Anonymous asked: what are your thoughts on ginny/hermione's friendship?
there’s a special place in my heart for ginny’s and hermione’s friendship.
hermione gets along with nearly everyone in her year but she’s commonly viewed by others as a teacher’s pet and an insufferable bookworm. she doesn’t have too many real friends outside of harry and ron. so it’s kind of a big deal that ginny is someone who hermione considers a close friend and an equal despite their age difference, someone that she feels comfortable enough to confide her secrets with and just talk about girl things for once.
likewise, hermione’s an important person in ginny’s life. not only does hermione give valuable advice that leads ginny to self-improvement, but she’s also the older sister that ginny never had growing up in a world of boys. it must have been a relief having another girl to relate to and lean on after a decade of relying on herself. they’re both girls who’ve grown up without sisters and i love that they’ve found that with each other.
and i just really really love that they shared a tent at the quidditch world cup and a room every time they’re at the burrow and come down for breakfast at the same time and how ginny is always playing with crookshanks and how they can be upfront and real with one another and both wont hesitate to put the boys in their place and both are really gifted witches who got invited to the slug club based on their natural abilities and not because of family and how they’re constantly giggling with one another and comforting one another and always keeping each others secrets and how they’re both outwardly opposites and don&rsqu o;t share many of the same interests but are still really good friends and how both of them know things about each other that harry and ron don’t know and how ginny angrily comes to hermione’s defense when kreacher throws slurs at her and how hermione confunds cormac not only because of ron but because he was trash-talking ginny too and how hermione was secretly playing match-maker between harry and ginny
hermione and ginny (◕‿◕✿)
Harry’s descriptions of Ginny are incredible even considering just their symbolism. A lot of the imagery throughout the series associates Ginny with fire. The most prevalent of these descriptions is her hair, which is described as “fiery red”. Harry also describes her blushing as “glowing like the setting sun”. In OoTP, he calls attention to her eyes as “reflecting the firelight”. When she’s sick and takes Pepper-Up Potion, he says that “the smoke pouring from her ears made her whole head look as if it was on fire”. There is also what Harry refers to as her “blazing” look, which is possibly the most common descriptor of Ginny in HBP.
Taken all together, Ginny is associated throughout the series with fire. Fire traditionally symbolises passion, a hot-temper, energy, assertiveness - the list goes on and on, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a single quality symbolised by fire that Ginny Weasley does not embody. Even her Zodiac sign is Leo, which is - wait for it - a fire sign. Leo is the Lion, which, along with fire, underscore her Gryffindor traits, since the element and the animal associated with Gryffindor are fire and the lion, respectively.
The fiery qualities Ginny possesses provide a remarkable contrast to Harry, who shares many of them, but in a more watered down capacity. Harry and Ginny share many traits, such as passion, strong leadership qualities, and a sense of humour. However, Harry’s upbringing in an abusive household makes him less inclined to share his passion. He thus tends to bottle his feelings up until they overflow and burst out, as evidenced at the start of OoTP. This more tempered version of Ginny’s fire could also be linked to the Sorting Hat’s indecision about whether Harry should be a Gryffindor or a Slytherin, since the element associated with Slytherin is water.