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Co-owner of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes
Fred Weasley (April 1st 1978 - May 2nd 1998) was a pure-blood wizard, a son of Molly and Arthur Weasley, and twin brother to George Weasley. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1989 to 1996 and was sorted into Gryffindor house. Both he and his twin brother were popular students, known for their sense of humour, and Beaters for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. In their seventh year, they joined Dumbledore's Army. A brilliant prankster and inventor, Fred left Hogwarts shortly prior to graduation to become a successful entrepreneur, alongside his twin brother, and opened the joke shop Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley. Fred was also a member of the Order of the Phoenix; he fought in the Battle over Little Whinging in 1997 and was a commentator for Potterwatch during the height of the Second Wizarding War. In 1998, Fred participated in the Battle of Hogwarts, defending the castle's passageways with his twin. He was killed in a magical explosion likely caused by Death Eater Augustus Rookwood.
Fred Weasley, along with his identical twin George, was born to Arthur and Molly Weasley on April 1, 1978; appropriately enough, April Fool's Day. He was raised at his family home of the Burrow, near Ottery St. Catchpole in Devon, England. In addition to his twin brother, Fred had three older brothers, Bill, Charlie and Percy, and younger siblings Ron and Ginny. The Weasley family was poor, but loving.
Fred and George enjoyed making mischief from a young age, and were quite a handful for their parents. It was not uncommon for explosions to be heard coming from the bedroom the two shared. They also greatly enjoyed teasing their brothers Percy and Ron. At the age of five, Fred transformed Ron's teddy bear into a giant spider, sparking his arachnophobia, after Ron broke his toy broomstick. When they were seven years old, Fred and George nearly succeeded in getting Ron to make an Unbreakable Vow; their father was so angry about this incident that Fred later said "his left buttock has never been the same since". One Christmas, Fred and George set off a Dungbomb under the chair of their great-aunt Muriel during a family dinner. The elderly witch most likely wrote the twins out of her will for this stunt, and stopped attending Christmas celebrations at the Burrow, which all the Weasley children were thankful for.
Fred was educated at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1989 to 1996, and was sorted into Gryffindor House. He was very popular among the Gryffindors in school, and he and George were well-known for their senses of humours and pranks. Among Fred's many friends were Lee Jordan, Angelina Johnson, Alicia Spinnet, Oliver Wood, and Katie Bell. During his first year at Hogwarts, Fred swiped the Marauder's Map from Argus Filch's office with George.
In either their second year, Fred and George became Beaters for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. They both used Cleansweep Five broomsticks and were so skilled at Quidditch that they were both described as being like "human Bludgers".
Third and Fourth Years
Fred also became friends with Harry Potter in his third year, when Harry became friends with his younger brother Ron and the Quidditch team's Seeker. Fred and the other players believed that the addition of Harry would strengthen their chances at winning the Quidditch Cup. Around the Christmas holidays, Fred and George got in trouble for bewitching several snowballs to follow Professor Quirrell around and hit him in the back of the head. They stayed in the castle for the holidays along with their brothers and Harry, all of whom received jumpers from Mrs. Weasley. The ones she sent to Fred and George had their initials on them, prompting them to call themselves "Gred and Forge". The twins also dragged Percy away from his fellow Prefects, insisting that Christmas was time for family, and stole his Prefect badge, much to his irritation.
In the summer of 1992, Fred, George, and Ron rescued Harry from his relatives' home, picking the lock on his window and flying him to the Burrow in their father's Ford Anglia. The twins soon began their fourth year at Hogwarts, and took to teasing their younger sister Ginny as she began her first year. They were trying to cheer her up, unaware that her emotional state was fragile due to the influence of Tom Riddle's Diary. When many students speculated that Harry was the Heir of Slytherin that year, neither Fred nor George took it seriously, making jokes about it to lighten Harry up.They were also outraged when Draco Malfoy called Hermione Granger a "filthy little Mudblood" after she implied that Malfoy had bought his way onto the Slytherin Quidditch team, unlike the Gryffindor players. Fred and George both lunged at Malfoy, only to be blocked by Marcus Flint. That year, they were also delighted to hear that Percy had a secret girlfriend because it was an opportunity to tease him.
In the summer of 1993, the Weasley family went to Egypt, where Fred and George attempted to push Percy into a pyramid, which their mother prevented and scolded them for. They thought their older brother was acting particularly pretentious because he had been appointed Head Boy, and repeatedly mocked him for it.
Fifth and Sixth Years
In their fifth year, Fred and George gave Harry the Marauders' Map, as they already knew it by heart and Harry needed it in order to sneak into Hogsmeade. They also tried to cheer him up after he fainted near the Dementors that were guarding the school that year due to Sirius Black escaping from Azkaban. Their attempt to cheer up Ron after his pet rat Scabbers went missing was not as successful, as Fred and George reminded him that Scabbers was boring.
Fred and George began inventing magical prank items in the summer of 1994, starting with the Ton-Tongue Toffee, which Fred "dropped" near Harry's cousin Dudley Dursley in order to test it out. Fred also attended the Quidditch World Cup with his parents, siblings, Harry Potter, and Hermione Granger, and gambled on the outcome, which their father told them not to mention to their mother. When Ludo Bagman defaulted on his bet, Fred was furious, and suggested that it was "time to play dirty" like Bagman by informing the Ministry of Magic of his activities. George was against the idea, arguing that it was blackmail.
The twins began trying out and selling their products, such as Canary Creams, at Hogwarts as their sixth year began. That year, Hogwarts also hosted the Triwizard Tournament. Despite being underage, Fred and George wanted to put their names in the Goblet of Fire, and used an Ageing Potion in an attempt to fool the Age Line Spell, without success. When the Yule Ball was announced, Fred asked Angelina Johnson to attend with him, declaring it a "piece of cake" to ask a girl out. At the end of the school year, Fred and George were surprised and very grateful when Harry gave them the one thousand Galleons he won in the Triwizard Tournament in order for them to start their joke shop.
Seventh Year and Rebellion
In the summer of 1995, before their final year at Hogwarts, Fred and George passed their Apparition tests "with distinction", and took to Apparating and Disapparating around 12 Grimmauld Place to surprise people. They helped clean up the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, but they also pocketed Doxies from behind the curtains for their experiments and spied on the Order's meetings using the Extendable Ears they invented.
Fred and George resumed testing and selling their products at Hogwarts in their seventh year, though Hermione Granger managed to prevent them from testing out Skiving Snackboxes on unsuspecting first-years by threatening to tell their mother. The twins also joined Dumbledore's Army to oppose the dictatorial running of Hogwarts under High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge and to prepare to fight Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Umbridge kicked them both off the Quidditch team that year after George and Harry got into a fight with Draco Malfoy after he penned the demeaning song Weasley is Our King to humiliate Ron and then proceeded to insult the Weasley parents and the late Lily Potter. Fred would have participated in the fight, but was held back by three of his team-mates. The Weasleys suffered a near-devastating blow that Christmas when Arthur Weasley was bitten by Nagini, Lord Voldemort's snake. Fred was greatly upset by his father's injury, especially since Percy did not join his family at St. Mungo's, continuing his estrangement.
When the D.A. was discovered later in the school year, Albus Dumbledore took the blame and left Hogwarts, leaving Umbridge as Headmistress. Fred and George decided that they no longer cared about getting into trouble, and that they were going to cause as much mayhem for Umbridge as possible. When the Inquisitorial Squad was formed and one member, Graham Montague, attempted to dock House Points from them, Fred and George shoved him head-first into a Vanishing Cabinet before he could finish speaking. They set off spectacular fireworks of their own creation, Weasleys' Wildfire Whiz-bangs, which soon became best-selling products. After taking their disruptive activities easy during the Easter holidays, Fred dropped out of Hogwarts with George in a final act of rebellion against Umbridge. They left in a flourish of vandalism, chaos, and hexing members of the Inquisitorial Squad. A small part of a Portable Swamp created in the corridors by the twins was preserved by Professor Flitwick, as he saw it as a "really good bit of magic".
Career as a Shop Proprietor
- Umbridge: "You two are about to learn what happens to wrong-doers in my school."
- Fred: "You know what? I don't think we are. George, I think we've outgrown full-time education... Time to test our talents in the real world, d'you reckon?"
- George: "Definitely."
- — The twins departing Hogwarts to open Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes[src]
Initially, Fred and George's ambitions to open a joke shop came as a disappointment to their parents, who had hoped they would seek employment with the Ministry of Magic like their father. However, the spectacular success of the twins' business, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, located at 93 Diagon Alley, impressed his parents and made them proud. What had started out as a mail-order experiment in entrepreneurialism sky-rocketed into a very lucrative undertaking. In fact, it was so successful that in 1996, the twins had moved out of their childhood home and into a flat above the store; later, the twins considered buying Zonko's Joke Shop in Hogsmeade, which had closed the previous year.
None of this might have been possible without the funding Harry Potter had given them in 1995. For Harry's generosity, the twins allowed him to take merchandise free of charge. In the summer of 1996, Harry, Ron and Hermione Granger visited the shop and Fred showed Harry around. He also offered Hermione a Patented Daydream Charm for free after she called them "extraordinary magic", but still charged Ron for his purchases. Fred and George also questioned Ginny on her love life, much to her irritation. That Christmas, the twins stayed at the Burrow for the holidays. When Percy arrived with Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour and it became clear that the two had only come so that the Minister could question Harry, Fred threw mashed parsnips at his older brother, along with George and Ginny, causing Percy to leave swiftly.
Order of the Phoenix
- George: "I wish old Uncle Bilius was still with us, though; he was a right laugh at weddings..."
- Fred: "...before he went loopy he was the life and soul of the party. He used to down an entire bottle of firewhiskey, then run onto the dance floor, hoist up his robes, and start pulling bunches of flowers out of his –"
- Hermione: "Yes, he sounds a real charmer."
- — Fred, George and Hermione at Bill and Fleur's wedding[src]
Fred was a staunch admirer and supporter of Albus Dumbledore, and joined the Order of the Phoenix as soon as his parents would allow him. In the summer of 1997, Fred and George took part in the Battle over Little Whinging, becoming two of the "seven Potters" to act as decoys while the Order removed Harry from 4 Privet Drive. Fred flew with his father on a broomstick, and was upset to learn that his twin lost an ear due to a Sectumsempra curse at the hands of Severus Snape during the battle. Although initially panicked to the point of being speechless when he saw his twin's loss, as soon as George started joking about it, Fred calmed down.
That same summer, Fred eagerly flirted with two "pretty French girls" who came to the Burrow to attend their cousin Fleur Delacour's wedding to Bill. He also reminisced about his late uncle Bilius, to the entertainment of George, Ron, Harry, and Hermione.
When the war reached its worst point in late 1997 and 1998, Fred participated under the codename "Rapier" in Potterwatch, a radio program hosted by his friend Lee that opposed Voldemort's reign of terror. They spread the truth about the Death Eater regime that was not being reported by the Daily Prophet or other news outlets, and encouraged the public to support Harry and to protect Muggles who were falling victim to the Death Eaters.
Fred, along with his family and friends, returned to Hogwarts in the spring to participate in the final battle. He and George were assigned to defend the castle's secret passages by Kingsley Shacklebolt. When the Death Eaters forced their way inside, Fred fought next to his brother Percy, who had recently been reconciled with the family and combatted his former boss, Imperiused Minister for Magic Pius Thicknesse. Fred was killed in an explosion probably created by Augustus Rookwood. His death was avenged when Rookwood was captured and confined by Aberforth Dumbledore, and was presumably sent to Azkaban.
After Fred's death, Ron helped George run Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, and the business became an enormous success. George married Fred's former sweetheart, Angelina Johnson, and the couple named their son in Fred's honour. Sadly, however, George would never fully recover from the loss of his twin.
Fred, similar to all the Weasley children, bore a head of flaming-red hair and abundant freckles. He had a shorter and stockier build, like his brothers George and Charlie, rather than a tall, thin build like his brothers Bill, Percy and Ron. However, Fred was taller than Harry Potter, and thus was still above average height.
Personality and Traits
Fred Weasley was the more outspoken, daring, and sarcastic of the twins. During the rescue from the Dursleys in 1992, George picked the lock on Harry's bedroom door with a hairpin, while Fred insisted Muggle tricks were important to know, even if it was "a bit slow". Fred also "dropped" a Ton-Tongue Toffee for Dudley Dursley to find and eat. Fred concocted the scheme of trying to fool Albus Dumbledore's Age Line to get into the Triwizard Tournament, though it was unsuccessful, and was in favour of blackmailing Ludo Bagman after he defaulted on a bet, while George had reservations.
Fred tended to be somewhat funnier than George, and to take the ringleader role in their pranks, but was also crueller in his humour or in dealing with those he disliked. Fred could be quite callous in dealing with the victims of his pranks, particularly his older brother Percy, but was more compassionate when he did not feel that the victim deserved it; for instance, he immediately provided Hermione Granger with Bruise removal paste after she was accidentally given a black eye by the twins' Punching telescope. Fred was also the first to forgive Percy when he reconciled with the family.
Both he and George were renowned for their senses of humour; they were able to make people laugh and relax even in very trying times. Neither Fred nor George took school very seriously, but they were both talented wizards, and demonstrated their ingenuity in their inventions and their business sense in running a highly lucrative shop. They were also staunchly loyal to their loved ones and very brave, having been sorted into Gryffindor and unafraid to stand up against what they thought was wrong, whether it was Dolores Umbridge's tyranny at Hogwarts or the Death Eaters.
Magical Abilities and Skills
- "E for Exceeds Expectations. And I've always though Fred and I should've got E in everything, because we exceeded expectations just by turning up for the exams."
- —George Weasley[src]
Although not a high achiever academically, Fred was a very clever, talented, and creative wizard. Harry Potter once expressed bewilderment as to how he and George received only three O.W.L.s each, remarking that they "really know their stuff". When the twins turned seventeen, they were able to use magic outside of Hogwarts, and took full advantage of this. They did everything by magic and frequently Apparated around 12 Grimmauld Place and the Burrow, much to their mother's irritation.
Skilled Flyer: Fred was a highly talented Beater for the Gryffindor Quidditch team since his second year. Oliver Wood described Fred and George as "unbeatable" and Harry Potter thought that they flew like two "human Bludgers". Thus, Fred was an excellent flyer and also had highly precise aim. After the twins left Hogwarts, Harry lamented that he was never able to find replacements as talented as they were for the team.
Charms: One of the few O.W.L.s Fred bothered to achieve was in Charms, a subject he and George were extremely talented in. Their skilled spellwork was necessary for many of their magical inventions for Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. Charms professor Filius Flitwick was so impressed by their Portable Swamp that he left a portion of it intact within Hogwarts.
Spell Invention: Fred was capable of inventing spells, Potions, and other magical products, a highly advanced and rare skill. Along with George, Fred invented a wide variety of items for their shop. Some notable items include Extendable Ears, which can be used to spy on others, a series of sickness-inducing sweets, and Patented Daydream Charms, which Hermione Granger considered to be "extraordinary magic". Fred and George also invented items for Defence Against the Dark Arts rather than pranks, such as Decoy Detonators and Shield Hats; the latter were purchased by the Ministry of Magic itself for its employees as a protection method during the Second Wizarding War.
Nonverbal Magic: Fred was highly skilled at Nonverbal spells, indicating a high degree of talent and discipline with magic. He once transfigured a sprout knife Ron threw at him into a paper airplane with nothing more than "one lazy flick of his wand".
Transfiguration: Fred was highly skilled at Transfiguration; it was one of the few O.W.L.s Fred ever bothered to achieve. Also, at the age of five, Fred transfigured his younger brother's teddy bear into a large spider to get revenge on Ron for breaking his toy broomstick , which shows an impressive level of complexity and control considering his young age.
- "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 Defense Against the Dark Arts, because it's such a money spinner."
- —Fred and George's success in their Defence Against the Dark Arts products[src]
Defence Against the Dark Arts: Fred was highly skilled at Defence Against the Dark Arts; he achieved an O.W.L. in it and further improved his skills in Dumbledore's Army. Fred's talent at defence would contribute to his ability to invent Defence Against the Dark Arts items with George such as Decoy Detonators, and to obtain rare and useful defence items such as Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder. Fred also joined the Order of the Phoenix at a young age, and participated in a number of its operations. He fought in the Battle over Little Whinging and came out unscathed, and in the Battle of Hogwarts, during which he defeated a Death Eater opponent and was in charge of guarding the school passages, along with George.
Hogwarts Secret Passageways Expert: Ever since Fred swiped the Marauder's Map from Argus Filch's office with George, they had a great knowledge of all of Hogwarts grounds including the secret passageways. Fred even once commented that the Map had taught him more at school than the professors had. The twins' knowledge of the grounds were second only to the Marauders. They seemed to have memorized the Map entirely, as they gave it to Harry in his third year and still remembered everything. This knowledge allowed Fred to tell Hermione Granger where the Hogwarts kitchens were, and for him and George to lead the defence of the school's secret passages during the Battle of Hogwarts.
Apparition: Fred and George managed to pass their Apparition tests sometime prior to their final year in Hogwarts, apparently "with distinction". To celebrate their coming of age of being allowed to use magic outside of school, as well as making traveling a close distance easier, they both took to Apparating as often as possible, even over very short distances.
Muggle Tricks: Despite being pure-bloods and raised entirely in the wizarding world, Fred and George recognised the usefuleness of certain Muggle abilities, and mastered several skills that they found amusing or useful, such as lock-picking. As such, they launched a line of Muggle tricks in their shop, "for freaks like Dad", according to Fred, even though it was not much of a seller. This may have been influenced by their father, Arthur Weasley, who also was interested in Muggles. This also demonstrates Fred and George's ingenuity, as not many people born into the magical world are familiar with Muggle devices or skills.
Marauder's Map: Fred "nicked" the Marauder's Map from Argus Filch's office in their first year at Hogwarts. It may have been located in Filch's filing cabinet. They used the map to find secret passageways around the school. In 1993 they gave it to Harry Potter to allow him to sneak into Hogsmeade. Harry would find many uses for the map over his next few years at Hogwarts.
- "You could raffle off those Cleansweep Fives, I expect a museum would bid for them"
- —Draco Malfoy's insult on the twins' outdated broomsticks.[src]
Cleansweep Five: Fred and his twin each flew on a Cleansweep Five when they played as Beaters for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Their use of such outdated broomsticks was likely due to their family's financial problems. Despite this, the twins are still very skilled in flying and as Beaters. Draco Malfoy, "who could always afford the best," insulted Fred and George's vintage brooms by saying that a museum would bid for them.
- "...Fred and George wheeled about to the tumultuous applause from the students below and sped out of the open front doors into the glorious sunset."
- —Description of the twins' brilliant escape from Umbridge.[src]
Their brooms, along with Harry Potter's, were confiscated by Dolores Umbridge when they assaulted Draco Malfoy for insulting their families. After the twins released a Portable Swamp in defiance to the woman, they used a Summoning Charm to retrieve their brooms from her office, and used them to fly out of Hogwarts as a final act of rebellion. The broomsticks created two rather large holes in Umbridge's door.
- "...a number of Dr. Filibuster's Fabulous Wet-Start, No-Heat Fireworks went off unexpectedly when Fred's truck sprang open."
- —Fred's fireworks[src]
Joke items: Including the items that he had already made, Fred owns a large collection of joke items that he had bought from Zonko's Joke Shop to help with their own development and enjoyment for pranks. These include Dungbombs, Dr. Filibuster's Fabulous Wet-Start, No-Heat Fireworks and Stink Pellets.
Second-hand clothes: As a member of the Weasley family, money was often a problem. Most of Fred's clothes would have been second hand, whether it was his school uniform, regular clothes, or dress robes. After opening his joke shop and earning much money, he was able to afford much better clothes, such as some new dress robes for Ron.
Weasley jumper: Every year at Christmas, in his time at Hogwarts, Fred recieved a Weasley jumper knitted by his mother. He often joked about the jumpers, encouraging his other brothers to wear them even when they did not want to, such as with Ron, who hated his Weasley jumper for its maroon colour, and with Percy, who didn't like his jumper at all.
Dragon skin jacket: Fred bought an expensive green dragon skin jacket with the money he made from Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. George got one exactly like it.
Wand: The characteristics of Fred's wand are unknown. However, it may have been purchased as his own, rather than handed down (like Charlie's old wand to Ron), as Fred used it to its fullest potential, indicating he had its allegiance (which wouldn't happen if it had originally belonged to someone else). It assisted him in casting spells in his educational life, training with Dumbledore's Army and creating numerous objects for Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, all the way up to the end of his life in the final battle.
George Weasley was Fred’s twin, best friend, and partner in crime. The two were about as close as two brothers could be and did just about everything together. They often finished each other’s sentences and spoke in a back-and-forth way that could confuse others at times.
Together, Fred and George designed many ingenious pranks and shared the ambition to found a joke shop together. They were also both Beaters for the Gryffindor Quidditch team and close friends with Lee Jordan.
Like most members of the Weasley family, Fred got on well with his parents. The atmosphere was generally light, relaxed and casual.
Molly Weasley, Fred's mother, often became angry with him for quite a handful for things. Once Fred went to Hogwarts, not only his pranks but his lack of seriousness and commitment to his learning angered her.
She was very cross with his earning only three O.W.L.s.  Molly also had a strong desire for her children to work at the Ministry of Magic, causing her to scold Fred and George on numerous occasions for their dream of managing a joke shop. In the end, however, Molly clearly wanted her children to be happy in their work. She was devastated by Fred's death during the Battle of Hogwarts, 1998 and was seen crying over his dead body. 
Arthur Weasley, Fred's father, was more laid back than his wife. While not overly supportive of Fred's wrongdoing, he seemed to encourage the trying of new things. Arthur was excited when informed of Fred's daring rescue of Harry Potter from the Dursleys, and only pretended to be strict. However, when Fred and George nearly succeeded in getting Ron to make an Unbreakable Vow, he was so angry about this incident that Fred later said that his "left buttock has never been the same since" He was also became angry when Fred slipped Dudley Dursley an enchanted toffee. He was immensely saddened by Fred's death.
Bill and Charlie Weasley
When Charlie failed on the first attempt of Apparation, though Fred and George made fun of this, they did not do so to his face, showing respect to Charlie.  According to Fleur Delacour, Bill tells her that Fred and George are highly amusing.
- Ginny: "Well – Percy's got a girlfriend.... You won't tease him, will you?"
- Fred: "Wouldn't dream of it."
- George: "Definitely not."
- — Fred "looking as if his birthday had come early" at something to tease Percy about[src]
Fred and George always delighted in teasing Percy, who was closer to their age and very different from them in personality. Their mother was always encouraging the twins to be more like Percy, who was responsible and academically motivated, but Fred and George thought him to be stuffy and arrogant. Because of this, Percy was a constant butt of their jokes and pranks, including bewitching his Prefect and Head Boy badges to read Pinhead and Bighead Boy, and sending dragon dung to his office at the Ministry. However, the twin's pranks were generally good-natured ribbing at his expense.
In 1992, during the summer holidays, Fred and George also found Percy's behaviour strange as he was always stuck in his room and his family only saw him at mealtimes. Fred created a number of jokes about this such as suggesting that there he was polishing his prefect badge while he was actually in his room exchanging letters with Penelope. Soon after they arrived at Hogwarts, Fred bewitched Percy's prefect badge to read Pinhead. When Fred and George were making a joke out of people thinking Harry is the Heir of Slytherin and trying to cheer Ginny up by dressing as monsters covered in boils and jumping to her from behind statues, Percy disapproved of their behaviour and threatened to write to their mother. Also that year, when Ginny told him that Percy was dating Penelope Clearwater, Fred looked as if his birthday had come early to have something to tease Percy about. Fred frequently mocked any behaviour they saw as arrogant on his part, such as his pride in his Prefect position.
In 1993, when the Weasleys travelled to Egypt, Fred and George tried to shut him in a pyramid, but their mother spotted them. Fred was ashamed of Percy when he became Head Boy that year, so he bewitched Percy's Head Boy badge to read Bighead Boy.
In 1994, when Percy joined the Ministry of Magic, he was responsible for authoring a report on standardising cauldron thickness, Fred and George made many jokes out of this. Also that year, when Percy was trying to hint his brothers of the upcoming Triwizard Tournament, they become irritated and started making several more jokes out of his hints such as they would be hosting a cauldron bottom thickness convention. Later that year, Fred sent dragon dung to his office at the Ministry. 
In 1996, even though he was angry with Percy, he seemed the most inclined to ask about him during his estrangement, as Fred asked their mother if Percy was coming home for the Christmas holidays in 1996. At Christmas in 1996, Percy was pressured by Rufus Scrimgeour to go to the Burrow with him. Therefore, Percy arrived at the Burrow with Rufus Scrimgeour much to Fred's disbelieving eyes. Percy stormed out after mashed parsnips were flung at him, an action for which Fred, George and Ginny all took credit.
Though while it was Fred and George who led the anti-Percy movement within the family, constantly telling the others that he was no good and to forget about him, it was Fred who was the first to accept Percy's apology during the Battle of Hogwarts, and he and George subsequently acted as if the split had never happened. During the battle, Fred and Percy fought side by side, and Percy was devastated over his brother’s death, fiercely protecting his body and furiously pursuing Augustus Rookwood.
The twins also enjoyed teasing their only younger brother, Ron. Notably, Fred transfigured his teddy bear into a spider after Ron broke his toy broomstick, once nearly manipulated him into taking an Unbreakable Vow with him and George, and teased him over his embarrassing crush on Fleur Delacour. Fred and George sometimes pestered Ron to the point of infuriating him, such as when they mocked him for becoming a Prefect, a position Ron never tried to use against them. However, they also helped Ron out, such as by giving him a copy of Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches and aiding him in transfiguring the Weasley family ghoul to resemble Ron with spattergroit as his cover while he was hunting Horcruxes with Harry and Hermione.
Fred was quite close to his sister Ginny, who was similar to the twins in temperament, and sometimes joined them in teasing others, especially Ron.
In 1992, Fred and George took to teasing Ginny as she began her first year. When Mrs. Norris got petrified, Ginny became depressed so they tried to cheer her up, unaware that her emotional state was fragile due to the influence of Tom Riddle's Diary. In 1998 when Fred and George had taken responsbility of her, they brought her to fight with them in the last battle, much to the anger of their mother.
Lee Jordan was best friends with Fred and George Weasley during their time at Hogwarts. Whilst never in their league, Lee was rarely seen outside the twins' company. In 1991, Lee brought a giant tarantula onto the Hogwarts Express with him and showed it to Fred and George. He was constantly getting in trouble with Fred and George.
In 1995 he joined Dumbledore's Army with them. He helped to harass Dolores Umbridge by levitating nifflers in through her window. He was punished with "writing lines" by Umbridge for claiming that she did not have the authority to tell off the Weasley twins for playing Exploding Snap during Defence Against the Dark Arts. Lee also returned to Hogwarts in 1998 with Fred and George to participate in the final battle.
Fred first met Harry Potter in his third year at Hogwarts, when Harry was beginning his first year and became friends with Ron. The twins became friendly with him when he joined the Gryffindor Quidditch team as their Seeker, giving them hope to win the House Cup. The following year, Fred and George cheered Harry up when many of the students believed that he might be the Heir of Slytherin, which they scoffed at, and the year after that, they gave him the Marauder's Map to help him sneak into Hogsmeade.
When Harry gave his Triwizard Tournament winnings of 1000 Galleons to the twins to start their joke shop , they allowed him to buy whatever he wanted, free of charge, something that they wouldn't give even to Ron.
They also stood up for Harry when others doubted his claim that Lord Voldemort had returned or challenged his authority in Dumbledore's Army, and assisted him in contacting Sirius Black when he told them and Ginny of his desire to speak to his godfather. Both twins risked their lives in the operation to remove Harry from his relatives’ home in 1997. They seemed to regard Harry almost as another younger sibling, and were inclined to both be protective of him and teasing of him. Harry eventually became Fred's brother-in-law through his marriage to Ginny.
Fred became friendly with Hermione Granger after she became a second best friend to his younger brother Ron. Although Hermione disapproved of some of the twins’ antics, since she was a Prefect, she generally got on fairly well with them. They were outraged when Draco Malfoy called her a “Mudblood” in 1992, to the point of attempting to physically attack him. Fred and George also tried to get Hermione to relax, joking around with her about things such as their late uncle Bilius’s penchant for making mischief at weddings.
- Hermione: "It is NOT excellent!"
- Fred: "Course it is, they're alive, aren't they?"
- Hermione: "You can't do this, what if you made one of them really ill?"
- Fred: "We're not going to make them ill, we've already tested them all on ourselves, this is just to see if everyone reacts the same -"
- — Fred Weasley and Hermione Granger arguing about testing the sweets on first-years[src]
Hermione also admired the twins’ cleverness and creativity in their spell work, once remarking that they could do some "extraordinary magic", though she did not agree with how they put it to use. Hermione was also one of the few people willing to stand up to Fred and George when she disagreed with them. For example, when she caught them testing sweets from the Skiving Snackbox on first-year students with Lee Jordan, she was furious, and told them off for what she considered taking advantage of innocent children.
Fred and George initially scoffed at her concerns and at her ability to make them stop, but backed down when she threatened to tell their mother. However, the twins did not seem to hold a grudge, as they continued to be friendly; Fred even later gave Hermione material from the joke shop free of charge. Hermione would eventually become Fred's sister-in-law through her marriage to Ron.
Angelina Johnson was a Gryffindor in Fred's year at Hogwarts, and was on the house Quidditch team with him and George. They were good friends who eventually developed a romantic relationship after attending the 1994 Yule Ball together; Fred asked her with complete confidence and rather casually, and she accepted nonchalantly, but with "a bit of a grin on her face". The two were subsequently seen holding hands and linking arms frequently. The following year, Angelina became Captain of the Quidditch team and was annoyed with Fred and George when they were kicked off the team by Dolores Umbridge, as it hurt the team's chances.
It appears that Fred and Angelina ended their romance sometime after Fred left Hogwarts, since Angelina did not attend Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour's wedding as Fred's date, and he flirted with cousins of the bride while there. However, the two seemed to still be on friendly terms, as they fought alongside one another during the Battle of Hogwarts. Angelina would go on to marry George, and they named their son after Fred.
Oliver Wood knew Fred ever since he join the Gryffindor Quidditch team in 1990. Often strict with him about his flying and lack of seriousness and commit to versusing other houses in Quidditch matches, he has once commented of him being like 'human flying bludgers'.
Though Fred has sometimes greatly diagrees with him, such as he contricted when Oliver told Harry 'Catch the Snitch, or die trying' as he described it as a stupid thing to say, they have been great team-mates. Also in 1993, Oliver also contridicted Fred for not taking playing Hufflepuff seriously. Though Fred likes to tease him for his love of Quidditch and commitment of winning the Quidditch Cup, he does not usually do so to his face. Oliver returned to Hogwarts with Fred and other team mates to fight in the last battle.
Fred found Oliver's strategic talks extremely boring.
- Sirius: "Listen, your dad's been hurt while on duty for the Order and the circumstances are fishy enough without his children knowing about it seconds after it happened, you could seriously damage the Order's -"
- Fred: "We don't care about the dumb Order!"
- George: "It's our dad dying we're talking about!"
- — Sirius Black and the twins in St. Mungo's[src]
Sirius Black got along quite well with the twins, mostly because he and Harry's father James were practically equal as trouble makers and pranksters in school during their time. However, Fred and George had a serious argument with Sirius in 1995 when their father was attacked by Nagini. Terrified that he might die, Fred became furious when Sirius told him and his siblings that they could not visit their father at St. Mungo's immediately, since it would look suspicious for the Order of the Phoenix. He and George exchanged heated words with Sirius, who became angry himself that the twins did not understand that Arthur knew the risk he was taking in working for the Order and that "there are things worth dying for". Once Arthur recovered and tempers cooled, Fred and George were once again friendly with Sirius.
- Fred: "He never managed to get all the words out, due to the fact that we forced him head-first into that Vanishing Cabinet on the first floor."
- Hermione : "But you’ll get into terrible trouble!"
- Fred: "Not until Montague reappears, and that could take weeks, I dunno where we sent him."
- — Fred on him and George pushing Graham Montague into the Vanishing Cabinet in 1996[src]
Fred disliked those housed in Slytherin simply for the interrelationships between their house and his. He and George booed Malcolm Baddock for being sorted into Slytherin in their sixth year, and when Graham Montague tried to dock points from their house as an Inquisitorial Squad member, they threw him into a malfunctioning Vanishing Cabinet, despite the fact that Montague's escape eventually proved to be near fatal. This shows that Fred had a callous, even spiteful, attitude towards Slytherins.
Fred had a particular dislike for Slytherin student Draco Malfoy, as did many of his siblings and friends. However, this dislike was partly due to rivalry the Weasleys had shared with the Malfoy family for years. Both Fred and George showed immediate dislike towards Draco upon meeting him for the first time in their fourth year at Quidditch practice, and tried to attack him for calling Hermione Granger a "Mudblood". When Draco insulted their family three years later, the only reason Fred didn't join George and Harry in beating him was because he was held back by his teammates. Nevertheless, Fred was banned from Quidditch by Dolores Umbridge simply for being George's twin. Despite this hatred, Fred and George sold Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder to Draco when he came to their shop, much to Ron's disapproval.
Because of Fred's lack of attention or seriousness with his work, not many teachers taught him and got any response. However teachers like Minerva McGonagall and Filius Flitwick, Fred respected their methods of teaching. However there was one teacher that Fred had nor respect for, Dolores Umbridge.
In 1995 when Fred was first introduced to Umbridge the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, he thought, like many others, that she was a joke. But soon she showed her true colours by making Educational Decrees. One of the reasons he joined Dumbledore's Army was to oppose the dictatorial running of Hogwarts under High Inquisitor Umbridge.
Umbridge kicked them both off the Quidditch team that year after George and Harry got into a fight with Draco Malfoy after he penned the demeaning song "Weasley is Our King" to humiliate Ron and then proceeded to insult both the Weasley parents and the late Lily Potter. Though Fred did not participate in the fight, Umbridge banned him anyway (though he would have participated if he wasn't held back by three of his team-mates, and the bans were lifted once Umbridge was removed from Hogwarts). When Albus Dumbledore took the blame for Harry setting up Dumbledore's Army, he left Hogwarts, leaving Umbridge as Headmistress.
Fred dropped out of Hogwarts with George in a final act of rebellion against Umbridge. Many of the teachers including Minerva McGonagall and Filius Flitwick, could have easily removed the fireworks that surfaced around the school, however they did not. Filtwick even left a small patch of the swamp that Fred and George created in honour of them after they fled from the school. Peeves the Poltergeist, whom did not usually gave respect to students, saluted to Fred's final orders, despite never before taking any from students, and caused massive chaos towards the High Inquisitor.
Another staff member that Fred disliked was Argus Filch. Filch was frequently infuriated by the chaos and mess that the twins created that he had to clean up. Filch's office has filing cabinets containing detailed records of all the students Filch has disciplined. Fred and George have been in trouble with Filch so many times that they have an entire drawer to themselves. Fred and George dared to steal the confiscated Marauder's Map from Filch's office, despite the risks, showing a lack of fear and respect towards the Squib.
The name Fred is generally considered a short form of the name Frederick. It is the English form of a Germanic name meaning "peaceful ruler", derived from frid, "peace", and ric, "ruler, power". It has been a very common name for rulers of the Holy Roman Empire, Germany, Austria, and Scandinavia, such as Frederick the Great of Prussia. Fred is also sometimes used as a diminutive of Alfred, derived from the Old English Ælfræd, meaning "elf counsel", or Alfrid, meaning "old peace". Alfred the Great was a ninth-century king of Wessex who battled the Danes and translated many Latin books into Old English. In Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish, Fred means "peace".
There has been some suggestion that Fred and George are named after their maternal uncles, Fabian and Gideon Prewett, who were killed in the First Wizarding War, who may have been twins, and who share Fred and George's first initials.
J. K. Rowling has commented that she always knew Fred was going to be killed in the series, though she guessed that readers would have expected George to die first, since he was the "gentler" of the two: “Fred is normally the funnier but also the crueller of the two. So they might have thought that George would be the more vulnerable one and, therefore, the one to die... Either one of them would have been terrible to kill. It was awful killing Fred. I hated that.” She also described Fred and George as "the risk-takers in the family...who just take a totally different life path and were prepared to risk everything".
Rowling has also stated that Fred and George are among her favourite characters.
Behind the scenes
- Fred is played by James Phelps in the film adaptations of the series.
- Put together, Fred and George earned fewer O.W.L.s than the rest of their brothers did individually.
- In the Goblet of Fire film, the old Fred Weasley was portrayed by actor Christian Simpson.
- When Harry Potter and his friends lost 150 House points in 1991, he lost favour with the Gryffindor Quidditch team. While understandable, it seems odd that Fred and George turned on him.
- In the novels, the twins are described as being "shorter and stockier" and Percy and Ron as "long and lanky", but in the films, Fred and George are taller and leaner than Percy and Ron.
- In her drawing of the Weasley family tree, J. K. Rowling put the year of Fred's death down as 1997. In canon, he actually died in May of 1998.
- Despite the fact that they only earned 3 O.W.L.s each, in Goblet of Fire, Fred mentioned that he was transfiguring a raccoon in Transfiguration. In Order of the Phoenix, George said that he might be able to sell a "few Extendable ears before Herbology" and Lee Jordan said that Fred and George played Exploding Snap during Defence Against the Dark Arts, and that they had an inspected Charms lesson. They could have taken different subjects, though this is highly unlikely.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Notes and references
- ↑ "Some Random Facts About The Weasley Family" at J.K. Rowling's Official Site
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- ↑ 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- ↑ 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Bloomsbury Live Chat
- ↑ "The unwritten story of Harry's friends and their children" from Times Online
- ↑ In his later teenage years, Harry Potter was said to be "within an inch" of his father's height, and James Potter was described as being tall. When Fred and George took Polyjuice Potion to take on Harry's appearance in Ch. 4 of Deathly Hallows, they shrunk, indicating that they are taller than Harry.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 MSNBC Interview with J.K. Rowling
- ↑ Fred and George mentioned having a Charms lesson to be inspected by Dolores Umbridge in their seventh year.
- ↑ Minerva McGonagall, the Transfiguration professor, told him to continue transfiguring his racoon in 1994, the year after he finished his O.W.L.s.
- ↑ Fred was told off for playing Exploding Snap in Dolores Umbridge's class, year after O.W.L.s.
- ↑ Behind the Name" Fred
- ↑ Behind the Name: Frederick
- ↑ Behind the Name: Alfred
- ↑ 16 July 2005 Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet Interview
- ↑ F.A.Q.: Favourite Characters at J.K. Rowling's Official Site
- ↑ Weasley family tree