16 Fan Theories About The Weasley Siblings That Make Us Want To Visit The Burrow

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The Weasley siblings are some of the most beloved characters in all of Harry Potter, bringing the most fun, as well as the most tears. The Weasleys have seven kids: Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny - all with extremely interesting storylines in the Harry Potter universe, even if they're never on-screen (looking at you Charlie).

Below, fans have shared their favorite fan theories about the Weasley siblings. Vote up your favorites!


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    Fred And George Made Sure That Cormac McLaggen Didn't Make Keeper Tryouts In 'Order of the Phoenix'

    Fred And George Made Sure That Cormac McLaggen Didn't Make Keeper Tryouts In 'Order of the Phoenix'
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/dumbledorky:

    Ok, so there are a few things here:

    • Cormac says in HBP that he missed Keeper tryouts the previous year because he "ate a pound of doxy eggs for a bet."
    • In OOTP, during the summer at Grimmauld Place, everyone cleans out the drawing-room and curtains infested with doxies. Fred and George sneak some doxies away, and at the end, they are "shooting covetous looks" at a bowl of doxy eggs.
    • Ron asks for a new broom as his present for making Prefect, which is sort of a dead giveaway that he wants to try out for the quidditch team. I mean why else would he want one? Does he ever fly outside of playing quidditch?

    So my theory is that Fred and George knew that Ron had a new broom, and that there was an open spot at Keeper, and that they always made Ron Keep for them during the summer, so they (rightly) figured that Ron wanted to try out for the team. They wanted him to get it because despite always giving him shit they do love him and think he's good. So they decide to eliminate his biggest competition, Cormac, who they somehow know is also a good keeper. They have their doxy eggs from the summer and probably worked with them enough to know what will happen if you eat them. Then they bet Cormac whatever to get him to eat them, thus landing him in the hospital, thus clearing the way for Ron to make the team.

    1,154 votes
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    Ron Likes The Chudley Cannons Because They're The Only Team His Father Could Afford Tickets And Merchandise For

    Ron Likes The Chudley Cannons Because They're The Only Team His Father Could Afford Tickets And Merchandise For
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    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 unironically despite being mocked for it. Well if the team is so bad then 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.

    943 votes
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    Charlie Had To Change His Wand When He Started Working With Dragons, So He Gave It To Ron To Save His Family The Expense Of A New One

    Charlie Had To Change His Wand When He Started Working With Dragons, So He Gave It To Ron To Save His Family The Expense Of A New One
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/Nellethiell:

    When Charlie started working with dragons, [his wand] didn't fit as well as it had before, so he bought himself a new one (probably with dragon heartstring) and passed his old one to his youngest brother who was just starting at Hogwarts and would need a wand. And even though it was damaged some from Charlie not being able to do magic at his best in Romania with dragons [perhaps it was a handed down to him from someone else too], it was a wand that was still compatible with Ron - even if it wasn't the one that chose him. This could be why Ron had extra trouble in his first year, he just didn't realize that he was having a harder time of it because his wand wasn't the best fit for him.

    873 votes
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    Charlie Doesn't Just Study Dragons, He Also Farms Them

    Charlie Doesn't Just Study Dragons, He Also Farms Them
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    From a former Redditor u/[deleted]:

    Think of all the different uses there are for dragons both dead and alive. In Sorcerer's Stone someone in Diagon Alley says "Dragon liver, 20 sickles an ounce". In Chamber of Secrets there is a barrel of dragon dung for sale in Knockturn Alley. There must be thousands of wands that are made with dragon heartstring. Multiple people in the books own items made from dragon hide including Fred and George Weasley, Bill Weasley, and Horace Slughorn. Dumbledore himself discovered 12 uses of dragon's blood (I guess a 13th use is to create a fake crime scene, looking at you Slughorn).

    Then think of all the uses for live dragons. There was at least one locked deep under Gringott's, they were used in the Triwizard tournament, and in Prisoner of Azkaban Fudge mentions perhaps stationing dragons outside of Hogwarts which I don't think was at all a joke.

    Dragons are clearly very valuable both alive and dead. It makes so much sense that you want to farm them. Perhaps Charlie isn't only studying dragons in Romania, he's also a dragon rancher.

    688 votes
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    Dumbledore Appointed Ron As Prefect Because He Knew He'd Need The Confidence Boost For What Lay Ahead (Also, Harry Was Too Busy)

    Dumbledore Appointed Ron As Prefect Because He Knew He'd Need The Confidence Boost For What Lay Ahead (Also, Harry Was Too Busy)
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    From Redditor u/acerthorn:

    At the end of Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore explains that the reason he didn't anoint Harry as prefect is because he didn't want to give Harry any more responsibilities than he already had. However, that doesn't explain why Ron was chosen, only why Harry wasn't. 

    Now, Ron becoming a prefect certainly serves a narrative purpose: It is for this reason that Molly splurges and buys a C-grade broomstick for Ron, which allows him to get on the Gryffindor quidditch team. But that narrative purpose doesn't explain why Ron got the post in-universe.

    So my theory is that Dumbledore originally wanted to make Hermione a prefect. After all, of all the fifth year Gryffindors, she was the one who was clearly the most qualified. Hell, she seems perfectly capable of discharging her duties as prefect entirely by herself, even though she's supposed to have Ron as a partner. She clearly doesn't need Ron's help ... because prefects at Hogwarts don't normally need the extra help.

    So Dumbledore decided to make Hermione a prefect because she was clearly qualified for the job, and then he made Ron a prefect as well. But that still begs the question: Why would Dumbledore want to make Ron a prefect just for the sake of making Ron a prefect, when he clearly was not qualified for that position?

    Well, think back to Sorcerer's Stone. When Ron looked in the Mirror of Erised, it showed him as head boy, holding the quidditch cup (the implication being that he played for the team that won it), and being quidditch captain, all at the same time. Dumbledore saw this happen, so he knows what Ron's greatest ambitions are.

    While Ron becoming prefect indirectly enables him to achieve one of his dreams (holding the quidditch cup), I highly doubt that Dumbledore made him a prefect specifically with the intent of getting Molly to splurge on that broomstick. No, I think Dumbledore made Ron a prefect as a stepping stone for another one of Ron's aspirations: Becoming head boy.

    Prefect is not prerequisite to becoming head boy (as evidenced by the fact that Lupin was the prefect but James was head boy), but the responsibilities are very similar. Prefect is basically "head boy jr." So by appointing Ron as prefect, Dumbledore was testing Ron to see if he had the initiative and leadership skills needed to be head boy. Of course, he also appointed Hermione as a prefect as a safeguard so that, if Ron failed to rise to the occasion (which is exactly what happened), Hermione could pick up the slack.

    710 votes
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    Ginny Was Only Considered As A Potential Love Interest To Harry After He Witnessed Her Bravery In 'Order of the Phoenix'

    Ginny Was Only Considered As A Potential Love Interest To Harry After He Witnessed Her Bravery In 'Order of the Phoenix'
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/Key_Cryptographer963:

    He always [liked Ginny as a person], even from the first book. He never had anything bad to say of her (all the descriptions are from his POV), even when she had an obsessive crush. He didn't find her annoying like he found Colin. He always liked her and felt protective of her. Did he like her then? No.

    She started dating others and opened up around him. He got to spend more time with her and get to know her better. Is that when he started to like her? Maybe, but I always took Order of the Phoenix to be the turning point. 

    So why the sudden change in HBP? Because of the dramatic events at the end of the previous book. The battle! Here was Ginny, not a fangirl, not Ron's sister but a fearless powerful witch who puts her own life in danger to help Harry save someone close to him.

    In my mind, that display of bravery made Harry consider her a lot more. And her being a Quidditch champ couldn't hurt either.

    761 votes