Book Ron was an interesting, attractive and relatable character, and I feel that the movies really unfairly relegated him to the position of comic relief. The dynamics of the trio had to be simplified into hero + heroine + mascot, and that robbed us of a truly fascinating character. So here are a…
I have strong feelings about this. Let’s talk about Ronald Weasley.
Book Ron was so much more than comic relief. And his victories, no matter how few and far between they were, became everyone’s triumphs. No matter how much dirt life flung onto his face, Ron rose above it. When you read about him wanting to be head boy and to play on the Quidditch team, you cringe a little, because he’s always in the shadow of his brothers. It seems impossible. But he always stood up, despite his best friend getting everything he could dream of. Harry was impossibly lucky (I guess to balance out the horrible luck he had, too), and a lot came to him by virtue of his fame. Ron was happy for his best friend when the day was saved, and he just rolled out for the adventures, even when it meant following the spiders.
He had a lot of insecurities, but his knowledge of the wizarding world was nothing short of vital in the books. And his growth as a character was amazing. But that’s the kind of thing that just requires more space than the movies could provide. He’s not just “the third guy” or “the mascot” or “the comic relief.” He is as equal a main character as Harry and Hermione, and it’s frankly insulting when people act like Ron is just a space-filler who makes people laugh with how ~stupid~ he is. Ron’s empathy goes a long way, and I just wanna wrap him up with happiness and money, because his family deserves so much better. I could talk about this forever, but Ron is great in the books, so if you haven’t read them yet, you really need to.