Things You Didn't Know About Fred And George Weasley

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Harry Potter's time in the Wizarding World wouldn't have been nearly as happy without the Weasley family. Harry becomes best friends with Ron and goes on to become close with the majority of Ron's siblings, as well, eventually marrying Ginny. Apart from those two, Harry is closest to Fred and George, the twins who provide Harry and others with the best laughs over the years. The pair are notorious jokesters who prove themselves to be capable wizards and businessmen when they open Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.

There's a lot more to Fred and George than fans may realize, and details contained within the books or revealed by J.K. Rowling since the series' conclusion provide additional context for the twins' characterization. 


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    George Never Recovers From Fred's Passing

    George Never Recovers From Fred's Passing
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Over time, the Weasley family accept Fred's passing and are able to regain their spirits, except for George. George is never able to recover from the trauma of losing his twin brother and continues to be saddened by it to this day.

    Ron initially becomes an Auror alongside Harry after they drop out of Hogwarts, but he leaves two years later so he can keep George company at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes because George remains depressed.

    George names his son Fred as a way of feeling connected to the brother he lost.

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    Fred And George Figure Out A Loophole For Doing Magic Outside Of School

    Fred And George Figure Out A Loophole For Doing Magic Outside Of School
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Prior to starting Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Fred and George have already created many magical items for their joke shop. The twins' hurdle is that they don't have startup capital, which they luck upon when Harry gives them his Triwizard Tournament winnings.

    Fred and George's items were created before they were of age, and it means they did underage magic outside of school. Harry notes in Chamber of Secrets that loud sounds regularly emanate from the twins' room, which turns out to be experimentation for their products.

    Underage magic can't be located if the magical children are around a lot of regular magic, and the Weasleys' status as a pure-blood household provides cover for the twins to do magic without getting caught.

     

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    Both Of Them Have The Same Patronus

    Both Of Them Have The Same Patronus
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Fred and George have difficulties producing Patronuses when Harry teaches the spell to Dumbledore's Army. However, they eventually learn to create corporeal Patronuses.

    Interestingly, both twins have the same Patronus: a magpie. The brothers share the magpie Patronus because it ties into their personalities and alludes to the popular saying, "One for sorrow, two for joy."

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    George Names His Son After Fred

    George Names His Son After Fred
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    George gets married sometime after his siblings (except Charlie, who never married), and becomes more devoted to running his business after Fred's demise. His marriage to Angelina Johnson results in the latest additions to the Weasley clan, as the couple has two children.

    George pays tribute to his deceased brother by naming his firstborn, a son, Fred Weasley II. George and Angelina also have a second child, a daughter, who is named Roxanne Weasley.

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    Fred And George Found Secret Hogwarts Passageways Even Before They Had The Marauder's Map

    Fred And George Found Secret Hogwarts Passageways Even Before They Had The Marauder's Map
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Marauder's Map provides a real-time reflection of what's happening at Hogwarts and shows many secret passageways in and out of the school. Fred and George realize it's not a complete depiction of the school because the Marauders only traced down locations they had found.

    The twins found the map during their early days at Hogwarts but had already discovered locations on their own. One of the passageways was a secret entrance behind the statue of Gregory the Smarmy, which doesn't appear on the Marauder's Map. Fred and George discovered the passageway during their first week at Hogwarts.

     

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    The Twins Were Born On April Fools' Day

    The Twins Were Born On April Fools' Day
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Fred and George's prankster mentality might tie into the day they were born. The pair mention that they are still 16 years old in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when the Triwizard Tournament's cutoff age is 17, but they have turned 17 by the next book.

    The twins' date of birth is April 1, 1978, which means they were born on April Fools' Day. They were 13 years old when Harry first met them, and Fred only turned 20 the month before his passing during the Battle of Hogwarts.