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The best Lavender Brown-isms

Long before she was playing tonsil tennis with Ron Weasley, Lavender Brown was still comedy gold.

Lavender Brown writes a love message to Ron on the window of the Hogwarts Express.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

She’d been around since Harry’s first year, but for a while we didn’t hear much from good ol’ Lavender. Once we did we discovered a wise, profound character who had a way of making us think a little deeper about life. Okay, not really. But nonetheless, Lavender Brown was a witch with quite the turn of phrase.

Funny, gullible, and often smitten: here are some of our favourite Lavenderisms…

Her inner eye

In their first Divination class, Professor Trelawney famously discovered the Grim in Harry’s cup. From that moment on, Lavender and Parvati spent the majority of the year speaking to Harry in hushed tones as if he were about to die. Nice.

There was an intake of breath from behind him and both Lavender and Parvati whispered, ‘Oooh, no, Harry, remember your tea leaves!’
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Believing the unbelievable

Professor Trelawney predicted that the ‘moment she was dreading’ would come on 16 October. Using true Lavender-logic, she was immediately convinced that the untimely demise of her pet rabbit on this very date (well, technically the day before, but she found out on the sixteenth) was definitely something ‘she had been dreading’ and not a total coincidence.

‘The sixteenth of October! “That thing you’re dreading, it will happen on the sixteenth of October!” Remember? She was right, she was right!’
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Stepping right in it

Who could forget this classic moment when Lavender and Ron enjoyed a bit of planet-spotting?

Seamus and Dean, who were working nearby, sniggered loudly, though not loudly enough to mask the excited squeals from Lavender Brown – ‘Oh, Professor, look! I think I’ve got an unaspected planet! Oooh, which one’s that, Professor?’

‘It is Uranus, my dear,’ said Professor Trelawney, peering down at the chart.

‘Can I have a look at Uranus, too, Lavender?’ said Ron.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Lavender sits with Ron in Hogwarts.
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The squeal and giggle combo

Alongside her words of wisdom, Lavender also came with her own sound effects, most commonly the squeal and the giggle.

She squealed at the Blast-Ended Skrewts, the Hippogriffs and the predictions of Professor Trelawney (to name but a few). The rest of the time, Lavender-life was a laugh riot. She giggled at many inappropriate moments, such as when Harry asked her to go to the ball with Ron, or when Umbridge told the students they would all be friends (this was actually fantastic comic timing).

One of the best was when Professor McGonagall tried to be the life of the party. A Lavender giggle could perfectly articulate any Hogwarts moment.

‘The Yule Ball is of course a chance for us all to – er – let our hair down,’ she said, in a disapproving voice.

Lavender giggled harder than ever, with her hand pressed hard against her mouth to stifle the sound. Harry could see what was funny this time: Professor McGonagall, with her hair in a tight bun, looked as though she had never let her hair down in any sense.
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Terms of endearment

The big one. The one that might have had adult Lavender put her head in her hands and wish it had never happened. A nickname for the ages, more iconic than ‘The Boy Who Lived’...

But at that moment there was a loud squeal of ‘Won-Won!’ and Lavender Brown came hurtling out of nowhere and flung herself into Ron’s arms.
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Lavender cries over Ron dumping her
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The chronicles of Won-Won

Ah, the great love story that never quite was: Ron and Lavender.

Who could forget some of their classic moments together, like that time when Ron got poisoned and Lavender was totally sensitive about it? We can’t believe these guys never worked it out.

‘Friends, don’t make me laugh,’ said Lavender scornfully. ‘She didn’t talk to him for weeks after he started going out with me! But I suppose she wants to make up with him now he’s all interesting …’

‘Would you call getting poisoned being interesting?’ asked Harry.
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Lav-Lav, never change.