We admit it: We’re suckers for a good Harry Potter fan theory. Though an eighth book and a spin-off movie are both on their way and J.K. Rowling’s is releasing new stories this week, it’s still been nearly five years since the films wrapped and nine since the last book was published—practically an eternity for us loyal HP fans. But keeping us occupied over the years have been quality theories that allow us to dive deeper into Rowling’s magical world, including the hypotheses that Dumbledore is Death from the Tale of the Three Brothers, Draco Malfoy is a werewolf, and Rita Skeeter is actually Rowling herself. There are plenty more where those came from, some more far-fetched than others, but this latest idea about the Weasley twins has us seriously intrigued.
The crux of the theory is this: J.K. Rowling named Fred and George Weasley, Ron’s older twin brothers, after British royalty. Which doesn’t sound like a big deal, at first, until you connect the dots and realize that if it is true, it predicts Fred’s eventual death. Here’s how: King George III was deaf in one ear—and George Weasley lost his ear in the Battle of the Seven Potters. King George III also only took the throne after his father, Prince Frederick, died unexpectedly—and all true HP fans know that Fred died far too young during the Battle for Hogwarts in the final book. Bottom line? If J.K. Rowling named Fred and George after those Brit royals on purpose, she knew from the get-go that Fred would eventually die.
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