Now, I’m all for popular pretty girls who don’t know how to talk and who will date any guy that crosses his eyes at her… but that trope has already been done.
What I haven’t seen much of is wispy weird girls who’ve seen their mother die, are open-minded and unprejudiced, and who won’t bend under torture from the Dark Lord.
Luna Lovegood was one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series. And Ginny Weasley was one of my least favorite–mostly because she had all the spice of a Wheat Thin and the sexual charms of a drunk house elf.
Which is why I was so disheartened, despite there being palpable attraction between Harry and Luna in every scene they were in, that he always ended up in horribly awkward “romantic” scenes with Ginny (Zipping up the back of a dress? Come on… oldest trick in the book).
Ginny plays the part of pining girlfriend and provided Harry with happy makeout sessions, which relieved us because lord knows he had enough tension in his life. But Luna, she helped him with the lost diadem, she inspired him to think of new things, made him laugh, and comforted him when Dobby and Sirius died. JK Rowling told us Ginny was the perfect girlfriend for Harry. JK Rowling showed us Luna was the perfect girlfriend for Harry.
Ginny was pretty. Luna was interesting. Neither one is bad, it just depends whether you prefer vanilla ice cream or Umgubular flavored pudding.