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Hesper Black (née Gamp) (fl. 1901-1906) was a pure-blood witch who married Sirius Black II. The couple had three children together: Arcturus, Lycoris, and Regulus.

She was a grandmother of Orion Black and Lucretia Black.[2]

Etymology

Regulus Black I

Hesper’s son Regulus on the family tree

Hesper is an English variation of the name Esther[3], which is believed to be derived from the Persian word for "star," possibly an allusion to the naming pattern of the family she married into.

The Book of Esther in the Old Testament tells the story of Queen Esther, the Jewish wife of the king of Persia who saved her people from extermination.[4] There was also one Esther by birth in the Black family – Hester Black.

It's also possible that her name derives from Hesperus, the "Evening Star" from Greek mythology (Vesper for the Romans). This was a name assigned to the planet Venus, visible during the evening, whose morning counterpart ("Morning Star") would become called "Lucifer" in Latin.[5]

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