do you ever think of how harry, ron and hermione could barely handle a horcrux at 17/18 when they were taking turns being close to it
and ginny tried her hardest to fight off a horcrux (and occasionally succeeded) - which she poured her heart and soul into - so that she wouldn’t hurt anyone
at age 11
and just wonder why???
I don’t hate Ginny per se
I hate the fact that somewhere between the end of book 2 and the start of book 4 she changed from being shy and a little withdrawn around other people to being popular, outgoing, athletic, and snarky.
In The Chamber or Secrets (she is hardly in the first book so I’ll ignore it) she is still quiet, barely speaks to Harry, and comes across as slightly lonely - she pours her heart out to a diary, and to Hagrid, with no indication that she has close friends in her class. The first time she appears to have any friends is when Luna shows up in at the start of book 5. She seems closer to Hermione than anyone else in her own classes - prolonged exposure due to Ron’s friendship with Hermione would mean she got over her shyness with her. BUT THERE IS NOTHING THAT SHOWS SHE IS SUDDENLY NOT SHY AROUND EVERYONE ELSE. She just suddenly gets described as popular, and acting a lot more outgoing.
She also becomes very popular with boys in the 5th book too, mostly boys the year above her - despite the year before having to go to the Yule ball with Neville as apparently no other 4th year would ask her. She must have got over her shyness then. Though apparently not enough to have friends in her own class.
Her athleticism I can get over, because the background is not well developed enough to judge how much she supported/followed quidditch though I don’t believe that by the age of 14/15 when she joined the gryffindor she hadn’t bullied her way into playing with her brothers at home. Especially if she was as stubborn and determined as New Ginny appeared. I played soccer with my brother’s all the time. Was I any good? no. Was I considered a handicap to the team I was on? Yes. Ginny was apparently good, and unlikely a handicap and I don’t believe the New Ginny would have stood for being told she couldn’t play by her brothers, but Old Ginny was far less confrontational and may have let it go (although why her parents didn’t make the boys include I have no idea).
Her humour went from humour, who seemed more of an observer a la Mr Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, to full out snark and sass. She always had a sense of humour, at least a little portrayed. But the Old Ginny and New Ginny were completely different. Not just in a “I’ve matured” was, but in a “I’ve had a complete personality makeover” way.
I feel like she went from a real person, a bit of an outcast, but layered, (and to be honest who I strongly identified with thus my strong feelings on the matter) to the manic pixie dream girl. Simply so she could be easily paired with Harry. It is the massive change in her entire personality that I dislike, not the character herself.