"No - no - no!" someone was shouting. "No! Fred! No!" And Percy was shaking his brother, and Ron was kneeling beside them, and Fred's eyes stared without seeing, the ghost of his last laugh still etched upon his face.
They were much more than just pranksters. Yes, they loved the jokes and the laughs, and sometimes at other peoples' expense, but they were never cruel, and they never wanted to hurt people just to see them hurt.