mine: ginny weasley


happy birthday, Harry

anonymous asked:

Hi, I was wondering if you are taking requests? If not, then please ignore this, or sit on it for a while and decide. Tom did not build her up from nothing; he broke down the walls around what she didn't want to acknowledge. The book that housed a fraction of soul looked into this lonely, angry child and for just a moment saw a shadow of himself. Or basically: What if, Ginny was sorted into Slytherin?

Hm. So you seem to be asking two different questions here, and you don’t seem to know that they’re different. They’re both interesting stories probably, but I think what I’d like to talk to you about here is that nonequivalence. 

You’ve asked for a dark!Ginny, one who secretly hates, who secretly relishes in pain or dismissal, one with a hidden superiority complex and a violence in her that’s cruel enough to match a young, arrogant Tom Riddle. The youngest of seven, forgotten and left behind, belittled, bitter, and the orphaned boy who orphaned so many more in his time. 

It’s not quite my type of story, that–my Ginny is not a kind beast, but she is not a cruel one either–but it could certainly be a story. 

But then–

Or basically: What if, Ginny was sorted into Slytherin?

This is not the same question. Did you know that? 

Slytherin, despite everything, does not mean evil. It certainly doesn’t mean that on my blog, but even in canon– this is where you find Regulus Black, who died to stop old Tom. This is where you find Draco Malfoy, who was an ignorant, whiny, and self-important child, but hardly an evil one. This is where you find Andromeda Tonks, who loved so hard and so fierce and so well that she ran from superiority, wealth, and family to marry into a Mudblood house that was so much warmer than her childhood home ever had been. 

And Slytherin!Ginny is a story that would fascinate me. The traits of Slytherin– ambition, cunning, adaptability, selfishness, and possessive love– these sit well on the youngest Weasley. She falls in love with Harry day one and never gives up on it. She transforms herself to step out from waiting in the eaves for him and lives for her own self, and it’s that bright creation of her daring self that wins him in the end. She goes after things with a single-mindedness that delivers– in love, in Quidditch, in kissing boys and defending Hogwarts until the end. She breaks rules. She loves hard. She doesn’t give up. She belongs in Gryffindor, sure– bravery is a watchword; her red hair is a war banner– but she would not be out of place in Slytherin. 

And what a story that would be? The silence in the Great Hall when the name “Weasley” got followed by “SLYTHERIN.” Mrs. Weasley’s face when owls flap through the Burrow’s windows, carrying Percy’s concerned note and Ron’s dubious scrawl and Hermione’s anxious ‘Dear Mrs. and Mr. Weasley, I’d thought you’d like to be informed…’ (Fred and George of course just laughed and laughed and laughed into the silence and fell off their bench at the Gryffindor table and got bruises on their bums.) The way the Weasley parents would stress and wonder and pace and ask what did we do wrong– but in the end, the warm Weasley Christmas sweater that would arrive in the mail at the Slytherin table, a G knitted into the front, all brilliant in silver and green. 

But the worries Ginny would have that first year, as the diary ate her from the inside, as it did cruel things with her hands–she’d have the same fears that are written up there in that ask as certainties: that being Slytherin meant she was secretly wrong. That her loneliness and her anger, her ambition and all her little selfishnesses meant she walked in the same skin as Tom, the ghost-boy who was using her hands to strangle chickens and write threats and hang cats by their tails and let out monsters so they could murder schoolchildren for the sake of their blood. She would worry she was like him and she would be wrong. 

But this is what I would want out of that story– that growth, that realization, that reclaiming. You can be lonely without lashing out. You can be angry without being cruel. You can be ambitious without stepping on other people to get there. Ginny is good– a Ginny with green on her herms is still good. She is sarcastic and a bit dark in her humor, casts a mean Bat Bogey and is jealous about Cho and fiercely defensive of Luna– this is true in a lion’s House or a snake’s. 

I want Fred and George playing Exploding Snap with her and teasing her for not cheering for them in Quidditch matches. I want her to find Millicent’s temper as hilarious as she finds Luna’s oddities, and to threaten a hex on anybody who calls Millicent fatty just as quick as she threatens the ones who call Luna loony. I want Harry to conscript her to help him spy on Draco and her to take to espionage like a duck to water– because you’re a Slytherin, he says, and she laughs and says, no, because I’m a nosy little sister and always have been. 

When Ginny stays her sixth year, during the Carrows’ reign and Voldemort’s months of power, I’d want her to spit cruel words at Death Eaters and to hide her wand up her sleeve, and to stand between children and their abusers. I’d want her to marshal an army in the Room of Requirement, with Luna and Neville and every other scared, willing soul. This was her home. These were her people, her family, the things she was willing to fight for. 

When they told her–their firebrand, their war banner–that she ought to have been in Gryffindor, I hope she laughed, I hope she fumed, I hope she proved them wrong. She was here for her friends, the way Regulus betrayed Voldemort for Kreacher, the way Narcissa lied to save Draco, the way Snape spent his adult life atoning for Lily, the way Andromeda left everything behind for Ted Tonks. 

I would want Ginny to wear green proud by the end of it. I’d want her to know the evil was in Tom’s shadow, not in her, not in the color they both wore. I’d want Hermione to look up histories for her of Slytherins who saved children and fought good wars and taught and loved and built things meant to last– because ambition is about going after what you want. What in that is evil? Selfishness is about understanding that you yourself have value. What in that is evil? Cunning is about creativity, quick-thinking, rolling with the punches and paying attention– what in that is evil?

Do you know the sort of evil you can do in the name of fairness? Do you know the sort of damage you can do with bravery, with not knowing how to back down, not knowing how sometimes there is a need to give, to adapt? Do you know how you can cut with cleverness, what sort of scornful superiority can live in those high towers? 

These are stories about choice. You choose your House. You choose how to live your House. Be brave, be cunning, be fair, be curious– all of those have their dark wizards. I refuse to believe otherwise. 

  • Teddy calls Harry dad one day and he doesn’t really know what to say.
  • Teddy Lupin crying when someone accidentally lets it slip that his biological parents are dead.  He’s 4 and the thought never occurred to him that Ginny and Harry weren’t actually his parents.  Harry holds him until he stops crying.
  • They figure out that now’s good a time as any to bring out old photos of Remus and Tonks.  They substitute bedtime with any old stories they remember from their Hogwarts days.
  • “I can still call you Mum and Dad right?”
  • Harry and Ginny waiting until Teddy’s about 6 years old to start having their own kids.  
  • Sirius’ spoiling godfather nature is evident in Harry because he spoils the boy beyond belief.  
  • When James Sirius is born, Teddy vows to protect him and be the best brother ever.
  • The first couple of months after they bring him home from the hospital are pure murder.  Harry asks, “How do you turn him off?!”
  • One day when Harry and Ginny are too tired to function, James Sirius begins his crying routine.  Teddy walks by the room before he gets too loud and starts changing his hair color among other things.  Harry comes into the room to see Teddy leaning into James’ crib with the latter laughing for the first time ever.
  • Edward Remus Lupin is sorted into Hufflepuff without a moment of hesitation from the sorting hat.
  • The marauders each hand Tonks 5 galleons apiece.
  • Looks like they could kill you but is actually a cinnamon roll: Harry Potter
  • Looks like a cinnamon roll but could actually kill you: Hermione Granger
  • Looks like a cinnamon roll and is actually a cinnamon roll: Ron Weasley
  • Looks like they could kill you and could actually kill you: Ginny Weasley
  • Could kill you by feeding you too many cinnamon rolls: Molly Weasley
The "Where the FUCK were we in the movies?!" Squad:

Peeves the Poltergeist
Winky the House Elf
Lee Jordan as more than a Quidditch commentator
Explanation of Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs
Firenze as a Divination Professor
Professor Binns
Madam Pince
The concept of Squibs
Garden Gnomes
Charlie Weasley
Ludo Bagman
Bitchy Percy Weasley
Marietta Edgecombe
Merope and Marvolo Gaunt
Ginny’s bad ass Bat Bogey Hex
Teddy Lupin snogging Victoire Weasley
St. Mungo’s Hospital
Ariana Dumbledore/Albus’ Past

  • what she says: I'm fine
  • what she means: i'm 100% happy with all canon hp endgame ships except hinny I don’t hate it or anything but I feel like JKR could have developed it A LOT better (Ginny in general deserved more than what she got tbh that poor girl gets so much underserved hate) and also I just feel like lunarry would’ve been perfect because let's face it Harry was totes into that girl and it would've been such a harry thing to do to surprise everyone and end up with looney lovegood if JKR had been regretful about any endgame it should've been hinny and not romione what was she thinking???
Moments from the Harry Potter books I wish made it into the movies
  • Peeves
  • Voldemort’s past
  • The story of Albus, Ariana, and Grindelwald. Have Albus say this in the afterlife when talking to Harry.  “Did I know, in my heart of hearts, what Gellert Grindelwald was? I think I did, but I closed my eyes.
  • Grindelwald refusing to give away the location of the Elder Wand and trying to prevent Albus’ tomb being desecrated because he showed remorse, regret and possibly love  in his final years, something Voldemort was incapable of doing
  • Hermione doing  and solving the logic puzzle in The Philosopher’s Stone
  • James shown to Harry being A CHASER! NOT a Seeker!
  • James, Sirius, Remus and Peter being called The Marauders, the full flashback from OOTP and Sirius and Remus explaining that James became a better person, especially “but she hated him” “Nah she didn’t”
  • James and Lily being 21, the tragedy of their deaths were that they died young.
  • Ginny Weasley being the boss ass bitch she’s supposed to be
  • Cho defending Marietta and showing what an absolute asshole Harry was to her in OOTP for defending her friend
  • Winky
  • Sassy Harry Potter 
  • Hermione’s canon hair(I love you Emma but your hair was too smooth and clean)
  • S.P.E.W. it shows that Hermione was willing to free House Elves even though they did not want to be freed, but it shows how great her character is and how far she’s willing to go to fight injustice
  • Ron treated like Harry’s best friend and not his goofy sidekick and his canon lines NOT given to Hermione just to make Hermione a better person.
  • Ron reacting to Hermione’s screams as Bellatrix tortures her
  • The book canon Romione kiss
  • Actual chemistry between Harry and Ginny instead of the movies portraying love between sandpaper and drying paint. Put effort into Harry and Ginny’s relationship and stop trying to say “Harry and Hermione should have happened!”
  • Bill and Fleur in Half-Blood Prince and Fleur saying she doesn’t care about Bill’s scars
  • Snape telling Harry “HOW DARE YOU CALL ME A COWARD!”
  • Peter’s death, showing that he owed Harry a life debt and Peter’s arm slowly killing him and showing that he felt regret for betraying his friends.
  • The full Prince’s Tale to show how Snape grew up, how manipulative Albus was, that Snape was willing to sacrifice James and Harry to save Lily,  showing that Snape and Lily’s relationship was a toxic friendship and that Snape regretted everything and wishes he were dead and  what Snape had to go through.
  • McGonagall sassing Umbridge and more of Minerva being a boss ass bitch
  • Charlie Weasley
  • Bill and Charlie in Goblet Of Fire
  • Percy’s betrayal and redemption 
  • Harry giving Fred and George his winnings to help them build WWW
  • Remus and Tonks’ relationship, Teddy and Remus asking Harry to be Teddy’s godfather
  • Showing Frank and Alice Longbottom in St Mugo’s
  • Lockhart in St Mugo’s
  • Dumbledore’s funeral
  • Luna’s room
  • Lucius and Narcissa searching everywhere for Draco, not attempting to fight only caring about Draco being alive and their reunion 
  • The story of Regulus Arcturus Black and Kreacher’s redemption
  • Voldemort and Bellatrix willingly want to recruit Neville without mocking him because he showed bravery and Neville telling Voldemort he’ll join him when hell freezes over! Dumbledore’s army
  • The book version of the final duel between Harry and Voldemort, saying remorse would save him and showing Tom die a human death 
  • Showing Harry fix his wand
  • The epilogue NOT having the characters to look like they are in their 40’s. Harry and Hermione looks good, but Ron and Ginny should not look so damn old.

endless list of otps → ginny weasley and harry potter (harry potter)

↳ “When he told her what he was going to do now, she would not say ‘be careful’ or ‘don’t do it’, but she would accept his decision, because she would not have expected anything less of him.”

(all art by burdge​)