Ginny Weasley is known for being many things– she’s the only daughter out of seven kids, she’s intelligent, brave, friendly, and super athletic (one of the best at Quidditch). She is also Harry Potter’s girlfriend and future wife.
While Ginny depicted in the Harry Potter book series versus Ginny of the Harry Potter movies were both pretty different, actress Bonnie Wright represented the Ginny that book fans have grown to love pretty well. Ginny’s character evolved as the series went on, and Wright made sure to capture this evolution and use it to enhance her character.
If you think you know everything you need to know about Ginny think again. Ginny is an extremely complex and very unique Harry Potter character. Plus, there’s some pretty shocking behind-the-books information that you might find interesting.
Here are the 15 Things You Never Knew About Ginny Weasley.
15. Bonnie Wright Had No Experience in Acting When She Landed the Role of Ginny Weasley
Bonnie Wright wasn’t originally an actress. She was only ten years old when audiences first saw her emerge on screen as the young redhead in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and was only nine years old when she landed the part. Before then, she hadn’t really thought much about acting.
Having never performed on stage or in front of a camera ever before, Wright miraculously managed to land the role of Ginny. J.K. Rowling was very active when it came to picking out the cast and specifically gave her stamp of approval when it came to Bonnie Wright.
With her parents being famous jewelers, Wright lived a very comfortable life. It didn’t hit her that landing the role of Ginny Weasley would mean that her entire childhood would be turned upside down.
Wright has been in every Harry Potter movie, which is something that very few of the other actors can claim. The random idea of auditioning for Harry Potter changed the direction of her life. Now, she’s in the entertainment business for good.
14. Ginny’s Patronus is a Horse
Everyone knows that a patronus is essentially a guardian. While Harry managed to cast a patronus when he was only thirteen years old, it takes most other wizards more time to master the spell. Some wizards aren’t even capable of performing the spell at all.
Ginny was able to cast the patronus charm at the young age of fourteen. While her patronus isn’t discussed much in the book, it is seen in the films. Her patronus takes the form of a horse and it can be seen galloping around in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
According to Pottermore, a horse is a common type of patronus. However, it has several personality traits that match up perfectly with Ginny: caring, energetic, and strong-willed. Plus, every patronus is different, even if it’s the same animal– each one is unique in its own way.
13. The Kiss Scene Took Forever to Film
The first time Bonnie Wright and Daniel Radcliffe had to kiss on screen was extremely awkward. The two actors had known each other since they were kids. Radcliffe said it was very strange because he originally met Wright when she wasn’t even ten years old.
Nevertheless, Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley had to kiss. However, the first time it happened on screen, it took forever to film. Occurring during the sixth installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry and Ginny’s kiss was energetic and the start of a true relationship.
A lot happens in the scene, so it ended up taking two days of filming. Wright claims that they did almost thirty takes of the kissing scene because of all the details and issues due to all the things going on in the background. While she can’t guaranteed that it was exactly thirty takes, Wright claims that it took forever to film.
12. Ginny Came Up With the Name for Dumbledore’s Army
Ginny co-lead the group Dumbledore’s Army, along with Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom, while Harry, Ron, and Hermione were off doing their own thing. That being said, Ginny’s also the one who came up with the name for Dumbledore’s Army.
During a conversation with Cho Chang, Ginny came up with the idea for Dumbledore’s Army when Cho suggested that the group should be called The Defense Association. Ginny liked the letters of DA, so she made a suggestion based off of this.
Ginny told Cho “yeah, the DA’s good. Only, let’s make it stand for Dumbledore’s Army because that’s the Ministry’s worst fear, isn’t it?” Ginny’s witty intelligence created the perfect name for the group. This showed her ambition– she was already keen to go against the ministry, as well as Professor Umbridge.
11. Bonnie Wright Had to Wear Hot Water Bottles in the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is where Ginny truly became a focal point. She’s given Tom Riddle’s journal and ends up being taken into the Chamber of Secrets, where Ron and Harry charge in after her.
The scene involving Tom Riddle, Harry, and Ginny (as well as the basilisk), took forever and a day to film. The floor was marble, which means that it was incredibly cold throughout the shoots. Poor Bonnie Wright was absolutely freezing on the floor since she had to sit there for so long, take after take.
In order to fix this, Wright claims that she was given hot water bottles to insert into her clothes. This way she wouldn’t visibly shake on screen and didn’t have to feel so cold as she sat there, patiently waiting for the next scene.
10. J.K. Rowling Thinks She Put Ginny with Harry for a Reason
Yes, J.K. Rowling has openly discussed relationship possibilities between Hermione and Harry. While many fans are aware that she never wanted such a relationship to bloom between the two friends, a lot of fans don’t know about her explanation for Ginny and Harry’s relationship.
J.K. Rowling believes that she put Harry and Ginny together for a reason. She describes Ginny as “tough, not in an unpleasant way, but she’s gutsy.” She goes on to say that Harry “needs to be with someone who can stand the demands of being with Harry Potter because he’s a scary boyfriend in a lot of ways.”
According to J.K. Rowling, Harry is a “marked man.” He needed someone who was both strong and compassionate. He needed someone who could hold her own, but also be there for him. While Hermione wasn’t like this, Ginny was.
9. She’s the Best at the Bat-Bogey Hex
The bat-bogey hex is self explanatory: it’s a hex that turns bogeys into bats that fly out the victim’s nose. It’s noted that Ginny is especially good at this hex and has used it seriously during more than a few occasions.
She used it once on Draco Malfoy in order to help her brother Ron and others escape from Umbridge’s office. Ginny also used the hex on a kid named Zacharias Smith, who was annoying her while on the Hogwarts Express. Zacharias Smith was a Hufflepuff who Ron also didn’t like very much.
8. Bonnie Wright Thinks Ginny Would Have Been Just Fine Without Harry
Ginny is best known for being the character who marries Harry Potter. However, this is not due to the fact that she’s seen as inferior and has no interesting characters, but is solely based on the fact that the entire book series revolves around Harry’s character. If the events were seen from Ginny’s perspective instead, things would have been very different.
Bonnie Wright has said that she believes Ginny would be just fine if she hadn’t got together with Harry. Wright once said “Ginny is a tough cookie so she’d have been fine. She dated Dean Thomas before Harry, after all.”
Essentially, Wright is trying to make the point that Ginny didn’t need Harry. Beyond this, though, there’s the fact that Ginny is powerful, gifted, athletic, strategic, charming, and strong. In the books, a lot of this is more evident.
7. Bonnie Wright’s Brother Thought She Fit the Part
Before Bonnie Wright got the part of Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, her brother told her that she looked exactly as he imagined Ginny to be. While Wright wasn’t as enthusiastic as her brother was about the series, she trusted him and decided to try out for the audition.
Having a brother already set Wright on the right path, since Ginny, of course, has six bothers: Bill, Charlie, Percy, Ron, Fred, and George. She was the seventh child and only daughter of Arthur and Molly Weasley.
Bonnie Wright looks exactly like the Ginny most fans imagined when reading the books. Unlike the twins, her hair is naturally light orange, so she fits right in. All of the Weasleys have bright orange/red hair after all.
6. Ginny Played Quidditch Professionally
Ginny never got the recognition she truly deserved. She was an amazing Quidditch player. Not only was she a great chaser, but she also stepped up to the plate as Gryffindor’s seeker when Harry wasn’t able to attend the games. She was the true hero of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Ginny went on to do great things once she left Hogwarts. She became a professional Quidditch player, as chaser for the Holyhead Harpies. After retiring from this, she became a senior Quidditch reporter for the Daily Prophet, before becoming their official sports editor.
5. J.K. Rowling Tried to Show Comparison Between Ginny and Other Girls at Hogwarts
J.K. Rowling believed that it was important for the readers to realize for themselves that Ginny and Harry were meant to be together. In order to do this, Rowling had to give subtle hints as to why other girls weren’t suited for Harry. She would do this by showing how good Ginny was at something, how many people liked her over someone else, and how she understood Harry when others didn’t.
A specific example of this was when Ginny beat Cho Chang to the golden snitch during a Gryffindor versus Ravenclaw Quidditch match. It was meant to be symbolism for Ginny beating Cho and winning Harry’s heart (or something along those lines).
4. Bonnie Wright Was Sorted Into Gryffindor Just Like Ginny
If you haven’t been sorted into a Hogwarts house on Pottermore, you should probably go and do that right away. The quiz is highly accurate, and most of the actors from the film franchise have been sorted into houses on the website.
Bonnie Wright is one such actor. Of course, she was sorted into Gryffindor. The Gryffindor symbol is a lion, which represents bravery. The house’s colors are scarlett and gold. Plus, all of the Gryffindor students live up in the hidden Gryffindor tower.
Wright was thrilled about being sorted into the Gryffindor house. It made her feel more in tune with Ginny, and some fans believe that it was meant to be. Other notable Gryffindors include: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, and Albus Dumbledore.
3. Ginny is gifted because she is the 7th
Everyone knows that Ginny was the seventh child and only daughter of Molly and Arthur Weasley. Her personality is a reflection of this.
According to J.K. Rowling, there’s an old tradition that “the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and a seventh son of a seventh son” is gifted. From the very beginning, J.K. Rowling wanted Ginny to be a gifted witch.
Ginny lived up to this. Even though she’s the youngest, she has the most self-awareness out of all her family, and is kind as well as brave. She proved herself to be a leader during The Battle of Hogwarts, where she showed the world that she could stand up to anything that she thought was injustice.
When it comes to Ginny’s skill, she’s obviously great at hexes and talented Quidditch player. She was als invited to Slughorn’s slug club which was meant to exclusively include the most impressive witches and wizards at Hogwarts (even though Slughorn’s club was a bit flawed).
2. Bonnie Wright’s Favorite Ginny Quote is “Good Luck”
When asked what her favorite Ginny quote was from the Harry Potter movies, Bonnie Wright claimed that her favorite was a simple “good luck.” Ginny says this to Harry when they first meet, before Harry has to run through the wall to get to the Hogwarts express for the first time.
There are a few reasons as to why this might be one of Wright’s favorite quotes. It could be because it was the first words of encouragement Ginny said to Harry, or because it was the first time the audience got to see Ginny. It could also just be because this one moment shows where Ginny’s heart is.
1. Ginny and Voldemort’s Wands Share the Same Wood
Ginny’s wand is made from yew, just like Lord Voldemort’s. Last year J.K. Rowling tweeted images and explanations of wand designs for a few of the Harry Potter characters, including Ginny’s. It might be a coincidence that Ginny and Voldemort share the same wand wood, but that’s highly doubtful.
A wizard or witch’s wand says a lot about them. According to Pottermore, yew wands are incredibly rare, good for curses, and meant for people who are protectors. A yew wand would never choose an owner who was in any way timid or not willing to live up to the greatest potential.
The fact that Ginny and Voldemort share the same wand wood says a lot about how certain traits can guide a person in certain directions. Ginny was obviously meant for a yew wood wand, but so was Lord Voldemort, which leaves fans with some questions about Voldemort’s possible hidden traits.
What’s your favorite Ginny moment in the Harry Potter series? Do you know any other interesting facts about her? Let us know in the comments!
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