Arthur Weasley

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Character
Name: Arthur Weasley
Occupation: Father, Ministry worker
Title/Rank: Gryffindor House
Location: The Burrow (Ottery St. Catchpole, Britain)
Status: pure-blood; alive
Relationships: Septimus Weasley and Cedrella Black (parents)
two unnamed brothers
Molly Weasley (wife)
Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, & Ginny (children)
Weasley Family
Fandom: Harry Potter
Other: born February 6,[1] c. 1950
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Arthur Weasley is a recurring character in the Harry Potter series.

Canon

Arthur is married to Molly Weasley, and they have seven children. Arthur works for the Ministry of Magic and is fascinated by Muggle artifacts. He and Molly are members of the Order of the Phoenix. He's one of the most unambiguously good characters in the series; afterthree describes him as one of the quiet heroes.[2] He acts as a surrogate father to Harry and eventually becomes Harry's father-in-law when Harry marries Ginny.

In a 2007 post-Deathly Hallows interview, J. K. Rowling said that "you could make a very good case for Arthur Weasley being the only good father in the whole series."[3] She cited this as one reason she didn't have Arthur die in Order of the Phoenix, as was originally planned.

Fandom

Arthur is a fairly popular character, but he's among the least written & discussed of the important recurring characters. In fanfiction, he is usually paired with his wife and is only rarely paired with other characters (though pairings like Arthur/Hermione and Weasleycest with his kids do exist). He occasionally appears in gen, which often explores his fascination with Muggles and their technology.

One popular fan theory was that Arthur would eventually become Minister for Magic. One reason this idea gained traction is because Ron said sarcastically Order of the Phoenix that the Gryffindor team had "about much chance of winning the Quidditch Cup this year as Dad's got of becoming Minister for Magic." (Gryffindor did win the Quidditch Cup that year, and things Ron joked about tended to come true.)[4]

In 2004, JKR debunked the theory that Arthur would be the new Minister for Magic (replacing Fudge) in a FAQ on her official site.[5]

Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Resources

Fanwork Resources

Canon Resources

References

  1. J.K.Rowling Official Site. 4 October 2003. Archived at the Harry Potter Lexicon: Guide to jkrowling.com - birthdays. (Accessed 9 November 2013.)
  2. Coffee and Chocolate: Arthur Weasley (accessed 27 January 2014)
  3. MSNBC interview with Meredith Vieira, 29 July 2007. Transcript from Accio Quote!.
  4. For one example of this discussion, see New Minister of Magic: Arthur Weasley at Chamber of Secrets Forums (Thread started 30 June 2003 by Elektra). After the End (2001-2003) is one popular fanfic in which Arthur becomes Minister, and predates Ron's OotP prediction.
  5. J.K.Rowling Official Site. Will Arthur Weasley be the new Minister for Magic? Answer: "Alas, no." (Archived by the Wayback Machine 06 August 2004.)
  6. Originally posted at the We Invented the Remix archive (archived 03 August 2004 by the Wayback Machine). See Remix...Redux II: Electric Boogaloo: Open for Business at LiveJournal, posted 15 May 2004.
  7. Penknife to Paper, archived 02 July 2005 by the Wayback Machine.
  8. See Stories by gilly, archived by the Wayback Machine 03 March 2007 (Story itself is not archived; dead link). Recommendation by the FicNifflers, 29 January 2006.