The sacred twenty-eight list was first published in the infamous publication ‘Pure-Blood Directory’ in the 1930s. Its author was anonymous although rumored to be the work of Cantankerus Nott.
The list appeared at a time where Gelert Grindelwald was leading his group of followers known as The Alliance to the supremacy of witches and wizards over Muggles.
Pure-blood supremacy is an ancient habit started by none other than Salazar Slytherin, one of the four founders of Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is important to note that the wizarding world would have gone extinct if their ancestors hadn’t married Muggles.
Some families that were not included among the sacred twenty-eight showed their disapproval of that decision. Others on the contrary were not keen to be part of this pure-blood show-off and asked for their name to be deleted from the list, with no success.
Some like the Potters were not included as the author of the list estimated that they were descendants of tainted blood.
A pure-blood family that counted some notable members such as Giffard Abbott, once headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The family kept its pure-blood status at least until the 1930s, as a descendant of the family, Hannah Abbot, was a half-blood.
Hannah was sorted in Huflepuff and studied along with Harry Potter. She was a prefect and a member of the Dumbledore’s Army and fought in the Battle of Hogwarts. Her mother, Mrs. Abbot, was murdered by Death Eaters in 1996. Hannah later married Neville Longbottom and became the landlady of the Leaky Cauldron.
A family whose members have been traditionally sorted to the Slytherin House at Hogwarts School. One of the descendants attended school at the same time as Tom Riddle, as they were both members of the Slug Club. Recent members of the family have been known Dark Art practitioners and Death Eaters.
Black – Extinct in the male line
The Noble and Most Ancient House ofBlackwas one of the most notorious andrichestfamiliesin Great-Britain.Thefamilywas solargethat many pure-bloodfamilieswererelatedto them.
The family counted a Hogwarts headmaster in the name of Phineas Nigellus Black and were traditionally sorted in Slytherin, with the exception of SiriusBlack, sorted in Griffindor. Sirius, as a last male descendant of the Black family, was killed by his cousin Bellatrix Lestrange, first Lieutenant of Lord Voldemort, also killed during the Battle of Hogwarts.
At leastone of theBustrodesdescendantsdidn’t marry a pure-blood, asMillicentBusltrode, adescendantof thefamilywhoattendedHogwarts at the same time as Harry Potter, was half-blood.Thefamilywas distantly related to the Potters, the Blacks, the Flints, and theCrabbes.
The Burke was one of the sacred twenty-eight pure-blood families related to the Black and Flint family. Their descendant, Caractacus Burke, co-founded the well-known Knockturn Alley shop Borgin and Burkes, the place to be for any witch and wizard wishing to dwell in the Dark arts.
Some members of the Carrow family took part in dark activities in the 20th century. A witch from the family served as an acolyte of Gellert Grindelwald. Amycus and Alecto Carrow, both Death Eaters, taught at Hogwarts when Voldemort took control of the Ministry of Magic.
They were particularly aggressive towards the students, not hesitating to punish them using a dark list of spells, including the Cruciatus Curse.
Crouch –Definitely extinct
Being one of the oldest pure-blood wizarding families in Great Britain, the Crouch’s had an abrupt, dark, and horrible end to their line.
Bartemius Crouch Sr was Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and often seen as the next Minister of Magic until his son Bartemius Crouch Jr was outed as a Death Eater at the end of the First Wizarding War.
As an ultimate request from his dying wife, Crouch Snr will help in the escape of his son from Azkaban by switching both his wife and son using a Polyjuice potion during a family visit.
BartemiusCrouchJr, whokilledhisfatherand transfigured hisbodyinto abone,playeda key role in thereturnof Lord Voldemort.He willfaceafateworse thandeathafterreceivingthe dementor kiss.
TheFawleyisa pure-blood wizarding family whose most descendants attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.The family members are traditionally sorted intoHufflepuffHouse.
The Flints counted among them a Minister for Magic in the name of Josephina Flint who led the ministry from 1819 to 1827.
Ursula Black (born Flint) married the former Hogwarts headmaster, Phineas Nigellus Black. Marcus Flint was a Slytherin student who attended Hogwarts during the same period as Harry Potter.
He was the Slytherin’s Quidditch team captain. TheFlint familywasrelatedto the Black, Burke, Gamp, andBulstrodes.
Gaunt – Extinct in the male line
The Gaunts were an ancient pure-blood family particularly violent and unstable due to their inbreeding activity. The family was once very wealthy and prominent but later lived in poverty and despair. Asdescendantsof Salazar Slytherin, they had the ability tospeakParseltongue.
Tom Riddle, which later became known under the name of Voldemort, was a descendant of the Gaunts. The Gaunts are related to the Peverell, Slytherin, Sayre, Riddle, and Potter families. Thefamilyis extinct in the male line.
The Greengrass was a family with a pure-blood supremacy ideology. This ideological tradition was broken by Astoria Greengrass, who changed her view on Muggles after witnessing the atrocities of the Second Wizarding War.
Astoria will marry Draco Malfoy and have a son named Scorpius. She will die due to a blood curse carried in her family.
Daphne Greengrass, Astoria’s older sister, attended Hogwarts in the same year as Harry Potter and was sorted in the Slytherin house.
Lestrange is an ancient and wealthy pure-blood wizarding family that originated in France but had branches in Great Britain. Many members of the family dwell in the dark arts, especially the sadistic BellatrixLestrange who stayed loyal to Lord Voldemort until theend.
One of their descendants was the Minister for Magic Radolphus Lestrange, who was in office during the 19th century. His reign was marked by his unsuccessful attempt to shut down the Department of Mysteries.
Another family member, Leta Lestrange, has married the magical beast lover Newt Scamender. The Lestranges family bear a raven crest and have a large family vault in Paris, in the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise.
The Longbottoms are a well-respected pure-blood family who didn’t hold prejudice on blood purity. Frank and Alice Longbottom, two well known Aurors and former members of the Order of the Phoenix, were tortured to insanity by Bellatrix Lestrange during the First Wizarding War.
Their son Nevill Longbottom who was a member of the Dumbledore’s army, fought fiercely in the Battle of Hogwarts and eliminated the snake Nagini, one of Voldemorts Horcruxes.
Nevill married Hannah Abbot, and after a brief carrier as an Auror, went to teach Herbology at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The Macmillans are a pure-blood family who kept this status for at least 9 generations. Ernie Macmillan, who attended Hogwarts as a Hufflepuff student, was a member of the Dumbledore army and fought against Death Eaters at the Battle of Hogwarts. The Macmillans are distantly related to the Black and Prewett families.
The Malfoy is a wealthy and politically powerful family who believes strongly in pure-blood supremacy. They first came to Britan with Armand Malfoy who was providing services to King William I. Armand build the Malfoy Manor in lands provided by the king himself.
The Malfoys perpetuated the tradition of influencing the center of power using their fortune and connections. Lucius and his son Draco Malfoy were both Death Eaters under Voldemorts commands but defected their ranks in the last moments of the Dark Lord.
The Nott family is an old pure-blood wizarding family whose members generally studied in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and are sorted into Slytherin house. The family was a known ally of Lord Voldemort and one of the earliest Death Eaters.
Theodore Nott, son of a Death Eater, was a Slytherin student who went to school at the same time as Harry Potter.
The Olivander family is an old pure-blood family, known for their deep knowledge in wand lore. They have been in the wandmaking business since 382 B.C. when their ancestor, a Roman wizard, founded the now-famous family business in England when the Romans set foot in the country.
Garrick Olivander was praised by the witches and wizards of Great Britain for his wand quality. The wandmaker was kidnapped and tortured by Voldemort before being saved by Harry Potter and his friends.
The Parkison family is a pure-blood family that counted in its tree a Minister for Magic named Perseus Parkinson who exerted from 1726 to 1733. Perseus unsuccessfully tried to pass a bill to make it illegal to marry a Muggle.
Pansy Parkinson, a family descendant, was sorted in Slytherin during her studies at Hogwarts. She was a close friend to Draco Malfoy.
Fabian and Gideon Prewett were two powerful members of the first Order of the Phoenix. Both were fiercely killed by Voldemort during the First Wizarding War.
Molly Weasley (born Prewett), their sister, was like a protective mother to the orphan Harry Potter, a friend of her son. ThePrewettswererelatedto the Black, the Macmillan, and theWeasleyfamilies.
Present in Great Britain and in France, Rosier is an old pure-blood wizarding family related to the Black, Lestrange, and Malfoy families.
One of the Rosier was a Grindelwald acolyte who participated in the Global Wizarding War. Two other members of the Rosier family will later join the ranks of the Death Eaters under Voldemort’s reign. Felix Rosier was a Slytherin prefect in the 1980s.
The Rowle family counted a Minister for Magic, Damocles Rowle, from 1718 to 1726, who was an anti-muggle politician who rose to power.
Damocles is known for creating the Azkaban prison after he proposed to the Dementors inhabiting the isle to feed on the prisoners’ souls in exchange for their work as prison guards.
Some members of the family were also Dark Art practitioners, such as Thorfinn Rowle who was described as a pretty extreme Death Eater.
The Selwyn was a pure-blood wizarding family who lived in Great Britain. One of the Selwyns was a Death Eater involved in the kidnapping of Luna Lovegood under the Dark Lord’s orders. Dolores Umbridge claimed to be a member of the Selwyn family at some point in her life.
The Shacklebolts are among the pure-blood families listed in the Sacred Twenty-Eight list. KingsleyShacklebolt, anAurormemberof the Order of the Phoenix and Minister for Magic after Voldemort’sfall, presumably contested thepresenceof his family name in thislist.
TheShafiqwasa pure-blood family whosenamewaslistedin the Pure-Blood Directory published anonymously in Britain.
TheSlughornswerea presumablyverywealthy family who wasopento Muggle-borns and Half-bloods.HoraceSlughorntaughtPotions at Hogwarts andwasHead of Slytherin House.
After a period of retirement, he came back to teach again at the request of Albus Dumbledore and even fought in a duel against Lord Voldemort, who was a former student of his, in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Horace’s father was a high-responsibility official at the Department of International Magical Co operation in the Ministry.
Torquil Travers, a member of the family, was Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at the beginning of the 20th century, in an era marked by a series of events related to Gellert Grindelwald and his acolytes. One of the Travers was also a Death Eater during the Second Wizarding War.
The Weasleys are considered as one of the prominent wizarding families in Great Britain. The family was considered by some as blood-traitors due to their sympathy toward Muggles.
The Weasleys didn’t approve being listed among the sacred twenty-eight as they considered that blood status wasn’t a measure of highness.
Arthur Weasley especially was an amateur of Muggle-culture and, along with his wife Molly, were members of the Order of the Phoenix during the Second Wizarding War.
Ron, Ginny, and the Weasley twins were members of the Dumbledore’s army. During the Battle of Hogwarts, where almost the whole family participated, Molly killed Bellatrix Lestrange but lost Fred, one of her sons, during the fights.
Ron Weasley was a close friend to Harry Potter and helped directly in the fall of Voldemort. He will briefly become an Auror before joining his brother George in the family business who was doing very well. He married Hermione Granger, a bright woman who later became Minister for Magic. Ginny Weasleymarried Harry Potter and had 3 children, James, Albus, and Lily.
The Yaxley family counted among her members Corban Yaxley, head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and a Death Eater. The family was related to the Crouch, Weasley, and Longbottom families.
Are the sacred 28 the only purebloods? ›
Are the sacred 28 the only purebloods? The so-called “Sacred Twenty-Eight” was just a list that some pureblood drew up of wizarding families that he felt were pureblood. The list was published anonymously, but the author was believed to be Cantankerus Nott.Who is the purest wizarding family? ›
Neville comes from a long-line of pure-blood wizards, although we don't know as much about the individuals as we do with some other wizarding families. What we do know is that both of Neville's parents were pure-blood, as was his gran, Augusta.
The Sacred Twenty-Eight were, according to the author of the Pure-Blood Directory (widely believed to have been Cantankerus Nott), the twenty-eight British families that were still "truly pure-blood" by the 1930s. The Sacred Twenty-Eight comprised the families of: Abbott.Is Luna Lovegood a pure-blood? ›
Luna Lovegood is a Pureblood witch, who was sorted into Gryffindor House during Harry Potter's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry.Is Ron a pure-blood? ›
His first appearance was in the first book of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, as the best friend of Harry Potter and Hermione Granger. He is a member of the Weasley family, a pure blood family that resides in "The Burrow" outside Ottery St.Is Ginny pure-blood? ›
Character development. Ginny is a pureblood witch born 11 August 1981, the seventh child and only daughter of Arthur and Molly Weasley. She attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and is sorted into Gryffindor house, along with the rest of her family.Who is the most powerful pureblood family? ›
Ancient and powerful, the House of Black was the largest and oldest pureblood family in Britain. Its motto, Toujours Pur, or "Always Pure," expressed its members' fanaticism for blood purity, which had led them to marry their cousins for several centuries to avoid "tainting" the family's legacy.Why aren t the Weasleys part of the Sacred 28? ›
The Weasley Family is included due to their family tree, but they are considered "Blood Traitors" for being pro-Muggle (Pm).Who is the richest family in Harry Potter? ›
Who is the richest wizarding family in Harry Potter? According to the Sacred Twenty-Eight - a list provided by Rowling through Pottermore - the Malfoys are one of the most powerful families in wizarding Britain.Is McGonagall a pure-blood? ›
McGonagall was born a half-blood witch as her father was a Muggle and her mother a witch. McGonagall began her Hogwarts education at the age of eleven and was sorted into Gryffindor after being the longest ever Hatstall between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw.
Who is the weakest wizard? ›
Though he is accomplished in some ways, he is arguably one of the weakest wizards. Through his time in school he is described as latching on to Remus Lupin, Sirius Black and James Potter as stronger wizards he believed could protect him.
From the time when he could talk, it was made clear to him that he was triply special: firstly as a wizard, secondly as a pure-blood, and thirdly as a member of the Malfoy family.Why is the Malfoy family rich? ›
Having rendered unknown, shady (and almost certainly magical) services to King William I, Malfoy was given a prime piece of land in Wiltshire, seized from local landowners, upon which his descendants have lived for ten consecutive centuries.Are all American wizards pure-blood? ›
"Pure-blood" is the term applied to wizards and witches who have no Muggle blood, Muggle-borns, or half-bloods at all in their family trees. They are the rarest of the three blood statuses, with J.K. Rowling stating that ten per cent of the wizarding community is made up of pure-bloods.Is Alice Longbottom a pure-blood? ›
Alice Longbottom was a pure-blood witch and Auror who worked for the Ministry of Magic during Lord Voldemort's first rise to power. She and her husband, Frank Longbottom, were also members of the Order of the Phoenix and fought against the Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War.Who married Luna? › Who does Luna end up with? ›
She married a fellow naturalist, the grandson of Newt Scamander, named Rolf. In the JKR Documentary on ITV, she drew a family tree of the new generation of Weasleys, including Luna and Rolf. They had twin boys, Lorcan and Lysander.Is Sirius Black pure-blood? ›
Sirius Black (1959 – 18 June, 1996), also known as Padfoot or Snuffles in their Animagus form, was a pure-blood wizard, the older child of Orion and Walburga Black, as well as the older sibling of Regulus by slightly over a year.Is Snape pure-blood? ›
Snape was a half-blood, born to a Muggle father named Tobias Snape and a witch mother named Eileen Prince.Is Dumbledore a pure-blood? ›
No, Dumbledore is not a pure-blood, but in fact, he is a half-blood. Although both of his parents were magical, his mother was a Muggle-born, which technically gives Albus the status of a half-blood.
Is Ginny a Slytherin? ›
In Harry Potter canon, Ginny is Sorted into Gryffindor, while Prince of Slytherin's Ginny is Sorted into Slytherin.Why was Ginny so powerful? ›
The Tom Riddle incident
Lord Voldemort lived inside those pages, and Ginny was eventually possessed as the Dark wizard began to absorb her strength, control her into opening the Chamber of Secrets, and nearly killed her. The event, though undeniably traumatic, was a pivotal point in Ginny's life.
Godrick Gryffindor, one of the four founders of Hogwarts, and the owner of the legendary Sword of Gryffindor, was absolutely more powerful than Dumbledore— and it's a good thing he was, too, because Dumbledore wasn't around in Hogwarts' early days to keep Godrick's fellow founder Salazar Slytherin in check.Can a half-blood have a pureblood child? ›
The child will be a half-blood. Rather than the blood status of the individual parents, their entire ancestry is taken into account when blood status is given. For example, both James and Lily and magical, but Harry is still a half-blood.Is Harry Potter richer than Malfoy? ›
If we're counting daddy's money, then Draco. By a lot. The Potters were moderately wealthy, while Lucius was ostentatiously wealthy. Harry's money hoard has been described as a small fortune, while the Malfoys have a mansion and a fortune.Why is Percy never with the Weasleys? ›
He remained there until the Battle of Hogwarts when he returned into the fold of his family and the Order of the Phoenix. Percy was unable to return to his family before that moment due to the risk it would pose to the lives of everyone he loved.Are the Prewetts and Weasleys related? ›
Overview. Fabian Prewett was a member of the original Order of the Phoenix, and one of Molly Weasley's brothers.Why isn't Bill Weasley a werewolf? ›
However, when Bill Weasley was attacked by Greyback, he avoided the perils of becoming a werewolf because it wasn't a full moon. Greyback simply left Bill significantly scarred and with a new appreciation for rare steaks.Who is the richest Gryffindor? ›
- Neville Longbottom. ...
- Dumbledore. ...
- Godric Gryffindor. ...
- Cormac McLaggen. ...
- Fleamont Potter. ...
- Nearly Headless Nick. ...
- Sirius Black. ...
- Harry Potter.
Is Harry richer than the Weasleys? ›
Harry was a considerable amount richer than the Weasleys, and he knew they were struggling financially, why didn't he take some of his own money and help them out?Are the Malfoys and Weasleys related? ›
In addition, Lucius Malfoy and Arthur Weasley have a well-established feud despite being second cousins once removed by marriage.How old was McGonagall when she died? ›
J.K. Rowling responds: Dumbledore is a hundred and fifty, and Professor McGonagall is a sprightly seventy. Wizards have a much longer life expectancy than Muggles.Is Dolores Umbridge pure-blood? ›
Rowling also revealed Umbridge is a 'half blood' – the daughter of a wizard and a non-magical person, or Muggle – a status frowned on by some wizarding families. Rowling said this was 'especially noteworthy because in the books Umbridge lies to bolster her own pure-blood credentials'.Is Slytherin pure-blood? ›
No. Slytherin has housed certain students as we know, who were half bloods. The very prominent characters of Harry Potter, Tom Riddle and Severus Snape were half-bloods in the Slytherin house.Who is the evilest wizard in Harry Potter? ›
Tom Marvolo Riddle started both Wizarding Wars, created the Death Eaters and killed Harry Potter's parents. We could go on – he was the most dangerous Dark wizard of all time – but we won't. His horrific achievements are well known.
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was the only wizard Voldemort ever feared and the only one who could have defeated him in a duel. Albus Dumbledore is the most powerful wizard in the Harry Potter.Who is Draco's son? ›
Scorpius is the only-child of Astoria Greengrass and Draco Malfoy, and unlike Draco Malfoy, Scorpius seems very different to his father. Despite sharing the same physical attributes, such as the blond hair, Scorpius immediately displays an empathy his father did not at his age.
Narcissa Malfoy's Very Dangerous Lie
But she was also a mother, which meant she was willing to risk everything to make sure her son was safe. When Harry survived Voldemort's Killing Curse for the second time, Narcissa pretended he was dead so she could get to Draco.
Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy (born July 2007) is a pureblood wizard and member of the once prestigious Malfoy Family. He is the son of Draco Malfoy and the late Astoria Greengrass. He began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 2017 where he was sorted into Slytherin, just like his father.
Why did the Malfoys hate Harry? ›
Specifically, Draco was jealous of Harry. It was easy to miss because Draco didn't often show his emotions, modelling himself on his cold, confident, calculating father, but J.K. Rowling has confirmed that a lot of his enmity towards Harry stemmed from envy.Did the Malfoys have a daughter? ›
|Rosalett Black (née Devaux)|
|Half-blood (muggle-born father, muggle mother)||Pureblood (Pureblood father, Pureblood mother)|
Myth 6: the Malfoys are heirs of Slytherin
So it's a surprise to find out Malfoy's as confused as everyone else. The only thing he is heir to is his family name, and as his father doesn't see fit to tell him about plans their house-elf Dobby is aware of, it seems he has a way to go yet…
Ollivander. Makers of fine wands since 382 BC, the Ollivanders could make quite a claim to being among the oldest wizarding families.Can American wizards marry No-Maj? ›
For the American wizarding community, total secrecy is key: Wizards can't befriend or marry non-magical (No-Maj) people. Wizards are not allowed to communicate extensively with No-Majs.Can a Muggle-born be sorted into Slytherin? ›
It is stated as canon on Pottermore that there have been Muggleborns in ALL Houses—including Slytherin. So given that fact, then the answer is yes, it would not matter to the majority of Slytherins. Only to those few who are hung up on blood status.Why is Lovegood not on the sacred 28? ›
The Potter Family is not included in the Sacred 28 because the author of the list judged from their common Muggle name that they came from "tainted blood" (Pm).What is the most powerful wizarding family? ›
The Potters are the focal point of the series, but they're still the most powerful Harry Potter family. A lot of the Potter ancestors were powerful, and include Aurors, inventors, and Wizengamot members.Who are the pure bloods in Harry Potter? ›
"Pure-blood" is the term applied to wizards and witches who have no Muggle blood, Muggle-borns, or half-bloods at all in their family trees. They are the rarest of the three blood statuses, with J.K. Rowling stating that ten per cent of the wizarding community is made up of pure-bloods.Why is Luna Lovegood in Ravenclaw not Hufflepuff? ›
She is perceptive
Ravenclaws are perceptive, and Luna noticed all kinds of things others didn't during her time at Hogwarts. There was that time she explained Ron in one sentence: 'He says very funny things sometimes, doesn't he? ' said Luna, as they set off down the corridor together. 'But he can be a bit unkind.
Is Newt Scamander a pure-blood? ›
It is unknown if Newt is pure-blood or half-blood, as his father's blood status is unknown. According to Dumbledore, Newt does not seek power and simply asks, "what is right?" His patronus is unknown as, according to JK Rowling, is a secret.Was Dumbledore a pure-blood? ›
No, Dumbledore is not a pure-blood, but in fact, he is a half-blood. Although both of his parents were magical, his mother was a Muggle-born, which technically gives Albus the status of a half-blood.Who are the 3 most powerful wizards? ›
- Albus Dumbledore. Image Via Warner Bros.
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- The Founders. ...
- Gellert Grindelwald. ...
- Minerva McGonagall. ...
- James and Lily Potter. ...
- Remus Lupin. ...
- Sirius Black. ...
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was the only wizard Voldemort ever feared and the only one who could have defeated him in a duel. Albus Dumbledore is the most powerful wizard in the Harry Potter.