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14 Fan Theories About The Weasley Twins That Are Wild Enough To be True

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Vote up the best Fred and George fan theories.

Harry Potter is one of the biggest franchises in history. It's gifted us with so much magic and lore and incredible characters that there's bound to be a fanbase to match. One of fandoms' most favorite things to do is scour the internet for fan theories, and there are a lot of them. Fred and George Weasley captured our hearts from day one, so it's no surprise that fans are still curious about the things that went unsaid.

Which Fred and George fan theory do you think could be true? Vote up your favorites below!

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    3,311 VOTES

    George Never Celebrated His Birthday After Fred's Death Until His Son Was Born

    George Never Celebrated His Birthday After Fred's Death Until His Son Was Born
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    From Quora user Karthika Nair:

    George hated the fact that he and Fred would never be together on their birthdays anymore, so he didn't celebrate them after his death. But George's son was born on the exact same date as him and Fred (1st April). And he named him Fred II. Also started celebrating birthdays now that Fred was by his side.

    3,311 votes
  • 2
    2,673 VOTES

    George Dyes His Hair After The Battle Of Hogwarts

    George Dyes His Hair After The Battle Of Hogwarts
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    From Redditor u/DravenFelius:

    After the Battle of Hogwarts, George dyes his hair outrageous colors. At first Molly is mad, but then she hears George whisper, "I kept thinking it was HIM (Fred) in the mirror..."

    2,673 votes
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    2,056 VOTES

    Why Mrs. Weasley Doesn't Want Fred And George Starting a Joke Shop

    Why Mrs. Weasley Doesn't Want Fred And George Starting a Joke Shop
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    From Redditor u/Sir_Dude:

    Firstly, this only refers to the events of the 4th book in the series. Mrs. Weasley doesn't want Fred and George to start a joke shop because they've been doing illegal underage magic to create the merchandise. A lot of the stuff that Fred and George invented seems to need magic in order to be constructed. I would imagine some of the stuff can be done with a potion, but the vast majority requires the creator to perform magic when creating the item. When Ron and Ginny explain 'Weasley's Wizard Wheezes' to Harry (beginning of book 4), Ginny says:

    "We've been hearing explosions out of their room for ages, but we never though they were making things. We though they just liked the noise."

    At this point, the twins are 16, several months short of turning 17 and being allowed to legally perform Magic outside school. Evidently the explosions (Which I consider to be some form of magic used to create their joke merchandise) have been going on for awhile. As early as Book 2, when Harry came to stay with the Weasley's, it was noted that:

    "...small explosions from Fred and George's bedroom were considered completely normal."

    The twins were 14 at this time. We might wonder why the Ministry never came after the twins, after all, they are under 17 and supposedly tracked by the Trace. But the Trace isn't foolproof. Dumbledore explains on this point when Harry questions Dumbledore about an underage wizard performing magic in an adult wizard's home. Dumbledore replies:

    "They will certainly be unable to tell who performed the magic. They rely on witch and wizard parents to enforce their offspring's obediance while within their walls."

    Meaning that the twins were doing magic all along, but the ministry had no idea who was performing it (Fred and George are pretty good at bending rules and not being caught). The second part of Dumbledore's statement suggests that wizarding parents are responsible for their children's underage magic if the Ministry is unable to detect it. Likely, Mr. and Mrs. Weasley would have gotten in some sort of legal trouble if anyone discovered that Fred and George had been performing all kinds of underage magic, most of it dangerous and experimental (the kind likely to cause a magical catastrophe). By the time they do start the joke shop (age 18), they have been of-age long enough that no one will suspect the items were invented with underage magic, so Mrs. Weasley isn't angry about it anymore.

    2,056 votes
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    2,763 VOTES

    Fred And George Gave Harry The Marauders Map Because They Saw Everything From The First Two Years

    Fred And George Gave Harry The Marauders Map Because They Saw Everything From The First Two Years
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    From Redditor u/hansthellama:

    During the events of the Chamber of Secrets, Fred and George are in possession of the Marauder Map. This means that they must have been aware of their little sister sneaking about in mysterious places, always present when someone gets frozen. Not to mention sneaking into the Chamber of Secrets. But they didn't do anything. But wait, who says they didn't do anything? If I know Fred and George right, they spent that entire year working their butts off, trying to solve this. They just never told anyone, because just like Harry, Ron and Hermione, they weren't big on telling people about their adventures. No, they went behind the backs of their teachers and their fellow students, so that no one would stop them in doing good. They never made it into the Chamber of Secrets because they weren't parsletongues. And chances are they actually witnessed, via the Marauder Map, Harry and Ron saving their little sister. They saw Harry do what they weren't able to do.

    What’s more is that this was probably not the first time this happened. They probably saw the same thing the year before. They saw Harry, Ron and Hermione beat Voldemort the year before. And you could bet your butt they were trying to do the same, especially because they probably knew Professor Quirrel was hiding Voldemort on the back of his head, because the Marauder map shows you names. Sure, it’s possible that he turned up as Tom Riddle on the map, but that still must’ve told them something was off. The name Tom Riddle might even have been the thing that set them off course, so while Hermione was figuring out who Nicholas Flamel was, they were wasting their time on figuring out who Tom Riddle was. And they probably never found the answer.

    So after seeing Harry succeeding where they failed, two times in a row, they must’ve decided that Harry was more fit to own the map than they were. They gave him the map out of a sense of responsibility. They may not have known Harry had the unfair advantage of being a parsletongue and owning an invisibility cloak, but they saw that he could do things that they couldn’t.

    [Read the full theory here]

    2,763 votes
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    Fred And George Swapped Places So Often That They Shared An Identity

    Fred And George Swapped Places So Often That They Shared An Identity
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    From Redditor u/Greak2mE:

    Throughout the books, Fred and George have poked fun at people who couldn’t tell them apart especially their mother. Now what if they are actually completely identical and have not got any physical features by which someone could tell them apart? So what they’re identical twins. And what do every pair of identical twins do as a practical joke: trade places. Fred and George are practical jokers of the highest order; who would do a practical joke above and beyond the scale of any normal joker. So on what scale do you think they would have done a twin swap?

    My thought is this: that they swapped so frequently and for so long that they had never really developed individual identities beyond the collective of Fred and George. Any role that one of them would have played individually was performed by both of them but simply under the one name. Identical twins living identical lives. (This might apply more for the books than the movies). You can’t say that one of them is Fred and the other George, since both of them are both Fred and George. If you were to split them they could also be called FR / Geo and Ed/ Rge.

    There was not a fixed person of Fred and a fixed person of George until George had his ear cut off: rather the twin that was wearing the name of George at that time had lost his ear. From that point on they had to live separate lives. I reckon that if they had not been so occupied during that time and if Fred had not died prematurely; either George would have gotten his ear back or Fred would have resorted to removing his own, in order for them to reclaim their intertwined identity. And when Fred did die, it was not just Fred that had gone. It was both of them, or them as they were together, and the half of the pair was trapped forever only ever being George. I think the death of half of Fred and George is the most tragic death of the Harry Potter series.

    2,081 votes
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    Fred Becomes A Hogwarts' Ghost

    Fred Becomes A Hogwarts' Ghost
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    From Redditor u/becauseican95:

    Fred replaces Peeves as Hogwarts's poltergeist. I assume the regulations for becoming a Hogwarts ghost is to die in Hogwarts, so why wouldn't Fred Weasley fight his way back to be and become the new Poltergeist? He likes pranks and making people laugh, and he could watch over the future Weasley generations!

    3,565 votes