Neville/Ginny

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Pairing
Pairing: Neville Longbottom/Ginny Weasley
Alternative name(s): Ginny/Neville, N/G, NL/GW, HMS Flaming Toad, Ninny, Nevinny
Gender category: Het
Fandom: Harry Potter
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Uncommon
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Neville/Ginny is the pairing of Neville Longbottom and Ginny Weasley in Harry Potter fandom.

The pairing saw interest since Goblet of Fire, in which the two attend the Yule Ball together, and increased in popularity with their growing (mostly off-screen) friendship in Order of the Phoenix and ultimately Deathly Hallows.

Neville/Ginny is often shipped alongside Harry/Hermione and Ron/Luna, or Harry/Luna and Ron/Hermione. It has a reputation as a "leftover" ship or convenient means of freeing up Harry for another pairing. Many Neville/Ginny fans resent this especially because of the perception that some fans who claim to support the pairing seem to actively dislike Ginny.[1]

Although the ship was sunk by Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows, Neville/Ginny still sees interest primarily in EWE fanworks or missing moments from Deathly Hallows.

Many fans are drawn to the pairing over the canonical Harry/Ginny because they view Neville and Ginny's relationship as more equal: Neville and Ginny are friends and stand up for one another versus Ginny's initial one-sided idolization of Harry; Neville and Ginny fight together as equals versus Harry sidelining Ginny in attempts to protect her.

History

The ship was proposed at FictionAlley Park's SCUSA forum in January 2002[2] and was named "HMS Flaming Toad".[3] The basis of the ship was Neville and Ginny attending the Yule Ball together in Goblet of Fire. Some fans thought that the pairing would become canon.[4][5]

After the release of Order of the Phoenix (June 2003) and the introduction of Luna Lovegood, Neville/Luna overtook Neville/Ginny in popularity, and the threesome ship Neville/Ginny/Luna also become common. Some fans started shipping Ron/Luna alongside Neville/Ginny; these pairings together are sometimes known as "A Different Happy Weasley Family" (ADHWF), as a counter to OBHWF. Neville/Ginny, Ron/Luna, and Harry/Hermione are also sometimes collectively known as "S.S. Dumbledore's Army".

Half-Blood Prince (July 2005) was a blow to the ship, as it not only canonized Harry/Ginny but many Neville/Ginny shippers did not like Ginny's characterization in the book.[6] However, the ship was somewhat reinvigorated by the Goblet of Fire film (November 2005), which depicts Neville and Ginny dancing together at the Yule Ball at the end of the night (although Order of the Phoenix establishes that Ginny met Michael Corner at the Yule Ball and therefore may not have spent the whole ball with Neville).

The pairing saw a resurgence after Deathly Hallows (July 2007), with many fanworks set during the time Ginny and Neville led the resistance against the Death Eaters at Hogwarts.

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References

  1. ^ LoonyLions posed the question: "This ship is sterotyped [sic] as being a 'leftover ship.' An argument against it is that we ship it because we hate Ginny or we hate Harry/Ginny. How true is this? Do you hate Ginny or H/G?" (HMS Flaming Toad (Neville/Ginny) XI: Sending Neville Her Love!, Post #1784742, 29 April 2008). See also this anonymous ask (17 May 2015) and follow-up (18 May 2015) at lupinatic on Tumblr.
  2. ^ Corax at FictionAlley Park's SCUSA forum. Ginny/Neville, posted 18 January 2002.
  3. ^ Narcissa Malfoy at FictionAlley Park's SCUSA forum. Vote a Name for Ginny/Neville - Sweet but not quite OBHWF, posted 16 April 2002. The initial thread lists the ship name as "SS Flaming Toad"; the poll and later threads use "HMS Flaming Toad".
  4. ^ Ginny & Neville is mentioned as possible pairing in HPfGU's Potential Romantic Pairings by Penny Linsenmayer. Ginny/Neville is the only Neville pairing discussed.
  5. ^ narcissam wrote in 2004: "I shipped Neville/Ginny fanatically [in early 2002], even convinced that they were totally going to become canon.". (Autobiography of a Fan - Part Four, posted 17 July 2004 at LiveJournal.)
  6. ^ For example, see reactions at HMS Flaming Toad VI (Neville/Ginny) at FictionAlley Park, starting 18 July 2005.
  7. ^ coffee_n_cocoa at crack_broom on LiveJournal. Neville/Ginny: "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by magglenagall, posted 01 August 2009.
  8. ^ galfridian at het_reccers on LiveJournal. 9 Recs (8 Fandoms), posted 24 March 2016.