This rant is one focusing on Ron, analyzing clues placed throughout the
first 5 books that hint at his future role in the last 2 books of the
series, including ones pointing towards his possible death. For some reason,
not many seem to think that Ron will play a significant role in the last
books of the series- I've seen everyone from Hermione to Penelope Clearwater
being listed as candidates for important characters, but very few such
lists include Ron. Why is this? Ron is Harry's best friend, and he's thus
a major and prominent character, even in the 5th book, when his role felt
almost dimished in some ways. There's no reason not to think that Ron
will play an important role in his final years at Hogwarts... and he could
quite possibly never live to see the end of his seventh year. THIS
RANT CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, SO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
1. The vision in the Mirror of Erised becoming at least partially true.
Ron's biggest desire, at least in the first book when he gazed into the
Mirror of Erised, was to stand out among his brothers, the best of all
of them. He saw himself as Head Boy, holding the Quidditch Cup, and being
Quidditch Captain as well. This is starting to become at least partially
true as far as the 5th book is concerned. He is made a prefect, which
is the first step to becoming Head Boy/Girl, though not a requirement.
Even though Ron openly hates the responsibility assigned to him as a prefect,
he could very well end up being elected Head Boy. We know that Harry probably
won't make the cut because Dumbledore thinks he (Harry) has enough responsibility
already. We don't know much about any of the other boys in Ron's year
from all four Houses except for Malfoy and his cronies... but could you
honestly see Malfoy becoming Head Boy? Yes, he WAS made a prefect, but
let's face it- he was probably the only halfway decent choice, given that
we only know two other Slytherin boys in the year, Crabbe and Goyle, and
both are far from prefect material. Malfoy definitely breaks rules too
much to be considered Head Boy material. None of the Gryffindor boys seem
to be qualified either, except perhaps Neville.
As far as the Quidditch desires, Ron was made Keeper of Gryffindor's Quidditch
team in the 5th book. Admittedly, he wasn't very good at first, but by
the last match, he'd gotten over his nervousness enough to help Gryffindor
win the Quidditch Cup, so that part of the vision of his desires had been
fulfilled. The only part of this vision that I feel is highly unlikely
to come true is the Captain part- Ron hasn't been playing long enough
to be elected Captain of the team, and Harry is likely to be elected Captain
2. Death Clue #1: Ron's Willingness To Sacrifice Himself.
Ron proved on two separate but major occasions that he's willing to sacrifice
his life to save Harry and Hermione. Near the end of the first book, Harry
was prepared to go through the trapdoor himself- but Ron then intervened
and offered for himself and Hermione to go along with Harry. Later on,
in the chess game, Ron let himself be taken. He knew it was the only way
for them to go on, and he let himself be taken knowing he could have died
at the hands of the violent chess piece. Later on near the end of the
third book when Ron was chasing Scabbers, he fell down near the Whomping
Willow, then when he got up, he pushed Harry out of Sirius/Padfoot's way
and got dragged down under the tree instead. Then when Harry and Hermione
came after him, Ron endured the pain of standing up on his broken leg
and told Sirius he'd have to kill all three of them if he wanted to get
to Harry. Ron then flung himself on Sirius, who was armed with a wand
whereas the kids had nothing. So Ron would certainly willingly give his
life at some point if it were to save Harry and/or Hermione's life.
3. Death Clue #2: The Fight And The Second Task.
In the fourth book, Ron and Harry had their first major quarrel- Ron's
jealously overwhelmed him, and he almost entirely stopped speaking to
Harry for a month. Harry was utterly miserable without Ron's companionship,
because he was getting a taste of what life was like without Ron. Could
this, perhaps, be foreshadowing of a REAL life without Ron? How Ron felt
during the fight and afterwards was barely touched upon, but when the
two made up, Ron did show some remorse for the way he'd acted. Later on,
the second task of the Triwizard Tournament arrived, and the object of
it was for each champion to rescue the thing he or she would miss the
most if it were gone. And who would Harry miss the most? Ron!
4. Death Clue #3: A Table Of 13.
This clue was formulated from this
page at MuggleNet, which details clues of Sirius' death. Think back
to Prisoner of Azkaban, specifically Christmas dinner, when Professor
Trelawney arrives, making them a table of 13. When she says that when
13 dine together the first to rise will be the first to die, we think
she's spewing her usual bollocks. However, later on in OoTP, the first
night at Grimmauld Place, a table of 13 sits down to dine and Sirius is
the first to rise (when he and Mrs. Weasley are arguing), and he's obviously
the first out of the group to die. Flash back to PoA at Christmas dinner.
Harry and Ron apparently rise together from the table of 13. It's never
specifically stated which of them actually got up first, but since we
know Harry can't die at least until the end of the 7th book since only
Voldy can kill him, this should mean that Ron will be the one who dies.
5. Death Clue #4: Mrs. Weasley's Boggart.
This is a rather feeble death clue, but I believe there's significance
behind the fact that Ron was the first one that we, the readers, saw dead
when Mrs. Weasley was fighting the boggart in OoTP. Indeed, the vision
was so convincing that Harry himself thought for a second that Ron was
really dead before remembering that he was safe back downstairs. Like
the fact that Ron was the thing that Harry would miss the most back in
book 4, the fact that Harry thought for a brief second that Ron was dead
could be foreshadowing of Ron's death.
6. Death Clue #5: The Imperius Curse and Peter Pettigrew.
In Goblet of Fire, Fake Mad-Eye Moody puts the Imperius Curse on each
of the students in turn. Harry is able to throw it off, but interestingly
enough, Ron has lots of trouble throwing it off- indeed, more trouble
than any other student, as far as we know. Remember, Goddess J.K. very
rarely mentions these sorts of facts for no good reason. Recall from OoTP
that Voldemort learned that Harry would go to any lengths to save Sirius
from his possessing Harry. This can't have been the only thing about the
people Harry cares about that Voldy learned- he most definitely knows
about Ron and Hermione, and especially Harry's closeness to Ron and the
rest of the Weasleys. Recall now that Ron was the first one Harry saw
every time he "awoke" from having one of his more powerful visions
or surges of Voldy's emotions, so it would be very simple to deduce Harry's
closeness to Ron- and now that Sirius is gone, Harry is likely to become
more and more protective of his friends, since they are some of the few
people he has left to turn to. Recall also that Peter Pettigrew spent
12 years in the Weasley household and thus knows every in and out of it.
Voldy could next set his sights on using Ron to lure Harry to him, so
it's not impossible for a Death Eater or even Voldy himself to sneak into
the Burrow some dark night, put Ron under the Imperius Curse, and use
him to manipulate Harry into doing something stupid. Since Ron has trouble
resisting the Curse, he obviously can't fight it enough to give Harry
some sort of warning or to even go temporarily mad, like what happened
with Mr. Crouch, to indicate he's being controlled. Once Ron's usefulness
to Voldy has run out, unless the others find a way to save him, Voldy
ain't exactly going to let him go free so it would lead to Ron dying.
7. Death Clue #6: IT'S CLICHE !
It's cliché in stories of for the hero's best friend to die. Goddess
J.K. has even said herself that she gets letters from kids begging her
not to kill Ron because in the movies and such, the hero's best friend
usually gets killed. Before anyone starts arguing that Ron's too popular
to be killed, or the main trio shouldn't be broken up, consider this fact:
almost NOBODY thought truthfully that Sirius would be the one to die in
OoTP. In fact, most of the columns and lists of possible deaths I saw
before OoTP came out either didn't list Sirius as a possibility or gave
reasons why he COULDN'T be the one to die. Plus, it would almost seem
like a natural progression for Harry to face- first he loses a friend
(not a close friend, but a friend nonetheless) and gets traumatized when
Cedric dies, then he loses his godfather and experiences the pain of losing
the closest thing he had to a parent after Sirius had a chance to actually
fill his godfather role... so the next step up would logically be losing
one of his closest friends.
8. Ron the prophet?
Odd though it may seem, Ron may actually have some powers of prophecy/be
an underpowered Seer. He's never actually made a true prediction of any
sort before, but many times when he jokes about things or makes stuff
up for his Divination homework, he turns out to be right. For example,
think back to the beginning of the school year in Goblet of Fire. When
Harry and Ron are making up their predictions for Divination, Ron suggests
that Harry put down that he'll get stabbed in the back by someone he thought
was a friend, then Ron himself writes down that he'll come off the worst
in a fight. Harry DOES, indeed, get stabbed in the back by Ron (albeit
not badly) not long after, and one could argue that Ron came off worse
in their fight because all it accomplished was making Ron look like an
ass for starting it and making it worse in some respects. Ron then accidentally
puts himself as drowning twice in his predictions, and while Ron doesn't
really drown, the first drowning could be symbolic of his "drowning"
in jealousy over Harry, leading to their fight. The second obviously symbolizes
the second Triwizard task. Another example of this little phenomenon is
in OoTP, when Ron gloomily comments that Gryffindor has as much a chance
of winning the Quidditch Cup as Mr. Weasley has of becoming Minister of
Magic- and lo and behold, Gryffindor DOES end up winning the Cup. Ron's
certainly no Seer, but he could have something with his amazing ability
to joke and be right.
by Mary McGowan
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