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Ginny - Love, Hate or On-The-Fence?

Discussion in 'J K Rowling' started by Mithridelle, Jul 5, 2007.

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    Lith

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    Uh, well, in short, I don't know.

    I like Harry. And I like Ginny. But by book 6, it begins to feel as though Ginny is only there to be a part of Harry's life, like she got cool only in order to be with Harry. That and she's more than a bit like Lily, which gets rather Oedipal. Maybe (probably) JKR intended for Harry and his generation to mirror his parent's generation, but it just rings a bit hollow.

    As for who I would see with Harry, if not Ginny- probably some heretofore unknown character that he meets a couple years after the end of Book 7- I don't like all loose ends being tied up too tightly, and surely there are more witches and wizards in England than those that attended Hogwart's.
     
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    Majimaune

    Majimaune Actum pro novus diem

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    Who said it had to be a witch or wizard he ends up with?
     
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    Hilarious Joke

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    Controversial!
     
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    Majimaune

    Majimaune Actum pro novus diem

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    How so?
     
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    Hilarious Joke

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    I don't know it just seemed like a bold statement, like:

    WHO SAID IT HAD TO BE A WITCH OR WIZARD HE ENDS UP WITH, YOU BIGOTED A-HOLES?!

    I guess its not really. Anyhoo, it sucks being a muggle.
     
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    Majimaune

    Majimaune Actum pro novus diem

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    That it does. I thought it was more controversial with the wizard being in there.
     
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    Lilly

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    well i am obviously an avid reader, and much prefe
    i think most teenage girls can relate to ginny... and most hope to have her happy ending! haha!!
    she is alright but definatly not my favourite
     
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    Sylanya

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    I'm sort of on the fence with Ginny. One the one hand, she was a strong female character with a friendly personality, but on the other...well, she wasn't that striking. When I said she was strong, I meant she doesn't whimper and run away from danger like a frightened kitten (*cough*Hermione*cough*), but as an actual character, she just didn't stick out that much. Rowling could have done much more with her.
     
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    Deiros

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    Too much of a Mary-Sue, and the "Oh, we must deny our love because I am running off to be a dashing hero" act - difficult to read, difficult to accept.
    Then again, she's better than Cho or Hermione.
     
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    alexx

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    Definitely better than Cho or Hermione. I have to say though, I would've liked to learn much more about her. Her character isn't nearly as well defined as a lot of major characters and, I mean, she ends up with Harry! I don't think we hear enough about or from her in the books and that's why she comes off as the typical Mary-Sue. I think JKR knows and develops all her characters very well, and that a lot of the time the ones we hate for being typical are only hated because we don't know enough about them. There just wasn't the time or place for it. Because we have to follow Harry, we can't hear or see anything he doesn't.
     
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    Rivaelen

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    I think my problem with Ginny and Harry getting together is that up until Harry is 'in love' with her, he never really voices an opinion one way or another about her. He's very aware that she has a crush on him in the early books but the reader never knows whether he's annoyed by it, flattered by it, embarrassed... In CoS he risks his life to save hers and rather than use that as a way to bring them closer together it really is never mentioned between them again. I actually liked it when Ginny gave up on her crush and moved on because that showed character growth. I would have preferred it if Harry had to woo her a bit before they actually became a couple.

    The evolution of his feelings for Cho were much more believable. First he thought she was pretty in book 3 and then in book 4 she was the girl who got away because another guy got to her first. Book 5 I honestly felt like her character did a 180 just to throw people off (even distraught, a girl would have to be absolutely clueless to ask her new bf to talk about watching her ex-bf die on a first date). It was too neatly done that the principal 3 characters each got one relationship with a person who was the complete opposite of the person they were supposed to be with (except I don't think Ginny and Cho were really that different from each other to be honest). Ron dated Lavender, Hermione got Krum, and Harry got Cho.
     
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    BenSt

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    I think though one thing with Ginny is this: she wasn't a school crush. I don't know about you lot, but when I was a teenager I went through many crushes of guys who were just lustful fantasies. When I got older I then met people who I easily got into relationships with with no real prelude or long winded build up. I think what Ms. Rowling did which was clever was to show the reality of love, that you have crushes and then things change. Harry got to know Ginny when she got older, and it wasn't as predictable as say Hermione and Harry falling for each other.
     
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    Munch

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    Hmm I'm on the fence here. In the books she comes off as a rather boring character who on the surface at least is very Lily like. I feel however there was opportunity to get to know her better and give her a personality of her own and Rowling should have taken advantage of this and given us a more well rounded character over all. Just my thoughts :)
     
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    AGraceMartin

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    She is very plain and lacks development. You would think that the hero's love interest would have a larger role.
     
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    Anushka Mokosh

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    On the fence, leaning towards dislike. I was never much of a fan of Ginny, but she is so bad when around Harry and I know that the books make a point of her improving, but I don't see it and don't understand it. She should have really moved on. I'm neutral when I judge her separately from her relationship with Harry, but I dislike her when I factor that in.
     
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    devilsgrin

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    this is exactly how i feel about Ginny. Although perhaps Indifference describes her best for me separated from Harry...
     
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