Weasley – From J.K. Rowling’s site weasels were known to have a bad reputation, especially in Ireland, as an unfortunate animal. And well, the Weasleys are unfortunate because they’re poor. J.K. Rowling said: “Ron was the only one of three major characters whose surname never changed; he has been ‘Weasley’ from start to finish. 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.” The Weasleys and the weasel both share red hair. The Weasleys live near Ottery St. Catchpole, and it is interesting that a family with weasel in their surname lives near a town that has otter in its name (an otter is a member of the weasel family). Also, in Goblet of Fire, the group all go to Stoatshead Hill to take the Portkey to the Triwizard Tournament. A stoat is another relative of the weasel family.
DISCLAIMER: I’m going to apologize in advance. This post will probably full of feels.
Oh, Fred and George, or Gred and Forge, whichever you prefer, are two hilarious characters that are so ingenious and amazing. I think my favorite part about them is they can’t be serious about anything (until Fred dies…), even when George’s ear gets cut off he’s making jokes about how he’s “holey.” You can’t help but laugh, but at the same time you’re so worried about them. Sometimes, I wondered if Fred and George were hiding behind their jokes, but I honestly think that it’s just their personalities. And I love them for it. Plus, James and Oliver Phelps portrayed them PERFECTLY.
First, the happy times. The twins are hilarious. Sure, sometimes they can be a little mean, but it’s all in good faith. They love their siblings and they show it in a very unique way. They are honestly two of my favorite characters in the whole series. There are so many random scenes that I love of them. Like in “Goblet of Fire” when Ron is dancing with McGonagall and they’re just waiting to get a hold of Ron to tease him. I also love when they decide to leave Hogwarts (though I missed them) and totally destroy Umbridge. It’s greatness. Even though there are such serious times in the series, the Weasley twins always made it better.
I’ve always felt that the twins embodied “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” and “mischief managed.” After all, they are always up to something, but their mischief was never managed while at Hogwarts. The twins are just so wonderful and I love it.
And now, the sad moment you’ve been waiting for. Fred’s death. It was awful, we can all admit it, even Jo admitted it was awful.
The one thing that makes me mad though is when people claim that it was unnecessary and that killing Fred was the worst thing that Jo could have done. (Sorry, no, the whole Harry woke up and it was all a dream is the worst thing possible). Honestly, the fact that it IS indeed unnecessary in fact proves a point. In times of war, there are often innocent lives taken. War kills people that didn’t need to die. And that’s the point. Fred, Tonks, Lupin, and all those others, they didn’t die in vain, like Neville said, they’re still a part of everyone who cares about them. It’s hard to lose someone, and I could never imagine losing my sister, let alone a twin. When I read what happened, I read it several times to make sure I read it right and then I sobbed for ten minutes. I didn’t understand it then, but now looking back it all makes sense.
Obviously, I’m not a fan of Fred’s death, but it upsets me that people think that Jo didn’t put work into these books. There is so much behind each and every character and event that no one could possibly realize it all.
And now, a wave of feels (feel free to skip to the quotes).
And now for some quotes:
“Make way for the heir of Slytherin, seriously evil wizard coming through…”
George: “If we’re not careful, we’ll have another Head Boy in the family. I don’t think I could stand the shame.”
George: “We tried shutting him (Percy) in a pyramid, but mum spotted us.”
Fred: “This little beauty’s taught us more than all the teachers in this school.”
Fred: “The Dementors won’t turn up again, Oliver, Dumbledore’d do his nut”
“You don’t want to bottle your anger up like that, Harry, let it all out,” said Fred, beaming. “There might be a couple people fifty miles away who didn’t hear you.”
“But we’re not stupid – we know we’re called Gred and Forge.”
“Harry!” said Fred, elbowing Percy out of the way and bowing deeply. “Simply splendid to see you, old boy–”
“Marvelous,” said George, pushing Fred aside and seizing Harry’s hand in turn. “Absolutely spiffing.”
“We’ll send you a Hogwarts toilet seat!”
“E for ‘Exceeds Expectations.’ And I’ve always thought Fred and I should’ve got E in everything, because we exceeded expectations just by turning up for the exams.”
“For instance, this new idea that You-Know-Who can kill with a single glance from his eyes. That’s a basilisk, listeners. One simple test: Check whether the thing that’s glaring at you has got legs. If it has, it’s safe to look into its eyes, although if it really is You-Know-Who, that’s still likely to be the last thing you ever do.”
Harry: “You’re never gonna let him forget this, are you?” Twins: “Never.”
“Excellent!” “Wicked!” “Brilliant!”
Fred: “How you feeling, Georgie?” George: “Saint-like.” F: “Come again?” G: “Saint-like. I’m holey.”
“Wow, we’re identical!” (after taking polyjuice potion and turning into Harry)