Is there anyone in canon who was stated to be able to tell Fred and George apart? Consistently, and not by randomly guessing.

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    Other than Fred and George themselves, I assume you mean. Otherwise I don't recall; presumably Dumbledore could, if he was in the habit of casually using Legilimency Jan 16, 2015 at 3:25
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    Pretty sure that Ron and Harry could tell them apart. I can't recall anything from canon, though.
    – Dragona13
    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:03
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    Clearly, not the film directors: "James and Oliver Phelps have admitted to having to reshoot some of the scenes because of them swapping roles without anyone realising" Jan 16, 2015 at 4:43
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    @DVK clearly very commited to their roles
    – Don_Biglia
    Jan 16, 2015 at 8:36
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    @KSmarts - You're clearly NOT a lawyer or accountant. Jan 16, 2015 at 18:30

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Ron can tell them apart: in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows chapter 22, Ron recognizes Fred from his voice through the radio.

Harry can tell them apart at least in Deathly Hallows, where in chapter 31 he recognizes

Fred before he dies in a duel,

but it might be easier at that point, because George has one of his ears hexed off by Snape.

I believe their mother Mrs. Weasley can tell them apart, see Chamber of Secrets chapter 3. However, Fred and George try to deliberately confuse their mother, as seen in Stone chapter 6 and in Hallows chapter 5 when George says, after his injury:

‘You'll be able to tell us apart now, anyway, Mum.’

I opine J. K. Rowling could tell them apart as well.

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    im pretty sure angelina could tell the difference as well, since she had a thing for fred though eventually married George, yet called their child fred. according to the wiki at least haha. but fred did ask her to the yule ball.
    – Himarm
    Jan 16, 2015 at 14:15
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    I think Ginny could tell them apart too, but haven't got a reference for this.
    – Rand al'Thor
    May 4, 2015 at 19:49
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    One of the more magnificent but depressing Clever Theories I've heard is that it's actually was George who died in the duel, and Fred's keeping the last gag going by posing as George. Nov 28, 2018 at 13:30

I'm pretty sure that Harry can tell them apart, as the book is told from his perspective, and he can tell who's talking during their interactions.

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    This would be a much better answer if you could provide some examples.
    – DavidW
    Nov 6, 2019 at 1:50
  • Well, the absence of examples is more telling. He never ever says "And then George - or maybe it was Fred - did such-and-so".
    – davidbak
    Jun 14, 2023 at 17:18

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