he might have dropped. “I thought you were skiing with your mum and dad.”
“Well, to tell the truth, skiing's not really my thing,” said Hermione. “So I've come for Christmas.” There was snow in her hair and her face was pink with cold. “But don't tell Ron that, I told him it's really good because he kept laughing so much. Anyway, Mum and Dad are a bit disappointed, but I've told them that everyone who's serious about the exams is staying at Hogwarts to study. They want me to do well, the'll understand. Anyway,” she said briskly, “let's go to your bedroom, Ron's mum's lit a fire in there and she's sent up sandwiches.”
Harry followed her back to the second floor. When he entered the bedroom he was rather surprised to see both Ron and Ginny waiting for them, sitting on Ron's bed.
“I came on the Knight Bus,” said Hermione airily, pulling off her jacket before Harry had time to speak. “Dumbledore told me what had happened first thing this morning, but I had to wait for term to end officially before setting off. Umbridge is already livid that you lot disappeared right under her nose, even though Dumbledore told her Mr. Weasley was in St. Mungo's and he'd given you all permission to visit. So...”
She sat down next to Ginny, and the two girls and Ron looked up at Harry.
“How're you feeling?” asked Hermione.
“Fine,” said Harry siffly.
“Oh, don't lie, Harry,” she said impatiently. “Ron and Ginny say you've been hiding from everyone since you got back from St. Mungo's.”
“They do, do they?” said Harry, glaring at Ron and Ginny. Ron looked down at his feet but Ginny seemed quite unabashed.
“Well, you have!” she said. “And you won't look at any of us!”
“It's you lot who won't look at me!” said Harry angrily.
“Maybe you're taking it in turns to look and keep missing each other,” suggested Hermione, the corners of her mouth twitching.
“Very funny,” snapped Harry, turning away.
“Oh, stop feeling all misunderstood,” said Hermione sharply. “Look, the others have told me what you overheard last night on the Extendable Ears -”
“Yeah?” growled Harry, his hands deep in his pockets as he watched the snow now falling thickly outside. “All been talking about me, have you? Well, I'm getting used to it...”
“We wanted to talk to you, Harry,” said Ginny, “but as you've been hiding ever since we got back -”
"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.
“I'm sorry,” Harry said, and he meant it. “So... so do you think I'm being possessed, then?”
“Well, can you remember everything you've been doing?” Ginny asked. “Are there big blank periods where you don't know what you've been up to?”
Harry racked his brains.
“No,” he said.
“Then You-Know-Who hasn't ever possessed you,” said Ginny simply. “When he did it to me, I couldn't remember what I'd been doing for hours at a time. I'd find myself somewhere and not know how I got there.”
Harry hardly dared believe her, yet his heart was lightening almost in spite of himself.
“That dream I had about your dad and the snake, though -”
“Harry, you've had those dreams before,” Hermione said. “You had flashes of what Voldemort was up to last year.”
“This was different,” said Harry, shaking his head. “I was inside that snake. It was like I was the snake... What if Voldemort somehow transported me to London -?”
“One day,” said Hermione, sounding throughly exasperated, “you'll read Hogwarts, A History, and perhaps that will remind you that you can't Apparate or Disapparate inside Hogwarts. Even Voldemort couldn't have just make you fly out of your dormitory, Harry.”
“You didn't leave your bed, mate,” said Ron. “I saw you thrashing around in your sleep about a minute before we could wake you up...”
Harry started pacing up and down the room again, thinking. What they were all saying was not only comforting, it made sense... Without really thinking he took a sandwich from the plate on the bed and crammed it hungrily into his mouth...
I'm 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 toward Buckbeak's room, singing “God Rest You, Merrye Hippogriff's” at the top of his voice.
This is a long scene, and an important one. I'm going to summarize it first.
They all hear Voldemort's probably possessing Harry, and they say nothing. They get on the train to go home, Harry sits next to Ginny (I think, we know that Mrs. Weasley has to lean across her), and Mrs. Weasley asks if he's alright. Then they get back to Grimmauld Place, Mrs. Weasley asks Harry again if he's alright, and he takes her up on the offer to sleep (get away) for a little while. No one comes to talk to Harry until Ron says dinner's ready. Ron leaves before Harry get's up. Harry goes back to sleep, wakes up in the middle of the night, and sees Ron sleeping. The next day, the kids help Mrs. Weasley set up the decorations. Harry doesn't see them or talk to them, retreating even more when Mrs. Weasley tries to get him to come to lunch. He hasn't eaten in over a day by the time the doorbell rings. Hermione finds him within a few minutes, get's him to come out, and gets him to enter his bedroom where Ron and Ginny are. She also got Mrs. Weasley to send up food and heat the room, and the full story from Ron and Ginny. She then leads the meeting between Harry and his friends.
This is a scene that has been frequently referenced by Harry/Ginny fans, at least from my experience. This is the scene where Ginny confronts Harry and reassures him that he is not being possessed. That only she was able to snap him out of it. The text shows something different.
Ginny doesn't try to comfort Harry or talk to Harry. Neither does Ron. They make no attempt to talk to him before Hermione gets there. Mrs. Weasley does, three times. She can tell something's seriously wrong with Harry, even though she doesn't know what.
Hermione is clearly the leader in that discussion, sharply pulling Harry up when he gets snappy and defusing the fight between Harry and Ginny over who was or was not looking at whom. When Ginny angrily retorts that only she knows what's it's like to be possessed, Harry is stupefied. He honestly forgot all about Ginny being possessed. He forgot the only thing that ties Ginny to Voldemort, that makes her more than just some girl. She's not on his radar, he doesn't care. This scene could not make that any more clearer.
Also, Ginny isn't the one who convinces him he's not being possessed. Even after she says that what he went through wasn't like her case, he still has doubts. It's Ron and Hermione who convince him he was never possessed. All Ginny does is tell the evidence (that only she has) and then sits back and says nothing while Ron and Hermione reassure him that it wasn't possible.
I have heard from Harry/Ginny shippers that when Ron looks down at Harry's glare and Ginny doesn't shows how she can handle him. Now maybe if Ginny had been leading the scene, yes. But she wasn't, Hermione was. Hermione wasn't phased by Harry's glare (or his words). She got him out of hiding within minutes of being there, and Ron and Ginny had had a full day in which they did nothing to confront Harry.
This is not a Harry/Ginny shipping moment.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23
“I fancy a cup of tea too,” said Harry, jumping to his feet.
Hermione, Ron, and Ginny almost sprinted to the door with him. As it swung closed behind them, they heard Mrs. Weasley shriek, “WHAT DO YOU MEAN, THAT'S THE GENERAL IDEA?”
“Typical Dad,” said Ginny, shaking her head as they set off up the corridor. “Stitches... I ask you...”
“Well, you know, they do work well on non-magical wounds,” said Hermione fairly. “I suppose something in that snake's venom dissolves them or something... I wonder where the tearoom is?”
“Fifth floor,” said Harry, remembering the sign over the Welcome Witch's desk. ….
“Well, hello there!” he said. “I expect you'd like my autograph, would you?”
“Hasn't changed much, has he?” Harry muttered to Ginny, who grinned.
“Er – how are you, Professor?” said Ron, sounding slightly guilty. …..
Our laughing score is now 3:10.
“This is our long-term resident ward,” she informed Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny in a low voice. …..
“You can put them in envelopes,” he said to Ginny, throwing the signed pictures into her lap one by one as he finished them. …..
Ah, Lockhart. It goes to show, you can take someone's memory, but not their personality!
“And you two are clearly Weasleys,” Mrs. Longbottom continued, proffering her hand regally to Ron and Ginny in turn. “Yes, I know your parents – not well, of course – but fine people, fine people... and you must be Hermione Granger?”
Hermione looked rather startled that Mrs. Longbottom knew her name, but shook hands all the same. …..
“Well, you've got a funny way of showing it!” said Mrs. Longbottom. “My son and his wife,” she said, turning haughtily to Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny, “were tortured into insanity by You-Know-Who's followers.”
Hermione and Ginny both clapped their hands over their mouths. Ron stopped craning his neck to catch a glimpse of Neville's parents and looked mortified. …..
The door closed behind them.
“I never knew,” said Hermione, who looked tearful.
“Nor did I,” said Ron rather hoarsely.
“Nor me,” whispered Ginny.
They all looked at Harry.
“I did,” he said glumly.
The other's find out about Neville's parents.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 24
“Harry dear,” said Mrs. Weasley, poking her head into his and Ron's bedroom, where the pair of them were playing wizard chess watched by Hermione, Ginny, and Crookshanks, “could you come down to the kitchen? Professor Snape would like a word with you.” …..
Harry's mouth fell open in horror. He looked around at Ron, Hermione, and Ginny, all of whom were gaping back at him. …..
Nothing to say here.
“If you shout his name I will curse you into oblivion,” muttered Tonks menacingly, now shunting Ginny and Hermione forward.
“I've always wanted to go on this thing,” said Ron happily, joining Harry on board and looking around. …..
“Looks like we'll have to split up,” said Tonks briskly, looking around for empty chairs. “Fred, George, and Ginny, if you just take those seats at the back... Remus can stay with you...”
She, Harry, Ron, and Hermione proceeded up to the very top deck, where there were two chairs at the very front of the bus and two at the back. Stan Shunpike, the conductor, followed Harry and Ron eagerly to the back.
They get on the Knight bus, it's crowded. The Trio gets separated from the twins and Ginny. Then the top is so full they can't sit together.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 26
“I'm not saying what she did was sensible,” said Hermione, as Ginny joined them, just as muddy as Ron and looking equally disgruntled. “I'm just trying to make you see how she was feeling at the time.”
“You should write a book,” Ron told Hermione as he cut up his potatoes, “translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them.”
“Yeah,” said Harry fervently, looking over at the Ravenclaw table. Cho had just got up; still not looking at him, she left the Great Hall. Feeling rather depressed, he looked back at Ron and Ginny. “So, how was Quidditch practice?”
“It was a nightmare,” said Ron in a surly voice.
“Oh come on,” said Hermione, looking at Ginny, “I'm sure it wasn't that -”
“Yes, it was,” said Ginny. “It was appalling. Angelina was nearly in tears by the end of it.”
Ron and Ginny went off for baths after dinner; Harry and Hermione returned to the busy Gryffindor common room and their usual pile of homework.
I don't really have anything to say here, but I've seen it turned into a pro Harry/Ginny moment. Yes, you read that right. It's been argued that the symbolism of Harry looking from Cho to Ginny shows that he and Ginny are going to end up together.
However. Going with that means taking out half the sentence, the part with Ron, the depressed part, and the part about Quidditch. This is not a shipping moment. This is not even a moment connecting Cho and Ginny, like we saw before.
Harry had been struggling with a new star chart for Astronomy for half an hour when Fred and George turned up.
“Ron and Ginny not here?” asked Fred, looking around as he pulled up a chair and, when Harry shook his head, he said, “Good. We were watching their practice. They're going to be slaughtered. They're complete rubbish without us.”
“Come on, 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.” …..
Again, a case where we get told about Ginny's talents, but not shown.
The miracle was that Gryffindor only lost by ten points: Ginny managed to catch 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.
We get told, not shown, how well Ginny did in the game. Most Quidditch matches we get a play-by-play, this one we didn't.
“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 your back on the team -”
“Ginny, I've got a lifelong ban.”
“You're banned as long as Umbridge is in the school,” Ginny corrected him. “There's a difference. Anyway, once you're back, I think I'll try out for Chaser. Angelina and Alicia are both leaving next year and I prefer goal-scoring to Seeking anyway.”
Harry looked over at Ron, who was hunched in a corner, staring at his knees, a bottle of butterbeer clutched in his hand.
“Angelina still won't let him resign,” Ginny said, as though reading Harry's mind. “She says she knows he's got it in him.” …..
This scene completely frustrates me. I mean, we have the perfect opportunity for some Harry/Ginny bonding. If they're really perfect together, then why does JKR go out of her way to show us otherwise?
Because at the beginning of the scene, Harry is actually recognizing her talents at Quidditch and he compliments her. Then, instead of saying thank you, we have Ginny tell us how it wasn't really her supposed talent that did it, but the mistake of the other seeker! So, once again, they're not equal. Not even a little bit.
Harry got into bed, thinking about the match. It had been immensely frustrating watching from the sidelines. He was quite impressed by Ginny's performance but he knew if he had been playing he could have caught the Snitch sooner… there had been a moment when it had been fluttering near Kirke's ankle; if Ginny hadn't hesitated, she might have been able to scrape a win for Gryffindor.
This backs up what I just said, reenforcing that Ginny is not Harry's equal on the Quidditch pitch.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29
“Harry, I'm talking to you, can you hear me?”
He looked around. Ginny Weasley, looking very windswept, had joined him at the library table where he had been sitting alone. It was late on Sunday evening; Hermione had gone back to Gryffindor Tower to review Ancient Runes; Ron had Quidditch practice.
“Oh, hi,” said Harry, pulling his books back toward him. “How come you're not at practice?”
“It's over,” said Ginny. “Ron had to take Jack Sloper up to the hospital wing.”
"Well, we're not sure, but we think he knocked himself out with his own bat." She sighed heavily. "Anyway… a package just arrived, it's only just got through Umbridge's new screening process."
She hoisted a box wrapped in brown paper on to the table; it had clearly been unwrapped and carelessly re-wrapped. There was a scribbled note across it in red ink, reading: Inspected and Passed by the Hogwarts High Inquisitor.
"It's Easter eggs from Mum," said Ginny. "There's one for you… there you go."
She handed him a handsome chocolate egg decorated with small, iced Snitches and, according to the packaging, containing a bag of Fizzing Whizzbees. Harry looked at it for a moment, then, to his horror, felt a lump rise in his throat.
"Are you okay, Harry?" Ginny asked quietly.
"Yeah, I'm fine," said Harry gruffly. The lump in his throat was painful. He did not understand why an Easter egg should have made him feel like this.
"You seem really down lately," Ginny persisted. "You know, I'm sure if you just talked to Cho…"
"It's not Cho I want to talk to," said Harry brusquely.
"Who is it, then?" asked Ginny, watching him closely.
He glanced around to make quite sure nobody was listening. Madam Pince was several shelves away, stamping out a pile of books for a frantic-looking Hannah Abbott.
"I wish I could talk to Sirius," he muttered. "But I know I can't."
Ginny continued to watch him thoughtfully. 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 dully. "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 you've 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.
"WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING?"
"Oh damn," whispered Ginny, jumping to her feet. "I forgot -" Madam Pince was swooping down on them, her shriveled face contorted with rage.
"Chocolate in the library!" she screamed. "Out - out - OUT!" And whipping out her wand, she caused Harry's books, bag and ink bottle to chase him and Ginny from the library, whacking them repeatedly over the head as they ran. …..
“Hey,” said a voice in Harry's ear. He looked around; Fred and George had come to join them. “Ginny's had a word with us about you,” said Fred, stretching out his legs on the table in front of them and causing several booklets on careers with the Ministry of Magic to slide off the floor. “She says you need to talk to Sirius?”
This is another scene that has been romanticized by fans. What the text shows is that this scene is all about family. By this time in the book, Ginny has shown that she can have a conversation with Harry; but that does not mean her crush has disappeared, and for this scene her feelings have no relevance.
This scene is all about family. The scene starts off with Ginny bringing the chocolate Easter eggs from her mum to Harry. When she hands him his egg, he gets a lump in his throat. We know that Harry views the Weasley's as a surrogate family, and Harry has just found out about James and Sirius being bullies. He's upset and needs to talk to the only family he has left, Sirius. Although Harry doesn't know why the Easter egg left a lump in his throat, we do. Harry, in an emotional state, gets something that reminds him that there are people who want him as family. To an abused child like Harry, that can bring out strong reactions.
I've heard about the symbolism for this scene, there was a Harry/Ginny essay written about it. They said that the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures, fertility and new life being the most common symbols. That lovers and romantics shared them like Valentines, and that the Ancient Celts had a tradition where a boy or girl would give their intended an egg. The essay also talks about how, according to a Christian tale, a peddler (Simon) came across a man (Christ) about to be crucified and ran to his aid, leaving his basket of eggs in the street. When he returned, the eggs had transformed into eggs with bright colors and designs. Another thing the essay talks about is Ukrainian Pysanka, which expresses magic, mystery, and love; that it is a gift of love and tradition.
Now lets talk about how much of that is true. Eggs are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. The religion of Easter stems from the pagan holiday of Ostara, held around the same time. The holiday was/is all about fertility and new life. However, the Celts did not have a tradition of giving their intended an egg, and there is no mention of them ever being shared like Valentines. They were, however, used at festival time to express appreciation of Ostara's gift of abundance. The ancient Persians also exchanged eggs for the New Year, the tradition representing turning over a new leaf. The story about Christ and Simon is true, but what their essay left out was that this is the Ukrainian origin story for the Pysanky (plural of Pysanka). The Pysanky are given to many different people for many different reasons, and are used for many different things. It is to give the symbol of life, not love.
So, we can conclude that there is no romantic symbolism linking Harry and Ginny together in this scene. Let's get back to the actual scene. What I've heard from Harry/Ginny fans is that she comforted him, listened to him tell his feelings, and came up with a solution to his problem. Let's look at myth vs reality here.
Ginny enters and they're talking lightheartedly about Quidditch. Then Ginny asks if he is okay. Harry replies yes, he is, and he says it gruffly. Synonyms for gruff are rough, coarse, harsh, rude, surly, abrupt, and brusque. Harry clearly doesn't want to talk about it. Ginny refuses to let it go, and pushes the matter – persisted means “continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure” – and assumes it's because of Cho. Harry says it isn't, and he says it brusquely. Synonyms for brusque are abrupt, rough, rude, coarse, gruff, curt, and harsh. He uses the same way of talking both times. He really doesn't want to talk about it.
She keeps on pushing it, and he finally says he wants to talk to Sirius, he mutters it. Mutters means to “say something in a low or barely audible voice, esp. in dissatisfaction or irritation.” He gives up because she won't let it go, not because he wants to talk about it. He doesn't say what's bothering him, he doesn't say how he's feeling, or anything like that. He doesn't confide in her.
He also says that there's no way he could, and he says it dully. Dully means “without liveliness”. He's not happy about it, but he accepts it.
Ginny then says that of course he can, it'll just take a lot of nerve. Translate – she means risk.
Harry feels slightly more hopeful at that thought, because it would mean a solution. Also, note that he never connects feeling better to Ginny – instead he wonders if it is the chocolate, or speaking out loud. It is explicit that Ginny is not the reason he's feeling better.
Harry feels slightly more hopeful at that thought, because it would mean a solution. Also, note that he never connects feeling better to Ginny – instead he wonders if it is the chocolate, or speaking out loud. It is explicit that Ginny is not the reason he's feeling better.
Then she goes to the Twins, and they come up with the actual solution. She doesn't even take part in making it happen.
He could just imagine Professor McGonagall's reaction if he were caught trespassing in Professor Umbridge's office mere hours after she had vouched for him... There was nothing to stop him simply going back to Gryffindor Tower and hoping that sometime during the next summer holiday he would have a chance to ask Sirius about the scene he had witnessed in the Pensieve... Nothing, except that the thought of taking this sensible course of action made him feel as though a lead weight had dropped into his stomach... And then there was the matter of Fred and George, whose diversion was already planned, not to mention the knife Sirius had given him, which was currently residing in his schoolbag along with his father's old Invisibility Cloak...
But the fact remained that if he were caught...
“Dumbledore sacrificed himself to keep you in school, Harry!” whispered Hermione, raising her book to hide her face from Umbridge. “And if you get thrown out today it will all have been for nothing!”
He could abandon the plan and simply learn to live with the memory of what his father had done on a summer's day more than twenty years ago...
And then he remembered Sirius in the fire upstairs in the Gryffindor Common room... “You're less like your father than I thought... The risk would have made it fun for James...”
But did he want to be like his father anymore?
“Harry, don't do it, please don't do it!” Hermione said in anguished tones as the bell rang at the end of the class.
He did not answer, he did not know what to do. …..
“Harry – please!” said Hermione weakly.
But he had made up his mind – hitching his bag more securely onto his shoulder he set off at a run, weaving in and out of students now hurrying in the opposite direction, off to see what all the fuss was about in the east wing...
So. I'm sorry, this part just infuriates me. Hermione is in the right, there is nothing that she says that isn't true. And Harry knows that. He knows that he shouldn't do it, that it would be sensible not to. It says that in the text. Just – urgh.
Anyway. What all of this has to do with Ginny is that she came up with it. She got Harry thinking about pulling off a reckless and stupid stunt just because he wanted to. Instead of trying to talk him out of doing stupid things, providing a balance to his thinking, she talks him into it. This shows how terrible they would be together, in this sense. She would never try to calm him down, but egg him on. It would be a complete and utter disaster.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31
“Yeah,” said Ron slowly, savoring the words, “we won. Did you see the look on Chang's face when Ginny got the snitch right out from under her nose?”
“I suppose she cried, did she?” said Harry bitterly.
This is another one of those very symbolic moments. Harry/Ginny shippers have said that the snitch represents Harry's heart, and that since Ginny snatched it from Cho, it shows that she will end up with Harry's heart.
There's just one problem with this. Harry wasn't watching. He was off in the Forbidden Forest with Hermione and Hagrid. He wasn't cheering Ginny on. Ginny and Cho can fight over his heart all they like, but he has to reciprocate. And he doesn't, in this example of symbolism. It fits right in with the rest of the pattern – Ginny shows her feelings and he doesn't care.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 32
“WELL, I EXPECT HE'D SAY SOMETHING DIFFERENT IF HE KNEW WHAT I'D JUST -”
The classroom door opened. Harry, Ron, and Hermione whipped around. Ginny walked in, looking curious, closely 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.”
“Well, you can't,” said Harry shortly. …..
I have no problem admitting that Ginny can stand up for herself in this scene.
However, this scene – once again – shows that Harry doesn't reciprocate any of her feelings. He speaks roughly and shortly. Roughly means “in a manner lacking gentleness; harshly or violently”. Shortly means “in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner”. Like in the library scene, he doesn't want to talk to her. He's being rude and telling her to go away.
“We'll have to use Umbridge's fire and see if we can contact him,” said Hermione, who looked positively terrified at the thought. “We'll draw Umbridge away again, but we'll need lookouts, and that's where we can use Ginny and Luna.”
Though clearly struggling to understand what was going on, Ginny said immediately, “Yeah, we'll do it,” and Luna said, “When you say 'Sirius', are you talking about Stubby Boardman?” …..
“Okay,” she said, her brow furrowed as she continued to pace. “Now, we need to keep students away from her office while we force entry, or some Slytherin's bound to go and tip her off...”
“Luna and I can stand at either end of the corridor,” said Ginny promptly, “and warn people no to go down there because someone's let off a load of Garroting Gas.” Hermione looked surprised at the readiness with which Ginny had come up with this lie. Ginny shrugged and said, “Fred and George were planning to do it before they left.” …..
Hermione's planning how they are going to get in Umbridge's office, Ginny offers to stand guard.
But Harry was already tearing away back along the corridor, and a couple of minutes later was jumping the last few stairs to join Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Luna, who were huddled together at the end of Umbridge's corridor.
“Got it,” he panted. “Ready to go, then?”
“All right,” whispered Hermione as a gang of loud sixth years passed them. “So Ron – you go and head Umbridge off... Ginny, Luna, if you can start moving people out of the corridor... Harry and I will get the cloak on and wait until the coast is clear...”
Ron strode away, his bright red hair visible right to the end of the passage. Meanwhile, Ginny's equally vivid head bobbed between the jostling students surrounding them in the other direction, trailed by Luna's blonde one. …..
This last paragraph proves that when Harry talks about Ginny's hair being vivid or bright, it is not meant romantically, since other family members get the same description.
“You can't come down here!” Ginny was calling to the crowd. “No, sorry, you're going to have to go round by the swiveling staircase, someone's let off Garroting Gas just along here -”
They could hear people complaining; one surly voice said, “I can't see no gas...”
“That's because it's colorless,” said Ginny in a convincingly exasperated voice, “but if you want to walk through it, carry on, then we'll have your body as proof for the next idiot who didn't believe us...”
Slowly the crowd thinned. The news about the Garroting Gas seemed to have spread – people were not coming this way anymore. When at last the surrounding area was quite clear, Hermione said quietly, “I think that's as good as we're going to get, Harry – come on, let's do it.”
Together they moved forward, covered by the cloak. Luna was standing with her back to them at the far end of the corridor. As they passed Ginny, Hermione whispered, “Good one... don't forget the signal...” …..
There was a commotion outside and several large Slytherins entered, each gripping Ron, Ginny, Luna, and – to Harry's bewilderment – Neville, who was trapped in a stranglehold by Crabbe and looked in imminent danger of suffocation. All four of them had been gagged.
“Got 'em all,” said Warrington, shoving Ron roughly forward into the room. “That one,” he poked a thick finger at Neville, “tried to stop me taking her,” he pointed at Ginny, who was trying to kick the shins of the large Slytherin girl holding her, “so I brought him along too.”
“Good, good,” said Umbridge, watching Ginny's struggles. “Well, it looks as though Hogwarts will shortly be a Weasley-free zone, doesn't it? …..
There was silence in the office except for the fidgetings and scufflings resultant from the Slytherins' efforts to keep Ron and the others under control. Ron's lip was bleeding onto Umbridge's carpet as he struggled against Warrington's half nelson. Ginny was still trying to stamp on the feet of the sixth-year girl who had both her upper arms in a tight grip. Neville was turning steadily more purple in the face while tugging at Crabbe's arms, and Hermione was attempting vainly to throw Millicent Bulstrode off her. Luna, however, stood limply by the side of her captor, gazing vaguely out of the window as though rather bored by the proceedings. …..
“Er – my – nee – no!” shouted Ron through his gag.
Ginny was staring at Hermione as though she had never seen her before; Neville, still choking for breath, was gazing at her too. But Harry had just noticed something. Though Hermione was sobbing desperately into her hands, there was no trace of a tear... …..
Ron froze, his eyes wide; Ginny stopped trying to stamp on her Slytherin captor's toes; even Luna looked mildly surprised. Fortunately, the attention of Umbridge and her minions was focused too exclusively upon Hermione to notice these suspicious signs. …...
“I am a fully qualified Minsitry official, Malfoy, do you really think I cannot manage two wandless teenagers alone?” said Umbridge sharply. “In any case, it does not sound as though this weapon is something that schoolchildren should see. You will remain here until I return and make sure non of these” - she gestured around at Ron, Ginny, Neville, and Luna – “escape.”
Not much here, just plot stuff. I also want to talk about one thing.
To me, this scene reinforces innocent!Ginny. Stomping your feet in frustration is a tactic a child uses. Now, I know Ginny's not doing it in frustration, but trying to get free. It's just when you compare that to Ron's bleeding lip and Neville's almost suffocation, it seems childish and superficial. After all, why not bite or hit your captor? Try to peel their hands off you? Pinch them? Those are all other ways to try and get free.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 33
Harry and Hermione moved instinctively together, peering through the trees, as Ron came into sight, closely followed by Ginny, Neville, and Luna. All of them looked a little the worse for wear – there were several long scratches running the length of Ginny's cheek, a large purple lump was swelling above Neville's right eye, Ron's lip was bleeding worse than ever – but all were looking rather pleased with themselves.
Luna's hurt the least, followed by Ginny.
“So,” said Ron, pushing aside a low-hanging branch and holding out Harry's wand, “had any ideas?”
“How did you get away?” asked Harry in amazement, taking his wand from Ron.
“Couple of Stunners, a Disarming Charm, Neville brought off a really nice little Impediment Jinx,” said Ron airily, now handing back Hermione's wand too. “But Ginny was the best, she got Malfoy – Bat-Bogey Hex – it was superb, his whole face was covered in the great flapping things. Anyway, we saw you heading into the forest out of the window and followed. What've you done with Umbridge?”
Another example of us getting told about Ginny's skills, not shown.
“She got carried away,” said Harry. “By a herd of centaurs.”
“And they left you behind?” asked Ginny, looking astonished.
“No, they got chased off by Grawp,” said Harry.
“Who's Grawp?” Luna asked interestedly. …..
“Well, we'll have to fly, won't we?” said Luna in the closest thing to a matter-of-fact voice Harry had ever heard her use.
“Okay,” said Harry irritably, rounding on her, “first of all, 'we' aren't doing anything if you're including yourself in that, and second of all, Ron's the only one with a broomstick that isn't being guarded by a security troll, so -”
“I've got a broom!” said Ginny.
“Yeah, but you're not coming,” said Ron angrily.
“Excuse me, but I care what happens to Sirius as much as you do!” said Ginny, her jaw set so that her resemblance to Fred and George was suddenly striking.
Again, if we're going with the theory that Harry finds Ginny physically attractive, then he must find the Twins attractive as well.
"You're too -" Harry began, but Ginny said fiercely, "I'm three years older than you were when you fought You-Know-Who over the Philosopher's Stone, and it's because of me that Malfoy's stuck back in Umbridge's office with giant flying bogies attacking him -"
"Yeah, but -"
Ginny's saying that she's qualified to fight, that she should go. We know that Ron doesn't want her to go because he wants to protect her, but Harry isn't. He isn't close to Ginny, Luna, or Neville, so it's not protectiveness fueling him.
“We were all in the DA together,” said Neville quietly. “It was all supposed to be about fighting You-Know-Who, wasn't it? And this is the first chance we've had to do something real – or was that all just a game or something?”
“No – of course it wasn't -” said Harry impatiently.
“Then we should come too,” said Neville simply. “We want to help.”
“That's right,” said Luna, smiling happily.
Harry's eyes met Ron's. He knew Ron was thinking exactly what he was: if he could have chosen any members of the D.A., in addition to himself, Ron and Hermione, to join him in the attempt to rescue Sirius, he would not have picked Ginny, Neville or Luna.
This last paragraph reenforces what I said above. Harry's not protesting because he cares, but because he doesn't think they have the skills.
“Well, we need three,” said Hermione, who was looking a little shaken, but determined just the same.
“Four, Hermione,” said Ginny scowling.
“I think there are six of us, actually,” said Luna calmly, counting.
“Don't be stupid, we can't all go!” said Harry angrily. “Look, you three” – he pointed at Neville, Ginny, and Luna – “you're not involved in this, you're not -”
They burst into more protests. His scar gave another, more painful, twinge. Every moment they delayed was precious; he did not have time to argue.
“Okay, fine, it's your choice,” he said curtly. “But unless we can find more thestrals you're not going to be able -”
“Oh, more of them will come,” said Ginny confidently, who like Ron was squinting in quite the wrong direction, apparently under the impression that she was looking at the horses.
“What makes you think that?”
“Because in case you haven't noticed, you and Hermione are both covered in blood,” she said cooly, “and we know Hagrid lures thestrals with raw meat, so that's probably why these two turned up in the first place...”
Harry felt a soft tug on his robes at that moment and looked down to see the closest thestral licking his sleeve, which was damp with Grawp's blood.
Harry protests some more. He's angry throughout the scene, and just wants to get going. Ginny once again speaks to him cooly. But is that really a good thing? Coolly means “marked by indifference, disdain, or dislike; unfriendly or unresponsive”. Disdain means “the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect; contempt”. Contempt means “the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn”.
So Harry, in these scenes (and the scenes I'm talking about are the possessed scene, the scene above after Harry has the vision, and this scene) speaks angrily, roughly, etc. We went over that earlier. But Ginny isn't any nicer back, taking a scornful tone in return. She either speaks angrily or coolly. There are much better ways to talk to someone and get your point across instead of being mean right back.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 34
Luna was already in place, sitting sidesaddle and adjusting her robes as though she did this every day. Ron, Hermione, and Ginny, however, were still standing motionless on the spot, openmouthed and staring.
“What?” he said.
“How're we supposed to get on?” said Ron faintly. “When we can't see the things?”
“Oh it's easy,” said Luna, sliding obligingly from her thestral and marching over to him, Hermione, and Ginny. “Come here...”
She pulled them over to the other thestrals standing around and one by one managed to help them onto the backs of their mounts. All three looked extremely nervous as she wound their hands into the horses' manes and told them to grip tightly before getting back onto her own steed.
“This is mad,” Ron said faintly, moving his free hand gingerly up and down his horse's neck. “Mad... if I could just see it -”
“You'd better hope it stays invisible,” said Harry darkly. “We all ready, then?”
They all nodded and he saw five pairs of knees tighten beneath their robes. …..
Hermione and Ginny touched down on either side of him. Both slid off their mounts a little more gracefully than Ron, though with similar expressions of relief at being back on firm ground. Neville jumped down, shaking, but Luna dismounted smoothly. …..
Ron and Ginny marched in obediently; Hermione, Neville, and Luna squashed themselves in after them; Harry took one glance back at the thestrals, now foraging for scraps of rotten food inside the dumpster, then forced himself into the box after Luna.
Not much has happened so far, but I do want to talk about the last paragraph. I have heard other fans talk about the word “obediently” correlated with Ron and Ginny. Now it doesn't matter with Ron, we have seen him disagree with Harry; but with Ginny, while not a huge deal, it does matter because we have not seen anything to contradict it. It reenforces that Ginny is not Harry's equal.
“Okay, listen,” said Harry, stopping again within six feet of the door. “Maybe... maybe a couple of people should stay here as a – as a lookout, and -”
“And how're we going to let you know something's coming?” asked Ginny, her eyebrows raised.
“We're coming with you, Harry,” said Neville.
“Let's get on with it,” said Ron firmly.
Harry still did not want to take them all with him, but it seemed he had no choice.
Harry really doesn't want them all with him. Now, it's not specified which people he's talking about, but as Ginny and Neville are the ones who protest, it's reasonable to think they are the one's he's talking to. Ron, we know, Harry has wanted with him from the beginning, so it can't be him.
Ginny handle's herself well here. As for the pattern, Harry wasn't angry or snapping so she wasn't either.
“What was that about?” whispered Ron fearfully.
“I think it was to stop us knowing which door we came in from,” said Ginny in a hushed voice.
Harry realized at once that she was right: He could no sooner have picked the exit from the other doors than located an ant upon the jet-black floor. …..
“What're those things?” whispered Ron.
“Dunno,” said Harry.
“Are they fish?” breathed Ginny.
“Aquavirius maggots!” said Luna excitedly. “Dad said the Ministry were breeding -”
“No,” said Hermione. She sounded odd. She moved forward to look through the side of the tank. “They're brains.” …..
“That's what I've been trying to – well, come on, then!” said Hermione, and she led the way back around the dais. On the other side, Ginny and Neville were staring, apparently entranced, at the veil too. Without speaking, Hermione took hold of Ginny's arm, Ron Neville's, and they marched them firmly back to the lowest stone bench and clambered all they way back up to the door. ….
“Oh look!” said Ginny, as they drew nearer, pointing at the very heart of the bell jar.
Drifting along in the sparkling current inside was a tiny, jewel-bright egg. As it rose in the jar it cracked open and a hummingbird emerged, which was carried to the very top of the jar, but as it fell on the draft, its feathers became bedraggled as damp again, and by the time it had been borne back to the bottom of the jar it had been enclosed once more in its egg.
“Keep going!” said Harry sharply, because Ginny showed signs of wanting to stop and watch the egg's progress back into a bird.
“You dawdled enough by that old arch!” she said crossly, but followed him past the bell jar to the only door behind it.
“This is it,” Harry said again, and his heart was now pumping so hard and fast he felt it must interfere with his speech. “It's through there -”
Once again, Harry makes a snappy retort and Ginny snaps back.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35
Black shapes were emerging out of thin air all around them, blocking their way left and right; eyes glinted through slits in hood, a dozen lit wand tips were pointing at their hearts. Ginny gave a gasp of horror. …..
Ginny is the only one to react to the Death Eater's appearance.
“Go on, then,” said Harry, raising his own wand to chest height. As he did so, the five wands of Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny, and Luna rose on either side of him. …...
“You need more persuasion?” she said, her chest rising and falling rapidly. “Very well – take the smallest one,” she ordered the Death Eaters beside her. “Let him watch while we torture the little girl. I'll do it.”
Harry felt the others close in around Ginny. He stepped sideways so that he was right in front of her, the prophesy held up to his chest. …..
Bellatrix want to torture Ginny and Harry plays Hero by stepping in front of her. Once again, Ginny's needing saving and Harry is being the Hero.
“NOW!” yelled Harry.
Five different voices behind him bellowed “REDUCTO!” Five curses flew in five different directions and the shelves opposite them exploded as they hit. …..
This is the only, and I mean only, offensive spell we see/hear the incantation Ginny cast in all of the books. And it's not her by herself, but part of the “five different voices”. Don't believe me? Read on, and I'll show you.
We do see her cast one other spell in the books – Scourgify after Neville's plant explodes on the train.
Harry found the way ahead clear and saw Ron, Ginny, and Luna sprint past him, their arms over their heads. …..
“Where – where are the others?” gasped Harry.
He had thought that Ron, Luna, and Ginny had been ahead of them, that they would be waiting in this room, but there was nobody there.
So now the six have been split up. Instead of having Ginny by Harry, she get's taken off page. Here could have been a great moment to see them work together and fight together, but they don't. It's just another nail in the coffin, so to speak.
“RON?” Harry yelled, turning quickly from the monstrous transformation taking place before them. “GINNY? LUNA?”.....
“Ron!” croaked Harry, dashing toward them. “Ginny – are you all -?” …..
Ron's face was very white and something dark was trickling from the corner of his mouth. Next moment his knees had given way, but he still clutched the front of Harry's robes, so that Harry was pulled into a kind of bow.
“Ginny?” Harry said fearfully. “What happened?”
But Ginny shook her head and slid down the wall into a sitting position, panting and holding her ankle.
“I think her ankle's broken, I heard something crack,” whispered Luna, who was bending over her and who alone seemed unhurt. “Four of them chased us into a dark room full of planets, it was a very odd place, some of the time we were just floating in the dark -”
“Anyway, one of them grabbed Ginny's foot, I used the Reductor Curse and blew up Pluto in his face, but ...”
Luna gestured hopelessly at Ginny, who was breathing in a very shallow way, her eyes still closed. …..
So. In the first real combat scene, Ginny gets her ankle broken? And not even by a curse, just by someone grabbing her foot. Hermione has already been hit with a dark curse, Ron's been hit with a dark curse, Neville has a broken nose and a swollen eye (but is still fighting). Getting a broken ankle doesn't traumatize you. And why is she so out of it? A broken bone causes pain, but you can still move and talk with one. I would know, I've had broken bones before. As have most of the people I know.
“We've got to get out of here,” said Harry firmly. “Luna, can you help Ginny?”
“Yes,” said Luna, sticking her wand behind her ear for safekeeping, putting an arm around Ginny's waist and pulling her up.
“It's only my ankle, I can do it myself!” said Ginny impatiently, but next moment she had collapsed sideways and grabbed Luna for support. …..
We have to give Ginny credit for trying to move on her own. But still, she gets taken out by a broken ankle? What happened to hopping on one foot?
The scene seemed momentarily frozen. Harry, Ginny, and Neville and each of the Death Eaters turned in spite of themselves to watch the top of the tank as a brain burst from the green liquid like a leaping fish. …...
“Diffindo!” yelled Harry, trying to sever the feelers wrapping themselves tightly around Ron before his eyes, but they would not break. Ron fell over, still thrashing against his bonds.
“Harry, it'll suffocate him!” screamed Ginny, immobilized by her broken ankle on the floor – then a jet of red light flew from one of the Death Eater's wands and hit her squarely in the face. She keeled over sideways and lay there unconscious.
“STUBEFY!” shouted Neville, wheeling around and waving Hermione's wand at the oncoming Death Eaters. “STUBEFY, STUBEFY!”
Ginny gets taken out by a stunner, unable to move off the floor. She was officially taken down by a broken ankle. Neville, meanwhile, is about to be Crucio'd.
Harry has absolutely no reaction to her being taken out, no worry or anything. The next sentence is Neville shooting curses at the Death Eaters.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 36
Slipping and sliding he ran on toward the door. He leapt over Luna, who was groaning on the floor, past Ginny, who said, “Harry – what -?” past Ron, who giggled feebly, and Hermione, who was still unconscious. He wrenched open the door into the circular black hall and saw Bellatrix disappearing through a door on the other side of the room – beyond her was the corridor leading back to the lifts.
Not much to say here. Sirius has just been killed. It sounds like Ginny was the least hurt out of all of them.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38
They were in the hospital win. Harry was sitting on the end of Ron's bed and they were both listening to Hermione read the front page of the Sunday Prophet. Ginny, whose ankle had been mended in a trice by Madam Pomfrey, was curled up at the foot of Hermione's bed; Neville, whose nose had likewise been returned to its normal size and shape, was in a chair between the two beds; and Luna, who had dropped in to visit clutching the latest edition of The Quibbler, was reading the magazine upside down and apparently not taking in a word Hermione was saying.
So, Ron and Hermione are so hurt they can't leave the hospital wing, the others were fixed up right away. We get another Ginny = cat mention, and learn her ankle was mended quickly.
He helped himself to a handful of Chocolate Frogs from the immense pile on his bedside cabinet, threw a few to Harry, Ginny, and Neville, and ripped off the wrapper of his own with his teeth. …..
Hermione seemed to struggle with herself for a moment, then said, “That sounds lovely.”
Ginny caught Harry's eye and looked away quickly, grinning.
The laughing score is now 4:10.
“So anyway,” said Hermione, sitting up a little straighter and wincing again, “what's going on in school?”
“Well, Flitwick's got rid of Fred and George's swamp,” said Ginny. “He did it in about three seconds. But he left a tiny patch under the window and he's roped it off -”
“Why?” said Hermione, looking startled.
“Oh, he just says it was a really good bit of magic,” said Ginny, shrugging. …...
“I s'pose Filch is happy, is he?” asked Ron, propping a Chocolate Frog card featuring Dumbledore against his water jug.
“Not at all,” said Ginny. “He's really, really miserable actually...” She lowered her voice to a whisper, “He keeps saying Umbridge was the best thing that ever happened to Hogwarts...”
All six of them looked around. Professor Umbridge was lying in a bed opposite them, gazing up at the ceiling. …..
“Madam Pomfrey says she's just in shock,” whispered Hermione.
“Sulking, more like,” said Ginny. …..
“No... no...” said Umbridge, sinking back into her pillows, “no, I must have been dreaming...”
Hermione and Ginny muffled their laughter in the bedclothes.
Laughing score is now 4:11 as Harry didn't laugh.
Speaking of centaurs,” said Hermione, when she had recovered a little, “who's Divination teacher now? Is Firenze staying?”
“He's got to,” said Harry, “the other centaurs won't take him back, will they?”
“It looks like he and Trelawney are both going to teach,” said Ginny.
“Bet Dumbledore wishes he could've got rid of Trelawney for good,” said Ron, now munching on his fourteenth Frog. …..
Nothing to say here.
“No,” said Luna, observing him with those oddly misty, protuberant eyes. “I don't suppose you do. That man the Death Eaters killed was your godfather, wasn't he? Ginny told me.” ….....
Harry thanked the others and accompanied Ron back to their compartment, where he bought a large pile of Cauldron Cakes and Pumpkin Pasties. Hermione was reading the Daily Prophet again, Ginny was doing a quiz in The Quibbler, and Neville was stroking his Mimbulus mimbletonia, which had grown a great deal over the year and now made odd crooning noises when touched. …..
“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.
“Well, I've chosen Dean Thomas, would you say he's better?” asked Ginny vaguely.
“WHAT?” shouted Ron, upending the chessboard. Crookshanks went plunging after the pieces and Hedwig and Pigwidgeon twittered and hooted angrily from above.
There are two separate things I want to talk about with this scene. One is the Ginny Cho connection, and the other is Ron's comment/look. Let's start with Ginny and Cho.
Ginny and Cho have been connected and shown to be quite similar:
- Ginny hurries over to the Ravenclaw table to talk to Michael, Harry sees Cho at the table
- Ginny is the one to find Cho and tell her where the meeting is
- They both come up with the name for Dumbledore's Army
- Ginny and Cho are both Seekers, Ginny catches the Snitch out from under Cho
- They share two love interests – Harry and Michael
- Their personalities are very similar – they are both quite popular, extroverted, and athletic
So, they are shown to be very, very similar. This is not a good thing, because the books make it painfully clear Harry would never be happy in the long run with Cho. So how could he ever be any happier with Cho's shadow? He couldn't. They may be what he's attracted to now, but neither of them could make him happy in the long run.
Now, Ron's comment/look.
He casts Harry a furtive look when talking about Ginny's next boyfriend. Furtive means “attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble; secretive”. We also know that Ron suggested Ginny go to the Yule Ball with Harry. It's confirmed in the sixth book that Ron would rather have Harry dating Ginny than anybody else.
Why? Well, probably because Harry is his best friend, and no one knows Harry better than Ron. Also, Harry wouldn't do anything to hurt Ron, so he wouldn't hurt Ginny. I'm pretty sure that's Ron's thinking, anyway. No matter what Ron wishes, it doesn't make Harry and Ginny compatible.
“Ron, Ginny!” called Mrs. Weasley, hurrying forward and hugging her children tightly. “Oh, and Harry dear – how are you?”
Ginny's last mention in Order of the Phoenix.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 5
Though a large vase of flowers had been placed on a desk in front of the small window, their perfume could not disguise the lingering smell of what Harry thought was gunpowder. …...
This will become relevant later, when Harry smells the Amortentia potion, and connects the flowery smell to the Burrow and Ginny. Note, however, that the flowers could not disguise the gunpowder.
"I know someone who's worse than Umbridge," said a voice from the doorway. Ron's younger sister slouched into the room, looking irritable. “Hi, Harry.”
Here we have Ginny's introduction for the 6th book. This is the book where she and Harry get together. She is once again introduced as the youngest Weasley. In fact, she is not even named, just called Ron's younger sister. If she is not named because we are supposed to know who she is by now, then she could have been just introduced as Ginny. By introducing her as the youngest Weasley, we are shown that Harry still thinks of her as family.
“What's up with you?” Ron asked.
“It's her,” said Ginny, plonking herself down on Harry's bed. “She's driving me mad.”
“What's she done now?” asked Hermione sympathetically.
“It's the way she talks to me – you'd think I was about three!”
“I know,” said Hermione, dropping her voice. “She's so full of herself.”
Harry was astonished to hear Hermione talking about Mrs. Weasley like this and could not blame Ron for saying angrily, “Can't you two lay off her for five seconds?”
“Oh, that's right, defend her,” snapped Ginny. “We all know you can't get enough of her.”
This seemed an odd comment to make Ron's mother. Starting to feel that he was missing something, Harry said, “Who are you -?”
But his questioned was answered before he could finish it. The bedroom door flew open again, and Harry instinctively yanked the bedcovers up to his chin so hard that Hermione and Ginny slid off the bed onto the floor. …..
“Oh,” said Harry blankly. He could not help noticing how Mrs. Weasley, Hermione, and Ginny were all determinedly avoiding one another's gaze. “Wow. Er – congratulations!” …..
“Mum hates her,” said Ginny quietly.
“I do not hate her!” said Mrs. Weasley in a cross whisper. “I just think they've hurried into this engagement, that's all!” …..
“Including you and Dad,” said Ginny slyly.
“Yes, well, your father and I were made for each other, what was the point in waiting?” said Mrs. Weasley. “Whereas Bill and Fleur... well... what have they really got in common? He's a hard-working, down-to-earth sort of person, whereas she's -”
“A cow,” said Ginny, nodding. “But Bill's not that down-to-earth. He's a Curse-Breaker, isn't he, he likes a bit of adventure, a bit of glamour... I expect that's why he's gone for Phlegm.”
“Stop calling her that, Ginny,” said Mrs. Weasley sharply, as Harry and Hermione laughed. “Well, I'd better get on... Eat your eggs while they're warm, Harry.” …...
Laughing score is now 5:11.
“You don't really want her around forever?” Ginny asked Ron incredulously. When he merely shrugged, she said, “Well, Mum's going to put a stop to it if she can, I bet you anything.”
“How's she going to manage that?” asked Harry.
“She keeps trying to get Tonks round for dinner. I think she's hoping Bill will fall for Tonks instead. I hope he does, I'd much rather have her in the family.”
“Yeah, that'll work,” said Ron sarcastically. “Listen, no bloke in his right mind's going to fancy Tonks when Fleur's around. I mean, Tonks is okay-looking when she isn't doing stupid things to her hair and nose, but -”
“She's a damn sight better than Phlegm,” said Ginny. …...
“I suppose you like the way Phlegm says ' 'Arry,' do you?” asked Ginny sconfully.
“No,” said Harry, wishing he hadn't spoken, “I was just saying Phlegm – I mean Fleur -”
“I'd much rather have Tonks in the family,” said Ginny. “At least she's a laugh.” …..
The door opened again and Mrs. Weasley popped her head in. “Ginny,” she whispered, “come downstairs and help me with the lunch.”
“I'm talking to this lot!” said Ginny, outraged.
“Now!” said Mrs. Weasley, and withdrew.
“She only wants me there so she doesn't have to be alone with Phlegm!” said Ginny crossly. She swung her long red hair around in a very good imitation of Fleur and pranced across the room with her arms held aloft like a ballerina.
“You lot had better come down quickly too,” she said as she left. …...
“It'll be Fred and George's idea of a funny joke, making sure it can't come off,” said Ginny.
“But it's got to come off!” squeaked Hermione. “I can't go around looking like this forever!” …..
“Hermione?” said Ginny tentatively, for Hermione still hadn't turned around. “How did you do?”
“I – not bad,” said Hermione in a small voice.
Not much to say here, Ginny makes fun of Fleur and talks to Hermione.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 6
He spent most of his days playing two-a-side Quidditch in the Weasleys' orchard (he and Hermione against Ron and Ginny; Hermione was dreadful and Ginny good, so they were reasonably well matched) and his evenings eating triple helpings of everything Mrs. Weasley put in front of him. …..
I want to note that Harry and Ginny, once again, are not on the same team. It would have been very, very easy to have Hermione and Ron teamed up against Harry and Ginny, showing the future couples, but she didn't.
“Talking of Diagon Alley,” said Mr. Weasley, “looks like Ollivander's gone too.”
“The wandmaker?” said Ginny, looking startled.
“That's the one. Shop's empty. No sign of a struggle. No one knows whether he left voluntarily or was kidnapped.”
“But wands – what will people do for wands?”
“They'll make do with other makers,” said Lupin. “But Ollivander was the best, and if the other side have got him it's not so good for us.” …..
Bill, who would by staying at home with Fleur (much to Hermione and Ginny's pleasure), passed a full money bag across the table to Harry. …..
“ 'E is always so thoughtful,” purred Fleur adoringly, stroking Bill's nose. Ginny mimed vomiting into her cereal behind Fleur, Harry choked on his cornflakes, and Ron thumped him on the back. …..
Laughing score is now 6:11.
“It's good Dad can get us these again,” said Ron appreciatively, stretching luxuriously as the car moved smoothly away from the Burrow, Bill and Fleur waving from the kitchen window. He, Harry, Hermione, and Ginny were all sitting in roomy comfort in the wide backseat. …..
A seedy-looking little wizard was rattling armfuls of silver symbols in chains at passerby.
“One for your little girl, madam?” he called at Mrs. Weasley as they passed, leering at Ginny. “Protect her pretty neck?” …..
Mrs. Weasley didn't look entirely convinced, but allowed the separation, scurrying off toward Flourish and Blotts with her husband and Ginny while Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid set off for Madam Malkin's. …..
I know they're in the middle of a war right now, but once again we have innocent!Ginny as she is still not able to go anywhere in Diagon Alley without her mother.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione exchanged looks, but before they could disabuse Hagrid of this comfortable notion, Mr. and Mrs. Weasley and Ginny appeared, all clutching heavy packages of books. …..
The Trio runs into the Malfoy's at Madam Malkin's.
Harry started to laugh. He heard a weak sort of moan beside him and looked around to see Mrs. Weasley gazing, dumbfounded, at the poster. Her lips moved silently, mouthing the name “U-No-Poo.”
“They'll be murdered in their beds!” she whispered.
“No they won't!” said Ron, who, like Harry, was laughing. “This is brilliant!”
And he and Harry led the way into the shop. …...
The laughing score is now 6:12 as there was no mention of Ginny laughing.
George swept off through the curtain to help with the customers, and Fred led Harry back into the main part of the shop to find Hermione and Ginny still poring over the Patented Daydream Charms.
“Haven't you girls found our special WonderWitch products yet?” asked Fred. “Follow me, ladies...”
Near the window as an array of violently pink products around which a cluster of excited girls was giggling enthusiastically. Hermione and Ginny both hung back, looking wary.
“There you go,” said Fred proudly. “Best range of love potions you'll find anywhere.”
Ginny raised an eyebrow skeptically. “Do they work?” she aksed.
“Certainly they work, for up to twenty-four at a time depending on the weight of the boy in question -”
“-and the attractiveness of the girl,” said George, reappearing suddenly at their side. “But we're not selling them to our sister,” he added, becoming suddenly stern, “not when she's already got about five boys on the go from what we've -”
“Whatever you've heard from Ron is a big fat lie,” said Ginny calmly, leaning forward to take a small pink pot off the shelf. “What's this?”
“Guaranteed ten-second pimple vanisher,” said Fred. “Excellent on everything from boils to blackheads, but don't change the subject. Are you or are you not currently going out with a boy called Dean Thomas?”
“Yes, I am,” said Ginny. “And last time I looked, he was definitely one boy, not five. What are those?”
She was pointing at a number of round balls of fluff in shades of pink and purple, all rolling around the bottom of a cage and emitting high-pitched squeaks.
“Pygmy Puffs,” said George. “Miniature puffskeins, we can't breed them fast enough. So what about Michael Corner?”
“I dumped him, he was a bad loser,” said Ginny, putting a finger through the bars of the cage and watching the Pygmy Puffs crowd around it. “They're really cute!”
“They're fairly cuddly, yes,” conceded Fred. “But you're moving through boyfriends a bit fast, aren't you?”
Ginny turned to look at him, her hands on her hips. There was such a Mrs. Weasley-ish glare on her face that Harry was surprised Fred didn't recoil.
“It's none of your business. And I'll thank you,” she added angrily to Ron, who had just appeared at George's elbow, laden with merchandise, “not to tell tales about me to these two!” …..
Ginny rightly stands up to her brothers about her dating life.
“Mum, can I have a Pygmy Puff?” said Ginny at once.
“A what?” said Mrs. Weasley warily.
“Look, they're so sweet...”
Mrs. Weasley moved aside to look at the Pygmy Puffs, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione momentarily had an unimpeded view out the window. …..
He glanced around. Mrs. Weasley and Ginny were bending over the Pygmy Puffs. Mr. Weasley was delightedly examining a pack of Muggle marked playing cards. Fred and George were both helping customers.
Harry decides they should go after Malfoy and see what he's up to.
Harry Potter and the Half - Blood Prince, Chapter 7
Annoyed, but absolutely convinced he was right, Harry snatched up a pile of filthy Quidditch robes and left the room; Mrs. Weasley had been urging them for days not to leave their washing and packing until the last moment. On the landing he bumped into Ginny, who was returning to her room carrying a pile of freshly laundered clothes.
“I wouldn't go in the kitchen just now,” she warned him.
“I'll be careful not to slip in it.” Harry smiled.
The laughing score is now 7:12.
Sure enough, when he entered the kitchen it was to find Fleur sitting at the kitchen table, in full flow about plans for her wedding to Bill, while Mrs. Weasley kept watch over a pile of self-peeling sprouts, looking bad-tempered.
“... Bill and I 'ave almost decided on only two bridesmaids, Ginny and Gabrielle will look very sweet togezzer. I am theenking of dressing zem in pale gold – pink would of course be 'orrible with Ginny's 'air -”
“Ah, Harry!” said Mrs. Weasley loudly, cutting across Fleur's monologue. …...
And in fact, their departure the following morning was smoother than usual. The Ministry cars glided up to the front of the Burrow to find them waiting, trunks packed; Hermione's cat, Crookshanks, safely enclosed in his traveling basket; and Hedwig; Ron's owl, Pigwidgeon; and Ginny's new purple Pygmy Puff, Arnold, in cages.
“Au revoir, 'Arry,” said Fleur throatily, kissing him good-bye. Ron hurried forward, looking hopeful, but Ginny stuck out her foot and Ron fell, sprawling in the dust at Fleur's feet. Furious, red-faced, and dirt-spattered, he hurried into the car without saying good-bye. …..
He supposed Ron and Hermione were cloistered in the prefects' carriage, but Ginny was a little way along the corridor, chatting to some friends. He made his way toward her, dragging his trunk. …...
He tapped Ginny on the shoulder.
“Fancy trying to find a compartment?”
"I can't, Harry, I said I'd meet Dean," said Ginny brightly. "See you later."
"Right," said Harry. He felt a strange twinge of annoyance as she walked away, her long red hair dancing behind her; he had become so used to her presence over the summer that he had almost forgotten that Ginny did not hang around with him, Ron, and Hermione while at school.
Harry feels annoyed when he get's ditched by his third friend in ten minutes. All this means is that Ginny became one of his friends over the summer, instead of being his best friend's little sister. Although, I have to admit, “long red hair dancing behind her” sounds slightly romantic. It probably means that he's starting to become infatuated with her.
Harry glanced around at their fellow guests. He recognized a Slytherin from their year, a tall black boy with high cheekbones and long, slanting, eyes; there were also two seventh-year boys Harry did not know and, squashed in the corner beside Slughorn and looking as though she was not entirely sure how she had got there, Ginny. …...
“ - and this charming young lady tells me she knows you!” Slughorn finished.
Ginny grimaced at Harry and Neville from behind Slughorn's back. …..
It was as Harry had suspected. Everyone here seemed to have been invited because they were connected to somebody well-known or influential – everyone except Ginny. …....
Zabini gave a tiny little cough that was clearly supposed to indicate amused skepticism. An angry voice burst out from behind Slughorn.
“Yeah, Zabini, because you're so talented... at posing...”
“Oh dear!” chuckled Slughorn comfortably, looking around at Ginny, who was glaring at Zabini around Slughorn's great belly. “You want to be careful, Blaise! I saw this young lady perform the most marvelous Bat-Bogey Hex as I was passing her carriage! I wouldn't cross her!”
Zabini merely looked contemptuous. …...
We are told about Ginny's talents, not shown.
“We never heard a prophesy,” said Neville, turning geranium pink as he said it.
“That's right,” said Ginny staunchly. “Neville and I were both there too, and all this 'Chosen One' rubbish is just the Prophet making things up as usual.”
“You were both there too, were you?” said Slughorn with great interest, looking from Ginny to Neville, but both of them sat clam-like before his encouraging smile. …..
He meandered off into a long-winded reminiscence, but Harry had the distinct impression that Slughorn had not finished with him, and that he had not been convinced by Neville and Ginny. …...
“Good gracious, it's getting dark already! I didn't notice that they'd lit the lamps! You'd better go and change into your robes, all of you. McLaggen, you must drop by and borrow that book on nogtails. Harry, Blaise – any time you're passing. Same goes for you, miss,” he twinkled at Ginny. “Well, off you go, off you go!”
As he pushed past Harry into the darkening corridor, Zabini shot him a filthy look that Harry returned with interest. He, Ginny, and Neville followed Zabini back along the train.
“I'm glad that's over,” muttered Neville. “Strange man, isn't he?”
“Yeah, he is a bit,” said Harry, his eyes on Zabini. “How come you ended up in there, Ginny?”
“He saw me hex Zacharias Smith,” said Ginny. “You remember that idiot from Hufflepuff who was in the D.A.? He kept on and on asking me what happened at the Ministry and in the end he annoyed me so much I hexed him – when Slughorn came in I thought I was going to get detention, but he just thought it was a really good hex and invited me to lunch! Mad, eh?”
“Better reason for inviting someone than because their mother's famous,” said Harry, scowling at the back of Zabini's head, “or because their uncle -” …..
We hear how Ginny got invited to the Slug Club, and Harry gets the idea to follow Zabini.
“Potter, precious Potter, obviously he wanted a look at 'the Chosen One',” sneered Malfoy, “but that Weasley girl! What's so special about her?”
“A lot of boys like her,” said Pansy, watching Malfoy out of the corner of her eyes for his reaction. “Even you think she's good-looking, don't you, Blaise, and we all know how hard you are to please!”
“I wouldn't touch a filthy little blood traitor like her whatever she looked like,” said Zabini coldly, and Pansy looked pleased.
The Slytherins' talking about Ginny. From random men on the street to Slytherins, we've been told how pretty Ginny is in this book.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 8
“Thanks,” said Harry, feeling his now clean face. “How's my nose looking?”
“Normal,” said Hermione anxiously. “Why shouldn't it? Harry, what happened? We've been terrified!”
“I'll tell you later,” said Harry curtly. He was conscious that Ginny, Neville, Dean, and Seamus were listening in; even Nearly Headless Nick, the Gryffindor ghost, had come floating along the bench to eavesdrop.
Nothing to say here.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 9
Somehow it reminded him simultaneously of treacle tart, the woody smell of a broomstick handle, and something flowery he thought he might have smelled at the Burrow. …...
Here's the reference to the flowers in his room earlier.
"Hang on," said a voice close by Harry's left ear and he caught a sudden waft of that flowery smell he had picked up in Slughorn's dungeon. He looked around and saw that Ginny had joined them. “Did I hear right? You've been taking orders from something someone wrote in a book, Harry?”
In this scene we learn that the scent that attracted Harry in the love potion was Ginny's hair. Amortentia smells like what someone is most attracted to. This shows that Harry is beginning to feel lust for Ginny.
So now we have had the flowers=the Burrow=Ginny. This brings us to another pattern shown in the books. The Burrow is a safe-haven for Harry, the place full of fun he gets to go to when he escapes from the Dursley's. The Weasley's are his surrogate family (this is shown when the Weasley's show up for the time reserved for families of the Triwizard Tournament champions (GF 615), when he compares her hug to that of a mother's (GF 714), and when Molly says Harry is “as good as” her son (OP 90)). By being with Ginny he would officially be a part of the Weasley family. I can see this as a subconscious reason he would fancy Ginny. He's made it clear that she represents her family and her home to him.
She looked alarmed and angry. Harry knew what was on her mind at once.
Well, at least this time he remembers.
“It's nothing,” he said reassuringly, lowering his voice. “It's not like, you know, Riddle's diary. It's just an old textbook someone's scribbled on.”
“But you're doing what it says?”
“I just tried a few of the tips written in the margins, honestly, Ginny, there's nothing funny -”
“Ginny's got a point,” said Hermione, perking up at once. “We ought to check that there's nothing odd about it. I mean, all these funny instructions, who knows?”
Ginny (rightly) is wary about the potions book. Harry tries to convince her and Hermione that there's nothing wrong with it.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 11
After two hours, many complaints, and several tantrums, one involving a crashed Comet Two Sixty and several broken teeth, Harry found himself three Chasers: Katie Bell, returned to the team after an excellent trial; a new find called Demelza Robins, who was particularly good at dodging Bludgers; and Ginny Weasley, who had outflown all the competition and scored seventeen goals to boot. Pleased though he was with his choices, Harry had also shouted himself hoarse at the many complainers and was now enduring a similar battle with the rejected Beaters. …...
Harry leads Quidditch Tryouts, Ginny is said to be the best out of all the Chaser applicants (including Katie, who has been on the team for years).
They now joined Katie, Demezla, and Ginny in the stands to watch the selection of their last team member. …..
Delighted, and resisting joining in the cheers of the crowd with difficulty, Harry turned to McLaggen to tell him that, most unfortunately, Ron had beaten him, only to find McLaggen's red face inches from his own. He stepped back hastily.
His sister didn't really try,” said McLaggen menacingly. There was a vein pulsing in his temple like the one Harry had often admired in Uncle Vernon's. “She gave him an easy save.”
“Rubbish,” said Harry coldly. “That was the one he nearly missed.” ….
Once again, we hear how good Ginny is at Quidditch.
“If you ask me,” said Harry quietly, “McLaggen looks like he was Confunded this morning. And he was standing right in front of where you were sitting.”
“Oh, all right then, I did it,” she whispered. “But you should have heard the way he was talking about Ron and Ginny! Anyway, he's got a nasty temper, you saw how he reacted when he didn't get in – you wouldn't have wanted someone like that on the team.”
Harry and Hermione talking about McLaggen getting Confunded.
Momentarily stymied, Harry watched Ginny Weasley playing with Arnold the Pygmy Puff for a while before seeing a way around this objection.
“Someone's sent it to him by owl, then,” he said. “His mother or someone.”
Harry and Hermione talking about Malfoy.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 12
This made Ron laugh; even Hermione gave a grudging smile, and a distraction arrived in the shape of Ginny.
“Hey, Harry, I'm supposed to give you this.”
It was a scroll of parchment with Harry's name written upon it in familiar thin, slanting writing.
“Thanks Ginny... It's Dumbledore's next lesson!” Harry told Ron and Hermione, pulling open the parchment and quickly reading its contents. “Monday evening!” He felt suddenly light and happy. “Want to join us in Hogwmeade, Ginny?” he asked.
“I'm going with Dean – might see you there,” she replied, waving at them as she left. …...
Harry feels happy after getting Dumbledore's note, and has no reaction to Ginny not taking him up on his offer to join them. There is nothing to suggest that Harry has any feelings for Ginny, here.
“Well, I've had Quidditch practice, Professor,” said Harry, who had indeed been scheduling practices every time Slughorn had sent him a little, violet ribbon-adorned invitation. This strategy meant that Ron was not left out, and they usually had a laugh with Ginny, imagining Hermione shut up with McLaggen and Zabini. …...
Laughing score is now 8:12
Harry's thoughts strayed to Ginny as they trudged up the road to Hogwarts through the frozen slush. They had not met up with her, undoubtidly, thought Harry, because she and Dean were cozily closeted in Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop, that haunt of happy couples. Scowling, he bowed his head against the swirling sleet and trudged on.
This part is very inconsistent from the first part of the chapter, as Harry didn't show any sign of being infatuated with Ginny, and put out because she was going with Dean. But here, he is obviously put out with the thought of her with Dean, showing his infatuation with her.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 14
“Well then, you're in,” said Harry. “There's a practice tonight, seven o'clock.”
“Right,” said Dean. “Cheers, Harry! Blimey, I can't wait to tell Ginny!”
He sprinted out of the room, leaving Harry and Seamus alone together, an uncomfortable moment made no easier when a bird dropping landed on Seamus' head as one of Hermione's canaries whizzed over them. …...
Harry tells Dean he made the team after Katie gets cursed and sent to St. Mungo's.
Harry had no reason to regret his choice once he saw Dean fly that evening; he worked well with Ginny and Demelza. The Beaters, Peakes and Coote, were gitting better all the time. The only problem was Ron.
Harry had known all along that Ron was an inconsistent player who suffered from nerves and a lack of confidence, and unfortunately, the looming prospect of the opening game of the season seemed to have brought out all his old insecurities. After letting in half a dozen goals, most of them scored by Ginny, his technique became wilder and wilder, until he finally punched an oncoming Demelza Robins in the mouth.
“It was an accident, I'm sorry, Demezla, really sorry!” Ron shouted after her as she zigzagged back to the ground, dripping blood everywhere. “I just -”
“Panicked,” Ginny said angrily, landing next to Demelza and examining her fat lip. “You prat, Ron, look at the state of her!”
“I can fix that,” said Harry, landing beside the two girls, pointing his wand at Demezla's mouth, and saying “Episkey.” “And Ginny, don't call Ron a prat, you're not the Captain of this team -”
“Well, you seemed too busy to call him a prat and I thought someone should -”
Harry forced himself not to laugh.
Laughing score is now 9:12.
“I played like a sack of dragon dung,” said Ron in a hollow voice when the door had swung shut behind Ginny.
“No, you didn't,” said Harry firmly. “You're the best Keeper I tried out, Ron. Your only problem is nerves.”
He kept up a relentless flow of encouragement all the way back to the castle, and by the time they reached the second floor, Ron was looking marginally more cheerful. When Harry pushed open the tapestry to take their usual shortcut up to Gryffindor Tower, however, they found themselves looking at Dean and Ginny, who were locked in a close embrace and kissing fiercely as though glued together.
It was as though something large and scaly erupted into life in Harry's stomach, clawing at his insides: Hot blood seemed to flood his brain, so that all thought was extinguished, replaced by a savage urge to jinx Dean into a jelly. Wrestling with this sudden madness, he heard Ron's voice as though from a great distance away.
Dean and Ginny broke apart and looked around. "What?" said Ginny.
"I don't want to find my own sister snogging people in public!"
"This was a deserted corridor till you came butting in!" said Ginny.
Dean was looking embarrassed. He gave Harry a shifty grin that Harry did not return, as the newborn monster inside him was roaring for Dean's instant dismissal from the team.
"Er… c'mon, Ginny," said Dean, "let's go back to the common room…"
"You go!" said Ginny. "I want a word with my dear brother!" Dean left, looking as though he was not sorry to depart the scene.
"Right," said Ginny, tossing her long red hair out of her face and glaring at Ron, "let's get this straight once and for all. It is none of your business who I go out with or what I do with them, Ron —"
"Yeah, it is!" said Ron, just as angrily. "D' you think I want people saying my sister's a —"
"A what?" shouted Ginny, drawing her wand. "A what, exactly?"
"He doesn't mean anything, Ginny —" said Harry automatically, though the monster was roaring its approval of Ron's words.
"Oh yes he does!" she said, flaring up at Harry. "Just because he's never snogged anyone in his life, just because the best kiss he's ever had is from our Auntie Muriel —"
"Shut your mouth!" bellowed Ron, bypassing red and turning maroon.
"No, I will not!" yelled Ginny, beside herself. "I've seen you with Phlegm, hoping she'll kiss you on the cheek every time you see her, it's pathetic! If you went out and got a bit of snogging done your self, you wouldn't mind so much that everyone else does it!"
Ron had pulled out his wand too; Harry stepped swiftly between them.
"You don't know what you're talking about!" Ron roared, trying to get a clear shot at Ginny around Harry, who was now standing in front of her with his arms outstretched. "Just because I don't do it in public —!"
Ginny screamed with derisive laughter, trying to push Harry out of the way.
"Been kissing Pigwidgeon, have you? Or have you got a picture of Auntie Muriel stashed under your pillow?"
A streak of orange light flew under Harry's left arm and missed Ginny by inches; Harry pushed Ron up against the wall.
"Don't be stupid —"
"Harry's snogged Cho Chang!" shouted Ginny, who sounded close to tears now. "And Hermione snogged Viktor Krum, it's only you who acts like it's something disgusting, Ron, and that's because you've got about as much experience as a twelve-year-old!"
And with that, she stormed away. Harry quickly let go of Ron; the look on his face was murderous. …...
The monster in his chest is made out of lust and jealously. It is his infatuation, his crush, surfacing.
Harry hardly noticed the sound of shattering glass; he felt disoriented, dizzy; being struck by a lightning bolt must be something like this. It's just because she's Ron's sister, he told himself. You just didn't like seeing her kissing Dean because she's Ron's sister…
But unbidden into his mind came an image of that same deserted corridor with himself kissing Ginny instead…
The monster in his chest purred… but then he saw Ron ripping open the tapestry curtain and drawing his wand on Harry, shouting things like "betrayal of trust"… "supposed to be my friend"…
"D'you think Hermione did snog Krum?" Ron asked abruptly, as they approached the Fat Lady. Harry gave a guilty start and wrenched his imagination away from a corridor in which no Ron intruded, in which he and Ginny were quite alone — …...
Lust filled imaginings with Ginny – he's imagining kissing her. Typical in an infatuation/crush.
Neither of them mentioned Ginny or Hermione again; indeed, they barely spoke to each other that evening and got into bed in silence, each absorbed in his own thoughts, Harry lay awake for a long time, looking up at the canopy of his four-poster and trying to convince himself that his feelings for Ginny were entirely elder-brotherly. They had lived, had they not, like brother and sister all summer, playing Quidditch, teasing Ron, and having a laugh about Bill and Phlegm? He had known Ginny for years now… It was natural that he should feel protective… natural that he should want to look out for her… want to rip Dean limb from limb for kissing her… No… he would have to control that particular brotherly feeling…
Ron gave a great grunting snore.
She's Ron's sister, Harry told himself firmly. Ron's sister. She's out-of-bounds. He would not risk his friendship with Ron for anything. He punched his pillow into a more comfortable shape and waited for sleep to come, trying his utmost not to allow his thoughts to stray anywhere near Ginny. …...
Here Harry is trying to convince himself that he does not have a crush on Ginny. What is interesting to me is that “they had lived like brother and sister all summer”. This proves that when Ginny was introduced at the beginning of the book as the younger sister, Harry truly did see her only as family.
Harry awoke next morning feeling slightly dazed and confused by a series of dreams in which Ron had chased him with a Beater's bat, but by midday he would have happily exchanged the dream Ron for the real one, who was not only cold-shouldering Ginny and Dean, but also treating a hurt and bewildered Hermione with an icy, sneering indifference. …..
"ENOUGH!" bellowed Harry, who had seen Ginny glowering in Ron's direction and, remembering her reputation as an accomplished caster of the Bat-Bogey Hex, soared over to intervene before things got out of hand. …...
I wouldn't say that this is Harry recognizing her skills, because he's basing it on what he's heard, not what he has seen.
Ginny and Demelza were already wearing their Quidditch robes and waiting in the changing room.
"Conditions look ideal," said Ginny, ignoring Ron. "And guess what? That Slytherin Chaser Vaisey — he took a Bludger in the head yesterday during their practice, and he's too sore to play! And even better than that — Malfoy's gone off sick too!"
"What?" said Harry, wheeling around to stare at her. "He's ill? What's wrong with him?"
"No idea, but it's great for us," said Ginny brightly. "They're playing Harper instead; he's in my year and he's an idiot."
Harry smiled back vaguely, but as he pulled on his scarlet robes his mind was far from Quidditch. Malfoy had once before claimed he could not play due to injury, but on that occasion he had made sure the whole match was rescheduled for a time that suited the Slytherins better. Why was he now happy to let a substitute go on? Was he really ill, or was he faking? …...
When Harry and Ginny are not physically touching, Ginny is only referred to as Ginny. There is no mention of how she looks, or any feelings on his part. What I am trying to say is that in my experience I think things about the person I was crushing on. I would think about how their hair looked, or how their accomplishments (ex. good grades) made them that much more suitable for me. Harry doesn't. He just goes back to obsessing over Malfoy.
With half and hour of the game gone, Gryffindor were leading sixty points to zero, Ron having made some truly spectacular saves, some by the very tips of his gloves, and Ginny having scored four of Gryffindor's six goals. …...
"Ginny, where're you going?" yelled Harry, who had found himself trapped in the midst of a mass midair hug with the rest of the team, but Ginny sped right on past them until, with an almighty crash, she collided with the commentators podium.
As the crowd shrieked and laughed, the Gryffindor team landed beside the wreckage of wood under which Zacharias was feebly stirring; Harry heard Ginny saying blithely to an irate Professor McGonagall, "Forgot to brake, Professor, sorry."
Laughing, Harry broke free of the rest of the team and hugged Ginny, but let go very quickly. Avoiding her gaze, he clapped cheering Ron on the back instead as, all enmity forgotten, the Gryffindor team left the pitch arm in arm, punching the air and waving to their supporters. …...
Harry and Ginny having physical contact, and Harry becoming awkward/self conscious. Another typical sign of having a crush.
The laughing score is now 10:12.
The atmosphere in the changing room was jubilant.
“Party up in the common room, Seamus said!” yelled Dean exuberantly. “C'mon, Ginny, Demelza!”
Ron and Harry were the last two in the changing room. …...
As he was ducking toward the drinks table, he walked straight into Ginny, Arnold the Pygmy Puff riding on her shoulder and Crookshanks mewing hopefully at her heels.
"Looking for Ron?" she asked, smirking. "He's over there, the filthy hypocrite."
Harry looked into the corner she was indicating. There, in full view of the whole room, stood Ron wrapped so closely around Lavender Brown it was hard to tell whose hands were whose.
"It looks like he's eating her face, doesn't it?" said Ginny dispassionately. "But I suppose he's got to refine his technique somehow. Good game, Harry."
She patted him on the arm; Harry felt a swooping sensation in his stomach, but then she walked off to help herself to more butterbeer.
Contact, followed by lust.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 15
“There isn't anyone I want to invite,” mumbled Harry, who was still trying not to think about Ginny any more than he could help, despite the fact that she kept cropping up in his dreams in ways that made him devoutly thankful that Ron could not perform Legilimency. …..
Harry talking to Hermione about Slughorn's Christmas Party. He's being a typical teenage boy and dreaming about his crush in sexual ways.
"Don't call her that, Ron!" snapped Ginny, pausing behind Harry on her way to join friends. "I'm really glad you're taking her Harry, she's so excited."
And she moved on down the table to sit with Dean. Harry tried to feel pleased that Ginny was glad he was taking Luna to the party but could not quite manage it. A long way along the table Hermione was sitting alone, playing with her stew. Harry noticed Ron looking at her furtively.
Not much here, just Harry being disappointed that his crush doesn't mind him taking one of her best friends to a party. He's disappointed that Ginny doesn't seem to care. I'm sure we've all felt like that when our crush acts like that.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 16
“And speaking of hitherto unsuspected skills, Ronald,” said George, “what is this we hear from Ginny about you and a young lady called – unless our information is faulty – Lavender Brown?”.......
“Then, as Charlie isn't coming home, that just leaves Harry and Ron in the attic, and if Fleur shares with Ginny -”
“- that'll make Ginny's Christmas -”.......
The Weasleys and their guests were sitting in the living room, which Ginny had decorated so lavishly that it was rather like sitting in a paper-chain explosion. …...
Under cover of a particularly jazzy number called "A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love," Fred and George started a game of Exploding Snap with Ginny. …...
"Harry, you've got a maggot in your hair," said Ginny cheerfully, leaning across the table to pick it out; Harry felt goose bumps erupt up his neck that had nothing to do with the maggot. …...
Everybody looked quickly at the window; Ginny stood up for a better look. …...
Nobody seemed to find Scrimgeour's pretense that he did not know Harry's name convincing , or find it natural that he should be chosen to accompany the Minister around the garden when Ginny, Fleur, and George also had clean plates. …...
These were all of Ginny's mentions in Harry's thoughts over Christmas break at the Burrow. Again, Ginny does not have any descriptions to go along with her name. She also is only mentioned when she is physically there – no thoughts about her when she is not in the same room with Harry. Harry only reacts to her when they have skin contact.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 17
Late in the afternoon, a few days after New Year, Harry, Ron, and Ginny lined up beside the kitchen fire to return to Hogwarts. The Ministry had arranged this one-off connection to the Floo Network to return students quickly and safely to the school. Only Mrs. Weasley was there to say good-bye, as Mr. Weasley, Fred, George, Bill, and Fleur were all at work. Mrs. Weasley dissolved into tears at the moment of parting. Admittedly, it took very little to set her off lately; she had been crying on and off ever since Percy had stormed from the house on Christmas Day with his glasses splattered with mashed parsnip (for which Fred, George, and Ginny all claimed credit).
“Don't cry, Mum,” said Ginny, patting her on the back as Mrs. Weasley sobbed into her shoulder. “It's okay...”
“Yeah, don't worry about us,” said Ron, permitting his mother to plant a very wet kiss on his cheek, “or about Percy. He's such a prat, it's not really a loss, is it?” …...
Harry straightened his glasses and flattened his hair as Ron came spinning into view. When Ginny had arrived, all three of them trooped out of McGonagall's office and off toward Gryffindor Tower. ….
Hermione was hurrying toward them, very pink-faced and wearing a cloak, hat, and gloves. ….
Several onlookers sniggered; Hermione gave a tinkling laugh and said, "There's a table over here… Coming, Ginny?"
"No, thanks, I said I'd meet Dean," said Ginny, though Harry could not help noticing that she did not sound very enthusiastic.
Leaving Ron and Lavender locked in a kind of vertical wrestling, match, Harry led Hermione over to the spare table.
What I found interesting is that there is no mention of Harry's feelings when he notices that Ginny didn't sound enthusiastic. No mention of that making him feel slightly happier, or anything. There is also nothing important going on (like a situation with Slughorn or Malfoy) so there is nothing to stop that kind of thought.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 18
Harry checked with Hermione and Ginny: neither of them had received an invitation and nor, as far as they knew, had anybody else. Harry could not help wondering whether this meant that Slughorn was not quite as forgetful as he appeared, simply determined to give Harry no additional opportunities to question him.
Harry goes to both Ginny and Hermione to see if Slughorn had given them another invitation. Harry's focus is on getting the memory from Slughorn, not any romantic feelings.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 19
Ron's was the only occupied bed. Harry, Hermione, and Ginny were sitting around him; they had spent all day waiting outside the double doors, trying to see inside whenever somebody went in or out. …..
“This isn't how he imagined handing over our present,” said George grimly, putting down a large wrapped gift on Ron's bedside cabinet and sitting beside Ginny. …...
“You were in Hogsmeade?” asked Ginny, looking up. …..
She had been exceptionally quiet all day. Having hurtled, white-faced, up to Harry outside the hospital wing and demanded to know what had happened., she had taken almost no part in Harry and Ginny's obsessive discussion about how Ron had been poisoned, but merely stood beside them, clench-jawed and frightened-looking, until at last they had been allowed in to see him.
"Do Mum and Dad know?" Fred asked Ginny.
"They've already seen him, they arrived an hour ago — they're in Dumbledore's office now, but they'll be back soon…" …...
“Why would Slughorn want to poison Harry?” asked Ginny.
“I dunno,” said Fred, “but there must be loads of people who'd like to poison Harry, mustn't there? 'The Chosen One' and all that?”
“So you think Slughorn's a Death Eater?” said Ginny.
“Anything's possible,” said Fred darkly.
“He could be under the Imperius Curse,” said George.
“Or he could be innocent,” said Ginny. “The poison could have been in the bottle, in which case it was probably meant for Slughorn himself.”
“Who'd want to kill Slughorn?”
“Dumbledore reckons Voldemort wanted Slughorn on his side.” said Harry. …..
“But you said Slughorn had been planning to give that bottle to Dumbledore for Christmas,” Ginny reminded him. “So the poisoner could just as easily have been after Dumbledore.”
“Then the poisoner didn't know Slughorn very well,” said Hermione, speaking for the first time in hours and sounding as though she had a bad head cold. …...
Before anybody could respond to this ominous pronouncement, the dormitory doors opened again and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley hurried up the ward. They had done no more than satisfy themselves that Ron would make a full recovery on their last visit to the ward; now Mrs. Weasley seized hold of Harry and hugged him very tightly.
"Dumbledore's told us how you saved him with the bezoar," she sobbed. "Oh, Harry, what can we say? You saved Ginny… you saved Arthur… now you've saved Ron."
"Don't be… I didn't…" muttered Harry awkwardly.
"Half our family does seem to owe you their lives, now I stop and think about it," Mr. Weasley said in a constricted voice. "Well, all I can say is that it was a lucky day for the Weasleys when Ron decided to sit in your compartment on the Hogwarts Express Harry."
Harry could not think of any reply to this and was almost glad when Madam Pomfrey reminded them that there were only supposed to be six visitors around Ron's bed; he and Hermione rose at once to leave and Hagrid decided to go with them, leaving Ron with his family. …...
The reaction of the Weasley's to Harry's role in Ron's poisoning confirms Harry's involvement with the Weasley's. It reaffirms his role as the “hero”. As Arthur says, almost half of the family owes Harry their life. And while Harry views the Weasley's as a surrogate family, he still feels like he is intruding during emotional family moments.
He paused. "Hermione going to look in before the match?" he added casually.
"No, she's already gone down to the pitch with Ginny." …...
"Where have you been?" demanded Ginny, as Harry sprinted into the changing rooms. The whole team was changed and ready; Coote and Peakes, the Beaters, were both hitting their clubs nervously against their legs.
"I met Malfoy," Harry told her quietly, as he pulled his scarlet robes over his head. "So I wanted to know how come he's up at the castle with a couple of girlfriends while everyone else is down here…"
“So I wanted to know how come he's up at the castle with a couple of girlfriends while everyone else is down here...”
“Does it matter right now?”
“Well, I'm not likely to find out, am I?” said Harry, seizing his Firebolt and pushing his glasses straight. “Come on then!”
And without another word, he marched out onto the pitch to deafening cheers and boos. …..
Ginny wants to know Harry was as the game is about to start, Harry tells her about Malfoy. She doesn't agree or disagree with him, focusing on the game.
“And that's Smith of Hufflepuff with the Quaffle,” said a dreamy voice, echoing over the grounds. “He did the commentary last time, of course, and Ginny Weasley flew into him, I think probably on purpose, it looked like it. Smith was being quite rude about Gryffindor, I expect he regrets that now he's playing them – oh, look, he's lost the Quaffle, Ginny took it from him, I do like her, she's very nice...”
Luna commentating on the match.
McLaggen had been shouting criticism at Ginny for allowing the Quaffle out of her possession, with the result that he had not noticed the large red ball soaring past his right ear. …..
Ginny and Demelza scored a goal apiece, giving the red-and-gold-clad supporters below something to cheer about. …..
"Ginny came in to visit while you were unconscious," he said, after a long pause, and Harry's imagination zoomed into overdrive, rapidly constructing a scene in which Ginny, weeping over his lifeless form, confessed her feelings of deep attraction to him while Ron gave them his blessing…
"She reckons you only just arrived on time for the match. How come? You left here early enough."
"Oh…" said Harry, as the scene in his mind's eye imploded. "Yeah… well, I saw Malfoy sneaking off with a couple of girls who didn't look like they wanted to be with him, and that's the second time he's made sure he isn't down on the Quidditch pitch with the rest of the school; he skipped the last match too, remember?" Harry sighed. "Wish I'd followed him now, the match was such a fiasco…"
The situation with Malfoy clearly takes precedence with Harry. Throughout this part, which starts with Harry visiting Ron in the hospital, continues with the Quidditch match, and ends with Harry waking up after his injury. During this Harry only thinks about Ginny in a romantic way for about a moment after he wakes up, until Ron mentions that he was late and the situation with Malfoy “imploded” into his mind.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 20
Hermione even escorted them down to breakfast, bringing with her the news that Ginny had argued with Dean. The drowsing creature in Harry's chest suddenly raised its head, sniffing the air hopefully.
"What did they row about?" he asked, trying to sound casual as they turned onto a seventh-floor corridor that was deserted but for a very small girl who had been examining a tapestry of trolls in tutus. She looked terrified at the sight of the approaching sixth years and dropped the heavy brass scales she was carrying. …...
"Never mind her," said Harry, a little impatiently. "What did Ginny and Dean row about, Hermione?"
"Oh, Dean was laughing about McLaggen hitting that Bludger at you," said Hermione. …...
"Yeah, well, there was no need for Ginny and Dean to split up over it," said Harry, still trying to sound casual. "Or are they still together?"
"Yes, they are — but why are you so interested?" asked Hermione, giving Harry a sharp look.
"I just don't want my Quidditch team messed up again!" he said hastily, but Hermione continued to look suspicious, and he was most relieved when a voice behind them called, "Harry!" giving him an excuse to turn his back on her.
For the first time Harry's “monster” shows up when he finds out Ginny and Dean argued. This means that his crush is growing.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 22
Harry did not answer. The thought of that little golden bottle had hovered on the edges of his imagination for some time; vague and unformulated plans that involved Ginny splitting up with Dean, and Ron somehow being happy to see her with a new boyfriend, had been fermenting in the depths of his brain, unacknowledged except during dreams or the twilight time between sleeping and waking… …...
Getting through the portrait hole was simple; as he approached it, Ginny and Dean came through it, and Harry was able to slip between them. As he did so, he brushed accidentally against Ginny.
"Don't push me, please, Dean," she said, sounding annoyed. "You're always doing that, I can get through perfectly well on my own…"
The portrait swung closed behind Harry, but not before he had heard Dean make an angry retort… His feeling of elation increasing, Harry strode off through the castle. He did not have to creep along, for he met nobody on his way, but this did not surprise him in the slightest. This evening, he was the luckiest person at Hogwarts.
First we have Harry imagining taking Felix Felicis, getting Ginny, and having Ron's blessing. A very normal fantasy to have about your crush. Then we have Harry taking the Felix Felicis. Although he feels his elation increasing when Ginny and Dean argue, the way it goes on makes it sound as if it is the potion making him feel that way. I'm sure that hearing them argue would make him feel a little hopeful, but in that situation the potion clearly has precedence in his emotions and thoughts.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 24
"Coward," said Hermione, though she looked amused. "Well, it was a bad night for romance all around. Ginny and Dean split up too, Harry."
Harry thought there was a rather knowing look in her eye as she told him that, but she could not possibly know that his insides were suddenly dancing the conga.
Keeping his face as immobile and his voice as indifferent as he could, he asked, "How come?"
"Oh, something really silly… She said he was always trying to help her through the portrait hole, like she couldn't climb in herself… but they've been a bit rocky for ages."
Harry glanced over at Dean on the other side of the classroom. He certainly looked unhappy.
"Of course, this puts you in a bit of a dilemma, doesn't it?" said Hermione.
“What d'you mean?” asked Harry quickly.
"The Quidditch team," said Hermione. "If Ginny and Dean aren't speaking…"
"Oh — oh yeah," said Harry. …...
Not much to say here. Harry's impatient and wants to know if his crush broke up with her boyfriend.
Neither of them seemed to have noticed that a fierce battle was raging inside Harry's brain:
She's Ron's sister.
But she's ditched Dean!
She's still Ron's sister.
I'm his best mate!
That'll make it worse.
If I talked to him first —
He'd hit you.
What if I don't care?
He's your best mate!
Harry barely noticed that they were climbing through the portrait hole into the sunny common room, and only vaguely registered the small group of seventh years clustered together there, until Hermione cried, "Katie! You're back! Are you okay?" …...
It is typical to be absorbed in your thoughts, and Harry is having a pretty big argument with himself. He wants Ginny but doesn't want to hurt his friendship with Ron.
He had to put the question to her at once; his curiosity even driving Ginny temporarily from his brain. …..
Just conformation of what I said earlier, the situation with Malfoy takes precedence in his mind.
Ginny did not seem at all upset about the breakup from Dean, on the contrary, she 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. Harry, laughing with the others, was glad to have an innocent reason to look at Ginny; he had received several more Bludger injuries during practice because he had not been keeping his eyes on the Snitch.
The laughing score is now 11:12.
The battle still raged inside his head: Ginny or Ron? Sometimes he thought that the post-Lavender Ron might not mind too much if he asked Ginny out, but then he remembered Ron's expression when he had seen her kissing Dean, and was sure that Ron would consider it base treachery if Harry so much as held her hand...
Yet Harry could not help himself talking to Ginny, laughing with her, walking back from practice with her; however much his conscience ached, he found himself wondering how best to get her on her own. It would have been ideal if Slughorn had given another of his little parties, for Ron would not be around — but unfortunately, Slughorn seemed to have given them up. Once or twice Harry considered asking for Hermione's help, but he did not think he could stand seeing the smug look on her face; he thought he caught it sometimes when Hermione spotted him staring at Ginny or laughing at her jokes. And to complicate matters, he 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.
All in all, the temptation to take another gulp of Felix Felicis was becoming stronger by the day, for surely this was a case for, as Hermione put it, "tweaking the circumstances"? The balmy days slid gently through May, and Ron seemed to be there at Harry's shoulder every time he saw Ginny. Harry found himself longing for a stroke of luck that would somehow cause Ron to realize that nothing would make him happier than his best friend and his sister falling for each other and to leave them alone together for longer than a few seconds. There seemed no chance of either while the final Quidditch game of the season was looming; Ron wanted to talk tactics with Harry all the time and had little thought for anything else. …...
The first sentience of the second paragraph interests me the most. For the first part Harry says that he cannot help himself from hanging out with Ginny. There is no talking about anything deep or personal; it is just friendly, lighthearted talk. The second part tells us that they are never hanging out alone – they are always in a group. It goes on to state Harry's jealously that Ginny may be asked out by someone else. In the second paragraph Harry fights the urge to use Felix Felicis to get Ginny... The emotions I see in these two paragraphs are jealousy, lust, and yearning.
Somehow, the game had become inextricably linked in Harry's mind with success or failure in his plans for Ginny. He could not help feeling that if they won by more than three hundred points, the scenes of euphoria and a nice loud after-match party might be just as good as a hearty swig of Felix Felicis. …...
He thinks the rush of winning the match (and the cup) with give him the rush he needs to get Ginny.
Harry had never made it to dinner; he had no appetite at all. He had just finished telling Ron, Hermione, and Ginny what had happened, not that there seemed to have been much need. The news had traveled very fast: Apparently Moaning Myrtle had taken it upon herself to pop up in every bathroom in the castle to tell the story; Malfoy had already been visited in the hospital wing by Pansy Parkinson, who had lost no time in vilifying Harry far and wide, and Snape had told the staff precisely what had happened. Harry had already been called out of the common room to endure fifteen highly unpleasant minutes in the company of Professor McGonagall, who had told him he was lucky not to have been expelled and that she supported wholeheartedly Snape's punishment of detention every Saturday until the end of term.
"I told you there was something wrong with that Prince person," Hermione said, evidently unable to stop herself. "And I was right, wasn't I."
"No, I don't think you were," said Harry stubbornly.
He was having a bad enough time without Hermione lecturing him; the looks on the Gryffindor team's faces when he had told them he would not be able to play on Saturday had been the worst punishment of all. He could feel Ginny's eyes on him now but did not meet them; he did not want to see disappointment or anger there.
He had just told her that she would be playing Seeker on Saturday and that Dean would be rejoining the team as Chaser in her place. Perhaps, if they won, Ginny and Dean would make up during the post-match euphoria… The thought went through Harry like an icy knife…
"Harry," said Hermione, "how can you still stick up for that book when that spell —"
"Will you stop harping on about the book!" snapped Harry. "The Prince only copied it out! It's not like he was advising anyone to use it! For all we know, he was making a note of something that had been used against him!"
"I don't believe this," said Hermione. "You're actually defending —"
"I'm not defending what I did!" said Harry quickly. "I wish I hadn't done it, and not just because I've got about a dozen detentions. You know I wouldn't've used a spell like that, not even on Malfoy, but you can't blame the Prince, he hadn't written 'try this out, it's really good' — he was just making notes for himself, wasn't he, not for anyone else…"
"Are you telling me," said Hermione, "that you're going to go back —?"
"And get the book? Yeah, I am," said Harry forcefully. "Listen, without the Prince I'd never have won the Felix Felicis. I'd never have known how to save Ron from poisoning, I'd never have —"
"— got a reputation for Potions brilliance you don't deserve," said Hermione nastily.
"Give it a rest, Hermione!" said Ginny, and Harry was so amazed, so grateful, he looked up. "By the sound of it, Malfoy was trying to use an Unforgivable Curse, you should be glad Harry had something good up his sleeve!"
"Well, of course I'm glad Harry wasn't cursed!" said Hermione, clearly stung. "But you can't call that Sectumsempra spell good, Ginny, look where it's landed him! And I'd have thought, seeing what this has done to your chances in the match —"
"Oh, don't start acting as though you understand Quidditch," snapped Ginny, "you'll only embarrass yourself."
Harry and Ron stared: Hermione and Ginny, who had always got on together very well, were now sitting with their arms folded, glaring in opposite directions.
Ron looked nervously at Harry, then snatched up a book at random and hid behind it. Harry, however, little though he knew he deserved it, felt unbelievably cheerful all of a sudden, even though none of them spoke again for the rest of the evening. …...
Harry doesn't want to see rejection (anger/disappointment means he is not in her good books) on Ginny's face. He's amazed when she stands up for him, and feels happy because of it. She stands up for him against Hermione. Also, this reconfirms that in her mind he is the Hero. We know that he was in the wrong, that he should never had used an unknown spell and that he had been cheating in potions the entire time, but he's unable to admit it and she's unable to accept that her Hero could mess up. Once again, she's excusing his behavior and egging him on when he does stupid things.
This brings us to her attack on Hermione. She is completely out of line here. She calls Sectumsempra “something good”, like it's a cool new spell. It's not. It does not matter what curse Draco was going to use, two wrongs do not make a right. And she accuses Hermione of wanting Harry to be cursed, which we know is the last thing Hermione would ever want! Hermione is very hurt by that statement, as she is “clearly stung”. To sting emotionally means “to cause mental or moral anguish”. She's very upset that Ginny could actually think that. She doesn't know where this attack is coming from either, as Ginny is supposed to be her best female friend. So, confused and hurt, she replies that “of course” she didn't want Harry to get hurt, but that Ginny can't excuse that spell. She then, knowing how much Quidditch means to Ginny, says she thought the Ginny would be upset over Harry not playing, like the rest of the team. Ginny then really insults her by telling her she knows nothing about Quidditch, and that she shouldn't pretend to. Hermione did nothing to Ginny, and Ginny just goes after her.
Harry looked around; there was Ginny running toward him; she had a hard, blazing look in her face as she threw her arms around him. And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her.
After several long moments — or it might have been half an hour — or possibly several sunlit days — they broke apart. The room had gone very quiet. Then several people wolf-whistled and there was an outbreak of nervous giggling. Harry looked over the top of Ginny's head to see Dean Thomas holding a shattered glass in his hand, and Romilda Vane looking as though she might throw something. Hermione was beaming, but Harry's eyes sought Ron. At last he found him, still clutching the Cup and wearing an expression appropriate to having been clubbed over the head.
For a fraction of a second they looked at each other, then Ron gave a tiny jerk of the head that Harry understood to mean, Well — if you must.
The creature in his chest roaring in triumph, he grinned down at Ginny and gestured wordlessly out of the portrait hole. A long walk in the grounds seemed indicated, during which — if they had time — they might discuss the match.
In this scene Harry and Ginny get together. When Ginny rushes to give him a big hug, he spontaneously kisses her. An interesting thing to note – we are not told Ginny's reaction. We're told Dean's, Romilda's, Hermione's, and Ron's, but not Ginny's. And Ginny's reaction is the one that truly matters.
After the kiss (and after getting reassurance from Ron) he gestures her to follow him. Now, while we don't know what they did on that walk, the fact that a) they are teenagers and b) he says they might discuss the match if they had time, leads me to believe they spent most of the time snogging. Even if they did more than snog, the fact that the match – which was one of the happiest and most recent things to happen – might only be talked about means that they probably talked about nothing deep or important.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 25
The fact that Harry Potter was going out with Ginny Weasley seemed to interest a great number of people, most of them girls, yet Harry found himself newly and happily impervious to gossip over the next few weeks. After all, it made a very nice change to be talked about because of something that was making him happier than he could remember being for a very long time, rather than because he had been involved in horrific scenes of Dark magic.
"You'd think people had better things to gossip about," said Ginny, as she sat on the common-room floor, leaning against Harry's legs and reading the Daily Prophet. "Three Dementor attacks in a week, and all Romilda Vane does is ask me if it's true you've got a Hippogriff tattooed across your chest."
Ron and Hermione both roared with laughter. Harry ignored them.
"What did you tell her?"
"I told her it's a Hungarian Horntail," said Ginny, turning a page of the newspaper idly. "Much more macho."
"Thanks," said Harry, grinning. "And what did you tell her Ron's got?"
The laughing score is now 12:12.
"A Pygmy Puff, but I didn't say where."
Ron scowled as Hermione rolled around laughing.
"Watch it," he said, pointing warningly at Harry and Ginny. "Just because I've given my permission doesn't mean I can't withdraw it —"
"Your permission", scoffed Ginny. "Since when did you give me permission to do anything? Anyway, you said yourself you'd rather it was Harry than Michael or Dean."
"Yeah, I would," said Ron grudgingly. "And just as long as you don't start snogging each other in public —"
"You filthy hypocrite! What about you and Lavender, thrashing around like a pair of eels all over the place?" demanded Ginny.
But Ron's tolerance was not to be tested much as they moved into June, for Harry and Ginny's time together was becoming increasingly restricted. Ginny's O.W.L.s were approaching and she was therefore forced to revise for hours into the night. On one such evening, when Ginny had retired to the library and Harry was sitting beside the window in the common room, supposedly finishing his Herbology homework but in reality reliving a particularly happy hour he had spent down by the lake with Ginny at lunch-time, Hermione dropped into the seat between him and Ron with an unpleasantly purposeful look on her face.
"I want to talk to you, Harry."
"What about?" said Harry suspiciously. Only the previous day, Hermione had told him off for distracting Ginny when she ought to be working hard for her examinations. …...
We get a scene of Harry and Ginny hanging out with Hermione and Ron. Now, at the beginning Harry says over a “few” weeks. That means over the next two through three weeks.
Then we have June beginning, along with exams. That means that their time together is extremely limited, which is enforced by the fact that he is thinking about a particularly happy hour with Ginny. The fact that a) it was really happy, b) it was only an hour, and c) they were by the lake shows that if they didn't spend the time snogging (which they probably did), they were just talking lightheartedly.
He had not dared to return to the Room of Requirement to retrieve his book, and his performance in Potions was suffering accordingly (though Slughorn, who approved of Ginny, had jocularly attributed this to Harry being lovesick). ….....
He was finding these detentions particularly irksome because they cut into the already limited time he could have been spending with Ginny. …...
“Already limited” shows that Harry and Ginny have practically no time together.
"You need what's wrapped in them, it's the Felix Felicis. Share it between yourselves and Ginny too. Say goodbye to her from me. I'd better go, Dumbledore's waiting —"
"No!" said Hermione, as Ron unwrapped the tiny little bottle of golden potion, looking awestruck. "We don't want it, you take it, who knows what you're going to be facing?"
"I'Il be fine, I'll be with Dumbledore," said Harry. "I want to know you lot are okay… don't look like that, Hermione, I'll see you later…"
Harry gives Ron the Felix Felicis so that he knows that Ron, Hermione, and Ginny are alright. This has no romantic tone, just a worry that something might happen to those he cares about.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 28
Harry now saw red hair flying like flames in front of him: Ginny was locked in combat with the lumpy Death Eater, Amycus, who was throwing hex after hex at her while she dodged them: Amycus was giggling, enjoying the sport: “Crucio – Crucio – you can't dance forever, pretty -”
“Impedimenta!” yelled Harry.
His jinx hit Amycus in the chest: He gave a piglike squeal of pain, was lifted off his feet and slammed into the opposite wall, slid down it, and fell out of sight behind Ron, Professor McGonagall, and Lupin.
This scene is very interesting. This is the second time we see Ginny in combat – the first was in the Department of Mysteries. “Locked in combat” sounds like she's dueling and matching someone. But if we continue to read the sentience, we see that Ginny is not casting any curses, or defending herself in any way – she's just dodging spells. She's not fighting.
It also causes Harry to act the Hero and save her again, as he's the one who takes out the Death Eater with one hex.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 29
He did not want to leave Dumbledore's side, he did not want to move anywhere. Hagrid's hand on his shoulder was trembling. Then another voice said, "Harry, come on."
A much smaller and warmer hand had enclosed his and was pulling him upward.
He obeyed its pressure without really thinking about it. Only as he walked blindly back through the crowd did he realize, from a trace of flowery scent on the air, that it was Ginny who was leading him back into the castle.
Incomprehensible voices battered him, sobs and shouts and wails stabbed the night, but Harry and Ginny walked on, back up the steps into the entrance hall. Faces swam on the edges of Harry's vision, people were peering at him, whispering, wondering, and Gryffindor rubies glistened on the floor like drops of blood as they made their way toward the marble staircase.
"We're going to the hospital wing," said Ginny.
"I'm not hurt," said Harry.
"It's McGonagalls orders," said Ginny. "Everyone's up there, Ron and Hermione and Lupin and everyone —"
Fear stirred in Harry's chest again: He had forgotten the inert figures he had left behind.
"Ginny, who else is dead?"
"Don't worry, none of us."
Ginny comes to get Harry, and pulls him up and into the castle. He doesn't go with her because it's Ginny – he didn't even realize who it was at first. As he is in shock over Dumbledore's death, he would have gone with anyone who pulled him.
“But the Dark Mark – Malfoy said he stepped over a body -”
“He stepped over Bill, but it's alright, he's alive.”
There was something in her voice, however, that Harry knew boded ill.
“Are you sure?”
“Of course I'm sure... he's a – a bit of a mess, that's all. Greyback attacked him. Madam Pomfrey says he won't – won't look the same anymore...”
Ginny's voice trembled a little.
“We don't really know what the aftereffects will be – I mean, Greyback being a werewolf, but not transformed at the time.”
“But the others... There were other bodies on the ground...”
“Neville and Professor Flitwick are both hurt, but Madam Pomfrey says they'll be alright. And a Death Eater's dead, he got hit by a Killing Curse that huge blonde one was firing off everywhere – Harry, if we hadn't had your Felix potion, I think we'd all have been killed, but everything seemed to just miss us -” ….
So. Bill has been mauled by Greyback, both Neville and Professor Flitwick are hurt. And now we learn that Ginny's dodging skills weren't even hers, but the luck potion's.
“Ron – Dumbledore's dead,” said Ginny.
“No!” Lupin looked wildly from Ginny to Harry, as though hoping the latter might contradict her, but when Harry did not, Lupin collapsed into a chair beside Bill's bed, his hands over his face. ….
He turned away and caught Ron's eye instead, exchanging in silence a look that confirmed what Ginny had said. …..
I messed up, Harry,” said Ron bleakly. “We did like you told us: We checked the Marauder's Map and we couldn't see Malfoy on it, so we thought he must be in the Room of Requirement, so me, Ginny, and Neville went to keep watch on it... but Malfoy got past us.”
“He came out of the room about an hour after we started keeping watch,” said Ginny. “He was on his own, clutching that awful shriveled arm -” …..
“Anyway,” Ginny went on, “he must have been checking whether the coast was clear to let the Death Eaters out, because the moment he saw us he threw something into the air and it all when pitch-black -” …..
“We tried everything, Lumos, Incendio,” said Ginny. “Nothing would penetrate the darkness; all we could do was grope our way out of the corridor again, and meanwhile we could hear people rushing past us. Obviously Malfoy could see because of that hand thing and was guiding them, but we didn't dare use any curses or anything in case we hit each other, and by the time we'd reached a corridor that was light, they'd gone.”
“Luckily,” said Remus hoarsely, “Ron, Ginny and Neville ran into us almost immediately and told us what had happened.” …...
“I saw him run running toward us, but that huge Death Eater's jinx just missed me right afterward and I ducked and lost track of things,” said Ginny. …..
As Professor McGonagall nodded, Harry felt Ginny move beside him and looked at her. Her slightly narrowed eyes were fixed upon Fleur, who was gazing down at Bill with a frozen expression on her face. …..
Completely bewildered, wondering whether the world had gone mad, he turned around: Ron looked as stunned as he felt and Ginny and Hermione were exchanging startled looks. …..
Harry stood up, murmured “See you in a bit” to Ron, Hermione, and Ginny, and followed Professor McGonagall back down the ward.
Nothing to say here.
Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince, Chapter 30
Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny were spending all of their time together. The beautiful weather seemed to mock them; Harry could imagine how it would have been if Dumbledore had not died, and they had had this time together at the very end of the year, Ginny's examinations finished, the pressure of homework lifted… and hour by hour, he put off saying the thing that he knew he must say, doing what he knew it was right to do, because it was too hard to forgo his best source of comfort. …...
Dumbledore just died, and Harry is clearly not in a good mental place. He and Ginny are never alone, and she is providing most of his comfort.
“I suppose I'm just going to have to accept that he really is going to marry her,” sighed Ginny later that evening, as she, Harry, Ron, and Hermione sat beside the open window of the Gryffindor common room, looking out over the twilight grounds.
“She's not that bad,” said Harry. “Ugly, though,” he added hastily as Ginny raised her eyebrows, and she let out a reluctant giggle.
I don't count this as part of the laughing count because Harry has every right to defend Fleur – all she has done is love Bill. It also shows insecurity on Ginny's part because she gets upset over Harry (rightly) standing up for another girl – a girl who is about to become her sister-in-law.
“Well , I suppose if Mum can stand it, I can.” …..
“I'm going to bed, yawned Ginny. “I haven't been sleeping that well since... well... I could do with some sleep.”
She kissed Harry (Ron looked away pointedly), waved at the other two, and departed for the girls' dormitories. …..
Harry's thoughts were interrupted by a nudge in the ribs from Ginny. ….
Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny filed into seats at the end of a row beside the lake. …..
“In there,” whispered Ginny in Harry's ear. ….
Then Ginny nudged him again and he looked around. …..
Tears were falling thick and fast into both Ginny's and Hermione's laps. ….
He looked away from Ginny and the others and stared out over the lake, toward the forest, as the little man in black droned on... …..
Harry looked at Ginny, Ron, and Hermione: Ron's face was screwed up as though the sunlight were blinding him. Hermione's face was glazed with tears, but Ginny was no longer crying. She met Harry's gaze with the same hard, blazing look that he had seen when she had hugged him after winning the Quidditch Cup in his absence, and he knew that at that moment they understood each other perfectly, and that when he told her what he was going to do now, she would not say "Be careful", or "Don't do it", but accept his decision, because she would not have expected anything less of him. And so he steeled himself to say what he had known he must say ever since Dumbledore had died.
"Ginny, listen…" he said very quietly, as the buzz of conversation grew louder around them and people began to get to their feet. "I can't be involved with you anymore. We've got to stop seeing each other. We can't be together."
She said, with an oddly twisted smile, "It's for some stupid, noble reason, isn't it?"
"It's been like… like something out of someone else's life, these last few weeks with you," said Harry. "But I can't… we can't… I've got things to do alone now."
“She would not have expected anything less.”
“It feels like someone else's life with you.”
She did not cry, she simply looked at him. …..
“What if I don't care?” said Ginny fiercely.
“I care,” said Harry. “How do you think I'd feel if this was your funeral... and it was my fault...”
"I never really gave up on you," she 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."......
“Hermione told me to get on with life, date a little, and act like myself.”
“Smart girl, that Hermione,” said Harry, trying to smile. “I just wish I'd asked you sooner. We could've had ages... months... years maybe...”
"But you've been too busy saving the wizarding world," said Ginny, half-laughing. "Well… I can't say I'm surprised. I knew this would happen in the end. I knew you wouldn't be happy unless you were hunting Voldemort. Maybe that's why I like you so much."
“I'm not surprised your going off to save the world. I knew you would go off to be the Hero, maybe that's why I like you.”
Harry could not bear to hear these things, nor did he think his resolution would hold if he remained sitting beside her. ….
With a miserable gesture, Harry got up, turned his back on Ginny and on Dumbledore's tomb, and walked away around the lake.
So let's look at my summaries of this section. Only one part is Harry talking – the “it's been like someone else's life” part. He's saying that it hasn't felt like his life, that he hasn't really been him. Except for Dumbledore's death, the “few weeks” they were together were filled with laughs and normal teenage stress like exams. As we know, that is not what Harry's life is like. This goes back to the beginning of the book, when the smell of the flowers could not override the gunpowder. He will never be able to forget his childhood or the war. Ginny will never be enough to distract him. And that's what Ginny has been in this book – a distraction. He has been able to pretend he's a normal boy. But he's not.
The other three summaries are from Ginny. The first one is Harry noticing she was expecting this. The second is her saying Hermione gave her a push to get over Harry and to show him her real personality. Going back to Harry's conversation with Hermione in the fifth book, we know that Ginny told Hermione she had given up on Harry some time after the Yule Ball, and before the end of the year. Therefore, her conversation with Hermione must have happened before that, that year. This also tells us that Ginny lied to Hermione, as Hermione would not lie to Harry.
The third is her saying that she probably likes him because he's being the Hero. Her crush on Harry never faded, and she thinks she likes him because he's the Hero. That is now canon. It is canon that her crush on Harry the Hero never faded.
Of course, the Harry/Ginny fans disagree with me on that. I've been told that it's not that, it's the fact that they share the same worldview and both know that defeating Voldemort comes first. However, the text refutes that. Let's look at that part again.
I can't say I'm surprised. I knew this would happen in the end.
She's not surprised, she's was expecting this. That can fit either interpretation – she knew he would do it because he's the Hero, or because she knows him/his personality. The second part is what confirms that it is the first interpretation that is correct.
I knew you wouldn't be happy unless you were hunting Voldemort. Maybe that's why I like you so much.
She knew Harry wouldn't be happy? Where has Harry ever been happy about being The Chosen One? Oh, that's right, he hasn't. There is not one scene in the entire series where Harry is happy about his fate. In fact, we see a lot of the opposite. As Harry himself angrily said, “You reckon I want to act the hero again?”
Yes, Harry. Yes she does. She just told you that. She just told you that she never stopped fancying Harry the Hero.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 5
Throwing aside the no longer glowing hairbrush, Harry stood up, swaying slightly, and saw Mrs. Weasley and Ginny running down the steps by the back door as Hagrid, who had also collapsed on the landing, clambered laboriously to his feet. …..
Ginny did not take part in picking up or guarding Harry, reenforcing innocent!Ginny as she was kept home, safe and away from all of the action.
He turned to Ginny and she answered his unspoken plea for information at once.
“Ron and Tonks should have been back first, but they missed their Portkey, it came back without them,” she said, pointing at a rusty oil can lying on the ground nearby. “And that one,” she pointed at an ancient sneaker, “should have been Dad and Fred's, they were supposed to be second. You and Hagrid were third and,” she checked her watch, “if they made it, George and Lupin ought to be back in about a minute. ….
“Mum!” shouted Ginny, pointing to a spot several feet away. …..
As the lamplight fell across George's head, Ginny gasped and Harry's stomach lurched: One of George's ears was missing. ….
Glad of something to do, Harry pulled him free, then headed through the empty kitchen and back into the sitting room, where Mrs. Weasley and Ginny were still tending to George. ….
“Did I hear someone else in the yard?” Ginny asked.
“Hermione and Kingsley,” said Harry.
“Thank goodness,” Ginny whispered. They looked at each other; Harry wanted to hug her, hold on to her; he did not even care much about that Mrs. Weasley was there, but before he could act on the impulse there was a great crash from the kitchen. …..
Harry wants to give and draw comfort from Ginny as they anxiously wait to see if the rest of their family/friends are all right.
Harry glanced at Ginny and motioned to her to accompany him back outside. As they walked through the kitchen she said in a low voice,
“Ron and Tonks should be back by now. They didn't have a long journey; Auntie Muriel's not that far from here.” …..
As they walked down the back steps into the dark yard, Ginny took his hand. …..
It's Ginny that makes the move to connect them, not Harry.
None of them looked around when Harry and Ginny joined their silent vigil. ….
“No,” said Ginny. “we're still waiting for Bill and Fleur and Mad-Eye and Mundungus. I'm going to tell Mum and Dad you're okay, Ron -”
She ran back inside. …....
Mr. and Mrs. Weasley came racing down the back steps, Ginny behind them.
Nothing to say here.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6
He forced himself to look directly into her eyes, noticing as he did so that they were precisely the same shade of brown as Ginny's. This did not help. …...
He is noticing that Molly, the woman who has been a surrogate mother to him, has the same color eyes as his girlfriend; it makes him uncomfortable.
"I think Mum thinks that if she can stop the three of you getting together and planning, she'll be able to delay you leaving," Ginny told Harry in an undertone, as they laid the table for dinner on the third night of his stay.
"And then what does she think's going to happen?" Harry muttered. "Someone else might kill off Voldemort while she's holding us here making vol-au-vents?"
He had spoken without thinking, and saw Ginny's face whiten.
"So it's true?" she said. "That's what you're trying to do?"
"I – not – I was joking," said Harry evasively.
They stared at each other, and there was something more than shock in Ginny's expression. Suddenly Harry became aware that this was the first time that he had been alone with her since those stolen hours in secluded corners of the Hogwarts grounds. He was sure she was remembering them too. …...
This is the first time they have had a deeper conversation/one about the war (other than Harry saying Voldemort might go after her again). The moment Harry makes a comment about the reality of the war, Ginny whitens. When someone whitens, it's almost always out of fear. Here her innocence is coming out – she likes the idea of Harry the Hero, but the reality of it scares her.
Harry found himself crammed beside Ginny; the unsaid things that had just passed between them made him wish they had been separated by a few more people. He was trying so hard to avoid brushing her arm he could barely cut his chicken. …..
Right after that conversation, people come in and Harry is crammed by Ginny. The fact that he feels uncomfortable and wishes to be separated by more people shows that when reality hits he feels uncomfortable around her.
“Oh, Ron's mum forgot that she asked Ginny and me to change the sheets yesterday,” said Hermione. …..
“Ginny's probably left a speck of dust on a poxy napkin ring,” said Ron. …..
“And once the diary was properly destroyed, the bit of soul trapped in it could no longer exist. Ginny tried to get rid of the diary before you did, flushing it away, but obviously it came back good as new.”
“Hang on,” said Ron, frowning. “The bit of soul in that diary was possessing Ginny, wasn't it? How does that work, then?” …..
Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny were feeling quite resentful toward Fleur's family by this time, and it was with ill grace that Ron stumped back upstairs to put on matching socks, and Harry attempted to flatten his hair. …..
Nothing to say here.
Gabrielle was Fleur in miniature; eleven years old, with waist-length hair of pure, silvery blonde, she gave Mrs. Weasley a dazzling smile and hugged her, then threw Harry a glowing look, batting her eyelashes. Ginny cleared her throat loudly.
Ginny gets jealous because of an eleven-year-old.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 7
“Harry, will you come in here a moment?”
It was Ginny. ….
Feeling nervous, Harry followed Ginny into her room.
Harry's nervous to be alone with Ginny. Nervous means “anxious or apprehensive”. Apprehensive means “anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen”. Harry's scared to be alone with Ginny, he doesn't feel comfortable. They're in reality and Harry feels uncomfortable.
He had never been inside it before. …..
Ginny looked up into Harry's face, took a deep breath, and said, "Happy seventeenth."
She was looking at him steadily; he however, found it difficult to look back at her; it was like gazing into a brilliant light.
"Nice view," he said feebly, pointing toward with window.
She ignored this. He could not blame her.
"I couldn't think what to get you," she said.
"You didn't have to get me anything."
She disregarded this too.
"I didn't know what would be useful. Nothing too big, because you wouldn't be able to take it with you."
He chanced a glance at her. She was not tearful; that was one of the many wonderful things about Ginny, she was rarely weepy. He had sometimes thought that having six brothers must have toughened her up.
She took a step closer to him.
"So then I thought, I'd like you to have something to remember me by, you know, if you meet some veela when you're off doing whatever you're doing."
"I think dating opportunities are going to be pretty thin on the ground, to be honest."
"There's the silver lining I've been looking for," she whispered, and then she was kissing him as she had never kissed him before, and Harry was kissing her back, and it was blissful oblivion better than firewhisky; she was the only real thing in the world, Ginny, the feel of her, one hand at her back and one in her long, sweet-smelling hair- …...
He likes that she rarely cries, she gives him a kiss for his birthday.
The door banged open behind them and they jumped apart. ….
There was a strained silence, then Ginny said in a flat little voice,
“Well, happy birthday anyway, Harry.” ….
Harry wanted to slam the door in their faces, but it felt as though a cold draft had entered the room when the door opened, and his shining moment had popped like a soap bubble. All the reasons for ending his relationship with Ginny, for staying well away from her, seemed to have slunk inside the room with Ron, and all happy forgetfulness was gone.
He looked at Ginny, wanting to say something, though he hardly knew what, but she had turned her back on him. He thought that she might have succumbed, for once, to tears. He could not do anything to comfort her in front of Ron.
“I'll see you later,” he said, and followed the other two out of the bedroom. …..
When Ron comes in, reality hits Harry again. While he is lusting after Ginny and still has his crush on her, the “happy forgetfulness” of being with her is gone. He get's to forget about the world when they kiss, but it becomes awkward and tense when reality comes back.
“You ditched her. What are you doing now, messing her around?”
“I'm not messing her around,” said Harry, as Hermione caught up with them.
But Ron held up a hand to silence her.
“She was really cut up when you ended it -”
“So was I. You know why I stopped it, and it wasn't because I wanted to.”
“Yeah, but you go snogging her now and she's just going to get her hopes up again -”
“She's not an idiot, she knows it can't happen, she's not expecting us to – to end up married, or -”
As he said it, a vivid picture formed in Harry's mind of Ginny in a white dress, marrying a tall, faceless, and unpleasant stranger. In one spiraling moment it seemed to hit him: Her future was free and unencumbered, whereas his... he could see nothing but Voldemort ahead.
“If you keep groping her every chance you get -”
“It won't happen again,” said Harry harshly. The day was cloudless, but he felt as though the sun had gone in. “Okay?” ….
Ginny did not seek another one-to-one meeting with Harry for the rest of the day, nor by any look or gesture did she show that they had shared more than polite conversation in her room. …..
He had a funny notion that he would find a chapter on compliments when he found time to peruse his copy of Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches; he caught Ginny's eye and grinned at her before remembering his promise to Ron and hurriedly striking up a conversation with Monsieur Delacour.
The laughing score is now 13:12.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8
“... and your hair's much to long, Ronald, for a moment I thought you were Ginerva. Merlin's beard, what is Xenophilius Lovegood wearing? He looks like an omelet. And who are you?” she barked at Harry. …....
While her radiance usually dimmed everyone else by comparison, today it beautified everybody it fell upon. Ginny and Gabrielle, both wearing golden dresses, looked even prettier than usual, and once Fleur had reached him, Bill did not look as though he had ever met Fenrir Greyback. …....
"Yes, my tiara set off the whole thing nicely," said Auntie Muriel in a rather carrying whisper. "But I must say, Ginevra's dress is far too low cut."
Ginny glanced around, grinning, winked at Harry, then quickly faced the front again. Harry's mind wandered a long way from the marquee, back to the afternoons spent alone with Ginny in lonely parts of the school grounds. They seemed so long ago; they had always seemed too good to be true, as though he had been stealing shining hours from a normal person's life, a person without a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead… …...
Once again we are told that during the few weeks they were together they spent time alone in abandoned corners on the grounds. Snogging anyone? That seems most likely, especially as they are teenagers.
We also hear again that it really hasn't felt like him, or felt like his life. It felt like a normal persons life, and we all know that Harry is no normal person.
"This girl is very nice-looking," Krum said, recalling Harry to his surroundings. Krum was pointing at Ginny, who had just joined Luna. "She is also a relative of yours?"
"Yeah," said Harry, suddenly irritated, "and she's seeing someone. Jealous type. Big bloke. You wouldn't want to cross him."
Harry get's jealous when Krum shows interest in Ginny.
Harry leaned up against one of the golden pillars and watched Ginny, who was now dancing with Fred and George's friend Lee Jordan, trying not to feel resentful about the promise he had given Ron.
So we have Harry sulking in a corner because he's resentful about the fact that he can't be with Ginny.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 9
But he thought of Ginny, and fear bubbled like acid in his stomach. …..
“It's your family, 'course you're worried. I'd feel the same way.” He thought of Ginny. “I do feel the same way.
They don't know what happened to the Weasley's after they left, Harry is afraid something has happened to Ginny.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 12
He was sure Ginny, Neville, and Luna were sitting together at this moment, perhaps wondering where he, Ron, and Hermione were, or debating how to best undermine Snape's new regime.
Nothing to say here.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 15
“What? No!” he said defensively. “I remember everything we've done while I've been wearing it. I wouldn't know what I'd done if I'd been possessed, would I? Ginny told me there were times when she couldn't remember anything.” …....
Didn't you hear about that, Ted?” asked Dirk. “About the kids who tried to steal Gryffindor's sword out of Snape's office at Hogwarts?” …..
“Hardly,” chortled Dirk. “Griphook here told me, he heard about it from Bill Weasley who works for the bank. One of the kids who tried to take the sword was Bill's younger sister.” …..
“She and a couple of friends got into Snape's office and smashed open the glass case where he was apparently keeping the sword. Snape caught them as they were trying to smuggle it down the staircase.” …...
Inside the tent, Harry closed his eyes, willing someone to ask the question he needed answered, and after a minute that seemed ten, Dean obliged; he was (Harry remembered with a jolt) an ex-boyfriend of Ginny's too.
“What happened to Ginny and the others? The ones who tried to steal it?” …...
Harry wants to know what happened to his friends, as he cares about them. I will never say that Harry doesn't care about Ginny, only that he isn't in love with her. There is a crucial difference between the two.
Harry, who had found the need to remain silent increasingly difficult the longer they eavesdropped, now found himself unable to say more than, “Ginny – the sword -” …...
“Ah,” said Phineas Nigellus, now turning his head this way and that in an effort to catch sight of Harry, “yes. That silly girl acted most unwisely there -”
“Shut up about my sister,” said Ron roughly. Phineas Nigellus raised supercilious eyebrows.
“Who else is here?” he asked, turning his head from side to side. “Your tone displeases me! The girl and her friends were foolhardy in the extreme. Thieving from the headmaster!” …...
“It belongs to Professor Snape's school,” said Phineas Nigellus. “Exactly what claim did the Weasley girl have upon it? She deserved her punishment, as did the idiot Longbottom and the Lovegood oddity!” …...
“Professor Black,” said Hermione, “couldn't you just tell us, please, when the last time the sword was taken out of its case? Before Ginny took it out, I mean?” …...
“Never mind that! How did Snape punish Ginny, Neville, and Luna?” asked Harry urgently.
“Professor Snape sent them into the Forbidden Forest, to do some work for the oaf, Hagrid.” …..
“And Snape might've thought that was a punishment,” said Harry, “but Ginny, Neville, and Luna probably had a good laugh with Hagrid. The Forbidden Forest... they've faced plenty worse than the Forbidden Forest, big deal!”
He felt relieved; he had been imagining horrors, the Cruciatus Curse at the very least. ….....
So here we learn that while Ginny, Neville, and Luna tried to steal the sword; they weren't punished. Also, Harry is not hugely relieved, he does not sink to the floor with relief, or anything like that. He does not have a strong reaction to Ginny being alright, just a normal one he would have with any friend of his.
“Professor Black,” said Hermione, “couldn't you just tell us, please, when was the last time the sword was taken out of its case? Before Ginny took it out, I mean?” …...
“Yeah, maybe I will!” shouted Ron, and he took several steps towards Harry, who did not back away. “Didn't you hear what they said about my sister? But you don't give a rat's fart, do you, it's only the Forbidden Forest, Harry I've-Faced-Worse Potter doesn't care what happens to her in there – well, I do, all right, giant spiders and mental stuff -”
“I was only saying – she was with the others, they were with Hagrid -”
Nothing to say here.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 16
However, Ron did not appear on the map and after a while Harry found himself taking it out simply to stare at Ginny's name in the girl's dormitory, wondering whether the intensity with which he gazed at it might break into her sleep, that she would somehow know he was thinking about her, hoping that she was all right.
Here is the first time Harry watches Ginny's dot. Originally, he doesn't get out the map to watch for Ginny's dot. He gets it out to watch for Ron, to know when Ron returned to Hogwarts. He's thinking about her and hoping she's alright, but none of this shows that Harry has deep feelings for Ginny, all it shows is him obsessing over her.
They were spending many evenings in near silence and Hermione took to bringing out Phineas Nigellus's portrait and propping it up in a chair, as though he might fill part of the gaping hole left by Ron's departure. Despite his previous assertion that he would never visit them again, Phineas Nigellus did not seem able to resist the chance to find out more about what Harry was up to and consented to reappear, blindfolded, every few days of so. Harry was even glad to see him, because he was company, albeit of a snide and taunting kind. They relished any news about what was happening at Hogwarts, though Phineas Nigellus was not an ideal informer. He venerated Snape, the first Slytherin headmaster since he himself had controlled the school, and they had to be careful not to criticize or ask impertinent questions about Snape, or Phineas Nigellus would instantly leave his painting.
However, he did let drop certain snippets. Snape seemed to be facing a constant, low level of mutiny from a hard core of students. Ginny had been banned from going into Hogsmeade. Snape had reinstated Umbridge's old decree forbidding gatherings of three or more students or any unofficial student societies. From all of these things, Harry deduced that Ginny, and probably Neville and Luna along with her, had been doing their best to continue Dumbledore's Army.
This scant news made Harry want to see Ginny so badly it felt like a stomachache; but it also made him think of Ron again, and of Dumbledore, and of Hogwarts itself, which he missed nearly as much as his ex-girlfriend.
Indeed, as Phineas Niggellus talked about Snape's crackdown, Harry experienced a split second of madness when he imagined simply going back to school to join the destabilization of Snape's regime: Being fed and having a soft bed, and other people being in charge, seemed the most wonderful prospect in the world at this moment. But then he remembered that he was Undesirable Number One, that there was a ten-thousand Galleon price on his head, and that to walk into Hogwarts these days was just as dangerous as walking into the Ministry of Magic. Indeed, Phineas Nigellus inadvertently emphasized this fact by slipping in leading questions about Harry and Hermione's whereabouts. Hermione shoved him back inside the beaded bag every time he did this, and Phineas Nigellus invariably refused to reappear for several days after these unceremonious good-byes. …...
What this part shows is that Harry longs for his home. He longs for the familiar and the little easiness of his childhood - “Being fed and having a soft bed, and other people being in charge, seemed the most wonderful prospect in the world at this moment.” The news that Ginny is going what he used to do – banned from Hogsmeade, running Dumbledore's Army with her two closest friends, and causing chaos reminds him of past times where he got to be as much of a kid he was allowed to be.
“You know,” he hesitated: He did not want to say Ron's name. “Ginny's great-aunt. At the wedding. The one who said you had skinny ankles.”
Harry only uses Ginny's name because he doesn't want to mention Ron, and Ginny is the next Weasley they're closest to.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 18
He was on the point of taking out the Marauder's Map, so as to watch Ginny's dot for a while, before he remembered that it was the Christmas holidays and that she would be back at the Burrow.
Watching her dot allows him to escape from his life and think about something else. It's also somewhere around the 26th or 27th of December by now – they have already gone to Godric's Hollow – so winter break started a while ago. This shows that he has not been watching the map for some time now.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 20
“I wasn't at the Burrow!” said Ron with an incredulous laugh. “Do you think I was going to go back there and tell them all I'd walked out on you? Yeah, Fred and George would've been great about it. And Ginny, she'd have been really understanding.” …..
They were very high up; a bird fluttered past the window as he stared in the direction of the Burrow, now invisible beyond another line of hills. Ginny was over there somewhere. They were closer to each other today than they had been since Bill and Fleur's wedding, but she could have no idea he was gazing toward her now, thinking of her. He supposed he ought to be glad of it; anyone he came into contact with was in danger, Xenophilius's attitude proved that.
Harry is thinking about Ginny because they are so close to the Burrow.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 21
Luna had decorated her bedroom with five beautifully painted faces: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Neville.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 24
“... lucky that Ginny's on holiday. If she'd been at Hogwarts, they could have taken her before we reached her. Now we know she's safe too.”
So now we know that no harm came to Ginny from the Death Eaters, that the Weasley's went into hiding before they could be caught.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 25
“Everything's fine,” he told Fleur. “Ollivander settled in, Mum and Dad say hello. Ginny sends you all her love. Fred and George are driving Muriel up the wall, they're still operating and Owl-Order business out of her back room. It cheered her up to have her tiara back, though. She said she thought we'd stolen it.”
Nothing to say here.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 29
“We used to sneak out at night and put graffiti on the walls: Dumbledore's Army, Still Recruiting, stuff like that. Snape hated it.”
“You used to?” said Harry, who had noticed the past tense.
“Well, it got more difficult as time went on,” said Neville. “We lost Luna at Christmas, and Ginny never came back after Easter, and the three of us were sort of the leaders. The Carrows seemed to know I was behind a lot of it, so they started coming down on me hard, and then Michael Corner went and got caught releasing a first-year they chained up, and they tortured him pretty badly. That scared people off.” …..
“Yeah, well, I couldn't ask people to go through what Michael did, so we dropped those kind of stunts. But we were still fighting, doing underground stuff, right up until a couple of weeks ago.”
We hear about how Neville got his gashes, but I didn't pull that part. This is the only part relating to Ginny. We know that there was low level mutiny for most of the year, Luna and Ginny left, and then things got bad. We also know that, unlike Luna, Ginny was safe and sound with her family; not being held captive by Death Eaters. All the injuries happened after Ginny left. What was going on while Ginny was there? They were putting graffiti on the walls, and probably more “underground” stuff (underground means “a group or movement organized secretly to work against an existing regime”). It is unlikely that they were physically hurt during that time, but if caught they would've had other punishments – Ginny was banned from Hogsmeade, and we don't know why. It's obviously a punishment, though.
“I sent for her,” said Neville, holding up the fake Galleon. “I promised her and Ginny that if you turned up I'd let them know. We all thought that if you came back, it would mean revolution. That we were going to overthrow Snape and the Carrows.” …..
There was another noise behind them, and Harry turned. His heart seemed to fail: Ginny was now climbing through the hole in the wall, closely followed by Fred, George, and Lee Jordan. Ginny gave Harry a radiant smile: He had forgotten, or had never fully appreciated, how beautiful she was, but he had never been less pleased to see her. ….
Harry's heart stopped when he saw Ginny, and not in a good way. He gets distracted by how pretty she is, and goes back to being horrified at seeing her there. We also see his heart fail one other time in the battle – when the Death Eaters penetrate Hogwarts (DH 635-6).
He looked hopefully toward the little group of Ravenclaws, to Padma, Michael, Terry, and Cho, but it was Luna who answered, perched on the arm of Ginny's chair. …...
Cho had gotten to her feet, but Ginny said rather fiercely, “No, Luna will take Harry, won't you, Luna?
Once again Ginny gets jealous over a girl she knows Harry thinks is pretty. And used to date, but Ginny knows how that had ended.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 30
Mrs. Weasley was struggling with Ginny. Around them stood Lupin, Fred, George, Bill, and Fleur.
“You're underage!” Mrs. Weasley shouted at her daughter as Harry approached. “I won't permit it! The boys, yes, but you, you've got to go home!”
Ginny's hair flew as she pulled her arm out of her mother's grip.
“I'm in Dumbledore's Army -”
“A teenagers' gang!”
“A teenagers' gang that's about to take him on, which no one else has dared to do!” said Fred.
“She's sixteen!” shouted Mrs. Weasley. “She's not old enough! What you two were thinking, bringing her with you -”
Fred and George looked slightly ashamed of themselves.
“Mum's right, Ginny,” said Bill gently. “You can't do this. Everyone underage will have to leave, it's only right.”
“I can't go home!” Ginny shouted, angry tears sparkling in her eyes. “My whole family's here, I can't stand waiting there alone and not knowing and -”
She's throwing a temper tantrum because no one will let her fight – innocent! and child!Ginny has to be protected at all costs. I get that she loves people who are fighting, but others have loved ones fighting too.
Her eyes met Harry's for the first time. She looked at him beseechingly, but he shook his head and she turned away bitterly.
“Fine,” she said, staring at the entrance to the tunnel back to the Hog's Head. “I'll say good-bye, then, and, -” …..
“Ginny!” barked Mrs. Weasley.
Ginny had been attempting, under the cover of the reconciliation, to sneak upstairs too.
Ginny tries to sneak out from under her mother's eye.
“Molly, how about this,” said Lupin. “Why doesn't Ginny stay here, then at least she'll be on the scene and know what's going on, but she won't be in the middle of the fighting?”
“That's a good idea,” said Mr. Weasley firmly. “Ginny, you stay in this room, you hear me?”
Ginny did not seem to like the idea very much, but under her father's unusually stern gaze, she nodded. ….....
“They said something about a bathroom,” said Ginny, “not long after you left.”
A compromise gets reached, Ginny gets to stay at Hogwarts – but away from all the fighting.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31
It was empty except for three women: Ginny, Tonks, and an elderly witch wearing a moth-eaten hat, whom Harry recognized immediately as Neville's grandmother. …..
“Is everyone okay?” said Ginny and Tonks together. …..
"Ginny," said Harry, "I'm sorry, but we need you to leave too. Just for a bit. Then you can come back in."
Ginny looked simply delighted to leave her sanctuary.
"And then you can come back in!" he shouted after her as she ran up the steps after Tonks. "You've got to come back in!"......
“As long as it's not any of our lot!” said a voice: Harry turned and saw Ginny and Tonks, both with their wands drawn at the next window, which was missing several panes. Even as he watched, Ginny sent a well-aimed jinx into a crowd of fighters below. ….
Ginny sends a hex into a crowd below her. This is the only spell we hear of her casting in the Final Battle. And it doesn't count for our 'hearing an offensive spell' because we don't hear the incantation, like we did with the other spell – and most of the spells other characters cast. Ginny is a rarity in that.
“Tonks,” said Ginny, “Tonks, I'm sure he's okay -” …..
Ginny turned, helpless, to Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
“They'll be alright,” said Harry, though he knew they were empty words. “Ginny, we'll be back in a moment, just keep out of the way, keep safe – come on!” he said to Ron and Hermione, and they ran back to the stretch of wall beyond which the Room of Requirement was waiting to do the bidding of the next entrant. …...
Panic flared withing him.
"Where's Ginny?" he said sharply. "She was here. She was supposed to be going back into the Room of Requirement."
The battle has started, and Harry wants her to stay in the Room of Requirement where it's safe. This shows that Harry still doesn't recognize her skills, he is still dismissing any thought of her being able to fight. It also reenforces innocent!Ginny.
Now you could say that he is wanting her to stay safe because he loves and cares about her, but he loves and cares about a lot of the people fighting, and he never protested when they rushed off to fight.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 32
But Harry knew how Ron felt: Pursuing another Horcrux could not bring the satisfaction of revenge; he too wanted to fight, to punish them, the people who had killed Fred, and he wanted to find the other Weasleys, and above all make sure, make quite sure, that Ginny was not – but he could not permit that idea to form in his mind -”
Fred has just been killed in front of them. Percy has chased after the Death Eaters that killed his brother. Harry's driven mad by his grief, just as much as Ron is, wants to make sure that the rest of the Weasley's – his family – are alive. Especially Ginny, innocent Ginny. We know Harry doesn't think she can hold her own. Rightly so, as we haven't ever seen her hold her own.
Also, the fact that Harry can't think about it is not unique to Ginny. He “could not bear to contemplate” the thought of Luna being dead (DH 425). He also has a stronger reaction to the idea of Ron or Hermione being killed than he has for Ginny – “The awfulness of that possibility smothered him for a moment, making it impossible to keep talking.” (DH 695-6). He couldn't bear to think about Luna or Ginny being dead, but the thought of that happening to Ron or Hermione was so painful he stopped talking.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33
Harry saw Hermione approach Ginny, whose face was swollen and blotchy, and hug her. …..
As Ginny and Hermione moved closer to the rest of the family, Harry had a clear view of the bodies lying next to Fred: Remus and Tonks, pale and still and peaceful-looking, apparently asleep beneath the dark, enchanted ceiling.
Harry leaves after that, stunned by the deaths and blaming himself for all of them.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 34
People were moving around, trying to comfort each other, drinking, kneeling beside the dead, but he could not see any of the people he loved, no hint of Hermione, Ron, Ginny, or any of the other Weasleys, no Luna. …...
This part enforces what I said about his loving other people than Ginny that were fighting. Also, Ginny is listed behind two other people, when he's making a list of people he loves. One of which is a different girl. He loves Hermione and Ron more than he loves Ginny. It doesn't matter if that love is platonic or romantic, he still loves Hermione and Ron more than he loves Ginny. When you make a list, they go from most important to least important. That's human nature.
Someone else was moving not far away, stooping over another prone figure on the ground. He was feet away from her when he realized it was Ginny.
He stopped in his tracks. She was crouching over a girl who was whispering for her mother.
"It's all right," Ginny was saying. "It's ok. We're going to get you inside."
"But I want to go home," whispered the girl. "I don't want to fight anymore!"
"I know," said Ginny, and her voice broke. "It's going to be all right."
We don't hear of Ginny fighting in the battle, but we get over a paragraph of her tending to and comforting a wounded child. Innocent! and pure!Ginny anyone?
Ripples of cold undulated over Harry's skin. He wanted to shout out to the night, he wanted Ginny to know that he was there, he wanted her to know where he was going. He wanted to be stopped, to be dragged back, to be sent back home...
But he was home. Hogwards was the first and best home he had known. He and Voldemort and Snape, the abandoned boys, had all found home here...
Ginny was kneeling beside the injured girl now, holding her hand. With a huge effort Harry forced himself on. He thought he saw Ginny look around as he passed, and wondered whether she had sensed someone walking nearby, but he did not speak, and he did not look back. …...
Harry sees Ginny and wants to be stopped. I think that if he saw any of his loved ones (the ones he mentioned not seeing) that he would have felt the same way. He just found out he needs to die for Voldemort to be defeated. There is no romantic tone, just us seeing that Harry is a scared teenager walking to his death.
None of the Death Eaters moved. They were waiting: Everything was waiting. Hagrid was struggling, and Bellatrix was panting, and Harry thought inexplicably of Ginny, and her blazing look, and the feel of her lips on his - Voldemort had raised his wand. His head was still tilted to one side, like a curious child, wondering what would happen if he proceeded. Harry looked back into the red eyes, and wanted it to happen now, quickly, while he could still stand, before he lost control, before he betrayed fear - He saw the mouth move and a flash of green light, and everything was gone.
One of Harry's “last” thoughts is about Ginny and her kisses. It is a distraction to the thought that he is about to die. And note that he is not thinking about her, about what makes him love her, but about her body.
Also, another thing. The word and means “used to connect words of the same part of speech, clauses, or sentences that are to be taken jointly”. Inexplicably means “difficult or impossible to explain or account for”. So Bellatrix, the woman who is obsessed with Voldemort and can't hear a word against him – who will, in fact, do anything for him – is the one who makes him think of Ginny. I hope we can all agree that Bellatrix's obsession and devotion is in no way healthy, and that the connection to his physical attraction to Ginny is slightly disturbing. As for why the text says inexplicably, it is because Harry doesn't know why Bellatrix's panting makes him think of Ginny.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 36
Ron's, Hermione's, and Ginny's voices were worse than McGonagall's; Harry wanted nothing more than to call back, yet he made himself lie silent, and their cries acted like a trigger; the crowd of survivors took up the cause, screaming and yelling abuse at the Death Eaters, until -” …...
Bellatrix was still fighting too, fifty yards away from Voldemort, and like her master she dueled three at once: Hermione, Ginny, and Luna, all battling their hardest, but Bellatrix was equal to them, and Harry's attention was diverted as a Killing Curse shot so close to Ginny that she missed death by an inch –
He changed course, running at Bellatrix rather than Voldemort, but before he had gone a few steps he was knocked sideways. …..
This is the only time we see Ginny in combat, and all that happens is that she almost gets killed; causing Harry to try to rush in and save her.
The fierce new sun dazzled the windows as they thundered toward him, and the first to reach him were Ron and Hermione, and it was their arms that were wrapped around him, their incomprehensible shouts that deafened him. Then Ginny, Neville, and Luna were there, and then all of the Weasleys and Hagrid, and Kingsley and McGonagall and Flitwick and Sprout, and Harry could not hear a word that anyone was shouting, not tell whose hands were seizing him, pulling him, trying to hug some part of him, hundreds of them pressing in, all of them determined to touch the Boy Who Lived, the reason it was over at last - …...
He spotted Ginny two tables away; she was sitting with her head on her mother's shoulder: There would be time to talk later, hours and days and maybe years in which to talk. ….
Everywhere he looked he saw families reunited, and finally, he saw the two whose company he craved most.
The war is over. Instead of spending any time with Ginny, he leaves her with her family and finds Ron and Hermione. Once again showing that the people he loves most are Hermione and Ron, not Ginny. Her brother just died, and he says nothing to her. He doesn't even go over to her. Also notice how he says to talk, not to be together.
We're done with the book quotes, so now I want to talk about how J.K. Rowling wrote Ginny, along with the Ginny = cat connection. I also want to finish talking about their humor.
Let's start with the humor. I've heard that they have the same sense of humor, and that shows why their perfect together. Well, I counted throughout the books and the end total is 13:12 for laughs and doesn't laugh. The scores are almost exactly the same, with half the time they both laugh only having one more point than half the time they don't. This shows that they find some of the same thing's funny, and some they don't. This has nothing to do with them being compatible together. It also shows how the above statement is myth, not fact.
Now lets move on to the Ginny = cat connection. Throughout all the books Ginny is connected to cats, and the most romantic (supposedly) description Harry gives her compares her to a cat. But this is not a good thing, in fact it is very negative imagery. Why?
Because Harry hates cats. I'll show you:
- Harry hates going to Mrs. Figg's and seeing all the cats and cat pictures (SS, hb, page 22 goes into detail about it).
- Harry meets Mrs. Norris at Hogwarts, a cat disliked by all. Mrs. Norris is never shown in a favorable light, but only as a suspicious and unwelcome character, being a 'tattle tale' to Filch. She is also the only animal to get petrified.
- When Hermione first get's Crookshanks he thinks about how ugly the cat looks, is suspicious of Crookshanks (between Scabbers and seeing him with Sirius in dog form) and thinks “so what if he had to kill the cat too?” when Crookshanks tries to protect Sirius. He also never doubts the idea of Crookshanks eating Scabbers, even though there was no evidence to it. Yes, Harry does make peace with Crookshanks, as we hear about him petting him a few times, but he never gets described in a nice way – it's more of an absence of description of looks or feelings when Crookshanks is around.
- Umbridge, one of the nastiest characters in the series, loves cats and has cat plates all over her walls. Plates that “were so foul that Harry stared at them, transfixed”. She also has a cat Patronus (DH, ch 13).
- Professor McGonagall, while one of the good guys, is a cat animagus. She is the literal embodiment of a cat. Yes, Harry respects her, but she's shown to be stern and aloof, throwing Harry off guard in multiple situations, and usually speaks “sternly” or “sharply”. She is not someone you would go to with your secrets, or if you were looking for comfort. She also has a cat Patronus (DH, ch 30).
So what does all of this mean? Ginny's relation to cats seems to be part of her fundamental personality/nature. And Harry hates cats. Therefore, her very nature is off putting to Harry. This is more proof that a long-term relationship would not last between them.
And finally, Ginny's character change in the fifth book, which leads to one of the most asked questions: Is Ginny Weasley a Mary Sue?
Yes. She is. There is no doubt in my mind that she is. I'm not going to tell you why I think that, as to go through all the proof would be an entire other essay! In fact, there is a very well-written one about her being a Mary Sue. It convinced me that there was no way she could not be one.
I hope I have showed you how Ginny and Harry could never be happy together, at least in the long run. Thanks for reading, it means a lot to me!