The only son of Caspar Crouch and Charis Black was a pure-blood wizard.[2] He had two sisters.

Behind the scenes

  • It is possible that Caspar Crouch’s son was Bartemius Crouch Snr, who is described as an "elderly man" at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. This is supported by the fact that he and his son were the last of their family. However, Caspar Crouch’s wife, Charis, was born in 1919, so her son could be born no earlier than 1936, which makes it unlikely that he would be described as "elderly" in 1994. But Rowling wrote all but the first chapter of Goblet of Fire in the third-person limited point-of-view, which means that the description of Crouch as "elderly" actually represents Harry Potter’s perception. A 58-year-old man might appear "elderly" to a 14-year-old boy, and it is also quite plausible that the tribulations Crouch went through during the First War would have prematurely aged him. Also, terms like "elderly" can be loosely used, without kind of mathematical rigour, especially by young people; for instance, Walburga Black in her portrait was described as "old", despite not being more than sixty-years-old when the portrait was made[3]. It should also be taken into account that Rowling's maths on the Black family tree are characteristically bad; two people become fathers at the age of thirteen. Charis and her son might have been intended to be older than they appear to be.
  • If Caspar Crouch's son is Barty Crouch Snr, then Barty Crouch and Arthur Weasley are first cousins and Crouch's personal assistant Percy Weasley is his first cousin once removed. This relationship is not mentioned at all in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, though neither Crouch nor Arthur would be proud to admit that their mothers were daughters of the notorious House of Black.


Notes and references

  1. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 36 (The Parting of the Ways), Dumbledore refers to Bartemius Crouch Jr as "the last remaining member of a pure-blood family as old as any" meaning that all other members of the family are dead by 1995.
  2. Black family tree
  3. Black family tree
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