Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters/Andromeda Tonks

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Andromeda Tonks
Gender Female
Hair color Light Brown
Eye color Dark
Related Family Husband Ted Tonks, Daughter Nymphadora Tonks; originally part of the Black Family but disowned
Loyalty Order of the Phoenix


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Andromeda Tonks, wife of Ted Tonks and mother of Nymphadora Tonks, was born into the Black family, but has been disowned.

Role in the Books

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Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

When Harry and Sirius Black are discussing the tapestry of the Ancient and Honorable House of Black, Sirius mentions Andromeda in passing, saying she has been removed from the tapestry for the unforgivable crime of marrying a Muggle-born wizard, Ted Tonks. Nymphadora Tonks is their daughter.

When Harry first sees Andromeda, he almost mistakes her for her sister, Bellatrix Lestrange, and is on the point of casting a jinx at her, but cannot find his wand. She, like her husband, is dismayed to hear that they had been ambushed by Death Eaters, and is concerned that her daughter may have gotten hurt.


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We don't see much of Andromeda, but we know she must have significant strength of character to marry Ted Tonks, a Muggle-born, in the full knowledge that this would cause the Black family to effectively cast her out.


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Her family – especially Nymphadora Tonks – is her weakness. This being all the family she has, with the Blacks disowning her, she will be concerned, perhaps overly so, with the wellbeing of her husband and daughter.

Relationships with Other Characters

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She is Bellatrix Lestrange's and Narcissa Malfoy's sister. She was the middle Black daughter, Sirius Black's cousin, but she was disowned for marrying the Muggle Ted Tonks. (He is not really a muggle, but being descended from Muggles is not considered to be a true Wizard.) Her parents are Druella and Cygnus Black. She is the mother of Nymphadora Tonks, mother-in-law of Remus Lupin, wife of Ted Tonks, and grandmother of Teddy Remus Lupin.


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Study questions are meant to be left for each student to answer; please don't answer them here.

  1. Do you think anyone in Andromeda's family accepted her choice of husband? Why or why not?

Greater Picture

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Intermediate warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.