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Bill Weasley Character Analysis: Wolfish Weasley

Bill Weasley Character Analysis: Wolfish Weasley

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William Arthur “Bill” Weasley is the oldest son of Arthur and Molly Weasley. After attending school at Hogwarts, where he was in Gryffindor and Head Boy, he took a job at Gringotts Wizarding Bank as a Curse-Breaker. Through his work, he met the French witch Fleur Delacour and the two fell in love and got married.

During the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, Bill was severely injured by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback. Bill did not become a werewolf since it was not the full moon and Fenrir was not in wolf form. But he was badly disfigured and began to display mild wolf-like traits.

About Bill Weasley

Born29 November 1970
Blood StatusPure Blood
OccupationStudent Prefect
Head Boy
Curse Breaker
Order of the Phoenix
Zodiac SignSagittarius

Bill Weasley Early Life

Bill Weasley is the oldest of the seven children of Arthur and Molly Weasley. He was born during the First Wizarding War, during which both of his maternal uncles were killed by Death Eaters.

Bill’s parents may have refrained from joining the Order of the Phoenix to actively oppose the Death Eaters because they had several young children. As well as Bill, they had Charlie born in 1972, Percy born in 1976, Fred and George, twins born in 1978, Ron born in 1980, and Ginny born in 1981 only a few months before the end of the war.

Bill grew up with his family in the Burrow near the village of Ottery St Catchpole in Devon. His mother taught him reading, writing, and other essentials as a young boy. While their family was never rich, their home was always full of love.

Bill Weasley Attends Hogwarts

Bill began to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1982 and was sorted into Gryffindor. He quickly showed that he was intelligent and talented and became popular among his peers. His best and favorite subject was Defence Against the Dark Arts.

Bill took five elective subjects in his third year, including Muggle Studies, Care of Magical Creatures, Divination, Arithmancy, and Study of Ancient Runes. He was probably granted the use of a time-turner to be able to attend all of his classes in the same fashion as Hermione Granger a decade later.

In his fourth year, the Jacob siblings asked Bill if they would help them investigate the Cursed Vaults. Bill agreed to help and taught the siblings the Fire-Making Spell, practiced dueling with them, and the group studied to learn everything they could about the vaults.

During their adventure into the vault, Bill was briefly encased in a block of ice. While the siblings were able to free him with the Fire-Making spell, he spent some time recovering in the Hospital Wing.

Professor McGonagall was angry at Bill for teaching the Jacob siblings the Fire-Making Spell but still appointed him Prefect for Gryffindor in his fifth year. He obtained 12 O.W.L.s during this year.

In his seventh year, Bill was made Head Boy. During this year, he was also invited to visit Brazil by his penfriend Castelbruxo but was unable to go because his parents could not afford it. His friend was offended and sent him a cursed hat that made his ears shrivel.

Bill Weasley Working at Gringotts

After school, Bill went on to become a Curse Breaker for Gringotts Wizarding Bank. He was often sent overseas as part of his work. In December 1989 he was sent to some tombs in Egypt where he successfully defeated a Mummy. He was also tasked with retrieving Ugruff’s egg from the Romanian Dragon Sanctuary.

He took time off briefly in the summer of 1993 to visit Egypt again with the rest of the Weasley family after they won seven-hundred galleons in the annual Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw.

Weasey Family Photo
Weasley family in Egypt

The following year he returned to stay at the Burrow so that he could attend the Quidditch World Cup with his family. When Death Eaters stirred up trouble after the match, he assisted the Ministry of Magic representatives in restoring calm.

In 1995, he was in England again and went with his mother to support Harry during the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament. While visiting the school, he also met Fleur Delacour for the first time. The two had an instant attraction and chemistry.

When Harry returned from the third task with the news of Lord Voldemort’s return, Bill was immediately dispatched by Albus Dumbledore to inform Arthur Weasley about what had happened and that he would be in touch.

In the aftermath of these events, Bill joined the Order of the Phoenix. He applied for a desk job at Gringotts so that he could stay in England and be of assistance.

How does Bill Weasley meet Fleur Delacour?

At the same time that Bill took a desk job at Gringotts, Fleur Delacour also took a job at the bank to improve her English. The two soon started dating.

Bill asked Fleur to marry him when Lord Voldemort’s return was exposed to the public following the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. He then took her to stay at the Burrow for several weeks to get to know his family.

It took the Weasleys a while to accept Fleur’s blunt manner and clear vanity and confidence. Molly Weasley may even have tried and turn Bill’s head in a different direction.

In June 1997, Bill was one of the members of the Order protecting Hogwarts during Dumbledore’s absence. As such, when Draco Malfoy managed to sneak a group of Death Eaters into the castle, Bill was on hand to join the fight.

He was badly injured by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback, who slashed and ripped much of Bill’s face and body. Madam Pomfrey was able to do little for the wounds since werewolf wounds are cursed. Fortunately, since it was not the full moon and Fenrir was not in wolf form, Bill was not turned. But he was permanently scarred and took on some wolf-like qualities.

Mrs Weasley incorrectly assumed that Fleur would no longer want to marry Bill since he had lost his good looks. A passing comment by Mrs Weasley to this effect sent Fleur into a rage since her love for Bill was much deeper than looks.

What do I care how ‘e looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is that my husband is brave.

Fleur Delacour, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Fleur and Mrs Weasley were finally able to accept one another after these events.

Bill and Fleur’s Wedding

Bill and Fleur set the date for their wedding as 1 August 1997. Shortly before this, both participated in the operation to move Harry Potter from the home of the Dursleys on Privett Drive to the Burrow.

Known as the Battle of the Seven Potters, Fleur was one of the six members of the Order that took Polyjuice Potion to look like Harry, and Bill escorted her to the Burrow on a Thestral. During the battle, they saw Alastor Moody murdered by Lord Voldemort. Bill later went with Remus Lupin to unsuccessfully retrieve the body.

The wedding went ahead, with Fleur’s parents and sister staying with the Weasleys for a few days prior. While the ceremony was beautiful, with Bill looking as handsome as ever in the glow of the moment, the reception was disrupted when news arrived that the Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour was dead and that Death Eaters had taken control of the Ministry.

The couple were questioned along with their guests but were allowed to return to their lives. Bill returned to work at Gringotts, and Fleur began establishing their new home at a place called Shell Cottage.

Fleur Delacour and Bill Weasley Wedding
Bill and Fleur at their wedding

Bill Weasley at Shell Cottage

When Ron abandoned Harry and Hermione on their search for Horcruxes, he stayed with the couple at the cottage as he was unable to face going home. After Ron reunited with his friends, they took refuge at the cottage again after escaping from Malfoy Manor.

As well as Harry, Ron, and Hermione, the couple hosted Luna Lovegood, Dean Thomas, Garrick Ollivander, and the goblin Griphook for a period of time.

After this, Bill was unable to return to work as it would now be clear that the Weasleys were openly supporting Harry Potter. Instead, the Weasley family went into hiding using the Fidelius Charm.

He also realized that Harry was planning something with Griphook. While he did not know what it was, he suspected that it had something to do with Gringotts.

Based on his experience working with the goblins, Bill warned Harry that goblins could not be trusted. This was not because they were innately untrustworthy but rather because they see the world differently.

Bill Weasley and the Battle of Hogwarts

When word arrived in May 1998 from Neville Longbottom that Harry, Ron, and Hermione had arrived at Hogwarts and that they were ready to fight, Bill and Fleur made their way to the castle to join the battle.

When Bill saw that his youngest sibling Ginny was there ready to fight, he objected to her participation. This may have been because he was already considering children of his own and therefore felt more protective than usual of his sister.

In the end, Fred Weasley lost his life in the Battle of Hogwarts, and Bill grieved along with his family while celebrating the final defeat of Lord Voldemort.

Bill Weasley Later Life

Following the end of the war, Bill and Fleur had three children together, Victoire, Dominique, and Louis. Victoire, whose name means victory, was born on the first anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. She inherited her mother’s good looks.

Bill continued to work for Gringotts as a curse breaker but traveled less to spend more time with his family. He would also write a handbook on curse-breaking that also featured his experience with werewolves.

Bill Weasley Personality Type & Traits

Many people would describe Bill as laidback, down-to-earth, and just cool. But he also had a serious and ambitious side. His outstanding grades at school showed that he wasn’t afraid to work hard, and then he sought an exciting life as a curse breaker and fell for one of the most beautiful women in the world, who was part Veela.

But while Bill craved excitement and adventure, he also understood what he needed at his core. He stayed close to his family, realized what he had with Fleur, and decided to marry her.

He believed in loyalty and was angry at Ron when he abandoned Harry and Hermione over an argument. Bill did not know about the Slytherin locket Horcrux’s negative influence on Ron.

While it was feared that his personality would change after Fenrir Greyback attacked him, it did not. However, he did develop a taste for very rare steaks.

Bill Weasley Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Bill was born on 29 November 1970, which makes his zodiac sign Sagittarius. People born under this sign love adventure and never want to be tied down. They often fear commitment and prefer to keep their options open.

Interestingly, it was only after the outbreak of the wizarding war that Bill decided that he should marry Fleur. It often takes big events to push Sagittarians to make a commitment.