Is Ginny Weasley a Parseltongue

Was Ginny Weasley a Parseltongue?

I would say no.

In one Leaky Cauldron- Interview in 2005, JK Rowling confirmed that Ginny definitely lost all ability to speak Parseltongue when the diary was destroyed:

MA: Somebody told me last night that if Ginny, with the diary -

JKR: Harry definitely destroyed that piece of soul, you saw it take shape, you saw it destroyed, it's gone. And Ginny is definitely not obsessed with Voldemort in any way.

MA: Is it still a Parseltongue?

JKR: No.

"The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet Interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling: Part Three", The Leaky Cauldron , July 16, 2005

(The word "still" could mean that she would have been a Parselmouth under Voldemort's influence, but those were Melissa Anelli's words, not Rowling's, and I can't find any reference to it.)

I think Ginny's use of Parseltongue is more like Ron's: since she was obsessed with Voldemort, the understanding of the language came from him, not her. At best it made noises that resembled Parseltongue, but Ginny herself never understood it.

And if I quote you in an answer to an earlier Parseltongue question:

You must be able to speak Parseltongue to get one real To be Parselmouth.

Ginny has never shown the ability to speak Parseltongue unless she's obsessed with Voldemort, so I'd say he's the Parseltongue, not her.


I feel like I want to steal this whole answer and put it in my answer ...


I also thought of Ron who was in Deathly Hallows Mimicking Parseltongue to gain access to the Chamber of Secrets and that I never thought of him as Parseltongue. The reason I thought Ginny might be different is because she owned Voldemort. That's a great quote - which interview is it from? The way I read the Melissa and JKR exchange is that Ginny might have been a Parselmouth at one point or another. Otherwise, I think JKR's answer was, "No, and it never was." Of course, I could be wrong, but when I look to the side, I see this possibility. :) :)


@Slytherincess: Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet Interview, July 2005. The link is above the quote, but I'll add an inline.


@alexwlchan - Thanks! I read this interview many, many times and I honestly don't remember this piece. I will read it again in more detail. :) (Oh, and I also gave you +1 for such a nice answer)