Welcome to our newest Screen Rant feature, where we let you know who and/or what in pop culture we've been TOTALLY crushing on lately!
For our inaugural post, I would like to let you know why I'm totally crushing on actress Bonnie Wright, who recently turned in one heck of a grown and sexy performance as Harry Potter's love interest, Ginny Weasley, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
And before you cynics out there start crying foul: This crush is strictly on the PG side of the fence. Check out why I'm totally crushing on Bonnie Wright:
[NOTE: This post MIGHT CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS]
WHO'S THAT GIRL?
When I went to see Half-Blood Prince I was fully prepared to see some teenage romantic angst. Even if you've never read one page of J.K. Rowling's books, Half-Blood Prince has earned most of its critical praise for stepping back from the wizard wonder to effectively explore human teenage drama.
However, what I wasn't prepared for was Bonnie Wright's Ginny Weasley. While recently completing a marathon run of all the previous Harry Potter films, I noticed just how much I've been overlooking this talented young actress, even though she's been in every single Potter movie (it's pretty much her entire acting career to date), and even had a featured role in the second installment, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
But there is no overlooking her now. Oh no. From the moment Wright appears on screen in Half-Blood Prince, she grabbed my attention and did not let go until the end credits rolled...
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MY KIND OF GIRL!
Oh yes, Ms. Wright had the boys (in my theater at least) sweating in their seats. And it wasn't just looks that did it (no offense Bonnie) - Emma Watson's Hermione Granger has grown to be the "pretty face" of the Potter franchise. No, what Bonnie Wright brought to the table was a burning charisma that could barely be contained in two smoldering eyes, whose stare was womanly and mature far beyond the actress's eighteen years of age.
Seriously: Ginny Weasley's slow-burn seduction of Harry Potter (and I mean it just that way: her seducing him) has to be the hottest cinematic love-conquer I've seen this side of 9 1/2 Weeks. While Hermione and the other girls at Hogwarts were running around like headless hormonal chickens, Ginny Weasley totally owned her budding sexuality, wrapping boys (plural) around her little finger and laying claim to whichever one she wanted (lucky for Harry).
In fact, nothing I've seen on film recently was more sexy to me than the moment when the Death Eaters showed up on the Weasley family's doorstep and Ginny literally ran through fire in order to have her man Harry's back. SO SEXY (girls take note: guys love a ride-or-die chick). If you haven't seen Half-Blood Prince, you can watch a clip of the scene I'm talking about here.
Not only was Ginny Weasley fearless in battle, she was also a hardcore sports fan (the girl is one kick-ass Quidditch player), a sexy and sophisticated socialite (the dinner party scene), and an undeniably good kisser (see pic above). All things considered, is it any surprise that Ginny Weasley is "the chosen one's" main squeeze?
THANK YOU, MS. WRIGHT
For helping to give young girls an example they can - and should - look up to. Your Ginny Weasley is smart, strong, brave, sexy yet sophisticated and in total control of her feminine wiles. The other girls at Hogwarts would do well to learn a thing or two from Ginny. Kudos for bringing all these wonderful traits to your character - you certainly did her (and J.K. Rowling) justice. Can't wait to see more from you in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (starring Bonnie Wright) is currently in theaters.