The Harry Potter series is full of fascinating characters, magical creatures, and intriguing mysteries. One of the most intriguing aspects of the wizarding world is the genealogy of the various families, especially the pure-blood ones. Among them, the Black family stands out as one of the oldest, most powerful, and most controversial families in the history of magic.
The Black family tree is a complex and twisted web of relations, with many branches and connections to other prominent families. One of the most interesting questions that fans have wondered about is how Narcissa Malfoy, the mother of Draco Malfoy and the wife of Lucius Malfoy, is related to Sirius Black, Harry Potter’s godfather and a member of the Order of the Phoenix. In this article, we will explore the answer to this question and reveal the dark and complex history of the Black family.
The Origins of the Black Family
According to Wizarding World1, the Black family traces its origin back to a 12th-century wizard named Phineas Nigellus Black, who was a direct descendant of Ignotus Peverell, one of the three brothers who possessed the Deathly Hallows. Phineas Nigellus was a notorious headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, who was known for his harsh and cruel attitude towards students and staff. He was also a staunch believer in blood purity, a concept that valued wizards and witches who had only magical ancestors and looked down on those who had any Muggle (non-magical) blood.
Phineas Nigellus married Ursula Flint, a member of another pure-blood family, and they had five children: Sirius, Phineas, Cygnus, Belvina, and Arcturus. These children married into other pure-blood families, such as the Malfoys, the Lestranges, the Rosiers, the Crabbes, and the Burkes. The Black family was also related to other famous families, such as the Potters, the Weasleys, the Longbottoms, and the Crouches. However, not all of these relations were acknowledged or celebrated by the Blacks, who were very selective and elitist about their bloodline.
The Black Family Motto
The Black family motto was “Toujours Pur”, which means “Always Pure” in French. This motto reflected their obsession with maintaining their pure-blood status and their disdain for anyone who associated with Muggles or Muggle-borns (wizards or witches who had non-magical parents). The Blacks were also known for their support of the Dark Arts and their allegiance to Lord Voldemort, the most powerful and evil Dark wizard of all time.
The Blacks were so strict about their blood purity that they would disown and burn off any family member who disobeyed their rules or married someone who was not a pure-blood. The family tree tapestry that hung in their ancestral home at 12 Grimmauld Place showed many names that were crossed out or blasted off with fire. Some examples of these disgraced family members are:
- Sirius Black: He ran away from home at 16 after being sorted into Gryffindor instead of Slytherin (the house that most Blacks belonged to) and befriending James Potter (a half-blood) and Remus Lupin (a werewolf). He also joined the Order of the Phoenix and fought against Voldemort.
- Andromeda Tonks: She married Ted Tonks, a Muggle-born wizard, and gave birth to Nymphadora Tonks (later Lupin), a Metamorphmagus (a witch who can change her appearance at will).
- Alphard Black: He left some gold to his nephew Sirius when he ran away from home.
- Cedrella Black: She married Septimus Weasley, a member of another pure-blood family that was considered “blood traitors” by the Blacks for their tolerance and kindness towards Muggles and Muggle-borns.
- Marius Black: He was a Squib (a person who was born into a magical family but had no magical abilities).
How is Narcissa Related to Sirius?
Narcissa Malfoy (née Black) is one of the few members of the Black family who remained loyal to their blood purity ideals and supported Voldemort. She is also one of the few female Death Eaters (Voldemort’s followers) who participated in his second rise to power. She married Lucius Malfoy, another pure-blood aristocrat and Death Eater, and gave birth to Draco Malfoy, who became Harry Potter’s nemesis at Hogwarts.
Narcissa and Sirius are both descendants of Pollux Black and Irma Crabbe, who had four children: Walburga, Alphard, Cygnus, and Arcturus. Walburga married her second cousin Orion Black, and they had two sons: Sirius and Regulus. Cygnus married his second cousin Druella Rosier, and they had three daughters: Bellatrix, Andromeda, and Narcissa.
This means that Narcissa and Sirius are first cousins, as their fathers were brothers. They are also second cousins, as their mothers were cousins. This also means that Draco and Sirius are second cousins once removed, as Draco is the son of Narcissa and Sirius is the son of Walburga.
The Fate of the Black Family
The Black family met a tragic and violent end during the First and Second Wizarding Wars. Many of them died at the hands of Voldemort or his enemies, or were killed by their own relatives. Some examples of these deaths are:
- Regulus Black: He was killed by the Inferi (corpses reanimated by Dark magic) when he tried to destroy one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes (objects that contained fragments of his soul).
- Orion and Walburga Black: They died of unknown causes, but were presumably killed by Voldemort or his Death Eaters.
- Alphard Black: He was killed by his own sister Walburga for helping Sirius.
- Bellatrix Lestrange: She was killed by Molly Weasley in the Battle of Hogwarts, after she tried to kill Ginny Weasley.
- Andromeda Tonks: She survived the Second Wizarding War, but lost her husband Ted, her daughter Nymphadora, and her son-in-law Remus Lupin.
- Narcissa Malfoy: She also survived the Second Wizarding War, but lost her husband Lucius (who was sent to Azkaban prison) and her sister Bellatrix. She also betrayed Voldemort by lying to him about Harry Potter’s death, in order to save her son Draco.
- Sirius Black: He was killed by his cousin Bellatrix in the Department of Mysteries, after he fell through the veil that led to the realm of the dead.
The Black family tree is a fascinating and complex example of how blood purity and Dark magic can corrupt and destroy a family. It also shows how some members of the family were able to break free from their dark legacy and choose a different path. The Black family tree is a testament to the power of love, loyalty, and courage over hatred, prejudice, and fear.