If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series, you probably know a lot about Ron Weasley, the loyal and brave friend of Harry Potter and Hermione Granger. But do you know who Gareth Weasley is, and how he is related to Ron? Gareth Weasley is a new character introduced in the upcoming video game Hogwarts Legacy, set in the 19th century. He is a Gryffindor student who loves to experiment with potions and magical drinks, much to the dismay of his aunt, Professor Matilda Weasley, the Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts. But how is he connected to Ron Weasley, who was born almost a hundred years later? Here are some facts that will reveal the surprising link between the two Weasleys.
The Weasley family tree
The Weasley family is one of the oldest and most respected pure-blood families in the wizarding world. They are also one of the few families that do not care about blood purity and are friendly with Muggles and Muggle-borns. The Weasleys are known for their red hair, freckles, and large number of children. They live in a cozy but chaotic house called the Burrow, located near Ottery St Catchpole in Devon, England.
According to the Harry Potter wiki, the earliest known ancestor of the Weasleys is Linfred of Stinchcombe, who lived in the 12th century. He was a healer and an inventor who created many remedies that are still used today, such as Skele-Gro and Pepperup Potion. He was also known as “the Potterer”, which may have been the origin of the surname Potter. Linfred had seven children, one of whom was Hardwin, who married Iolanthe Peverell, the granddaughter of Ignotus Peverell, one of the original owners of the Deathly Hallows.
The Weasley family tree continued to grow over the centuries, with many notable members such as Gormlaith Gaunt, a dark witch who was related to Salazar Slytherin; Arthur Weasley, a Ministry employee who was fascinated by Muggle artefacts; Molly Weasley, a powerful witch who fought in both Wizarding Wars; and Bill Weasley, a curse-breaker who married Fleur Delacour, a part-Veela.
The Black connection
One of the most interesting branches of the Weasley family tree is the one that connects them to the Black family, another ancient and influential pure-blood family. The Blacks are notorious for their belief in blood supremacy and their disdain for anyone who does not share their views. They are also related to many other prominent families such as the Malfoys, the Lestranges, and the Potters.
The connection between the Weasleys and the Blacks dates back to the 19th century, when Cedrella Black fell in love with Septimus Weasley. Cedrella was a daughter of Arcturus Black II and Lysandra Black, who were staunch supporters of blood purity. They were outraged by Cedrella’s choice of partner and disowned her from the family. Cedrella’s name was burned off from the Black family tapestry, which hung in 12 Grimmauld Place, the ancestral home of the Blacks.
Cedrella and Septimus had three sons: Bilius, who died young after seeing a Grim; an unnamed son; and Arthur, who became Ron’s father. This means that Ron is a third cousin once removed of Sirius Black, who was Harry’s godfather and a member of the Order of the Phoenix. It also means that Ron is distantly related to Draco Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, Nymphadora Tonks, and Teddy Lupin.
The Gareth mystery
So where does Gareth fit into this complicated family tree? According to Hogwarts Legacy’s official website, Gareth is a nephew of Professor Matilda Weasley, who is presumably a sister or sister-in-law of Septimus Weasley. This would make Gareth a first cousin once removed of Arthur Weasley, and a second cousin of Ron Weasley.
However, there is still some mystery surrounding Gareth’s identity and background. For example, we do not know his parents’ names or what happened to them. We also do not know if he has any siblings or other relatives at Hogwarts. Moreover, we do not know why he is so interested in potions and magical drinks, or what kind of adventures he will have in the game.
One thing we do know is that Gareth will be one of the characters that players can interact with in Hogwarts Legacy. Depending on their choices and actions, players can either befriend or antagonize Gareth throughout their journey. They can also help him with his experiments or try to stop him from causing trouble. Whatever they decide, they will discover more about Gareth’s personality and secrets as they explore the 19th century wizarding world.
Gareth Weasley and Ron Weasley are two very different characters from two very different eras, but they share a common ancestry and a common surname. They are both part of the Weasley family, which has a rich and diverse history that spans centuries and continents. They are also both Gryffindors, who value courage, loyalty, and friendship. Whether they will ever meet or learn about each other is unknown, but they are bound by blood and magic.