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Weasley was the surname of an old pure-blood family, who have Muggle-born and half-blood family members. The family lived at The Burrow by Ottery St. Catchpole in Devon. They were connected by blood to the Black, Prewett, Longbottom and Crouch family, and later the Potter and Granger family.

Known for being blood traitors because they were unhappy about being included in the Sacred Twenty-Eight of the Pure-Blood Directory, the Weasley family were kind and welcoming. They fought in the Second Wizarding War and were part of the Order of the Phoenix, offering their support for Harry Potter, who would later marry Ginny Weasley.

About

Being very well-known in the wizarding world for their heritage, they gained attention for their connections in the Second Wizarding War and for their lack of prejudice towards Muggles and Muggle-borns. They were not a wealthy family, so they were looked down upon by many people in the wizarding world (and a few thought they were blood traitors).[1][2]

Since the marriage of Arthur Weasley and Molly Weasley, the primary home base of the Weasley family became The Burrow by Ottery St Catchpole in Devon. Molly and Arthur built up the four or five level home, giving it a very crooked look which had to be held together by magic.[3] It was odd in the wizarding world to have large numbers of children, but Molly and Arthur had seven, so people made fun of them for having "more children than they could afford".[1]

They attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and were Sorted in Gryffindor.[4]

History

Early history

Cedrella Black was married to Septimus Weasley, which earned her the anger of her family who disowned her because her husband was a blood traitor, and they took her off their family tree. They had three children together, including Arthur Weasley. Arthur married Molly Prewett and they had seven children who were raised at The Burrow: Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny Weasley. Ginny was the first girl to be born in the Weasley family for generations.[5]

They didn't get involved in the First Wizarding War, probably because they were raising a young family at the time. However, Molly's brothers Fabian and Gideon Prewett were in the Order of the Phoenix and were later murdered by Death Eaters. At the end of the war, Molly and Arthur were very upset when Death Eaters including Lucius Malfoy escaped punishment for their crimes by falsely claiming they were under the influence of the Imperius Curse.[1][2]

However, at the war when they adopted a pet rat, which was actually Peter Pettigrew in Animagus form. Peter was in hiding for being a Death Eater who betrayed James and Lily Potter to Voldemort, and framed Sirius Black for crimes including killing thirteen people. They named the rat "Scabbers" and he was Percy's pet for the next ten years.[6]

Peaceful years

William "Bill" Weasley attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1982 to 1989. He was Sorted into Gryffindor, became Prefect and Head Boy and graduated by achieving top grades in twelve subjects. He was later a Curse-Breaker for Gringotts. Charles "Charlie" Weasley attended in 1984 to 1991 and became Prefect, Head Boy and Quidditch Captain for Gryffindor. When he graduated, he worked with dragons in Romania.[1]

Percy was next, attending in 1977 to 1993. He was a Prefect and Head Boy[7], and a very high achiever who worked at the Ministry of Magic. Fred and George started attending in 1989 but they didn't highly value education, focusing on jokes and pranking and being business entrepreneurs.[8] They achieved good grades, but never put the effort they could have done.[9]

The Weasleys in 1993

Ronald "Ron" began attending in 1991, and became immediate friends with Harry Potter. In the build-up to the Second Wizarding War, Ron supported Harry in many key events including Voldemort's attempt to take the Philosopher's Stone at Hogwarts[10] and the second opening of the Chamber of Secrets.[11] He found out the truth about "Scabbers" being Peter Pettigrew[12], and supported Harry when he claimed Voldemort was back. He co-founded Dumbledore's Army.[13]

Ginevra "Ginny" Weasley began attending Hogwarts in 1992. In her first-year, she was possessed by Tom Riddle's Diary and opened the Chamber of Secrets. She was saved by Harry and Ron.[14] Ginny, Fred and George would later join Dumbledore's Army.[15] Arthur worked for the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office at the Ministry of Magic, and Molly was a home-maker.[16]

Second Wizarding War

In June 1995, the Second Wizarding War unofficially began when Voldemort kidnapped Harry Potter and gained a body and a full life again. The Weasley family (except Percy) believed Harry was telling the truth about Voldemort. Ron co-founded Dumbledore's Army and Fred, George and Ginny joined. Molly, Arthur, Bill Charlie, Fred, George and Ginny became members of the second Order of the Phoenix. However, Percy believed Cornelius Fudge, who kept denying You-Know-Who was back and cut off from the family.[8]

In December 1995, Arthur Weasley began undertaking covert operations for the Order which led to him being attacked by Nagini.[17] In 1996, Ron and Ginny fought at the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.[18] The school year of 1996 to 1997 was spent by Arthur continued to take covert operations, Bill trying to persuade the goblins to join the Order and Charlie trying to persuade witches and wizards abroad to help them in their fight with Voldemort and the Death Eaters.[8] In June 1997, Bill Weasley was on guard at Hogwarts when Fenrir Greyback savaged him in the face. He never became a wolf, but he had wolf-like tendencies.[19][20]

By then, Bill was engaged to Fleur Delacour. In August 1997, Arthur, Bill, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny took part in the Battle of the Seven Potters in which George had an ear cut off by a use of Sectumsempra. They headed for The Burrow, the new base for the Order.[21][22] From then on, Harry Potter was hidden at The Burrow, lying at the wedding of Bill and Fleur by telling people he was a cousin named Barney. The wedding party was later interrupted by Death Eaters who had taken over the Ministry. Ron fled with Harry and Hermione and joined them on their mission to track down what was left of Voldemort's Horcruxes.[23]

Because of their connection to Harry, the family was placed under surveillance by Voldemort and the Death Eaters because they knew he was once in close contact with them. They continued to work at the Ministry even when everyone knew the Weasley family was a "blood traitor" family[24], and they claimed the ghoul in the attic was in fact, the missing Ron Weasley who was too unwell to attend school that year. Ron later abandoned Harry and Hermione, worried about the safety of the family but he later went back.[25] They had to hide at Aunt Muriel's home when Snatchers caught them, and tried to give the group to Death Eaters.[26]

Fred and George participated in Potterwatch, a radio programme that supported Harry, and Percy later mended things with the family and finally became a member of the Order. The whole family participated in the Battle of Hogwarts, and Fred Weasley was killed in a fight when a wall fell on him, leaving Percy (who was fighting alongside him) devastated and the family in grief.[27][28] Molly later fought and killed Bellatrix Lestrange in defence of Ginny, and the family watched Harry's final showdown with Voldemort, winning the Second Wizarding War and defeating Voldemort for good.[29]

Later history

Bill and Fleur had their first child a year to the day the Second Wizarding War ended, and named their daughter Victoire Weasley. They later had two others, Dominque and Louis. They lived at Shell Cottage. George continued working at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes and married Angelina Johnson, an old school friend and they had two children together, Fred (named for George's deceased twin) and Roxanne.

Ron and Hermione married and had two children, Rose and Hugo. Ron became an Auror until leaving to be co-owner of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. Ginny married Harry and they had two sons and a daughter, James, Albus and Lily Potter by 2017.[30] Charlie never married, because he wanted to focus on work.

Family members

Main family

            Septimus Weasley === Cedrella Black                   
                              |                  
                              |     
               --------------------------------  
              |                                |
          Two unnamed children           Arthur Weasley === Molly Weasley 
                                                         |
    ----------------------------------------------------------            
   |       |          |           |                 |  |      |
   | Charles Weasley  |     Fred Weasley            |  | Ginny Weasley === Harry Potter
   |                  |                             |  |                |
   |           Percy Weasley === Audrey             |  |       ---------------------------  
   |                            |                   |  |      |             |             |
   |                -------------------             |  | James Potter  Albus Potter   Lily Potter
   |               |                   |            |  |
   |          Molly Weasley     Lucy Weasley        |  |
   |                                                | Ronald Weasley === Hermione Granger
William Weasley === Fleur Delacour                  |                 |
                 |                                  |       --------------------- 
 ----------------------------------------           |      |                     |
|                       |                |          |  Rose Weasley        Hugo Weasley
Victoire Weasley  Dominique Weasley  Louis Weasley  |
                                                    |                                       
                                             George Weasley === Angelina Johnson  
                                                             |                    
                                                   -----------------------          
                                                  |                       |         
                                             Fred Weasley          Roxanne Weasley                               


Extended family

  • Aunt Muriel: was known as the great-aunt of the Weasley children, but it's unknown whether it was through Arthur or Molly. It was probably Molly, who called Muriel her Aunt, making Muriel an in-law of Arthur Weasley. She also had a cousin named Lancelot.
  • Bilius: Ron was given the middle name Bilius for an uncle. Molly had two brothers and never implied she had another. Arthur had two brothers, both unnamed. He was probably one of the two unnamed brothers, and part of the Weasley family by blood and name. He passed away when he saw a Grim, dying twenty-four hours later.
  • They had blood connections to the Black, Longbottom and Crouch family. Arthur had the same great-great grandparent of Sirius Black.

Behind the scenes

  • J.K. Rowling originally intended for the seven Weasley children to have a cousin through Molly. Mafalda would be the daughter of an accountant, Molly's cousin who was born with no magic. Mafalda would turn out to be a witch and be placed in Slytherin but by book four, Rowling had not yet introduced the character and decided it was far too late for such an introduction that had nothing to do with Harry.
  • The Weasley family had a family owl named Errol who was very old by summer 1992.
  • The Burrow had a clock which showed the family the location or situation of each member at one time. From the summer of 1996 onwards, the Weasley family clock would have at the very least, one member on "mortal peril".

Notes and sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 4
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 3 - "but extra rooms had been added here and there until it was several storeys high and so crooked it looked as though it was held up by magic (which, Harry reminded himself, it probably was)."
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7
  5. Some Random Facts About The Weasley Family
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 19
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 4
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6
  10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 16
  11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16
  12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 17
  13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17
  15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 16
  16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 3
  17. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21
  18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 34
  19. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29
  20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 30
  21. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 4
  22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 5
  23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 24
  24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 13
  25. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 19
  26. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8
  27. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31
  28. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 32
  29. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 36
  30. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Nineteen Years Later
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