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Arthur and Molly Weasley with their children in Egypt.
Arthur and Molly Weasley with their children in Egypt.
"My father told me all the Weasleys have red hair, freckles, and more children than they can afford."
Draco Malfoy on the Weasley family[src]

Weasley is the surname of a pure-blood wizarding family, though the most recent generation has many non-pureblood members[1]. The Weasleys are related to many other wizarding families, including the Blacks, Prewetts, Longbottoms, Crouchs[2], Delacours, and Potters, as well as the Muggle Granger family. Many members of the Weasley family are red-haired and sorted into Gryffindor house upon attendance of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The family home, known as the Burrow, is located just outside Ottery St. Catchpole, in Devon, England. The Weasleys live near other magical families such as the Diggory, Fawcett, and Lovegood families.[3]

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[edit] Recent Family History

"The Death Eaters know Ron's with you now, they're bound to target the family -- don't apologize. It was always a matter of time, Dad's been saying so for months. We're the biggest blood traitor family there is."
Bill Weasley to Harry Potter in 1998[src]

The Weasleys, unlike many other pure-blood families, willingly associate with Muggles, Muggle-borns and half-bloods, and do not consider themselves superior to others because of their blood status. Thus, elitist pure-blood families such as the Malfoys and the Blacks consider them "blood traitors" and treat them with disdain; Cedrella Black was even disowned by her family for marrying Septimus Weasley[2]. The Weasleys' views led to their support of the Order of the Phoenix during the First and Second Wizarding Wars. During the height of the latter conflict, the Weasleys were placed under surveillance by the Voldemort-controlled Ministry of Magic because they were "blood traitors", and eventually had to go into hiding.[4]

The Weasleys tended to have large numbers of children; an unusual trait for wizarding families, according to Draco Malfoy[3]. The most recent generations of Weasleys have been considered poor by wizarding standards[5], though this likely changed with the great commercial success of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes and the successful careers of various family members. By the twenty-first century, many Weasleys and their relatives worked for the Ministry of Magic, including Arthur Weasley, Percy Weasley, Ron Weasley and his brother-in-law Harry Potter as Aurors, and Hermione Weasley née Granger high up in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement[6].

[edit] Family Members

[edit] Molly and Arthur Weasley's Family

Arthur Weasley, one of three sons of Septimus Weasley and Cedrella Black[7], presumably met Molly Prewett while they attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1960s. They married soon after finishing school and went on to have seven children, whom they loved but did not spoil. All of those who were of age, except Percy, eventually became members of the reinstated Order of the Phoenix.

The 'Daily Prophet showing the Weasleys in Egypt.
The 'Daily Prophet showing the Weasleys in Egypt.

[edit] Other Weasleys

[edit] Weasley Relatives

[edit] Family Tree

           Septimus  ┬  Cedrella
            Weasley  │   Black
                     │
              ┌──────┴──────┐
              │             │
 Molly  ┬  Arthur      Two brothers
Prewett │
        │
 ┌──────┴───────────┬──────────┬────────────────┬───────┬──────────────────┬──────────────────────────┐
 │                  │          │                │       │                  │                          │
Bill ┬ Fleur     Charlie    Percy ┬ Audrey    Fred    George ┬ Angelina   Ron ┬ Hermione    Harry ┬ Ginny        
     │ Delacour                   │         (d. 1998)        │ Johnson        │ Granger    Potter │
     │                            │                          │                │                   │
   ┌─┴────────┬─────────┐       ┌─┴─────┐                ┌───┴───┐         ┌──┴───┐        ┌──────┴──┬────────┐
   │          │         │       │       │                │       │         │      │        │         │        │ 
Victoire   Dominique   Louis   Molly    Lucy          Fred II  Roxanne    Rose   Hugo    James II   Albus   Lily II

[edit] Author's Comments

J.K. Rowling has said that unlike with many other characters, Ron Weasley's name always remained the same. She has remarked that the surname Weasley is derived from the weasel, which is also Arthur Weasley's Patronus. About the family's name and characteristic red hair, she commented:

"In Britain and Ireland the weasel has a bad reputation as an unfortunate, even malevolent, animal. However, since childhood I have had a great fondness for the family mustelidae; not so much malignant as maligned, in my opinion. There are also many superstitions associated with redheaded people and most state that they are in some way unlucky (Judas Escariot was supposedly red-haired), but this is nonsense; I happen to like red hair as well as weasels."[8]

[edit] Behind the scenes

[edit] Notes and References

  1. Ron and Hermione's children are half-bloods; Bill and Fleur's children are one-eighth Veela.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Black family tree
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  6. J.K. Rowling's U.S. Book Tour
  7. Although it has never been confirmed that Septimus and Cedrella are Arthur's parents, this can be inferred based on Sirius Black's statement in Ch. 6 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that Arthur was "something like [his] second cousin once removed." The Black family tree establishes Cedrella as a first cousin once removed of both Orion and Walburga Black, Sirius's parents. Thus, any children she had would be their second cousins, and second cousins once removed of their sons Sirius and Regulus. Also, almost all of Sirius's relatives can be seen on the Black family tree because both his parents were born into the House of Black, making it unlikely that he could be related to Arthur in a way not shown. See also this talk page and an HPL essay for more information.
  8. Extra Stuff at J.K. Rowling's Official Site
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