Ron Weasley Is More Than Just a Sidekick

September 14, 2018

One of my favorite Ronald Weasley moments is in Deathly Hallows.
Just to refresh your memory, Harry and Ginny became an item in Half-Blood Prince, and Harry ended the relationship at the end of the book. This extract is from Chapter 7 of Deathly Hallows, when Ron walks in on the two of them kissing.
In Sorcerer's Stone, Neville is praised and rewarded for standing up to his friends. I believe that this moment of Ron's is equally as impressive - not only is Ron standing up to his best friend, but he is doing so in defense of his sister (and justifiably so). Not that anyone could think that Ginny needs someone to defend her, but this small moment shows us Ron's true character.
Ron doesn't just provide comedic relief throughout the series. In my not-so-humble opinion, Ron shows more courage and bravery than just about any character. We all know that Ron isn't the best at charms, but that doesn't stop him from cursing Malfoy in Chamber of Secrets. When he was injured by "Snuffles" in Prisoner of Azkaban, he wasn't afraid to stand up to Sirius. He's loyal to Harry in Goblet of Fire, even when he's mad at him. He's willing to put his own pride aside for the safety of his friend.
Year after year, Ron Weasley is loyal. He is strong. He tries, even when he doesn't want to. He could've easily let Harry go from his life, but he didn't. He stayed by him because he loved him and because Harry needed him. Harry needed someone to lift him with humor. Harry needed someone to stand up for him, if not for the protection, then for the morale-boost.
Ron Weasley was the first friend that Harry had ever really had. Ron Weasley left his family to help Harry hunt Horcruxes, unsure of their safety. Ron Weasley spent years being jealous of Harry, but he put his feelings aside daily.

Ron may not be the most talented wizard, but he is the kind of person that we all need in our lives. All of us have talents, and just because Ron's weren't as tangible as his friends' or family's does not mean that he is a useless sidekick. He is underestimated and underappreciated by the fandom, because he has moments of bravery and knowledge that Harry and Hermione did not.

Yours truly,
McKay

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