Throwback Thursday is your weekly concentrated dose of nostalgia, where we round up the bests and worsts of all things 90s (and the early 2000s.) This week: A tribute to the too-often overlooked ladies of Harry Potter.
Now, I’m about to share a serious secret, and this may come as a bit of a surprise to some of you: I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I know. I can’t help it. It’s just who I am inside. Just let me be me! Anyways, when it comes to the ladies of Harry Potter, you all know Hermione is my girl. But I want to take a second to pay homage to some of the other important female characters in the novels. There are, of course, other important ladies like Ginny and Professor McGonagall, but right now I want to focus on some of the more underappreciated characters. Ergo, I bring you some of the most awesome and yet undervalued members of the Harry Potter Girls Club.
First off, let’s talk about how being Mrs. Weasley would be hard in the muggle world. The woman has seven children! Plus, two of them are Fred and George—you’d have to be magic to raise them alone. Secondly, she’s a ginger, who married a ginger, and gave birth to a ginger family. Anybody who knows me knows how I feel about gingers. Which is that they are awesome. Finally, while she may seem like the gentle nurturing type, Molly Weasley is one tough broad, capable of killing Bellatrix Lestrange—that takes some serious magical badassery.
So, Luna has a serious following, obviously. And why wouldn’t she? She has radish earrings, reads the Quibbler, and is totally quirky. She’s basically like the Zooey Deschanel of Harry Potter, only she’s ruining my life significantly less than Zooey Deschanel—I get it, Zooey, you have bangs and glasses and adorable awkwardness, stop trademarking all of my signature attributes. But getting back to the topic at hand, people understandably love Luna for all of her awkward antics, which brings me to my question: why did Jo not introduce her into the series earlier?
Like many of the supporting characters of Potter, Narcissa Malfoy is surprisingly complex. When we are first introduced to her, she’s the sullen wife of Lucius, stern mother to Draco, sane sister of Bellatrix. Her character initially holds little significance other than being just another member of the Black family tree. However, as the series draws to a close and the readers are drawn further into the lives of the Malfoy family, we see that there is also a strength to Narcissa, which stems from her maternal instinct to protect Draco. Maybe I’m being a bit of a devil’s advocate here, but I would definitely say that a lot of Harry’s victory at the final battle has to do with Narcissa’s actions in the forest.
Cho Chang is only on this list because I couldn’t think of anybody else. Cho is actually probably the worst character EVER. Like, Cedric died, Cho. Get over it. Also maybe stop being so awful. And ruining everything. Like literally everything. Especially Dumbledore’s Army when you support that stupid friend of yours with all the freckles. And also Harry’s love life, because he was obviously going to end up with Ginny and you are just fooling yourself. Go home, Cho, nobody invited you. Literally, nobody. Except maybe Harry did to the Yule Ball. But he moved on and so has everyone else.
It may be her name, but don’t call her Nyphadora. Tonks is totally the most hipster character of the series, and also probably the coolest. She’s a metamorphmangus, so she can change her appearance at will—leaving lots of room for her to be a ginger if she so desires, just saying. Even though she is super klutzy, she’s also a totally talented auror. She also marries Lupin, which is super sweet and adorable, even though I totally want to write super steamy slash fanfic about her and Hermione, I mean WHAT WHO SAID THAT? Also she and Lupin make Harry the godfather to their son, Teddy, which is precious. So basically as a character, Tonks has an excellent blend of humor and heart.
Also, look at this because reasons: Harry Potter vs. Mean Girls