Goblet of Fire, Chapter 5: Fred and George – Creative Geniuses?
Harry Potter is a lot of things: brave, determined, loyal, whiney (Order of the Phoenix only), but I would never call him creative. He’s talented at evaluating a situation and figuring out the fastest way possible to break all the rules and put himself in worlds of danger. However, he never goes much beyond that. He doesn’t imagine what is possible outside Voldemort possibly killing him or possibly not.
Fred and George Weasley, on the other hand, are teeming with creativity. They don’t just use magic – they manipulate it. They assess what is currently at their disposal, figure out what is lacking, and pool their skills to invent something new to fill that void. In the case of Chapter 5, what is lacking is quality prankster gear: trick wands and candy to fool your friends and foes.
Fred and George aren’t the only wizards who display their creative skills throughout the series. Hermione enchants coins to alert members of Dumbledore’s Army of meeting times. Dumbledore himself creates a deluminator to envelop himself in darkness at the touch of a button (and transport a lost soul back to his friends).
Harry doesn’t invent a thing.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but there isn’t a single point in the series when Harry seems creative. He’s willing to stick out his neck, but someone else always has to explain the steps and get him to that point.
So I have to ask: does that mean Fred and George are better at magic than Harry? They aren’t particularly book smart. They aren’t unusually strong. But they are able to create, and isn’t that the true sign of genius?
Harry is good at a handful of spells and a few key tricks. He can fly. He can expell a wand from his adversary’s hand right quick. He can “stupify” with the best of them. But that’s about it.
Fred and George can give you a toffee that will get you out of class for a week.
That is a valuable skill!
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