Goldstein was the surname of a wizarding family. It had both magical and Muggle heritage, and may have been an old, large family, as it had branches in both the United Kingdom and the United States. 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.
Known family members
- Anthony Goldstein — a Ravenclaw student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1990s and member of Dumbledore's Army
- Mr Goldstein — father of Porpentina and Queenie
- Mrs Goldstein — mother of Porpentina and Queenie
- 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
Goldstein is a German Jewish ornamental surname meaning "gold stone," from the German words Gold, "gold," and Stein, "stone." Jews in Germany adopted family names in the late 18th century and early 19th century as a result of government policy and urbanisation. 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.
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Anthony Goldstein is listed as being half-blood on the hand-written list of students in Harry Potter's year shown by J. K. Rowling in the documentary Harry Potter and Me.
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- ↑ "Everything we know about ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’" at Boston.com
- ↑ J. K. Rowling on Twitter: "(any rlation to Anthony Goldstein) Yes (but distant)."
- ↑ J.K. Rowling on Twitter: ".@benjaminroffman Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard."
- ↑ "Goldstein" on Ancestry.com
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 "Jewish Family Names - An Introduction" from the Museum of Jewish People