It has been 10 years since the final instalment of the Harry Potter book series was released, but fans are still combing through every moment and discovering eye-opening details that change the way we think about certain characters. Two characters that are currently being given the side-eye by fans are Fred and George Weasley, the mischievous duo responsible for many of Hogwarts' most legendary pranks and mishaps. However, fans on Reddit are now wondering just how innocent Fred and George really were in the first few books.
Redditor roshane69 posted the above image on the #HarryPotter subreddit yesterday, which threw up a lot of frankly disturbing questions about how much the boys really know about #Ron's beloved rat Scabbers, a.k.a. Peter Pettigrew.
During Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Weasley twins would have had the #MaraudersMap — the very map which leads Harry to Peter in the Prisoner's of Azkaban. This means that the twins would have seen Ron walking around (and sleeping with) someone called Peter Pettigrew — and as the image states, they decided to say nothing at all.
So does this mean they were in on Voldy's plan? Did they see Peter and look the other way? Probably not, but some Redditors have come up with theories about why the boys would have neglected to tell their brother about his rat-not-a-rat.
- It's a long-running joke?
The Marauder's Map was stolen by the twins from Filch's office in their first year at Hogwarts, and Scabbers was originally owned by Percy Weasley before he was passed on to Ron. This means that the boys would have seen Peter Pettigew with both Percy and Ron, and maybe just thought it was pretty funny that somehow 'Peter' had attached himself to both of them — assuming that neither Fred nor George had any idea about the origins of the map and who Peter really was.
- The Marauder's Map would have named Peter 'Wormtail'
As Peter was one of the original creators of the map, he — along with Remus Lupin (Moony), Sirius Black (Padfoot) and James Potter (Prongs) — would have appeared on the map under his animagus alias. 'Wormtail' might have looked suspicious to Fred and George, but not as suspicious as 'Peter' would have. However, Lupin managed to track down Peter using his real name, so this is a little unclear.
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- They were simply oblivious
The most prevailing theory. Like most teenage boys, it's likely that they didn't even think to check on their little brother, opting to achieve their mischief by tracking teachers and hunting down secret passages — plus, there are a lot of students at #Hogwarts, as one Redditor points out:
Fred and George used the map for their own mischief-making, so they concentrated, naturally enough, on those portions of the map where they were planning their next misdeeds. And finally, you must not forget that hundreds of little dots are moving around this map at any given time… Fred and George did not know everyone in school by name, so a single unfamiliar name was unlikely to stand out.
- They just wanted to support their bro
Or perhaps they just wanted to make sure they didn't embarrass their brother by pointing out the fact that he was sleeping with a man names Peter every night.
Whatever the reason, it's certainly cause for discussion. My theory? It's probably one of many plot holes related to the Marauder's Map, but it's fun to think about all the extra mischief Fred and George managed to achieve with the map before they gifted it to Harry in the third book.
Why do you think Fred and George didn't tell Ron he was sleeping with a man called Peter every night? Let us know in the comments!