We've already talked about how Harry Potter's best friend Ron Weasley has been underestimated and underrated throughout the whole story before. That's because the fact that Ron is as underrated as he is is a little insane. Ron was the guy who was there for Harry from the first moment they met, and aside from a few fights, Ron was nothing but a true friend. This isn't to say that people like Hermione, Ginny, Neville, and Luna weren't Harry Potter's friends or deserving of the praise they get, it's just to say that out of everyone Harry knows, Ron was his best friend for a reason.
That being said, a lot of fans wonder what skill Ron brought to the table other than his undying friendship. Sure, he played better chess than every adult at Hogwarts, but compared to his future wife, he didn’t seem like he had a ton to offer. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. It turns out that Ron Weasley is the guy who’s managed to predict a lot of the events in the entire story, even things he has no way of knowing. So here are 15 times Ron Weasley called something out in the Harry Potter series and when it came true.
15 Ron Predicted Harry's Fortune
Back in the third book, the Golden Trio started off with a class called Divination that they all thought was a load of nonsense. Hermione couldn't wrap her head around all the abstractness, which is ironic considering her longtime love for Arithmancy (which is basically Divination with numbers).
Harry just didn't want to do homework for some reason, and Ron was just not wanting to go to class. Either way, both Harry, and Ron were there just making up readings for the tea leaves in front of them, and Ron said Harry was going to receive "a windfall, unexpected gold." Little did they know, but that prediction would come true during the Triwizard Tournament when Harry won that prize. It would come true again at the battle at the Department of Mysteries, as well when Sirius fell through the veil and left Harry all of his money and earnings.
14 He Offhandedly Predicted Harry Would Win The Triwizard Tournament
During the Triwizard Tournament, Harry and Ron were fighting and not talking to each other due to Harry getting picked to be part of it, despite fourth years not being allowed to. That all changed during the first task when Harry had to fight a dragon and Ron realized that Harry would have never wanted this for himself. It all came down to each of their main insecurities because they each have what the other wants. At any rate, Ron and Harry stopped fighting and became best friends again. That was when Ron said "You know what? I reckon you could win this Tournament, Harry, I'm serious." That could be chalked up to Ron just believing in his friend, but Harry was never supposed to win the tournament had he not been thrown in for a purpose. He was a fourth year competing against seventh years and was far out of his depth. Imagine everyone's surprise when Harry did win...except for Ron, of course.
13 When Ron Knew Hermione Confunded Cormac McLaggen
In the sixth book, we were starting to see the whole Ron/Hermione thing really kick into high gear, with the two of them constantly at each other's throats for their dating decisions. (They couldn't figure out how to make it work with each other.) Thankfully, they do and seem to be better characters for it in the end.
Before that, though, Ron was fighting to keep his spot as a Keeper and had to fight for it against Cormac McLaggen, a guy who would eventually go on a couple of dates with Hermione. So Ron really didn't like him. He keeps his spot because Cormac plays badly. "'I was better than McLaggen anyway,' said Ron in highly satisfied voice. 'Did you see him lumbering off in the wrong direction on his fifth? Looked like he'd Confounded . . . .'" Little does he know, he's right: Hermione Confunded a guy with no wand while he was in midair. This counts as a prediction because even Harry was surprised that she'd done that because of how dangerous it is. "To Harry's surprise, Hermione turned a very deep shade of pink at these words."
12 Ron Predicted A Crouch Attacking Viktor Krum
Before the Golden Trio went back to school, they went to the Quidditch Cup, where they saw the Diggory family, some other people they knew from school, and Percy hanging around Barty Crouch Sr., a high-ranking wizarding politician.
After the game, the Dark Mark gets sighted and everyone freaks out. Over the course of the school year, Crouch would act erratically, then get put in a situation where it looked like he attacked Durmstrang champion, Viktor Krum. The Golden Trio is sitting there, trying to figure out what happened. Hermione goes through all the options and Ron remains convinced it was Crouch, despite the long-shot prediction that would be. It turned out Ron was exactly right, a Crouch did attack Viktor in the forest, it just wasn't Mr. Crouch — It was his son, Barty Crouch Jr, who spent the whole year drinking Polyjuice Potion to look like Professor Moody, who he kept in a chest in his room.
11 He Predicted That Voldemort Was Responsible For Moaning Myrtle's Demise
After the Chamber of Secrets got opened in the second book, everyone's trying to figure out who did it. While some people are blaming Harry because of his newfound talent with Parseltongue, Harry and Ron are trying to figure out who actually did it.
During their investigation into that mystery, they found out that Voldemort, formerly Tom Riddle, was essentially a Hogwarts honors student and had a ton of accolades to his name. This prompts Harry to say: "I wish I knew why some did try to chuck it, [the Diary]" said Harry. "I wouldn't mind knowing how Riddle got an award for special services to Hogwarts either." That leads Ron to respond with: "Could've been anything," said Ron. "Maybe he got thirty OWL's or saved a teacher from the giant squid. Maybe he [ended] Myrtle; that would've done everyone a favor...."As we find out later, Tom Riddle did kill Moaning Myrtle.
10 He Predicted Moaning Myrtle's Friendship With Draco
There was a point in The Half-Blood Prince where Draco wasn't acting like himself. Harry began obsessing over it, which is really saying something considering how Harry as a narrator only really focused on himself and his own perspective, not taking a ton of time to follow any single specific person without a good reason. Moaning Myrtle makes an appearance in this book and starts talking to Harry and Ron about her new friend, and Ron asks if he lives in an S-bend as well. It turns out that her new friend was Draco Malfoy himself, who was chafing under the pressure of what he was being asked to do by Voldemort; and Myrtle, Voldemort's former victim, was comforting him. So in case you didn't know, now you do.
9 In The Fifth Book, He Brought Harry's Bad Reputation Into Existence
Back in the fourth book, Harry gets tasked with finding a date to the Yule Ball. However, while he's figuring out who to ask out for the Yule Ball, he and Ron start talking to Hagrid about his upcoming interview with the reporter Rita Skeeter. Hagrid is pretty forthcoming about it, which is true to Hagrid's character. He mentions that Rita just wants him to talk about Harry, and Ron responds with: "'She wants a new angle, Hagrid,' said Ron, wisely as he shelled salamander eggs. 'You were supposed to say Harry's a mad delinquent!'"
It turns out that was exactly what would happen in the Order of the Phoenix. Harry was seen by the rest of the Wizarding World as a kid who got traumatized at the Triwizard Tournament and was making up the fact that Voldemort was back. While the first part was true, the second part definitely wasn't.
8 He Foreshadowed Dumbledore Getting Fooled By Evil Wizards
In the fourth book, the Golden Trio has an encounter with Sirius Black, who's on the lam after escaping the Dementor's Kiss in the third book, with the help of a time-traveling Hermione and Harry. The discussion turns to everyone's least favorite teacher, Professor Snape, and what he could possibly be up to. Hermione defended Snape, saying that if Dumbledore trusts him, so should everyone else. That prompts Ron to say: "'Oh give it a rest, Hermione,' said Ron impatiently. 'I know Dumbledore's brilliant and everything, but that doesn't mean a really clever Dark wizard couldn't fool him --.'" Ron didn't know until much later, but he turned out to be right: Dumbledore had been fooled by his friend and lover, Gellert Grindelwald and had to fight him long before the Golden Trio was born.
7 He Knew Everyone Would End Up Dealing With Romantic Drama
The latter half of the Harry Potter series is filled with romantic drama. Every character ends up dealing with at least two people before settling on the person they're going to end up with at the end. Harry himself chooses to go to the Yule Ball with Parvati, then had an ill-advised relationship with Cho Chang, later on only to finally get with Ginny Weasley. Ginny Weasley would date several guys before coming back to her first crush, Harry.
Hermione would catch the eye of Viktor Krum early on, then she dated Cormac McLaggen to make future husband Ron jealous.
Ron would spend some time in a weird relationship with Lavender Brown before finally getting his act together to get with Hermione. But before most of that went down, Ron complained about how girls are hard to understand. “'You should write a book,” Ron told Hermione as he cut up his potatoes, 'Translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them.'”
6 He Called The Fight Between Him and Harry During The First Task
During the Golden Trio's first Divination lesson, Ron and Harry spent time making up fake predictions so Trelawney would pass them for the first day. They go on to make up a ton of weird things which get forgotten after Trelawney sees the Grim in Harry's teacup.
One of the things Ron warned Harry about was he would be betrayed by someone he thought was a friend. Harry would ultimately be betrayed several times by people he considered friends, but the most glaring example of this prediction coming true was Ron's fight with him during the First Task when Ron thought Harry put his name into the Goblet of Fire, and refused to believe Harry when he said that he didn't. This fight would ultimately resolve itself, though. (*Thank you J.K.)
5 He Predicted His Own Betrayal Over The Horcrux Locket
When Ron made his prediction, he said: “Why don’t you get stabbed in the back by someone you thought was a friend?” Ron wouldn't betray Harry just once, though. Unfortunately for everyone, this betrayal wasn't really Ron's fault, or anyone's fault, really.
In the seventh book, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are alone in the woods, being slowly torn apart by a part of Voldemort's soul that's in Salazar Slytherin's locket. While Harry and Hermione are dealing with it as well as can be expected, Ron was really getting broken apart by it; to the point that he freaked out on Harry and Hermione and left due to his own insecurities that the locket was bringing out of him. It took him weeks to be able to get back there. Once he came back, Harry forgave him right away and Hermione only did once she heard the full story.
4 He Predicted That Voldemort Would Be Connected To A Book
Back in book six, everyone's afraid that Voldemort would come out of hiding and show up. Molly Weasley was scared just walking around the store where the kids got their books for the new school year. Ron would respond to that by saying: "Mum, d'you honestly think You-Know-Who's going to be hiding behind a bookshelf in Flourish and Blotts?" Little did he know, as the school year went on, they would find out that Voldemort had a ton of job offers upon leaving Hogwarts, and he rejected them all to go work as a shop assistant. They would end up finding more about Voldemort as a man rather than as a super villain, and they realized that Voldemort came from humble beginnings and was the literal product of a love potion.
3 He Sees Himself In The Mirror Of Erised
In the first book, Harry saw the Mirror of Erised and took Ron to see it. We all know what Harry saw, but when Ron looked into the mirror, he saw himself as a Prefect, a Head Boy, and the captain of the Quidditch team; he was the person who exceeded all of his brothers' accomplishments. While Ron never became Head Boy or the captain of the Quidditch team, he was maybe half right. He became a Prefect, beating Harry out of the position and shocking literally everyone. He got onto the Quidditch team as the Keeper and held that position for two years. He then went on to marry the woman of his dreams.
While Ron did want all of those things, he ended up getting about half of those things. If you ask me, the Ron from the end of the story probably wouldn't have had it any other way.
2 He Foresaw Percy Leaving The Weasley Home
When everyone starts school at Hogwarts, the Prefect at the time was Percy Weasley, one of Ron's older brothers. He graduated before the Goblet of Fire, and when we see him at the Quidditch Cup, he's following Barty Crouch Sr. around. Percy is totally dismissing everyone else for Crouch, showing his dedication to his career. While Hermione is pretty sure Percy wouldn't walk out on his family, Ron isn't so sure, saying: "I don't know. If he thought we were standing in the way of his career.....Percy's really ambitious, you know." It turned out that Ron was right: Percy would end up walking out on his family because he didn't believe Voldemort was back, burying himself in his work at the Ministry.
Thankfully, when push came to shove and things got really bad, Percy chose the Ministry and managed to make things right with his family before Fred died.
1 He Knew Gilderoy Lockhart Was A Mess Before Anyone Else
Ron was the first guy to figure out that Gilderoy Lockhart, the second Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, was full of it. Even Hermione was totally snowed, referring to his books as evidence of all the good things he's done. Ron was pretty unconvinced, saying that he's just saying he's done all those things. It turned out that by the end of the book, Ron was proven right. This is one of the biggest examples of how J.K. Rowling presented evidence that Ron was actually pretty good at Divination. She's said a few times that we should be paying attention to whenever Ron says certain things, especially if he's talking about someone that he's jealous of. If Ron had taken Divination a little more seriously, he might have grown up to become a famous prophet.