Today marks 20 years since we got to experience the best fantastic world ever written - Harry Potter books. To celebrate I need to ramble a little about one character that will always be my favourite and since he’s underapreciated so much by the fandom (and by like the whole world ugh) I decided to stop writing my master thesis just to tackle Ron Weasley’s ego.
Where to begin? Since it’s been a while since I reread all of the books my points won’t be chronological but anyway.
1. Do you bloody remember how Ron Weasley didn’t have a thing that belonged fully to him, lived in a shadow of 5 older brothers and didn’t believe that ANYTHING he would achieve would really matter? Remember that? And still he goes on, meets Harry FREAKING Potter and makes him his friend. More than that, he treats him like a normal human being, helps him, explains to him everything about the magical world. And as times goes by he’s known as Potter’s friend and a Weasley and still he’s loyal to the core, defends Harry, sticks to Harry, believes in what he says and in him in general. I mean, 11 year old, f*cking child, sacrifices himself, because a) he thinks it’s Harry who’s the most important and needs the job done b) he’s brave c) he’s selfless, good human being who wants to fight evil d) he’s just the best friend ever, ok?
2. Now, can we discuss the fact that Ron doesn’t have a proper wand till like the third year? Like how can he even pass his classes, do magic and stuff? Yet he does it, so for me he may not be an academic but still a very powerful wizard.
3. He just drives a flying car to the school at age 12. Leaving you at that.
4. Oh no, before that he flies this car with his brothers, cause Harry doesn’t respond to his letters, so there goes a friend to the rescue.
5. Ok. Now. The most emotional point. Started with the sacrifice the first year but then… Ronald Wealey is the most protective person in the whole world. I mean, he’s most passionate when he defends his loved ones. Examples?
- Second year, tried to hex Malfoy for calling Hermione mudblood
- screaming at Snape when he didn’t see the difference after Hermione grew large teeth after a spell
- standing up alone for Hermione when Snape calls her a know-it-all. I mean, the courage there.
- standing on a broken leg in front of Harry and Hermione and telling then-known-murder Sirius Black that “If you want to kill Harry you’ll have to kill us too”
- beating up Malfoy for insulting his family
- just offering himself as Harry’s second for the duel xD
- defending Harry to students when no one believed him Voldemort is back
- defending Harry on the DA founding meeting
- “NO! Keep me, you can have me!”
- also rescuing Hermione from Malfoy Manor
- pushing Hermione out of the harms way in cafeteria after escaping from the wedding
- rescuing Harry from drowning
- going with Harry to chamber of secrets to rescue Ginny
-also going with Harry after the spiders having arachnophoebia
6. And then remember how funny and easy going Ron is. Without him Harry and Hermione would be straight miserable.
7. Also he gave his shoes to Dobby.
8. And he’s great at chess, good at quidditch and meets every requirement to become an auror after the war.
9. He makes mistakes, but ALWAYS makes up for them.
10. He’s INTELLIGENT. Most people, especially after only watching the films, assume that he’s dumb. But he’s certainly not. He is the most perceptive out of the trio, has excellent strategic skills, keeps a cool head in highly stressful situations. He also has the deepest knowledge about the insides of the magical world.
JUST RON WEASLEY EVERYBODY! <3 What’s not to love?
A warning: If you rip, tear, shred, bend, fold, deface, disfigure, smear, smudge, throw, drop or in any other manner damage, mistreat or show lack of respect towards this book, the consequences will be as awful as it is within my power to make them
Harry+Hermione | I once was blind but now I see. [Dance Scene] by KiwiiChann
•J.K.Rowling : When they were in the tent together you thought something was gonna happen as you read the novel. •Steve Kloves : Yeah, I did when I read the book. •JK : And I as I was writing it, felt a real pull between them. •SK : I remember you saying that. That really in a sense gave me the license to do the scene because I knew that emotionally it was true then. •JK : Yeah! Completely true to the character!
•Emma Watson : You know for a very very long time, it’s just the two of you and.. you get along very well and, there’s always kind of that awkward stage in a friendship where you wonder wether it could be more, and this is kind of that scene for Harry and Hermione.
•Daniel Radcliffe : Me and Hermione just sort of… start dancing to this song. •Q : Together? •DR : It’s a slow song- together.
•David Yates : You can almost feel when they’re alone together that it could slip into something that was more than just friendship.
•Emma Watson : It’s just not what you do in the middle of the forest, in the middle of a tent, in the middle of the night.
•J.K. Rowling : Why wouldn’t it happen? You’re alone. You might die any day, and why wouldn’t you look for comfort? I think it’s more likely than not. It’s just on the edge of ‘where is this going to topple over into?’
•Emma Watson : They very easily could have kissed that night, because they were so miserable, and they kind of wanted, some kind of intimicy to cheer them up.
•David Yates : In the middle of that dancing, they get very close, and it starts to get complicated. And that tension, I think, is really interesting.
•J.K. Rowling : In some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit, and I’ll tell you something very strange. When I wrote Hallows, I felt this quite strongly when I had Hermione and Harry together in the tent! I hadn’t told [Steven] Kloves that and when he wrote the script he felt exactly the same thing at exactly the same point. And actually I liked that scene in the film, because it was articulating something I hadn’t said but I had felt. I really liked it and I thought that it was right. I think you do feel the ghost of what could have been in that scene. •Emma Watson : I remember really loving shooting those scenes that don’t have any dialogue, where you are just kind of trying to express a moment in time and a feeling without saying anything. It was just Dan and I spontaneously sort of trying to convey an idea and it was really fun. •JK : And you got it perfectly, you got perfectly the sort of mixture of awkwardness and genuine emotion, because it teeters on the edge of “What are we doing? Oh come on let’s do it anyway,” which I thought was just right for that time. •EW : I think it was just the sense that in the moment they needed to be together and be kids and raise each others morale. •JK : That is just it, you are so right. All this says something very powerful about the character of Hermione as well. Hermione was the one that stuck with Harry all the way through that last installment, that very last part of the adventure. Hermione’s always there for Harry. I remember you sent me a note after you read Hallows and before you starting shooting, and said something about that, because it was Hermione’s journey as much as Harry’s at the end.
How easy it was to capitalize on a person’s own bent for self-destruction; how simple to nudge them into non-being, then to stand back and shrug and agree that it had been the inevitable result of a chaotic, catastrophic life.