Harry Potter: 7 Times Ron Weasley Was The Worst Character (And 8 Times He Was the Best)

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley at Quidditch Tryouts

The Harry Potter series is about magic and heroism, but Ron Weasley always seemed too normal when it came to the wizarding world. He’s a relatable guy but he wasn’t always what the readers and viewers wanted. Compared to Harry and Hermione, his character just wasn’t special enough, and his countless flaws could not go ignored.

There have always been some very vocal fans who absolutely despised Ron. Many believe that he was undeserving and shouldn't have been a part of the trio. However, for every fan who despises him, there is a fan who adores him. While no one is comparing him to Voldemort or Umbridge, Ron had more than a few bad moments.

Ron’s unlikable traits mostly revolve around him wanting attention. He comes from a home where he feels as though he is bottom of the barrel, so his flaws make sense. That being said, a flaw is still a flaw. Many fans are upset that he ended up with Hermione, who was considered to be too good for him. Others are upset that he caused Harry a lot of unnecessary turmoil. On the flip side, though, he has some good moments. Fans love his sense of humor, his bravery, and his heart.

Here are the 7 Times Ron Weasley Was The Worst Character And 8 Times He Was the Best.

15 Best: He Destroys the Horcrux

Ron redeemed himself for disowning Harry and Hermione in Deathly Hallows when he came back for Harry in his time of need. Harry was drowning in a half-frozen pond and Ron dove in after him. After, Harry encouraged Ron to destroy the locket, telling him that he'd earned it. An easy task became difficult, when the locket revealed some pretty scornful images of Ron’s darkest fears.

Up until this point, Ron hadn’t been able to get over his spitefulness, especially when it involved his insecurities. What surprised everyone was how Ron was able to get over his fears in this scene. Even though he was brought to tears when he saw his worries flashed before his eyes, he managed to push forward.

Ron destroyed the Horcrux using Godric Gryffindor’s sword. He had come back for his friends, and seemed truly apologetic for all that he had put them through. This moment is one that pro-Ron fans love to point out, because it shows how loyal Ron’s always been when it comes to his friends, despite his flaws.

14 Worst: He Shames Hermione for Her Relationship With Viktor Krum

The Yule Ball wasn’t the greatest night for Ron. He was already embarrassed by his dress robes and annoyed by his date, when he saw Hermione with Viktor Krum. Ron adored Krum and was a huge fan of his talented Quidditch skills. Things changed, however, when Ron saw Krum with Hermione.

It appears that, since his night was going so poorly, he thought it was appropriate to ruin Hermione's night as well. He insisted that Viktor Krum was too old for Hermione, and essentially just made her feel bad about being with Krum. Hermione was left distraught. Instead of dealing with his feelings in a positive way, Ron took it out on the one person he had true romantic feelings for. Once again, his jealousy had the better of him.

13 Best: He Stands By Harry in Order of the Phoenix

Harry had it rough in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. When everyone thought that Harry was a liar for claiming that Voldemort had returned, Ron stood up for Harry. He chose to stay by Harry’s side even when Percy told Ron to keep away from Harry. Though Percy was not someone who Ron usually listened to, this had a big impact.

At Hogwarts, when Seamus asked Ron if he believed Harry, Ron responded bluntly with, “I do. Anyone else with a problem with Harry?

One of Ron's flaws was caring too much about what other people thought of him. Yet, when it came down to the nitty-gritty of it, he picked his friend over what others thought. Not only that, but, with the help of Hermione, Ron convinced Harry to teach the other students Defense Against the Dark Arts. Umbridge had completely reformed the subject, and many students felt that it was important to learn how to defend themselves.

While Ron might sometimes be a bit hesitant to jump on board at first, he always manages to do the right thing in the end. Ron might let his insecurities get in the way sometimes, but he always makes his way back to reality. He truly does have a good heart at the end of the day.

12 Worst: He Disowns Harry and Hermione in Deathly Hallows

After having obtained Slytherin’s locket from Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ron wore it for a long time. Even though he knew that wearing it for too long could affect him negatively, Ron continued to wear it. The locket manipulated his thoughts, intensifying his doubts and feeding off his anger.

Ron began to get restless while he, Harry, and, Hermione continued to search for Horcruxes. One night, Ron lashed out at both Harry and Hermione. Ron accused Harry of not caring about Ginny. He then told them he was leaving and asked Hermione to come with him. Of course, Hermione wasn’t going to leave. She was committed to their quest and wasn't about to just walk away. Ron then accused Hermione of choosing Harry instead of him.

While Ron realized his mistake after he left, there was still main problem: Ron’s resentment and jealousy towards Harry, which had previously been buried deep down, came into full force. The same goes for Hermione. Ron was still struggling to understand his feelings for her. So, while Ron’s actions might have been affected by a villainous force, his selfishness was still there.

11 Best: He Tries to Curse Malfoy For Calling Hermione a Mudblood

Once Ron accepted Hermione, he became protective and loyal to her. Even when he acted like he was annoyed with her, everyone knew that Ron would do anything for Hermione. When Draco Malfoy called Hermione a “filthy little Mudblood,” Ron wouldn’t stand for it: no one could talk to his friends that way. He turned to Malfoy and tried to jinx him, but, unfortunately, his wand was broken.

Ron’s wand backfired and hit him instead. This resulted in Ron throwing up slugs. It was a hilarious scene, but was difficult for Ron fans. You couldn’t help but feel bad for Ron. All he had tried to do was defend his friend.

This one act of heroism proved that Ron deserved to be part of the trio, and that he would do anything for his friends. He wasn't ashamed of being friends with Hermione, when other pure-breeds saw her as a disgrace, and went as far as to curse Draco in front of his Slytherin friends. This was truly one of Ron’s best moments.

10 Worst: He Gets Mad at Ginny For Kissing Dean Thomas

Being an overprotective brother is fine. In some situations, it’s a great quality to have. Ron took it to another level, though, when he saw Ginny kissing Dean Thomas. Ron became incredibly angry at Ginny, and made sure Ginny knew just how mad he was.

Ginny was too head-strong and confident to let this get to her-- she wasn’t going to let her brother scold her. Ginny retaliated by telling Ron that he was only mad at her because he himself hadn’t kissed anyone yet. This was a punch in the gut to Ron, who was the only one in the main trio who hadn’t kissed anyone before.

For a while after the argument, Ron and Ginny were distant with each other. Ron let it emotionally eat away at him. It began to feel as though Ron was a ticking time bomb. He wasn’t confident with Quidditch, he was mad at Hermione for kissed Viktor Krum, and he started an insane relationship with Lavender Brown.

Ron always had a habit of treating others badly whenever he was angry at himself.

9 Best: He Faces His Fears And Follows The Spiders Into the Forest

Hagrid's giant spider Aragog in a scene from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Everyone in the world knows that Ron Weasley’s greatest fear is spiders. He absolutely hates spiders and wants nothing to do with them. Unfortunately, Ron had to directly face his fears in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Actually, Ron didn't have to do anything. He chose to. One of his best moments came from when he followed a determined Harry and stream of spiders into the Forbidden Forest. Ron faced his fears head-on by doing this. Unfortunately, he was faced with the giant spider, Aragog, who almost killed him in the process.

This moment of Ron’s goes seemingly ignored. He faced his biggest fear, but no one really gives him credit for it. Facing your fears is a major thing. Plus, Ron did it for the right reasons-- he faced the spiders to help those that he loved.

8 Worst: He Disregards S.P.E.W. (And Other Judgmental Moments)

Hermione created the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare (S.P.E.W.) after she saw how house-elves were treated at the Quidditch World Cup. No one was really interested in her club. Dobby even told the trio that Hermione was causing trouble when she started hiding clothes in Gryffindor tower for the house-elves to find.

Ron was always a bit old fashioned when it came to most things. He had been raised in a pure-blood family. While his family was great, they were still pure blood which meant that Ron’s family was a bit more traditional, even if they were open to new experiences.

Ron struggled to comprehend why Hermione would care about the house-elves, as he was so used to living in a world where house-elves served wizards. He made fun of S.P.E.W. (and Hermione) a lot.

Ron was biased, and not just when it came to house-elves. Another major time when he was reluctant was when he found out that Lupin was a werewolf. While Ron has always come to the conclusion that differences are okay and that others are just as important as he is, it tends to take him a bit longer to get there than it does with other characters.

7 Best: He Sacrifices Himself In Order to Get Harry and Hermione Past the Chess Board

Ron Weasley loved to play Wizard Chess, and had a blast teaching Harry how to play. Ron was one of the best students at Wizard Chess and knew various game strategies. This came in handy when Harry, Hermione, and Ron had to be part of a life-sized version of the game in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Ron chose to be the knight in the game, and immediately figured out how to win. The only problem was that he had to sacrifice himself, and get hit by the opponent, in order to win the game. Ron didn’t hesitate. He sprang into action and told his friends to go on without him and stop Voldemort.

Even though Harry and Hermione tried to figure out another way, Ron knew that there was no other way for them to win. Ron sacrificed himself so Harry and Hermione could move on without him. Again, this shows how far Ron is willing to go for his friends.

6 Worst: He Hates Dating Lavender Brown But Won't Break Up With Her

Ron Weasley and Lavender Brown - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

There are hundreds of characters in the Harry Potter universe, but one of the most cliche teenagers out of all of them was Lavender Brown. Originally, Hermione was going to invite Ron as her plus one to the Slug Club's Christmas party, but Ron became angry when Ginny accused him of never kissing anyone.

He started talking to Lavender and began acting irrationally mean toward Hermione. He then began using Lavender to help make Hermione feel bad, and himself feel better. Not only that, but Ron also used Lavender in other ways. Lavender was obsessed with Ron, but Ron only wanted someone to make out with. Lavender became very controlling over Ron. She even called him “Won-Won” instead of Ron, which was just nauseating.

After Ron ended up in the hospital wing, Hermione was by his side. Ron finally realized that Hermione was there for him, and began avoiding Lavender. He wouldn’t break up with her, but he wouldn’t talk to her either. While Lavender was annoying and obsessive, she was still a person with feelings.

If Lavender hadn’t found the courage and spoken to Ron about ending their relationship, they’d probably still be together to this day. Not only was Ron horrible to Hermione, but he was horrible to Lavender too.

5 Best: He Thought To Rescue The House-Elves During the Battle of Hogwarts

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

Ron’s hatred for S.P.E.W. finally went away during the Battle of Hogwarts. During the battle Hermione was supposed to kiss Ron, but the movie version chose to do things a little differently. Though Ron had previously been annoyed by S.P.E.W., Dobby’s death had completely changed his mind.

During a moment of chaos, Ron stopped to think of the house-elves who were still inside the school.“We should tell them to get out. We don't want any more Dobbies, do we? We can’t order them to die for us...” Ron had changed his tune.

All of the things that Ron had been through had changed him for the better. He had grown as a person. He wasn’t only saying this to impress Hermione either. Ron had finally showed that he cared for the house-elves, earning him a big smooch from Hermione.

4 Worst: He Makes Fun of Hermione for Being Different

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley in Charms Class

Ron disliked Hermione from the beginning. He hated that she followed the rules, was in Gryffindor with him, and was the smartest student in class. While Hermione had always been intelligent, her enthusiasm for school made her seem like a know-it-all, and Ron just wasn’t having it.

Instead of going to Hermione and working on their problems together, Ron goes for the immature approach. This isn't anything new-- an eleven-year-old isn’t usually self-aware yet. That being said, Ron seemed far more immature than most other first-years.

Ron resorted to gossiping. He told all of the boys in his class that Hermione didn’t have any friends because she was so annoying. Hermione obviously found out about what had Ron said, and hid in the bathroom, where she was almost killed by a troll.

3 Best: He Rescued Harry From the Dursley's Using His Dad's Flying Car

Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets Flying Car

Harry’s life wasn’t great outside of Hogwarts. He had to deal with his horrid uncle, aunt, and cousin during the summers. He always felt isolated, as he was stuck inside a house that he wasn't truly his home. To Harry’s surprise, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ron, along with Fred and George, showed up at Harry’s window to rescue him.

Ron had always worried about how Harry was doing at the Dursley’s. He messed things up for Harry a few times, specifically when Ron tried to call Harry using a telephone and ended up yelling at Uncle Vernon. When Ron hadn’t heard from Harry all summer long, Ron decided to take action.

Instead of just assuming that Harry was fine, Ron chose to help his friend. He asked the twins to help him borrow their dad’s flying car, and went to check on Harry at the Dursley’s. This is one of the first moments when Harry felt like he had a family. From then on, Ron made sure the Weasley’s treated Harry like one of their own (even if Charlie never showed up in the movies).

2 Worst: He Abandons Harry After Harry's Name Comes Out of the Goblet of Fire

The Triwizard Cup from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Everything seems to always come back to Ron’s jealousy. Maybe he wouldn’t have been so hated if he hadn’t always been so jealous. When Harry’s named popped out of the Goblet of Fire after Viktor Krum's, Fleur Delacour's, and Hufflepuff representative Cedric Diggory's, everyone was perplexed. Not only that, but everyone thought Harry had somehow broken the rules.

The one person who should have been there for Harry was Ron. Yet, Ron being the envious person that he was, refused to believe Harry. Instead, he jumped on board with everyone else who believed that Harry had lied, and left Harry alone to deal with this mystery all by himself.

After that, Ron spent a lot of his time with Dean and Seamus, purposely leaving Harry out of their circle. It wasn’t until after Ron saw how dangerous the first task was that he realized Harry hadn’t been lying. Ron knew that Harry wasn't insane enough to put himself into that kind of danger.

It took Harry almost being killed by an angry dragon for Ron to realize that Harry wasn’t a liar after all. As Harry's best friend, it shouldn't have taken Ron that much convincing.

1 Best: He Adds Comic Relief

Harry and Ron peer into a crystal ball in 'Prizoner of Azkaban'

Ron was the funniest character in the whole Harry Potter series. He was witty and unafraid of saying what he thought. In dark moments, Ron was able to provide comedy to lighten up the mood just by being himself. It was always a part of his charm.

Between Harry and Hermione, the two were extremely serious and needed someone who could brighten up their day. Ron also always seemed to say what the readers and viewers were thinking. Ron called his friends out on things they were doing badly, but he didn’t do it in a mean way. He added humor to his criticisms.

Almost all of Ron’s negative traits can be forgiven in light of his humor. The series wouldn’t have been as charming if it weren’t for Ron’s comedic relief from dark situations. His humor wasn't always purposeful, but it did make the things he said even funnier. He brought some sunlight to the Harry Potter series.


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