The Harry Potter Series
I remember the exact moment I fell in love is Ronald Weasley. It was the moment he showed up at the Dursley’s House in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. Ron’s daring, along with the help of his two brothers, showed the care he had for his best friend. He was willing to risk being grounded to help a friend he thought was in trouble. That, to me, is the meaning of friendship.
As the Harry Potter series progressed, my love for Ron continued to grow. Here was a boy who struggled with so much; he was poor, he was the youngest boy in the shadow of give immensely talented brothers, his best friend was considered the savior of the Wizarding world, and his other best friend was a genius. Sometimes he would act foolishly (remember Lavender Brown?), but usually that was because of his low self-esteem, which he took great pains to keep hidden. Harry, in particular, was none the wiser until Ron destroyed the Horcrux. Actually, I think a lot of readers were none the wiser until that moment.
In fact, that entire scene, of Ron pulling Godric Gryffindor’s and Harry out of the frigid water and then destroying the Horcrux is my favorite Ron moment ever, because it is a prime example of Ron’s heart. Ron, not the strongest or smartest or most talented wizard, still fought for his family, his friends, and for the Wizarding world. Ron is the epitome of courage.
–K. Imani Tennyson