Fred and George. George and Fred. These ginger-haired, fun-loving twins are a cornerstone of the Harry Potter universe, providing some much-needed laughter in the darkest of moments. As an identical twin and a Harry Potter fanatic, the Weasley twins hold a special place in my heart as two of my favorite characters in the entire Harry Potter universe.

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In most movies or books, twins are often one-dimensional side characters, never having any qualities or doing anything to set themselves apart. They are either carbon copies of one another with every line spoken in unison or extreme opposites, hardly ever interacting with one another. However, if there is one thing that Fred and George Weasley do successfully, it's to set themselves apart. To say they are not ones for subtlety is a bit of an understatement. They sure went out of Hogwarts with a bang (literally).

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Being a twin in and of itself is usually associated with humor. One of the first questions you get as a twin is asking about all of the times you've switched places or the funniest prank you've ever pulled (my sister and I's is switching at our high school graduation, in case you wanted to know.) While most twins get annoyed at these questions, the Weasley twins embrace it fully and have made a name for themselves as being some of the funniest lads who have ever walked the hallowed halls of Hogwarts, rivaling the Marauders even.

Yet their humor is not the only notable thing about them. Both Fred and George have other talents which tend to get overlooked by not only those at school but even by those in their own family.

In the Weasley family, Charlie and Ginny were the athletes; Charlie leading his team to the House Cup as captain and Ginny going on to play professionally. However, both Fred and George were extremely talented beaters for the Gryffindor house team for years.

‘We’ve got two unbeatable Beaters.’
‘Stop it, Oliver, you’re embarrassing us,’ said Fred and George Weasley together, pretending to blush.
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In the Weasley family, Percy was always the smart one; becoming prefect and head boy and always getting the best marks on his owls. Yet it is always forgotten that the twins received good marks as well and were able to invent candies and inventions and run a successful business while in school.

‘… Fred and George mess around a lot, but they still get really good marks and everyone thinks they’re really funny…'
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In Hogwarts, Harry Potter is considered the bravest; doing anything to help his friends and school. However, Fred and George have their fair share of bravery. They stand up to one of the largest bullies to walk into the halls of Hogwarts (Umbridge, of course) and look after Ron, Ginny and Harry for as long as they can because they are fantastic older brothers and that's what family does.

Believe me, I am not trying to undermine any of the achievements of the other characters, I just know that there is so much more to these two amazing characters than anyone gives them credit for.

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At the end of the day, Fred and George are still the happy twins who the fandom loves for brightening up the halls. They finish each other's sentences, wear similar outfits, and switch places because that's what twins do. They are simply the best and deserve a little appreciation.

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