Robert Pattinson’s decision to play a fictional character in the Harry Potter universe was both a bold move and a much-needed breath of fresh air. The British actor made his début in the Potter franchise as Ron Weasley, the elder brother of Harry Potter’s nemesis, George, who also happens to be the witty and charming protagonist of J. K. Rowling’s beloved book series.
Pattinson’s portrayal of Ron won raves from fans and critics alike – and it’s easy to see why. The actor has a charm and charisma that allows him to bring authenticity to the role. And it’s clear that he has dedicated a great deal of time to internalizing the mannerisms and accent of a real-life Weasley.
Additionally, the 31-year-old actor has displayed versatility in an impressive array of roles. He has played both anti-heroes and protagonists, and showcased a nuanced emotional range. It would be a missed opportunity if Ron were to remain the only Harry Potter role that Pattinson accepts, given his ability to play so many different characters with such distinction.
The Evolution Of A Character
Ron Weasley is the first of Harry Potter’s friends to be introduced to the reader, and it’s clear from the get-go that Rowling intends for him to be an evolved character. We see Ron at the outset of the series in a relationship with Lavender Brown (Lily Collins), a fellow student whom he meets at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They share a passionate kiss which sets the stage for an intensely romantic story line for the remainder of the series. The moment also serves to establish the fact that Rowling is a master of world-building, as she has crafted a whole school ecosystem around this pivotal relationship.
Even prior to this pivotal moment, however, Ron’s character is already defined by his wit, his resourcefulness, and his social status as the son of a high-ranking Minister for Magic. In other words, Ron is introduced to the reader already embodying much of what will become his defining attributes. He is honest, smart, and brave, and demonstrates these qualities throughout the first two books. This is in stark contrast to Harry Potter, whose journey is characterized by his naïveté, his awkwardness, and his desire to fit in.
It’s clear that Ron Weasley will be a hero to many – and it’s not hard to see why. Even now, more than 15 years after the first book was published, Ron is still one of the most well-loved characters in the entire Harry Potter universe. He continues to evolve and change as the series proceeds, becoming a more mature and responsible individual in the process. This is especially evident in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a significant step up from his previous outing, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which was released in 2002. In this installment, Rowling takes the liberty of having Ron grow a beard, a detail which will be addressed further in the review.
An Overall Genuine Feeling
The thing I like most about Robert Pattinson’s performance as Ron Weasley is the fact that it feels natural and unforced. He brings an authenticity to the role that is both subtle and complex, and it’s clear that he has immersed himself in the character and studied the nuances of both the real-life Weasels and those from the Harry Potter world. He really does feel like a Weasley.
I couldn’t help but be reminded of the late comedian Robin Williams when reading Rowling’s descriptions of Ron’s mannerisms and accent. Like Williams, Pattinson has displayed an uncanny ability to portray comedic characters while still maintaining his gravitas. It would be remiss to not point out that he is also notably talented as a dramatic actor as well, having starred in the acclaimed and award-winning TV series, “Dry Powder.”
Rowling has spoken on several occasions about the importance sheplaces on making her fictional worlds as real as possible. “I always try when I write a story to create a feeling of reality,” she said in a 2002 interview with the Chicago Tribune. “I never let the fact that it’s made up get in the way of the enjoyment of it. You just have to believe in the reality of it, and then it’s real.”
It’s clear from Rowling’s work that she takes this notion of making the world feel real quite seriously, and it’s also clear that she has applied this philosophy to the creation of the Harry Potter universe. It is an intricate and fully formed world, one that is as believable as it is magical. And this is thanks to Rowling’s attention to detail and her astute understanding of human nature.
What I particularly enjoyed was how the world of Harry Potter has evolved over the years, changing with each new book and film installment. It would be easy for Rowling’s world to become stale and predictable, as she has established many of the groundwork and underlying themes, however, these have never been considered “typical” of the magical world. This allows for new details and new characters to be introduced, thus keeping things interesting.
If you thought that Ron Weasley’s character would remain forever clean-shaven, think again. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ron receives a full and flourishing beard as one of the many magical devices which he helps Harry with. This was a major change for the character, and not one which was taken lightly by the actor. His dedication to the role and his willingness to embrace the character’s growth spurt is what ultimately won me over. It’s not often that we get to witness an actor commit to a character so fully – and it’s clear that even today, 15 years later, this is still one of Ron’s defining features.
The Relationship With Harry
It’s been well-documented the depth of emotion with which Harry Potter fans have felt toward the character of Ron. There is a reason why fans have continued to support and relate to him even today, and it’s largely due to the actor’s impressive performance. Ron’s journey throughout the entire series is a testament to his character development, and it’s clear that Rowling has crafted a character who is both complex and relatable.
I would be remiss not to mention that Rowling has also given us one of the greatest love stories in fiction, as she has successfully married plot and character in her tale. Lavender and Ron share a beautiful and passionate relationship throughout most of the series, and her decision to endow their love story with a happy ending is one of the many reasons why fans continue to support and relate to the character of Ron.
As for Harry, the series’ protagonist, it’s been said that fans have felt a sense of relief and catharsis upon concluding a saga which has followed Harry from his birth to the climax of the final book. It’s been more than a decade since the first book’s publication, and it seems that Harry has finally found some semblance of balance and peace. This is an important step in the journey of any character, particularly one which has been through so much turmoil and upheaval. It would be safe to say that the wait for Harry’s story to conclude was well-worth it.
There’s a reason why fans have named Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of Ron Weasley as one of the greatest performances of all time, and it’s not hard to see why. The British actor has brought an authenticity to the role that is both subtle and complex, imbuing the character with a sense of gravitas and charm which has made him one of the most well-loved and best-received characters in the Harry Potter universe.