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"Gideon Prewett, it took five Death Eaters to kill him and his brother Fabian, they fought like heroes…"
Alastor Moody regarding the Prewett brothers deaths[src]

Gideon Prewett (d. 1981) was an English pure-blood wizard, the brother of both Fabian and Molly. Gideon was a member of the original Order of the Phoenix. He and his brother fought in the First Wizarding War, both were murdered by five Death Eaters before war's end.


Gideon was born into the wizarding Prewett family, with his two known siblings: Fabian and Molly.[3] During the First Wizarding War, Molly, Gideon's sister, married Arthur Weasley, and the couple eventually had seven children. He also may have had a big nose.[4]

During the First Wizarding War, Gideon and his brother decided to join the ranks of the Order of the Phoenix to fight against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Their sister does not appear to have been an official member, probably because she had young children to take care of.

Eventually, however, Gideon and Fabian were attacked by five Death Eaters, one of whom was Antonin Dolohov. They were described as having "fought like heroes" by fellow Order member Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, though both were ultimately killed. Following Voldemort's fall from power, Dolohov, and perhaps others involved in the Prewetts' "brutal" murders, were imprisoned in Azkaban for the crime.[5]


It has never been shown how Molly coped with the deaths of her brothers. She rarely mentions them, perhaps indicating that she took their loss hard, but when she does, she speaks fondly of them indicating her love for her brothers.

Magical abilities and skills


Gideon is a Hebrew name, possibly meaning "mighty warrior". This likely refers to Gideon's skill as a wizard and his determination to defeat Voldemort and his allies. There is a figure in the Bible known as Gideon who is a judge known for his faith and sense of justice.

Behind the scenes

  • While Fabian and Gideon are mentioned as having been members of the Order, their sister Molly was not, most likely because she was raising her children, Gideon's nephews, during the First Wizarding War.
  • It is possible Gideon's sister honoured Fabian and Gideon with the naming of her twin sons, Fred and George, who have the same initials, 'F' and 'G'. Fabian and Gideon may also have been twins themselves, though it has yet to be confirmed or denied. Contrary to popular belief, identical twins (unlike fraternal twins) do not run in families so the fact that two of their nephews, Fred and George, are identical twins does not give any more weight to this speculation.


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Notes and references

  1. Gideon appeared in a photograph with Marlene McKinnon that was taken two weeks before Marlene's death in the summer of 1981. This indicates Gideon was alive in the summer of 1981 and must have been killed sometime between then and Voldemort's fall (31 October, 1981).
  2. Pottermore states that she was "technically Mrs Weasley's great aunt" making the Fabian her great nephew
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (script): Fred states that George's nose looks "positively massive" and is corrected that it is his - he says it is a family trait from Molly, implying that Gideon and Fabian may have had a big nose too.
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 9 (The Woes of Mrs Weasley)
Order of the Phoenix
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Albus Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Kingsley Shacklebolt
Original Order of of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Alice Longbottom | Arabella Figg | Benjy Fenwick | Caradoc Dearborn | Dedalus Diggle | Dorcas Meadowes | Edgar Bones | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fabian Prewett | Frank Longbottom | Gideon Prewett | James Potter | Lily Potter | Marlene McKinnon | Mundungus Fletcher | Peter Pettigrew (defected) | Remus Lupin | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Reconstituted Order of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Arabella Figg | Arthur Weasley | Bill Weasley | Charlie Weasley | Dedalus Diggle | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fleur Delacour | Fred Weasley | George Weasley | Harry Potter | Hermione Granger | Hestia Jones | Kingsley Shacklebolt | Minerva McGonagall | Molly Weasley | Mundungus Fletcher | Nymphadora Tonks | Remus Lupin | Ron Weasley | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Order of the Phoenix allies:
Andromeda Tonks | Augusta Longbottom | Buckbeak | Dobby | Fawkes | Filius Flitwick | Firenze | Garrick Ollivander | Ginny Weasley | Grawp | Helena Ravenclaw | Horace Slughorn | Karkus | Karkus's wife | Kreacher | Lee Jordan | Luna Lovegood | McKinnon family | Mr Westenberg | Mrs Westenberg | Muriel | Nearly-Headless Nick | Neville Longbottom | Oliver Wood | Olympe Maxime | Rita Skeeter | Peeves | Percy Weasley | Pomona Sprout | Poppy Pomfrey | Sybill Trelawney | Ted Tonks | The Fallen Fifty | Westenberg family | Winky | Xenophilius Lovegood
Other affiliations:
Dumbledore's Army | Forbidden Forest Centaur colony | Headless Hunt | Hogwarts Hippogriff herd | Hogwarts house-elves | Hogwarts Ghosts | Hogwarts Staff |
Hogwarts students | Hogwarts Thestral herd | Ministry of Magic | Giant colony (Karkus's control)