Double birthday to our favorite Harry Potter pranksters, Fred and George Weasley! Fred and George Weasley (played by James and Oliver Phelps) are possibly two of the most beloved characters in the world of Harry Potter. Have you ever met a person who did not appreciate the notorious Fred ‘n George? Their sharp wits and clever remarks could crack a smile even on Mr. Crouch’s face. So far in the series, J.K. Rowlings has given us limited information about this pair of mischief makers. The Harry Potter community has had to develop their own speculations, discussions, and theories on the Weasley twins.
There has always been much speculation about which is the eldest twin. Many people believe that George is the elder. As Kate griffith said, “I always thought George was oldest. Mainly because it’s Fred who never shuts up.” In canon, Fred does seem to be the more exuberant of the pair, if only marginally. George seems slightly more mature. So the theory here is that ‘with age comes wisdom’, or that since George seems more rational he must be older, if only by a few minutes.
However, there are those who believe Fred to be the elder of the two twins. According to Circex, “Fred is older…First-born twins are often the ‘dominant’ twin, the leader, the one who comes up with most of the ideas. This doesn’t mean that the younger twin can’t be more dominant or outgoing, just that usually the older twin is the one that is more…obvious? They generally do more to attract attention…The older twin gets first billing; they’re usually the dominant twin in a same-sex twinship (esp. identicals)”. Just as the ‘George-is-older’ supporters use the fact that Fred is slightly more out-going to prove their point, so do the ‘Fred-is-older’ fans.
Fred and George love to cause trouble, no questions asked. In all the scenes the twins are in, most of them include either a practical joke, advise on practical jokes, or some form of witty banter. The twins are considered as possibly the best jokesters Hogwarts has even seen, their only competition being the Marauders. However, some potter fans say, “Sure, others have blown things up, but did they create a whole career out of it?”. That is true. The Marauders had a whole slew of jokes and pranks up their sleeves, but they didn’t decide to start a business based on them. To Fred and George, jokes and laughs are life.
We learned at the beginning of Goblet of Fire Fred and George’s ambitious goal is to become entrepreneurs and start their own joke shop, “Weasley’s Wizarding Wheeze.” However, funds for this project are short, especially after the boys’ disastrous bet with Ludo Bagman. Fred and George bet thirty-seven Galleons, fifteen Sickles, and three Knuts, plus five extra Galleons for the rubber chicken wand. And there’s also Potterwatch. Potterwatch was introduced to us in the 7th book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It’s a radio show on the Wizarding Wireless network with Fred and George’s best friend Lee Jordan as the host with special guests Kingsley Shacklebolt, Remus Lupin, and of course Fred and George Weasley.
My favorite quote of Fred’s is this: “So, people let’s try and calm fown a bit. Things are bad enough without inventing stuff as well. For instance this new idea that You-Know-Who can kill with a single glance from his eyes. That’s a basalisk, listeners. One simple test: Check whether the thing that’s glaring at you had got legs. If it has, it’s safe to look into it’s eyes, although if it really is You-Know-Who, that’s still likely to be that last thing you ever do.”
With so many theories running around about the twins, we can only hope that JK Rowlings will tell us more about the dynamic duo in the future books. However, for now all Fred and George fans seem to agree on one thing: “They both have their strengths and weaknesses that contribute to the team that is “The Weasley Twins.'”