- Ron: Hurrah for Won-Won! He is loyal and brave. He is also deeply insecure, feeling far inferior to his older brothers, all too aware that his mother wanted a daughter instead of another son, and believing that his parents love Harry more than him. His sometimes low self-esteem makes him very relatable, perhaps more than Harry and Hermione are, if we are being honest with ourselves. Ron is not overly ambitious, which in my view makes him a good match for the beyond brilliant Hermione. He would be a good father, a life partner who has a sense of humor. Ron is the best.
- Fred: I am still not over his fate in the last book, so I will keep this brief. Fred is the funnier and meaner half of the brilliant twin duo who founded a highly successful joke shop. Always providing perfect comic relief, any scene with Fred and George was funny and welcome. Rest in peace, Fred.
- Molly: I know a lot of readers would like JK Rowling to write a prequel telling the story of the Marauders, but, honestly, weren’t James and Sirius (and Peter, because he would go along with whatever they did) awful, terrible, bullying teenagers? I would much prefer Molly Weasley’s story. She lost both of her brothers during the first war against Voldemort and would do anything to protect her family. Her kindness to Harry in the first book and throughout the series shows her good nature, but she is tough enough to keep her seven children on the right path. Plus, she has one of the best scenes in the series with her take down of Bellatrix Lestrange.
- Arthur: How can a muggle not love a man whose greatest ambition is to learn how airplanes stay up in the sky? Arthur has an adorable love of muggle technology that sometimes extends into illegal territory (flying car, anyone?). He is the kindhearted counterpart to Molly, a man whose curiosity sometimes outstrips his rationality.
- George: This may seem like a strange decision, given that Fred is ranked two, and they are identical twins, but JK Rowling, over the course of the books, differentiated their personalities. Fred is funnier than his twin brother, but also crueler, and therefore, strangely, more interesting. George may have lost an ear, but his “holey” joke just shows how much blander and less funny he is than his twin.
- Ginny: In the early books, Ginny is quietly obsessed with Harry Potter, but then she develops a personality, and I am not so certain if I like her or not. She is meaner than Fred and possibly the most magically talented of all of her siblings. I think JK Rowling was so desperate for Harry to be a real part of the Weasley family that she decided, somewhere in the middle of the series, that she had to transform Ginny to make her worthy of the series’s hero. I know that she’s a Gryffindor and a Weasley, but still something about her personality does not ring true. Perhaps if the main characters all didn’t marry their school sweethearts, I would feel better about her. But, alas, that is a topic for another blog post.
- Charlie: Not really sure how to rank him since he appears so sparingly in the series. This is the brother who seems to purposely run away from his awesome family in order to spend time with dangerous, fire-breathing creatures, and does not seem to visit much? But he does kind of save Hagrid in the first book by having his very cool friends take Norbert away, so I guess that earns him some points.
- Bill: Like Charlie, he does not appear in the series much, although he has exciting adventures in Egypt and seems to be the most Indiana Jones-like of the brothers. I deduct points for making Fleur a Weasley as she never really recovers enough from her hoity-toity, part-Veela ways for me to really like her. Also, beyond giving Harry and company a place to stay after they escaped from Malfoy Manor, did he really give any advice of substance during that crucial time?
- Percy: Oh, Percy, where did Molly and Arthur go wrong with you? Was it the time Fred turned your favorite books into a swarm of bees? I feel certain it must have been something like that. Percy is the oil in the tranquil lake that is the Weasley family. He values career ambition over his family ties. Although he affirms his loyalty by the end, it is far too late, my dear Percy, to recover a good opinion of this Weasley brother. Far too late, indeed.