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Bones family
Family heritage
Blood status

Magical and Muggle

Notable family members

probably extant in female line



"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."
Rubeus Hagrid talking to Harry Potter[src]

Bones is the surname of a wizarding family with both magical and Muggle heritage[1]. They were a prominent family, with strong connections to the Ministry of Magic, which made them a target of Lord Voldemort during the First Wizarding War. The family was almost entirely slaughtered by Death Eaters[2], and Amelia Bones and her parents were murdered by Voldemort himself.[3]

Known family members

"Susan Bones' grandparents were killed by Voldemort."
—J. K. Rowling in a interview[src]
Wizard(s) Notes
Amelia Bones head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and member of the Wizengamot; murdered by Voldemort in 1996
Edgar Bones member of the Order of the Phoenix; murdered by Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War
Edgar Bones's wife murdered along with her husband and children
The Edgar's children children of Edgar Bones and his wife — murdered by Death Eaters along with their parents
Mr. Bones father of Amelia and Edgar, Susan's paternal grandfather; murdered by Voldemort during the First Wizarding War[4]
Mrs. Bones mother of Amelia and Edgar, Susan's paternal grandmother; murdered by Voldemort during the First Wizarding War[5]
Susan Bones's parent child of Mr. Bones and Mrs. Bones, sibling of Amelia and Edgar, and parent of Susan
Seraphina Bones a witch whose portrait hung at Hogwarts[6]
Susan Bones a Hufflepuff and member of Dumbledore's Army who was in the same year at Hogwarts as Harry Potter; niece of Edgar and Amelia Bones

Family tree

Seraphina Bones
Mr. Bones
(d. c. 1970s/'80s)
Mrs. Bones
(d. c. 1970s/'80s)
Amelia Bones
(d. 1996)
Edgar Bones
(d. 1981)
Mrs. Bones
(d. 1981)
Mr. Bones
Mrs. Bones
Edgar Bones's children
(d. 1981)
Susan Bones
(b. 1979 or 1980)


Bones is an English surname originally from either the Old French bon, meaning "good", or the Old English ban, meaning "thin, bony"[7]. A bone is a rigid connective organ that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates. Skull and Bones is the name of a secret society based at Yale University; many members of the Bones family were associated with the secret society the Order of the Phoenix.

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