It certainly is interesting, isn’t it, that we so rarely see Fred and George insulting or abusing students who are actually their own age? Or their own size? I mean, they’re a couple of reallybigkids, aren’t they? Built like a couple of bludgers, and by the end of GoF, they’re actually technically adults. And yet who (outside of their own family) do we see them going up against? Who do we see them hexing or hissing? Who are the targets of their practical jokes?
Yes, that’s right. It’s always younger kids, isn’t it. Children two, three, even five years younger than they are.
Even when the twins target adults, it’s alwaysvulnerableadults. They don’t hurl snowballs at Professor McGonagall, do they? No, of course not. They throw them at Professor Quirrell, whom they have every reason to believe is indeed precisely what he appears to be: a stammering, shell-shocked wreck of a wizard who is tottering right on the edge of a nervous collapse.
You know, where I come from, we had a word for big strong self-confident teenagers who spent their time picking on younger kids and emotionally crippled adults.
We called them bullies.