Harry Potter Animated Series
i can’t stress enough how language is defined by its use
you’re not really misusing a word if you’re using it in its most popular definition because there’s no way i could tell anyone that something is “terrific” and have EVERYONE KNOW THAT I MEAN IT INSPIRES TERROR GOD YOU’RE ALL SOOOOO STUPID
clinging to archaic definitions and being a language purist in general is so dumb for real like 50% of our language now is butchered latin mixed with shakespearean chatspeak
The Doctor Games [x]
EIGHT AND A HALF OR SOMETHING
halfway through SoN and my otp consists of two pretty much dead characters someone stop the bus
they aren’t even that couple-y yet but i just feel so strongly
a lot of people mistagged my piper doodle as hazel but yeah this is how i draw hazel i guess!
I am honestly surprised that the Harry Potter fandom seems so set on labeling Ginny Weasley ‘the girl who waited’ or ‘the ultimate fangirl’ or any other term that invariably suggests ‘the girl who never gave up [read: had a life] and got the man she was whining for in the end because she waited and had no meaningful characteristics outside that’.
This is a flat out misunderstanding of her character, OK. Ginny is literally the polar opposite if this.
In the first books we as the readers, along with Harry, primarily know Ginny as shy, quiet and with a crush on Harry. We also know that she survived and got over months of being possessed by a Horcrux, and all the trauma that came with that, and the books always indicated that there’s a lot more to her, but these are her primary characteristics: Sort of submissive and with a crush.
And then what happens is that she realizes that being quite and in the background won’t get her anywhere, people won’t notice her. She steps out of the shadow and grows massive ladyballs. She becomes assertive, loud, forceful, a BAMF who had no time for anyone’s shit, including Harry’s. She moves on, has different boyfriends, a life of her own, and eventually, Harry.
Why? Because she didn’t wait. She didn’t sit around expecting anything to happen, and she certainly didn’t base her life on any unrequited crush.
The basic message of Harry and Ginny’s relationship development is exactly that quietly waiting around in the background won’t get you anywhere, that you should step up, be true to yourself, have the courage to show yourself, and people will (only) recognize and love you if you do that, if you let them see you for what you really are.
In the end, this is exactly what ‘rewards’ her. Ginny didn’t get the boy by waiting or fangirling, she got the boy by being herself, being a fucking force of nature. Not by waiting, the opposite of waiting. Not by ‘fangirling’ or stalking by any means - she was pretty much as ‘cool’ as she could be while still being an equal, a friend and family.
This is in no way shaming fangirling - being devotedly dedicated to something you love is definitely admirable, but this isn’t Ginny, not in the sense it’s so often presented, anyway. It’s not her identity, it’s not at all her character arc and by the end, it’s most definitely not her most prominent character trait.
It’s like basing Neville’s characterization solely on how he was in the first book, or calling Harry ‘the awkward boy who even didn’t know about magic’ because that’s who he was when we first met him. It’s unfair.
I simply do not understand why people perceive her character like this. I mean, is it movie!canon and not book!canon people base this on? Because then it sort of makes sense, I guess.
But to re-state regarding book!Ginny, she eventually got together with the boy she originally wanted, but she didn’t wait for him, and that’s what made him fall for her. ‘The girl who waited’ is literally turning her character development upside down and is about as false as calling Harry ‘the boy who died’.
The deductive skills of sherlock holmes
Sherlock has already done it.