Oh Boy! – Ginny Potter Gives Birth to a Second Son
Ginevra Molly (known as Ginny) Potter formerly Weasley (age 24) gave birth to a second son, in a natural birth at 23:20 on Thursday at St Mungo’s hospital, London. The baby boy is to be called Albus Severus, named after the former Hogwarts headmasters and war heroes, Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape. Her other son, James Sirius, was born in January last year.
Albus, who is to be known as Al, arrived weighing 7lb 4oz and is the former Quidditch star’s second child with her husband, Harry James (age 25), the hero of the last war. Ginny is currently working at the Daily Prophet as a sports correspondent focusing on the British and Irish Quidditch League after five highly successful seasons playing for both the all-female team, the Holyhead Harpies, and the English National team, where she wrote her name into the record books by breaking several longstanding records both at club and national level. Harry works at the Ministry of Magic as an Auror, having joined the department after defeating He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in May 1998 and is tipped to become the next head of that department within the next year when Simon Holden is expected to retire.
While the Potters are without doubt Britain’s most famous couple due to their past successes, they have always enjoyed their privacy. Their wedding in September 2000 was kept private from all reporters and was strictly a friends and family affair, even if the guest list did read like a Who’s Who of wizarding Britain, with many of the couples’ friends also being prominent war heroes, many fighting in the legendry Battle of Hogwarts (May 1998). As a whole, very little is known about Harry and Ginny’s private lives, both as a couple and individually, with the pair keen to keep out of the wizarding limelight. In fact, the couple are rarely seen at public events apart from the odd charity event, and the few times they have given press conferences about themselves as a pair can be counted on one hand.
The proud father gave one of these rare press conferences, however, when he announced the birth to waiting reporters just before midnight, outside of the hospital, before asking for their privacy.
“You are always nervous waiting for your child to be born but he is beautiful and both Albus and Ginny are doing well. Like his brother, he has a mass of black hair and ten toes and ten fingers,” Harry Potter said, beaming at the reporters, “James has visited him and is in awe of his little brother. Watching the pair of them is very special, almost magical.”
When asked about Albus’ name, Harry replied, “Both men he was named after meant a lot to Ginny and me.”
Albus Dumbledore is known to be Harry’s mentor and Harry has talked at length about how Dumbledore was his hero. Albus Dumbledore was one of, if not the, greatest Wizards of the twentieth century. He has gone down in history as one of the greatest head teachers to have graced the fine school of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He was also the leader of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation that fought against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named until his untimely death in 1997. Perhaps what Dumbledore is most famous for however is the defeat of Gellert Grindlewald in 1945.
Severus Snape is also another former headmaster of Hogwarts, holding the position between 1997 and 1998. He is perhaps one of the most controversial people in recent history having been both a known Death Eater and reigning during Hogwarts terror regime during the second war. He has since been vindicated of all actions as Harry has personally revealed him to be a spy and working on side of good. Harry has gone so far as to comment that it was only due to Severus Snape that he was able to win the war against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in the end.
Surely young Albus Severus could not ask for two finer role models than these two great men that are his namesakes.
Reporters asked Harry a further series of questions, but he politely refused to answer any them as he returned to his wife and two young sons.
Ginny’s parents, Arthur and Molly Weasley, with young James Potter, arrived at the hospital a little time after the birth and several of Ginny’s brothers and their respective wives have visited since. In addition, a number of close family friends including the new Hogwarts’ Head of Gryffindor House, Neville Longbottom (age 25) and famous naturalist Luna Lovegood (age 25), both of whom became war heroes for their actions at Hogwarts during the late 1990s, have visited over the night.
“I’ve known both Ginny and Harry a long time and been through a hell of a lot with both of them and I have rarely seen them so happy,” Neville Longbottom told the waiting press. “Ginny is glowing just like she did on her wedding day and Harry is gushing just as much as he did when James was born. Their happiness is completely infectious. Young James himself is highly curious just like any child of Ginny’s and Harry’s would be and Little Al is perfectly healthy and a very beautiful baby even if he does look just like his dad. I am very proud to be named godfather to such a special child.”
“Albus Severus is a truly delightful child,” Luna Lovegood agreed. “He seems highly interested in the world that surrounds him even at his tender age. Both Ginny and Harry appear to be absolutely delighted with the birth of their second son and are very much enjoying the time they have as a family.”
Proud grandfather Arthur Weasley came to greet the press asking kindly for them to leave after saying that he was “over the moon” about becoming a grandfather again and would be celebrating “with a small drink later on,” before he was rushed back inside the hospital by his wife Molly, who forcibly asked the reporters to leave saying, “Naturally I am delighted for both Ginny and Harry and now that you have your statement, can you please leave before I go back home for the family ghoul.”
At Witch Weekly we are delighted with the news of the birth of Albus Severus Potter and wish him, his brother and his parents all the best for the future and hope they stay as happy for a long time. We would also like to join Ginny’s father in raising a glass in celebration and drinking to the health of Albus Severus.