The Weasleys may get a lot of flak from a number of people in the Wizarding community but the large family has a lot of history behind it. Redditors have taken to the Internet to reveal a number of lore details that make the family of redheads even more interesting.
They're One Of The Few Pure-Blood Families Left
From Redditor u/ME24601:
We know that they're one of the Sacred 28 [one of 28 pure-blood wizard families left].Interesting?
The Black, Weasley, And Potter Families Are All Intwined
From Redditor u/CastleCat16:
THIS IS NOT A FULL SUMMARY OF THE BLACK/WEASLEY/POTTER FAMILY TREE..ONLY INFO RELEVANT TO THE WEASLEYS IS INCLUDED
Phineas and Ursula Black give birth to Sirius Black who marries Hester Gamp.
Hester and Sirius give birth to Arcturus Black who marries Melania MacMillan
Arcturus and Melania give birth to Orion Black who marries Walburga black who are Sirius and regulus’s parents
Melania and Arcturus also give birth to Lucretia who marries Ignatius Prewitt.
Lucretia and Ignatius have no children but Ignatius is the brother of an unknown prewitt who gives birth to Molly, Fabian and Gideon.
Throwing it back to the original Phineas and Ursula Black….they give birth to Cygnus Black who marries Violetta Bulstrode
Violetta and Cygnus give birth to Pollux Black who with his wife Irma Crabbe give birth to another Cygnus Black.
This Cygnus Black marries Druella Rosier and gives birth to Bellatrix, Andromeda and Narcissa
Pollux and Irma also give birth to Walburga Black who is mentioned above.
Again going back to Violetta and Cygnus…they also give birth to Dorea Black who marries Charlus Potter…..they’re son is james potter who after marrying lily gives birth to harry who then marries Ginny Weasley
the original Phineas and Ursula had one last son….another Arcturus Black who marries Lysandra Yaxley.
Arcturus and Lysandra give birth to Callidora Black who marries Harfang Longbottom (Neville’s great grandparents and Augusta’s parents)
Arcturus and Lysandra also give birth to Charis Crouch who is Barty Crouch’s mum.
Lastly Arcturus and Lysandra also give birth to Cedrella Black who is disowned for marrying Septimus Weasley….this pair gives birth to Arthur WeasleyInteresting?
Fred And George Were Named To Honor Molly's Brothers
From Redditor u/toonman33:
Apart from Gideon and Fabian being in the order, Fred and George are named after them (by initials).Interesting?
Their Namesake With Weasels Makes Sense With British HistoryPhoto: Warner Bros.
From Redditor u/mystireon:
'In Britain and Ireland, the weasel has a bad reputation as an unfortunate, even malevolent, animal. 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.'
- JK Rowling, discussing her naming of the Weasley family.
Now what is fun about this however,
Is that in the 17th century, England believed that weasels were actually the familiars of witches. Creating a great cultural tie between their name and their status in the wizarding world as a pure blood family while still being considered lower on the social scales compared to other families. A tie that apparently not even Rowling herself realized when she wrote it.Interesting?