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"And Peeves, whom Harry had never seen take an order from a student before, swept his belled hat from his head and sprang to a salute as Fred and George wheeled about to tumultuous applause from the students below and sped out of the open front doors into the glorious sunset."
— Fred and George departing Hogwarts[src]

Fred and George Weasley's departure from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry took place sometime after the Easter Holidays in 1996, after rebelling against Dolores Umbridge and the Inquisitorial Squad for most of the year.[1]

Background information

Events leading up to their departure


Umbridge: "You two are about to learn what happens to wrong-doers in my school."
Fred: "You know what? I don't think we are. George, I think we've outgrown full-time education... Time to test our talents in the real world, d'you reckon?"
George: "Definitely."
— The twins departing Hogwarts[src]

The twins placed their Portable Swamp in the hallway near Professor Umbridge's office so that Harry Potter could use Umbridge's fireplace to speak to Sirius Black via Floo Network. When Harry was finished speaking to them, Filch came into Umbridge's office, happily saying that he had permission to whip wrongdoers. He did not see Harry, as Harry had his Invisibility cloak on.[1]

Fred and George Summoned their broomsticks from Umbridge's office, and flew out of Hogwarts, after advertising their shop.[1]


"Give her hell from us, Peeves."
— Fred instructing Peeves to cause trouble in Hogwarts[src]

The Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes sign

Along with Peeves, many other students attempted to become "Troublemakers-in-Chief". Lee Jordan had been setting Nifflers into Umbridge's office, students often dropped Dungbombs and Stink Pellets, and many students who had bought Skiving Snackboxes put use to them while in Umbridge's classes.[1]

After leaving Hogwarts, Fred and George Weasley went on to become incredibly successful businessmen, opening Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley.[5] However, Fred was tragically killed in the Battle of Hogwarts less than two years later while battling Pius Thicknesse alongside his brother, Percy Weasley.[6]

Behind the scenes

  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, since Harry's attempt to use Umbridge's fireplace to connect to 12 Grimmauld Place to speak to Sirius and Lupin has been omitted, Fred and George fly away from Hogwarts after having released their Whiz-bangs. The Portable Swamp is omitted also.

    "The Weasley twins escaping" on Pottermore

  • "The Weasley twins escaping" was one out of the thirty-two options generated by an old feature[7] on Pottermore, "Wonderful wizarding world happiness generator", which was about things that could cast away the Blue Monday blues.[8]
    • The description was "Here’s a punch-the-air moment to raise a smile: Fred and George defying Dolores Umbridge in the best possible way, with fireworks and a great escape out of Hogwarts".[9]
    • It was one out of three to be presented in animated format.[10]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29 (Careers Advice)
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 16 (In The Hog's Head)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13 (Detention with Dolores)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory)
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6 (Draco's Detour)
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  7. Features: "Wonderful wizarding world happiness generator" at Pottermore (archived)
  8. "Introducing our 'Wonderful wizarding world happiness generator', which is ready and waiting to cast away those #BlueMonday blues. Click here to receive your very own piece of wizarding world happiness, and let us know what you got… pottermo.re/Happiness" - @pottermore on Twitter and Facebook
  9. Features: "Wonderful wizarding world happiness generator (text only version)" at Pottermore (archived)
  10. (see this image)