Harry Potter: Cinematic Guide: Ron Wesley, by Felicity Baker
Is this an essential book? By no means. In reading a book like this I have to try to put myself back in the days of my youth. Of course, in the days of my youth Harry Potter had not yet been written, as I was but a year younger than the three main heroes and in the same class as Ron’s younger sister Ginny, who would have been a welcome classmate of mine in those days, without a doubt. But any way, reading this book requires a certain act of sympathy, because it appears to be entirely basic and obvious to me reading it at this point. It may be basic and obvious to its intended audience of children who are being used to Ron Weasley and his role within the Harry Potter films. The book focuses mainly on the films and not on his portrayal in the books, which is more rich and complex as a result of the greater time that one has in a book to flesh out a character that one simply does not have in the course of a film, and certainly not in the case of a very small book about a film about a character from a serious of novels.
This book is not very long but its contents are certainly of interest, at least. The author begins with a look at Ron at the beginning of the films, explores his life at Hogwarts, discusses his family, friends, and foes, his interest in Quidditch, and his skill in fighting dark forces. It manages to do all of this in about 50 pages, making it an efficient use of space but not one that is by any means complete. The text is simple and pretty sparse with a heavy use of pictures to illustrate some of Ron’s most interesting scenes, although it definitely is not a deep look by any means of the jealousy that sometimes existed between Ron and Harry over Harry’s fame, or Ron’s life in the period after the end of the magic war when he became, along with Harry, an auror of some importance. That said, one does not read this book looking for depth of material, regardless of age. It does a good job at presenting the most obvious aspects of Ron Weasley in the film series and that is probably all it wants to do.