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Fred & George Weasley Character Analysis: Twin Pranksters

Fred & George Weasley Character Analysis: Twin Pranksters

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Twin brothers Fred and George Weasley were two of the seven children of Arthur and Molly Weasley. The pair were pranksters and often in trouble. But they were also brave and steadfast, like true Gryffindors.

Fred and George left school in their seventh year before finishing their final exams due to the revolt against Dolores Umbridge. But they didn’t feel like they needed more schooling as they had plans to go on and establish a successful wizarding joke shop, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

Both joined the Order of the Phoenix to fight against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. George lost an ear during one of their operations. Sadly, Fred was killed in the Battle of Hogwarts and George was forced to go on without his partner in crime.

About Fred & George Weasley

Born1 April 1978
Blood StatusPure Blood
OccupationProprietors – Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes
Zodiac SignAries

Fred & George Weasley Early Life

Twins Fred and George were born on April Fool’s Day in 1978 to Arthur and Molly Weasley. They were two of seven children, including Bill (1970), Charlie (1972), Percy (1976), Ron (1980), and Ginny (1981).

The boys got into plenty of trouble in the family at home known as the Burrow, near Ottery St Catchpole in Devon. It was common to hear explosions coming from their shared bedroom and for them to experiment on the family pets. Once, they turned Ron’s teddy bear into a spider, giving their brother lifelong arachnophobia.

We’ve been hearing explosions out of their room for ages, but we never thought they were actually making things. We thought they just liked the noise.

Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

In a more serious prank, the twins almost succeeded in getting Ron to make an Unbreakable Bow. Arthur caught them before they could complete the spell, and it was the only time that their father was seen to be as angry with the twins as their mother.

They set off a dung bomb under their Great Aunt Muriel’s chair one Christmas. She probably wrote them out of her will as a result and never attended Christmas celebrations at the Burrow again.

Despite their tendency to tease and make trouble, the boys loved their family and would do anything to protect them.

Young Fred and George Weasley
Young Fred and George Weasley

Fred & George Weasley Starts At Hogwarts

Fred and George started attending Hogwarts in 1989. Both were sorted into Gryffindor. They were popular with their Gryffindor classmates, including Lee Jordan, Angelina Johnson, Alicia Spinnet, Oliver Wood, and Katie Bell. Their sense of humor and light-hearted nature helped the pair to stand out.

The boys liked to pull pranks, but they were also business-minded, as their family was relatively poor. They even set up a joke store in a disused bathroom on the seventh floor of the castle to make extra money.

The pair made the Gryffindor Quidditch Team as Beaters in their second year. They were so talented that they were sometimes described as “Human Bludgers”. In their third year, George and Fred became friends with Harry Potter when he joined the team as Seeker and through Harry’s close friendship with their younger brother Ron.

Fred & George Weasley Growing Up

When George and Fred were about to start their fourth year at Hogwarts, they hatched a plan with their younger brother Ron to “save” Harry from a dreary summer at the home of his aunt and uncle, the Dursleys.

The three boys stole a muggle Ford Anglia that their father had bewitched to fly and went to Harry’s house to rescue him. Their plan was to return home before their mother woke up and say that Harry just “turned up”. But, of course, Molly Weasley caught them and was furious with her sons. Though she was very happy to have Harry under her roof.

At school, George and Fred teased younger sister Ginny who had just started at Hogwarts. But when they saw that she was struggling, they did their best to cheer her up. They did not know that the cursed diary of Tom Riddle was affecting her.

George and Fred also defended their friends. They laughed and joked at the idea that Harry could be Slytherin’s heir, and jumped forward to defend Hermione Granger when Draco Malfoy called her a mudblood.

Fred and George at Hogwarts
Fred and George at Hogwarts

Fred & George Weasley and the Marauder’s Map

Before starting their fifth year, George and Fred joined their family on a trip to Egypt. The family won the Daily Prophet’s annual galleon draw.

When they arrived at school, they learned that Harry was unable to join his fellow third years on Hogsmeade weekends. Harry’s Uncle Vernon had not signed the form, and Professor McGonagall refused to give him permission due to the threat posed by Sirius Black.

Wanting to help Harry, Fred and George gave him the Marauder’s Map. They had stolen it from Caretaker Argus Filch’s office back in their first year. It showed all the secret passageways in and out of Hogwarts, as well as the location of everyone in Hogwarts.

The twins used the map to achieve much of their mischief. But they gave it to Harry, feeling that Harry’s need was greater.

Fred & George Weasley the Inventor

Fred and George had always enjoyed experimenting with magic and inventing joke spells. The two became serious about this in 1994. Among their first creations were Ton Tongue Toffees, which caused the eater’s tongue to grow exponentially.

They tricked Dudley Dursley into eating one when they accompanied their father to pick up Harry to take him to the Quidditch World Cup. Their mother was furious and the pair were thoroughly searched before being allowed to depart for the World Cup themselves.

Looking to generate capital to expand their joke inventions, George and Fred made a bet with Ludo Bagman. They bet that Ireland would win but Viktor Krum would catch the Snitch. They won the bet, but Bagman paid them in Leprechaun’s gold, which subsequently disappeared.

The twins spent most of the year trying to figure out how they would get their winnings out of Bagman, even considering (but dismissing) blackmail.

The young entrepreneurs also spent much of the year recruiting younger students to be experimenters for their useful joke treats.

Fred & George Weasley and the Triwizard Tournament

Despite their preoccupation with Bagman, the twins were as excited as the rest of the school about the Triwizard Tournament.

They were undeterred when they were told that they were not old enough to enter. The boys used an Aging Potion to cross the Age Line that stood between them and the cup. While it initially seemed like they had succeeded, impressive beards soon exploded from their faces.

The twins attended the Yule Ball that was part of the Tournament. Fred asked friend Angelina Johnson to attend with him. The casual way he asked her was meant to show Ron and Harry that it was not so difficult to ask a girl.

Harry returned with the dead body of Cedric Diggory and word that Lord Voldemort had returned after the Third Task. Fred and George immediately believed Harry and continued to support him despite the Ministry of Magic and Daily Prophet denying his story and trying to discredit him.

Harry gave the twins his winnings from the Triwizard Tournament as starter funds to help them with their joke shop. Harry did not want the money after what had happened to Cedric, who should have shared in the winnings.

Fred and George cross the age line
Fred and George cross the Age Line

Fred & George Weasley at 12 Grimmauld Place

In the summer of 1995, following the events of the Triwizard Tournament, Arthur and Molly Wesley joined the Order of the Phoenix. Mrs Weasley moved the whole family to the Order Headquarters, the Black Family Home at 12 Grimmauld Place.

As George, Fred, and their younger siblings were underage, Mrs Weasley prevented them from participating in Order business. The group did their best to eavesdrop. Extendable ears, invented by the twins, were a useful tool. But Molly was two steps ahead and would use an impervious spell on doors.

Mrs Weasley kept them occupied clearing the house of dark magic to make it a suitable Headquarters. Fred and George encountered many things that could help them with their inventions and which they secretly took. This included pocketing Doxies and Wartcap powder.

Fred & George Weasley’s Eventful Seventh Year

George and Fred wasted no time selling their Skiving Snack boxes when they returned to school. Hermione, a Prefect, initially threatened to write to their mother but was eventually impressed with what they were producing.

The pair were among the first to sign up to learn defense against the dark arts from Harry. Practical teaching of the subject was banned by the new teacher and High Inquisitor of Hogwarts, Dolores Umbridge.

Both boys were kicked off the Gryffindor Quidditch Team, along with Harry Potter, after a post-game altercation with Draco Malfoy. Fred was not involved in the fight, but Umbridge kicked him off and gave all three a lifetime ban.

They had even worse news before Christmas when Arthur Weasley, on duty for the Order of the Phoenix, was attacked by Lord Voldemort’s snake Nagini. Harry saw the events through his connection to Lord Voldemort and was able to raise the alarm. Mr Weasley was rushed to St Mungo’s and eventually made a full recovery.

But George and Fred were distraught when the news arrived at school and waited anxiously at Order Headquarters to be able to visit their father. They would not be appeased until Molly Weasley arrived with news that he would be OK. Fortunately, Arthur made a full recovery at St Mungo’s Hospital.

Fred & George Weasley Leaves Hogwarts in Style

Not long after Fred and George returned to school, Dolores Umbridge discovered Dumbledore’s Army and used it to force Albus Dumbledore out of the school and make herself Headmistress. Fred and George were at the front of the revolt that aimed to make as much trouble for Umbridge as they could.

While Hermione warned them that they could get expelled, Fred and George reassured her that they did not care, and that they were done with formal education.

When Graham Montague, a member of the Inquisitorial Squad, tried to dock points from them, they shoved him in a Vanishing Cabinet before he could finish speaking. They set off some spectacular fireworks of their own creation.

After Easter they made their final display, hexing members of the Inquisitorial Squad and releasing a Portable Swamp in the castle. They then summoned their broomsticks that were chained up in Umbridge’s office and flew away from the school. They told friends that they would be able to find them in their new joke shop.

The teachers refused to help Umbridge clean up the mess, and Professor Flitwick maintained a small corner of the swamp in tribute to the pair and an impressive piece of magic.

Fred and George leave Hogwarts
Fred and George Leave Hogwarts

Fred & George Weasley and Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes

The twins’ parents had been skeptical about their plans to open a joke shop, especially in such dangerous times, and thought that they should get a job at the Ministry. But when they visited the store at 93 Diagon Alley for the first time in the summer of 1996, they were very impressed.

As well as the store, they had a mail-order business. This became so successful that they eventually moved out of the Burrow to the flat above their shop. The brothers would even go on to buy Zonko’s Joke Shop in Hogsmeade to expand their operations.

Zonko’s had been forced to close due to the fear and uncertainty caused when Lord Voldemort’s return was finally exposed to the population at large. In fact, many businesses closed. Fred and George’s joke shop was one of the few that thrived at this time. They put it down to people needing a laugh in all this doom and gloom. Plus, some of their product made excellent defensive spells. For example, the Ministry of Magic bought shield hats for their Aurors.

When Harry, Hermione, and the Weasley family visited the shop in the summer of 1996, the twins told Harry that he could take whatever he wanted, since he had given them their starter fund. Ron, however, was forced to pay.

While many other shops on the street were closed, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes had a thriving business. The twins suspected that people needed a laugh in such a serious time. They even joked about “You Know Who” with their “U-No-Poo” products.

You wouldn’t believe how many people, even people who work at the Ministry, can’t do a decent Shield Charm… And then we thought we’d get into the whole area of Defence Against the Dark Arts, because it’s such a money spinner.

George Weasley, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Weasley's Wizard Wheezes
Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes

Fred & George Weasley and the Order of the Phoenix

When the twins finally came of age at 17, they decided to join the Order of the Phoenix. This meant that they were able to volunteer to help transport Harry from the Dursleys to the Burrow for the last time in the summer of 1997.

Both boys took Polyjuice Potion to look like Harry and were then escorted to the Burrow as decoys but other members of the Order. Fred flew on a broomstick with his father and made it back to the Burrow relatively unscathed. George flew on a broomstick with Remus Lupin. Death Eaters attacked the entire party, and George had his ear cursed off by Severus Snape. The double agent was actually aiming at a Death Eater that was ready to kill George, but the Order was unaware of this.

Of course, George made a joke of his dire situation, describing himself as saint-like because he was holey. He decided not to use a fake ear to cover his injury.

Fred & George let their hair down at the wedding of their brother Bill to Fleur Delacour, flirting with some pretty French girls. But the wedding was interrupted when word arrived that Death Eaters had overthrown the Ministry of Magic. The wedding was raided shortly after, and the twins were probably questioned along with the rest of his family.

The Weasleys stayed out in the open until around Christmas 1997, when it was exposed that Ron was with Harry Potter. The whole family was forced to go into hiding.

While the Daily Prophet was publishing Death Eater propaganda, Fred and George participated in Potterwatch, a radio show hosted by their school friend Lee Jordan to share real news about the war. They encouraged support for Harry Potter and reported Death Eater atrocities.

Fred & George Weasley and the Battle of Hogwarts

When word arrived that Harry, Hermione, and Ron were at Hogwarts and that Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters were probably not far behind, George and Fred were among the members of the DA and the Order that rushed to the school to help.

Fred and George reunited with his brother Percy who had abandoned the family when he sided with the Ministry of Magic rather than Harry.

Sadly, Fred was killed by an explosion that went off outside the Room of Requirement. Percy was at his side and would not leave his boy until Harry and Ron helped him stow it safely behind a suit of armor. Later, the whole family and many of Fred’s friends grieved for his loss.

Clearly, George was devastated by the loss of his brother and grieved with the rest of his family.

George Weasley Later Life

George never felt complete after the death of Fred, but he tried to build a life for himself. He married fellow Gryffindor Angelina Johnson, and they named their first child Fred. They also had a daughter named Roxanne.

George continued to run Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, and eventually invited brother Ron to join him as co-manager. Ron retired from his career as an Auror to work alongside his brother.

Much to their pride, Puking Pastille was considered contraband in many institutes, and George Weasley became known as the bane of many professors.

Fred & George Weasley Personality Type & Traits

Fred and George Weasley were confident and outgoing and believed that life was meant to be fun. They never took things too seriously. While they weren’t studious, they were clearly intelligent and believed that anything was possible with a combination of guts and ingenuity.

The thing about growing up with Fred and George, is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.

Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Fred & George Weasley Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Fred and George Weasley were born on 1 April 1978, which means their zodiac sign is Aries. This explains their confident personalities and the fact that they were not afraid to take risks. Their birth on April Fool’s Day can help explain their incredible and dominant sense of humor.