I think I’ve explained before that I currently lack a complete set of Harry Potter books (and yes it is a bit like missing a limb) which is why my niggle worrying has been less frequent of late. Anyway on to today’s little mystery.
I’m sure you remember our first introduction to the Burrow. Ron, Fred and George fly Harry there in a Ford Anglia. It’s memorable. At this point in time seven Weasley’s are at home, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, Ginny and Mr and Mrs Weasley. We know Fred and George share a room ‘small explosions from Fred and George’s bedroom were considered perfectly normal’, Percy has his own room because he spends the summer shut up in it writing to Penelope Clearwater, Ginny presumably has her own, Ron and Harry are sharing and Mr and Mrs Weasley must have a room somewhere. That’s 5 bedrooms, if there were any more rooms there would be no real reason for Harry to share with Ron. This is a possible configuration, if say Bill and Charlie had shared a room when they were at home and Ron had previously had to share with Percy there would have just about been room for all the Weasleys.
The five bedroom hypothesis is born out by the Half Blood Prince:
‘Fred, George, I’m sorry, dears, but Remus is arriving tonight so Bill will have to squeeze in with you two…Then, as Charlie isn’t coming home, that just leaves Harry and Ron in the attic, and if Fleur shares with Ginny’
So in the house we have Bill, Fleur, Ginny, Ron, Harry, Fred, George, Mr and Mrs Weasley and Lupin BUT no Percy (he’s still estranged from the family) and no Charlie. So that’s Fred , George and Bill in one room, Ginny and Fleur in another, Harry and Ron sharing, Mr and Mrs Weasley together and Lupin has a room to himself. That’s five rooms. Perfect we think, Bill and Fleur have been sleeping in Percy’s old room which Lupin will now have, it’s a little confusing that there are references to Bill and Charlie’s old room but Percy could have shared Ron’s room while they were at home. Bear with me I am coming to the point.
In the Deathly Hallows there is suddenly a sixth bedroom. The room allocation is described when the Delacours arrive for Bill and Fleurs wedding:
‘Mr. and Mrs. Weasley slept in the sitting room.
The Delacours took the master bedroom.
Gabrielle and Fleur shared Percy’s old bedroom.
Bill and Charlie shared Bill’s room.
Harry and Ron shared Ron’s room.
Ginny and Hermione shared Ginny’s room.
Fred and George most likely stayed in their own room, as it was never stated where they slept except that they stayed at the Burrow, and nobody else was described as using their room.’
Yup, that’s six rooms, suddenly Bill and Charlie have an old room and Percy has an old room. This sort of precludes the possibility that they added a last minute extension. Perhaps Fred and George could have slept on a floor somewhere? But the room names used would tend to tell against it. It’s confusing and I haven’t got a good explanation.
Bonus point: In The Chamber of Secrets Ginny is seen poking her head out of a room on the third floor but in Deathly Hallows she sleeps on the ground floor. But perhaps she got a better room when Percy moved out?