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"Yeah, Zabini, because you're so talented... at posing...."
Ginny Weasley's opinion of Blaise[src]

Blaise Zabini (b. 1979/1980) was a wizard and a student in Harry Potter's year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He was Sorted into the Slytherin house[3], and was on friendly terms with fellow Slytherins, Draco Malfoy and his gang, and Pansy Parkinson.

Biography

Early life

Blaise Zabini was the son of a famously beautiful witch who had been widowed seven times over by 1996. Each husband's death occurred both under suspicious circumstances and left the already wealthy Ms. Zabini and her son with more money. Blaise was incredibly vain and did not befriend Muggles or Muggle-borns.

Hogwarts years (1991-1998)

Early years

In 1991, Blaise started his education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was Sorted into Slytherin House. Due to Blaise's reserved nature, he kept to himself most of the time and did not really make friends with other Slytherins, nor other students in his year — though this may have been because he was prejudiced against Muggle-borns and "blood traitors." Blaise seemed to get along with Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, and Pansy Parkinson — he was able to sit with them on the train journey to Hogwarts — but other than that, he was not mentioned to be hanging around that group.

Sixth year

Pansy Parkinson: "Even you think she's good looking, don't you, Blaise, and we all know how hard you are to please!"
Blaise: "I wouldn't touch a filthy blood traitor like her whatever she looked like."
— Pansy and Blaise discussing Ginny Weasley's appearance[src]
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Pansy Parkinson and Blaise sitting on the Hogwarts' Express

Blaise was one of the students who received an invitation from Professor Horace Slughorn for lunch on the Hogwarts Express journey, which might imply that none of Blaise's relatives were Death Eaters, as Slughorn wanted nothing to do with them (it was the reason why he chose not to invite Theodore Nott to join the Club). Slughorn was sizing up the student body for potential new members of his famous Slug Club, which he started when he last taught at Hogwarts. During the meeting Blaise seemed quiet as usual and did not join in the discussions; he did, however, give a little cough of "amused scepticism" when Slughorn told the group that he thought Harry Potter had powers beyond the ordinary. This caused him to provoke Ginny Weasley to snap at him, and Slughorn jokingly warned Blaise not to annoy Ginny, remembering how well she could cast a Bat-Bogey Hex. When questioned on his family, Blaise talked about his mother and the line of husbands she had who had all left her large amounts of galleons in their wills after their suspicious deaths.

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Blaise at a Slug Club meeting with Professor Slughorn and Cormac McLaggen

After the lunch meeting ended, Blaise retired to his compartment on the Hogwarts Express in which Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, and Pansy Parkinson were also sitting. Harry Potter followed Blaise back to this compartment under his Invisibility cloak in an attempt to hear Draco's conversation, and give him some perspective as to what Draco had been planning over the summer. Once they arrived at Hogwarts, Blaise apparently passed the litmus test that Slughorn had set, as he continued to receive invitations to Slughorn's parties after the school year began. He did not seem to have a high opinion of his fellow members, if his comments to Draco Malfoy on the train were any indication, but, in spite of this, he continued to accept the invitations.

Seventh year

Slytherins battle

Blaise with fellow Slytherins in the Great Hall

Blaise attended his seventh year at Hogwarts.

When evacuation started moments before the Battle of Hogwarts on 2 May, 1998, Blaise presumably left with the other Slytherins through the passageway to Hog's Head Inn in Room of Requirement.

Physical appearance

Blaise was a tall black boy with high cheekbones and long, slanting eyes. He was described as being vain about appearances.

Personality and traits

"Zabini gave a tiny little cough that was clearly supposed to indicate amused scepticism."
—Blaise regarding Harry Potter[src]

Blaise seemed to be a highly arrogant person, who looked down on nearly everyone and everything, though he rarely expressed his disdainful opinions in a confrontational manner. He reacted with scornful amusement when Professor Slughorn praised Harry Potter's talents, and with contempt when Slughorn suggested that he should not anger Ginny Weasley, who insulted Blaise's vanity.[4] He also insulted most of his fellow Slug Club members and the parties themselves to Draco Malfoy, though he continued to attend the meetings and also did not seem to respect Draco very much.

Blaise was prejudiced against Muggles, Muggle-borns, and those who were accepting of them, as made clear when Pansy Parkinson accused him of finding Ginny attractive, Blaise said he would never touch "a filthy blood traitor like her"[4] However, he also did not seem to hold a high opinion of followers of Voldemort, either; in the same conversation, he taunted Draco on his father being outed as a Death Eater. It seemed he was so arrogant that he was more or less indifferent and dismissive of everyone, regardless of status.

Magical abilities and skills

Potions: Blaise was proficient at potion-making, considering he was one of the few students that progressed to N.E.W.T.-level in his sixth year (1996-97). He achieved either an 'Exceeds Expectations' or an 'Outstanding' on his O.W.L. exam.

Etymology

  • Blaise is a French name derived from the Latin blaesus, "lisping".[5] In mythology Blaise was the tutor and, later, biographer, of Merlin - which makes this an appropriate name for a wizard. Another famous bearer was Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician and philosopher. Also, Blaise Castle is an eighteenth-century mansion house and estate in Bristol, England called "the finest place in England" in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.
  • The surname Zabini is Italian, suggesting that Blaise be of Italian descent.

Behind the scenes

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Blaise playing Quidditch for Slytherin.

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Draco Malfoy and Blaise Zabini hanging on for dear life with the FiendFyre below them

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — based on the fact Blaise didn't attend in Potions on April 21st, 1997, he was currently of age and could take his Apparition test.
  2. His mother was a witch, it is unknown if his father was a wizard , Therefore he is either pure-blood or half-blood
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  5. Behind the Name: Blaise
  6. J.K. Rowling's Official Site: News
  7. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2857909/

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