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"My father told me all the Weasleys have red hair, freckles, and more children than they can afford."
Draco Malfoy on the Weasley family[src]

Weasley is the surname of a pure-blood family (though the most recent generation has many non-pureblood members).[1] The Weasleys know many other wizarding families, including the Blacks, Prewetts, Longbottoms, Crouches,[2] Delacours, and Potters, as well as the Muggle Granger family. All members of the Weasley family are red-haired and Sorted into Gryffindor house upon attendance of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The family home, known as the Burrow, is located just outside Ottery St Catchpole, in Devon, England. The Weasleys live near other magical families such as the Diggory, Fawcett, and Lovegood families.[3]

When Harry Potter befriended Arthur and Molly Weasley's youngest son, Ronald Weasley, the Weasleys became a second family to Harry. The Burrow became Harry's home away from home (he only resided with the Dursley family out of necessity), and Arthur and Molly served as de facto godparents in Sirius Black's absence. Harry would eventually marry into the family when he married Ginny.

They were included in the Sacred Twenty-Eight list, published in the Pure-Blood Directory by the 1930s. However, they deplored their inclusion in the list, because they said they had ancestral ties to many interesting Muggles. Their protests earned these families the opprobrium of advocates of the pure-blood doctrine, and the epithet 'blood traitor'.[4]

Recent family history

"The Death Eaters know Ron's with you now, they're bound to target the family — don't apologise. It was always a matter of time, Dad's been saying so for months. We're the biggest blood traitor family there is."
Bill Weasley regarding his family and how they are viewed[src]
The Burrow 02

The Burrow

The Weasleys, unlike many other pure-blood families, willingly associate with Muggles, Muggle-borns, and half-bloods and do not consider themselves superior to others because of their blood status. Thus, elitist pure-blood families such as the Malfoys and the Blacks consider them "blood traitors" and treat them with disdain; Cedrella Black was even disowned by her family for marrying Septimus Weasley[2]. Despite being "one of the biggest blood traitor" families, they seemed rather proud of it. The Weasleys' views led to their support to the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore's Army during the Second Wizarding War. During the height of the latter conflict, the Weasleys were placed under surveillance by the Voldemort-controlled Ministry of Magic because they had been in close contact with Harry, and eventually had to go into hiding. The Weasleys took part in the Battle of Hogwarts. During the battle Fred was killed, deeply upsetting the rest of the family,[5] and his death was enough to make his mother commit murder to save her daughter from the same fate.

The Weasleys tended to have large numbers of children; an unusual trait for wizarding families, according to Draco Malfoy[3]. The most recent generations of Weasleys have been considered poor by wizarding standards[6]; their vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank only contained a small pile of Sickles and a single Galleon as of 1992[7].


Some members of the Weasley family

This likely changed with the great commercial success of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes and the successful careers of various family members. By the twenty-first century, many Weasleys and their relatives worked for the Ministry of Magic, including Arthur, Percy, Ron, and their in-laws Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.[8]

For several generations, only boys were born into the family, until the birth of Ginevra Molly "Ginny" Weasley.[9] This trend ended with the grandchildren of Arthur and Molly, who include more girls than boys.

Recent family members

Molly and Arthur Weasley's family

Arthur Weasley, one of three sons of Septimus Weasley and Cedrella Black[10], met Molly Prewett while they attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1960s. They married soon after finishing school and went on to have seven children, whom they loved but did not spoil. All of those who were of age, except Percy, eventually became members of the reinstated Order of the Phoenix.

Other Weasleys

Sirius Black: "He's not your son!"
Molly Weasley: "He's as good as. Who else has he got?"
Sirius Black and Molly Weasley on Harry Potter[src]

Weasley relatives

Family tree

Black family tree
Septimus Weasley
Cedrella Black
Prewett family
two sons
Arthur Weasley
Molly Prewett
Potter family tree
William Weasley
Fleur Delacour
Charles Weasley
Percy Weasley
Fred Weasley †
George Weasley
Angelina Johnson
Ronald Weasley
Hermione Granger
Ginevra Weasley
Harry Potter
Victoire Weasley
Dominique Weasley
Louis Weasley
Molly Weasley
Lucy Weasley
Fred Weasley
Roxanne Weasley
Rose Granger-Weasley
Hugo Granger-Weasley
James Potter
Albus Potter
Lily Potter


Author's comments


Ron, Ginny, and Fred and George Weasley

  • J. K. Rowling has said that unlike with many other characters, Ron Weasley's name always remained the same in various drafts of the series. She has remarked that the surname Weasley is derived from the weasel, which is also Arthur Weasley's Patronus. About the family's name and characteristic red hair, she commented:
"In Britain and Ireland the weasel has a bad reputation as an unfortunate, even malevolent, animal. However, since childhood I have had a great fondness for the family mustelidae; not so much malignant as maligned, in my opinion. There are also many superstitions associated with redheaded people and most state that they are in some way unlucky (Judas Escariot was supposedly red-haired), but this is nonsense; I happen to like red hair as well as weasels."[11]

The mark of Fred and George Weasley.

Behind the scenes

The Weasley wax seal (emblem) used in Ron Weasley's Howler 01

The Weasley wax seal (emblem) used in their mails or Howler

  • The only sons of Arthur Weasley and Molly Weasley that do not have any known children are Fred Weasley and Charles Weasley, the former because of his death and the latter because he is much more interested in studying dragons.
  • The Weasleys own a tractor.
  • Harry Potter has saved several lives of members of the Weasley family, something Arthur and Molly gratefully pointed out, and believed it was lucky that Ron chose to sit in the same cabin on their first day at the Hogwarts Express.
  • Along with the Muggle Granger family, the Weasleys are also related to the Muggle Evans family and the Muggle Dursley family. They are related to the Evans and Dursleys through Harry Potter, who married Ginny.
  • The only children who may call the Weasleys their "maternal family" are the children of Ginny: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna Potter.
  • It is possible that Victoire Weasley, Bill and Fleur's daughter, might marry Teddy Lupin, making the Weasleys related to the Lupin family in two ways: from the marriage of Victoire and from sharing distant ancestry through the Black family.
  • J.K. Rowling said in an interview that Molly Weasley educated her children in the basics (reading, maths, spelling, grammar, etc.) before they went to Hogwarts.[13]
  • If the young man seen beside Tonks in the wedding scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is in fact Charlie, that would mean that this is the second film (along with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) in which all nine Weasleys appear.
  • The oldest child, Bill has his father's first name, Arthur, as his middle name and the youngest child, Ginny, has her mother's first name, Molly, as her middle name.
  • Orange hair was considered a sign of witchcraft in medieval times.
  • According to, the Weasley family originally hailed from Normandy in France

Notes and references

  1. Ron and Hermione's children are half-bloods; Bill and Fleur's children are one-eighth Veela, and the most outspoken pure-blood family in Britain in favour of Muggle-born rights. Harry and Ginny's children are half-bloods as well.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Black family tree
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  4. Pottermore
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  7. Chamber of Secrets, Ch. 4
  8. J.K. Rowling's U.S. Book Tour
  9. Some Random Facts About the Weasley Family J.K. Rowling's Website
  10. Although it has never been confirmed that Septimus and Cedrella are Arthur's parents, this can be inferred based on Sirius Black's statement in Ch. 6 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that Arthur was "something like [his] second cousin once removed." The Black family tree establishes Cedrella as a first cousin once removed of both Orion and Walburga Black, Sirius's parents. Thus, any children she had would be their second cousins, and second cousins once removed of their sons Sirius and Regulus. Also, almost all of Sirius's relatives can be seen on the Black family tree because both his parents were born into the House of Black, making it unlikely that he could be related to Arthur in a way not shown. See also this talk page and an HPL essay for more information.
  11. "Extra Stuff: The Weasley Family" at J.K. Rowling's Official Site

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