- "No one lived after he decided ter kill 'em, no one except you, an' he'd killed some of the best witches and wizards of the age — the McKinnons, the Bones, the Prewetts — you were only a baby an' you lived."
- — The numerous wizards murdered during the first war[src]
Prewett was the surname of a pure-blood wizarding family, and one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. They were related to the Black, Weasley, and Macmillan families, and more distantly to the Potter family and the Muggle Evans family. With the deaths of Fabian and Gideon in the First Wizarding War, the status of the Prewett family is unknown, though it continued in the female line through the children of Molly Weasley.
Some members of the Prewett family would likely have been labelled "blood traitors", as they were members of the Order of the Phoenix and did not believe in the ideology of blood purity. However, the attitude of the prejudiced House of Black towards the Prewetts suggests that not all members were considered blood traitors. Lucretia Black was not disowned for marrying Ignatius Prewett, implying that the Prewetts were more accepted in elite pure-blood circles than a family like the Weasleys.
It is unknown whether Molly's second cousin (a squib accountant) was a pure-blood or not; he could have had a Muggle mother.
|Mr Prewett||Parents of Molly, Gideon, and Fabian|
|Fabian Prewett||Member of the first Order of the Phoenix, brothers of Molly|
|Molly Weasley née Prewett||Sister of Gideon and Fabian, wife of Arthur Weasley, mother of the Weasley children|
|Ignatius Prewett||Brother of Mr Prewett and uncle of Molly, Gideon, and Fabian|
|Lucretia Prewett née Black||Wife of Ignatius and aunt of Sirius and Regulus Black|
|Bilius||A brother or brother-in-law of Molly Weasley née Prewett|
|An uncle||Uncle of the Weasley children who attended Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour's wedding in 1997, he may be a brother of Molly Weasley née Prewett or one of her brothers-in-law.|
|Muriel's mother||May be a great-grandmother of Molly and her brothers because Muriel is their great-aunt, and so possibly sister of one of their grandparents. However, Muriel may be Molly's and her brothers great-aunt by marriage.|
|Muriel||A great-aunt of Molly Weasley née Prewett, thus an aunt or aunt-in-law to Mr or Mrs Prewett. While Muriel is Molly's great-aunt, and thus related to the family, it is not confirmed as to whether she is a Prewett.|
|Tessie||A great-aunt of Ron Weasley and his siblings. She might be an aunt of Molly's or of Arthur's. If the former is the case, then Tessie is related to the family, although it would not be certain that she was a Prewett.|
|J. Prewitt||Possibly a relative|
|Second cousin||Squib accountant|
|Mafalda||Molly's second cousin once removed|
|Prewett Family||Arcturus Black III||Melania Macmillan|
|Mr Prewett||Mrs Prewett||Ignatius Prewett||Lucretia Black||Orion Black||Walburga Black|
|Molly Weasley||Arthur Weasley||Gideon Prewett||Fabian Prewett||Sirius Black III||Regulus Black|
The surname Prewett is Welsh in origin. It is derived from the Middle English word prou, meaning "brave" or "valiant", and the suffix "-et", which implies smallness. Thus, it is believed to be derived from a nickname for someone small, but brave.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Mentioned only)
- Pottermore (First appearance)
- Wizarding World
Notes and references
- Gideon and Fabian, the only known males, are dead; Bilius, if he is Molly's brother, is also dead and he never married.
- Black family tree
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter Limited Edition - A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films (see this image)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Full Tan Draft
- Sirius Black stated in Ch. 6 of Order of the Phoenix that Molly Weasley was his "cousin by marriage". This means that Ignatius could not have been Molly, Fabian, and Gideon's father, as this would have made them first cousins by blood of Sirius. Ignatius was Sirius's uncle by marriage, and if Molly was his niece, this could explain Sirius's comment. See this talk page for more information.
- Pottermore - states that Muriel is "technically Mrs Weasley's great aunt"
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Surnames in wizarding worlds, as with muggles, can presumably change over time. If so, then this makes J. Prewitt a relative of Molly and her brothers, but this is unconfirmed
- House of Names: Prewett