Fred and George might have been the funniest pair at Hogwarts, but Harry and Ron gave them a run for their money.

Snape pushes Harry and Ron's heads down in the Goblet of Fire.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Fred and George Weasley were known to be the school’s biggest double act, but Harry and Ron were definite challengers for the title. Here’s a few times when Harry and Ron dished out comedy gold (when they weren’t fighting Dark wizards, of course).

When they wound up Professor McGonagall

It wasn’t just constant rule-breaking that got Harry and Ron in trouble with the Head of Gryffindor – it was also when they acted like typical schoolboys (but with a magical twist, of course). An example of this was when they were caught fighting with magical wands at the back of a Transfiguration lesson, showing us that Harry and Ron could be totally silly when they wanted to be.

‘Potter! Weasley! Will you pay attention?’
Professor McGonagall’s irritated voice cracked like a whip through the Transfiguration class on Thursday, and Harry and Ron both jumped and looked up… The bell was due to ring at any moment, and Harry and Ron, who had been having a sword fight with a couple of Fred and George’s fake wands at the back of the class, looked up, Ron now holding a tin parrot, and Harry, a rubber haddock.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

McGonagall at her desk from the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

That time they thought it’d be totally fine to fly a car to school

There’s bold, then there’s deciding to drive a flying Ford Anglia to the start of your new school year. When you’re 12.

Not only did this journey take some serious nerve, the likes of which Fred and George wouldn’t have even dreamed of, once they were on the way they didn’t even think about the implications; they just found it really, really funny.

‘All we’ve got to worry about now are aeroplanes,’ said Ron.
They looked at each other and started to laugh; for a long time, they couldn’t stop.
It was as though they had been plunged into a fabulous dream. This, thought Harry, was surely the only way to travel: past swirls and turrets of snowy cloud, in a car full of hot, bright sunlight, with a fat pack of toffees in the glove compartment, and the prospect of seeing Fred and George’s jealous faces when they landed smoothly and spectacularly on the sweeping lawn in front of Hogwarts castle.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Illustration of the Ford Anglia interior from Read the Magic
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Their Divination predictions

Sure, Fred and George exceeded expectations just by showing up to their exams, while Harry and Ron actually did their homework. Well, some of the time, anyway. However, when they did manage it, they decided to have a bit of fun with it. After quickly deciding that Divination was, well, stupid, the pair went out of their way to take the mick, much to the chagrin of Hermione.

‘I’ve got two Neptunes here,’ said Harry after a while, frowning down at his piece of parchment, ‘that can’t be right, can it?’
‘Aaaaah,’ said Ron, imitating Professor Trelawney’s mystical whisper, ‘when two Neptunes appear in the sky, it is a sure sign that a midget in glasses is being born, Harry …’
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Their predictions truly took off when, together, they began working out various grisly deaths for themselves, much to the delight of their teacher – who, as we all know, loved predicting deaths. Even if it did get to the point where they accidentally tried to come up with the same deaths and got a bit carried away.

The Grim made of tea leaves in divination
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Their skills at cheeking teachers

Harry and Ron always had each other’s backs, which was particularly enjoyable when they jumped to each other’s defence during arguments with Hogwarts professors. Ron always had a brilliant one-liner to add onto Harry’s initial comeback, and they always earned a grin or a laugh from their fellow students when they said their piece.

‘A five-year-old could have told us as much,’ sneered Snape. ‘The Inferius is a corpse that has been reanimated by a Dark wizard’s spells. It is not alive, it is merely used like a puppet to do the wizard’s bidding. A ghost, as I trust that you are all aware by now, is the imprint of a departed soul left upon the earth … and of course, as Potter so wisely tells us, transparent.’
‘Well, what Harry said is the most useful if we’re trying to tell them apart!’ said Ron. ‘When we come face-to-face with one down a dark alley, we’re going to be having a shufti to see if it’s solid, aren’t we, we’re not going to be asking, “Excuse me, are you the imprint of a departed soul?”’
There was a ripple of laughter, instantly quelled by the look Snape gave the class.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Illustration of Severus Snape from the second Order of the Phoenix infographic
Severus Snape. © JKR/Pottermore Ltd.™ Warner Bros.

Their jokes in the face of mortal peril

With Molly’s clock surely showing Ron pointed at ‘mortal peril’ on more than one occasion, Ron and Harry still managed to find humour in their often dark situations. From getting stuck in the Chamber of Secrets to being sucked into a Devil’s Snare, they laughed in the face of danger.

‘Stop moving!’ Hermione ordered them. ‘I know what this is – it’s Devil’s Snare!’
‘Oh, I’m so glad we know what it’s called, that’s a great help,’ snarled Ron.
‘Shut up, I’m trying to remember how to kill it!’ said Hermione.
‘Well, hurry up, I can’t breathe!’ Harry gasped, wrestling with it as it curled around his chest.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Most importantly, they made each other laugh

No one would ever say that Harry and Ron’s time at Hogwarts was easy, but they were always there to help each other crack up when times were especially tough – whether it was them nearly being murdered by an angry tree, fleeing a hungry Acromantula or defeating the wizarding world’s all-time Darkest wizard.

Ron helping Ron after he has taken love potion
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince