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Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley

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"We're with you whatever happens."

Portrayed by: Rupert Grint (films), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast 

Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Díaz (Philosopher's Stone-Chamber of Secrets), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Prisoner of Azkaban-Deathly Hallows)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Ian Lleonart (Philosopher's Stone), Bruno Ramos (Chamber of Secrets), David Carrillo (Prisoner of Azkaban-Deathly Hallows)

Appears in: Philosopher’s Stone | Chamber of Secrets | Prisoner of Azkaban | Goblet of Fire | Order of the Phoenix | Half-Blood Prince | Deathly Hallows | Cursed Child

"Maybe you don't have to do things all by yourself, mate."

The id of the series' resident Power Trio. Ron, the second youngest child and youngest son of the Weasley family, has something of an inferiority complex. He first meets Harry on Platform 9 3/4, and the two became fast friends on the Hogwarts Express before they'd even reached Hogwarts. Throughout the books, he sticks with Harry through thick and thin, with the exception of a month in fourth year and again in Deathly Hallows— being constant sidekick to The Boy Who Lived sure doesn't help that inferiority complex.

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Nineteen years later, he's married to Hermione and has two children named Rose and Hugo.


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  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Fleur. It's more pronounced in Goblet of Fire than in future books, as Fleur ends up marrying Ron's older brother and Ron starts pining for Hermione, but Ron certainly fancies her early on and then is unfortunate enough to be around her when she was apparently attempting to charm Cedric with her Veela abilities. To hear Ron tell it, she looked at him like he was a sea slug, leading him to bolt (though she does favor him with a peck on each cheek for helping save Gabrielle from the merfolk later on). Later, after becoming engaged to Bill, Ron still seems to nurse a crush all the same, with Fleur being far more patient but still a little annoyed by his antics.
  • Academic Athlete: Zigzagged. He turns out to be an excellent Quidditch Keeper but only once he gets over his massive nerves problem. Like Harry he's also an indifferent student who relies on Hermione for homework. When he applies himself enough he nonetheless receives seven O.W.L.s and even qualifies for the very exclusive Potions N.E.W.T. class.
  • Action Survivor: He's more than competent, but he's neither as clever as Hermione (except at wizard chess), nor as naturally talented as Harry. Although academically, they are more or less the same anyway, and Ron wins the Gryffindor team two Quidditch Cups, which is one more than Harry.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: A lighter example than most as Ron was always a fairly comedic character, but the movies remove many of his genuine moments of competence and add in several more moments of buffoonery.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed. He's still a loyal friend in the movie adaptations, but the scene where he defended Hermione after Snape referred to as an "insufferable know-it-all" was replaced with Movie!Ron agreeing with the professor. Also, many of the moments that gave sympathetic reasons behind Ron's actions (i.e., initially not believing Harry didn't put his name in the Triwizard Cup, the reason behind starting a relationship with Lavender, etc.) are not mentioned in the movies at all. The movie keeps this in while leaving out many of Hermione's rougher edges and moments.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed. While Movie!Ron does get more jerk moments than Book!Ron, one instance of him being more kinder in the movie adaptations is his relationship with Lavender. In the books, Ron mostly began a relationship with her out of spite when he learned Hermione had kissed Viktor in their fourth year. But in the movies, it's shown that Ron did harbor more of an attraction to Lavender with no petty ulterior motives.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • The books showed that Ron was quite competent and shrewd and insightful in other moments and a genuinely true friend to Harry. The movie make him more comedic, and give his more impressive moments to either Harry or Hermione.
    • The first and most defining example of this would cross over with Hermione's Adaptational Badass status. In the first movie when they land on the Devil's snare, Ron freaks out and its only due to Hermione's cool head and knowledge that they escape unthrottled. However, in the book, Hermione is the one who panics and Ron has to get her to focus to remember the Devil's Snare's weakness. Presumably this change was made due to the fact that Hermione's moment to shine in the book, a logic puzzle involving potions, wouldn't translate very well to the screen. However, the characterization change stuck with both of them for the rest of the series.
    • One notable example of this is in the shrieking shack. In the books, he tells Sirius that "if you want to kill Harry, you'll have to through us first" while standing up on a broken leg between Harry and Sirius and then throws himself on Sirius's wand when Harry attacks Sirius. In the movies, his line goes to Hermione and Ron spends the entire scene moaning on the bed in the background.
    • Another one is that he's the one who goes ballistic whenever Draco gives racist taunts to Hermione or makes fun of her in the books and he's the one who becomes Mr. Exposition for Fantastic Racism in the book, but in Chamber of Secrets this moment is given to Hermione.
    • The movies also convey the sense that Hermione is a better friend to Harry than Ron. This is because the movies leave out many parts in the book where Harry rows and argues with her (which is a lot more often in the books) or that Harry truly gets depressed in the two moments where he and Ron have a falling-out (Book 4 and Book 7).
  • Always Second Best: Goes through this motion occasionally with Harry. The Horcrux in the Slytherin locket reveals that he has felt this way all his life, convinced that he is less loved by his parents because he is not as accomplished as Charlie, Bill, and Percy, and wasn't the daughter that his mother was wishing for prior to having Ginny, and that Hermione was in love with Harry instead of himself. Lucky for everyone involved, Ron works through this mindset in all these cases, ultimately convinced that he just has to be the best boy/man he can be without comparing himself to anyone else.
  • Amazon Chaser: He certainly appreciates Hermione's strength and cleverness. He practically beamed with pride when she slapped Draco in the third book. Despite his occasional jealousy of Harry, he never shows any sign of jealousy at Hermione's achievements. He frequently tells her that she "already knows everything" or comments on her intelligence. When Harry asks if Hermione passed her apparition test, Ron says that she "was perfect, obviously." When their O.W.L. grades arrive, Ron makes it clear that he's completely unsurprised by her 10 O.W.L.s, and mildly amused by her visible annoyance that she didn't get a perfect score (she earned nine Outstandings and one Exceeds Expectations, which is as close as one can come without being perfect).
  • Animal Motifs: He has a Jack Russell terrier patronus.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Fred and George often treat him this way, although they do care about him in spite of it.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Subverted. His favorite Quidditch player is Viktor Krum and the said star comes to Hogwarts during Ron's fourth year, which excites the latter — until he found out Krum became romantically interested in Hermione.
  • Attention Whore: Justified because Ron felt that he wouldn't be as distinguishable like the rest of his siblings were. Also because his best friends were known as "The Chosen One" and "The Brightest Witch of her Age", while he himself is seen as "another Weasley".
  • Audience Surrogate: Becomes more of this as the series goes on and Harry becomes more experienced. Besides the fact that he was raised by wizards, he's for the most part a normal teenage boy who reacts how one would expect him to and moreover, that's why Harry values him so much. With Ron, Harry can enjoy a genuinely close and wonderful friendship whom he can have fun and discuss sports and girls with, a normal thing that Harry never had as a kid.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: His skill at Wizard Chess becomes his perhaps biggest Moment of Awesome, as it allows Harry and Hermione to proceed through the last challenges in PS. Too bad that's only used once in the series...other times, a less dangerous version is played to pass the time between classes.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: In Deathly Hallows, he manages to successfully get himself and Hermione into the Chamber of Secrets without Harry's help by mimicking the sounds he'd heard Harry make when speaking Parseltongue. In a mundane context, imagine speaking a foreign language you don't understand well enough to fool a native speaker into believing you're fluent.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Hermione. They constantly argued as children to hide their mutual attraction, but would come to one another's defense whenever the other was threatened and/or insulted.
  • Babies Ever After: Has two children (a daughter and a son) with Hermione by their adulthood.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Hermione. They bicker alot and as they grow older, it just becomes intense, especially when the opposite sex is involved. All to mask the romantic feelings they have for one another (and not acting on it because of their mutual insecurities.)
  • Berserk Button: He is particularly sensitive to being mocked about his family's lack of wealth.
  • Best Friend: He is Harry's best friend for life as much as Harry is his.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The comic relief of the trio (and the series), but also will own anyone that insult the people he loves.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Seems to be this at times towards Ginny, despite not being incredibly close to her; this is most notably shown comes down hard on Harry in the final book when he thinks Harry isn't treating her right.
  • Big Eater: Definitely in the later films.
    Hermione: "Do you ever stop eating?"
    Ron: "What? I'm hungry."
    • This, in the films, at least, has an effect on him; due to retiring from the Aurors and working in George's joke shop (as confirmed by J.K. Rowling), Ron has rather a pot belly by the epilogue.
    • It causes some problems in Deathly Hallows, when the trio is traveling around without regular or guaranteed access to food. Ron is used to three squares a day, and when the gang isn't able to find enough food, his mood degrades accordingly.
    • Cursed Child has Albus say that Ron "hides it well", but he's "getting a bit of a gut".
  • Blue Blood: As a Weasley, he is part of the Sacred Twenty-Eight wizarding families, though the Weasleys are not treated with the same respect as the others.
  • Book Dumb: Much like Harry, he depends on Hermione to help him with his homework, but he still has a great tactical mind. Unlike Harry and even Hermione, Ron is quite knowledgeable and even insightful about wizard folklore and culture, knowing finer details about Beedle the Bard that Hermione wouldn't know from reading books since he grew up as a wizard.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Like Harry, Ron was intelligent, but lacked the motivation to put forth effort in class; during their years at school, Ron (like Harry) frequently expected Hermione's help, and when she either refused or was unavailable, his grades would inevitably slip.
  • Bromantic Foil: To Harry. Harry had to find a date for Ron to go to at the ball. Well, both of them were dateless and struck out with who they wanted to ask out.
  • Brutal Honesty: Ron doesn't shy away from what he thinks of something or someone. It's been frequently pointed out that him being honest can come off being extremely insensitive. Hermione tends to call him out on this (albeit she is just as guilty about it.)
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He receives this in Goblet of Fire when he notes that Harry never realized that Leprechaun Gold went missing, since he's well provided for to the extent of not needing money, noting that for him that money would at least mean not wearing second-hand robes in front of everyone. His only reply to this is, "I hate being poor!".
  • Butt-Monkey: Not nearly as severe a case as Neville, but Ron ends up as the butt of jokes from his older brothers, suffers the wrath of his mother, and Harry is the only one who usually gets credit for their adventures.
  • The Cassandra: To the point that even he doesn't believe his predictions — at least in part because he doesn't believe in Divination in the first place. His most accurate predictions invariably come in the form of something he pulled out of his ass to get an assignment done, and nobody ever notices.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Bloody hell", but only in the movies.
  • Character Tics: When he felt insecure or embarrassed, it was noted that his ears turned red. This became his tell-tale sign of his anger and embarrassment.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The first book has Ron's skill at chess put to good use, by getting past McGonagall's giant chess set in order to get to the Philosopher's Stone.
  • Chess Motifs: Ron plays chess, and this is a major plot point in the climax of the first book. There aren't any obvious metaphorical implications, which just means this was fertile ground for a number of (now mostly jossed) Epileptic Trees. The most spectacular example is probably the Knight-to-King theory (which, in brief, uses the chess game to conclude that Dumbledore is actually a time-travelled version of Ron). Ron, himself takes the place as the knight.
  • The Chew Toy: If there's a Homemade Sweater from Hell or Magic Misfire to be endured, Ron is the most likely candidate. It becomes deconstructed in later books when Ron grows increasingly resentful by this and it stops being funny when one notes that he is being hurt by this.
  • Chick Magnet: He becomes this after winning at Quidditch, but tones it back to win the heart of Hermione.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Hermione — met in their pre-teen years, became High School Sweet Hearts, and married afterwards.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: He's immature, temperamental, and attention-seeking, but he is one of the most reliable, loyal and helpful people you can have and he does want to be better. A lot of Character Development in the last book helps him get over it.
  • Class Representative: He's a prefect in the fifth and sixth books. He doesn't take his duties as seriously as Hermione, however.
  • Conflict Ball: His fight with Harry in Goblet of Fire? His jealous behavior to Hermione in the same book because she went with Krum to the Yule Ball? More jealousy with Hermione in Half-Blood Prince because she might have kissed Krum? The poor guy seems to get handed this a lot. Things get just plain ugly when he gets saddled with a literal Conflict Ball in the form of Slytherin's locket. It also comes because Ron is in many ways an Audience Surrogate, being a mostly normal person reacting just like they would in the absurd fantasy situations that they are thrust into.
  • Cool Loser: By the age of 13, he's helped Harry defeat Voldemort twice, and has been given an award for special services to the school. He's a Deadpan Snarker who's best friends with the Chosen One, his brothers are all ultra-cool, and it's implied that he's at least moderately attractive. While he isn't a straight-A student, he's not described as stupid by any measure. And he fights a bunch of adult Death Eaters, and becomes a star player in the House Quidditch team where he played a key part in winning the cup twice (one more than Harry). Even with all of that, Ron's still not treated as particularly cool by his peers. Apart from Harry, Ron should be the most popular kid in school among everyone but the Slytherins. Explained by Hermione in Goblet of Fire that Ron gets pushed off to one side in favour of Harry because of Harry's fame. Besides the other students in their year who have classes with them and some friends of Ginny's, no one spends enough time with Harry or Ron to realize that Ron is cool too - they're just in awe of Harry. His family is another problem. As mentioned above, all of his older brothers are ultra-cool, but Ron can't (or at least, feels like he can't) ever live up to them or find a particular skill that sets him apart. Even some of the things that make him "cool," like Quidditch, are things his brothers were already well-known for before him. Throw in that his other best friend is a verifiable Teen Genius, and he's just generally Overshadowed by Awesome.
  • Cowardly Lion: Gryffindor pun aside, Ron may be easily scared, but his bravery and nerve are on par with Harry.
    • In the first book, at the age of eleven, he made a move that would have been a Heroic Sacrifice just to get Harry and Hermione through a game of wizard's chess. He was visibly shaken by the implications, but he did it.
    • However, his cowardly tendencies are stronger in the movies than in the books. In the books, at least for the first half of the series, Hermione fits this trope better though she grows out of it. Spiders are the only thing that truly scare in him the books.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: His insecurity allows him to become easily jealous in regards to Hermione's possible interest in another guy, evident in the way he questions Hermione when she dates Krum, worries about her attraction to Harry, and tries to make her jealous in return of Lavender Brown.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ron is one of the main comic reliefs in the series, but he's also the guy who defeated some of the nastiest Death Eaters in existence.
  • Darkest Hour: Book Seven has him face down the 3rd Horcrux that was psychologically assaulting him the past several weeks (and was the reason for his argument with his friends.)
  • Deadpan Snarker: Frequently. Leading to a Funny Moment, his reaction to Peeves' jingle, in book seven: "Really gives a feeling for the scope and tragedy of the thing, doesn't it?".
  • Determinator: Not effortlessly, but Ron exhibits extreme bravery and unstoppableness, especially in the second book, where despite being terrified of spiders, he still ventures in the Forbidden Forrest following them and the third, where he stands on a broken leg between Harry and a known murdered and then leaps on him to restrain him.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He actually tells Voldemort that Harry beat him. To Voldemort's face, no less.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He dislikes corned beef sandwiches. In the book, he seems to dislike cappuccinos too, though it is probably because it was the first time he ever tasted it.
  • Due to the Dead: He, along with Dean and Harry, give Dobby clothes to be buried in. His, however, has the most likely to be considered symbolic, as it's his shoes and socks he gives, which is sometimes seen as religious/spiritual.
  • The Everyman: An odd example — While Harry is the viewpoint character discovering the magical world, he hardly qualifies as ordinary, whereas Ron is ordinary for the magical world (aside from coming from a notable if poor family) and would be unremarkable if he wasn't Harry's best friend.
  • Fanboy: Ron's favorite Quidditch team are the Chudley Cannons.
  • Fatal Flaw: Jealousy. It nearly cost him his friendships with Harry and Hermione, and a possible romantic relationship with the latter. It's also a big source of conflict between Ron and his friends as all of them get older, making things a lot harder than they have to be.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has the famous Weasley red hair and is quite Hot-Blooded. Taken Up to Eleven when puberty is added to the mix.
  • First Love: To Hermione, even though she briefly dated Krum, she has always had romantic feelings for Ron.
  • Foil:
    • He's particularly a Foil to Draco Malfoy, both of them are pureblood but Draco is an only child and wealthy while Ron is none of those things. The fact that at the end, Ron punches Draco and puts him down for being an Ungrateful Bastard who they went out of their way to save his life.
    • He's a poor boy with a long-lasting crush on his Muggleborn friend (who is a widely acclaimed teen prodigy), while feeling vastly inferior to her (as well as a boy from the Potter family, at whom he is also jealous over the girl). His inferiority complex leads him to hurting said girl. Unlike Severus Snape who never made an effort to improve his personality or fix things with Lily, Ron conquered his issues and got together with Hermione.
  • Freudian Excuse: Ron's phobia of spiders stems from young Fred and George transfiguring Ron's teddy bear into a giant spider.

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  • The Generic Guy: Deconstructed. Ron is an average wizard, and his two closest friend outshine in one or another. It got so bad that he thought of himself as The Unfavorite of his family, thinking they preferred Harry for a son, instead. One main reason Ron never was open about his feeling for Hermione was because he thought "a girl as amazing as her wouldn't choose an average guy like me".
  • Genre Blind: He is completely in the dark about even the most basic aspects of Muggle life, a fact that turns the tables for the Trio when they hit the road in DH.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Gender-flipped. By Prince, Ron's technically a jock, and Hermione's still a geek. Not to mention Cormac, who is also a good-looking Quidditch player (though it's subverted in that Hermione thinks he's an idiot and only dates him once, to annoy Ron).
  • Go Through Me: In Prisoner of Azkaban the book, he says this to Sirius, it's (one of) his Moment of Awesome. The movies gave this moment to Hermione, a mark of the Flanderization there. To add insult to injury, he spends the entire scene moaning about his leg on the bed.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Ron finally discovered his feelings for Hermione when Viktor Krum took an interest in her.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Ron's Fatal Flaw is his tendency to get exceptionally jealous, especially of his friends. It causes no end of trouble in Goblet of Fire, getting into shouting matches with Harry and Hermione that make things harder than they have to be. Ron does grow out of it, but until he does, he gets called out on it more than once.
  • Happily Married: The Cursed Child shows that while he and Hermione may still get into arguments, they have a gentle, loving marriage with Ron being the romantic of the two.
  • The Heart: His role in the main trio. Notably, Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows have stretches where he falls out with the other two, and it's noted that they have a harder time interacting without Ron as a stabilizer.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: His Patronus is a Jack Russell terrier.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In The Cursed Child, in the Voldemort Victorious timeline, he and Hermione delay some Dementors so Scorpius and Snape can escape.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: A big theme in Ron Weasley's Character Development is feeling inferior and unskilled in relation to Harry and Hermione, which more than once mixes with Driven by Envy. He feels that he's not really good at anything, and even if he was, either his friends or his siblings would have done what he did already anyways. It's a textbook case of "impostor syndrome," where he chalks up the things he accomplishes to luck or someone else's skill instead of his own. Reading between the lines, he's far from stupid, has a certain amount of intuition his two friends often lack, and he's a world-class chess player. He just gets Overshadowed by Awesome so often that even Ron himself has trouble recognizing his skill.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Harry — They have been best friends (with Hermione) since their first years and are more like brothers. And despite Hermione's (often correct) assertion that Ron is insensitive, Ron often seems to have a better idea of what Harry wants or needs than Hermione or even Harry himself. Indeed, in the Second Task of Goblet of Fire, the judges selected Ron as "the person he would miss the most" and neither of the trio doubt that perception.
  • Hidden Depths: Beneath his temperamental and moody nature, Ron was good with tactical thinking and showed a talent for thinking outside of the box. For example, it was Ron who suggested that Harry use Felix Felicis to try to get Horace Slughorn's memory of telling Tom Riddle about the Horcruxes, and Ron's idea to go to the Chamber of Secrets in order to get Basilisk fangs to destroy the Horcruxes. Ron was also able to keep a level head in highly stressful situations, and was generally more pragmatic than either of his best friends.
  • High-School Sweethearts: With Hermione, as they are married by the epilogue.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's in the House famed for courage and belongs to a family full of Fiery Redheads. He couldn't be anything but this.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: He and Hermione argue all the time, but he's reliably the first to jump to her defense when someone insults her. The best example? Yelling at Snape for calling Hermione a know-it-all, when everyone in the room knows he calls her that on a regular basis.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Sometimes, though he doesn’t seem to envy Harry his life. Contrasting with Harry’s I Just Want to Be Normal.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Goes through this in Deathly Hallows after he returns, saves Harry, and destroys Salazar's locket.
    Ron: I'm sorry. I'm sorry I left. I know I was a — a— (trails off)
    Harry: You've sort of made up for it tonight. Getting the sword. Finishing off the Horcrux. Saving my life.
    Harry: Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was. I've been trying to tell you that for years.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: G-rated example with a glass of butterbeer in Order of the Phoenix after a disastrous Quidditch match that ends with the Slytherins mocking him with a chorus of "Weasley Is Our King", making his already low self-confidence drop like a Bludger.
  • Innocent Bigot: Blood traitors his family may be, but he's still a pureblood wizard with a wizard's prejudices, and he occasionally expresses a low opinion of house-elves, giants, werewolves, and other magical creatures which Harry and Hermione are more open-minded about. In particular, he's completely incapable of having a conversation with a ghost without offending the departed spirit so badly that they walk out on him.
  • Innocently Insensitive: His penchant for Brutal Honesty frequently puts him at odds with Hermione, such as when he says that her poorly-knitted elf hats look like woolly bladders. (She doesn't speak to him for the rest of the morning.)
  • Insecure Love Interest: To Hermione. One of the main reasons he didn't confess his feelings to her was because he didn't feel like "a girl like her would fall for a guy like him." Or rather he felt that Hermione liked Harry and that they would be a better fit than him and her.
  • In-Series Nickname: His full name is "Ronald", but he goes by "Ron".
  • Jerkass Ball: Gets one in Book 7 (which, to be fair, was largely thanks to extended psychological assault by the Horcrux), causing him to be unbearable and angry, to the point he leaves Harry and Hermione.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • He tells Harry and Hermione to refuse Hagrid's request to secretly teach Grawp English in case Hagrid gets sacked, pointing out that they've got their OWLS coming up and need to study and that the trio is already on thin ice with Umbridge, who is looking for any reason to expel them.
    • While he only dated Lavender out of spite to Hermione after he learned that she kissed Viktor back in their fourth year, he does make one good point in his rant to Harry that he and Hermione weren't officially a couple and that he has the right to date anyone he pleases.
    • Ron said some very nasty things to Harry while wearing the Horcrux, but made one point in it all — that Dumbledore gave Harry no clue on where to find the other Horcruxes or any guidance whatsoever, resulting in the trio essentially just aimlessly running around the country hoping to get lucky instead of making meaningful progress to complete the job.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While not by any stretch the biggest jerk in the series, his moments of jealousy/anger, immaturity, and just plain insensitivity have nearly cost him his friendships with both Harry and Hermione. But in all of those times, he came back for his friends and family. And learned from his mistakes too.
  • The Lancer: Ron books fits the definition perfectly. It was a plot point in the first book with the Mirror of Erised. Harry, who lacked ambition and never knew a family other than his abusive aunt and uncle, sees nothing but his parents standing behind him. To contrast, Ron felt crowded as the second youngest of seven kids and dreamed of outshining them all so he sees himself alone holding awards of many kinds. For a bit of extra symbolism, Ron (short for Rhongomynyad, cutting-spear) was the name of the mythical King Arthur's spear.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Harry. Along with Hermione, Harry leans on Ron not only for dangerous adventures, but for emotional support. And without him (or Hermione), Harry wouldn't have a will to live.
  • The Load: He runs into this in the movies which upsets the careful Balance of Power in the Trio in the books. He's a decent enough wizard, but his friends are the smartest witch in their school and the greatest celebrity in the wizarding world. Not helping matters is the fact that the only major thing he accomplished in the earlier parts of the series was because of his chess skills. In later books, he acknowledges this in the form of a full blown inferiority crisis and has to be convinced by Harry to even try to destroy the Locket Horcrux. He's not particularly bad or ineffective in a fight necessarily, its just that he lacks a single great fight.
  • Lovable Jock: Ron became a Quidditch Keeper in book 5 (but not in the movies until 6) and is a decent, if occasionally insensitive, guy.

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  • Magic Misfire: Several times in book two, due to a broken wand, though said wand helps him and Harry out of a predicament later, when Lockhart tries to wipe their memories because they found out just a teensy bit too much about Lockhart's career.
  • Make-Out Kids: With Lavender. Which he quickly comes to be annoyed of.
  • Manchild: Deconstructed... sorta. Despite Ron's insecurities of being The Unfavorite in the family, he still enjoyed being close to them and never dealt with some of the harsher things. This is seen when the Trio are on the lam and he becomes more surly due to the poor conditions (though perhaps that coming from a Wizarding background, they are able to use magic for comforts, best seen with the tents in Book 4.) Well, that and the mental torture due to Horcrux of Slytherin's Locket made him very unapproachable by his friends. Then, Reconstructed when he destroys the Horcrux — a physical representation of him maturing into a true adult.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Ron's uncanny ability to impersonate others becomes a minor Chekhov's Skill in Deathly Hallows, impersonating Wormtail to fool the guards in Malfoy Manor, and again when impersonating Parseltongue so he can get into the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Has a huge nuclear family to contrast with Harry's orphanhood.
  • Master of Disguise: A rare voice disguise example. Ron was clever at imitating voices. While at Malfoy Manor, he was able to convincingly imitate Peter Pettigrew to avoid arousing the suspicions of Bellatrix and the Malfoys. He was also able to mimic Parseltongue effectively, which is a rather difficult language to learn or even imitate, enough to open the Chamber of Secrets after previously hearing Harry do it.
  • The McCoy: The most easily riled up and hot blooded of the trio.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Ron is the only Weasley whose name doesn't follow the Family Theme Naming convention of being named after British royalty and/or figures from Arthurian legend note , possibly hinting at his status as The Unfavorite.
    • Bilious means "Easily angered".
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Ron is constantly overshadowed by his six siblings despite being the second youngest. This changes over the course of the series as he gains credit for his heroics fighting alongside Harry and ultimately probably becomes the most famous member of the Weasley family.
    • He may have been the second or later to become a Prefect note , play for the Hogwarts Quidditch team note , fight Dark wizards as an Auror note , and run a successful business note . He ends up being the only sibling out of the entire family to do all four, and accomplishes all of them by age 25. And he gets his own Chocolate Frog card.
  • Moment Killer: Had a habit of ruining a perfectly romantic mood with either his mouth or just arriving at an inopportune time.
  • Mr. Exposition: In the earlier books, Ron was the one to explain the "norms" in wizarding society to Harry and Hermione.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Mostly played for comedy, as Ginny doesn't really care what he thinks. Harry is more worried about Ron’s reaction. It turns out that he's fine with it. In fact at the end of Order of the Phoenix on hearing that Ginny has broken up with Michael Corner, he seems to be actively shipping them. He tells her to choose someone better and glances pointedly at Harry. Seems to be played straight with Dean, however, until Ginny shuts down Ron's Big Brother Instinct.
  • Nervous Wreck: When playing Quidditch as the Gryffindor Keeper. He doesn't have a lot of confidence in his own abilities, and if he makes a single mistake, he's likely to make several more shortly after.
  • Noble Bigot: Having grown up exclusively in the wizarding world, Ron harbors some of the wider wizarding population's prejudices and points of view (i.e., being afraid of werewolves, shocked at Hagrid's half-giant heritage, resenting goblins for their role in the historical rebellions, and thinking that elves are fine with serving wizards/witches - though in this particular case, he's not exactly wrong), but isn't nearly as bad as Draco Malfoy, and grows out of it by the end of the series.
  • Non-Action Guy: Of all the characters in the Harry Potter series, he always seems to be the one so out of his league it's not even funny, especially in the movies. He also bleeds over into Action Survivor: doesn't exactly seek out danger and thrills, but is pretty good at reacting to the stuff his friends drag him into.
  • Not with Them for the Money: Platonic example. Ron is friends with Harry, not his wealth, and is noticeably irritated by the thought of charity.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: As Hermione so eloquently pointed out — "he has the emotional range of a teaspoon".
  • Opposites Attract: The funny, light-hearted wizard fell in love with the ambitious, go-getter witch (Hermione).
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: His two best friends, Harry and Hermione, are The Chosen One and a Genius Prodigy, respectively, and all of his siblings have been star pupils or Quidditch aces, if not both. Even the academically-unremarkable Fred and George still make names for themselves as pranksters and with their joke shop business, and his younger sister has already mastered a hex that can ruin anyone's day. It goes without saying that he suffers a massive Inferiority Complex for much of the series. Not helped in the least by characters' tendency to overlook Ron in favor of Harry when introducing themselves or interacting with them. Examples include everyone from Draco Malfoy to Ernie McMillian to Cornelius Fudge.
  • Performance Anxiety: Ron suffers from this when playing Keeper - he can't defend well when he knows that people are watching. He gets better, resulting in Gryffindor winning the Quidditch Cup in Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince.
  • Perpetual Poverty: In contrast to Harry's wealth, Ron's family has little money for school supplies and other luxuries that wizards can generally afford.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Although more so in the films than the novels.
  • Precision F-Strike: Ron was also shown to have a habit of swearing. In 1993, he called Professor Snape something that caused Hermione to exclaim: "Ron!". Also, after Draco Malfoy insulted him, Ron told him to do something he would never have dared say in front of Mrs Weasley. He also called Draco Malfoy a "two face-bastard" during the Battle of Hogwarts after saving him from a Death Eater, and rescuing him for a second time, from death.
  • Red Hair and Freckles: This is what Harry first describes when he and Ron first meet.
  • Redheads Are Uncool: Rowling introduces him as "tall, thin and gangling, with freckles, big hands and feet, and a long nose." He is insensitive and immature, feels overshadowed by his older brothers, and feels embarrassed to have to use second hand supplies and wear second hand clothes. On top of all that, he's awesome at chess.
    • However, he largely grows out of the immaturity and is one of the most loyal characters in the series. Ron also makes prefect and the Quiddich team.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The rash and temperamental red to Harry and Hermione's blue.
  • Relative Button: Don't even think about badmouthing Hermione in front of him, especially if it involves calling her a "mudblood".
    • Draco calls Hermione a "filthy little mudblood" after she makes a snide remark about the Slytherin Quidditch team's Nimbus 2001s. A pissed off Ron tries to cast a slug-vomiting Charm on Draco, only for it to backfire and affect Ron instead as he used his broken wand.
    • When Draco hopes that Hermione would be the next Muggle to die the next time the Chamber of Secrets is opened, a Crabbe-disguised Ron tries to have a go at him, only to be restrained by a Goyle-disguised Harry.
  • The Resenter: Although Harry's best friend, he becomes increasingly angry with his Butt-Monkey status as well as being poor, in comparison to Harry's fame, vault full of gold, and the yearly chance to shine as the Chosen One, eventually coming to a head in Deathly Hallows (after enduring psychological attacks from the Horcrux). Ron is also resentful for being the youngest son in such a large family of talented children, so that any of his accomplishments become standard expectations (getting into Gryffindor, becoming a prefect, joining the Quidditch team, etc.) but this isn't focused on as much in the series, except for a few moments.
  • Reset Button Suicide Mission: In The Cursed Child, the he and Hermione from Voldemort's Bad Future sacrifice themselves to Dementors knowing that Scorpius will undo it.
  • Retired Badass: Worked as an Auror with Harry. Their work in the Ministry revolutionized the Auror department, and, along with Hermione, they helped "make a new world" for the wizarding community. Two years after he started in the Auror Office, he left to help his brother, George at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. His decision remains a mystery, he did comment that the Horcrux hunt had "taken its toll" on him.
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  • Scars Are Forever: He still has the scars he got from the brains in Book 5.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • After finding out that Ginny broke up with Michael Corner, Ron tells her to choose someone better next time, while giving an "oddly furtive look" at Harry. This implies Ron wants Harry and Ginny to date, though Harry doesn't pick up on it until after they start going out: for a long time while he fancies Ginny, Harry is indeed afraid that Ron will badly disapprove a relationship between him and Ginny.
    • Dowbplayed with Bill and Fleur, as Ron mostly shipped them because Fleur mesmerized him.
  • Sidekick Glass Ceiling: His overall feelings about his lot in life and what also happens in the narrative, and which gets worse in the movies. Basically no matter what Ron does, no matter the occassion he gets to work hard and do something for himself, he Can't Catch Up:
    • He's born in a poor (by Wizard standards) family but his elder siblings are overachievers, popular and successful and his younger sister in addition to being The Baby of the Bunch is also the "daughter mother wanted" which leads him to having a massive chip on his shoulder. Then he becomes friends with the most famous Wizard in the world who gets a lot of attention despite being more or less the same as him in skills and intelligence, and then becomes friends with Hermione. Ron likewise had to start the first two years of his schooling using a leftover wand, and in the second year had to carry a broken wand moreover, which probably didn't do a lot to aid his confidence or his schooling, but he still manages to keep up with Harry who had neither disadvantage.
    • Ron works hard and practises in secret to enter the Quidditch team using a second hand broom (unlike Harry who was given the works to enter the Quidditch team in Year 1note ) and starts the Fifth Year as a Keeper who is seen as The Load and a victim of school-bullying from the Slytherins and yet when he succeeds and becomes a big game player and wins the Quidditch Finale for the team, he is crestfallen that Harry and Hermione were not there to see one of his greatest triumphs, with the issue of Grawp and Voldemort's rise overshadowing what would have been one of the happiest moments of his life. Likewise, despite proving to be a big game player, he is forced to try out again in Sixth Year and battle his seat to a Jerk Jock like Cormac, still be seen and suspected as The Load and the fact that he was on the Quidditch Cup Winning team two years in a row (where on both occassions Harry gets suspended) gets overshadowed by the narrative, and among his friends. All the while these issues really don't go addressed until being stuck in a pretty tense situation on the lam while dealing with psychological assaults finally have him lash out.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Ron curses far more than Harry and Hermione, although his profanity is often is often left to the reader's imagination.
    Ron told Malfoy to do something that Harry knew he would never have dared say in front of Mrs. Weasley.
    He called Snape something that made Hermione say "Ron!"
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: From their first meeting, Ron and Hermione have bickered with each other about everything from the relationship of their pets to the pronunciation of spells, yet the two gradually fall in love and end up getting married with two kids.
  • This Loser Is You: One of the main reasons why Ron is dearly loved by the fans is how relatable he is.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Ron eventually gained the concept of sensitivity by the seventh book.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ron had a great fondness for bacon sandwiches.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Ron inherited Dumbledore's deluminator in Book 7. It comes in handy.
  • Unbuilt Trope: On account of the movies, and later online fandom, many fans who come to the books will occasionally find that "Ron being useless" is not entirely supported by the books.
    • He played a big part in the climax of Book 1 (his chess victory) and Book 2. While he did fall in the climax of Book 5, he was at least conscious while Hermione was knocked out by Dolohov and he played a major part in destroying two of the Horcruxes, and likewise Ron successfully resisted Riddle's Mind Rape and overcame him in Book 7, a feat at which Ginny and even Harry failed at, the former because she was overpowered, while the latter succeeded by means of The Power of Love (aka Plot Armor).
    • Likewise, despite Ron starting weakly as a Keeper, he ends Hogwarts with a better sporting record than Harry. Serving as a Keeper in two Gryffindor teams that won the House Cup, unlike Harry who got himself suspended twice in a row, and in terms of his marks, he is near Harry's level but one must consider his disadvantages: first two years using a second-hand Wand, one year in which it was broken, lack of phlebotinum, and the lack of an exemption from schoolwork for an entire year to focus entirely on defensenote .
  • Underestimating Badassery: Gets this a lot not only because of his family, but also because he's overshadowed by his friends. He even does this to himself. But, he's a powerful and original wizard in his own right, with his own skills.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Harry and Hermione. Above everyone else in the series, it is Hermione and Ron who stand beside Harry at every twist and turn in his path to stop Voldemort.
    "You'll have to kill us too!"
  • The Unfavorite: Ron is not particularly special amongst the Weasley family, and not only is he aware of it, but it is the reason behind his resentment. In DH, the locket Horcrux attempts to use this to sway Ron from the mission at hand, telling him that his love interest prefers Harry and mother would have preferred a daughter. Ron doesn't fall for it, but he comes perilously close.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Alot of times, his Butt-Monkey status can stop being funny and almost being cringey at times. Deconstructed by Book 7 where he finally reaches his limit after being on the lam and enduring psychological tortue from the Horcrux.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Hermione. They finally resolve it with the Big Damn Kiss in Book 7.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While Ron is not particularly academically minded, it's shown that he nevertheless has a keen grasp of magic, although it seems to be more emotional and intuitive than anything. In the second book, he impulsively casts a nonverbal spell at Malfoy with Charlie's old wand (while it rebounded on him, that can be attributed more to the wand being broken than to anything on Ron's part). In the seventh book, he realizes that Voldemort's name feels like a jinx before the name is revealed to actually be jinxed. Since Ron grew up in the wizarding world, it makes sense that he'd have a more intuitive grasp of magic.
  • Uptown Guy: Zigzagged. Word of God says Hermione is from a well-to-do Oxford family (both of her parents are dentists, for Pete's sake) and she winds up marrying Ron, whose family is infamous for their financial struggles. To the haughty Purebloods like the Malfoys, Blacks, and Yaxleys and possibly to a lesser extent by the Wizarding community of Britain, it's reversed. While the Weasleys may be ridiculed and impoverished, they are still considered part of the "Sacred Twenty-Eight" pureblood families and Hermione is a Muggle-born, the lowest of the low to the upper echelons of magical society, except for Muggles.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-flipped. Normally a pretty easygoing guy, Ron tends to go nuclear when Hermione is taunted for being a "Mudblood" or otherwise mocked by Draco or Snape. There's also this line he gives in the eighth movie after Goyle attempts to kill Hermione with a Killing Curse after she and Ron come to Harry's aid:
    "That's my girlfriend, you numpties!"
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To an extent. He's always been overshadowed by his brothers and simply wants to be set apart, and earn the recognition of his parents. However, the Weasley family is an extremely loving one, so while he doesn't necessarily feel "special" in their eyes, he does know that he's loved.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Both Ron and Rupert Grint are arachnophobes. Ron became afraid of spiders due to his brothers transmogrifying his teddy bear into a massive spider for a joke when he was much younger. During Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he and Harry end up having to "follow the spiders" into the Forbidden Forest, and they almost get killed by a bunch of Acromantulas, giant talking spiders and among the most dangerous beings on the planet.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Like Harry, Ron shows no problem with attacking girls via spells.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He gets this a lot from Harry, who is (correctly) convinced that Ron's only problem is nerves when it comes to Quidditch. Having so many accomplished older siblings (or even just popular ones in the case of Fred and George) and his best friends being a Living Legend and a Child Prodigy only exacerbate his insecurities.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: End of the first book and the third book, pace Alfonso Cuarón:
    Ron: If you want to go through Harry, you have to go through me.
  • Youthful Freckles: Harry notices them during their first meeting.
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