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Gamp family
Family heritage
Blood status


Notable family members


Related families

Black family


Ministry of Magic

Gamp was the surname of a pure-blood wizarding family. They were related to the Black family, and more distantly to the Macmillan and Prewett families. It is unknown if this family is still extant or pure-blood.

Ulick Gamp was the first Minister for Magic, serving from 1707 to 1718, after previously acting as Head of the Wizengamot. During his term as Minister for Magic, Ulick established the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

The only other known member of this family was Hesper Black née Gamp, who married Sirius Black II, the heir of the prejudiced Black family. She was the great-grandmother of Sirius and Regulus Black.[1]

Another possible family member is the witch or wizard who discovered Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration.[2]  

Behind the scenes

The Gamps were not part of the Sacred Twenty-Eight, indicating that, by the 1930s, they were either extinct in the male line or no longer pure-blood (as judged by the author of the Pure-Blood Directory).


Gamp is a colloquial, primarily British, term for an umbrella, believed to be derived from a character in Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit, nursemaid Sarah Gamp.

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