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Harry Potter’s Ginny Had No Lines At First, Star Auditioned With Another Character’s Dialogue-TGN


  • Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, reveals she had to read Hermione’s lines for her audition.
  • Ginny didn’t originally have any lines in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and her eventual single line of wishing Harry good luck was added in during filming.
  • Overall, Ginny’s portrayal in the Harry Potter films was disappointing and did not do justice to her character, and that began all the way back with her audition.

Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright originally had to audition for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with another character’s dialogue. Wright played Ginny Weasley, who is first introduced when Harry notices the Weasley family while trying to find Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. Ginny only has a brief appearance as she watches her older brothers and Harry cross the barrier to reach the Hogwarts Express. It is not until Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when she is a first-year student at Hogwarts, that Ginny takes on a more prominent role in the series.

While speaking with the Inside of You podcast, Wright revealed that when she auditioned for the role of Ginny, there were no lines for her character, and she had to audition with another character’s lines instead. In the final cut of the movie, directed by Christopher Columbus, Ginny only has one line. In the source material, Ginny has multiple lines in the scene at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. Read Wright’s comments below:

Because Ginny had no lines in the first film, the actual first line I had in the film, which was one line, was given to me on the day, which Columbus was like, ‘I think you need a line,’ which is my ‘good luck’ to Harry. I actually read Hermione lines because they didn’t have any other scenes for me to read, so they were like, ‘you’re just going to have to read this character.’

Ginny Weasley Wasn’t Done Justice In The Films

Wright’s audition was arguably a sign of things to come for Ginny’s disappointing portrayal throughout the Harry Potter films. Just as giving Ginny lines was an afterthought for Wright’s audition, Ginny was often treated as an afterthought throughout the franchise. Ginny’s lines in the first book about wanting to go to Hogwarts and her being starstruck by Harry were replaced by just saying, “Good luck” to Harry before he crosses the barrier at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. Keeping her lines from the first book could’ve helped establish Ginny’s fiery spirit and interest in Harry.

Ginny received more focus in the Chamber of Secrets adaptation, with her being possessed by Tom Riddle’s diary being integral to the plot. The films following Chamber of Secrets are what truly failed Ginny. Key elements of Ginny’s character, including her sense of humor, her chemistry with other characters, and her eagerness to stand up for what is right were largely abandoned. Ginny was largely reduced to feeling like little more than Ron Weasley’s sister and Harry’s eventual love interest in the films, even though she is a well-developed, fierce, and likable individual in the books.

The onscreen version of Ginny never got to evolve beyond the meek and starstruck girl from Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets. Along with hurting Ginny’s individual development, Ginny’s relationship with Harry also suffered. In the books, the relationship gradually developed, and it felt satisfying and earned when they began dating toward the end of Half-Blood Prince, whereas the buildup to their relationship felt rushed, forced, and unsatisfying in the films. The Harry Potter films are strong adaptations overall, but they didn’t do justice for Ginny Weasley, even from the very beginning.

Source: Inside of You

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