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{{Youmay|the early member of the House of Black|[[Hesper Gamp|the wife of Sirius Black II]]}}
 
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*[[Phoebe Black]] (possible sister)
 
*[[Phoebe Black]] (possible sister)
 
*[[Alexia Walkin Black]] (possible sister)
 
*[[Alexia Walkin Black]] (possible sister)
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'''Hester Black''' was an early member of the [[House of Black]]. She was a [[pure-blood]] [[wizardkind|witch]], and it is possible that [[Licorus Black|Licorus]], [[Alexia Walkin Black|Alexia Walkin]], [[Phoebe Black|Phoebe]] and [[Eduardus Limette Black|Eduardus Limette]] were her siblings. She never married or had any children.
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'''Hesper Black''' was an early member of the [[House of Black]]. She was a [[pure-blood]] [[wizardkind|witch]], and it is possible that [[Licorus Black|Licorus]], [[Alexia Walkin Black|Alexia Walkin]], [[Phoebe Black|Phoebe]] and [[Eduardus Limette Black|Eduardus Limette]] were her siblings. She never married or had any children.
   
== Etymology ==
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==Etymology==
''Hester'' is a form of the name [[wikipedia:Esther|Esther]].
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''Hesper'' traces back to ''Hesperia'', which means "sunset". [[Sun]]sets and the night that follows it are often considered evil, like the colour black. It could also refer to the "setting of her bloodline" since she didn't have children.
   
There was one noble lady of that name - [[wikipedia:Hester Pitt, Countess of Chatham|Hester Pitt]].
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Black can be considered a colour, and is the result of the absence of, or complete absorption of, light. In Western culture, the colour black has typically been associated with evil, darkness, and witchcraft, but also with prestige and sophistication — appropriate for the House of Black. Black has also been associated with life and prosperity by other cultures. In ancient [[China]], black was the symbol of the element of water, which also corresponds to [[Slytherin]], the [[Hogwarts ]]house of almost all members of the Black family. In English heraldry, black represents darkness and ignorance; a possible allusion to the prejudice common to members of the House of Black.
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However, the English word ''black'' is derived from either the Old English ''blœc'', meaning "black", or ''blac'', meaning "pale". Pallor is associated with sickness and the colour white, which is usually held to symbolize purity in Western and Indian culture, and death in East Asian cultures. This mirrors the typical colouring of members of the House of Black — dark hair and pale skin.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*Based on a statement by [[Horace Slughorn]], this character may have been a member of [[Slytherin]] house.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]</ref> However, she attended Hogwarts in the 1830s, when Slughorn wasn’t even born.
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*Based on a statement by [[Horace Slughorn]], this character may have been a member of [[Slytherin]] house.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> However, she attended Hogwarts in the 1830s, when Slughorn wasn’t even born.
 
*This character appears only on the version of the Black family tree shown in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''. She was not included on the version of the tree which [[J. K. Rowling]] gave to a charity auction in 2006<ref>"[http://www.hplex.info/wizards/blackfamilytree.html Black Family Tree]" on The Harry Potter Lexicon</ref>. However, according to director [[David Yates]], Rowling provided the film-makers with a copy of the Black family tree going back eight generations<ref>"[http://web.archive.org/web/20071218224958/http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/5/24/empire-magazine-feature-on-ootp 'Empire' Magazine Feature on OotP]" from The Leaky Cauldron</ref>. The film makers presumably received a more complete version of the tree than the one auctioned off, which only goes back six generations.
 
*This character appears only on the version of the Black family tree shown in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''. She was not included on the version of the tree which [[J. K. Rowling]] gave to a charity auction in 2006<ref>"[http://www.hplex.info/wizards/blackfamilytree.html Black Family Tree]" on The Harry Potter Lexicon</ref>. However, according to director [[David Yates]], Rowling provided the film-makers with a copy of the Black family tree going back eight generations<ref>"[http://web.archive.org/web/20071218224958/http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/5/24/empire-magazine-feature-on-ootp 'Empire' Magazine Feature on OotP]" from The Leaky Cauldron</ref>. The film makers presumably received a more complete version of the tree than the one auctioned off, which only goes back six generations.
*On the Black Family tree depicted on the 2nd DVD of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Hester’s picture is depicted as a skull. [[Regulus Black]] is also depicted in the same way, and it is unknown why some people have skulls instead of pictures. It is possible that the skull denotes those Blacks who have died violent deaths, as opposed to natural causes.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]''</ref>
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*On the Black Family tree depicted on the 2nd DVD of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Hesper’s picture is depicted as a skull. [[Regulus Black]] is also depicted in the same way, and it is unknown why some people have skulls instead of pictures. It is possible that the skull denotes those Blacks who have died violent deaths, as opposed to natural causes.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]''</ref>
 
*The skull bears a striking resemblance to the Death’s Heads worn by the Nazis SS troopers during the [[Wikipedia:World War II|Second World War]]. This may simply be coincidence or it could be done to emphasise the support for repression of certain groups of people exhibited by several prominent Blacks (support of Muggle-hunting, et cetera).
 
*The skull bears a striking resemblance to the Death’s Heads worn by the Nazis SS troopers during the [[Wikipedia:World War II|Second World War]]. This may simply be coincidence or it could be done to emphasise the support for repression of certain groups of people exhibited by several prominent Blacks (support of Muggle-hunting, et cetera).
*It is interesting to note that there are no dates on the scroll of Hester, where only her first name is written: it is possible that she was a stillborn child, as there would no need for dates.
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*It is interesting to note that there are no dates on the scroll of Hesper, where only her first name is written: it is possible that she was a stillborn child, as there would no need for dates.
*Witch with a similar name to Hester was [[Hesper Gamp|Hesper Black]].
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*Witch with a same name to Hesper was [[Hesper Gamp|Hesper Black née Gamp]].
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* She is one of the only Blacks not to bear the name of a star.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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[[ru:Хестер Блэк]]
 
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Latest revision as of 21:10, November 27, 2014

Hesperblack
Hesper Black
Biographical information
Born

1820s (possibly)

Died

Before 1996

Blood status

Pure-blood

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Family information
Family members
Affiliation
House

Slytherin (possibly)

Loyalty

Hesper Black was an early member of the House of Black. She was a pure-blood witch, and it is possible that Licorus, Alexia Walkin, Phoebe and Eduardus Limette were her siblings. She never married or had any children.

EtymologyEdit

Hesper traces back to Hesperia, which means "sunset". Sunsets and the night that follows it are often considered evil, like the colour black. It could also refer to the "setting of her bloodline" since she didn't have children.

Black can be considered a colour, and is the result of the absence of, or complete absorption of, light. In Western culture, the colour black has typically been associated with evil, darkness, and witchcraft, but also with prestige and sophistication — appropriate for the House of Black. Black has also been associated with life and prosperity by other cultures. In ancient China, black was the symbol of the element of water, which also corresponds to Slytherin, the Hogwarts house of almost all members of the Black family. In English heraldry, black represents darkness and ignorance; a possible allusion to the prejudice common to members of the House of Black.

However, the English word black is derived from either the Old English blœc, meaning "black", or blac, meaning "pale". Pallor is associated with sickness and the colour white, which is usually held to symbolize purity in Western and Indian culture, and death in East Asian cultures. This mirrors the typical colouring of members of the House of Black — dark hair and pale skin.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Based on a statement by Horace Slughorn, this character may have been a member of Slytherin house.[1] However, she attended Hogwarts in the 1830s, when Slughorn wasn’t even born.
  • This character appears only on the version of the Black family tree shown in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She was not included on the version of the tree which J. K. Rowling gave to a charity auction in 2006[2]. However, according to director David Yates, Rowling provided the film-makers with a copy of the Black family tree going back eight generations[3]. The film makers presumably received a more complete version of the tree than the one auctioned off, which only goes back six generations.
  • On the Black Family tree depicted on the 2nd DVD of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hesper’s picture is depicted as a skull. Regulus Black is also depicted in the same way, and it is unknown why some people have skulls instead of pictures. It is possible that the skull denotes those Blacks who have died violent deaths, as opposed to natural causes.[4]
  • The skull bears a striking resemblance to the Death’s Heads worn by the Nazis SS troopers during the Second World War. This may simply be coincidence or it could be done to emphasise the support for repression of certain groups of people exhibited by several prominent Blacks (support of Muggle-hunting, et cetera).
  • It is interesting to note that there are no dates on the scroll of Hesper, where only her first name is written: it is possible that she was a stillborn child, as there would no need for dates.
  • Witch with a same name to Hesper was Hesper Black née Gamp.
  • She is one of the only Blacks not to bear the name of a star.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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