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- "Fred and George tried to get me to make one when I was about five. I nearly did, too, I was holding hands with Fred and everything when Dad found us. He went mental. Only time I've ever seen Dad as angry as Mum. Fred reckons his left buttock has never been the same since."
- —Ron on his brothers' attempt to get him to make an Unbreakable Vow[src]
Ronald Bilius Weasley was the sixth of seven children born to Arthur and Molly Weasley (née Prewett). He was born at the height of the First Wizarding War. In the fighting his maternal uncles Fabian and Gideon Prewett, both members of the Order of the Phoenix, were killed fighting Death Eaters. While he was still a toddler, the wizarding world became peaceful again, for a time, after Lord Voldemort's first defeat on October 31, 1981.
Ron and his five older brothers - Bill, Charlie, Percy, and Fred and George — as well as his younger sister, Ginny, grew up in the Burrow in Ottery St. Catchpole in Devon. The Weasley family was poor, which they tried their best to make up for with love, though many other pure-blood families disdained them for their "blood traitor" beliefs and lack of wealth. The Weasley siblings were fond of teasing and playing pranks on each other, and Ron was a particular target for Fred and George. They once transfigured his teddy bear into a giant spider, sparking his arachnophobia, nearly got him to make an Unbreakable Vow on another occasion, which for once made their father truly furious, and they once got him to eat an Acid Pop which burnt a hole through his tongue.
Education at Hogwarts
Ron began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991 at the customary age of eleven. He was sorted into Gryffindor House, like every other member of his family. On his first trip on the Hogwarts Express, Ron met and became fast friends with Harry Potter, the famous Boy Who Lived. Harry showed Ron great generosity by purchasing a quantity of snacks from the Hogwarts Express food trolley to share with Ron, and that simple act set in motion a lifelong friendship. Examples of this included: Harry standing up for Ron against bigot bully Draco Malfoy, reassuring Harry that it was not his fault that Severus Snape, the Potions Master, gave him a hard time; agreeing to act as his second during what would be a midnight duel but was in actuality a dirty trick by Draco to get Harry and Ron in trouble.
Ron and Harry also first met Hermione Granger on the train but did not particularly like her. Ron, especially, was annoyed by what he saw as Hermione showing off her knowledge of magic, such as when she corrected him on the pronunciation of the incantation for a Hover Charm. Talking to Harry prior to the Halloween feast, he insulted her. Unfortunately, she overheard and went running to the girl's bathroom in tears. That evening, during the holiday feast, it was announced that a troll was loose in the school. Ron and Harry came to Hermione's rescue, and she, in return, lied to protect them from the professors. The three were best friends ever since.
- Ron: "We're nearly there. Let me think — let me think... Yes...it's the only way ... I've got to be taken."
- Harry and Hermione: "NO!"
- Ron: "That's chess! You've got to make some sacrifices! I take one step forward and she'll take me — that leaves you free to checkmate the king, Harry!"
- — Ron sacrifices himself in Wizard's Chess[src]
During their First year, the three of them learned that the Philosopher's Stone was being hidden in Hogwarts and sought to protect it from being acquired by Severus Snape, who the young wizards believed to be working for Lord Voldemort. It turned out that Quirinus Quirrell was actually acting on behalf of Lord Voldemort. Ron's talent in Wizard's Chess, owed to an old and battered chess set that was passed to him from a grandfather, became a life-saving asset when the trio came to Professor McGonagall's contribution to the protection of the Philosopher's Stone. During the life-sized game of Wizard's Chess, Ron sacrificed himself as a game piece so Harry could place the enemy king in checkmate, allowing Harry and Hermione to move on. Ultimately, the three succeeded in defeating Quirrell and protecting the Philosopher's Stone, and Ron was awarded 50 House points by Albus Dumbledore for "the best played game of chess that Hogwarts has seen these many years," contributing to Gryffindor winning the House Cup.
Having not heard from Harry Potter during the whole summer of 1992, Ron and his older twin brothers, in a harebrained scheme to rescue him from 4 Privet Drive, drove their father's Flying Ford Anglia to the Muggle town of Little Whinging and tore the bars from Harry's bedroom window using the car's horsepower. Ron helped Harry get his things in the car, and they left for the Burrow. Upon landing Ron and his brothers were chastised by their mother for having taken such a risky course of action. At the start of that year's school term, Ron and Harry missed the Hogwarts Express due to the meddling of the house-elf, Dobby, and were forced to use the Ford Anglia to travel to Hogwarts. At the end of their journey, the car malfunctioned, causing the boys to crash-land into the Whomping Willow. They were nearly killed when the tree retaliated, and the car jettisoned them and took off into the Forbidden Forest, where it remained.
Ron's wand was damaged in the crash, causing him problems for the entire school year. For instance, it backfired when Ron attempted to curse Draco Malfoy in retaliation for him calling Hermione by the extremely offensive term "Mudblood." Malfoy’s derision for Muggle-borns led Ron, Harry, and Hermione to suspect that he was the Heir of Slytherin who opened the Chamber of Secrets that year, unleashing a "monster" that began to attack Muggle-born students.
To investigate this theory, Hermione brewed Polyjuice Potion which greatly surprised Ron in that she was so overtly breaking the rules. When the time came to use the potion, Ron was made to impersonate Vincent Crabbe, and Harry impersonated Gregory Goyle, while Hermione's transformation was unsuccessful because she mistook hair from Millicent Bulstrode's cat for her own. Ron and Harry realised that Malfoy was not the Heir of Slytherin and were both greatly upset when Hermione became another victim of the "monster," ending up petrified in the hospital wing, though she left her friends a clue that led them to deduce that the monster was a basilisk.
Ron showed incredible bravery during the course of their investigation by venturing into the Forbidden Forest to an Acromantula den led by Aragog, in spite of his extreme fear of spiders. When he and Harry learned that Ron's younger sister, Ginny, was dying in the Chamber of Secrets, they raced to save her, planning to give their information to Professor Gilderoy Lockhart. When the pair discovered that the professor was cowardly attempting to flee, they drew their wands on him and forced him to join them as they ventured into the Chamber of Secrets. Shortly after Ron, Harry, and Lockhart entered the Chamber, Lockhart attempted to wipe their memories in order to get out of the Chamber and take credit for their efforts in a bid for fame. Unfortunately for him, he used Ron's damaged wand, and the spell backfired, causing permanent amnesia in Lockhart. Ron was left behind to tend to Lockhart, as Harry delved deeper into the Chamber, saving Ginny and defeating Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk.
- Hermione: "I think you owe somebody an apology."
- Ron: "You're right... next time I see Crookshanks, I'll let him know."
- Hermione: "I meant me!"
- — Ron and Hermione argue over Scabbers whereabouts.[src]
In the summer following Ron's second year at Hogwarts, the Weasleys won the Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw. Ron and his family used the money to travel to Egypt to visit Ron's eldest brother, Bill. News of their lucky break made the Daily Prophet, and Ron sent that newspaper clipping and a Sneakoscope to Harry for his birthday. They met on the last day of the summer, when Ron and his family visited Diagon Alley with Harry and Hermione and took up rooms in the Leaky Cauldron in preparation for catching the Hogwarts Express.
Also that summer, Sirius Black, the most notorious prisoner in Azkaban, escaped, and in light of this incident, security was stepped up at Hogwarts which Ron and his friends first noticed when the Hogwarts Express was stopped and searched. Once at the school, Dumbledore announced that Dementors would be stationed around the school to prevent Black from entering the school. This was done under the assumption that Harry was the target of Sirius Black's future misdeeds.
Upon starting the term, the Third years began taking new classes. Ron and Harry had chosen Divination and Care of Magical Creatures, while Hermione decided to take every possible class offered and began to exhibit strange behaviour that neither Ron nor Harry could figure out. The pair quickly decided that Divination was not a class they particularly liked and that the professor, Sybill Trelawney, was a fake. Ron's first Care of Magical Creatures was an outright disaster. Hagrid, the new Care of Magical Creatures professor, had planned what he thought to be a spectacular lesson on Hippogriffs, when a hippogriff named Buckbeak attacked Draco Malfoy after Malfoy had insulted the proud creature causing Malfoy to promise revenge. Also during that week, Ron had his first Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson with the new professor, Remus Lupin, and in short order Ron thought that Lupin was an excellent professor.
On Halloween, Ron and Hermione went on their first Hogsmeade trip. Harry, however, could not join them as his Uncle Vernon refused to sign his permission slip and had to remain in the castle. Meanwhile, Ron and Hermione visited every building in the village and brought back loads of sweets for Harry. That night while the students were in the Great Hall, Sirius Black snuck into the castle, and the students were forced to spend the evening in the Great Hall.
Just prior to Christmas, Hagrid received a formal complaint from the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures about Buckbeak. When he shared this with Ron, Harry, and Hermione, the trio promised to do everything in their power to help defend Buckbeak. Ron and Harry put the defence of Buckbeak on the back-burner when on Christmas Day, Harry received a Firebolt from a mysterious benefactor. When Hermione, fearing for Harry's safety, turned the broomstick in, Ron stopped talking to Hermione. The firebolt fiasco only added to the tension between the two, as Hermione's new cat Crookshanks had been continually trying to attack Ron's rat Scabbers. A few weeks later, when the two were on the verge of reconciliation, Scabbers disappeared and Ron blamed Crookshanks, perpetuating the row between them.
In the meantime, Black had yet to be found, and the night following the Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw Quidditch match, he slipped into Gryffindor tower. Hearing the sound of shredding curtains, Ron awoke with a start to see Black standing over him brandishing a knife. He screamed, and Black fled. This incident made Ron temporarily famous within the walls of Hogwarts, but he came back down to Earth when Hagrid scolded he and Harry about their treatment of Hermione who Hagrid told them was in over her head with all of her classes and the work she was doing for Buckbeak. Abashed, the pair patched it up with her a few days later, when they got a letter from Hagrid saying that Buckbeak had been convicted and sentenced to death.
With exams bearing down upon them, the trio set about studying and attempting to help Hagrid with Buckbeak's appeal. The appeal took place on the last day of their exams. Upon hearing that Buckbeak was to be executed, Ron and his friends went to visit Hagrid in the evening just before the execution. They offered to help set the record straight, but Hagrid told them that they would be in more trouble if they were seen. While helping the sobbing Hagrid with some milk, Hermione found Scabbers. Soon they were ushered out the back of the hut, all the while they continued to lobby for a chance to set the record straight. When they heard what sounded like the execution, Ron and his friends set off for the castle in a slight state of shock.
Before they made it back there, Scabbers began to squirm in Ron's hands and escaped. Not wanting to lose his pet again, Ron chased after him with Harry and Hermione at his heels. He caught up to the rat, but not before they were in the shadow of the Whomping Willow. He looked up to see a large black dog bearing down upon him. The dog lunged at Ron and dragged him into the tunnel underneath the Willow, breaking Ron's ankle in the process. When the dog reached its destination, it released Ron and revealed itself to be Sirius Black, an Animagus. Hearing footsteps approaching, Ron called out a warning for his friends, but it was too late.
Black ambushed Harry and Hermione, disarming them when they entered the room where Ron was being held. Upon seeing him, Harry physically attacked Black with Hermione and the injured Ron helping in any way they could, but Harry could not bring himself to finish the job when he had Black in his power, and he was disarmed by Professor Lupin. Initially relieved at the sight of Lupin, Ron quickly became worried when Lupin and Black embraced like brothers and demanded that Ron turn over his rat, Scabbers. After Ron balked at the suggestion and Hermione accused Lupin of many terrible things including being a Werewolf, Sirius Black and Professor Lupin began spinning a long tale Ron, Harry, and Hermione of their youth at Hogwarts and how a wizard named Peter Pettigrew, who most believed dead, actually betrayed James and Lily Potter. Partially convinced, Ron handed over Scabbers when Lupin promised that if it were actually a rat, no harm would come to it, and Scabbers was revealed to be Pettigrew who confessed and begged for the mercy of his former friends.
When it was decided that Pettigrew was to be turned over to the Dementors, Lupin splinted Ron's leg, and the assembled company left for the castle. Along the way, the full moon broke through the clouds, and Lupin began to transform. In the confusion, Pettigrew stole Lupin's wand, attacked Ron, and escaped. Ron came to hours later in the Hospital wing, and was told that his friends had managed to save Sirius and Buckbeak from their fates. As a replacement for his lost pet, Sirius sent Ron Pigwidgeon, a tiny owl.
- "Look, it's always you who gets all the attention, you know it is. I know it's not your fault. I know you don't ask for it...but — well — you know, Ron's got all those brothers to compete against at home, and you're his best friend, and you're really famous — he's always shunted to one side whenever people see you, and he puts up with it, and he never mentions it, but I suppose this is just one time too many..."
- —Hermione Granger on Ron after Harry's name came out of the Goblet of Fire[src]
In the summer of 1994, Ron invited Harry and Hermione to accompany his family to the Quidditch World Cup which was being held in Britain for the first time in decades. While Hermione joined the Weasleys at the Burrow, Harry had to be picked up from the Dursleys. Ron's father arranged to pick up Harry via the Floo Network, not knowing that the Dursleys' fireplace was blocked, so when Ron, his father, and his brothers tried to fetch Harry they ended up stuck in the chimney, parts of 4 Privet Drive were destroyed before Harry returned to the Burrow. The following day, Harry, Hermione, and all the Weasleys except Molly left for the Quidditch World Cup, where they pitched camp and met many of their friends from school or work. They had prime seats for the match, thanks to Mr. Weasley who had helped Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports, Ludo Bagman's brother, out of jam. During the match, Ron watched his Quidditch idol, Viktor Krum, the Bulgarian Seeker, play an exceptional match, catching the Snitch to end the game.
That evening, while the Irish fans were still up celebrating, trouble began stirring. Those Death Eaters, former followers of Lord Voldemort, who had escaped punishment chose to let off a little steam. Donning their old uniforms, they attacked the campsite where Ron and his friends and family were staying. In the confusion, Mr. Weasley ordered Ron, Harry, Hermione, Fred, George, and Ginny to run for safety, while he and the older Weasley children set off to help the Ministry. Setting off into the woods, Ron, Hermione, and Harry quickly lost the others, but they did find Draco Malfoy. Malfoy menacingly suggested that Hermione could be a target of the Death Eaters, causing Ron to insist that she and Harry join him in going deeper into the woods. Soon they reached a patch of woods giving off a faint silver glow, where the trio found a few Veela and their admirers. Ron was entranced and claimed he created a broomstick that could fly to Jupiter. However, they would soon come across something more sinister than Veela. Deeper yet, they went, and in a clearing they heard a man conjure the Dark Mark, after which Ron and his friends were questioned by Ministry officials.
On 1 September, Ron and his friends departed for school aboard the Hogwarts Express, where he was taunted and his father and new dress robes were insulted by Draco Malfoy, and that evening at the Welcoming Feast, Dumbledore announced that Hogwarts would host the Triwizard Tournament. Ron quickly found himself caught up in fantasies of being a Triwizard Champion, but he was snapped back to reality by his fourth year lessons. In Care of Magical Creatures, Hagrid had his students raising the terrifying Blast-Ended Skrewts, and in Defence Against the Dark Arts, Ron was impressed by the new professor, Mad-eye Moody when he taught the class about the Unforgivable Curses. It was announced that the students from the Durmstrang Institute and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic would be arriving at Hogwarts on October 30. Ron was impressed by the fashions in which the foreign students arrived and was shocked when he saw Viktor Krum among the Durmstrang delegation.
Having discussed the possibility of somehow outsmarting the Goblet of Fire and the Age Line that Dumbledore had put around it, Ron was shocked to find that Harry's name had come out of the Goblet. Jealous of Harry's fame and wealth, Ron refused to accept that Harry had not wanted to enter the tournament and accused Harry of as much. After their argument, he and Harry stopped speaking, and Ron began hanging out with his older brothers. Ron and Harry did not reconcile until after the First Task of the tournament. Seeing the danger, Ron came to the conclusion that someone would have to be mad to purposely put their name in the Goblet. After Harry had passed his dragon, Ron joined Hermione in congratulating Harry, and the two became friends once again.
- Ron: "Oi, Hermione...you're a girl."
- Hermione: "Very well spotted."
- Ron: "Come with one of us! It's one thing for a bloke to show up alone, but for a girl it's just sad."
- Hermione: "I won't be going alone, because believe it or not, someone's asked me! And I said yes!"
- — Ron and Hermione about the Yule Ball[src]
Soon after the completion of the First task, Professor McGonagall told Ron and his friends about the traditional Yule Ball, held during the Triwizard Tournament. While all students above fourth year scampered about trying to find dates, Ron and Harry found it hard to ask girls to the dance. Charmed by the beauty of Fleur Delacour, the Triwizard Champion from Beauxbatons and a Part-Veela, Ron clumsily asked her to attend the ball with him, but fled in horrified embarrassment. He also offended Hermione first by not asking her, and then by suggesting that she did not have a date and thus could accompany him. Harry was eventually able to get them both dates with Parvati and Padma Patil. Ron's evening was a fiasco of the first sort. His "traditional" dress robes embarrassed his date, Padma Patil, and when Ron saw Hermione with his hero, Viktor Krum, he was overcome with jealousy. This led to a blazing row between them during the end of the Yule Ball; though their friendship did not suffer, it was clear that both held unresolved feelings for the other, though it would be years before it became obvious to Ron.
During the ball, Ron had overheard Hagrid telling Madam Maxime that he was a half-giant. This information was also overheard by Rita Skeeter, who wrote an expose telling the world of Hagrid's lineage. This drove Hagrid into hiding, and he did not return to work until Ron, Harry, and Hermione proved that they still liked him, no matter what. On 24 February, Ron was taken as Harry's hostage for the second task of the Triwizard Tournament. When he found out that Harry had remained behind to save Gabrielle Delacour as well, Ron took him to task, but changed his tune when Harry was given extra points for "moral fibre." Fleur, however, was impressed, and she thanked Ron in turn for helping save her sister, kissing him on the cheek.
Early in the spring, Ron joined Harry and Hermione in visiting Sirius Black, who had taken to hiding outside of Hogsmeade Village. There, they discussed the disappearances of Barty Crouch Sr. and Bertha Jorkins. Harry also ran his theories about Professor Snape by Sirius, but they were shot down to Ron's chagrin. In the weeks leading up to the final task, Ron and Hermione helped Harry prepare by researching and trying out jinxes and other helpful spells. Ron and Hermione watched Harry together from the sidelines. They were shocked when Harry returned with Cedric Diggory's body. They rushed to the Hospital wing after the chaos, but they did not find Harry there. Ron was relieved to see Harry when he was brought to the infirmary by Dumbledore, eagerly wanted to question Harry, but he was told off by his mother who along with his brother Bill had come to watch Harry. Ron was furious with the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, when he refused to believe Harry and Dumbledore and calmed his mother when she was shocked to Sirius Black. Ron did not doubt Harry's story when he finally heard it, sticking by his best friend.
With the coming of the Second Wizarding War and Lord Voldemort's rise to power, Dumbedore reconvened the Order of the Phoenix. Early in the summer of 1995, the Order moved into headquarters at 12 Grimmauld Place and Ron with it. There he was joined by Hermione. Together, they helped the Mrs. Weasley sanitise the old house and kept an hear out for information about Harry. Early in August, he finally arrived, but only after a Dementor attack. Ron felt sorry about having to keep Harry in the dark, but quickly became wary of Harry's temper which was very close to the surface due to Harry's increasing feelings of persecution and isolation.
Throughout August, they stayed at Grimmauld Place, and late in the month, Ron received quite a surprise. He was named Gryffindor prefect, along with Hermione. For this achievement, his mother gave him a new, Cleansweep Eleven. Bound by their prefect duties, Ron and Hermione could not join Harry on the Hogwarts Express but had to go to another carriage to learn of their responsibilities. That evening, Ron was worried when Hagrid was not at the Welcoming feast and disconcerted by the new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, Dolores Umbridge, who as Harry reported worked for Fudge.
Ron's fears were quickly realised when Professor Umbridge refused to teach the class practical defensive magic and put Harry in a weeks worth of detention for speaking out about Voldemort. That first week of school, Ron also tried out to be the new Gryffindor Quidditch team's Keeper. He won the position, but according to the Captain, Angelina Johnson, he needed improvement. Ron's Quidditch practices, quickly left him behind in his schoolwork, to Hermione's chagrin. Soon, news of Ron's prefecture reached his estranged brother, Percy Weasley, and Percy sent Ron a letter advising him to "sever ties" with Harry who he accused of being a mad delinquent. This letter greatly upset Ron and his friends even though Harry tried to pass it off as a joke.
Late in September, one evening when Harry returned from detention, Ron, somewhat reluctantly, joined Hermione in proposing that Harry teach student practical defence. Harry initially blew up in their faces, but after a few days he came around. Around this time, Professor Umbridge was appointed the first Hogwarts High Inquisitor, giving her the power to arbitrarily create rules and inspect teachers.
Late in October, students above third year had their first visit to Hogsmeade. There, Harry, Ron, and Hermione met with several students who were interested in learning practical defence. Ron staunchly defended Harry when questions arose and was among the first to sign the Dumbledore's Army parchment. On the way home from the village, Ron became upset when he learned from Hermione that his little sister Ginny was dating a boy. The following morning, Ron awoke to find that suddenly by order of Professor Umbridge all student groups had been disbanded including the Quidditch teams, but he was mollified when Harry said they would continue with their secret group. Which Ginny named "Dumbledore's Army" during their first meeting, mocking the Ministry of Magic's fears.
In the weeks following the first Dumbledore's Army meeting, Quidditch season arrived. Ron had nerve issues prior to the first game versus Slytherin. They had made badges saying "Weasley is our king," which Harry decided could not mean anything good. In an attempt to distract Ron from the Slytherins, Hermione kissed him on the cheek for luck, effectively stunning Ron. Ron's play was abysmal, and it was not helped by the Slytherins' new song also entitled, "Weasley is Our King." Following the game, Ron wanted to resign, but learned he could not as Harry and his brothers had been banned for life. That very evening, Hagrid returned from his adventure. Although initially resistant, he regaled Ron, Hermione, and Harry with his tales of the Giants, though he refused to give them any hint about his gruesome injuries.
Following Hagrid's return, he took up his post as Care of Magical Creatures professor. In Hagrid's first lesson, Ron learned about Thestrals, magical beasts that can only be seen by those who have witnessed death. Regular Dumbledore's Army meetings, O.W.L. homework, and his prefect duties took up most of Ron's time as the holidays approached. Following the last meeting of the term, Ron was amused at Harry's "romantic" tale, earning him a stern talking to from Hermione who suggested that Ron had "the emotional range of a teaspoon." That night, Harry witnessed Ron's father, Arthur Weasley, being attacked by Lord Voldemort's snake, Nagini. When Harry's story was confirmed, Ron, his siblings, and Harry were immediately sent to 12 Grimmauld Place, so they could look in on their father's convalescence, and there they spent the Christmas holidays, joined by Hermione the next day.
During their first trip to St. Mungo's, Ron overheard Mad-eye Moody theorising that Harry had been possessed by the Dark Lord. Ron was worried when Harry became reclusive after this visit and wanted to talk to Harry about it. He got his chance after Hermione arrived and convinced Harry to come downstairs. Ron, Hermione, and Ginny told Harry how worried they had been and managed to divine that he was not being possessed. They had an otherwise enjoyable holiday, but on their second visit to the hospital, Ron learned the truth about Neville Longbottom's parents.
Throughout the new term, Ron continued to learn defensive magic from Harry. He also stayed on the Quidditch team, despite his poor performances. Due to Quidditch, he missed the Valentine's Day visit to Hogsmeade. Though, he was impressed that Harry went public and hopeful that people might believe Harry when The Quibbler came out. Soon, Umbridge managed to sack Professor Trelwaney, but her ability to name a replacement was preempted when Dumbledore arranged to have Firenze teach the subject. Soon, Marietta Edgecombe, a friend of Cho Chang's who only reluctantly joined Dumbledore's Army, told Umbridge about the group, but was unable to give up any pertinent information once she saw a jinx activate on her face. Ron was able to escape when Umbridge, raided the Dumbeldore's Army meeting, but he was incensed when Dumbledore was forced out of the school. He was also wary when his brothers Fred and George Weasley said they were going to do their part for Dumbeldore. After Fred and George's escape from Hogwarts, Ron was certain that his mother will blame him. He was saved from this fate when Harry revealed that it was he who financed Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.
- Harry: "Look, it's not that I don't appreciate everything you've done, all of you, but - but I've got you into enough trouble as it is."
- Neville: "Dumbledore's Army's supposed to be about doing something real. Or was all that just words to you?"
- Ron: "Maybe you don't have to do this all by yourself, mate."
- — Ron and Neville when Harry tries to leave them behind[src]
Ron played in the final Quidditch match of the season, though Harry and Hermione did not watch, as Hagrid finally revealed the source of his injuries to them. Ron played spectacularly, and Gryffindor was the Quidditch Cup. Ron was unable to settle to his studies the following day, but Harry and Hermione brought him down with Hagrid's secret. Soon, their Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations were upon them. Ron managed to do well, but he made a few mistakes. During their final examination, Harry dozed off and had another vision. This time, he saw his godfather being tortured by Lord Voldemort in the Department of Mysteries. When Harry told Ron and Hermione of this they were wary, and Hermione prudently suggested that Harry try to contact Sirius first. Ron ran off to distract Umbridge, but the plan was foiled, and Ron and his friends were rounded up and taken to Umbridge's office. There, Ron, Ginny, Neville, and Luna Lovegood managed to fight off the Inquisitorial Squad and escape to find Harry and Hermione.
Ron insisted that he join Harry in rescuing Sirius, but insisted that the rest remain behind, but relented when many Thestrals appeared. When Harry led them into the Department of Mysteries, Ron stuck with him into the deepest recesses of the Department. The six D.A. members were ambushed by twelve Death Eaters, led by Lucius Malfoy, and Ron helped defend the prophecy Harry took from the shelf, but his fight was soon over as a Death Eater had scrambled his brains. Ron was so confused that he summoned a tentacled-brain from a vat in the Thought Chamber and was attacked by it. Ron soon recovered. Ron was saddened by Sirius Black's death, but Hermione made sure that the subject was not discussed around Harry.
During the following summer, Ron returned to the Burrow. He was soon joined there by Hermione Granger and Bill's new fiancee, Fleur Delacour. Fleur quickly came to annoy the other women of the household including Hermione and Ginny, who took to calling Fleur, "Phelgm." In fact, Ron would still be shocked into silence by Fleur's Veela heritage and would come to her defence when Ginny spoke poorly of her. His soft spot for Fleur particularly annoyed Hermione who was finding it harder to keep her feelings for him under wraps. Harry Potter came to the Burrow surprisingly early in the summer, and the morning following his arrival, Harry told Ron and Hermione the truth about the Prophecy. When they learned that Harry was in fact the "chosen one," Ron was shocked and amazed, but he remained at Harry's side. That very day, Ron found that he had passed most of his O.W.L.s.
With the coming of the new school year, Ron took the same course schedule as Harry, and they were both surprised that they would be able to take Potions with the new professor, Horace Slughorn. As he did not expect to take Potions, Ron had not purchased supplies, but he was not as lucky as Harry when making up for it, as Ron ended up with a book that had been vomited on. Harry, on the other hand, procured the Half-Blood Prince's copy of the text book, using it to earn the notice of the new professor who invited Harry and Hermione to join the Slug Club, while he ignored Ron. This contributed to some of the tension between the two friends, as well as Ron's jealousy at Harry's close relationship with Hermione.
During the second weekend of the term, Ron attended open tryouts for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. He found some competition from Cormac McLaggen, a burly seventh year, who played well, but made fun of Ron and Ginny. With the help of Hermione, who had cursed McLaggen behind his back, Ron retained his place as Keeper. In an attempt to mitigate Ron's jealousy, Quidditch practices were scheduled simultaneously with Slug Club gatherings, and Harry and Ron laughed at the idea of Hermione locked up with the Slug Club by herself. In October, the first
During the summer following the battle, Ron learned he had received seven O.W.L.s, only failing Divination and History of Magic. Ron explained he did not mind, as he wasn't planning to take those in his sixth year, regardless. Also during that summer, Ron learned that his brother Bill was engaged to Fleur Delacour. While this annoyed his mother, sister, and later Hermione , Ron took to defending Fleur and if she surprised him, he would still take on that dumbstruck look. His soft spot for Fleur particularly annoyed Hermione who was finding it harder to keep her feelings for him under wraps. When Ron and Hermione learned that Harry was in fact the "chosen one," Ron was shocked and amazed, but remained at Harry's side.
Ron would suffer much personal turmoil in his sixth year. He was nervous about Quidditch try-outs, but beat out Cormac McLaggen in saves, partly because Hermione cast a Confundus Charm on McLaggen in retaliation for him insulting Ron and Ginny. He was also envious when Harry and Hermione were invited to the Slug Club, while the new Potions professor Horace Slughorn ignored him, and when he was paid attention to, he usually got his name wrong.During this time Ron showed brief flashes of jealousy about Harry and Hermione's closeness. He would take exception whenever Hermione complimented Harry on something Ron thought was equally due to him. Ron was temporarily mollified about this when Hermione asked if he would like to attend the club's Christmas party with her, and he agreed.
Ron was also worried over his sister's increasing involvement with boys, and after stumbling upon her kissing Dean Thomas, he blew up at her. In retaliation, Ginny belittled him for his complete inexperience with the opposite gender, declaring that Harry and Hermione had also snogged people. The siblings treated each other coldly afterwards, and Ron was so bothered by this — and by the revelation that Hermione had kissed Viktor Krum almost two years earlier — that he began to perform poorly in Quidditch. He also began to treat Hermione with a cold indifference. He even offered to resign from the team. To boost his confidence, Harry pretended to pour the potion Felix Felicis into Ron's Pumpkin Juice at breakfast. Harry even allowed Hermione to see the vial so she would object to the cheating. This convinced Ron that he had an edge in the game, which caused him to play excellently. However, when after the match Harry revealed it was a trick, Ron rounded on Hermione and accused her of having no faith in his abilities.
Shortly thereafter, Ron began his exhibitionist relationship with Lavender Brown. Hermione, incredibly angry and hurt by Ron's vindictive actions, conjured a flock of canaries to attack him; the birds scratched Ron badly, and he and Hermione ceased being on speaking terms. Hermione attended the Christmas party she had originally wanted to attend with Ron with his hated rival, Cormac McLaggen, while Ron snogged Lavender in public and made fun of Hermione's behaviour in Transfiguration class, reducing her to tears. By Christmas break, however, Ron was becoming disenchanted with his relationship with Lavender, who had become increasingly possessive, annoyed him with the nickname "Won-Won," and gave him a gift of a necklace that said "My Sweetheart." Hermione did not come to the the Burrow for the holidays, as she usually did, and Ron made an attempt to speak to her after returning to school, but she ignored him.
In March, Ron ate chocolate that he believed to be from his birthday presents, but was in fact a gift from Romilda Vane to Harry spiked with a Love Potion. Upon ingesting the chocolate, Ron became maddened with an obsessive need to see and be with Romilda. When he was taken to Slughorn's office to get an antidote, he was nearly killed by poisoned mead intended for Albus Dumbledore. Harry managed to save Ron with a bezoar.
A panic-stricken Hermione arrived at the hospital wing, forgetting her anger with him. Ron said Hermione's name in his sleep upon hearing her speak for the first time all day, and the two quietly reconciled after his near-death experience. Ron also took to faking sleep whenever Lavender tried to visit him. His subsequent avoidance of Lavender and simultaneous spending more time with Hermione made Lavender suspicious; after she spotted him and Hermione leaving the boys' dormitories, seemingly alone (Harry was with them, but under his Cloak of Invisibility), Lavender ended the relationship, much to Ron's relief.
A little later, Ron was suitably impressed when Harry told him and Hermione how he managed to obtain the horcrux memory from Professor Slughorn. A few weeks later, when Harry used Sectumsempra on Draco Malfoy, Ron lent his potions book to Harry, so Professor Snape would not confiscate the Half-Blood Prince's book. Throughout this school year, Ron had defended Harry's use of the Half-Blood Prince's book. He thought that "the prince" had a good sense of humour and that the book was essentially harmless. Occasionally, he was jealous, because the book helped Harry cultivate the favour of Professor Slughorn, but even after the incident Ron called "the prince" a genius.
On the night of the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, Ron took Felix Felicis on Harry's instructions, along with Hermione, Ginny. Those three were joined by Neville and Luna who Hermione had summoned using the D.A. coins. While Hermione and Luna monitored Professor Snape's office, Ron and the others watched the Room of Requirement. Ron fought in the battle and survived without any major injuries thanks to the Felix Felicis. He was shaken by his oldest brother Bill's scarring at the hands of the vicious werewolf Fenrir Greyback. Shortly afterwards, Ron attended the funeral of Albus Dumbledore, where he comforted a sobbing Hermione. He and Hermione informed Harry of their intention to accompany him on a quest to locate and destroy the Horcruxes of Lord Voldemort, forgoing their seventh year of school.
Search for the Horcruxes
During the summer of 1997, Ron began planning ahead for his mission with Harry and Hermione. With the help of his father and Fred and George Weasley, Ron transfigured the family ghoul to resemble himself sick with spattergroit, which would serve as his alibi while travelling with his friends.
Battle over Little Whinging
In late July, he participated in the Order's operation to remove Harry from his childhood home, taking Polyjuice Potion to be one of the "seven Potters". He flew with Nymphadora Tonks; they were pursued by at least three Death Eaters during the battle, including Bellatrix and Rodolphus Lestrange. Ron stunned one Death Eater while flying. Ron reassured Hermione upon landing as she had been quite worried about him and he was saddened at the death of Alastor Moody. He was also saddened by the death of Harry's beloved pet owl Hedwig, which he comforted Harry over. Ron became concerned when Harry had a vision of Ollivander being tortured by Lord Voldemort.
Once Ron, Harry and Hermione were all convened at the Burrow, they made plans to leave, much to the displeasure of Ron's worried mother. During the preparations for Bill's wedding, Mrs. Weasley set Ron, Harry, and Hermione to separate tasks to prevent them from planning. On Harry's seventeenth birthday, Ron gave Harry a copy of Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches. Later that evening, Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour visited the Burrow to dispense the contents of Dumbledore's will. He questioned the trio, and Ron let slip that they had no idea why Dumbledore would bequeath anything to him. Ron received Dumbledore's Deluminator.
Escape from the Burrow
The trio attended the wedding in which all summer they had been forced to prepare The Burrow for, the marrying couple was Ron's older brother Bill to Fleur Delacour on August 1. Ron was irked that Viktor Krum was a guest, especially since he immediately complimented Hermione, who Ron quickly asked to dance shortly afterwards. When Viktor asked a disguised Harry about the pair, he was disappointed to learn that they were "sort of" together. The celebrations were interrupted with the news that the Ministry of Magic had fallen to Voldemort, and Hermione Disapparated herself, Ron and Harry away from the danger to Tottenham Court Road. This was the starting point to the trio's adventure and search for the Horcruxes they needed to bring down Lord Voldemort. After they arrived at a small café they were ambushed by Death Eaters Antonin Dolohov and Thorfinn Rowle there and a skirmish broke out, after stunning and wiping the memories of the Death Eaters the trio took refuge in Harry's inherited house 12 Grimmauld Place left to him by Sirius Black.
Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic
There, the trio learned from Kreacher that Regulus Black had stolen the Horcrux Voldemort had made of Salazar Slytherin's Locket in 1979, and that it had been stolen from 12 Grimmauld Place by Mundungus Fletcher. Under interrogation, he informed them that the locket was now in the possession of Dolores Umbridge. While they were waiting for Kreacher to fetch Mundungus, they were visited by Remus Lupin. He informed the trio about the goings on in the wider Wizarding world. He told them that Harry was now the most wanted wizard in Britain and that Muggle-born wizards and witches were being rounded up. Ron immediately said that he would vouch for Hermione causing her to affectionately touch his hand. The pair had fallen asleep holding hands during their first night at Grimmauld Place.
They formulated a plan to infiltrate the Ministry, involving the use of Polyjuice Potion to assume the forms of Ministry employees. Ron, disguised as Reginald Cattermole, quickly found himself forced to separate from his friends, as Death Eater and new head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement Yaxley demanded that "Cattermole" fix the rain in his office. Ron was in over his head, but may have found a solution to the problem after asking his father for help. The trio reunited after Harry and Hermione stole the locket from Umbridge and freed some Muggle-born witches and wizards being held by the Muggle-Born Registration Commission, and then escaped, but were forced to abandon Grimmauld Place as a hideout. Ron splinched himself during their escape into the countryside and was weakened by his injury. After receiving some treatment, Ron fretted over the fate of the Cattermoles.
Leaving and returning to his friends
- Harry: "You think I don't know how this feels?"
- Ron: "NO! You don't know how it feels. Your parents are dead - you have no family!"
- Hermione: "STOP THIS!"
- — Ron lashes out against Harry.[src]
Afterward, weeks passed with no further progress. This, as well as the locket's negative influence, caused great tension and animosity amongst the group of friends. When he wore the locket, Ron was sullen and suspicious, lashing out at his friends and continuously complaining. Ron abruptly abandoned his friends one evening after getting into a fight with Harry over the additional task of locating Godric Gryffindor's Sword in order to destroy the locket. He accused Harry of having no plan and of not being very concerned about Ginny, whom they had learned was punished back at Hogwarts. When Ron asked if Hermione was going with him and she told him that she was staying, he accused her of choosing Harry over him, and left, despite Hermione screaming and crying for him to come back.
As soon as he was outside the influence of the Horcrux, Ron came to his senses and tried to return. However, he had a run-in with Snatchers first, who interrogated him. Ron claimed to be Stan Shunpike, and then took an opportunity to escape. He Apparated numerous times to try to find Harry and Hermione, Splinching fingernails off at one point, but could not find them. He then went to stay with Bill and Fleur at Shell Cottage. Soon after Christmas, Ron used the Deluminator Dumbledore bequeathed him to locate his friends.
Ron made his way to the Forest of Dean, where he arrived just in time to rescue Harry from drowning in a semi-frozen pond. When Ron attempted to use Godric Gryffindor's Sword to destroy the locket, horrible, spectral images came forth which cruelly mocked Ron about his many insecurities including his fears about Hermione. This brought Ron to the point of tears. However, Ron successfully destroyed the Horcrux. Afterwards, Harry took Ron aside to assuage his fears about Harry and Hermione. Saving Harry's life earned him Harry's forgiveness, but Hermione — who was unaware of what the Horcrux had done — was still furious with him for his abandonment for some time and attacked him mercilessly upon sight until Harry cast the Shield Charm to stop her.
Ambush at Lovegood House
After Ron's return, he was happy to the point of giddiness, because Ron thought that they had an ally out there somewhere. He had to hide this happiness when around Hermione in an act of contrition. When Hermione proposed a trip to the Lovegood's house to investigate a recurring symbol, Ron wholeheartedly agreed. Harry privately accused Ron of only agreeing to get back on Hermione's good side, a fact that he did not deny stating, "All's fair in love and war, and this is a little bit of both." The trio learned of the existence of the Deathly Hallows from Xenophilius Lovegood. Xenophilius, worried for his daughter Luna, who was being held hostage by Death Eaters, tried to capture the trio. They narrowly escaped, Hermione engineering it in a way that preserved Ron's alibi of being sick at home. While Harry obsessed over the Hallows, Ron and Hermione thought they should focus on finding the Horcruxes, as Dumbledore had instructed them. During Harry's period of listless obsession, Ron's leadership qualities began to show. He suggested that they search many wizarding settlements for clues if only to be in motion and actively searching.
- Bellatrix: "All except...except for the Mudblood."
- Ron: "No! You can have me, keep me!"
- Bellatrix: "If she dies under questioning, I’ll take you next. Blood traitor is next to Mudblood in my book. Take them downstairs, Greyback, and make sure they are secure, but do nothing more to them — yet."
- — Ron and Bellatrix Lestrange in Malfoy Manor[src]
During the Easter holidays of 1998, the trio was captured by a gang of Snatchers led by Fenrir Greyback after Harry broke the Taboo curse on Voldemort's name. Harry, Hermione, and Ron quickly lied and gave fake names; Harry being Vernon Dudley, Hermione being Penelope Clearwater, and Ron being Stan Shunpike. Ron was beaten, his mouth bleeding horribly, and was then forced to use another name, Barny Weasley. They were then brought to Malfoy Manor, where Ron tried to persuade Bellatrix Lestrange to take him for questioning instead of Hermione, but was forced into the dungeon with Harry, Dean Thomas, and Griphook, where they found Luna and Mr. Ollivander, who had been captured at an earlier time. Hermione was kept upstairs and tortured by Bellatrix, her screams reducing Ron to sobs. The group was saved by Dobby, who was sent by Aberforth Dumbledore. He freed Harry and Ron to run upstairs to save Hermione, who managed to lie under torture about where they had obtained Godric Gryffindor's Sword. Ron disarmed Bellatrix after she avoided a chandelier dropped by Dobby, and pulled Hermione from the wreckage of the fallen chandelier, Disapparating them both to Shell Cottage.
There, Hermione recovered and she, Ron, and Harry planned to break into Gringotts Wizarding Bank in order to take the Horcrux within the Lestrange Vault. Griphook the goblin agreed to help them in exchange for Gryffindor's Sword. Ron, knowing that the sword was needed to destroy horcruxes was reluctant to let Harry part with it. He suggested that they delay handing the sword over until the horcruxes were destroyed. As the planning went forward, Ron along with Harry and Hermione found Griphook to be increasingly distasteful. On the morning of May, 1 1998, they broke into Gringotts with Hermione disguised as Bellatrix, Ron as a fictional foreign wizard named "Dragomir Despard", and Harry under his Invisibility Cloak with Griphook. As they were headed down into the vaults, the Gringotts defences were set against them, and Ron's disguise melted away. Once in the vault, it was discovered that all the treasure had Geminio and Flagrante spells put on them. Although they were betrayed by Griphook, the trio obtained Helga Hufflepuff's Cup and escaped the bank on the back of a dragon.
Battle of Hogwarts
Upon landing, Ron saw Harry having one of his visions. He was told that Lord Voldemort finally knew that they were hunting horcruxes and that the final one was at Hogwarts. To that end, Harry, Ron, and Hermione apparated under the Invisibility cloak to Hogsmeade looking for a way into Hogwarts. They were soon concerned by Death Eaters set to watch the town. Ron drew his wand ready to fight them, but Harry suggested that advantage lay in stealth and that attacking would give away their position. Once the Death Eaters ordered Dementors to search the town for the trio, they found refuge in the Hog's Head. After a heated discussion with the proprietor who turned out to be Aberforth Dumbledore, they were lead into Hogwarts by Neville Longbottom. They arrived in the Room of Requirement and found that the reformed Dumbledore's Army was hiding out there. Ron helped persuade Harry to let the others help.
While Harry searched for Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem, Ron and Hermione entered the Chamber of Secrets to retrieve Basilisk fangs. Ron mimicked the Parseltongue he had heard Harry use to open Salazar Slytherin's Locket and succeeded in gaining entrance to the Chamber. Hermione used the fangs to destroy the Horcrux of Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, and they then reunited with Harry. When Ron expressed desire to evacuate the house-elves from the Hogwarts Kitchens, Hermione, who had always been concerned for creatures so often mistreated by society, was so touched that she kissed him, much to Ron's delight. However, their kiss was interrupted by Harry, who pointed out that there was a war going on.
- Harry: "Oi! There's a war going on here!"
- Ron: "I know, mate, so it's now or never, isn't it?"
- Harry: "Never mind that, what about the Horcrux? D’you think you could just – just hold it in until we’ve got the diadem?"
- — Harry breaking apart Ron and Hermione's first kiss[src]
Harry, Ron and Hermione entered the Room of Requirement to find Ravenclaw's diadem, but were ambushed by Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle. When Crabbe unleashed a cursed fire, the trio escaped by means of broomsticks; Harry saved Draco, and Ron and Hermione saved Goyle. They then witnessed the death of Ron's brother Fred in combat, which devastated Ron, who wanted revenge. Hermione managed to calm him by reminding him that they would have to fight on their way to finding Nagini, Voldemort's final Horcrux. The trio made their way to the Shrieking Shack, and witnessed the snake kill Severus Snape on Voldemort's orders.
During the pause in the Battle of Hogwarts, Ron went to the Great Hall, where Bill comforted him over Fred's death and Hermione comforted Ginny. Harry made use of their distraction to slip out and confront Voldemort. Following his alleged death, the battle resumed, and Ron and Neville Longbottom brought Fenrir Greyback down together. Ron witnessed Harry defeat Lord Voldemort once and for all, and survived the battle without serious injury.
Ron never received a seventh year of education at Hogwarts. Instead, he moved on to become an Auror, along with Harry, at the Ministry of Magic. Their work in the Ministry revolutionised the Auror department, and, along with Hermione, they helped "make a new world" for the wizarding community. At some point he worked with his brother George at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes on Diagon Alley, which he helped turn into a real money-spinner.
Sometime between 1998 and 2006, Ron married Hermione, and the couple had two children: Rose and Hugo. Ron is also the godfather and uncle of Harry and Ginny's oldest son . At some point, Ron, Harry and Hermione were all featured on Chocolate Frog Cards for their accomplishments, which Ron considered his "finest hour".
In August of 2017, Ron obtained a Muggle driving-license. He also admitted putting a Confundus Charm on the Muggle driving inspector because he had forgotten to use his wing mirror properly, excusing this mistake because casting a Supersensory Charm would be more effective. That year, he and Hermione saw their daughter off for her first year at Hogwarts, and Ron encouraged Rose to be sorted into Gryffindor house and to beat Scorpius Malfoy in marks.
Ron also became close with Harry's children, whom one of them was his godson. Lily Luna Potter and Ron's son (Hugo) were close in age and good friends, as were Ron's daughter and Albus Severus Potter.
Rewrite Cloak of Invisibilty
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The Cloak of Invisibility was the third and final of the three Deathly Hallows. According to legend, whoever united the Cloak with the Resurrection Stone and the Elder Wand would become the Master of Death. It was the only known Invisibility Cloak that would not fade with age and would provide everlasting protection to the wearer, something no normal Invisibility Cloak could provide. In 1991 it passed it the possession of Harry Potter who used to to great success in the Second Wizarding War and resolved to pass it down to his own children.
Mythic origins of the Cloak of Invisibility
According to The Tale of the Three Brothers in The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a wizarding fairytale, three brothers were out travelling the world. They came upon a river that was too deep to wade through and too dangerous to swim across. So the brothers used magic to conjure a bridge. They got to the middle when Death appeared and spoke to them. Angered that they had outwitted him, Death offered each brother a "prize" for beating Death. The eldest brother asked for an unbeatable wand, and Death created a wand of Elder and gave it to him. The second brother requested the ability to return those who have died, and Death gave him the Resurrection Stone. The youngest brother did not trust Death and requested the ability to leave without being followed by Death. Unwillingly, Death handed over his own Invisibility Cloak, and they parted ways. Death soon claimed the two elder brothers, but he could not claim the youngest until he grew into an old man. He gave the Cloak to his son and joined Death as old friends.
Many familiar with the Deathly Hallows believed the Peverell family to be the brothers in the tale. Antioch Peverell, the eldest, taking the Elder Wand; Cadmus taking the Resurrection Stone; and Ingnotus, the youngest, claiming the Cloak from Death. It is more likely, however, that they were simply three immensely powerful wizards who created the items themselves. This is the view of Albus Dumbledore, who believed that the Cloak was created by Ignotus, himself, and used throughout his lifetime.
The Cloak of Invisibility was passed down Ignotus' family line and eventually ended up in the hands of his final known descendants, the Potters. It eventually ended up in the hands of James Potter, the father of Harry Potter. James used the Cloak of Invisibility in many of his misdeeds at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and kept it afterward. Around the time that Lord Voldemort was hunting the Potters for their son, the Cloak of Invisibility came to the attention of Albus Dumbledore when James showed him the Cloak of Invisibility, and Dumbledore, who had searched for the Deathly Hallows in youth, asked to borrow the Cloak from James to study it. After James was killed, the Cloak was left in Dumbledore's possession.
Ten years later, Dumbledore gave Harry Potter the Cloak of Invisibility as a Christmas present anonymously and told him to "use it well." This would be one piece of advice that Harry would heed quite well over his school life and beyond, as the Cloak of Invisibility aided Harry on countless trips and missions, including his hunt for Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. It was not until 1998, that Harry learned the true nature of his own Invisibility Cloak and its true identity as the Cloak of Invisibility, as spoken of in the legend of the Deathly Hallows. As Ignotus' last remaining descendant, the Cloak was rightfully Harry's and was kept by him after Lord Voldemort's defeat. Harry resolved to pass it on to his own son one day, just as his ancestor Ignotus had done with his son.
The story of the Deathly Hallows became a legend which some witches and wizards believed it to be actual fact, while to most of the public it became as a fairytale, as did all of Beedle the Bard's stories. However Albus Dumbledore felt that it was more likely the Cloak was created by Ignotus himself, with the object's power (in combination with the other two) later creating the story of it formerly being the property of Death. This would make the Cloak a remarkable, and never equaled, creation.
- "It's never occured to me before, but I've heard stuff about charms wearing off cloaks when they get old, or them being ripped apart by spells so they've got holes in. Harry's was owned by his dad, so it's not exactly new, is it, but it's just... perfect!"
- —Ron Weasley on the Cloak of Invisibility[src]
The Cloak of Invisibility is especially powerful. It is resistant to jinxes, hexes, and other spells which would normally damage or otherwise render a normal Invisibility cloak ineffective. For example, just before the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998, while Harry, Ron, and Hermione were huddled under it, a Death Eaters' Summoning Charm had no effect on removing the Cloak of Invisibility. It has also remained completely effective throughout its long existence, many times that of other cloaks, which lose their power over time.
Although powerful, the Cloak of Invisibility is not infallable. While the Cloak itself resists spell damage, it does not shield the wearer from spells used against them personally. For example, Harry was petrified while under the Cloak twice during the 1996–1997 school year. In addition, it will not hide the wearer from detection that is not based on optical sight, such as Alastor Moody's magical eye, magical creatures such as Dementors, or spells such as Homenum Revelio.
- James Potter used it to sneak into the kitchens to steal food (mentioned in 1991).
- Harry Potter hid beneath it to sneak into Restricted Section of the library to find out about Nicolas Flamel in 1991.
- Harry used it to view the Mirror of Erised in 1991 along with Ron.
- Harry, Ron, and Hermione rotated use of the cloak to help care for Norberta, Hagrid's dragon, in 1992.
- Harry and Hermione sneaked Norberta out of the castle to Charlie Weasley's friends with the cloak in 1992.
- The trio went under the cloak to the Third Floor Corridor when they saved the Philosopher's Stone in 1992.
- Harry and Ron used it to get out of the castle to follow the spiders in 1993.
- Harry sneaked into Hogsmeade twice in his Third year underneath it.
- Harry, Ron, and Hermione used the cloak to visit Hagrid before the Hippogriff Buckbeak was executed.
- Severus Snape also used it on the same day to hide in the Shrieking Shack in an attempt to capture Sirius Black.
- Harry went to Hogsmeade underneath the cloak, because he wanted to remain hidden during a visit in 1994.
- Harry ventured out to see the Dragons for the First task in 1994.
- Harry went to the Prefects Bathroom and back to the Common Room to work on the egg's clue under it in 1995.
- The trio used the cloak to visit Hagrid when he returned from his mission to the giants in November 1995.
- Harry used the cloak to sneak into Dolores Umbridge's office to use the Floo Network in 1996.
- Hermione and Harry sneaked back into Umbridge's office under the cloak the day of the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
- Harry, Ron, and Hermione used the cloak to follow Draco Malfoy to Knockturn Alley in 1996.
- Neville Longbottom and Harry attempted to use the cloak on the Hogwarts Express that same year, but were unsuccessful as there were too many people to navigate the corridors undetected.
- Harry tried to eavesdrop on Draco Malfoy on the Hogwarts Express under the cloak in 1996.
- At Professor Slughorn's Christmas party Harry used it to eavesdrop upon Malfoy and Professor Snape.
- Harry also used the cloak when he was trying to catch Malfoy in the Room of Requirement the same school year.
- Harry used his cloak under the effects of Felix Felicis to obtain the Slughorn's memory in 1997.
- Albus Dumbledore ordered Harry to wear the cloak during their trip to the Horcrux cave in 1997.
- An immobilsed Harry watched Dumbledore die while hidden within it on the same night 1997.
- Harry was hidden underneath the cloak after the trio escaped the Wedding of William Weasley and Fleur Delacour and during the Skirmish on Tottenham Court Road on the same night.
- Harry, Ron, and Hermione rotated using the cloak to spy on the Ministry of Magic in August of 1997.
- They used it during the Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic with Harry underneath it most of the time.
- The trio used it for security while Apparating to various places in the countryside in 1997 and 1998.
- Harry and Hermione visited Godric's Hollow while disguised as Muggles by using Polyjuice Potion and hiding under the cloak on Christmas Eve 1997.
- Harry was hidden underneath the cloak when the trio were searching for Xenophilius Lovegood's house just before the New Year in 1997.
- On the same day, Ron was hidden in order to protect his alibi during the Ambush at the Lovegood House.
- Harry and Griphook hid beneath the cloak on 1 May, 1998 when they broke into Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
- The same night, the trio Apparated to Hogsmeade to break into Hogwarts.
- Harry and Luna used it to view the statue of Ravenclaw with her diadem in the Ravenclaw Tower.
- The trio used it during intervals of the Battle of Hogwarts in which they did not want to be seen.
- Harry hid under it when Lord Voldemort thought he was dead during the Battle of Hogwarts.
- After Luna distracted everyone in the aftermath of the battle, Harry used the cloak to find Ron and Hermione and tell them everything that had happened.
Behind the scenes
- Although superior to any other cloak in terms of durability and longevity, the Cloak was unable to hide Harry from certain methods of magical detection, such as Alastor Moody's Magic Eye, Marauder's Map, and the Homenum Revelio spell. It was also unable to hide Harry from creatures able to sense location by methods other than primarily sight, such as Dementors and Nagini.
- While it shields the wearer from sight and cannot be harmed by any class of spell aimed at it, the Cloak does not act as a shield against spells, curses, or hexes, as Harry is affected by the Full Body-Bind Curse curse twice while under The Cloak in 1996.
- The Cloak's apperance in the movie differs from the the one described in the book. In the book, it is described as a fluid-like, silvery material.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- 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 Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Voldy Personality and Traits
Personality and traits
- "His knowledge remained woefully incomplete, Harry! That which Voldemort does not value, he takes no trouble to comprehend. Of house-elves and children's tales, of love, loyalty and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing. Nothing. That they all have a power beyond his own, a power beyond the reach of any magic, is a truth that he has never grasped."
- —Albus Dumbledore [src]
Rowling described Voldemort as "the most evil wizard for hundreds and hundreds of years." She elaborated that he is a "raging psychopath, devoid of the normal human responses to other people's suffering."
He feels no desire or need for human companionship or friendship and is unable to comprehend the idea of love or affection for another. He thinks of everything in terms of power and despite his tremendous knowledge of magic, his understanding of many things is extremely limited, especially of things that he considers to have no value. In fact, Voldemort is extremely independent, so much so that he refused to use the Elixir of Life to obtain his desired immortality, understanding that if the potion became contaminated or the Philosopher's Stone was stolen, it would rob him of his life. He, therefore, concluded that it would be intolerable for his immortality to be reliant upon the Stone and the Elixir. Rather, he would rely on his Horcruxes, which are extensions of himself.
He believes he is superior to everyone around him, and he holds an extremely high opinion of himself. He frequently refers to himself in the third-person as "Lord Voldemort." Rowling alluded to this saying that Voldemort is "incredibly power hungry. Racist, really". Rowling has also stated that if Voldemort looked into the Mirror of Erised, he would see "Himself, all-powerful and eternal. That's what he wants." Voldemort was cold and merciless, ignoring Lily Evans' and Gregorovitch's pleas for mercy and killed them without a moment's remorse or hesitation.
Rowling also stated that the fact that Voldemort is conceived under the love potion Amortentia — administered by the witch Merope Gaunt to the Muggle Tom Riddle — is related to his inability to understand love; it is "a symbolic way of showing that he came from a loveless union — but of course, everything would have changed if Merope had survived and raised him herself and loved him. The enchantment under which Tom Riddle fathered Voldemort is important because it shows coercion, and there can’t be many more prejudicial ways to enter the world than as the result of such a union".
As a child at Hogwarts, and in the early years of his adult life, Riddle was an intelligent, polite person who shows an enthusiasm to learn. He was described as "poor, but brilliant, parentless, but so brave, a school Prefect, a model student". His role model attitude has earned him the trust and respect of his teachers, as well as the customers he was sent to deal with at Borgin and Burkes. However, this all was a ruse, in order for Riddle to manipulate others to gain what he desired.
Like most archetypal villains (particularly the evil genius archetype), Voldemort's arrogance inevitably leads to his downfall. He also suffers from a pathological fear of death, which he regards as a shameful and ignominious human weakness. The most important thing to Lord Voldemort is his own life. He equates death with being defeated, or being "beaten". According to Rowling, his Boggart would be his own corpse. Rowling also said that the real difference between Harry and Voldemort is that Harry accepts mortality, and thus Harry is in the end (arguably) stronger than his nemesis.
Even though he's so wrapped up in his ego, Voldemort can acknowledge his mistakes. He said that Harry Potter's escapes from him were because of his errors, not Harry's triumphs. When he was the formidable head of the Death Eaters, Voldemort took no nonsense from anyone and had extremely low tolerance for failures and disrespect. If he was angry, he could keep his cool such as when the Death Eaters failed to retrieve the Prophecy, or when the Elder Wand didn't work for him. However, Voldemort possessed an explosive temper, such as when he tortured Ollivander, screaming at him and casting the Cruciatus Curse on him. He never hesitated to slay his own followers when he was enraged. An example of this was when he was informed of the 1998 Gringotts break-in involving the theft of the Horcrux that he stored in the Lestranges vault. Voldemort immediately slayed the goblin who told him, as well as many other Death Eaters in his vicious rage. He expected complete respect from his Death Eaters, but he didn't care for any of them in return.
Deep under his terrifying demeanor, Voldemort showed signs of being a complete coward, such as fearing a baby because of the Prophecy and trying to kill him. Additionally, he has his Death Eaters fight his battles for him, so he can be safe. Voldemort did not join the first part of the Battle of Hogwarts because he was investigating the Elder Wand and why he was not its true master. But he really didn't join the war because he was so scared of dying in the fight. Voldemort was furious yet terrified when he found out when Helga Hufflepuff's Cup was stolen.
Voldemort is shown to be highly intelligent and charismatic, able to inspire many powerful and influential wizards to follow him as his loyal Death Eaters. He also possesses a dry, cynical sense of humour, usually laughing at the expense of others but also capable of laughing at himself despite his usually narcissistic demeanour.
It is possible that Voldemort's inability to empathise, and his psychopathic nature, is also a result of the instability of his Gaunt heritage, as violence and mistrust were key personalities in his relatives. His arrogance and narcissistic side may have came from his father, a wealthy Muggle who was always snobbish and prideful.
Typical for a Slytherin and unlike his blood traitor mother, especially as the Heir of Salazar Slytherin, Voldemort greatly believes in blood purity. In fact, his beliefs are far more extreme than an average pure-blood supremacist. Voldemort released Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets in order to purge the school of "Mudbloods", even at the tender age of 16, thus showing his murderous hatred towards them, and kept a diary Horcrux to continue his actions, placing risk to a precious piece of his soul for his ideals. In his later life, Voldemort claims that Muggle-borns are actually Muggles who stole magic from real wizards and witches, rather than actually inheriting it rightfully, and that they deserve to be punished for it. Whether he knowingly made this theory up or truly believed it is unknown. He ruthlessly killed Charity Burbage for supporting Muggle-borns. Despite his racist beliefs, however, he allowed the werewolf Fenrir Greyback to join his cause, though did not consider him an official Death Eater.
Despite his hatred to non-pure bloods, Voldemort himself is a half-blood, and under his rule for a year, he allowed half-bloods to continue to attend Hogwarts, albeit with less respect. Voldemort is ashamed of his Muggle-sided parentage so much, he denied it from everyone, and claimed to be a pure-blood, and proudly presents his ancestry from Salazar Slytherin.
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