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to think the Weasleys arent poor, they are just shit with money?

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Bogeyface Sat 31-Aug-13 19:12:57

Inspired by the HW thread, I have been thinking about this for a while.

Arthur works for the MoM so wont be on a pittance as a head of department, even a minor one as there would surely be grades?

They eat massive amounts of expensive food having three courses at every dinner, cooked breakfast every day. When they win a load of money, instead of saving it in the knowledge that they have 4 kids still at school they blow the lot on a holiday of a month in Egypt! At the beginning of CoS Mrs W takes some silver sickles and ONE gold galleon from their vault, and then happily blows 1000 galleons on a holiday rather than see them financially secure for the next few years.

Seems to me that the reason their kids are in second hand robes and reading second hand books is because they are shit with money, not that they dont have enough.

Books.....They have to have a new Miranda Goshawk book each year, so when F&G have finished with them they could have passed one to Ron who passed it to Ginny and the older ones shared the remainder if they needed it, which is unlikely. Why have several unused copies of the same book in the family and still buy another one for the youngest student? Same with robes. Rons dress robes are second hand, but Mrs W says that Arthur has some for parties so why not lend him those (with some magically performed alternations if needed) rather than pod out for horrible second hand ones? Actually, thinking further, Mrs W is supposed to be a whizz at household stuff so why doesnt she transfigure the second hand stuff to look better?

They just throw good money after bad!

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 31-Aug-13 19:18:01

Well they are poor - because they're a bit crap with money. Plus Molly doesn't work and they had 7 children. I don't think Arthur was that important in the MoM so probably wouldn't have been earning the kind of salary that would allow super comfortable living on one income whilst raising 7 children. 5 of whom were at school initially.

GetStuffezd Sat 31-Aug-13 19:18:36

AND I bet they have a plasma screen TV!!

Bogeyface Sat 31-Aug-13 19:19:52

But why blow all that money on a holiday and then spend the next few years struggling again.

I have decided that I have no sympathy for Molly and Arthur, but lots for their kids.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 31-Aug-13 19:19:55

Getstuffed now that's just silly we all know wizards didn't watch tv or have mobile phones! grin

Bogeyface Sat 31-Aug-13 19:20:15

I bet they do you know wink grin

ShakeAndVac Sat 31-Aug-13 19:21:28

Lol, now that's some overthinking of a book, I love it!
Although you do have a point. grin
No reason why Ron had to have the shabby robes, as you say Fred and George are only slightly older so they could have had theirs!

Bogeyface Sat 31-Aug-13 19:21:35

And the wizarding version of Sky+ grin

picnicbasketcase Sat 31-Aug-13 19:27:15

Are they poor because they have so many children or do they have that many children because they're so poor they can't afford to do anything like go to the cinema?

Bathsheba Sat 31-Aug-13 19:27:19

I don't understand why Harry gave the Goblet of Fire money to Fred and George to start their shop when the family were struggling - surely as Harry's adoptive family it would have been better for the whole family to benefit rather than letting F&G go off and follow their dreams..

CorrinaKedavra Sat 31-Aug-13 19:27:40

Poor Ron in his seventies frilly dress robes. It cracks me up every time in the film. I was a lot more sympathetic in the books but he looks like Fred West on his wedding day and Rupert Grint (very Harry Potter name that) looks so doleful!

Bogeyface Sat 31-Aug-13 19:29:45

Bathsheba It has been mentioned several times that Harry knows the Weasleys wouldnt accept his money but I notice that the stingy git never offered!

KirjavaTheCat Sat 31-Aug-13 19:30:46

Cos he knew they'd blow it on a holiday, Bath. Or a new vintage muggle car.

Bogeyface Sat 31-Aug-13 19:32:22

Yeah, or what Kirjava said grin

Bogeyface Sat 31-Aug-13 19:33:18

F&G were probably the best bet as he knew that they have good business heads and will be sensible. By doing that the whole family would benefit (I assume that they contributed to the expensive wedding).

nomorecrumbs Sat 31-Aug-13 19:34:15

Lol!! I always thought Arthur just pissed all the money away on buying Muggle rubbish.

ubik Sat 31-Aug-13 19:34:45

Why can't they magic up some decent robes for Ron?

northernlurker Sat 31-Aug-13 19:37:28

Perhaps the Chamber of Secrets shopping trip camejust before wizard pay day and that's why there was so little in the vault? They are clearly not rolling in it but have enough - Percy gets an owl for being a git becoming a prefect.

LucilleBluth Sat 31-Aug-13 19:40:51

Yes but the fact they are a bit ditzy is part of their charm and that house and all that food are oh so welcoming, she has a heart of gold that Mrs Weasley.

CorrinaKedavra Sat 31-Aug-13 19:41:36

I saw Molly's kitchen just last week. She even has magic to do her knitting for her. Wish I could abandon the ironing sad

Youngest at secondary, boarding - what on earth does she do all day? wink

There's gotta be a wizarding version of Mumsnet.

BigW Sat 31-Aug-13 19:42:41

grin the shabby robes have always bothered me too. Even if her magic sewing skills are not as good as the magic cooking and cleaning, she could have at least got rid of the frills.

Also, if it is all done by magic, then why does she look constantly harassed? I get that she has 7 children, but she carts them off to boarding school as soon as they are old enough. During term time do you think she lazes around getting a magic mani/pedi and a touch of Botox?

HoneyDragon Sat 31-Aug-13 19:44:14

But there are only two people in Arthur's department, so it's probably not that good.

UnicornsNotRiddenByGrownUps Sat 31-Aug-13 19:46:07

1. Isn't it the law of magic that you can't magic up material possessions?

2. I think Ron is also taller than Fred, George and his dad in the books. Robes won't fit him.

3. As Hermoine clearly demonstrates in the last book by carrying all the school books round in her magic bag (plus some of dumbeldores) spell books are a life long investment. Especially if you are chasing after evil wizards.


AndHarry Sat 31-Aug-13 19:49:08

So you think poor people should never go on holiday? hmm grin

What does annoy me is that the last book it says that you can't magic up food but in one of the other books Mrs Weasley pours a sauce out of her wand.

AmazingBouncingFerret Sat 31-Aug-13 19:49:52

I have also wondered about blowing all that money on a month long holiday - to visit their eldest son because they never get to see him! I mean come on! You're fecking wizards for merlin's sake! Just make a portkey (the spell is portus in case you're wondering Molly and Arthur...) and go, don't blow a shed load of money on it!

I must say I am enjoying all these Harry Potter threads at the moment. I think subconsciously people are missing potterverse. Jo needs to pull her finger out and write a prequel.

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