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Harry Potter: 20 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About The Weasleys

Harry and Ron peer into a crystal ball in 'Prizoner of Azkaban'

Ah, another Weasley… As many fans of the Harry Potter fandom can undoubtedly attest, the moments with Ron Weasley and his family were one of the most endearing aspects of the series. From Molly Weasley’s handmade Christmas sweaters, Ron’s hilarious banter, or Fred and George’s wild pranks and antics, it always seems like the Weasley family could find a way to exude joy. Throughout many of Harry’s adventures, Ron was (nearly) always there to stand by his friend and pick up the pieces when times were bleak. Even though Harry was undeniably the main hero of the series, he wouldn’t have made it without the help of Ron Weasley. Although Ron put up the facade of being a lighthearted jokester, we’ll take a closer look at some of his struggles and what was going on beneath the surface while at Hogwarts.Eccentric and charming, the Weasley family is known for their own special quirks.

Whether it’s Arthur Weasley’s insatiable curiosity about the Muggle world, or Molly’s brief obsession with Gilderoy Lockhart, the Weasley’s are certainly unique in their own right. However, we wanted to address a few things that people may get wrong about the beloved Wizarding family. Although it may seem otherwise, not all of the Weasley’s played Quidditch at Hogwarts, and there was actually a dark reason for Molly’s dislike toward the Death Eaters. If you need a quick overview on some of the little-known details about the red-headed family, scroll through these 20 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About The Weasley’s.

20 The Weasleys/Black/Malfoys are distantly related

Given that Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy have such a heated rivalry throughout the series, this one might come as quite a surprise: the Weasley, Black, and Malfoy families are all related. According to Pottermore, Septimus Weasley married Cedrella Black, who was later removed from the Black family tree for marrying a “blood traitor.”

Although not explicitly stated, it is surmised that Arthur Weasley is related to Sirius through Septimus. In OOTP, Sirius mentions that Molly Weasley was a cousin by marriage, and in fact, he was referring to her uncle Ignatius Prewett, who married Lucretia Black. Narcissa Malfoy, Draco Malfoy's mother, is actually Sirius Black’s first cousin, making Draco his cousin once removed. Sure, some of the relations are quite a stretch, but they’re still related in a distant fashion due to their wizarding families being pure-blood.

19 Not every Weasley played Quidditch

In the Harry Potter series, Quidditch remains a perennial hot topic throughout the school year at Hogwarts. Over the years, many members of the Weasley family were actively involved in the sport, showcasing their skills on the Quidditch pitch. Although it might be easy to assume that all the Weasley kids played Quidditch, not all of them picked up a broom.

For example, Percy stuck to Prefect duties during his time at Hogwarts, and it is not clear if Bill ever played. Charlie, the second eldest of the Weasley family, was Quidditch Captain and played as a Seeker during his time at Hogwarts. Fred and George played as Beaters, while Ron later became a Keeper, and Ginny as a Chaser and Seeker at different times.

18 There is another Weasley (The Ghoul in the Burrow)

Harry Potter Ghoul In Pyjamas At The Burrow Spattergroit Weasley

With the budding number of Weasley's, we confess, it is hard to keep track of the tribe at times. If you wanted to be technical, there is another member of the Weasley family that isn't discussed much. In fact, this member of the household dwells in an attic, and can be a bit of a menace at times.

According to the informative textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a ghoul is described as a “slimy, buck-toothed ogre” and is referenced multiple times in the series. For the Weasley family, they have a ghoul living in the top of the Burrow, much to Ron’s dismay. At one point, the ghoul imitates Ron by wearing a red wig and pajamas, acting as a stand-in for the wizard while being scouted by the Ministry.

17 Molly Weasley actually wasn’t in all the films

With her love of knitting sweaters (and sending Howlers), when it comes to Molly Weasley, the matriarch of the Weasley family, what’s not to love? Acting as the foundation of the family, you might assume that Molly was present in all of the Harry Potter films, but in fact, there’s one she is notably absent from.

Unfortunately, actress Julie Walters did not appear in The Goblet of Fire, due to length restrictions regarding the film. “To be honest, I was a bit hurt not to be in it,” Walters said in an interview. “The kids love the Harry Potter films so much and I get lots of mail about it. I can understand why they’ve had to pare down the film as the book is so long, but I am really hoping I’ll be in again for the next one.”

16 The “Rubber duck” line was improvised

With a constantly inquisitive nature, Arthur Weasley remains one of the most purely innocent characters when it comes to his fascination with Muggles. Throughout the Harry Potter series, Mr. Weasley asks Harry a barrage of questions regarding growing up in the Muggle world. Keeping true to the character’s spirit, actor Mark Williams accidentally added in an extra line that would eventually make its way into the final film.

During the bit where Mr. Weasley brings up the “rubber duck” line, actor Chris Rankin (Percy) revealed in an interview: “I think we did 20 takes, every one was, “What is the purpose of a dipstick?, what is the purpose of a lollipop?” etc. So, we did it every time something different came out and we laughed and laughed and laughed at that.”

15 Ron is not dumb, he actually had a lot of expectations to live up to

Harry Potter Ron Ginny Fred George Weasley Gryffindor

Throughout most of the Harry Potter series, Ron Weasley is undoubtedly mislabeled as being dimwitted. Sure, he's been accused of having the emotional range of a teaspoon, but to get a feel for where he’s coming from, let’s take a closer look at his upbringing and background.

Being the sixth child to attend Hogwarts, Ron feels an immense amount of pressure built up from family expectations. His eldest brother, Bill, was appointed Head Boy during his years at Hogwarts, while Charlie was Captain of the Quidditch Team, and Percy was a Prefect. Furthermore, Fred and George were charismatic pranksters, and Ron had to wrestle with comparing himself to other members of his family. In the Mirror of Erised, Ron sees himself as Head Boy and Quidditch Captain, indicating his feelings of being inadequate or never quite living up to others' expectations.

14 People might think that the Weasleys are not actually pure-bloods

Other families from the Wizarding World have complex family trees and even more complicated sounding names, but when it comes to the Weasleys, that couldn’t be further from the truth. However, it’s easy to see why there is a misunderstanding that the Weasley family is not made of pureblood wizards. In fact, most of the Weasley names sound quite normal: Bill, Fred, and George, when compared with others like Abraxas, Lucius, or even Bellatrix.

Some fans have discerned that many of the Weasley names seem to reference Arthurian style legends. For example, Arthur Weasley, as in King Arthur, or his son Percy’s name relating to Percival, a Knight of the Round table. Other fans have even thought that Ginny’s full name, “Ginevra,” alludes to Guinevere.

13 There IS a way to tell Fred and George apart

Fred and George Weasley Goblet of Fire

Gred and Forge, er, we mean Fred and George, play some of the biggest forms of comic relief in the entire Harry Potter series. Much to the frustration of literally everyone around them, many struggled to tell them apart. Shh, Molly, we won't tell!

Anyway, Pottermore has put together a short list describing some clear ways to tell the two apart. For example, Fred was referenced over 900 times throughout the books, but George appeared to be the better Beater on the Quidditch pitch. Although both of the twins were notorious for their pranks, Fred seemed to be the one to instigate each situation. At times, George seemed to have more compassion, like when Ron was mourning over the supposed passing of Scabbers, while Fred was quick to joke about it.

12 The Weasley twins are played by actual twins

Nope, that wasn't CGI. The actors who played Fred and George (James and Oliver Phelps) are actually twins in real life, both hailing from Birmingham, England. James is the younger of the pair, but only by thirteen minutes. Amusingly enough, the twins did not have any prior acting credits before auditioning for their roles in the Harry Potter films.

Both James and Oliver continued to participate in the Wizarding World long after the films had wrapped. The actors often attend fan events, such as the Harry Potter Exhibition and Celebration. You can even spot the pair reprising their roles as Fred and George Weasley in the short film Hogwarts Express between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. James and Oliver Phelps also voiced their characters in the Harry Potter video games.

11 Percy is actually nice

Throughout most of the Harry Potter series, Percy is certainly one of the least-liked members of the Weasley family, but it’s important to remember that he did have a change of heart later on. Always by the book, Percy was known for being strict and staying steadfast to the rulebook at hand. As an apt characterization, Ron once amusingly pointed out “Percy wouldn't know a joke if it danced [openly] in front of him wearing Dobby's tea cozy.”

In the series, Percy had a falling out with his family when Voldemort returned to power and refused to speak to them until the Battle of Hogwarts. Later, Percy became appointed Head of the Department of Magical Transportation and he named one of his daughters Molly, after his beloved mother.

10 Molly Weasley has a reason/history of why she dislikes Death Eaters

Molly Weasley Taking Care of George Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

In the Harry Potter films and literary series, few characters offer Harry as much warmth and love as Molly Weasley. Despite her cheery disposition, she has a dark past that surrounds her background with Death Eaters. In The Order of the Phoenix, it is revealed that Molly worries about her family and loved ones passing.

After encountering a boggart, Molly is surprised at seeing the bodies of her husband, children, and even Harry himself. Given that Molly is such a caring person, it seems only natural that she would be worried about anything happening to her loved ones. However, there is even more evidence for her natural inclinations. During the First Wizarding War, Molly’s brothers, Fabian and Gideon, were eliminated by Death Eaters, and ever since then, Molly has been carrying this for life.

9 Ron did actually listen to Hermione (sometimes)

The catchphrase “Weasley is our King” was sung by Slytherin students as a jest, but in all seriousness, Ron is really a gem. From his hilarious one-liners, to showing an undeniable sense of loyalty to his friends, Ron is definitely a major hero in the Wizarding World.

Although he and Hermione had their fair share of quarrels and arguments, there was one scene in particular that certainly caught some readers by surprise. Hermione might have lost all hope at this point, but certain fans will remember that Ron did actually listen to her at times. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ron says, “Yeah, well, food’s one of the five exceptions to Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration,” to the astonishment of others.

8 There was a fan theory that Ron is a time-traveling Dumbledore

In the far reaches of the wildest fan theory netherworld, there lies a special theory that will definitely raise a few eyebrows. Not too long ago, there was a fan theory floating around that proposed an amusing proposition. Dating back to before the release of Deathly Hallows, one fan thought that Ron Weasley might actually be a time-traveling Dumbledore. Yes, you read that right.

Some fans have tried to draw comparisons between their physical traits, with both characters having long noses and being tall and thin, but we'd say this is a stretch. Interestingly enough, upon closer inspection, Ron and Dumbledore never really have any direct interaction, whereas Harry and Hermione have shared plenty of scenes with him together. However, in 2015, J.K. Rowling took to Twitter and instantly denied this one. Sorry to burst any bubbles out there!

7 The actors who play Fred and George are not actual redheads

Fred and George Harry Potter

In the Harry Potter film adaptations, actors James and Oliver Phelps are charming in their roles of the beloved Weasley twins. Surprisingly enough, the real-life twin actors might look virtually identical to their book companions on screen, but they aren't actually redheads.

One of the most unique characteristics of the Weasley family is their bright red hair color, making it a tricky situation for the twins. At Salt Lake Comic Con, the Phelps actors revealed that they had to dye their hair while filming the Harry Potter movies. In order to keep the bright color required for the role, the twins had to have touch ups and dye their hair again every three weeks for years. James revealed in an interview that he used to joke about redheads: “All the years of joking... just came back and slapped me in the face.”

6 There's A Reason For Ron's Complaining

A true Gryffindor, Ron Weasley is a perfect example of one of those characters that values integrity over glory. During his formative years at Hogwarts, Ron struggled with his own insecurities and feelings of insignificance as a teen. These emotions were only intensified in The Deathly Hallows and Ron was pushed to the edge when he encountered the locket Horcrux.

Faced with all of his inner demons, Ron had to come to terms with his own feelings of jealousy and his own perception of his self-worth. With all the courage he could muster, Ron ended up breaking the Horcrux, and this act also symbolized his own inner turmoil with feeling insecure over the years. Although Ron is often presented as a character devoted to comic relief, his personal journey was very relatable to fans on many different levels.

5 The Evolution Of Fred And George's Pranks

Fred and George Weasley were renowned for their mastery of jokes and pranks. You might think that their imaginative work was saved for select individuals, but the twins didn’t just prank others, they also pranked their family.

Amusingly enough, there was a time when George and Fred tried to lock Percy into a tomb in Egypt, but it didn’t quite work out. Unfortunately, their younger brother, Ron, seemed to experience most of their antics. During the series, fans learned that Ron was given an Acid Pop that made a hole in his tongue once. Another particularly dangerous prank was right after Ron broke Fred’s toy broomstick, which led to the twins transfiguring his teddy bear into a gigantic spider.

4 There is another Fan Theory that Ron could predict the future

Harry and Ron peer into a crystal ball in 'Prizoner of Azkaban'

Another theory from the depths of the Internet stems from the premise that Ron Weasley could predict the future. Although many Hogwarts students scoffed at Divination class, it seems like some fans think that Ron could actually see future events.

Here is some of the evidence, including how Ron mentions: “Maybe he [defeated] Myrtle,” in reference to Tom Riddle in COS. True enough, Riddle did eliminate the poor girl. In POA, in his first attempt at reading tea leaves, he predicted that Harry would receivea windfall, unexpected gold.Interestingly enough, Harry does receive prize money from the Triwizard Tournament the following year. And in GOF, Ron tells Harry: “Why don’t you get [double-crossed] by someone you thought was a friend?” Sadly enough, this does come true, and the pair later parts ways briefly.

3 Ginny actually continued with Quidditch After Graduation

As we mentioned earlier, the love of Quidditch seems to run strong in the Weasley family, but there’s one member of the clan that took the sport to new heights. Ginny played as both a Seeker and a Chaser during different stints at Hogwarts, and she actually continued with Quidditch after finishing her studies.

Later, Ginny joined the Holyhead Harpies as a professional Quidditch player for years. After her retirement to start a family, she took up the quill instead of the broom, becoming the senior Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet, where she shared her love of the sport with the Wizarding community.

2 Fred and George aren't the only twins in the family

Fred and George Order of the Phoenix

In the Harry Potter films and books, it might be easy to assume that Fred and George are the only notable twins in the Weasley family. However, it should be noted that Molly Weasley’s heroic brothers, Gideon and Fabian Prewett, were also twins.

While we mentioned their passing at the hands of the Death Eaters earlier, both Gideon and Fabian worked as part of the Order of the Phoenix before Voldemort. In honor of their fighting spirit, Molly gave her brother Fabian’s watch to Harry when he turned seventeen. Interestingly enough, Fred and George’s names seem to be loosely inspired by them as well, with the brothers having the same initials as their late uncles.

1 The Burrow Appears In Later Movies Despite Being Attacked By Death Eaters

Naturally, when the Harry Potter film adaptations hit theaters, not everything from the book played out according to plan. There were plenty of changes from the books to the movies. For example, in the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film, a series of Death Eaters attack the Weasley family home known as the Burrow. Surprisingly enough, the Burrow is shown as being burnt down by the Death Eaters in the film. This scene didn't occur in the books, and the Burrow is shown in the following movie.

 

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