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Andromeda Tonks

Andromeda Tonks
Biographical information

Great Britain

Blood status

Pure blood

Marital status




Also known as

Dromeda (by Edward Tonks)

Physical description




Hair color

Light brown

Family information
family members
Magical skills



Andromeda Tonks (born Black) (* 1951-1955[1]), also known as Dromeda, was an English pure-blood witch and the middle daughter of Cygnus and Druella Black (née Rosier) and the sister of Bellatrix and Narcissa. She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1960s, where she was assigned to the Slytherin House.

After finishing school, she married a Muggle-born, Edward Tonks, and was ostracized by her racist pureblood family for doing so. From then on, she and her relatives had no further contact. In 1973 she became the mother of Nymphadora Tonks, who became Aurorin in 1994 under Alastor Moody.

During the Second Wizarding War, Andromeda and her husband were allies of the Order of the Phoenix since their daughter was a member. Nymphadora married Remus Lupine in 1997 and had a son, Edward Remus Lupine with him. During the height of the war, Andromeda's husband was murdered by grabs in 1998. Remus was murdered during the Battle of Hogwarts and Nymohadora, also during the battle, was murdered by Andromeda's older sister Bellatrix Lestrange.

After the Second Wizarding War, Andromeda raised her grandson with the help of his godparent Harry Potter, with Teddy also spending a lot of time with the Potter family and the Weasley family.


Early years of life

Andromeda was born in the early 1950s. She was the second daughter of Cygnus and Druella Black (née Rosier), the younger sister of Bellatrix Lestrange and the older sister of Narcissa Malfoy. Walburga and Orion Black were her aunt and paternal uncle, and Sirius and Regulus Black were her cousins. Evan Rosier may be a maternal relative. Alphard Black was also Andromeda's uncle.[2]

She was Sirius Black's favorite cousin, but he never met her married family before he was imprisoned in Azkaban in 1981.[3]

School days at Hogwarts

Andromeda attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, where she was divided into the Slytherin House.[4] She may have been very gifted in the field of magic because she mastered a variety of household spells. It is also possible that she was talented in the Defense Against the Dark Arts because as an adult she managed not to divulge vital information or harm her mental health during torture.

Sometime during or after her training at Hogwarts, Andromeda met and fell in love with the Muggle-born wizard Edward Tonks, even though her family was known for blood purity.

Life after Hogwarts

Andromeda married Edward Tonks and was subsequently disowned by her aunts, parents, and sister because of it. It was also removed from the family's tapestry at 12 Grimmauldplatz. Statements from her sisters indicate that they both broke off contact with her because they viewed her as a blood traitor.[5]

In 1973, around the age of twenty, Andromeda had a child with Ted, Nymphadora Tonks. Andromeda chose the name, but her daughter didn't like the name and therefore preferred to be called simply "Tonks" by her friends. Ted, Remus Lupine and Andromeda just called her "Dora" after all.

Andromeda had a talent for cleanliness that her husband and daughter did not share.[3]

Their daughter Nymphadora began her freshman year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1984 and was assigned to the Hufflepuff house. In 1991 Nymphdora graduated from school and then began training as an auror at the British Ministry of Magic. Nymphadora worked as an Auror between the Wars and during the Second Wizarding War, which is why Andromeda was often concerned about her daughter's safety.

Second Wizarding War (1995-1998)

Although Andromeda and Ted did not appear to be official members of the Order of the Phoenix, they allowed their home to be one of the Order's houses and supported the organization of which their daughter was a member. Thus they were allies and indirect members of the order. Nymphadora married Remus Lupine in the summer of 1997. Remus suspected that Nymphadora’s parents would disagree because he was a werewolf. Whether this was actually the case is not known, however, as Andromeda had a great deal of understanding for her daughter's life.

After the Battle of the Seven Potters, they were involved in Harry Potter's move from Privet Drive to the Burrow. Harry Potter and Rubeus Hagrid took temporary refuge at Tonks' house, where Andromeda tended to Hagrid's injuries. She seemed a little offended when Harry asked her about her resemblance to her sister Bellatrix Lestrange. She and Ted were very concerned for their daughter when they learned that the Order had been attacked by Death Eaters, although Ted also tried to reassure his wife by advising her that their daughter had seen worse in the course of her work as an Auror .

When the British Ministry of Magic was taken over by Lord Voldemort in August 1997, the magical protection around the Order's houses was broken. Andromeda and Ted were thus at the mercy, since their house also had this protection. Both were interrogated and tortured for information about Harry Potter and the Order. Her son-in-law Lupine later reported that she "obviously shaken, but otherwise okay"would be.[5] Soon after, Nymphadora discovered she was pregnant and came to see her parents when her husband had temporarily abandoned them out of fear, fearing that he would have passed on lycanthropy to his child.

The Ministry eventually began prosecuting Muggleborns by setting up the Muggleborn Registration Commission, which accused Muggleborns of stealing their magic and wands from "real" witches and wizards. Ted refused to register and was forced to flee. Andromeda was safe as a pure blood and therefore decided to stay with her pregnant daughter. Shortly before the birth of her grandson Edward Lupine, Andromeda was left a widow because her husband was murdered by grabs.

Andromeda's daughter and son-in-law were killed by Bellatrix Lestrange, Andromeda's sister, and Antonin Dolohov during the Battle of Hogwarts. After that, Bellatrix herself was killed by Molly Weasley.

Later life (after 1998)

Andromeda was left with custody of her grandson, though Teddy also spent a lot of time with his godfather Harry Potter and the Weasley family.[5]

Outward appearance

It has been described that Andromeda would have an eerily similar appearance to her older sister Bellatrix Lestrange. This also fits in with the plot of Harry when he almost attacked her when they first met. With that she most likely had the patrician beauty and aristocratic demeanor that were the hallmarks of the house of the Blacks. One difference between Andromeda and Bellatrix was the hair and eyes. Bellatrix had dark hair and evil eyes, while Andromeda had light brown hair and large, kind eyes.[6]

Personality and behavior

Given her marriage to a Muggle-born man, it can be assumed that Andromeda was very different from her two sisters: While her sisters married men from "respectable" pure-blood families, she married out of love, despite opposition from her family, which led to her being married banished from her own family.

She was clearly a good mother as she inquired about her daughter's whereabouts during the Battle of the Seven Potters and also looked after her during her pregnancy. She was also a good grandmother as she raised her grandson after her daughter's death.

Aside from her husband and daughter, she considered her cousin Sirius Black to be her only true family. This could be seen in the fact that she always treated Sirius with respect and kindness. Not only was she a good wife, mother and grandmother, but also a good friend, for despite the torture she did not reveal anything to the Death Eaters that could harm Harry Potter or any other member of the Order of the Phoenix. Andromeda also bore many similarities to Molly Weasley, as both were devoted to their family and friends. In many ways, Andromeda's personality contradicted the "evil Slytherin" stereotype that many students from the other Houses had. Instead, she seemed to embody the Slytherin virtue of brotherhood as she always helped her friends and family and never let them down.

Magical skills and abilities

Relationships and friendships


Black family

Andromeda's relationship with her parents was probably bad. Because she marries a Muggle-born, which violates her family's ideals of blood purity, she was violated and no longer considered Black. It can be assumed that her parents no longer saw her as their daughter and, like Bellatrix and Narcissa, broke off all contact with her. It is therefore also possible that Andromeda's parents never met their granddaughter Nymphadora Tonks.

It is unknown what Andromeda's relationship was like with her older sister Bellatrix and younger sister Narcissa when they were younger. Both sisters, however, followed the virtue of blood purity, while Andromeda, in view of their marriage, evidently did not.

After marrying Muggle-born Ted, she was cast out and her two sisters cut off all contact with her.[5] Andromeda's relationship with Bellatrix was apparently particularly hateful, as Bellatrix murdered Andromeda's own daughter, that is, her niece, although Andromeda probably didn't find out about it until after the Battle of Hogwarts and her sister's death. It can be assumed that Bellatrix would not have hesitated to kill Andromeda herself if she had ever met her again. Andromeda also seemed offended when Harry Potter mistook her the first time she met Bellatrix.[5] It can also be surmised that Andromeda was not saddened by Molly Weasley's death of her older sister, as Bellatrix was cruel towards her and murdered her child and good friend Sirius Black. However, Andromeda's relationship with Narcissa is unknown, although it was most likely similar to that with Bellatrix. It is doubtful whether the two would ever meet again after Voldemort's defeat, as Narcissa still valued pureblood very much.

Andromeda's younger cousin Sirius Black told Harry Potter in 1995 that Andromeda was his favorite cousin.[3] Like them, Sirius was viewed by her family as a "blood traitor" and cast out for his opinion on the matter. So the two were probably pretty close in their younger years. Sirius thought of Andromeda and Nymphadora Tonks as his true family.

Edward Tonks

Andromeda married Edward Tonks despite her family's hatred of Muggle-borns, which resulted in her family disapproving[3] and her own sisters avoided her from then on. So you can assume that the two loved each other very much. Ted comforted his wife when they weren't sure what had happened to their daughter after the Battle of the Seven Potters and assured her that Tonks had been through worse as an Auror.[5]

Nymphadora Tonks

Nymphadora and her mother were close, although Tonks had the first name given to her by the "Fool of a mother"gave, didn't like.[3] It is not known how Andromeda received the news that her daughter and the werewolf, Remus Lupine, were in love and that they were about to get married. It is also unknown how she initially reacted to her daughter's pregnancy. Andromeda, however, was often very concerned about her daughter's participation in the Second Wizarding War and therefore decided to stay with her during her pregnancy while Ted was on the run from the Muggle Registration Commission. When Tonks went to the Battle of Hogwarts, she left her young son to his grandmother. It is unknown how she received news of her daughter's death by her older sister Bellatrix Lestrange. It can be assumed that the loss of their only child was very bad for them.

After the final battle of the Second Wizarding War, Andromeda raised her grandson after the death of his parents with the help of Teddy's godfather Harry Potter.[5]

Harry Potter

When Harry first met Andromeda, he thought she looked a lot like her sister Bellatrix Lestrange, but with friendlier eyes and lighter hair.[6] Her resemblance to Bellatrix was so great that Harry wanted to attack her first. After realizing his mistake, he felt bad and apologized, as Andromeda was also offended by the comparison.

After Voldemort's fall, Harry helped Andromeda raise her grandson and godson Edward Lupine. Harry liked and respected Andromeda for the way she thought and for being Tonk's mother. It is possible that after the war Harry and Andromeda spent a lot of time together and Harry supported them. It is also very likely that Andromeda herself and her grandson were frequent guests of Harry and Ginevra Weasley's homes.

Order of the Phoenix

Andromeda was not an official member of the Order of the Phoenix, but she still supported the ideals of the Order, since she was also married to a Muggle-born. Since her daughter and son-in-law were members, she allowed the Order to use her home as a shelter. It is likely that she had a good relationship with all of the members, since she was also at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the same time as Arthur and Molly Weasley. Participation during the First Wizarding War