Summary: Secrets from the "Harry Potter" series in a list format categorized by theme, character, event, etc.
Author's Notes: "712" refers to the vault between 711, which belonged to Sirius, and 713 where the Sorcerer's Stone was stored.
A Harry Potter Treasury
Chapter / List One:
Secrets: George Weasley
1) George Weasley didn't give up on his twin without one hell of a fight.
He managed to track down (steal, actually) one of the few Time Turners that hadn't been destroyed in the Department of Mysteries. His plan was simple: go back in time to the Battle of Hogwarts and use a Lasso spell to pull Fred to safety before the wall exploded.
He didn't even get a chance to raise his wand on his first try. Malfoy and Goyle mowed him down when they retreated from the Room of Requirement. He froze on his second attempt, completely unable to move at the wonderful sight of Fred alive and laughing. On his third go he managed to yank Fred out of the line of fire just in time. Anyone watching would've thought the chuckling Fred had just tripped over his own feet. George was rehearsing what he would say to his resurrected twin when the dust settled and revealed Ron embracing a body.
"Harry!" Ron cried. "Harry!"
The damn wall had killed Harry Potter instead.
Harry, who'd been standing next to Fred at the time of the explosion, was next in line to die. Fred's body had protected his.
That just wouldn't do with fate of the Wizarding World and all. George reset the Time Turner and went back again. He used one spell to grab Fred and another to nudge Harry, but flying debris sent both Harry and Fred sailing out the hole in the wall.
Again, George went back. He tried casting a shield charm between Percy, Fred, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and that wall. Unfortunately, the Room of Requirement crumbled, once again resulting in Fred's death.
George must have tried four dozen times in four dozen different ways. Every single time, without fail, Fate either killed Fred or Harry. Sometimes one or both deaths took a few seconds or minutes longer to occur…By the eighth or ninth heart-wrenching death scene, George realized that Fate could not be swayed from one of two options: the death of Fred, or the death of Harry. George had to accept the fatal truth that without Harry Potter, the Wizarding World was doomed.
Without Fred, it triumphed.
For Harry Potter to live, Fred Weasley had to die.
George couldn't save his brother, but that didn't keep him from Turning Time once more so that he could say goodbye.
2) George felt like a ghost after Fred died. He was shadow that couldn't be cast because it existed where no sunlight could reach. Life just wasn't worth living when he wasn't alive. Life wasn't worth living when Fred wasn't alive. George considered suicide once or twice. All he needed was a wand and a breath and that final straw.
But then, years of fog and fire later, he remembered something Fred said the night of the Battle of Hogwarts when they were somewhere in the tunnel between the Hog's Head and the Room of Requirement:
"Oh, please. Harry this, Harry that—as if I'd risk my life for that git who snogged my baby sister! I'm not fighting for him; I'm fighting for me—for us! When this bloody war is over I'm going to marry a Veela and spawn a Quidditch team of redheads who laugh at all my jokes! Hurry up, Georgie, let's get this over with—we have lives to live!"
George vowed that he would live for them both.
3) George missed Scabbers. It was just so hilarious watching the pudgy rat try to outrun the Burrow's garden gnomes. And that maze he and Fred made him run through when they were kids? Priceless.
After he realized that Peter Pettigrew had a hell of a motive to kill George's younger brothers, he had many daydreams of thousands of those garden gnomes swarming Pettigrew with miniature pitchforks and Muggle flamethrowers.
4) When George awoke on the Burrow's couch after they retrieved Harry from the Dursley's, he was rather surprised to find himself alive. The last thing he remembered was a searing pain and Remus Lupin yelling something quite rude at Severus Snape.
George was so disoriented and frightened that he pretended to still be asleep. He kept his eyes shut and his breathing shallow as he tried to adjust. He heard his mother fretting over him, heard Ginny commenting about all the blood, but George refused to open his eyes.
He couldn't bear to until Fred was at his side.
5) One secret that George kept from Fred was his crush on Angelina Johnson.
He didn't mind that Fred took her to the Yule Ball, or that he kissed her after that Quidditch match, or that Angelina only talked to George when Fred was around…
The one secret that George kept from Angelina was his fear that, if she'd had a choice, she would've married Fred.
6) George named his son Fred Harry Weasley not just as a tribute to his dead twin, and not just out of a desire to have part of his brother alive.
He chose that name because he couldn't bear to hear it only associated with tragedy. He couldn't bear the way his mother said it – or avoided saying it.
7) George always thought of himself as a decent, respectable guy until he had a thought that would torture him for his lifetime. For a moment, barely a fraction of a second, neurons ricocheted around his brain and formed the thought:
It's a good thing Fred isn't here or I'd have to split the Wheezes profits with him.
Angelina forgave him, and assured him that Fred would, too.
8) One night when it was George's shift to sit by his father's death bed, a delirious Arthur Weasley mistook him for an angelic Fred.
George humored his dad, and assured him that the Afterlife was truly wonderful, and that he, Olivia and Molly were waiting for him.
Arthur looked so peaceful.
9) George discovered the locket that Lavender gave to Ron. It took all of his willpower but he managed to not only not tease Ron, but to keep the secret from Fred.
It was the first thing he told Fred about when he joined his twin brother in their Afterlife.
They laughed about it forever.
10) During that no-man's land between Fred's death and his first date with Angelina, George's Patronus changed.
It became a monkey. His Patronus became the same as Fred's, just like Severus' became Lily's.