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"Astoria Greengrass, who had gone through a similar (though less violent and frightening) conversion from pure-blood ideals to a more tolerant life view, was felt by Narcissa and Lucius to be something of a disappointment as a daughter-in-law. They had had high hopes of a girl whose family featured on the 'Sacred Twenty-Eight..."
—The pure-blood Greengrass family[src]

Greengrass was the surname of a pure-blood[1][2] wizarding family, and one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight.[3] They were related through marriage to the Malfoy family and, more distantly, to the Black and the Lestrange families.

Family history

The Greengrasses were known to have espoused the philosophy of Pure-blood supremacy.[2] Following the horrors of the Second Wizarding War, Astoria Greengrass abandoned those beliefs in favour of a more tolerant world view. She even refused to raise her son to believe that "Muggles [are] scum", even though that created tension with her parents-in-law, Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy.[2]

A certain ancestor of the family was stricken with a curse, which would be passed down into the Greengrass family as a blood malediction. It resurfaced in Astoria, which led to her frail health that worsened after giving birth to Scorpius, and she died during the summer of 2019.

Family members

Wizard(s) Notes
Gareth Greengrass A Senior Unspeakable at the Department of Mysteries, and one of the members of the council overseeing the investigation into the disappearance of the London Five.
Astoria Malfoy

(née Greengrass)

Wife of Draco Malfoy, mother of Scorpius Malfoy. She died of from a genetic-related curse during the summer of 2019.
Daphne Greengrass Astoria's older sister, she was in Harry Potter's year and Slytherin house at Hogwarts, and was one of Pansy Parkinson's gang.
Draco Malfoy Husband of Astoria Malfoy
Scorpius Malfoy Son of Astoria Malfoy and Draco Malfoy

Etymology

  • The surname Greengrass seems to simply come from the words green and grass, emphasising Slytherin's house colours. This imagery would be appropriate if the Greengrass family has been traditionally sorted into Slytherin.


Behind the Scenes

  • It is unknown if Daphne and Astoria's ancestor who suffered from a blood curse was a member of the Greengrass family or an ancestor from another family.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Astoria Greengrass's son was described as pure-blood by Ron Weasley in the Epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, indicating that Astoria would have been pure-blood herself.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Draco Malfoy" at Wizarding World
  3. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" at Wizarding World
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