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"Greengrass, Daphne..."
—Daphne being called up to take her O.W.L.s[src]

Daphne Greengrass (b. 1979-1980) was a pure-blood witch and a member of the Greengrass family, an old wizarding family and one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. She began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991. She was in the same year as Harry Potter and was Sorted into Slytherin house.


Early life

Daphne was born in 1979 or 1980 to Mr. and Mrs. Greengrass. She was a member of the Greengrass family, among the oldest and truly pure-blooded families in Britain. Daphne and Astoria (her little sister) were brought up in the ideals of pure-blood supremacy.

Hogwarts years (1991-1998)


Daphne and her classmates during their Sorting

Daphne began her education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and wizardry in 1991, where she was sorted into Slytherin. During her school years, Daphne was part of Pansy Parkinson's "gang" of Slytherin girls.[3] She shared a dormitory in Slytherin Dungeon with Pansy Parkinson, Millicent Bulstrode, Tracey Davis, and another girl. She took her O.W.L.s in 1996 at the same time as Hermione Granger. In 1996 she wasn't one of the very few students able to advance to N.E.W.T.-level Potions, she evidently failed to achieve the required grade or did not find continuing on to N.E.W.T. Potions worthwhile.

It can be assumed that during the Battle of Hogwarts on 2 May, 1998 Daphne was led out of the Great Hall by Filch, along with her fellow Slytherins.

Later life (Post 1998)

Daphne's younger sister (Astoria Greengrass) eventually married Draco Malfoy, a fellow Slytherin that resided in her year at Hogwarts.[3] She has a nephew (Scorpius) by this marriage. It is currently unknown if Daphne herself ever married and had any children of her own.


The name Daphne means "Laurel" in Greek. It is derived from the nymph Daphne in Greek mythology, who was pursued by the god Apollo. She prayed to her father, the river god Peneus, to change her body in order to escape the love-struck Apollo and Peneus then transformed her into the laurel tree, which Apollo then claimed as one of his sacred symbols. In Ancient Greece, a wreath of laurels was given as a prize and considered a symbol of prosperity, fame and victory.[4][5]

Behind the scenes

Based on a list of students revealed by J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and Me, Daphne's first name may have originally been "Queenie."


Notes and references

  1. World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling
  2. Daphne's nephew, Scorpius, was described as pure-blood by Ron Weasley in the Epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, indicating that Daphne and her sister Astoria were born into a pure-blood family.
  3. 3.0 3.1 TIME magazine - JK Rowling answers 10 questions about Harry
  4. WP favicon Bay Laurel on Wikipedia

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