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Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Weasley Family

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Harry Potter discussions can never be complete without indulging in facts about the Weasleys. After all, this was the only family Harry was truly a part of, eventually being part of it in the literal sense after he married Ginny Weasley. There are plenty of things to know about the family that weren't mentioned in the books, and plenty of game-changers that might make you look at the family in a different way.

Here are the facts about the Weasley family that have that perfect magical twist.

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    Although not much of a big deal was made out of Ginny by Molly as much as she fretted over Bill or Percy, Ginny was actually very significant for the Weasleys. That's because she was the first girl to be born in the family for at least seven generations. The family had only had male children all this time, making Ginny the first to break this streak.

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    The Weasleys are known for being sorted into Gryffindor House and stay away from pureblood fanatic families. However, Arthur Weasley's own mother was not only a member of the Black family but was also a former Slytherin. His parents were Septimus Weasley and Cedrella Black, the latter of whom was disowned by the Black family for marrying into a blood-traitor family like the Weasleys.

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    The Weasleys Were Against Being Named In The Sacred Twenty-Eight

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    In order to keep the perception of blood supremacy intact, one of the fanatics in the wizarding world published the Sacred Twenty-Eight, which were the names of the families that remained fully pureblood. The Weasleys were a part of this group but were noted to have gone on record to be against their inclusion as they didn't want to be amongst the families known for their prejudicial ways.

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    Molly's extreme protectiveness of her children has been criticized by some but this was actually the result of Molly losing both her brothers. Their names were Fabian and Gideon Prewett and they were both members of the Order of the Phoenix when they were slain by Death Eaters. While the Weasleys weren't members of the Order the first time around, Molly joining the faction in its next incarnation was actually her following in her brothers' footsteps.

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