J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is packed full of colourful, complex and wonderfully terrifying characters, but when it comes to the funniest, craziest and most troublesome characters that the series has to offer – you needn’t look further than Fred and George Weasley! Fred and George play a major role in the Harry Potter movies and add a great deal of levity to the series’ darkest moments, but there is still a lot that the movies didn’t reveal about Hogwarts’ most famous pranksters.
While the Harry Potter movies did a fantastic job of bringing Fred and George Weasley to life, particularly when it comes to their comedic nature, there’s a massive amount of information that the movies never revealed about the troublesome duo. For our latest post on The Blog That Must Not Be Named, we’re ranking the five details that only book readers will know about Fred and George!
5 – They Couldn’t Have Started Weasley Wizard Wheezes Without Harry
It’s hard to believe, but Fred and George may have never opened Weasley Wizard Wheezes if Harry hadn’t won the Triwizard Tournament in The Goblet Of Fire. After returning from the graveyard with Cedric’s body, Harry is quietly rewarded with 1000 galleons for reaching the Triwizard cup and winning the tournament. Harry, who is struggling to cope with the death of Cedric and Voldemort’s return, hands the money over to Fred and George with only one condition – they use the cash to start their joke shop.
4 – They Were Booted Off The Gryffindor Quidditch Team
Delores Umbridge is a loathsome character in both versions of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, but it’s fair to say that book readers have more reasons to hate the pink-obsessed Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. When a fight breaks out between Harry, Draco Malfoy and the twins during a quidditch game, Umbridge decides to only punish the Gryffindor team and permanently removes Harry, Fred and George from the team.
3 – They Nearly Caused The Death Of Another Student
In Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Umbridge assembles a handful of young witches and wizards, including Draco Malfoy, to join the Inquisitorial Squad. One member of Umbridge’s Inquisitorial Squad, Graham Montague, attempts to take points off of Fred and George but they shove him into a vanishing cabinet before he can finish talking. Montague spends a great deal of time stuck in the cbinet, before attempting to apparate (without a licence) to safety. The apparation isn’t successful, however, and Montague is almost killed because of the twins’ prank.
Montague decided to tell other students, including Draco Malfoy, about the cabinet and its connection to Borgin and Burkes – giving Draco the idea to smuggle Death Eaters into the school using the cabinet in The Half-Blood Prince.
2 – Snape Blew George’s Ear Off
In both versions of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Fred loses an ear during the Battle of the Seven Potters, but the movie never reveals who attacked George. In the book, however, we learn that Severus Snape was the Death Eater that blew George’s ear off – but things aren’t exactly how they seem. When Harry enters Snape’s memories using the Penseive, he learns that Snape was actually trying to hit a fellow Death Eater and struck George accidentally.
1 – Fred Died Laughing
In the film adaptation of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, fans only see a quick glimpse of Fred screaming before his lifeless body is shown lying in the Great Hall. In the book, however, we learn a little bit more about how Fred’s life was brought to a shocking end. It is revealed that Fred was fighting alongside his brother Percy when he died – and we learn that moments before Fred was killed by Augustus Rockwood, he was having a good laugh with his older brother.
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