All about... Ron Weasley

Harry’s best friend is a wonderful character: brave, headstrong and permanently peckish. We’ve tracked Ron’s highs, lows, eating habits and pet-based upsets...

Fact file

Full name
Ronald Bilius Weasley
1 March 1980
Molly and Arthur Weasley
Jack Russell terrier
Wizard chess, Quidditch goalkeeping
Supporting the Chudley Cannons, eating sweets

First mention of Ron

‘All you have to do is walk straight at the barrier between platforms nine and ten… Best do it at a bit of a run if you’re nervous. Go on, go now before Ron.’ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter 6 Mrs Weasley to Harry

Number of mentions of Ron in all seven books


Ron and Harry’s highs and lows

Ron and Harry’s friendship is often put to the test : we’ve picked out where some of their biggest highs and lows fall in the seven books

Philosopher’s Stone low:

They have a minor tiff about the Mirror of Erised

Philosopher’s Stone high:

Ron self-sacrifices in the giant chess game

Chamber of Secrets low:

Harry feels jealous of Ron’s family and home

Chamber of Secrets high:

Ron sticks by Harry when he’s suspected of being the heir of Slytherin

Prisoner of Azkaban high:

They celebrate Gryffindor's Quidditch victory

Prisoner of Azkaban low:

Harry reproaches Ron for making Hermione cry

Goblet of Fire low:

Ron accuses Harry of putting his name into the Goblet of Fire

Goblet of Fire high:

Ron sees Harry facing a dragon, feels awful and apologises

Order of the Phoenix low:

Harry shouts at Ron and Hermione for not telling him about the Order

Order of the Phoenix high:

Hermione and Ron apologise – so does Harry and all is fine

Half-Blood Prince low:

Ron is jealous of the attention Harry is getting from girls

Half-Blood Prince high:

Ron gets together with Lavender and all jealousy is forgotten

Deathly Hallows low:

Ron abandons Harry on his hunt for Horcruxes

Deathly Hallows high:

Ron saves Harry’s life and destroys a Horcrux

Food, glorious food

‘I could eat a Hippogriff’ Ron to Harry in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 12

Ron is a voracious eater: here is some of the food he consumes in the series:
- Black pudding
- Bread
- Chocolate Cauldrons
- Chocolate Frogs x 4
- Chocolate gateau
- Chops x2
- Cornish pasties x2
- Crumpets
- Eggs and bacon x 2
- Every-Flavour Beans
- Hot chocolate
- Jam doughnut
- Marshmallows
- Peppermint Toads
- Porridge x 2
- Roast pike
- Roast potatoes
- Sausages
- Sweets
- Toast x 2
- Treacle pudding
- Yorkshire pudding

Ron and Hermione: the missed signals

We’ve identified 28 instances when Hermione was letting her feelings for Ron show without him noticing. Here’s how they break down...

  • 7 Tiffs and teasing
  • 5 Harry-free quality time
  • 4 Emotional reactions
  • 3 Jealousy
  • 3 Acts of kindness
  • 3 Concern for his safety
  • 3 Unusual attention to detail

A rat’s tale

The twists and turns of Ron’s relationshipwith his pet Scabbers

  1. Philosopher’s Stone chapter 6: Scabbers bites Goyle during a confrontation with Malfoy
  2. Philosopher’s Stone chapter 7: Scabbers ruins one of Ron's sheets at Hogwarts
  3. Prisoner of Azkaban chapter 4: Ron is defensive over Scabbers after Hermione buys a cat, Crookshanks
  4. Prisoner of Azkaban chapter 12: Ron believes that Crookshanks has eaten Scabbers
  5. Prisoner of Azkaban chapter 16: Ron and Hermione find Scabbers in Hagrid's hut
  6. Prisoner of Azkaban chapter 16: Scabbers tries to fight his way out of Ron's pocket
  7. Prisoner of Azkaban chapter 17: Scabbers bites Ron but is still unable to escape
  8. Prisoner of Azkaban chapter 17: Scabbers and Ron are dragged into the secret tunnel under the Whomping Willow
  9. Prisoner of Azkaban chapter 17: Lupin tells Ron that Scabbers is Peter Pettigrew. Ron doesn't believe him
  10. Prisoner of Azkaban chapter 19: Scabbers' true identity revealed as he transforms into Peter Pettigrew
  11. Prisoner of Azkaban chapter 19: Ron is horrified: 'I let you sleep in my bed!'
  12. Prisoner of Azkaban chapter 20: Pettigrew transforms back into Scabbers and escapes
  13. Deathly Hallows chapter 23: Ron fights with Pettigrew, aka Wormtail in Malfoy Manor
  14. Deathly Hallows chapter 23: Ron tries but fails to save Wormtail's life

Final mention of Ron

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Epilogue
‘Don’t let it worry you,’ said Ron. ‘It’s me. I’m extremely famous.’
Ron, to Harry's son Albus