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"Sweets, they always help you make friends."
—Astoria's advice to her son on making friends[src]

Astoria Malfoy[7] (née Greengrass) (c. 19822019) was a pure-blood witch. She also was a member of the Greengrass family, one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. Astoria began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1993, two years below the famous Harry Potter, her future husband, and her elder sister. After her education at Hogwarts she met and married Draco Malfoy and the two had a son Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy. Astoria died during the summer of 2019.

Biography

Early life (1982-1993)

Born into the Greengrass family, among the oldest, truly pure-blooded families in Britain, Astoria was brought up in the ideals of Pure-blood supremacy. The events of the Second Wizarding War during her teenage years, however, made her espouse a more tolerant life view from then on.[4] Among her family, the blood-bourne curse from her ancestor has resurfaced in her, resulting in Astoria's bodily frailty.

Hogwarts years (1993-2000)

Astoria attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She eventually married Draco Malfoy, who was two years ahead of her and a classmate of Daphne Greengrass, Astoria's older sister. The couple had one son together, Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy,[8] whom they saw off at King's Cross Station for his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 2017.[9]

Later life (2000-2019)

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Astoria with her family on the platform

Astoria refused to raise her child in the belief that Muggles (and likely Muggle-borns, half-bloods and Squibs as well) were scum and, as a result, Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy found her a somewhat disappointing daughter-in-law; family gatherings were, as a result, often fraught with tension.[4] It is unknown what her husband Draco's reaction was to this, but given that he also was sobered by his own terrible experience during the Second Wizarding War, it is possible that he secretly approved of it. Astoria had an ancestor who was cursed and the curse was passed on to her, making childbirth very risky. Despite this, she and Draco made the decision to have a child, even after he told her that it didn't matter to him if he ended the Malfoy bloodline.

Death (2019)

During the summer before Scorpius's third year at Hogwarts, Astoria died due to the toll of her family curse, leaving her son and husband heartbroken.

Etymology

The name Astoria may be derived from the London Astoria, a music venue in London, England, or the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, a famously luxurious hotel in New York City. This hotel was named after the Astors, a very wealthy and influential American family.[10] The name may also be related to Astraea, a daughter of Zeus in Greek mythology who personified justice. Astraea is derived from Greek meaning "star-maiden"; this may relate to her husband's maternal family often naming its members after stars and constellations. The name may also be spelled Asteria, as shown on the Weasley Family Tree.[11] Like Hyperion — her son Scorpius' middle name — Asteria is the name of one of the Titans of Greek mythology.

Behind the scenes

  • Astoria is played by Jade Olivia, in the epilogue scene of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.[12] She is the real-life girlfriend of Draco's actor Tom Felton.
  • J. K. Rowling has said that she chose to have Draco marry someone other than Pansy Parkinson, who seems to have been his girlfriend during his adolescence, because she always hated Pansy, who represented "the girls who teased me when I was at school". She has referred to Pansy as "the anti-Hermione".[13] Indeed, keeping in line with this, J.K. Rowling draws a much more sympathetic portrait of Astoria Greengrass on Pottermore.[4]
  • Astoria is the only character addressed in the epilogue that the regular trio do not know, although, as they know about Scorpius, they might know her, but they just call her "Draco's wife". Also, in a school context, a two-year gap is considerable, and since even her sister was barely peripheral to the central trio's world, they may well not have been truly aware of her until she joined the house of Malfoy.
  • Her sister Daphne was Sorted into Slytherin, but it is unknown if Astoria was Sorted into Slytherin as well.
  • Astoria's maiden name, Greengrass, could refer to one of the Slytherin House colours, green.
  • The Cursed Child revealed that Astoria died from a magical blood borne curse shortly after sending her son to Hogwarts.

J. K. Rowling

"Draco married the younger sister of a fellow Slytherin. 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', but as Astoria refused to raise their grandson Scorpius in the belief that Muggles were scum, family gatherings were often fraught with tension."
J.K. Rowling regarding Astoria Greengrass[src]

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. J.K. Rowling PotterCast Interview
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act One, Scene Four
  3. Astoria'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.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Draco Malfoy"
  5. The Greengrass Family appears on the sacred twenty eight list making them a pureblood family.
  6. People believed the rumour that Scorpius was not Draco's son in The Cursed Child, implying that Astoria has blonde hair for Scorpius to inherit rather than him having inherited Draco's.
  7. IMDB - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Full Cast & Crew
  8. TIME magazine - JK Rowling answers 10 questions about Harry
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Epilogue (Nineteen Years Later)
  10. Waldorf-Astoria Article on Wikipedia
  11. HP Lexicon: Weasley Family Tree
  12. http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/06/08/harry-potter-star-tom-felton-gets-hitched-on-screen-with-real-life-girlfriend-115875-22318222/
  13. PotterCast interview

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