J.K. Rowling, you are a genius! J.K. Rowling uses names to hide significant meanings... did you pick up on the secret behind Fred & George? When I say 'secret', it's about as big as you can get; the names hide their eventual fates at the Battle of Hogwarts.
This heartbreaking scene and its emotional aftermath were foreshadowed from the start.
As one eagle-eyed Tumblr user pointed out:
“All the Weasley names except for Ron are either the names of a British king or queen or an Arthurian name (and Ron brings Harry into the family, and there have been 8 Harrys on the throne; nine if you are a die-hard Jacobite).
King George III was deaf in one ear — and he became king because of the untimely death of Prince Frederick.”
Wow. George, who J.K. Rowling has always said was the slightly shyer of the two Weasley twins, has to come forward and stand alone after the untimely death of his brother Fred. He also loses an ear, going deaf on one side like George III, who lost his hearing after contracting the illness porphyria.
There are further examples of J.K. Rowling's deep-rooted fascination with history and ancient names; take Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy, for example. The famous King Arthur warred against his sworn enemy, the Roman Emperor, Lucius Tiberius... these two were never going to get along!
Still, the malignity of the Malfoy's was always hidden in plain sight: 'mal' is the modern French for 'bad', and 'foy' comes from the old French for 'faith'. The Malfoy family put their faith in Voldemort, erroneously believing that pure blood is vital for the continuation magical community.
Pretty cool, huh? It's worth saying again: J.K. Rowling is a genius.