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|Ginevra Molly Potter|
|Nicknames and aliases||Ginny, Gin|
|Birth||August 11, 1981|
|Parents||Arthur and Molly Weasley|
|Siblings||Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George and Ron Weasley|
|Children||James, Albus Severus, Lily|
|Appearance||flaming red hair; bright brown eyes; freckles; fair skin; short; pretty|
|Occupation||Professional Quidditch player, later writes about Quidditch for the Daily Prophet|
|Special abilities||good Seeker and Chaser; excellent Bat Bogey Hex; very gifted witch|
|Allegiance||Dumbledore's Army, Hogwartian|
|Other affiliations||Gryffindor Quidditch team and Slug Club|
|Portrayer in the movies||Bonnie Wright|
|First appearance in canon|| The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters (PS)
- 1 Characteristics
- 2 Early Childhood
- 3 Hogwarts
- 4 Adult Life
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Fandom
- 7 Ships
- 8 External Links
Like all Weasleys, Ginny has flaming red hair which she wears long. She has brown eyes and freckles (CS2) and is rather short, like the twins and Charlie. In her fifth year, she was generally considered to be very pretty (HBP7). Ginny seems to share the twins' love of mischief. She is lively, talkative, witty and brave. She is a very gifted witch and an excellent Quidditch player—her favourite position is Chaser, but she is also a talented Seeker.
Ginny is the only daughter of Arthur and Molly, the first Weasley girl in several generations. As she is the only girl and the youngest Weasley, her parents and brothers are all extremely protective of her.
At the age of six, she broke into the family broom shed to use her brothers' brooms when they weren't looking, since they refused to allow her to play (OP26).
The reader first encounters Ginny at King's Cross Station, at which point Ron was starting his first year at Hogwarts. She wanted to accompany her brothers to school, and shows evident interest in Harry (PS6). When Harry visited the Weasleys at The Burrow in the summer before his second year, she appeared to be infatuated with him (CS2).
Ginny as a first-year
When the Weasleys and Harry were shopping for school supplies before Ginny started her first year at Hogwarts, Lucius Malfoy slipped Tom Riddle's diary into the cauldron holding Ginny's schoolbooks, inside her second-hand copy of A Beginners' Guide to Transfiguration (CS4).
Ginny started in Hogwarts in 1992, and was sorted into Gryffindor (CS5). She unwittingly wrote in Tom Riddle's diary. Tom Riddle's memory conversed with her through the diary and was able to gain her confidence. The memory drew strength from Ginny's thoughts and feelings until it was strong enough to possess her.
On Halloween, possessed by the spirit of Tom Marvolo Riddle, Ginny released the Basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets. It petrified Mrs. Norris, and Ginny painted "The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the Heir, beware," on the wall (CS8). After the incident, she was unable to remember what she was doing at the time of the petrification, even after finding paint on her clothes, leaving her frightened (CS17).
On November 8 of the same year, Colin Creevey was petrified (CS10). The toll the diary was taking on Ginny started to show as she lost weight and developed shadows under her eyes. Under the diary's influence, Ginny was also responsible for the petrifications of Justin Finch-Fletchley and Nearly Headless Nick before the end of the year (CS11).
Ginny got suspicious and tried to get rid of the diary by flushing it down a toilet in Moaning Myrtle's bathroom where Harry found it (CS13). As soon as Ginny realised that Harry had the diary, she stole it from him, because she was afraid that Harry might read what she wrote about him. Once the diary was back in her possession, she couldn't resist the temptation and started writing to Tom again.
Soon after, two more petrifications occur: Hermione Granger and Penelope Clearwater. Ginny started to isolate herself (CS14). She tried to tell Harry something on May 29, but Percy showed up and she ran away. Later on the same day, Tom Riddle made her go down to the Chamber of Secrets, hoping to lure Harry there (CS16). Ginny's strength was sucked away by Tom. She was almost dead when Harry finally arrived. She woke up after Harry destroyed the diary (CS17).
After being taken away from the influence of the diary, Ginny quickly returned to her normal self.
Ginny as a second-year
The summer before her second year, Ginny travelled with her family to visit Bill in Egypt (PA1). By the time the Weasleys returned and met Harry at The Leaky Cauldron, she seemed even shyer than she was before he had saved her from the diary (PA4). During the trip to Hogwarts, when Dementors board the Hogwarts Express, she was greatly affected by them; only Harry had a worse reaction (PA5).
Ginny as a third-year
Ginny attended the Quidditch World Cup with Harry, Hermione and the rest of the Weasley Family (with the exception of Molly). When Death Eaters attacked the camp, she ran out of the tent she shared with Hermione but soon got separated from the Trio, staying instead with the twins (GF9).
That year, the friendship between Ginny and Hermione became evident: Hermione confided in Ginny and told her that Viktor Krum asked her to be her date for the Yule Ball, a secret she didn't share with Ron and Harry. Hermione also encouraged Ginny to be more like herself around Harry and maybe go out with a few other boys (HBP30). Ginny went to the Yule Ball as Neville Longbottom's date, where she met Michael Corner. They started dating, and the relationship continued for more than a year. Ginny kept her relationship secret, trying to avoid the scene she knew her brothers would make (OP16).
Ginny as a fourth-year
Ginny moved into the Order of the Phoenix Headquarters with the rest of the Weasleys (with the exception of Percy) the summer before her fourth year. She seemed to have finally overcome her shyness around Harry.
On the trip to Hogwarts, Ginny introduced Luna Lovegood to Harry and Neville (OP10). She influenced several students, including Luna, Michael Corner, Anthony Goldstein, and Terry Boot to go to the meeting at the Hog's Head where Dumbledore's Army was created. The day of the meeting, Ron–and Harry–found out about Ginny's relationship with Michael; as expected, Ron explode[d] (OP16).
Ginny came up with the name Dumbledore's Army at the group's first meeting (OP18). She replaced Harry as Seeker on the Gryffindor Quidditch Team after Umbridge banned him from playing (OP21). Later, she told Harry that when he was back, she would try out as a Chaser (OP26).
When Mr. Weasley was attacked by Nagini Ginny stayed up the whole night with the other Weasley children and Harry (OP22). When Harry thought he was being possessed by Voldemort, Ginny explained to him what it was like when she was possessed by the Dark Lord, and reassured him that he had not been possessed. She was with the Trio when they met Neville in the Closed Ward in St. Mungo's (OP23).
During Easter Holidays, Ginny started to show her talent as a trouble-maker. Along with the Weasley twins, she created a plan to allow Harry to talk to Sirius Black through Umbridge's fireplace (OP29). After the final game of the Quidditch season—Gryffindor versus Ravenclaw—Ginny and Michael had an argument about the match and broke up.
After Harry's collapse during the History of Magic OWL, Ginny and Luna stayed out of Umbridge's Office as lookouts while Harry used Umbridge's fireplace to call at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place. Both girls, Neville and Ron got caught by the Inquisitorial Squad while Umbridge intimidated Harry and Hermione in her office (OP32). After Umbridge left her office with Harry and Hermione, Ginny hit Draco with a Bat Bogey Hex. Accompanied by Ron, Luna and Neville, she followed Harry and Hermione into the Forbidden Forest. When Harry and Ron tried to talk her out of going to the Ministry of Magic with them, she argued and convinced them to let her accompany them (OP33).
Ginny as a fifth-year
Ginny spent most of the summer before her fifth year with the Trio. On the train to Hogwarts, Slughorn invited Ginny to the Slug Club after he saw her execute one of her famous bat bogey hexes on Zacharias Smith when the Hufflepuff pestered her with questions about the battle in the Ministry (HBP7).
After practice one day, Harry and Ron found Ginny and Dean kissing in a empty corridor, sparking an argument between Ron and his sister. Ginny's statement that Ron was being childish about other people's relationships because he had never had one of his own and her revelation that Hermione kissed Viktor Krum led Ron to start dating Lavender after the Quidditch match against Slytherin.
By the time Harry, Ron, and Ginny came back from the Christmas Holidays, her relationship with Dean started to go downhill (HBP17). They had a serious argument after the Quidditch match against Hufflepuff because Dean kept on making jokes about how Harry got hit by a Bludger during the game (HBP19). They broke up on April 21, 1997 (HBP22).
On the last weekend of May, Ginny played as a Seeker again as Harry was in detention for having cursed Malfoy with Sectumsempra. They won the match against Ravenclaw and the Quidditch House Cup. When Harry was back at the Common Room, she ran into his arms, and he kissed her in front of the whole House. They started dating on a regular basis (HBP24).
After Dumbledore's funeral, Harry broke up with Ginny because he feared that Voldemort would use Ginny to get at him. She called his motive "some stupid noble reason" (HBP30).
Ginny became a professional Quidditch player after leaving Hogwarts, she played for Holyhead Harpies until she retired to have her own family. She later became a Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet (BLC).
- Ginny is very fond of cats (CS9).
- Of all her brothers, she is most like the Weasley Twins.
- Ginny holds Bill in high esteem (OP4).
- Ginny thinks Percy is a prat.
- On Valentine's Day in her first year, Ginny sent Harry a Valentine, sung by a dwarf dressed as a cupid:
"His eyes are 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."