Over the years I’ve loved many of the Harry Potter characters from Hermione Granger to Newt Scamander. The one character that I loved from the very start is Ron Weasley. I’ve had a few friends actually scoff at me when I told them which Weasley I liked. “Why didn’t you like Fred and George first? They did more!”.
Statements like that make me laugh.
Of course I know that the twins did some incredible things. All of the Weasleys did something cool! That’s why they were my favourite Wizarding family but a lot of people overlook Ron Weasley when they see his family or even Harry and Hermione.
Not in this post!
Today I’m going to put my case forward on why I believe Ron deserved more love than anyone.
he was harry’s first ever friend
Harry didn’t have any friends before Hogwarts, partially thanks to the Dursleys, so you can probably imagine how much this meant to Harry. This is my first reason for loving Ron because, even though he fanboyed over the fact that he was sharing a compartment with Harry Potter, he actually stayed for his sweets.
Just like a certain nephew would over 20 years later.
he put his life on the line in his first year
Not many 11 year olds would jump into danger for a friend they’d only known for just under a year. That was what Ron was like: a true Gryffindor!
He might have panicked while he was being trapped by Devil’s Snare but he showed how brave he was when he helped both Harry and Hermione get through the giant chess game without getting hurt.
I always saw the chess game as much more than just that though. I saw it as the first time that Ron has been both in control and better at something than someone else. All of his life he had been fighting to be past his brothers and sister and it wasn’t until this that he got the chance. So proud of him! Dumbledore even gave him 50 points!
He was smarter than people gave him credit for
Maybe Ron wasn’t as smart as a Ravenclaw or like Hermione, but that didn’t mean he was all out dumb. His intelligence appeared in different situations such as the strategy during chess, he figured out that they could use Basilisk fangs to destroy Hufflepuff’s goblet and managed to a decent enough word in Parseltongue to open the Chamber of Secrets and came up with multiple ideas throughout the books that others didn’t.
Just because he didn’t always focus on his work doesn’t make him dim.
He had some of the best lines in the book
Though I sometimes hate that Ron was seen as more of a comic relief than a real character, JK Rowling did give him some of the best lines. Shame that the films gave those lines to others. Yes, I’m still bitter about that!
Some of my favourites are:
- “From now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell, ‘Die, Ron, die,’ I’m chucking them in the bin where they belong.”
- “Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender?”
- “Oh, of course! I forgot we’ll be hunting down Voldemort in a mobile library.”
- “And that’s the second time we’ve saved your life tonight, you two-faced b*stard!'”
- “You need your Inner Eye tested, if you ask me.”
- “Only if you were prat enough to go dancing around, waving it over your head and singing, ” I’ve got an unbeatable wand, come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough.”
There is also the line where Ron said ‘If you want to kill Harry, you’ll have to kill us too!’ in Prisoner of Azkaban but that was given to Hermione. Gah.
Do you think Ron Weasley should be given more credit than he is?