So many stories have asked the question: "What if Harry Potter was a girl?" Few stories, however, seem to bother with the question "What if Ron Weasley was a girl?" So, just to be contrary, this story will. Everyone else here is going to be their canon genders, but Ron's going to be a girl, and then we'll see how this might change the story.
—Author's introWeasley Girl
is a Gender Flip For Want of a Nail Harry Potter Fan Fic
trilogy-in-the-works, written by Hyaroo
, the Secret Identity
of Troper Roo
In this Alternate Universe
, the second youngest Weasley child was born a girl
, and so the first friend Harry Potter makes on the Hogwarts Express is not Ronald "Ron" Weasley, but the decidedly female (if somewhat tomboyish
) Veronica "Ronnie" Weasley. She's much like her male counterpart, in that she's an often blunt and insensitive Deadpan Snarker
and Quidditch fanatic with a nasty temper, but she has slightly different talents, priorities and hang-ups. The most obvious difference is that she's absolutely rubbish at chess but has a strange affinity with animals.
Thanks to the Weasley dynamic being slightly different (Fred, George and Percy are a lot more overprotective towards Ronnie than they were towards canon Ron) and Ronnie herself making a few different choices, the Butterfly Effect
kicks off full-force and things turn out very differently than in canon.
For one thing, since Harry's first meeting with Neville and Hermione turns out very different, he befriends them much more quickly, and as a result the canon trio has become a quartet — nicknamed "Potter's Gang" by a spiteful Snape, who unjustly sees the four as a next-generation version of the Marauders. This leads to Harry and friends having an even worse relationship with Snape in this story than in canon, and this again kicks off a few plot points somewhat early and leaves Harry confronting things he might not be ready for yet.
At the time of writing, the second story in the trilogy has started, and is titled Weasley Girl: Secrets of the Past.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Ronnie, of course. Hermione, as in canon, is the Badass Bookworm type.
- A Girl And Her Cat: From Secrets of the Past onward, Ronnie and Crookshanks.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The Weasleys. They bicker a lot, call one another names, tease and prank one another... and ultimately are always there for one another when it really counts.
- Fred names the trope when Ronnie hugs Hermione to make up for their earlier fight:
Fred: Awww, look, they wuv each other.
Ronnie: Shut up, Fred.
- Big Brother Instinct: Percy, Fred and George are very protective of their little sister. She doesn't like it, thinking they're treating her like a baby.
- Big Damn Heroes: Happens three times so far:
- Neville, almost accidentally, saves Harry and Ronnie from their first encounter with Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest, riding a herd of invisible Thestrals.
- Harry, Ronnie and Hermione show up just in time to save Neville from the cave troll at Halloween. Played with, as they end up unintentionally dragging him, and themselves, into far worse trouble.
- Fawkes and Dumbledore come to the rescue when Voldemort assaults Potter's Gang.
- Big Eater: Ronnie shares this trait with her canon-counterpart, enough that everyone gets worried when she can't bring herself to eat at dinner.
- Blessed with Suck / Cursed with Awesome: After Quirrell' first somewhat ham-fisted attempt at killing Harry, trying to arrange an "accident" with potentially lethal potions, both Harry, Ronnie, Hermione and Neville end up completely immune to all potions and elixirs — both harmful ones and beneficial ones. The same thing happens to Quirrell/Voldemort, when it's revealed Snape has managed to recreate the mixture of potions that caused the immunity and managed to give it to Quirrell/Voldemort — meaning that neither unicorn blood nor the Elixir of Life will work on them.
- Catch Phrase: Hermione tends to say "That's not funny" or otherwise reprimand people when she thinks they joke about things that shouldn't be joked about; a tendency she seems to share with her mother.
- Chekhov's Gun: A few, some taken from canon and some original to this story. Against all probability, the fifty-pence coin Harry got from the Dursleys for Christmas ends up playing a small but significant part in the confrontation with Voldemort.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The Lovegoods, of course. Xenophilius and Luna make their first appearance in Secrets of the Past at King's Cross, Xenophilius pulling the trolley instead of pushing it because it's "terrible bad luck to push things around on a Wednesday," Luna riding the trolley and singing the Hogwarts school song instead of saying hello, and both of them wearing incredibly loud purple clothes. Eleven-year-old Luna may, if that's even possible, be slightly weirder than the fourteen-year-old version we're first introduced to in canon.
- Combat Pragmatist: Mad-Eye Moody encourages students to be this, to use what skills or items they have at hands, and not be afraid of Fighting Dirty, especially if their lives depend on it. Harry and Hermione use this approach when Quirrell/Voldemort attacks during Christmas dinner and they, lacking any actual combat spells, employ Wingardium Leviosa in order to hurl the turkeys, potatoes and drinking goblets at their adversary. Voldemort calls it a "glorified food fight," but it does slow him down enough for Dumbledore to come to the rescue.
- Crush Blush: Ginny displays it a couple of times.
- Curse Cut Short: From Secrets of the Past, when Lavender and Parvati are being giggly about Gilderoy Lockhart, to Ronnie's annoyance:
Ronnie: Why can't you two think with your brains instead of with your -—
Percy: Ronnie, if you finish that sentence, I'm taking twenty points off Gryffindor!
- Deadpan Snarker: Ronnie, like Ron, can get very sarcastic at times.
Malfoy: You are going to pay for that, Potter. You and your little gang. Especially those two ugly girlfriends of yours.
Ronnie: What are you going to do, hide behind Crabbe and Goyle and try to sneer us to death?
George: One day, you'll look back on this and realise that your time with us was the happiest time of your life.
Ronnie: Only if the rest of my life consists of being tortured by vicious hags.
Dumbledore: Love is a very powerful force.
It goes beyond any magic, and far beyond Voldemort's comprehension.
You see, Voldemort loves and trusts no-one but himself. If he had known the true meaning of love, of sacrifice, he would not have been the Dark Lord he is. Ronnie:
Great, just great. So the next time we meet a Dark Lord we should just start snogging.
Dudley: What are you doing here? We don't like freaks in this house!
Ronnie: Self-loathers, are you?
Molly: You take good care of yourself now. Mind your brothers, look after your sister, and please, don't go rushing off into trouble this year.
Ronnie: You mean I should cancel my plans to wrestle trolls in the Forbidden Forest on Saturdays?
- Disney Death: Fawkes is hit by a Killing Curse, but thanks to being a phoenix it just triggers his rebirth. Harry, not knowing this details about phoenixes thinks Fawkes has died.
- Does Not Understand Sarcasm: Colin Creevey, "to whom sarcasm was just a seven-letter word."
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Harry's reason for not telling anyone the details of his life with the Dursleys; he doesn't think he could stand the pity.
- Dope Slap: George gives one to Fred, after Fred accidentally and in a roundabout way reveals to Snape that they have several secret illegal joke items stashed around Hogwarts.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The Thestrals, Cedric Diggory, Mad-Eye Moody, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Fawkes and the entire Weasley family (except Bill) all make on-screen appearances, in larger or smaller roles, before Harry has even finished his first term at Hogwarts.
- The Eeyore: Mild case, but Neville is the biggest pessimist in Potter's Gang. If any of them dreads the future or makes gloomy predictions, it's him.
- Evil-Detecting Cat: Crookshanks, as in canon. He likes all the Weasleys, but takes an instant dislike to the Malfoys.
- Fantastic Racism: As with canon, wizards towards Muggles - but it gets taken up a level. After the gritty details of Harry's mistreatment at the hands of his Muggle relatives comes to light, the Wizarding World - thanks to a xenophobic sensationalised article by Rita Skeeter - starts letting out some rather severe anti-Muggle sentiment. Heck, an unnamed wizard accosts Hermione's parents just because they happen to be there and has the gall to blame them for Harry's circumstances, even patronising Hermione when she tries to defend them. Ronnie, and all the Weasleys for that matter, are understandably peeved by this attitude.
- Fiery Redhead: Ronnie, of course.
- Friend to All Living Things: Though hardly the epitome of sweetness and light often associated with this trope, Ronnie loves animals — and the majority of animals, in turn, love her. It's revealed that she takes after Charlie, who has the same ability to charm almost any animal he meets.
- This turns out not to only be a blessing, as some of the animals who love her are scary — and when Voldemort finds out that she can tame the vicious three-headed dog guarding the Philosopher's Stone, he begins targeting her.
- The author was actually quite clever about this - as he pointed out, he was using Flanderisation to turn something he noticed in the books (that animals actually seem to like Ron quite a bit, with Fang always licking him and the like) into a character trait that helped distinguish Ronnie from canon Ron (in turn, she's been made to be rubbish at chess in order to compensate for her increased talent there, among other things).
- For Want of a Nail: Starts as early as the Hogwarts Express, in Chapter One - Ronnie actually takes up the twins on their offer to see Lee Jordan's pet spider, which led not only to Hermione being befriended much sooner than canon, but also Neville joining the main group - and, in turn, Harry did not get the Chocolate Frog with Dumbledore's card that tipped him off to Nicholas Flamel's name. The AN at the end of the 1st Chapter indicates that Ronnie being a girl with five older brothers rather than the youngest of six boys is a massive nail - Fred just couldn't bring himself to turn his sister's teddy bear into a spider despite her breaking his toy broomstick, and as such she never developed arachnophobia like her male counterpart. This is just one of the changes that isn't related to the personality traits she differs from Ron in.
- The author is especially good about keeping all the changes from being for the better, too - on the one hand, Neville actually joins the group and has friends sooner than canon as a result, and Harry no longer has to live with the Dursleys; on the other, Potter's Gang cannot use Potions - good or bad - on themselves thanks to their immunity, plus they end up enduring some Unforgivable Curses - Neville takes a Cruciatus, and Ronnie still has nightmares about the Imperius, and on top of that the latter benefit comes with a massive downside.
- Luna Lovegood ends up in Hufflepuff instead of Ravenclaw or even Gryffindor - because some events in her past were slightly different, including Ronnie replacing Ron, and possibly her... bizarre first meeting with Draco Malfoy.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Potter's Gang:
- Harry is Choleric.
- Ronnie is Sanguine.
- Neville is Phlegmatic.
- And Hermione is Melancholic.
- Fluffy Tamer: Ronnie and Charlie.
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: Potter's Gang is made up of two boys (Harry and Neville) and two girls (Ronnie and Hermione).
- Gender Flip: The entire point of the fic was to do a Gender Flip for Ron rather than Harry.
- Gen Fic: Sort of. The author has not ruled out the possibility of romance, but it's not the focus of the story - Character Development, friendship and narrative are the utmost priorities.
- Groin Attack: Ronnie repeatedly threatens to do this, particularly to Malfoy. During Mad-Eye Moody's Defence lesson she mentions it as an alternate way to deal with Dark wizards. In Secrets of the Past, it's revealed that she's never actually done it to anyone — though in that story she does get to do it for the first time ever, her victim being Vernon Dursley. She does it again later on to a creepy wizard in Knockturn Alley.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Towards the climax of Weasley Girl, Fawkes shows up to stop Quirrel from dragging off an Imperiused Ronnie, as well as return Harry's Invisibility Cloak to him, but gets hit by a Killing Curse. Luckily, since he's a phoenix, it doesn't stick, though it does put him out of commission for the rest of the fight.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Ronnie is as tall as canon Ron, making her this. She doesn't seem to mind too much, though she doesn't appreciate being called "Beanstalk" either.
- In-Series Nickname: "Potter's Gang" for Harry, Ronnie, Neville and Hermione. Coined by Snape, who meant it as an insult, but it caught on with the Hogwarts students (and the narration) who kept it.
- The Terrible Trio of Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle get a much-less-used collective nickname, "The Trolls." Tends to be used mostly by Ronnie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Harry certainly views Snape as this.
- Lady Swears-a-Lot: Ronnie. According to Word of God, one reason why Secrets of the Past is rated T rather than the K+ of the first story is that much of it is from Ronnie's POV, and "the girl likes to swear."
- Mind-Control Eyes: Mad-Eye Moody mentions "glazed, milky eyes" as one of the symptoms of a poorly- or hastily-cast Imperius curse. When Ronnie is placed under the Imperius by Quirrell, her eyes are described as glazed and blankly staring.
- Mistaken for Gay: A rather spectacular jump to the wrong conclusions in Secrets of the Past leads Ronnie to think that Gilderoy Lockhart and Wormtail are gay lovers.
- Oblivious to Love: Downplayed - Harry isn't aware of Ginny's crush on him at first, but once Ronnie mentions it at Christmas he knows it's there... but given his aversion to fame and special treatment, he's baffled by how badly it affects her when he's in proximity (or praising her). For her part, Ronnie's relatively patient with him despite her temper, but she's completely exasperated by her little sister's Hero-Worshipper traits and hopes that she'll eventually start talking to Harry more normally.
- Off the Rails: The Stations of the Canon are spectacularly averted in this fic, as For Want of a Nail above indicates.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When Neville Longbottom gets angry and begins delivering The Reason You Suck speeches, you know someone's stepped over the line.
- Platonic Life Partners: Harry and Ronnie have shades of this - in the first fic it is noted that while Harry's glad to have a close male friend in Neville (as boys of his age tend to do), he feels closest to Ronnie despite their differences. Given that she still shares many traits with Ron (like his sense of humour), which are what drew them together so closely, this is unsurprising. The narrative (and the author) has yet to indicate that anything deeper will develop from this, mostly because romance isn't the story's focus.
- The Power of Friendship: In full force. After leaving Quirrell's body, the ghostly Voldemort tries a last, desperate attack on Harry, but fails because Ronnie, Hermione and Neville shield their friend.
- Precision F-Strike: Ronnie swears a bit, her favorite swear word being "arse." However, she lets loose an F-bomb just after Harry manages to snap her out of the Imperius curse Quirrell put her under: "I'LL KILL THAT FUCKING BASTARD!"
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After a disastrous first Potions lesson, Hermione writes a "The Reason Snape Sucks" letter to Dumbledore. Which, at first, doesn't seem to accomplish anything apart from escalating Snape's hatred for Potter's Gang. Turns out he really got into trouble with the other teachers over the letter.
- Dumbledore delivers one to Voldemort when they confront one another, calling into question the latter's ham-fisted methods and pointing out that he used to be more subtle.
- After he reveals that he's leaving Hogwarts, Snape delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Harry, in which he chides Harry's tendency to jump to conclusions and thinking he knows more than he actually does.
- This directly leads to Snape getting another "The Reason You Suck" Speech, by Hagrid, of all people — though Hagrid does later on tell Harry that he doesn't think Snape is a bad person, just consumed by his own bitterness.
- Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon both deliver one, on separate occasions, to Harry and the Weasleys about wizardkind in general, though Petunia's is the more passionate and ranty one.
- To everyone's surprise, Neville delivers a very short, but angry one to a common room full of Gryffindors in Secrets of the Past when a fight breaks out at an extremely inopportune moment and several Gryffindors (no doubt influenced by the above-mentioned xenophobic Rita Skeeter article) have displayed some disturbing anti-Muggle sentiments. He manages to stun the entire room into silence because Neville Longbottom does not get angry and yell at people.
- Rejected Apology: When Harry learns that Snape has been working against Voldemort the entire time and that his actions may have saved the lives of Potter's Gang, he feels bad for thinking so ill of the man and seeks to apologize. Snape refuses to believe the apology is sincere and launches into the above-mentioned "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Snape resigns from Hogwarts after having blown his cover with Voldemort, citing that he can "no longer be of use to Dumbledore." Word of God is that we haven't seen the last of him in the story, though.
- Draco Malfoy has this reaction to his first meeting with Luna Lovegood.
- Shipper on Deck: Played with - Ronnie hasn't shown any signs of disliking her sister's crush on Harry, but it's more because she wants her to be able to speak to him properly rather than a shipping inclination.
- Ship Tease: Nothing clear-cut, but some elements can be seen as this thanks to Shipping Goggles (take this with a grain of salt).
- Ronnie/Neville has been getting a few hints since Year 1, with Neville showing the makings of a crush on the girl who tries to help him learn to fly. On Ronnie's end, Neville is "suddenly a calming presence" in Chapter 6 of SOTP, when she's panicking over Riddle's diary going missing.
- Harry/Ronnie gets a clear-cut one when Harry buys Crookshanks for her, justifying it as a Christmas presentwhen he sees how badly she wants him (she's a little embarrassed afterwards). Also qualifies as a Friendship Moment.
- Ronnie/Hermione are very affectionate towards each others, in no small part due to the boys not being big on PDA. Ronnie grabs Hermione and starts spinning/dancing with her in sheer exhilaration after they hear that Snape has resigned.
- And of course, Harry/Ginny on the latter's end.
- Shout-Out: Dean Thomas makes a few to Superman and Star Wars, but his jokes tend to go over the heads of the wizarding-raised kids.
Dean: I need more Muggle-born friends.
- It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference (in Secrets of the Past, chapter four) but apparently Hermione's father used to play "some dungeon-centered game" when he was younger, which gave him a couple of misconceptions about magic.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Ronnie and Draco Malfoy engage in this from time to time, though frequently one of them manages to hit a nerve so that the other one is incapable of responding with anything other than "shut up" — or "you'll pay for that" threats (in Malfoy's case) or threats of/attempts at violence (in Ronnie's case).
- Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: Hermione's reaction to Fred and George's theory on students vs. teachers.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: As you might expect from a girl with five older brothers, Ronnie is pretty tomboyish; She's brash, physical, Quidditch-obsessed and temperamental. However, she's also rather cuddly and is almost always the one initializing hugs between Potter's Gang, she coos and fawns over animals, she wears pink pyjamas (which clash horribly with her hair) and judging by her vision in the Mirror of Erised, she wouldn't mind being prettier. At one point, she claims she wishes she was a boy — though it's more because she's tired of Percy, Fred and George being overprotective than of any actual dislike of traditionally girly things, and she changes her mind when she realizes that boys her age (at least Harry and Neville) are awkward about hugging and showing affection in public.
- Tongue-Tied: Ginny, when Harry gives her any amount of attention, is unable to say anything but "Squeak!" As of Secrets of the Past, she seems to be slowly getting over it.
- What Could Have Been:
- The author was planned a slightly larger role for Fay Dunbar for the first story, including the revelation that she had never even seen a Muggle in her life, in order to emphasise world building and class distinctions. He couldn't make it fit, although Fay's presence means it might come into play later in the narrative.
- In Secrets of the Past, he admitted that he'd planned for Slughorn to take over the role of Potions Master after Snape's resignation, as most people anticipated. During planning of the story, however, he realised to himself that Dumbledore - in his position - was a person who had many people looking up to him but few who he could speak to as equals, let alone as his own superiors. Thus, Roo decided to bring in Nicholas Flamel, who was Dumbledore's partner in alchemy and close contemporary despite being 500 years older in order to explore this facet of Dumbledore's character in-story. He was able to justify Flamel not destroying the Philosopher's Stone yet due to the events of the previous story, most significant of all being Voldemort would be unable to use the Stone even if he did get it, thanks to the Immunity Potion that Snape used on him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: While they bicker significantly less than canon Ron and Hermione, Ronnie and Hermione deliver these to one another on several occasions.
Hermione: Where do you keep your brains, Veronica Weasley? Because wherever they are, they're obviously not in your head!
Ronnie: How can someone be so smart and so stupid at the same time?
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Hinted at in Secrets of the Past, when Ronnie overhears Dumbledore and Nicolas Flamel talking:
Dumbledore: I am glad you and Penerelle decided to remain among the living for a while longer. Your advice has always helped me greatly... and I do think that, with Voldemort still out there, the world might still need you.
Flamel: The world will always need us. Always there will be some new catastrophe, some new evil to be defeated, some new problem that needs to be solved. When will it end? When are we allowed to rest?
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Thanks to differing clues, an unfortunately-timed joke from George, and a misunderstanding, Harry spends a couple of chapters thinking that Fluffy is in fact guarding the Resurrection Stone, and that he might use that to call his parents back to life.