Make your own Bill Weasley

Ron Weasley had six siblings but apart from Ron himself, only three of them (Fred, George and Ginny) have been made into LEGO characters. I’ve previously discussed how to build your own Percy, and here follows how you can build your own Bill Weasley…

Background

Molly and Arthur Weasley had seven children, and they all featured in the books. In the movies however, the two oldest, Bill and Charlie didn’t feature a lot, and Charlie in fact only appeared on the postcard Ron sent to Harry from Egypt. Bill, the oldest of the siblings, did slightly better. Apart from the photo from Egypt (the actor used for the postcard was Richard Fish) he appeared in the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2, here played by Domhnall Gleeson.

When Bill finished at Hogwarts he started in a job at Gringotts Wizarding Bank. As part of his job, he was sent to Egypt, where the rest of the Weasley’s visited him in the summer leading up to The Prisoner of Azkaban.

The Weasley family in Egypt – Bill Weasley is at the back behind Arthur and Percy

A year later, in the book version of The Goblet of Fire, Bill went along with the family to the Quidditch World Cup, where he met Harry Potter for the first time (unlike the movies where they didn’t meet till the Deathly Hallows). He also came to Hogwarts for the third challenge of the Tri-wizard tournament to support Harry. Here, he got introduced to Fleur Delacour, who immediately got attracted to him.

Finishing her school, Fleur moved to London and worked with Bill at Gringotts. They started dating and within a year, they were engaged, which the Weasleys initially were not very fond of.  

During the battle of the Astronomy Tower, Fenrir Greyback attacked Bill. Luckily was not a full-moon, so Greyback was not in his werewolf form. Still, being an untransformed werewolf, Bill’s wounds were cursed so they couldn’t be cured and left permanent scars.

Disregarding his scarring, Fleur proved her love for Bill which ultimately made the Weasleys accept her. The couple got married on 1 August, 1997 at the Weasley family home, The Burrow. The wedding reception was interrupted with the news that Voldemort has taken over the Ministry of Magic. Panic erupted as Death Eaters started to arrive (back in 2019, when I suggested what sets I would like to see in 2020, a version of The Burrow featuring the wedding was one of them).

Bill and Fleur’s wedding was disrupted by the news the Ministry had fallen

After the wedding, Bill and Fleur Weasley moved to coast at Cornwall to live in Shell Cottage.

Finding a minifigure form

When it comes to LEGO, only the four youngest Arthur and Molly’s children have been made into minifigures: The twins George and Fred, Ron and Ginny.

To create Bill as minifigure, we need to find out how he looks. Obviously, he’s in a few scenes in the movies, but I decided to use the books as main reference for a start.

“Bill was — there was no other word for it — cool. He was tall, with long hair that he had tied back in a ponytail. He was wearing an earring with what looked like a fang dangling from it. Bill’s clothes would not have looked out of place at a rock concert, except that Harry recognized his boots to be made, not of leather, but of dragon hide.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Bill looked quite different on the photo from Egypt and his later appearance in the Deathly Hallows. He was in fact never shown with a ponytail in the movies, but I’ve opted to use the following hairpiece for him.

For the body, after a lot of searching, I ended up with Butch Cavendish from the Lone Ranger series of sets, as it was having a good “Rock Star” feel over it. And interestingly, his head actually has scars. The head is dual printed and the “shaved” side could be used for Bill as shown below.

Before his scarring, the head piece used for Fred and George from the 10217 Diagon Alley set would work well.

Another alternative is to use one of the head pieces used for Professor Lupin, for example this one from 2011. And those who want to be more movie correct, can use smoother hair piece (as in the right photo below).

Continuing with the more movie accurate, the following could be Bill meeting Fleur for the first time during the Tri-wizard Tournament. Fleur is from the Beauxbaton’s Carriage set.

And for their wedding, I would suggest the body of the Percival Graves / Gellert Grindelwald figure, which we got in the Harry Potter Collectible Minifigure Series 1, with Fleur taken from the Hogwarts Clock Tower set in this case.

That is all for now. I have a few more minifigure ideas coming, so stay tuned – and check the Minifigures page every now or then for updates.

Till then, Build the Magic!

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