Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes
"OH, NOT AGAIN!"
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 51 - 64
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 49 - 61
U.K. paperback edition: pages 60 - 75
Sunday xx August,
In which the Weasleys return home,
Fred and George are reprimanded by
Mrs. Weasley for giving
Dudley the toffee, we learn more
about the Weasley clan, and
they have dinner in the garden.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
This chapter features the first mention of the Weasley twins' efforts to start
a joke shop: Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.
...to prevent himself falling face forward out of the Weasleys'
"Ton-Tongue Toffee," said Fred brightly. "George
and I invented them, we've been looking for someone to test them
on all summer..."
Charlie was built like the twins, shorter and stockier than
Percy and Ron, who were both long and lanky.
Bill came as something of a surprise. Harry knew that he worked for
the wizarding bank, Gringotts, that he had been Head Boy of Hogwarts,
and had always imagined Bill to be an older version of Percy; fussy
about rule-breaking and fond of bossing everyone around.
However, Bill was - there was no other word for it - cool.
He was tall, with long hair that he had tied back in a ponytail.
...Harry recognized his boots to be made, not of leather, but of
Before any of them could say anything else, there was a faint
popping noise, and Mr. Weasley appeared out of thin air at
"It was four feet long before his parents would let me
She was a short, plump woman with a very kind face, though her
eyes were presently narrowed with suspicion.
The other, who was small and red-haired, was Ron's younger sister, Ginny.
"Great long price-lists for stuff they've invented. Joke
stuff, you know. Fake wands and trick sweets, loads of stuff."
"We've been hearing explosions out of their room for ages..."
"Its proper name is Pigwidgeon."
"You realize Bertha Jorkins has been missing for over a month now?"
"Went on holiday to Albania and never came back?"
"I hear she's been shunted from department to department for years,
much more trouble than she's worth...but all the same, Bagman ought to be
trying to find her. Mr. Crouch has been taking a personal interest - she worked in
our department at one time, you know, and I think Mr. Crouch was
quite fond of her -"
"Went down to Transylvania, three hundred and ninety to ten,"
said Charlie gloomily. "Shocking performance."
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Mr. Weasley, whose first
reaction was that his own sons had been guilty of Muggle-baiting
when they went after Dudley.
Mr. Weasley, who was angry
with the twins about the Ton-Tongue Toffee but wasn't really planning
on setting off Molly by telling her all about it.
Links and Resources:
"We didn't give it to him because he's a Muggle!"
said Fred indignantly.
"No, we gave it to him because he's a great bullying git,"
said George. "Isn't he, Harry?"
"Yeah, he is, Mr. Weasley," said Harry earnestly.
The action of this chapter takes place later in the afternoon and evening
of the same day as the preceding chapter: on a Sunday, the day before the
Quidditch World Cup.