Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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Fred Weasley Character Analysis

One of the Weasley twins. A seventh year, Fred isn't especially interested in returning to Hogwarts to sit his N.E.W.T. exams. He only does so because Mrs. Weasley insists, and Fred and George don't want to make Mrs. Weasley even angrier after the fiasco of Percy abandoning their family. What both twins really want to do—and what they spend most of the school year doing—is to develop products for their joke shop, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. Their joke products represent a firm understanding of a variety of magical disciplines and even impress Hermione, though the twins are often at odds with Hermione because she takes offense when they test their products on first years. After beating up Malfoy for insulting Mrs. Weasley, Fred and George are banned from playing Quidditch. Without that to distract them, they take it upon themselves to make Umbridge's life miserable. In addition to joining Dumbledore's Army, Fred and George let fireworks loose, set up a portable swamp in a corridor, and sell "Skiving Snackboxes" that contain sweets to give the consumer enough of an ailment to get sent to the nurse, with an antidote to take once the student has been allowed to leave class. Fred and George dramatically leave Hogwarts after setting up the swamp and announce that they've secured premises in Diagon Alley to sell their wares. There's little difference personality-wise and in terms of goals between Fred and George; they function as a team in all cases and are very close to each other.

Fred Weasley Quotes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix quotes below are all either spoken by Fred Weasley or refer to Fred Weasley. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published in 2004.
Chapter Six Quotes

"So, got there yet?" said George eagerly.

"The weapon Sirius mentioned?" said Harry.

"Let slip, more like," said Fred with relish, now sitting next to Ron. "We didn't hear about that on the old Extendables, did we?"

"What d'you reckon it is?" said Harry.

"Could be anything," said Fred.

"But there can't be anything worse than the Avada Kedavra curse, can there?" said Ron. "What's worse than death?"

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Ron Weasley (speaker), Fred Weasley (speaker), George Weasley (speaker), Sirius Black, Lord Voldemort
Page Number: 100
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter Nine Quotes

Ron had not asked Dumbledore to give him the prefect badge. This was not Ron's fault. Was he, Harry, Ron's best friend in the world, going to sulk because he didn't have a badge, laugh with the twins behind Ron's back, ruin this for Ron when, for the first time, he had beaten Harry at something?

Page Number: 167
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter Seventeen Quotes

"You know, I don't get why Fred and George only got three O.W.L.s each," said Harry, watching as Fred, George, and Lee collected gold from the eager crowd. "They really know their stuff..."

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Percy Weasley
Related Symbols: O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s
Page Number: 368
Explanation and Analysis:
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Fred Weasley Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Fred Weasley appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Four
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...Hastily, Hermione and Ron say that it's the resistance group. She says that thanks to Fred and George's newly invented Extendable Ears, they know that some members are recruiting people, keeping... (full context)
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Fred, George, and Ginny explain that Bill now has a desk job in London so he... (full context)
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The children hear steps on the stairs, so Fred and George Apparate away. Mrs. Weasley calls everyone for dinner. Ron and Hermione apologize to... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...table. The knife lands right where Sirius's hand just was and Mrs. Weasley screams at Fred and George, who are responsible for this, while Harry and Sirius laugh. (full context)
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...Mr. Weasley, Bill, and Lupin discuss whether the goblins might join Voldemort. Mundungus, meanwhile, tells Fred, George, and Ron about selling someone their own stolen toads, which offends Mrs. Weasley. Sirius... (full context)
Chapter Six
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...door so Kreacher doesn't wander in. They begin to talk about what they heard when Fred and George Apparate onto Ron's bed. They all discuss what the "weapon" might be and... (full context)
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...the doxies in the house. A half-hour later, Harry and Ron join Mrs. Weasley, Hermione, Fred, George, and Ginny. They tie cloths over their noses and mouths and pick up bottles... (full context)
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...curtains, which will paralyze the doxies, and then they'll throw them in buckets. Harry notices Fred pocket a doxy and George whispers that they want to experiment with their venom for... (full context)
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...off shelves filled with magical objects. Several of the objects try to harm them, and Fred and George steal a few. They continue to clean for a number of days, and... (full context)
Chapter Nine
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...that they only need two new books, one of which is titled Defensive Magical Theory. Fred and George Apparate into the room and note that Dumbledore found a new Defense Against... (full context)
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...room with laundry and says she'll take the booklists to Diagon Alley. She shrieks when Fred and George point out that Ron's a prefect and says that "everyone in the family"... (full context)
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Fred and George tease Ron for a moment and Disapparate, cackling, when Hermione points out that... (full context)
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...wasn't a prefect either, which lifts Harry's spirits. He looks around and walks over to Fred when he beckons to Harry. He shows Harry some Venomous Tentacula seeds that Mundungus brought,... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...ending in a locked door, Harry wakes to discover that pandemonium has already broken out. Fred and George hurt Ginny when they bewitched their trunks to fly down the stairs and,... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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...Harry's angry look before turning her attention to a notice on the bulletin board that Fred and George put up to find testers for their joke products. She pulls it down... (full context)
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...Defense Against the Dark Arts. He says he wishes he had a Skiving Snackbox, and Fred and George offer to sell him Nosebleed Nougat for cheap, as the antidote doesn't work... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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Hermione gets distracted by Fred, George, Lee Jordan, and a group of fainting first years. Hermione marches over and insists... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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...to the Quidditch pitch and Ron does surprisingly well. In the changing rooms before practice, Fred and George taunt Ron. Out on the pitch, there are Slytherins there to torment Ron... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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...his potion for the day, and it's at least the right color. At lunch, Hermione, Fred, and George discuss the O.W.L. grading system. The lowest grade is (according to the twins)... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...Luna, the entire Gryffindor Quidditch team, and several Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws walk in as well. Fred counts and orders 25 butterbeers for the crowd. (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...the Great Hall, all the students seem on edge about the notice. Harry mutters to Fred and George that they're going to hold meetings anyway. Hermione motions for Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw... (full context)
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...evening trying to concentrate on his homework while checking the fire for Sirius and watching Fred demonstrate the effects of the Puking Pastilles. Harry can't figure out how Fred and George... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...to the changing rooms that evening for Quidditch practice, the weather is so horrendous that Fred and George are debating whether to use their Skiving Snackboxes to get out of practice.... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...Mr. Weasley. Harry tries to hold back George as the rest of the team restrains Fred, but when Malfoy insults Lily Potter, Harry and George rush Malfoy and punch him. They... (full context)
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...her the power to punish students however she sees fit. She bans Harry, George, and Fred from Quidditch and insists they hand over their brooms so she can lock them up.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two
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...Place to alert Sirius that Harry and the Weasley children will be there soon. Ginny, Fred, and George arrive, and Dumbledore explains that Mr. Weasley was injured in his work for... (full context)
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...story as though he saw it happen from the sidelines, not from the snake's perspective. Fred, George, and Ginny insist they need to go to St. Mungo's immediately, but Sirius insists... (full context)
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...werewolf who lives a normal life, but the bitten man wasn't interested in hearing this. Fred and George try to ask what happened to Mr. Weasley. He refuses to say, and... (full context)
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...herds the children out and lets Tonks and Moody in, closing the door behind them. Fred and George find Extendable Ears and offer one to Harry. The adults discuss that nobody... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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Sirius throws himself into making Christmas a holiday to remember. On Christmas morning, Fred and George tell Ron and Harry that Mrs. Weasley is crying because Percy sent back... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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Hermione and Ron lead Harry back to the common room, where Fred and George demonstrate their new Headless Hats. The hats impress Hermione, but Harry still feels... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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Up in the common room, Harry, Hermione, Fred, and George discuss the dismal state of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. George says that Ron... (full context)
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...fathers as Death Eaters, but they can't say anything without admitting they read The Quibbler. Fred and George throw a party in the common room that night, but Harry excuses himself... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...reason. Harry watches rubies fly out of the Gryffindor hourglass in the entrance hall as Fred and George join them. They say that Montague tried to take points from them, but... (full context)
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...get bigger and multiply by the minute. Laughing, Harry ducks behind a tapestry and finds Fred and George hiding there. George laughs that he hopes Umbridge tries to Vanish them, as... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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Fred and George interrupt Harry, Ron, and Hermione's perusal of the pamphlets to talk about arranging... (full context)
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...when he's far enough away and finds students covered in a stinky, gooey substance with Fred and George surrounded in the entrance hall. When Umbridge says that she's going to punish... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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Fred and George leave no instructions as to how to get rid of their Portable Swamp,... (full context)
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...Hermione take their seats for the final Quidditch match of the season, hopeful that without Fred and George around to tease Ron, he'll play better. The Slytherins sing "Weasley is our... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Eight
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...that it sounds like a lovely vacation. They all discuss that Flitwick got rid of Fred and George's swamp and everything has settled down. (full context)
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...and find an unexpected welcoming committee composed of Moody, Tonks, Lupin, Mr. Weasley, Mrs. Weasley, Fred, and George. The group approaches Vernon and Petunia, who are also there, to tell them... (full context)