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- "What do I care how 'e looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!"
- —Fleur Delacour about Bill[src]
William "Bill" Arthur Weasley, born November 29, 1970, was the eldest son of Arthur and Molly Weasley, and the older brother of Charlie, Percy, George, Ron, Ginny Weasley and the late Fred Weasley. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from September 1982 to June 1989, and was both a Prefect and Head Boy. After graduating, he went to work for Gringotts Wizarding Bank as a Curse Breaker, working in Egypt. In 1995, he returned to England and joined the reconstituted Order of the Phoenix to face the reborn Lord Voldemort. During this time, he started dating Fleur Delacour, and eventually asked her to marry him after a short romance. During the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, Bill was severely injured by the Werewolf Fenrir Greyback. Although not turned into a Werewolf, he did develop some Werewolf tendencies such as a liking for very rare steaks. He married Fleur on August 1st, 1997, although their wedding was disrupted by the arrival of Death Eaters following the fall of the Ministry of Magic. Bill and Fleur then moved to Shell Cottage, where they later assisted Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and his brother Ron after their escape from Malfoy Manor during their search for Lord Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes. Bill later fought in the Battle of Hogwarts alongside the rest of the Order of the Phoenix, and survived the conflict. Following the war, Bill and Fleur had three children, Victoire, Dominique and Louis Weasley.
Early life and Hogwarts
- "Bill was Head Boy."
- —Ron Weasley[src]
William Weasley, commonly called "Bill" by his friends and family, was born on November 29, 1970 and lived with the Weasleys at the family home, The Burrow, in Ottery St. Catchpole. Bill attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1982 to 1989, where he was Sorted into Gryffindor house. In his fifth year, Bill was appointed as a Prefect, and obtained twelve Outstanding grades in his Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations. In his seventh year, he was made Head Boy. At some point, Bill had a pen-friend at a school in Brazil. When his pen-friend wanted him to go on an exchange trip, Bill had to decline because his parents couldn't afford it. His pen-friend, though, got offended and sent him a cursed hat that made his ears shrivel up.
Working for Gringotts
After graduating from Hogwarts in 1989, Bill went to work for the Goblin-run Gringotts Wizarding Bank as a Curse Breaker in Egypt. His job entailed recovering treasure from Egyptian tombs, and using his skills to bypass the various spells and curses left behind by wizards to guard their valuables. At Christmas in 1992, his parents visited him, and in the summer of 1993, the whole Weasley family went to Egypt on holiday after his father won seven-hundred galleons in the annual Grand Prize Galleon Draw held by the Daily Prophet newspaper. Bill took his family on a tour of the Egyptian tombs while they were there.
In the summer of 1994, Bill returned to The Burrow to attend the Quidditch World Cup with his family, which was being held in England and contested between Ireland and Bulgaria. During his stay, he met his brother Ron's best friend, Harry Potter—famous for being the only living person to survive the Killing Curse and the instrument of Lord Voldemort's downfall during the First Wizarding War—for the first time. When Lord Voldemort's followers, the Death Eaters. decided to stir up trouble in the aftermath of the Irish victory, Bill assisted the Ministry of Magic in dealing with the troublemakers. During the skirmish, Bill was injured with a deep cut on his arm. Bill later escorted his siblings, Harry and Hermione Granger—who was Harry and Ron's other best friend—to King's Cross Station to see them off to Hogwarts aboard the Hogwarts Express.
In 1995, Bill took more time off work to travel to Hogwarts with his mother to support Harry during the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament. Harry, despite not entering the Tournament due to being underage, had been selected as a fourth Triwizard Champion as part of a plot concocted by Barty Crouch Jr. to resurrect Lord Voldemort, who had been reduced to a husk of his former self following his defeat in Godric's Hollow in 1981. It was during this time that Bill met Fleur Delacour, a French witch and Triwizard Champion representing Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, who was attracted to him from the start. During the Third Task, Harry and his fellow Hogwarts Champion Cedric Diggory were transported to a graveyard in the small town of Little Hangleton via a Portkey. At the graveyard, Cedric was killed, and Lord Voldemort was returned to full strength. After a brief duel Harry managed to fight of Voldemort and return Cedric's body to Hogwarts. When the events were relayed to Bill, he immediately set out to inform his father of the news, and to tell him that Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts, would be contacting him.
Second Wizarding War
Desk Job at Gringotts
Bill joined the reconstituted Order of the Phoenix, a secret organisation that had been formed during the First Wizarding War to oppose Lord Voldemort, and applied for a desk job in England so he could help the Order more effectively. Although he missed the tombs, he did have one compensation—Fleur Delacour had taken a part-time job at Gringotts to improve her English, and the two began dating. He was often involved in planning sessions and was used to sound out the Goblins on where their loyalties lay due to his close working relationship with them. During the Christmas of 1995, Bill visited his father at St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries several times after he had been attacked by Lord Voldemort's snake, Nagini, while on guard duty in the Hall of Prophecy at the Ministry of Magic.
The Ministry of Magic did not initially believe that Voldemort had returned, and gave no credence to the reports from Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore that he was alive and posed a threat. In fact, they even went as far as to discredit both of them in a public smear campaign. When the Wizarding world at large became aware of Lord Voldemort's return after he revealed himself to Ministry officials—including the current Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge—during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Bill asked Fleur to marry him after they had been dating for a year. In the summer of 1996, she stayed at The Burrow for several weeks to get to know Bill's family. However, her blunt nature rubbed Mrs. Weasley and Ginny the wrong way, and they thought he could do better than her.
Guarding Hogwarts and Battling Death Eaters
In 1997, Bill was one of the Order members tasked by Dumbledore to patrol Hogwarts during his absence when he and Harry went to search for one of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes, which were mystical artifacts that Voldemort had hidden parts of his soul in to ensure his continued survival. Death Eaters broke into the school with the help of Draco Malfoy, a student at Hogwarts and the son of Death Eater Lucius Malfoy. During the following battle, Bill was badly injured by the Werewolf Fenrir Greyback. His face was slashed and ripped, and because of the nature of his attacker, the wounds were cursed.
Although Greyback was not transformed at the time, the wounds were contaminated. Bill did not become a werewolf, however, but did develop a liking for very rare steaks. Strangely, it was his injuries that finally convinced his mother that Fleur was the right choice for him. Mrs Weasley thought their union was based solely on physical attraction, but Fleur showed that she loved him no matter what he looked like, and the two women reconciled over his hospital bed. He later attended the funeral of Albus Dumbledore, who had been killed by Severus Snape during the battle.
In July 1997, Bill was one of the members of the Order of the Phoenix that assisted in transporting Harry to safety before the protective charm that kept him safe at the Dursleys was broken. He rode with Fleur disguised as Harry on a Thestral, and during the Battle over Little Whinging, saw Alastor Moody killed by Voldemort. They were chased by a dozen Death Eaters, but escaped unharmed. He later volunteered to assist Remus Lupin in searching for Moody's body to give him a proper burial, but they could find no trace of it.
Bill and Fleur were married on August 1, 1997. Their reception, however, was disrupted by Death Eaters, who were able to break the protective spells around The Burrow when they finally took over the Ministry of Magic and killed Rufus Scrimgeour, who had replaced Fudge as Minister of Magic. Although they were questioned, they were later freed. Bill returned to work, and he and Fleur moved to their own place, Shell Cottage. Later in the year, Bill's brother Ron came to stay with them after abandoning Harry and Hermione during their search for Voldemort's Horcruxes, a task they had taken upon themselves following the death of Dumbledore the previous year. Although disappointed in his brother for his actions, he could see how sorry he was, and didn't let on to the rest of the family that he was there.
Ron eventually left Shell Cottage and returned to his friends who were eventually captured by Snatchers—dark wizards that served Voldemort's regime—after they spoke Voldemort's name aloud, invoking a spell known as the Taboo. This alerted the Snatchers to the trio's position, allowing them to be caught and taken to Malfoy Manor. Harry, Ron and Hermione eventually escaped from Malfoy Manor with several other prisoners—fellow students Luna Lovegood, and Dean Thomas, the Goblin Griphook, and Mr. Ollivander—and sought refuge at Shell Cottage. Bill took them in, and allowed Harry to bury the remains of Dobby the House-elf, who had died while aiding the prisoner's escape, in his garden. Realising that the enemy was aware that the Weasleys were supporting Harry openly, Bill and his father took the family into hiding using the Fidelius Charm. As a result, Bill had to give up work, and he became the Secret-Keeper to Shell Cottage. In the following weeks, Bill played host to the escapees, and realised that Harry was planning something with Griphook. Although not privy to the details, he counselled Harry on the way Goblins perceived things and warned him about them.
Battle of Hogwarts and later life
Shortly after Harry, Ron, Hermione and Griphook left to break into Gringotts to destroy another of Voldemort's Horcruxes, he was alerted to Neville Longbottom's call to arms to fight at Hogwarts. Neville had, in the absence of Harry, taken to leading a rebellion against the Death Eaters control of the school. When Harry turned up at the school in search of another one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, Neville had taken it as a sign that it was time to openly fight the Death Eaters. He and Fleur Apparated to the Hog's Head pub in Hogsmeade and travelled to the Room of Requirement in the school via a secret tunnel. Bill fought in the subsequent Battle of Hogwarts and survived, but the victory was tarnished by the death of his brother, Fred. Following the war, Bill and Fleur had three children, Victoire, Dominique and Louis Weasley.
- Mrs Weasley: "…with a horrible, great fang on it, really, Bill, what do they say at the bank?"
- Bill: "Mum, no one at the bank gives a damn about how I dress as long as I bring home plenty of treasure."
- Mrs Weasley: "And your hair's getting silly, dear. I wish you'd let me give it a trim…"
- — Molly Weasley and Bill, discussing Bill's appearance at dinner.[src]
Bill was tall, thin, and had red hair like the rest of the Weasley family. He wore it long and in a ponytail, and he had an earring with a fang dangling from it. He wore clothes that would not be out of place at a rock concert, and he favoured boots of dragon hide. He was once called a "long-haired pillock" by Rita Skeeter in an article she wrote about the Gringotts Curse Breakers.
In 1997, he suffered severe facial wounds at the hands of the werewolf Fenrir Greyback during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. Although untransformed at the time, Greyback's lycanthropy caused the wounds to be cursed, and they could not be treated totally, leaving him heavily scarred.
Personality and traits
- Mrs. Weasley: "…Bill and Fleur…well…what have they really got in common? He's a hard-working down-to-earth sort of person, whereas she's–"
- Ginny: "A cow. But Bill's not that down-to-earth. He's a Curse-Breaker, isn't he, he likes a bit of adventure, a bit of glamour…"
- — Molly and Ginny Weasley on Bill[src]
Bill was laid back and easy going, and described as "cool". However, he had a serious side, being a high academic achiever while a student and was knowledgeable about wizard-goblin relations for his work. Despite being the eldest of seven children, he had a lively sense of humour and knew how to have fun. He was very brave, working as a Curse Breaker and joining the Order of the Phoenix to fight against Lord Voldemort. After his mauling at the hands of Fenrir Greyback, it was feared that his personality would change, and that he would take on some wolfish characteristics. However, Bill's personality remained intact, although he did develop a liking for very rare steaks.
Magical abilities and skills
Bill was a skilled wizard, and accomplished academician; he earned twelve OWLs during his fifth year at Hogwarts. He was proficient in the use of offensive and defensive spells, using them during his job as a Curse Breaker and, later, during the Second Wizarding War. He used his skills to successfully assist the Ministry of Magic during the Death Eater's riot in the aftermath of the Quidditch World Cup, and fought in several of the Second War's most pivotal battles, including the Battle of Hogwarts.
Bill maintained a good relationship with all his family members, but seemed to be particularly close to Charlie, the sibling closest to him in age and the one he chose as best man at his wedding.
His younger siblings tended to look up to Bill, especially his only sister, Ginny. She supported Bill whenever their mother criticised his choice of hair and clothing, and a large part of her initial disdain for Fleur Delacour was her belief that the witch was not good enough for her brother. Whether or not she made this known to him is unclear, although when her mother came to accept their relationship, Ginny decided that she could accept it as well. Ginny also tended to take Bill's opinion very seriously; when she Harry, Ron and Hermione discussed their hatred of Severus Snape, she mentioned that Bill didn't like him either, as if her older brother's opinion should settle it.
Ron also admired Bill, partly because he was one of his only siblings who didn't tease him. Towards the end of 1997, when Ron temporarily abandoned Harry and Hermione during their search for Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes, he stayed with Bill and Fleur at Shell Cottage. Although Bill wasn't impressed by his brother's actions, he realised how sorry Ron was about it and never mentioned it.
Bill also got along well with his parents, though his mother constantly tried to pressure him into cutting his hair and not dressing as flashily as he liked to. She also disapproved of his choice of wife initially, though she came to accept Fleur once she realised how in love the couple was.
- George: "Remember old Fleur Delacour? She's got a job at Gringotts to eemprove 'er Eeenglish-"
- Fred: "And Bill's been giving her a lot of private lessons."
- — Fred and George Weasley.[src]
Bill met Fleur Delacour in June 1995 when he accompanied his mother to Hogwarts to support Harry Potter during the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament, in which she was also a Champion. Fleur was attracted to him immediately, eyeing him from a distance. Shortly after, Bill moved back to England to work for the Order of the Phoenix, taking a desk job at Gringotts. Fleur had taken a part-time job at the bank, and the two began dating shortly after. After a year together, Bill proposed, and Fleur accepted. His mother felt it was too soon for him to get married, and worried that he was only doing it in response to the return of Lord Voldemort. In addition, Fleur's blunt attitude and tendency to speak her mind irritated both Molly and Ginny. Mrs. Weasley became convinced that their feelings for each other were based on physical attraction, and the adventurous side of each other—him as a Curse Breaker, and her as a Triwizard Champion. Following Bill's scarring during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, Fleur showed her feelings for Bill by declaring that she still loved him no matter what he looked like, and insisted that she would take care of his injuries. Her declaration convinced Mrs. Weasley that her son had made the right choice, and the two women finally put aside their differences. Bill and Fleur married on August 1, 1997, and set up a home of their own, Shell Cottage. Their union produced three children: Victoire, Dominique, and Louis.
Behind the scenes
Bill Weasley was portrayed by Richard Fish in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. However, he only appeared in a photo of the Weasley family in Egypt. The character was omitted from the film versions of Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince, but appeared in the adaptations of Deathly Hallows. However, the role has since been recast; Fish will not be returning to the role, and has been replaced by Domhnall Gleeson, son of Brendan Gleeson, who portrays Alastor Moody.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) (Picture only)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Mugglenet - Birthday archive: Bill Weasley
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Times Online - The Unwritten Story of Harry's Friends and Their Children
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- ↑ 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- ↑ J.K. Rowling MSNBC interview
- ↑ Head Boys were appointed in the Seventh Year; Bill would have been in his seventh term during this period.