"You're under-age!" Mrs Weasley shouted at here daughter as Harry approached. "I won't permit it! The boys, yes, but you, you've got to go home!"

"I won't!"

Ginny's hair flew as she pulled her arm out of her mother's grip.

"I'm in Dumbledore's Army -"

"- a teenagers' gang!" [I supposed it's been said by George]

"A teenagers' gang that's about to take him on, which no one else has dared to do!" said Fred.

"She's sixteen!" shouted Mrs Weasley. "She's not old enough! What you two were thinking, bringing her with you -"

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

In this scene, Mrs Weasley didn't permit Ginny to fight against Voldemort. I don't understand what Fred was saying: "A teenagers' gang that's about to take him on, which no one else has dared to do!". Is 'him' referring to Voldemort? But Voldemort has not been mentioned in the near context.

  • What is the purpose of this gang? It is not important for V to be mentioned in the same page or something. If the purpose of the gang is to bring V down, then the pronoun game makes sense. In some religions, He is used to refer to God (Collins). "He/Him" is also used to refer to the big bad.
    – AIQ
    Commented Dec 19, 2019 at 7:27
  • @AIQ, I don't know the purpose of this gang because it's the first time I've seen the gang in the book.
    – dan
    Commented Dec 19, 2019 at 7:37
  • Does this answer your question? It says "Hogwarts students ... starting and taking leading roles in the last battle against Voldemort."
    – AIQ
    Commented Dec 19, 2019 at 8:41
  • @AIQ, I think I'm okay now.
    – dan
    Commented Dec 19, 2019 at 9:19
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    The "- a teenagers' gang!" line is actually said by Mrs Weasley. She's belittling Dumbledore's Army as a children's group. Also, "gang" has a negative connotation, since it's is often associated with criminals.
    – windblade
    Commented Dec 20, 2019 at 6:20

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In this case, him refers to Voldemort. He is never introduced in the discussion probably because he is generally called "You-Know-Who" or "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" by the other wizards.

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