- "No one ever lived after he decided ter kill 'em... he'd killed some o' the best witches an' wizards of the age — the McKinnons, the Bones, the Prewetts —"
- —Voldemort murdered several wizarding families during the First Wizarding War[src]
Bones was the surname of a wizarding family with both magical and Muggle heritage. They were a prominent family, with strong connections to the Ministry of Magic, which made them a target of Lord Voldemort during the First Wizarding War. The family was almost entirely slaughtered by Death Eaters,, and Amelia Bones and her parents were murdered by Voldemort himself.
Recent family history
First Wizarding War
During the First Wizarding War, Edgar Bones became member of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation led and founded by Albus Dumbledore, in order to oppose the Dark Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Edgar also married a woman and had more than one child with her. Edgar was also described as being a great wizard by Alastor Moody. Rubeus Hagrid also told Harry Potter that the Bones family was considered among the greatest wizards of all time.
Between the wars
- Minerva McGonagall: "Bones, Susan."
- Sorting Hat: "HUFFLEPUFF!"
- — Susan Bones being sorted[src]
Amelia Bones possibly roused by her parents' deaths and the deaths of some of her siblings at the hands of Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters, Amelia joined the Ministry of Magic and was there-on known as "Madam Bones". She became the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and had a seat on the Wizengamot.
Susan Bones was sorted into Hufflepuff House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991. In her fifth year, Susan became a member of Dumbledore's Army, an organisation taught and led by Harry Potter. Later on in the year, the Death Eaters who murdered her uncle Edgar and his family escaped from Azkaban, the wizarding prison, and many students questioned Susan for information about this.
Second Wizarding War
- "My father reckons your aunt's a troublemaker, someone will teach her a lesson!"
- —Gregory Goyle foreshadows what happens to Amelia[src]
Madam Bones sat on the Wizengamot and presided over Harry Potter's disciplinary hearing in 1995, along with Cornelius Fudge and Dolores Umbridge who acted as "Interrogators". Albus Dumbledore was the "witness for the defence". Despite poor treatment of Harry by Fudge, Madam Bones managed to keep the trial fairly unbiased and Harry was found innocent by a large majority of the court.
Amelia was murdered during the 1996 summer holiday, presumably for her anti-Voldemort activities. According to Fudge, the then-recently dismissed Minister for Magic, she was known to be so skilled and had put up such a fight that it was believed that Voldemort killed her personally. Her murder was also reported in the Muggle newspapers, the nature of which baffled Muggle police officers as she was murdered in a room which was locked from the inside. Afterwards, some members of the Order of the Phoenix referred to her as one of the greatest witches of her time, and that her absence would be keenly felt by many.
|Amelia Bones||Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and member of the Wizengamot; murdered by Voldemort in 1996|
|Edgar Bones||Member of the Order of the Phoenix; murdered by Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War|
|Edgar Bones' wife||Murdered along with her husband and children|
|The children of Edgar Bones and his wife||Murdered by Death Eaters along with their parents|
|Mr Bones||Parents of Amelia and Edgar, Susan's paternal grandparents; murdered by Voldemort during the First Wizarding War|
|Susan Bones' parent||Child of Mr Bones and Mrs Bones, sibling of Amelia and Edgar, and parent of Susan|
|Seraphina Bones||A witch whose portrait hung at Hogwarts|
|Susan Bones||A Hufflepuff and member of Dumbledore's Army who was in the same year at Hogwarts as Harry Potter; niece of Edgar and Amelia Bones|
(d. c. 1970s/'80s)
(d. c. 1970s/'80s)
|Mr Bones||Mrs Bones|
|Edgar Bones' children|
(b. 1979 or 1980)
Bones is an English surname originally from either the Old French bon, meaning "good", or the Old English ban, meaning "thin, bony". A bone is a rigid connective organ that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates. Skull and Bones is the name of a secret society based at Yale University; many members of the Bones family were associated with the secret society the Order of the Phoenix.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- Quidditch Through the Ages (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Harry Potter and Me
- Wizarding World
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Susan Bones was listed as a half-blood on J. K. Rowling's class list, as seen on Harry Potter and Me.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)
- ↑ Harry Potter Limited Edition - The Paintings of Hogwarts: Masterpieces from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sets
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 9 (The Woes of Mrs Weasley)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 4 (The Keeper of the Keys)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 20 October, 2000 chat with J.K. Rowling at Accio Quote!
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 16 (In The Hog's Head)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 8 (The Hearing)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- ↑ Harry Potter Limited Edition - The Paintings of Hogwarts: Masterpieces from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sets (see this image)
- ↑ Behind the Name