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"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.[1] 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,[2], and Amelia Bones and her parents were murdered by Voldemort himself.[3]

Recent family history

Seraphina Bones was a witch whose portrait hung at Hogwarts Castle in the 1990s.[4] Seraphina was most likely a forerunner of the Bones family, which was active in the 20th century.

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.[5] Rubeus Hagrid also told Harry Potter that the Bones family was considered among the greatest wizards of all time.[6]

Edgar was murdered, along with his wife and children, by Death Eaters sometime in the later half of 1981.[2] His mother and father were also murdered by Voldemort.[7]

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 being Sorted into Hufflepuff House

Susan Bones was sorted into Hufflepuff House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991.[8] In her fifth year, Susan became a member of Dumbledore's Army, an organisation taught and led by Harry Potter.[9] 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.[10]

A 1997 Daily Prophet article: "Amelia Bones found murdered at her home"

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.[3] 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.

Susan fought along side her fellow D.A. member in the Battle of Hogwarts.[11] It can be assumed that she survived the Second Wizarding War, as her name was not listed amongst the casualties.

Family members

Wizard(s) Notes
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[7]
Mrs Bones
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[12]
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

Family tree

Seraphina Bones
Mr Bones
(d. c. 1970s/'80s)
Mrs Bones
(d. c. 1970s/'80s)
Amelia Bones
(d. 1996)
Edgar Bones
(d. 1981)
Mrs Bones
(d. 1981)
Mr Bones
Mrs Bones
Edgar Bones' children
(d. 1981)
Susan Bones
(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"[13]. 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.


Notes and references

Order of the Phoenix
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Albus Dumbledore
Original Order of of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Alice Longbottom | Arabella Figg | Benjy Fenwick | Caradoc Dearborn | Dedalus Diggle | Dorcas Meadowes | Edgar Bones | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fabian Prewett | Frank Longbottom | Gideon Prewett | James Potter | Lily Potter | Marlene McKinnon | Mundungus Fletcher | Peter Pettigrew (defected) | Remus Lupin | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Reconstituted Order of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Arabella Figg | Arthur Weasley | Bill Weasley | Charlie Weasley | Dedalus Diggle | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fleur Delacour | Fred Weasley | George Weasley | Harry Potter | Hermione Granger | Hestia Jones | Kingsley Shacklebolt | Minerva McGonagall | Molly Weasley | Mundungus Fletcher | Nymphadora Tonks | Remus Lupin | Ron Weasley | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Order of the Phoenix allies:
Andromeda Tonks | Augusta Longbottom | Buckbeak | Dobby | Fawkes | Filius Flitwick | Firenze | Garrick Ollivander | Ginny Weasley | Grawp | Helena Ravenclaw | Horace Slughorn | Karkus | Karkus's wife | Kreacher | Lee Jordan | Luna Lovegood | McKinnon family | Mr Westenberg | Mrs Westenberg | Muriel | Nearly-Headless Nick | Neville Longbottom | Oliver Wood | Olympe Maxime | Rita Skeeter | Peeves | Percy Weasley | Pomona Sprout | Poppy Pomfrey | Sybill Trelawney | Ted Tonks | The Fallen Fifty | Westenberg family | Winky | Xenophilius Lovegood
Other affiliations:
Dumbledore's Army | Forbidden Forest Centaur colony | Headless Hunt | Hogwarts Hippogriff herd | Hogwarts house-elves | Hogwarts Ghosts | Hogwarts Staff |
Hogwarts students | Hogwarts Thestral herd | Ministry of Magic | Giant colony (Karkus's control)
Dumbledore's Army
Harry Potter · Hermione Granger · Ronald Weasley
Harry Potter · Neville Longbottom · Luna Lovegood · Ginny Weasley
Gryffindor ClearBG2.png Gryffindor Katie Bell · Lavender Brown · Colin Creevey · Dennis Creevey · Seamus Finnigan · Angelina Johnson · Lee Jordan · Cormac McLaggen · Parvati Patil · Alicia Spinnet · Dean Thomas · Romilda Vane · Fred Weasley · George Weasley · Nigel Wolpert · Unidentified female · Unidentified female (II)
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Ravenclaw ClearBG2.png Ravenclaw Terry Boot · Cho Chang · Michael Corner · Marietta Edgecombe · Anthony Goldstein · Padma Patil · Maisy Reynolds · Unidentified male · Unidentified male (II) · Unidentified female
Hufflepuff ClearBG2.png Hufflepuff Hannah Abbott · Susan Bones · Justin Finch-Fletchley · Ernie Macmillan · Zacharias Smith · Leanne · Unidentified female
Unknown House Luca Caruso · Alice Tolipan
Allies and other affiliations
Order of the Phoenix · Hogwarts staff · Augusta Longbottom · Andromeda Tonks · Ted Tonks · Percy Weasley · Oliver Wood · Grawp · Dobby · Winky · Hogwarts house-elves · Forbidden Forest Centaur colony · Hogwarts Hippogriff herd · Hogwarts Ghosts · Hogwarts students · Hogwarts Thestral herd
Department of Magical Law Enforcement employees
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Heads of Department
Justus Pilliwickle · Torquil Travers · Bartemius Crouch Senior · Amelia Bones · Pius Thicknesse · Corban Yaxley · Harry Potter
Auror Office
Heads: Theseus Scamander · Rufus Scrimgeour · Gawain Robards · Harry Potter
Mordecai Berrycloth · John Dawlish · Penelope Fawley · Dorian Fungbury · Timothy Hale · Alice Longbottom · Frank Longbottom · Neville Longbottom · Alastor Moody · Riya Patel · Proudfoot · Savage · Kingsley Shacklebolt · Nymphadora Tonks · Ronald Weasley · Williamson · Unidentified Aurors · Unidentified male Auror at Hogwarts · 3 Unidentified Aurors at Hogwarts · Director of the Investigation Department No. 61042
Improper Use of Magic Office
Heads: Travers · Dolores Umbridge
Mafalda Hopkirk · Honoria's fiancé · Mafalda Hopkirk's Ministerial Superior · Rufus Fudge · Orabella Nuttley · Chester Davies
Other Personnel
Leta Lestrange · Minerva McGonagall · Elphinstone Urquart · Alastor Gumboil · Arnold Peasegood · Arthur Weasley · Perkins · Cerberus Langarm · Hermione Granger · Bob Ogden · Tulip Karasu's mother · Tulip Karasu's father · Dempster Wiggleswade · Amelia Bones's assistant · Arthur Weasley's ten subordinates · Unidentified Hit Wizard · Unidentified Wizengamot clerk