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]
Weasley Mark OotP

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. However, Fred was tragically killed in the Battle of Hogwarts less than two years later while battling Pius Thicknesse alongside his brother, Percy Weasley.

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