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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.[2] They were related through marriage to the Malfoy family and, more distantly, to the Black and the Lestrange families.

Family history

Daphne Greengrass was born to pure-blood wizarding parents in 1979 or 1980. On 1 September 1991, Daphne began her education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was sorted into Slytherin. She was in the same year as the famous Harry Potter. It is unknown if she was present during the Battle of Hogwarts on 2 May 1998, or was led from the Great Hall by Filch before, along with her fellow Slytherins.

Astoria Greengrass was two years younger than her sister Daphne.[3] She also attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. During the Battle of Hogwarts, she was evacuated for being too young. It is also unknown what house she was sorted into at Hogwarts.

After the War

"...Astoria refused to raise their grandson Scorpius in the belief that Muggles were scum, family gatherings were often fraught with tension."
— Astoria Greengrass' tolerate worldview after the Second Wizarding War[src]

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]

Astoria with her husband Draco Malfoy and her son Scorpius Malfoy

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.

Gareth Greengrass was a research assistant and eventually an Unspeakable in the Department of Mysteries. A gifted employee, he would dedicate most of his adult life to conducting confidential research into the mysteries of magic, and eventually rose to a place of seniority in the department, becoming a Senior Unspeakable.

Gareth married Aquila Greengrass and they had a daughter, Cereus Greengrass. By 2019, Aquila had died. Cereus had a blood malediction for which Gareth was desperate to find a cure. At an unknown date, Gareth joined The Unforgivable. The Unforgivable was a 21st century organisation that appeared to be responsible for the Calamity.[4]

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, deceased.
Gareth Greengrass' brother An Azkaban inmate convicted of being a Death Eater.
Aquila Greengrass Wife of Gareth Greengrass, deceased.
Cereus Greengrass Daughter of Gareth and Aquila
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 possibly one of Pansy Parkinson's gang.
Draco Malfoy Husband of Astoria Malfoy
Scorpius Malfoy Son of Astoria Malfoy and Draco Malfoy

Family tree

 
 
 
 
Unidentified ancestor
 
 
 
Greengrass family
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daphne Greengrass
(b. 1979/80)
 
Draco Malfoy
(b. 1980)
 
Astoria Greengrass
(1981/822019)
 
Gareth Greengrass
(d. 2021)
 
Aquila Greengrass
(d. c. 2019)
 
Unidentified Greengrass
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scorpius Malfoy
(b. 2005/6)
 
 
 
 
 
Cereus Greengrass

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 2.3 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Draco Malfoy" at Wizarding World
  3. 24 December 2007 PotterCast interview with J. K. Rowling
  4. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
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