Hindsight is a wonderful thing. While it may seem obvious now that Harry and Ginny would eventually get together, looking back it was a long and, sometimes, awkward road.

Ginny at Slughorn's Christmas Party
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Here are eight sweet moments between Harry and Ginny to look back on.

At King’s Cross Station

In Philosopher’s Stone Ginny begged Mrs Weasley to let her run over to him on platform nine and three-quarters. To be fair, she was probably only interested in his scar at this point.

‘Harry Potter!’
Harry heard the little girl’s voice.
‘Oh, Mum, can I go on the train and see him, Mum, oh please ...’
‘You’ve already seen him, Ginny, and the poor boy isn’t something you goggle at in a zoo...’
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

At the Burrow

During Harry’s first visit to the Weasley home, Ginny was a little flustered.

The moment she saw Harry, Ginny accidentally knocked her porridge bowl to the floor with a loud clatter. Ginny seemed very prone to knocking things over whenever Harry entered a room. She dived under the table to retrieve the bowl and emerged with her face glowing like the setting sun. Pretending he hadn’t noticed this, Harry sat down and took the toast Mrs Weasley offered him.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Bill and Charlie fight with tables in the Burrow's garden.
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At Flourish and Blotts

When Draco Malfoy tried to embarrass Harry at Gilderoy Lockhart’s book signing, it was Ginny who defended him.

‘Leave him alone, he didn’t want all that!’ said Ginny. It was the first time she had spoken in front of Harry. She was glaring at Malfoy.
‘Potter, you’ve got yourself a girlfriend!’ drawled Malfoy. Ginny went scarlet as Ron and Hermione fought their way over, both clutching stacks of Lockhart’s books.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

On Valentine’s Day

When Ginny (anonymously) sent Harry a Valentine’s Day message.

‘His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad,
His hair is as dark as a blackboard.
I wish he was mine, he’s really divine,
The hero who conquered the Dark Lord.’
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Decorating the Great Hall for St. Valentine's day.
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When Ginny gave Harry a ‘get well soon’ card

When Harry fell off his broomstick and ended up in the hospital wing thanks to some dangerous Dementors, Ginny turned up ‘blushing’ with a singing ‘get well soon’ card.

He had a stream of visitors, all intent on cheering him up. Hagrid sent him a bunch of earwiggy flowers that looked like yellow cabbages and Ginny Weasley, blushing furiously, turned up with a ‘get well’ card she had made herself, which sang shrilly unless Harry kept it shut under his bowl of fruit.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

At the Yule Ball

Remember when Ron told Ginny she should go to the Yule Ball with Harry? Ginny was miserable when she had to say she’d already accepted Neville Longbottom’s invitation, though neither Ron nor Harry seem to know why.

‘I can’t,’ said Ginny, and she went scarlet too. ‘I’m going with – with Neville. He asked me when Hermione said no, and I thought ... well ... I’m not going to be able to go otherwise, I’m not in fourth year.’ She looked extremely miserable. ‘I think I’ll go and have dinner,’ she said, and she got up and walked off to the portrait hole, her head bowed.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

When Harry began to realise he had feelings for Ginny

After Ginny broke up with Dean, Harry started to wonder if there would ever be a time to ask her out. Especially given Ron’s attitude towards her boyfriends.

Once or twice Harry considered asking for Hermione’s help, but he did not think he could stand seeing the smug look on her face; he thought he caught it sometimes when Hermione spotted him staring at Ginny, or laughing at her jokes. And to complicate matters, he had the nagging worry that if he didn’t do it, somebody else was sure to ask Ginny out soon…
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

And finally…

Harry looked around; there was Ginny running towards him; she had a hard, blazing look in her face as she threw her arms around him. And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince