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Things You Wouldn't Know About Ron Weasley If You've Only Seen The 'Harry Potter' Movies

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Vote up the surprising Ron Weasley facts that didn't make it to the big screen.

There's a big difference in the way Ronald Weasley is perceived by book and movie fans of the Harry Potter franchise. Movie fans largely see him as a bumbling sidekick who doesn't do much and is relegated to the sidelines compared with Hermione.

Ron Weasley in the books is a much different character because many of his traits and achievements were handed to Hermione in the film adaptations. Facts about how Ron is really supposed to be might cause fans to see him in a different - and more favorable - light.

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    Ron Suggests Harry Use Felix Felicis To Gain Slughorn's Memory

    Ron Suggests Harry Use Felix Felicis To Gain Slughorn's Memory
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, both Harry and Hermione struggle to figure out how to collect Professor Slughorn's memory of teenage Voldemort. Ron, who is in a relationship with Lavender and in a spat with Hermione, is late to the conversation. But when Ron joins the trio again, he suggests that Harry use the Felix Felicis he'd earned in Slughorn's class. Ron gets the idea while Harry talks about his lack of luck related to Slughorn.

    Hermione briefly becomes jealous of Ron's ingenious suggestion and wonders why she didn't think of it herself.

    694 votes
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    Ron And Harry Have The Same Grades, But Ron Achieves His With A Weaker Wand And Without Favoritism From Teachers

    Ron And Harry Have The Same Grades, But Ron Achieves His With A Weaker Wand And Without Favoritism From Teachers
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    Harry is the most gifted student in Defense Against the Dark Arts in his class - he's the only one to receive an Outstanding O.W.L. in the subject. Apart from that subject, though, he and Ron are identical in studies.

    To Ron's credit, he has to make do with an inferior wand in his first two years; it belonged to his brother, Charlie, rather than a wand that had chosen him. The fact that Ron keeps up in his studies is actually impressive.

    Harry also benefits from the fact that many teachers, such as Gilderoy Lockhart, the fake Mad-Eye Moody, Horace Slughorn, and even Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, tend to show favoritism toward him.

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    Ron Chooses To Sacrifice Himself When He Thinks Sirius Wants To Kill Harry

    Ron Chooses To Sacrifice Himself When He Thinks Sirius Wants To Kill Harry
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Ron is dragged into the Shrieking Shack by Sirius when the latter is in his Animagus form. When Harry and Hermione find them there, they realize Sirius is present as well. Unlike the movie version of Prisoner of Azkaban, where Ron acts like a total wimp, Ron is the most defiant of the three during this moment.

    Hermione is terrified of Sirius and cowers behind Harry, whereas Ron attempts to stand up on his broken leg to defend his best friend. As soon as Ron realizes who Sirius is, he boldly claims that Sirius would have to take his life if he wants to eliminate Harry.

    626 votes
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    Ron Becomes A Prefect And Gains A New Broomstick Because Of It

    Ron Becomes A Prefect And Gains A New Broomstick Because Of It
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    Before his fifth year at Hogwarts, Ron receives a letter from Hogwarts letting him known he is the male Gryffindor House prefect. Ron is astonished to see his prefect badge and is initially mocked by Fred and George for it.

    Ron later uses the goodwill from the event to ask Mrs. Weasley for a new broomstick. His mother obliges as part of his reward, which turns out to be a planned move on Ron's part; he intends to try out as the Gryffindor Quidditch team's Keeper.

    Ron is successful in tryouts and simultaneously becomes the House's Keeper and prefect. 

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    Fred Causes Ron's Phobia Of Spiders

    Fred Causes Ron's Phobia Of Spiders
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The reason for Ron's intense fear of spiders isn't explained in the movies, but he does reveal the cause in the book version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

    Ron confesses he's scared of spiders because Fred magically turned his teddy bear into a spider when Ron was just 3 years old. Ron's phobia is thus linked to a traumatic experience as a child, which makes his decision to enter the Acromantula den in the Forbidden Forest all the braver. 

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    Ron Defends Hermione From Snape's Insults

    Ron Defends Hermione From Snape's Insults
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    Like Harry, Ron frequently finds himself in trouble against Snape, but for different reasons. While Snape despises Harry because he's James's son, Ron faces punishments due to his tendency to defend Hermione.

    Snape frequently insults Hermione whenever she answers his rhetorical questions, which usually hurts her feelings. Ron jumps to Hermione's defense almost every time, even confronting Snape rudely.

    The result largely ends up in Ron receiving detention from Snape, but he rarely ever holds it against Hermione, and is again by her side when Snape repeats his insults.

    674 votes