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Cassiopeia Black

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Cassiopeia Black (19151992) was a pure-blood witch, the eldest daughter of Cygnus Black II and Violetta Bulstrode and sister of Pollux, Marius and Dorea. Cassiopeia never married or had any children.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Based on a statement by Horace Slughorn, Cassiopeia may well have been a member of the Slytherin House. However, she attended Hogwarts c. 1926 - 1933, when Slughorn may not have been Potions master.
  • Since Cassiopeia and Callidora were born on the same year, it is most likely that they were classmates at Hogwarts.
  • Cassiopeia is a queen in the Greek mythology, and her daughter is Andromeda. After her is named Andromeda Tonks, who is grand-niece of Cassiopeia Black.
  • Cassiopeia died after her brother Pollux, in the same year when their cousin died. In this time, Cassiopeia's grand-nephew (Sirius Black III) was in Azkaban.
  • If Dorea (Cassiopeia's sister) is the mother of James Potter I, Cassiopeia would be the maternal aunt of James, the aunt-in-law of Lily Evans, the grandaunt of Harry Potter, and a relative to several others of the Potter family.
  • On the family tree featured in the film, her first name is misspelt "Cassiapeia".


Like many members of the House of Black, Cassiopeia is named after a constellation. The constellation is in turn named after Queen Cassiopeia of Greek mythology, a beautiful but vain woman whose arrogant boasting led to her downfall. The name is derived from the Greek Κασσιόπη, meaning "she whose words excel".


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