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
, 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. Who is 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.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Ronnie, of course. Hermione, as in canon, is the Badass Bookworm type.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Flip: The entire point of the fic was to do a Gender Flip for Ron rather than Harry.
- 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. She's yet to actually do it, though.
- 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 using it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Harry certainly views Snape as this.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: Hermione's reaction to Fred and George's theory on students vs. teachers.
- Tomboy: Though she doesn't actually dislike typically feminine things, and is rather more cuddly than the most stereotypical tomboys, Ronnie is still pretty tomboyish: She's brash, physical, Quidditch-obsessed and temperamental. Which is no big surprise from a girl with five older brothers.
- Tongue Tied: Ginny, when Harry gives her any amount of attention, is unable to say anything but "Squeak!"
- 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?
- 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.