You think I’d be over it by now. I mean, the book came out last July. I’ve had months to deal with the death of Fred Weasley, and yet I still refuse to except it. In fact, I’m more adamant now than I have ever been–Fred Weasley is not dead.
To find more evidence from the general public about Fred’s undeath, I hit Google. But, alas, you fanfic writers have let me down. You are SUPPOSED to be explaining why Fred is still alive, goshdarnit. There were a bunch of memorial sites, a girl who made a profile about how Fred’s alive and in love with her (very creepy), and my blog.
However, there’s a lovely fanfic author out there by the name of “YellowRosePetals” who explains that Tonks gave Fred a potion to save his life…you can read about it here. It’s not the best explanation out there, but at least someone’s trying to undo this grave wrong thrust on the Weasley twin fans of the world.
I also found this interview with J.K. Rowling about Fred’s alleged death, which I found slightly amusing. Here’s the excerpt from the MSBNC interview dealing with Fred…
Why Fred and not George?
Lupin and Tonks may have taken the fall for Arthur Weasley, but the entire Weasley clan could not be saved. Fred Weasley, one half of the fun-loving twins, was another casualty in the Battle of Hogwarts.
But why Fred and not his brother George?
“I always knew it was going to be Fred, and I couldn’t honestly tell you why,” Rowling said.
Rowling guessed most people would have expected George to die before Fred because Fred was the ringleader, George the “gentler” twin.
“Fred is normally the funnier but also the crueler of the two. So they might have thought that George would be the more vulnerable one and, therefore, the one to die.”
She didn’t make her decision because it was easier to kill one twin over the other, however.
“Either one of them would have been terrible to kill,” she said. “It was awful killing Fred. I hated that.”
She hated it, but doesn’t regret it.
“The deaths were all very, very considered,” said Rowling. “I don’t kill even fictional characters lightly.”
Maybe I’m old school, but if I don’t want to kill off a character, I don’t. As explain previously, I like the idea that fiction needs to be believed in order for its storyline to be accepted. Therefore, my inability to accept the death of Fred Weasley means he is not dead. Now some of you might think this topic is a ridiculous waste of space, and I could’ve written about something important like Hillary escaping sniper fire in Bosnia (oh, wait, that was fabricated) or “American Idol” (what’s up with Chikezie going home?) or something meaningful. Unfortunately, I wasn’t inspired to write about any of those things…I was inspired to write about Fred Weasley and his non-death.
I understand that “war” is senseless and good people die. I realize that J.K. Rowling considered her choices carefully. And I know that my obsession with a fictional character is rather unhealthy. However, deep in my brain, it seems better for me to envision a happily ever after, at least for two brothers, who are best friends. I like to think of a bright, hilarious future for the Weasley twins–perhaps because I have a best friend, who is closer to me than a sister. The seriousness of such a loss in my own life is unimaginable, a grief I cannot imagine bearing. So maybe I’m just railing against death or fighting for friendships that last forever (or maybe I just need to get a life). Whatever the reason, be assured of this, friends, Fred Weasley is not dead. In fact, he is alive and well. My sources tell me that it was all a publishing error, a big ol’ hoax like when everyone thought Paul McCartney of the Beatles was dead (read about the “Paul is dead” hoax).
Fred and George Weasley are running their joke shop, inventing wonderful things, and living happily ever after…at least in my mind. And that’s really all that matters.
Feel free to share any theories or fan fiction proving Fred Weasley is still alive.
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