Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by

J. K. Rowling

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Ginny Weasley Character Analysis

Ron’s sister and the youngest member of the Weasley clan. Ginny is a tough and talented witch, as well as an excellent Quidditch player. In Half-Blood Prince Ginny begins to step out from her brothers’ shadow, developing a close friendship with Hermione and dating Dean Thomas despite Ron’s disapproval. While she’s nursed a crush on Harry for years, he only reciprocates her feelings this year and is hesitant to pursue them for fear of disrupting his friendship with Ron. However, in her relationships with both Dean and Harry, Ginny displays remarkable self-confidence and insists that Ron is not entitled to any input on her romantic decisions. In doing so, she manifests an emotional maturity that neither her brother nor Harry currently possess.

Ginny Weasley Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince quotes below are all either spoken by Ginny Weasley or refer to Ginny Weasley. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince published in 2006.
Chapter Fourteen: Felix Felicis Quotes

It was as though something large and scaly erupted into life in Harry’s stomach, clawing at his insides: hot blood seemed to flood his brain, so that all thought was extinguished, replaced by a savage urge to jinx Dean into a jelly. Wresting with this sudden madness, he heard Ron’s voice as though from a great distance away.

Page Number: 286
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But unbidden into his mind came an image of that same deserted corridor with himself kissing Ginny instead…the monster in his chest purred…but then he saw Ron ripping open the tapestry curtain and drawing his wand on Harry, shouting things like “betrayal of trust”… “supposed to be my friend”…

Related Characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley
Page Number: 289
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Chapter Twenty-Five: The Seer Overheard Quotes

“Watch it,” he said, pointing warningly at Harry and Ginny. “Just because I’ve given my permission doesn’t mean I can’t withdraw it – “

’Your permission,’” scoffed Ginny. “Since when did you give me permission to do anything?”

Related Characters: Ron Weasley (speaker), Ginny Weasley (speaker), Harry Potter
Page Number: 536
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Ginny Weasley Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The timeline below shows where the character Ginny Weasley appears in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Five: An Excess of Phlegm
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Looking grumpy, Ron’s sister Ginny enters the room and says she knows someone who’s “worse than Umbridge.” Hermione rolls her... (full context)
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...not much for her to do, as she’s not interested in “cooking and chickens.” Hermione, Ginny, and Mrs. Weasley all look grimly away from each other. (full context)
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...complains that Bill is rushing into an engagement because of all the panic about Voldemort. Ginny counters that Bill likes the adventure and glamor that “Phlegm” provides, and Harry and Hermione... (full context)
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Ginny posits that Mrs. Weasley is trying to break up the engagement by constantly throwing Bill... (full context)
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...trouble changing her appearance. This conversation is interrupted when Mrs. Weasley enters and demands that Ginny come downstairs to help her – she clearly doesn’t want to be alone with Fleur. (full context)
Chapter Six: Draco’s Detour
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...next several weeks, Harry relaxes at the Burrow and plays Quidditch with Ron, Hermione, and Ginny. However, the peaceful summer is often interrupted by grim stories of disappearances and death in... (full context)
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With Mrs. Weasley’s reluctant permission, the group splits up: Ginny and her parents go to the bookstore, while Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid set off... (full context)
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...twins tell him to take anything he wants. They head off to show a skeptical Ginny and Hermione their range of love potions, teasing their sister that, as she already has... (full context)
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As Ginny scolds the twins to mind their own business, the trio glimpses Draco outside, hurrying down... (full context)
Chapter Seven: The Slug Club
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Since Ron and Hermione are prefects and have to patrol the train, and Ginny is off to meet her boyfriend Dean, Harry has to find a compartment by himself.... (full context)
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...Slytherins, a popular boy named Cormac McLaggan from Gryffindor, and – strangest of all – Ginny, grimacing in a corner. It’s clear that Slughorn has invited many of them because of... (full context)
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...comments on his unwanted new moniker, “The Chosen One.” When a Slytherin coughs in disdain, Ginny pipes up to defend Harry. Slughorn continues to pump Harry for information about his exploits... (full context)
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Neville, Harry, and Ginny are relieved when they can finally slip away. Ginny explains that Slughorn invited her because... (full context)
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...to be invited, Draco quizzes Blaise Zabini about Slughorn’s lunch. He’s disgusted that Neville and Ginny, a “blood traitor,” were there. To cover up his resentment, Malfoy brags that he might... (full context)
Chapter Nine: The Half-Blood Prince
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Catching up with him, Ginny admonishes Harry for “taking orders” from anything written in a book – she’s referring to... (full context)
Chapter Eleven: Hermione’s Helping Hand
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...Two hours and “several broken teeth” later, Harry has assembled most of his team, including Ginny, who’s outflown all the other chasers. (full context)
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...it, but justifies herself by saying that Cormac is bad-tempered had been insulting Ron and Ginny. Amused, Harry teases Hermione for behaving less properly than, as a prefect, she should. (full context)
Chapter Twelve: Silver and Opals
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Ginny arrives with a letter for Harry, summoning him to Dumbledore’s next lesson. He invites her... (full context)
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...decide to cut the trip short. As they begin the cold walk, Harry wonders what Ginny and Dean are up to. (full context)
Chapter Fourteen: Felix Felicis
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...walking back to Gryffindor Tower with Ron, trying to encourage him, when they stumble upon Ginny and Dean making out in a hidden corridor. Harry feels as if “something large and... (full context)
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When Dean leaves, Ginny turns on Ron, telling him that what she does is none of his business and... (full context)
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After Ginny storms off, Harry calms Ron down and walks him back to the common room. He... (full context)
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When they get to the locker room, Ginny announces that Draco isn’t playing today, having become ill. Harry wonders if he’s faking and... (full context)
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...Gryffindor Tower to find a party in full swing and Hermione nowhere in sight. Smugly, Ginny points out Ron, who is feverishly making out with Lavender Brown in a corner. Ginny... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen: The Unbreakable Vow
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...suggestion but Ron is appalled, pointing out that Harry could take anyone in the school. Ginny tells him that he’s done a nice thing by choosing Luna, which makes him feel... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas
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...to breakfast, where the atmosphere is tense due to Mrs. Weasley’s and Fleur’s mutual antipathy. Ginny picks a maggot out of Harry’s hair and Mrs. Weasley asks Lupin if he’s heard... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen: Elf Tails
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That night, Harry sits by Ron’s bed in the infirmary with Ginny, Hermione, Fred and George. The twins, who arrived at Hogwarts to celebrate their brother’s birthday,... (full context)
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...where he’s going, but Harry doesn’t have time to follow him. In the locker room, Ginny scolds Harry for being distracted and Harry snaps at Cormac, who is busy giving instructions... (full context)
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...Smith as commentator. With her typical honesty, she reminisces about the last match, in which Ginny crashed into Smith on purpose. Busy criticizing everyone else, Cormac lets in several goals; in... (full context)
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...who is thrilled at Cormac’s disgrace and still chuckling at Luna’s commentary. Ron mentions that Ginny came by to see him and Harry conjures up a dramatic scene in which she... (full context)
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However, it seems that Ginny only visited to tell Ron that Harry was almost late for the match. Harry confesses... (full context)
Chapter Twenty: Lord Voldemort’s Request
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...her grudge and is now friends with them again. Even better, she tells them that Ginny has fought with her boyfriend because Dean laughed at Harry’s injury. As Harry digests this... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two: After the Burial
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...task. Harry is reluctant to do so; he’s had vague plans for the potion involving Ginny splitting up with Dean and Ron permitting them to date. When he doesn’t say anything,... (full context)
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...Hermione and immediately becomes upset. Harry breezes through the portrait hole, brushing past Dean and Ginny. Sounding annoyed, Ginny accuses Dean of trying to help her through the door and snaps... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four: Sectumsempra
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...before when she saw him and Hermione emerge from the dormitory. Moreover, Hermione reports that Ginny and Dean broke up after fighting about his habit of helping her through the portrait... (full context)
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...and Hermione are in excellent moods and oblivious to Harry’s inner turmoil – now that Ginny’s free it seems like he could make a move, but he feels that doing so... (full context)
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...see his Quidditch team back together and flying well. Apparently unfazed by her recent breakup, Ginny amuses everyone by imitating Ron and Harry; Harry sustains several Bludger injuries because he’s distracted... (full context)
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Besides, it’s impossible to get any time alone with Ginny. Ahead of the upcoming match with Ravenclaw, Ron constantly wants to talk strategy and the... (full context)
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...reprimands Harry sternly and supports Snape’s decision. By the time Harry finds Ron, Hermione, and Ginny in the common room, the whole school knows what he’s done and the rest of... (full context)
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...sinister character to come up with such spells. As she and Harry are arguing furiously, Ginny interrupts, pointing out that Draco was about to use an Unforgivable Curse and everyone should... (full context)
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...reads through his father’s petty offenses he wonders how the match is going, especially with Ginny playing Seeker. When detention finally ends he runs up to the Gryffindor tower and opens... (full context)
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After a long time, Harry and Ginny finally move apart. The whole room is silent except for a few wolf-whistles. Harry sees... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five: The Seer Overheard
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For the next few weeks everyone gossips about Harry and Ginny’s new romance, but Harry doesn’t care – it’s a nice change to find himself the... (full context)
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However, Harry and Ginny can’t spend that much time together, as she has to study for her upcoming O.W.L.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six: The Cave
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...dispel the Inferi. Harry wishes he had said a proper farewell to his friends, especially Ginny. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight: Flight of the Prince
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...Fenrir Greyback tackling him, but manages to Stun the werewolf. Ahead of him, he sees Ginny fighting with a Death Eater, whom he jinxes as well. Ron, McGonagall, Lupin, and Tonks... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine: Phoenix Lament
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Ginny appears and gently leads Harry away from Dumbledore’s body. She says that McGonagall has ordered... (full context)
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Ron says hopefully that Dumbledore might know a cure, forcing Ginny to reveal that Dumbledore is dead. Devastated, Lupin staggers into a chair; Harry has never... (full context)
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...help. Harry explains that they used the Vanishing Cabinet to enter the castle. Ron and Ginny admit that, although they were tracking Draco on the map, he managed to get past... (full context)
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Ron, Ginny, and the other Order members discuss the details of the battle, while Harry imagines Snape... (full context)
Chapter Thirty: The White Tomb
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...the world arrive, as well as large delegations from the Ministry. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny spend all their time together in the fine summer weather, which seems to “mock” their... (full context)
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...of them feel true grief for Dumbledore’s death. Suddenly a mournful song breaks out and Ginny directs Harry’s attention to the lake where a group of merpeople are singing. Hagrid walks... (full context)
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While Hermione is still crying and Ron looks to be on the verge of tears, Ginny is wearing the same “blazing look” Harry remembers from the moment he first kissed her.... (full context)
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Ginny says that she doesn’t care about this possibility, and ruefully reflects that she’s always hoped... (full context)