15 Weasley Family Fan Theories That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

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Vote up the Weasley fan theories that are just so magical they might be onto something.

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. The Weasley family captured our hearts from day one, so it's no surpirse that fans are still curious about the things that went unsaid.

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

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    2,208 VOTES

    The Poor Wizardry Of Ron And Neville Can Be Traced Back To Their Choice of Wand

    From Redditor u/LiamFleak:

    In the seventh book, its established that you need to win a wand's allegiance for it to function as intended.

    Ron uses his brother's old wand until the second book, where it breaks and he's essentially wandless for a year. Aside from a couple of fluke cases, we don't see Ron perform any magic which works as intended until the third book (where his parents get him a brand new wand). His poor results are put down to a lack of aptitude and effort, (or tree attack) but in the later books he's easily Harry's equal (outside of DADA).

    The same is true of Neville. He's renowned for being awful at magic throughout the series, and he's another character who uses a wand which didn't choose him (in this case, his father's). That wand gets broken in the fight at the Ministry, and once he has his new wand, he becomes the best student in the year at herbology and leads a revolution. He's even so good he ends up as a professor. The turning point could be seen to be during the DA, but bear in mind that he's just as bad at magic as ever, all through that fight.

    There are definitely holes in this theory, but compared to a lot of Harry Potter theories that are passed around the web, this fits the source material pretty well.

    2,208 votes
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    1,586 VOTES

    Arthur Weasley Made Molly's Family Clock

    From Redditor u/80nz1:

    As stated in the title, I believe that in Harry Potter, Arthur Weasley made the clock for Molly.

    The books mention that it looks like an ordinary clock except it has the Weasley faces on the hands, and it points to locations instead of times. We know that Arthur has a history of (very successfully) tinkering with muggle "artifacts" in order to give them magical properties, and even creating loopholes in the laws to allow himself to do this.

    We also find out that Molly "doesn't know anyone else who has a clock like that", and when Dumbledore comments on it in the Order of the Phoenix he says something like "...although I'm sure she already knows thanks to that wonderful little clock of hers," which seems to infer a bit that it's not completely commonplace.

    I think that Molly was freaking out when Bill was leaving to become a curse-breaker in Egypt, and so Arthur made the clock for her to help her find some piece of mind. I think that he had created a loophole in the law that infers that if you alter the appearance enough of a muggle artifact then it can no longer be considered illegal. Not wanting Molly to know he'd been tinkering, he infers that he got it off someone else/purchased it, hence why she considers that she's never seen anyone else with one, she doesn't know that it's one of a kind.

    1,586 votes
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    1,155 VOTES

    Why Arthur Weasley Was The Head Of The Misuse Of Muggle Artifacts Department Despite Having Little Knowledge Of Muggle Objects

    From Redditor u/PartyPoison98:

    Why was Arthur Weasley the head of the Misuse of Muggle artifacts department despite having little to no knowledge of muggle objects? I thought it might be to show the ministry's racism that they'd hire him over one of the many half blood/muggles that could do the job far better.

    From Redditor u/Ssutuanjoe:

    My theory would be because the Muggle Department is the booby-prize of Wizarding jobs, kinda like how Mulder took the "Paranormal FBI investigation" gig because 1) he was interested in it, and 2) literally no one else wanted that sh*t job. Mr. Weasly was interested in Muggle objects, no one else was. It was really fortunate for him that he took an interest in something that no one else cared about, but there was government funding for.

    From Redditor u/adamandatium:

    From what I recall, the Misuse of Muggle artifacts department focused on de-charming/un-cursing Muggle objects that are found in the Muggle world. Having to deal with a cursed exploding toilet, a teacup that bites noses, a bed cover that is charmed to fly....Arthur would be dealing with stuff like that. If I could guess, that job would require more knowledge of how to de-curse/charm every day common Muggle objects rather than knowing a lot about Muggle objects.

    Arthur probably got the Head position because of his passion for Muggle objects. That, and he's a pretty damn good wizard. He would have to be to be un-cursing objects all day that asshole wizards leave about just to mess with the Muggle population.

    1,155 votes
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    879 VOTES

    Ron Weasley Is A Fan Of The Chudley Cannons Because Of Arthur

    From Redditor u/TheGrayBarron:

    Even within the narrative of the series the Chudley Cannons are a laughably bad team. To the point where the team motto is literally "let's all just cross our fingers and hope for the best." So why is Ron such a die hard fan? He is one of the only characters mentioned in canon to admire the team un-ironically despite being mocked for it. Well if the team is so bad than the merchandise and tickets to matches are likely dirt cheap. So much so that even the struggling Mr Weasley could likely spring for it on occasion. None of his siblings share his passion for the team but they were all talented Quidditch players in their own right when Ron was a toddler so they likely grew out of the team or never got into them in the first place. But I think as he was always desperate for attention from his family and any excuse to stand out Ron would have gravitated to the albeit subpar team that he shared with his father.

    879 votes
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    835 VOTES

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

    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.

    835 votes
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    1,189 VOTES

    Percy Weasley Was Lying To Crouch

    From Redditor u/SpencerVanderkley:

    We all remember the extreme level of worship that Percy Weasley showed towards his first boss, right? The constant nagging voice of Percy praising Mr Barty Crouch Sr. was one of the most hilarious (and also annoying) reoccurrences throughout the book The Goblet Of Fire. Percy always liked to think of himself as very close to the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, so why then did Crouch never remember his name? Or did he...?

    By the time Percy started his work at the Ministry, his father Arthur Weasley had already worked there for more than 20 years, and on more than one occasion do we hear Crouch call Mr Weasley by his last name. So why, then, does Crouch still call Percy "Weatherby" every time they meet, if he is fully aware that Percy is related to Arthur Weasley? Unless, perhaps, Percy never told him...

    Consider this excerpt from The Goblet Of Fire:

    "'Mr Crouch!’ said Percy breathlessly, sunk into a kind of half bow which made him look like a hunchback. ‘Would you like a cup of tea?’ ‘Oh,’ said Mr Crouch, looking over at Percy in mild surprise. ‘Yes – thank you, Weatherby.’ Fred and George choked into their own cups. Percy, very pink around the ears, busied himself with the kettle."

    Say, for example, that Percy actually deliberately lead Crouch to believe that he had no relation to Mr Weasley whatsoever. What if, in fact, he first introduced himself to Crouch as none other that Percy Weatherby. Or even used a simple Confundus Charm to modify Crouch's memory of his name. We find out later in the book that Barty Crouch Sr. was indeed under the Imperius Curse at this time, which would have made his mind very easy to mess with. This would definitely explain why Crouch was so "surprised" to see him in in the Weasley family tent.

    If you still think that Crouch only called him Weatherby due to a bad/tampered memory, or due to a lack of care for Percy, just think about the fact that Crouch never calls him by any other strange derivative of his name, and that Percy never even bothers to correct him.

    Also, in the early chapters of The Order Of The Phoenix, the other Weasley children tell Harry about a fight that Percy had with Mr Weasley, resulting in Percy leaving The Burrow for good. In the book, it only says that the row was caused because Percy had received a promotion at the Ministry, but can you imagine how much more of a disgrace it would have been if Mr Weasley had found out that Percy had been lying to Ministry Officials about even being part of the Weasley family? I think that maybe, just maybe, this had something to do with the argument.

    Percy Weasley just seems to me exactly the sort of person who would lie about his family in order to seem more important in his job.

    1,189 votes