Ron Weasley

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Character
Name: Ronald Bilius Weasley
Occupation: wizard, student
Title/Rank: Gryffindor House
Location: Hogwarts (Britain)
The Burrow (Ottery St. Catchpole, Britain)
Status: pureblood; alive
Relationships: Hermione Granger (friend, girlfriend, wife)
Harry Potter (best friend, brother-in-law)
Arthur and Molly Weasley (parents)
Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred and George, and Ginny (siblings)
Hugo Weasley (son)
Rose Weasley (daughter)
Weasley clan (various in-laws and nieces/nephews)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Other: born 01 March 1980[1]
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Ron Weasley is a major character in the Harry Potter novels.

Canon Background

Ron Weasley meets Harry Potter on the platform of Track 9 3/4 at the start of their first year at Hogwarts and quickly becomes his best friend. Later, he and Harry befriend Hermione Granger.

Ron was born into a wizard family. He has five older brothers (Bill, Charlie, Percy, and twins Fred and George) and as a result is haunted by feelings of insecurity. He also has a younger sister, Ginny, and parents Molly and Arthur.

In the epilogue, he is married to Hermione and has two kids, Rose and Hugo.

Fandom

Ron is the least popular character of the Trio, and gets less fan attention than several characters with considerably less 'screentime' such as Snape & Draco. His fanon characterization served as the inspiration for the TV Tropes page Ron the Death Eater – see Weasley Bashing. The trope describes fanon that turns a heroically aligned canonical character into a villain, often, but not always, in service of shipping. Ron's canonical marriage to Hermione puts him in conflict with her popular pairings with Harry, Snape and Draco. Villainous incarnations of Ron can occasionally be found in Harry/Hermione fics. In Snape/Hermione fics, he is often portrayed as a slob lacking intellectual interests.

In futurefics, Ron's often written as an Auror or in training to become one; he's often partnered with Harry. Rowling's post-canonical decision to have him leave the Aurors to help George in the joke shop wasn't enormously popular.

Characterisations & Speculation

Before the series was complete, the following were common predictions about Ron's future role in canon:

  • Death Eater!Ron – Ron's insecurities and desire for glory would lead him to betray Harry and join Voldemort. This may be related to character bashing.
  • Seer!Ron – Several of Ron's jokes and predictions for Divination that turned out to be true, leading some to theorize that he might turn out to be a Seer. Additionally, some proposed that he might be a seventh son of a seventh son if there was an additional (probably deceased) elder Weasley brother that had not yet been mentioned in canon, which would support the theory of Ron being a Seer or having other special magical abilities.[2] One example of this in fanfiction is in Cassandra Claire's Draco Trilogy.
  • Strategist!Ron – Many believed that Ron's skill at chess (which was emphasized especially in the first book) would extend to a talent for strategising in other significant areas, for example playing a role in the defeat of Voldemort or leading Ron to become Quidditch Captain for Gryffindor.
  • Ronbledore – One particularly infamous fan theory posited that Albus Dumbledore was really a time travelling Ron Weasley. Some of the details in canon which contributed to this theory included the fact that at a younger age, Dumbledore had red (or auburn) hair; Dumbledore seemed to know everything that Ron and Harry got up to before they did it; and the fact that Dumbledore gifted Ron his own Deluminator in the seventh book. The theory was originally born on a Harry Potter forum called Harry Potter's Page in 2004,[3] and came to mainstream attention some ten years later. The theory has since been covered by outlets from Bustle to PBS Digital Studios to the BBC.[4][5][6]

Pairings

Ron is paired with lots of other HP characters in fanfiction. Some of the most popular pairings include:

Rare pairings include with Peter Pettigrew, based on the fact that Ron's rat, Scabbers, is Peter's animagus form.

Notable Ron-centric Fanworks

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

Fanfiction

Essays and Meta

Links & Resources

Canon Resources

Journal Communities

References

  1. J.K.Rowling Official Site. 1 March 2004. Archived at the Harry Potter Lexicon: Guide to jkrowling.com - Brithdays. (Accessed 20 January 2011.)
  2. See e.g. this December 2014 Tumblr post by Emiliana Darling.
  3. This Guy On An Old Harry Potter Forum Says Dumbledore Is A Time-Traveling Ron Weasley And I Want To Hear Him Out, The Toast. Published January 2, 2014 (Accessed December 13, 2018)
  4. An Examination Of The "Dumbledore Is A Time-Traveling Ron Weasley" Theory, Bustle. Published December 3, 2015 (Accessed December 13, 2018).
  5. Is Ron Dumbledore?? (video), PBS Digital Studios. Posted November 18, 2015 (Accessed December 13, 2018).
  6. 'Harry is immortal': Seven Harry Potter theories that will blow your tiny muggle mind, BBC Three. Published July 31, 2018 (Accessed December 13, 2018).