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Goldstein was the surname of a wizarding family. It had both magical and Muggle heritage,[1] and may have been an old, large family, as it had branches in both the United Kingdom and the United States.[2][3][4] However, it remains unknown in which country the family originated. The family may have also been Jewish, as at least one member member considered himself to be a Jew.[5]

Known family members

Wizard(s) Notes
Anthony Goldstein A Ravenclaw student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1990s and member of Dumbledore's Army
Mr Goldstein Parents of Porpentina and Queenie
Mrs Goldstein
Porpentina Scamander

(née Goldstein)

An American witch; moved to the United Kingdom after marrying the British magizoologist Newt Scamander
Queenie Goldstein Younger sister of Porpentina

Etymology

Goldstein is a German Jewish ornamental surname meaning "gold stone," from the German words Gold, "gold," and Stein, "stone."[6] Jews in Germany adopted family names in the late 18th century and early 19th century as a result of government policy and urbanisation.[7] Some of these family names were "ornamental" in the sense that they were created by combining two words, generally colours, metals, plants, and other nature-themed things.[7]

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