All about... Fred and George Weasley

The Weasley twins were champions of mischief-making who brightened up even the darkest moments of life. Bludger-beating, trick-inventing, Umbridge-baiting redheads, we salute you!

Fact file

1st April 1978
Molly and Arthur Weasley
Quidditch Position
Fred died at the Battle of Hogwarts on 2 May 1998

First mention of Fred and George

‘Fred, you next,’ the plump woman said.
‘I’m not Fred, I’m George,’ said the boy. ‘Honestly, woman, call yourself our mother? Can’t you tell I’m George?'
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Chapter 6)

Number of mentions of Fred and George in all seven books


Fred and George’s biggest book moments

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Help their brother Ron to rescue Harry from Privet Drive in their father’s turquoise-coloured flying car. (Chapter 3)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Win the Quidditch Cup along with Harry and the rest of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, and end up tangled together in a ‘many-armed hug’. (Chapter 15)

‘This, Harry, is the secret of our Success.’
- Fred and George show Harry the Marauder’s Map (Chapter 10) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Take an Ageing Potion to try to enter the Triwizard Tournament. They sprout beards and have to be looked after in the hospital wing. (Chapter 16)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Anger Umbridge by turning a corridor uinto a swamp, then announce they are leaving Hogwarts to start a joke shop in Diagon Alley and fly out of the castle. (Chapter 29)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Sneak Love Potions, disguised as cough potions, into Hogwarts as part of their Owl Order Service. (Chapter 15)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Transform into Harry’s likeness using Polyjuice Potion, along with other members of the Order of the Phoenix. (Chapter 4)

Fred vs George

Which Weasley twin is mentioned the most in the books?

  • Fred - 905 mentions
  • George - 731 mentions
  • The Marauder’s Map in Numbers

    A brief guide to the magic parchment that shows where everyone is at Hogwarts

    4 - Number of creators: Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs

    3 - Year in his Hogwarts life that Harry is given the map by Fred and George

    7 - Number of tunnels which lead out of Hogwarts

    1 - Exit tunnel which leads to the Shrieking Shack

    2 - Times Harry uses the map to sneak into Hogsmeade

    4 - Number of exit tunnels Filch knows about

    1 - Exit tunnel which is blocked

    Made by Fred and George

    The twins specialise in creating tricks and inventions. Here are some of our favourites...

    Canary Creams
    Biscuits that Transfigure the eater into a large canary
    Daydream Charms
    Produce a very realistic thirty-minute daydream
    Extendable Ears
    Useful for eavesdropping on conversations
    Trick Wands
    Turns into a random object when used, or hits the user on the head
    Pills which make the eater constipated
    Weasleys’ Wildfire Whiz-bangs
    Unstoppable enchanted fireworks

    Skiving Snackboxes

    A collection of sweets which can make the user seem unwell, thereby allowing them to skive off. Sold by the twins at Hogwarts and at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, their shop at number 93 Diagon Alley

    Fainting Fancies
    Sweets that make the eater faint within seconds
    Fever Fudge
    Gives the eater a high fever – side effects are pus-filled boils in awkward places
    Nosebleed Nougat
    Gives the eater an instant nosebleed
    Portable Swamp
    Creates a messy wet bog in any location
    Puking Pastilles
    One side makes the eater vomit, the other makes them stop
    Pygmy Puff
    Fluffy miniature Puffskeins bred by Fred George
    Ton-Tongue Toffee
    The eater’s tongue swells to about four feet long

    Battle of the Beaters

    How many Bludgers did Fred and George hit as Beaters?

    • Fred - 3
    • George - 6
    • Final mention of Fred and George

      ‘Harry could not see Fred’s body, because his family surrounded him. George was kneeling at his head; Mrs Weasley was lying across Fred’s chest, her body shaking, Mr Weasley stroking her hair while tears cascaded down his cheeks.’
      - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Chapter 33)