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Arthur Weasley Character Analysis: Head of the Weasley Clan

Arthur Weasley Character Analysis: Head of the Weasley Clan

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Arthur Wesley is a pure-blood wizard who worked in the Ministry of Magic, principally in the department for the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts. He is fascinated by Muggles and the ingenious ways they have invented to get along without magic.

Along with his wife Molly, he is the head of the Weasley clan and has seven children. Some wizards consider the family blood traitors because they support equality between muggles and wizards. Arthur and the family joined the Order of the Phoenix to oppose Lord Voldemort during the Second Wizarding War.

About Arthur Weasley

Born6 February 1950
Blood StatusPure Blood
OccupationHead of the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office
Head of the Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects
Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement
PatronusWeasel
HouseGryffindor
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignAquarius

Arthur Weasley Early Life

Arthur Weasley was born into a pure-blood wizarding family, the son of Septimus Weasley and Cedrella Black. He had two brothers. The Black family disowned his mother for marrying a “blood traitor”. The Weasleys believed in equality between wizards and muggles, while the Blacks believed in pure-blood supremacy.

Arthur started attending Hogwarts in 1961 and was sorted into Gryffindor. While at school, he met and started dating fellow Gryffindor Molly Prewett. The two were accustomed to sneaking out of their dorm for night-time strolls together. He was caught and severely punished by caretaker Apollyon Pringle on one occasion.

Shortly after graduating from Hogwarts, Arthur and Molly married in a fairly rushed ceremony. This was common at the time due to fear and uncertainty surrounding the rise of Lord Voldemort.

The two started having children almost immediately. They had Bill in 1970, Charlie in 1972, Percy in 1976, the twins Fred and George in 1978, Ron in 1980, and Ginny, their only daughter, in 1981. All were born before the first fall of Lord Voldemort. Their young family may explain why they chose not to join the Order of the Phoenix during the First Wizarding War.

Instead, Arthur took a job at the Ministry of Magic. Here he would have been very aware of the activity of Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Arthur worked in the department for the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts and eventually became the head of the department. This was a good fit for Arthur, who was fascinated by muggle technology.

Fascinating, Ingenious, really how many ways Muggles have found ways of getting along without magic.

Arthur Weasley, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Arthur Weasley and the Weasley Family Home

Mr Weasley purchased a muggle car, a Ford Anglia, and bewitched it to fly. This was questionable under the law that he himself wrote for the misuse of muggle artifacts. Arthur managed to find a loophole.

He had a substantial collection of muggle artifacts and was particularly interested in plugs and batteries. He kept these in a shed in the yard at the Burrow, the Weasley home.

Money was always tight for the Weasleys. It is unclear why this is since Arthur had a good job at the Ministry. Molly did not work because she was busy taking care of their seven children. The Weasley family does not seem to have had any old family money like the Blacks and the Malfoys.

But the family home was full of love. It was generally Molly rather than Arthur who was the disciplinarian. But, when Arthur caught Fred and George trying to make an Unbreakable Vow with five-year-old Ron, he “went mental”.

It was the only time that Arthur was seen to get as angry as his wife. Fred claims that “his left buttock has never been the same.”

Arthur Weasley and the Chamber of Secrets

In 1992, Ron, Fred, and George borrowed their father’s car to rescue Harry from the home of the Dursleys and bring him to the Burrow. While Arthur was most interested in how the car flew when he found out, Molly was enraged.

Arthur met Harry Potter for the first time when he arrived in the Burrow. He quickly developed a fatherly affection for the boy.

Arthur Weasley and family at the Burrow

A few days later, Arthur escorted the family and Harry to Diagon Alley to get their school supplies. There he got into an altercation with Lucius Malfoy. Lucius criticized Arthur’s lack of wealth and sympathy for muggles, and Arthur implied that Lucius was still a Death Eater.

On this trip, Arthur met Hermione Granger and her parents for the first time. He was fascinated to hear about their work as dentists.

Just a few days later, Dobby magically prevented Harry and Ron from getting on the train to Hogwarts. The two boys foolishly decided to fly the Ford Anglia, which Arthur had used to drive them to the station, to fly to school. This potentially violated the Statute of Secrecy, and Mr Weasley faced an inquiry at work.

Later in the year, Arthur and Molly were called to Hogwarts because their daughter Ginny had been taken into the Chamber of Secrets. They were both overjoyed and relieved when she returned alive and well, thanks to Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s efforts to save her.

Arthur was horrified to learn that these events happened because Ginny was writing in an enchanted diary. He reprimanded her, reminding her never to trust an inanimate object that talks back.

Arthur Weasley and the Prisoner of Azkaban

In the spring of 1993, Arthur won the annual Daily Prophet Grand Prize Draw, winning 700 galleons. He decided to use the money to take the family to Egypt to visit his son Bill, who was working there as a Curse-Breaker for Gringotts. It also meant that he could buy a new wand for Ron and a few other treats.

Weasey Family Photo
Weasley family in Egypt

When the family returned, Arthur learned that Sirius Black, who was assumed to have revealed the location of Harry’s parents to Lord Voldemort so that he could kill them in 1981, had escaped from the wizarding prison of Azkaban.

Arthur took the whole family to stay at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley for the few days before school started so that they could get their school supplies and so that he could help the Ministry keep Harry safe.

It was assumed that Sirius was after Harry. He was staying in Diagon Alley after fleeing his aunt and uncle’s house.

Arthur was in favor of telling Harry that Sirius Black was after him so that he would be better prepared. Molly warned him off, saying that he would scare the boy. Harry overheard this conversation.

Arthur decided to pull Harry aside before he boarded the train for Hogwarts anyway and let him know. He urged Harry not to go seeking Black.

Arthur and Harry at the Leaky Cauldron

Arthur Weasley and the Quidditch World Cup

In the summer of 1994, Arthur managed to get tickets for himself, his family, Harry, and Hermione to attend the Quidditch World Cup, which was being held in England. He got the tickets from Ludo Bagman, the Head of Magical Games and Sports, after helping his brother Otto out of a scrape.

Arthur went to fetch Harry, arriving at the Dursleys by temporarily connecting their home to the Floo Network. This did not go well, as Fred and George tricked Dudley, who was on a diet, into eating some candy that caused his tongue to swell to an enormous size. Arthur had to send the boys home while he tried to convince the Dursleys to let him use magic to fix the problem.

While the older Weasley children, Bill, Charlie, and Percy, were able to Apparate to the event, Arthur took the younger children via a Portkey. When they arrived, Arthur enjoyed setting up their tents and starting a campfire, as if they were muggles, but had considerable difficulty starting the fire. Of course, they did not use ordinary tents, but tents that were enchanted to be much larger on the inside.

For the match itself, the Weasleys sat in the Top Box along with the Minister for Magic and his guests and the Malfoys. Arthur and Lucius managed to remain civil in the presence of the Minister, Cornelius Fudge.

Arthur Weasley and the Death Eater Display

After the match, a group of Death Eaters stormed through the camp, tormenting the muggle who was maintaining the campgrounds and his family. Along with his three older boys, Arthur went to help the Ministry deal with the Death Eaters. He ordered Fred and George to keep Ginny safe and told all of the younger kids to seek refuge in the woods.

When the Dark Mark was cast, the Ministry officials Apparated at the place where it had been set. They discovered the house-elf Winky with Harry’s wand. Despite the suspicions of the others, Arthur refused to believe that it could have been Harry or Winky who cast the mark.

The family left the campsite promptly the next morning, along with almost everyone else after the incident. Arthur was angered to see a piece by Rita Skeeter in the Daily Prophet that criticized the Ministry for failing to maintain order at the event. He returned to the office almost immediately to help deal with the consequent mayhem.

Arthur, who knew that the Triwizard Tournament would be held at Hogwarts in the coming year, did not share this information with his school-age kids, unlike Lucius Malfoy. He followed Ministry protocol and let it be a surprise.

Arthur Weasley and the Start of the Second Wizarding War

When Harry returned at the end of the Triwizard Tournament from the cemetery in Little Hangleton with news that Lord Voldemort was back, Bill was sent to let Arthur know what had happened.

Despite working for the Ministry of Magic, Arthur did not accept their denials of Harry and Dumbledore’s story. Instead, he joined the Order of the Phoenix and the secret resistance against Lord Voldemort.

This caused a major rift between Arthur, the rest of the family, and Percy Weasley. Percy had recently been made Junior Assistant to the Minister for Magic. Arthur suspected that Percy received the promotion to keep an eye on the Weasley family. They were known to be close to Harry.

This assumption hurt Percy. He began to insult his father, saying that he had to struggle against his father’s bad reputation to get ahead in the Ministry. He called his father an idiot for believing Harry and Dumbledore and blamed his father for the family’s financial problems.

Arthur took this betrayal very hard, and he would break something every time Percy’s name was mentioned.

On 2 August 1995, Arthur took Harry to work with him so that he could escort him to his hearing. Harry was accused of breaking the International Statute of Secrecy by casting a Patronus charm in front of his cousin Dudley.

He took Harry to work in a non-magical fashion since he thought that it would look good for Harry’s trial. He needed lots of help from Harry to navigate the muggle Underground.

Arthur was not allowed to enter the trial with Harry, during which Harry was acquitted. Percy worked as the scribe for the court and did not look at his father as he passed him on the way out.

Nagini attack on Arthur Weasley

One of Arthur’s many tasks for the Order of the Phoenix was to be one of the rotating guards on the Hall of Prophecy in the Department of Mysteries. He happened to be on duty when Lord Voldemort sent his snake Nagini to investigate the hall. He used the snake to attack Arthur.

Due to the mental connection between Harry and Lord Voldemort, Harry saw these events and was able to raise the alarm. Members of the Order were able to get to Arthur quickly and transport him to St Mungo’s hospital. Thankfully, this quick action meant that Arthur survived.

Arthur required a Blood-Replenishing Potion every hour and many bandages to protect the slow-healing wounds. He also convinced trainee Healer Augustus Pye that they should try muggle stitches. This appalled Molly, but the trainee agreed that they might work well on less serious wounds than Arthur’s. Eventually, an antidote to Nagini’s poison was found, and Arthur was healed.

Arthur was very grateful to Harry for seeing what had happened to him, raising the alarm, and essentially saving him. However, Harry was very uncomfortable as he felt ashamed and confused by the connection between himself and Lord Voldemort.

Arthur Weasley is recovering from his attack

Arthur Weasley Promoted at the Ministry

Following the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, which Arthur did not participate in due to his condition, Arthur was promoted within the Ministry.

Fear of Lord Voldemort meant that many wizards were willing to try anything to protect themselves, and many counterfeit and dangerous artifacts came up for sale. Arthur was made head of the Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects. He had a team of at least ten people.

The new Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour may have decided to promote Arthur to get closer to the Weasley family, since he knew that they were close to Harry Potter. Scrimgeour showed up at the Weasley home at Christmas to talk to Harry and ask him to support the Ministry. Harry refused.

Harry stayed with the Weasleys over the summer, so additional protection was placed on their home. Arthur would often come home with stories of people who had disappeared and other incidents.

Arthur would also escort his family to Diagon Alley to get their school supplies with the assistance of Ministry protection in the form of Hagrid, thanks to Albus Dumbledore.

Harry would speak to Arthur about his suspicions that Draco Malfoy had joined the Death Eaters and was up to something with an artifact that he had purchased at Borgin and Burkes. Arthur was skeptical because of Draco’s young age but still conducted another raid on Malfoy Manor in search of the suspected object.

Harry’s suspicions proved correct. Draco was repairing a vanishing cabinet in the Room of Requirement connected with a partner in Borgin and Burkes. He was eventually able to use this to sneak a group of Death Eaters into Hogwarts. The result was the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, in which Albus Dumbledore was killed.

Arthur Weasley and the Final Phases of the War

Arthur was one of the Order of the Phoenix members who volunteered to help transport Harry from the home of the Durley’s to the Burrow shortly before his magical protection wore off on his 17th birthday. He escorted his son Fred disguised as Harry using Polyjuice Potion.

When Arthur arrived at the Burrow, which had been put under strong protections, he found that his son George had lost an ear in the battle due to Severus Snape. Kingsley Shacklebolt tried to delay Arthur in getting to George by asking him to prove his identity.

The normally tranquil Arthur threatened him if he continued to stand between him and his son. This was accepted as proof enough.

Arthur’s enjoyment of the wedding of his son Bill to Fleur Delacour on 1 August was short-lived when news arrived that the Ministry had fallen to Death Eaters. Ministry officials raided the wedding just minutes later.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione were able to escape to 12 Grimmauld Place. Arthur sent his weasel Patronus there to inform them that the rest of the family was safe but not to try and get in touch as they were being monitored.

Ginny and her father at the Battle of Hogwarts
Arthur and Ginny at the Battle of Hogwarts

Arthur Weasley at the Death Eater Ministry

While Arthur knew that the Ministry was now under Death Eater control, he had to continue to work as though nothing was wrong to maintain appearances. But this was clearly uncomfortable for him. Arthur confronted Albert Runcorn (actually Harry using Polyjuice Potion) about arresting Dirk Cresswell for being a muggle-born wizard.

Also disguised as Runcorn, Harry discovered that the Ministry had a file on Arthur as a blood traitor and that he was under surveillance. Harry tried to warn Arthur, but since he looked like Runcorn, Arthur just assumed that this was a threat.

When Harry, Ron, and Hermione were briefly caught and taken to Malfoy Manor, this confirmed that the Weasleys were helping Harry. Arthur and the rest of the family had to go into hiding at the home of Molly’s Aunt Muriel.

When word arrived that Harry, Ron, and Hermione were at Hogwarts in May 1998 and that battle would likely ensue, Arthur and Molly were among the members of the Order of the Phoenix that rushed to the school to help. Percy also decided to join the battle, letting father and son reconcile.

Arthur was devastated by the loss of his son Fred during the battle but was grateful for the end of the war and the safety of the rest of his family.

Arthur Weasley Later Life

Life pretty much returned to normal at the Burrow after the war, except that the children quickly started to fly the nest and produce grandchildren for Arthur and Molly. As well as Bill and Fleur, Ginny married Harry, Ron married Hermione, Fred married Angelina Johnson, and Percy married a woman called Audrey.

Arthur returned briefly to his role within the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts office but was soon promoted to Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement as someone that the new Minister for Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt could trust.

The Burrow became a bit of a tourist attraction due to its important role in the Second Wizarding War. While Ron suggested charging for photos, Arthur rejected the idea.

When Arthur stepped down as Head of Magical Law Enforcement, he was succeeded by his son-in-law Harry. This gave him more time to spend with his grandchildren. He was also a frequent visitor to his son Fred’s joke shop, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

Arthur Weasley Personality Type & Traits

Arthur Weasley is an honest and well-meaning man who always believed in doing the right thing and the compassionate thing. This is why he was often the voice of calm and reason in the Weasley household.

He was well-known for his views that muggles and wizards should be equal, understanding that different does not mean better. Arthur was also personally fascinated by muggle technology and dedicated much of his free time to learning about it.

He valued love, friendship, and compassion over money. So, while the Weasleys struggled financially, they were rich in what mattered.

Arthur Weasley Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Arthur was born on 6 February 1950, which means his zodiac sign is Aquarius. People born under this sign tend to be intelligent and a bit obsessive when it comes to their personal interests, like Arthur is with muggle technology.

Aquarians dance to the beat of their own drum and don’t care what other people think. They have the freedom of mind that many envy.