I was six when the first Harry Potter movie came out, and I hadn't yet read the books. But when I saw Ron Weasley's face for the first time, I was sold on the franchise. More than just his adorable face, I quickly fell in love with Ron's character and just how wonderful he is. Fans know the movies don't do Ronald the justice he deserves, but the adaptation is solid enough that it helped me form an idea for the ideal person -- Harry Potter's best friend, Ron Weasley.
The Ideal Person Has to be a Great Friend.
Friendships aren't about having a laugh and then going behind the other person's back and talking about how much they suck. If I'm going to have a friend, it's going to be somebody genuine. Somebody like Ron.
I mean, look at him. Not only is he the best friend Harry Potter could have asked for, but he's also a good friend to Hermione when you get around the bickering. If you ask Ron for something, he'll do it because he loves you. I want to know someone, anyone, who would fly a car to my window in the middle of the night or try to make someone barf up slugs in my honor.
The Ideal Person has to be a Humor Match.
Sure, Ron wasn't as rip-roarin' hilarious as his older brothers, Fred and George, but he was funny in his own way. Specifically, Ron was funny in a snappier, cleverer way, and that's what's attractive in a friend or even a romantic partner. Dry wit and clever banter is the best kind of conversation you can have, a la Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy or Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. Without Ron, I wouldn't know how important that is.
The Ideal Person is Selfless
You know that part of Order of the Phoenix where Seamus Finnigan is totally shaming Harry for saying that Voldemort came back, and Ron immediately rushes to his defense? He says he believes Harry and asks if anyone else has a problem with him, and quite honestly, I'm scared to find out what Ron would have done had he not put those fools in their place. The ideal person cares about you and sacrifices things for you -- above all, his own reputation. Ron was willing to become an outcast for Harry, and that's true love.
The Ideal Person Does Screw Up at Times
Even an idealist like me knows that people aren't completely ideal. But I wouldn't love Ron, or anyone in my life, as much if they were infallible. When Ron screws up, it's usually pretty hefty, like ignoring Hermione's feelings, getting overly jealous of Harry, or storming out in the middle of nowhere when his friends and the entire, you know, world, need him most. But he's brave enough to admit his mistakes and repent for them. Ron isn't going to pretend like he's perfect, and that's why I want a friend like him.
The Ideal Person is Confident
Alright, so, Ron gets a reputation for being a chicken, but that's not even true. He does envy his best friend sometimes, but for the most part, Ron is pretty confident, especially when defending those he loves.
When Bellatrix Lestrange is holding Hermione captive in Malfoy Manor in Deathly Hallows, it's Ron who clamors to get her out. And according to J.K. Rowling, when the trio thinks Sirius Black intends to kill Harry, it's Ron who boldly states, "If you're going to kill Harry, you'll have to kill us, too." He is confident enough in his abilities to save the people he cares about most, and that's beyond good enough for me.
The Ideal Person is Not Afraid to Eat
We know our Mr. Weasley can shovel it in like no other, and dammit, that's pretty cool. I hate sitting around with friends who are like, "I'll have a Dixie cup of water and one potato chip, please." No! Obviously, eating in massive quantities all the time isn't advisable, but sometimes? Just go for it. Ron is way more concerned about saving his lollipop than he is about the troll in the dungeon. Unlike Hermione, he has already sorted out his priorities.
The Ideal Person is a Keeper
Will you ever forgive me for such a horrid pun? Really, you will? I don't think I would. But it's true. Not only is Ron our King on the Quidditch pitch, he's just a wonderful person. He's loyal, kind, and brave. He's quippy, imperfect, and bold. Ron is the kind of person I want in my corner, physical brawl or no. Except he'd be a great defender in a fist fight -- all those older brothers. Ron Weasley is the guy I based my human standards on, and in almost fifteen years, those standards haven't wavered from that lovable ginger.