Favorite Harry Potter Pairings : I read mainly Harry-Ginny pairings but I am willing to read any well-written story with Ginny as the protagonist -as long as the portrayal should be very good without marring the original character of hers.
Pairings I Completely Dislike : Harry with anyone besides Ginny - just can't see that happening. Sorry.
Ignorance towards Ginny's near-death experience in PoA and her portrayal of same shy girl post the Chamber fiasco was very hard to digest mainly since she is my favourite character from the entire ensemble. Further astonishing thing is that the after-effects of the Chamber are never brought out in any of the books except the little mention in OoTP - I really wished that somewhere it would have been brought up in HBP - giving further tones to the relationship between Ginny and Harry. Another character I wished to have seen develop and explore is Neville - which happened to some extent in DH but wished to have seen more of him growing from the insecure-in-his-skin character to the young man we see in the final novel.
After Ginny, Harry and Tom are my favourite characters in the series - Harry being the wonderful character with evident mistakes makes him likable whereas Tom Riddle has this aura of mystery and pain that you want to dig further in and explore. I would have loved to see more of him in HBP in the memories that Harry saw. His growing up years were most probably in war-ridden London and I feel that somewhere in that he imbibed some of the notions that Adolf Hitler followed - his character reminds me a lot of Hitler. Similarly, his not understanding love perhaps comes from him being conceived not from love but deceit - the disturbed mind of Tom Riddle is very intriguing. Both these characters are quite similar and Tom seems as though the physical manifestation of all the "negatives" of Harry's character and it is only his choices that set them apart. While Harry strives and overpowers the grief and desolation and comes out as the admirable character, Tom succumbs to the difficulties and turns out as Voldemort.
Ron and Hermione - I am not being scathing but for me their characters have conflicting features and their bipolar attitude is something that really puts me off. Ron's ignorance towards his sister and her dismissal while putting his life at stake for his best friend nearly every year is something that stops him from being closer to reality and more as being sacrificed at the altar of Rowling's vision. Hermione, I feel her dominance, interference and inquisitive attitude just make her annoying for me. These attributes overrule the good attributes of their characters and make me like them less as compared to other characters.
What angers me more is that the people who tag the character of Ginny Weasley as a caricature are mainly the ones who have seen the movies and not the novels - She is no Mary-Sue: she has flaws but noting that the novels are from Harry's perspective, the flaws somewhat get glossed over by the things that please and attract him - and frankly speaking the movies just don't do any justice to the novels - the entire screenplay has collapsed some of the most important aspects of the novels - butchering scenes and dialogues and characters and adding up stuff from nowhere - this as a reader offended me a lot. Let me not go into too many details - the movies were a disappointment. Period.
I read this really good essay undercutting all the arguments regarding Ginny Weasley and her Relationship with Harry:
One of the first things that it said was that subconsciously or consciously - Harry always noticed her right from the first novels, "bright brown eyes", "reflecting the firelight" - point being that while he does not find Hermione ugly (when she comes for the Yule Ball - her description is beautiful but there is no physiological reaction on his part) - he is not attracted to her whereas in Ginny and even in Cho's case the attraction is clearly visible and in any romantic relationship - sexual attraction is an important attribute. Secondly, Harry finds solace in humour - it's seen time and again right from the beginning of the series that Ginny and Harry have similar sense of humour which is very important for Harry as a character, as Ron says, "you need someone more cheerful" and Ginny fulfills that desire for humour - their similar humour and wit is clearly seen in the tattoo scene in HBP where they are funny together. Again, as seen in OoTP - in his crisis, Ginny is the only one who can get to him - both in the library scene or the conversation regarding possession - it is clear that she is able to handle his moods well. They have a similar values and can communicate freely. Though Hermione is his best friend - he is more at ease when Ron accompanies them - he is not comfortable being alone with her (GoF) - whereas the time with Ginny is described as "sunlit days". Hermione's needs are entirely different and which are fulfilled by Ron - classic instance of which is seen in their banter and sparring.
In this case I fully support Rowling as she has clearly depicted the dynamics of all the relationships and really it is not necessary for best friends to end up together, many relationships start from becoming friends while knowing that there is something more going on between the two people and if the whole best friend thing is so important, well then Ron and Hermione are best friends, aren't they?
What is disappointing is though her recent interview - I don't understand how Rowling could actually rethink or regret not putting Harry with Hermione - what happened to the whole idea of Ginny and Harry being perfect for each other as they are equally passionate - as a writer, she really let me down by going on board and stating this after the series is over. If she had, from the very beginning portrayed the different pairing - then that would have been okay but to say this after everything is done, to me is a more publicity stunt than anything.
At the end, no matter how much I enjoy reading Ginny's stories with different characters, I always return to Harry and Ginny - there is no one better for Harry than Ginny and vice-versa. They truly complete each other in every sense.