I was reading an article a couple of nights ago about Ginny Weasley not being the right one for the Boy Who Lived, Chosen One, Guy Who Offed The One With No Nose et cetera, et cetera… Well, after reading it I was so hyped up about it that I *cough* casually wrote up this response instead of finishing up that research assignment I had due the next day.
Oh, but no worries. I finished that assignment in time! After I had searched within myself and found a means by which I could express my thoughts on the Harry/Ginny shipping. Cue the online rant!
I know there are a lot of people who hate Ginny — I think there are more Ginny haters than there are Ginny lovers, but either way I can see where each side of the competition is coming from. However, I really do believe that Harry belongs with Ginny. It’s what Rowling wanted, isn’t it?
Yes, she wasn’t featured much in the books. But the books are not a love story — one of the main themes might be love and its power to conquer evil, but it’s not a love story with mushy dates and passionate snog sessions. It’s about other things: love of friends, of family… of redemption, loss of innocence.
It could be argued that Hermione would go very well with Harry. I honestly think that this is just strongly influenced by the films; you can’t deny that Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have strong chemistry, and it doesn’t help that Yates is a Harmony shipper and disliked Hinny (I know, ridiculous ship name XD), but still Hermione chose Ron. Ron made her happy, not Harry. Besides, I think Harry would go bonkers with Hermione’s nagging and Hermione would drive herself mad with Harry’s roller coaster moods.
Hermione might have been there for Harry for all the hard times, but it wasn’t her who was able to put him in place when he was acting like a prat in OotP. Ginny did. Hermione simply didn’t understand how to get to him, no matter how much she tried.
Another argument is the possibility of Harry being pared with another character such as Cho or Luna. Well, Cho was a disaster, hung up as she was with Cedric. I can’t blame her for that since I do think she felt something for Harry; the timing was just wrong for the two of them. Harry wasn’t emotionally mature yet when they were dating, and she was still grieving. If they hadn’t dated in 5th year then perhaps something could have happenedafter the two of them got over their demons. Still, Cedric is still too big a factor to consider, though it could work since Angelina and George had Fred’s death to bind them along with their friendship. (I don’t mean to sound harsh, but it’s true.)
As for Luna, she’s more like the spiritual friend for Harry than anything. They both could see Thestrals and she helped him accept Sirius’ death, but Harry is too grounded a person to actually develop anything with Luna beyond their friendship. They went on a date, but that was just as friends. It shows how comfortable they are with each other, knowing that they could do on a dinner date without either of them confusing the situation as more than anything than friends going to a party together.
Just because Ginny was not mentioned in the books very much, doesn’t mean her personality is not right for Harry. There were many indirect characterizations through Harry’s experience with her family as well. Rowling herself made is so that Harry and Ginny were the only ones that Voldemort had possessed, binding them together. Ginny had won that Quidditch match against Cho, a symbolism of her being a better match for Harry. She might not be as smart as Hermione, but Harry isn’t looking for braniac intelligence for a match, just someone who can handle being with him when he’s in one of his moods. As for any inspiring advice, wasn’t it Ginny who said “…anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve?”
So yeah, I don’t mind the odd Harry/other character shipping every once in a while, but at heart I’m a strong Harry/Ginny shipper. They’re canon, and it’s slightly disrespectful to go against the author, don’t you think?
This was probably messy and my points were everywhere all at once, but in my defense it was written late at night and… yeah. That’s all I have. Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion, of course, but this is my view on the shipping.
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