“Yeah, I know,” said Angelina, pulling out her wand and flexing her arm. “But she’s pretty good, actually. Nothing on you, of course,” she said, throwing him a very dirty look, “but as we can’t have you . . .”

The above bold phrase is definitely describing Harry is a way better Seeker than Ginny. But would it be more appropriate to use "to" in this case?

Used to introduce the second element in a comparison:

the club’s nothing to what it once was


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The difference is the communication of belief about interpersonal mental states.

Nothing to you, of course = I believe that you think that you wouldn't care because you know (you believe) you're better than her, of course.

Nothing on you, of course = I know (I believe) that you're better than her.

They are both idiomatic.

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