In the lore of Harry Potter, it’s commonly accepted that Ron isn’t the smartest of characters. Though he is very lovable and has his charms, he’s not as brainy as Hermione nor as natively brilliant as Harry. However, time and again throughout the series, he does show sparks of genius, especially when it comes to expressing a judgment about another individual’s character.
There are quite a few quotes sprinkled throughout the saga that demonstrate the extent to which, despite what some might believe, Ron is the smartest.
On Financial Wellness
“I Hate Being Poor.”
Though the Weasleys are without a doubt some of the most likable characters in the series, it is also true that they are among the poorest wizards. While they manage to bear up with good grace, for the most part, this line from Ron proves what a burden it is.
Just as important, it also shows Ron’s blunt perceptiveness, demonstrating just how adept he is at cutting through the nonsense to get through to the essential truth beneath.
On the State Of the World
“The World’s Mental.”
There’s no question that Harry and his friends encounter some of the most momentous events in the history of the wizarding world during the novels and movies. While Ron had been born into his world, that doesn’t mean he isn’t able to see how ridiculous it is all, in some ways.
In this quote, he makes clear how intelligent he is in his way. It’s a sentiment that has as much relevance to the real world as it does to the fictional world the characters inhabit.
“Don’t Expect Me To Get Excited Over Another Damn Thing We Need To Find.”
The Horcruxes are, of course, some of the most important and powerful magical objects in the series. They remain fundamental to Harry’s attempts to destroy Voldemort. However, while Ron also sees their importance, that doesn’t keep him from being able to state, bluntly and truly, that it’s hard to get worked up over yet another object to find.
It’s another indication of just how smart he is and how he has a strange sort of common sense that many of the other characters lack.
On Getting Caught
“What I’m Saying Is, If We Do This Thing Right, If We Find The Horcruxes And Begin To Destroy Them One By One … Won’t He Know He’s Being Hunted?”
Even though Hermione might often be seen as one of the most intelligent characters because of her ability to work through a problem, Ron does have his moments. As this quote makes clear, he understands some things about how magic works as well.
Just as important, it also demonstrates his willingness to think through a very complex problem with the sort of deliberate attention to detail that is much more Hermione’s domain than his.
On Trusting Dumbledore Too Much
“Dumbledore Sends You Off To Find A Load Of Horcruxes, But Doesn’t Bother To Tell You How To Destroy Them. Doesn’t That Bother You? ”
Dumbledore is one of the most fascinating and compelling characters in the Harry Potter universe, and he is also one of the bravest. However, he does tend to manipulate others in ways that are obvious only to him.
For the most part, Harry is willing to go along with whatever the other man thinks he should, but Ron shows that he is, rather unexpectedly, able to get right to the heart of the matter when he wonders whether this shouldn’t upset Harry more than it does.
On Hermione’s Spot In the Group
“Don’t Ask Us. You’re The Brilliant One! ”
The relationship between Ron and Hermione is one of the best in the series. In large part, this stems from the fact that, while Ron may get exasperated with her at times, he does understand just how extraordinarily talented and intelligent she is.
Thus, there is something very endearing about this particular quote, in which he admits how high he regards her and, what’s more, it shows how smart he is for being able to recognize that.
On the Spice of Life
“Yeah, Well, What’s Life Without A Few Dragons?”
Given that Harry Potter focuses on young wizards and witches, it makes sense that it would also include several great fantasy creatures. They are, in a very real way, one of the elements that make this series so magical. Ron, for one, seems to recognize this fact.
This is why he remarks to Harry that life is infinitely more interesting when some things are beyond the realm of the ordinary. It’s another piece of wisdom that only Ron can deliver.
On Anticipating Grief
“Want To Know Why I Listen To That Radio? To Make Sure I Don’t Hear Ginny’s Name, Or Fred, Or George Or Mom. ”
There are many very sad moments in the series, but the beginning of Deathly Hallows is particularly wrenching. Forced to go on the run, Harry, Ron, and Hermione have only periodic contact with the outside world.
In this quote, Ron expresses his heartbreak over the thought that he might have to hear that something terrible has happened to his family. He also reveals how canny he is to realize that this is the only way he can keep track of what happened to them.
On Fame Chasing
“Lockhart’ll Sign Anything If It Stands Still Long Enough.”
Gilderoy Lockhart is one of the less reputable wizards to appear in the series. Far more concerned with his reputation than with anything else, he’s more than willing to steal the credit for actions he didn’t perform. While most of the wizarding world is very willing to believe him, Ron is not nearly so gullible.
As this quote makes clear, it’s one of the few who is intelligent enough to see past the mirage to the publicity-obsessed charlatan beneath.
“It’s The Only Way… I’ve Got To Be Taken.”
From the very beginning, Ron made it clear that there was more going on in his brain than other people might have thought. In particular, he showed during the giant chess match that he was not only skilled at the game. However, he was also smart enough to recognize that he would have to sacrifice himself so that Harry would be able to continue.
It’s a moment that not only showcases just how smart he is but also how brave.
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