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Ron Weasley Character Analysis: Blood Status, Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Ron Weasley Character Analysis: Blood Status, Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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Ronald Bilius Weasley is Harry Potter’s best friend in the J.K. Rowling books. Unlike Harry, with his exceptional destiny, and Hermione, with her superior intelligence, Ron often shows us the perspective of a normal person in extraordinary circumstances.

He is the most flawed of the leading characters but shows us what a normal person can be capable of.

Ron is a member of the Wesley clan, a family of pure-blood wizards led by Arthur and Molly Weasley. He is the couple’s sixth son and has a younger sister Ginny. As a result, Ron often feels like he is living in the shadow of his older siblings, and later the shadow of his best friend Harry.

Weasley Twins
Twins Fred and George Weasley
(Ron’s older brothers)

When he arrives at Hogwarts, Ron is sorted into Gryffindor house, like all of his family members. Members of Gryffindor and brave, courageous, and loyal.

While Ron sometimes wavers in his bravery, he always comes through in the end. And he is able to be a loyal and supportive brother and friend despite his own personal trials.

While Ron spends most of his time at Hogwarts supporting Harry in his adventures, he does have a few standout adventures of his own.

Ron at Hogwarts Timeline

Hermoine Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley Friendship
Hermoine Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley Friendship

In his first year, Ron helps Harry get to the Philosopher’s Stone and stop Professor Quirrell and Voldemort by winning a game of magical chess, sacrificing himself in the process.

At the start of his second year, it was Ron’s idea to fly his dad’s enchanted car to school when Dobby prevented him and Harry from accessing the train platform.

In his third year, Ron discovers that his rat Scabbers is actually Peter Pettigrew in disguise, and that it was Pettigrew, and not Sirius Black, who betrayed the location of Harry’s parents to Lord Voldemort.

During his fourth year, Ron becomes jealous of Harry, assuming it was Harry who entered himself in the Triwizard cup and just didn’t tell Ron. While the two remain at odds for a while, they soon restore their friendship. In fact, it was Ron who was imprisoned by the merpeople for Harry to save as someone “special” to him.

In his fifth year, Ron is made prefect of Gryffindor house, and also joins the Gryffindor Quidditch team as keeper. He plays an integral role alongside Harry and Hermione in setting up Dumbledore’s Army and penetrating the Department of Mysteries.

When Ron enters his sixth year, he starts a relationship with fellow Gryffindor member Lavender Brown. This causes tension between him and his friends Harry and Hermione. But when he is accidentally poisoned, twice, he calls out for Hermione from his sick bed, and is soon reunited with his friends.

After Hogwarts

Like Harry and Hermione, Ron did not return to Hogwarts for his final year. Instead, he joined his friends on the hunt for Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes.

After the trio retrieve Slytherin’s locket from Dolores Umbridge at the Ministry of Magic, they take turns wearing the locket until they can find a way to destroy it. The negative energy of the locket seems to affect Ron more profoundly than the others. He fights with his friends and abandons them.

Ron quickly realizes his mistake and spends a lot of time trying to reunite with his friends. He is eventually able to do this when Harry leaves their protective camp to follow a Patronus that leads him to Gryffindor’s sword in a pool of icy water.

The maleficent power of the locket causes Harry to fall into the water and almost drown. But Ron, drawn by the same Patronus, sees Harry fall in and saves Harry and Retrieves the sword. Ron then uses the sword to destroy the locket.

After this, Ron reunited with Harry and Hermione and finally declares his feelings for his friend Hermione.

Ron is then active in the final Battle of Hogwarts, among other things accompanying Hermione to the Chamber of Secrets to retrieve a Basilisk fang and destroy the Hufflepuff Cup Horcrux.

After the end of the Wizarding War, Ron went on to become an Auror and marry his sweetheart Hermione. After a while he left the Ministry of Magic and went to work with his brother George at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, his brother Fred having died at the Battle of Hogwarts.

About Ron Weasley

Born1 March 1980, The Burrow, Ottery St Catchpole
Blood StatusPure Blood
OccupationStudent, Auror, Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes
PatronusSmall Dog
WandWillow with Unicorn Hair core
Zodiac SignPisces

Ron Weasley Personality Type & Traits

Ron’s strongest personality traits are that he is a loyal friend. He spends much of his time living in the shadow of others, whether it be he five older brothers (and later his younger sister), or his best friend Harry. While he struggles with his own ambitions and sense of self-worth, this never undermines his affection and his loyalty to his friends.

Ron is one of the most normal and relatable characters in the books. He struggles with self-confidence, he has crushes on several different girls, suffers from jealousy, and venerates sports stars like Victor Krum. He shows us what it would be like to be a normal wizard in the wizarding world.

Is Ron Weasley a Pure Blood?

Ron, and everyone in the Weasley family, are considered pure bloods. This means that they have no identifiable muggle ancestors. However, it is commonly believed that there are no genuine pure bloods left in the wizarding world and that every family has at least some muggle blood.

Ron, Harry, and Hermione each represent one of the three different blood statuses that existed in the wizarding world: pure blood, half blood, and muggle-born (mud blood).

Ron Weasley Zodiac Sign & Birthday?

Pisces Zodiac Sign Symbol with Dates

Ron’s birthday is 1 March 1980. We learn this in the sixth book when Ron is forced to spend his birthday in the infirmary after being poisoned twice! This makes him a Pisces. People born under this sign are known for their friendship and loyalty.

Ron thrives in the company of his friends Harry and Hermione, and even when he works with his brother George. This is a typical Pisces trait, as they prefer to tend to hitch their wagon to someone else rather than go it alone. But they are always loyal friends and feel the challenges of their nearest and dearest as their own.

We learn Ron’s birthday in the sixth book when he is opening presents at Hogwarts on his birthday. He accidentally thinks that a box of chocolates filled with love potion that Harry discarded at Christmas is one of his presents. When he eats one, he becomes infatuated with Romilda Vane.

Harry realizes what has happened and takes Ron to Professor Slughorn for a cure, using the opportunity to get closer to the professor to extract information from him. But there, Slughorn shares some mead with them, which turns out to be infected with a more deadly poison.

Harry saves Ron with a Bezoar, but he spends the rest of his birthday in the hospital wing.

Learn more about Ron’s birth chart and zodiac sign.

Ron Weasley Wand

Ron Weasley's Wand

Ron’s principal wand is a 14-inch willow wood and unicorn hair wand purchased for him from Ollivander at the start of his second year at Hogwarts after his parents win some money. But in his first year he must use his brother Charlie’s old wand, a 14-inch ash with unicorn hair core that stuck out.

The age and poor condition of Ron’s first wand may explain some of the difficulty that he had in mastering spells during his first year at Hogwarts.

Ron Weasley Patronus

Ron’s Partonus takes the form of a small dog, like a Jack Terrier, a loyal animal. The small dog is also friendly, but can be ferocious when protecting the people it loves. A Patronus is a non-corporeal shield that some wizards can generate. Ron learned to cast a Patronus in his fifth year at Hogwarts as part of the DA.

Who did Ron Weasley have a Crush on?

Ron had crushes on several people throughout his time at Hogwarts. His first crush may have been Fleur Delacour, when she came to Hogwarts for the Triwizard Tournament. She was very much out of his league and went on to marry Ron’s brother Bill. He later had a crush on Lavendar Brown, who he dated during his sixth year at Hogwarts.

Ron also had a crush on his best friend Hermione Granger. It is unclear when this started, but he was certainly jealous when she went to the Yule Ball with Victor Krum in their fourth year. He later admitted his feelings for Hermione during what would have been their seventh and final year at Hogwarts.

Who did Ron Weasley Marry?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)
Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger (left) with Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley (right)

At some point after the Battle of Hogwarts, Ron went on to marry Hermione Granger. They had two children, Rose, and Hugo. Interestingly, unlike the other characters in the books, Hermione and Ron hyphenated their last names to Granger-Weasley. Hermione was not one to play second fiddle to Ron.

Ron Weasley Descendants & Family Tree

Weasley Family

At the current time, Ron’s two children with Hermione are school aged, so we are yet to see how their family line will develop. But Ron comes from a large, pure blood family and has many family connections in the wizarding world, including with the Black Family.

Ron is the sixth son of Arthur and Molly Weasley. His older brothers are Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, and George, and he also has a younger sister Ginny Weasley. Ginny goes on to marry Harry Potter, making the best friends family, and his brother Bill marries Ron’s childhood crush Fleur Delacour.

The Weasleys are considered pure bloods, and so will have familiar connections to many other wizarding families. Not everyone would admit this openly as the Weasleys are considered by some to be “blood traitors” for their acceptance of muggles. Cedrella Black was even disowned by her family for marrying Septimus Weasley, Ron’s grandfather.