"The Dark Lord will rise again, Crouch! Throw us into Azkaban; we will wait! He will rise again and will come for us, he will reward us beyond any of his other supporters! We alone were faithful! We alone tried to find him!"
Bellatrix Lestrange declaring her family's loyalty[src]

Lestrange is the surname of an ancient French pure-blood wizarding family, that also has branches in Great Britain and one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. They are related to the Black, Malfoy, Tonks, Lupin, and Rosier families.[2] Bellatrix Black married into the family only because it was expected of her to make a respectable pure-blood marriage.

The Lestranges are a very old and wealthy family with a vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank full of treasure.[3] Like the House of Black many Lestranges practise the Dark Arts and believe in the notion of pure-blood supremacy, they disdain Muggles, Muggle-borns, blood traitors, and in some cases half-bloods. Similar to the Gaunts, they are willing to intermarry with cousins to maintain their purity.

The Lestranges' family crest is the raven, with their massive family vault being located in Paris, in the Père Lachaise Cemetery.


The Lestrange family, being named in the Pure-Blood Directory as one of the "Sacred Twenty-Eight" Pure-blood families, dates back centuries in the British wizarding community.

The family has produced a Minister for Magic during the 1800s: Radolphus Lestrange took a reactionary position, and attempted to shut down the Department of Mysteries, but was ignored by the Unspeakables and the rest of the Ministry. He resigned after six years in office due to ill health, which was rumoured to be an inability to cope with stress of the office.[4]

During her time at Hogwarts around the 1910s, Leta Lestrange developed a close relationship with fellow student and magical beast enthusiast Newton Scamander. After one of Leta's experiments went wrong and endangered the life of a student, Newt Scamander took the blame and was expelled in her place.[5] She would later cross paths with Newt again.[6]

Three members of the Lestrange family on trial in front of the Council of Magical Law

During the First and Second Wizarding Wars, the Lestranges supported Lord Voldemort and at least a few members of the family were Death Eaters. Voldemort named Bellatrix, Rodolphus, and Rabastan Lestrange among his most loyal followers, as they were the only Death Eaters who tried to find him after his defeat in 1981 and spent fourteen years in Azkaban because of their loyalty.[7] Bellatrix, in particular, described herself as "the Dark Lord's most loyal servant".[8] Bellatrix also had a "secret" relationship with Lord Voldemort and gave birth to a child with him before the Battle of Hogwarts. Bellatrix and Voldemort’s daughter was later named Delphini. As Bellatrix and Voldemort both died in the Battle of Hogwarts, Delphini grew up as an orphan.

Family members

Lestrange family tree

Lestrange family tree

"The family has, however, eschewed the somewhat dangerous practise of inter-marrying within such a small pool of pure-bloods that they become enfeebled or unstable, unlike a small minority of fanatic families such as the Gaunts and Lestranges, and many a half-blood appears on the Malfoy family tree."
—Description of the Malfoy family[src]

Blood relatives

Wizard(s) Notes
Radolphus Lestrange Minister for Magic from 1835 to 1841.
F. Lestrange A family member who lived in the mid-19th century.
R. Lestrange A family member who lived in the late mid-19th century.
Corvus Lestrange (I) Husband of Heloise Lestrange and father of Corvus Lestrange (II).
Heloise Lestrange (née Beaufort) Wife of Corvus Lestrange (I) and mother of Corvus Lestrange (II).
Corvus Lestrange (II) Son of Corvus and Heloise Lestrange, and father of M., Josette and Corvus Lestrange (III).
Minette Lestrange (née Rosier) Wife of Corvus Lestrange (II) and mother of M., Josette and Corvus Lestrange (III).
M. Lestrange Oldest child of Corvus and Minette Lestrange and sibling of Josette Lestrange and Corvus Lestrange (III).
Josette Lestrange Daughter of Corvus and Heloise Lestrange and sister of M. and Corvus Lestrange (III).
Corvus Lestrange (III) Son of Corvus and Minette Lestrange and brother of M. and Josette Lestrange.
Eglantine Lestrange Wife of Corvus Lestrange (III) and mother of Corvus Lestrange (IV).
Corvus Lestrange (IV) Son of Corvus Lestrange (III) and Eglantine Lestrange, father of Leta Lestrange and biological father of Corvus Lestrange
Laurena Lestrange (formerly Kama) Kidnapped wife of Mustafa Kama and first wife of Corvus Lestrange (IV) and mother of Leta Lestrange.
Clarisse Lestrange (née Tremblay) Second wife of Corvus Lestrange (IV) and biological mother of Corvus Lestrange.
Leta Lestrange Aspiring magizoologist with a "close relationship" with Newton Scamander; daughter of Corvus and Laurena Lestrange, and half-sister of Corvus Lestrange.
Corvus Lestrange son of Corvus and Clarisse Lestrange, and half-brother of Leta Lestrange.
Lestrange A classmate of Tom Riddle and one of his earliest Death Eaters; possibly father of Rodolphus and Rabastan.
Rodolphus Lestrange A Death Eater; brother of Rabastan and the husband of Bellatrix.
Rabastan Lestrange A Death Eater; brother of Rodolphus and the brother-in-law of Bellatrix.

Relatives by marriage

Wizard(s) Notes
Bellatrix Lestrange (née Black) A fanatically loyal Death Eater killed by Molly Weasley during the Battle of Hogwarts; wife of Rodolphus.

Family tree

Radolphus' Bloodline

House of
Radolphus Lestrange
(fl. 1835-1841)
F. Lestrange
R. Lestrange
(b. 1926)
Cygnus Black III
Druella Black
(née Rosier)
Rabastan Lestrange
Rodolphus Lestrange
Bellatrix Lestrange
(née Black)

Andromeda Tonks
(née Black)

(b. 1950s)
Narcissa Malfoy
(née Black)

(b. 1955)

Corvus' Bloodline

Corvus Lestrange
Heloise Beaufort
Corvus Lestrange
Minette Rosier
M. Lestrange
Josette Lestrange
Corvus Lestrange
Eglantine Lestrange
Mustafa Kama
Corvus Lestrange
Clarisse Tremblay
Yusuf Kama
(b. c. 1884)
Leta Lestrange
(c. 1897-1927)
Corvus Lestrange


The name 'Lestrange' echoes the French phrase l'étrange, literally "the strange one", referring to Bellatrix's mental disturbance. In Old French, estrange means "foreigner"[9]. The surname may allude to English journalist Roger L'Estrange, who was known for opposing religious toleration and for being involved in plots against the government of William and Mary, similar to the Lestranges' intolerance about blood purity and involvement in the Death Eaters organisation.

Behind the scenes

  • Although it is pronounced le-STRANGE in the films, the Scholastic Official Website states that it is pronounced la-STRAWNGE.[10]

Notes and references

  1. Rodolphus and Rabastan were the only known surviving members by blood of the family in 1998. Rodolphus never had any children from his wife Bellatrix, and is either dead or imprisoned in Azkaban, and Rabastan does not seem to have been married or ever had children as well. However, a second branch of the family through Corvus Lestrange is now known, meaning it's likely the family name continued to be carried by his descendants instead.
  2. Black family tree
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 26 (Gringotts)
  4. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic" at Pottermore
  5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
  6. Bustle - "Who is Leda Lestrange? 'Fantastic Beasts' Is Only The Start For The New Character, Says Director David Yates" According to director David Yates, we will learn more about Leta Lestrange, and Newt's relationship with her, in future movies in the franchise. 18 November 2016.
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  9. Behind the Name: French Surnames
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Pronunciation Guide
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Death Eaters

Avery (I) | Avery (II) | Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Crabbe | Barty Crouch Jr. (deceased) | Antonin Dolohov | Gibbon (deceased) | Goyle | Barnaby Lee's father | Barnaby Lee's mother | Jugson | Lestrange | Bellatrix Lestrange (deceased) | Rabastan Lestrange | Rodolphus Lestrange | Walden Macnair | Mulciber (I) | Mulciber (II) | Nott | Pyrites (possibly) | Augustus Rookwood | Rosier | Evan Rosier (deceased) | Thorfinn Rowle | Selwyn | Merula Snyde's father | Merula Snyde's mother | Travers | Wilkes (deceased) | Corban Yaxley | Unidentified Death Eaters

Death Eater defectors

Regulus Black (deceased) | Igor Karkaroff (deceased) | Draco Malfoy | Lucius Malfoy | Peter Pettigrew (deceased) | Severus Snape (deceased)

Death Eater allies

Borgin | Vincent Crabbe | John Dawlish | Delphini | Golgomath | Gregory Goyle | Fenrir Greyback | Mafalda Hopkirk | Narcissa Malfoy (defected) | Nagini | Pansy Parkinson | Quirinus Quirrell | Albert Runcorn | Scabior | Serpent of Slytherin | Dolores Umbridge | Blaise Zabini

Other affiliations

Acromantula | British Ministry of Magic (under Voldemort's control) | Daily Prophet (Under Voldemort's control) | Dementors | Draco Malfoy's gang | Tom Riddle's gang | Gang of Slytherins | Giants (Golgomath's control) | Inferius | Muggle-Born Registration Commission | Theodore Nott (possibly) | Snatchers

Death Eater establishments

Borgin and Burkes | British Ministry of Magic Headquarters (under Voldemort's control) | Chamber of Secrets | Lestrange Vault | Little Hangleton graveyard | Malfoy Manor | Abandoned nuclear power plant | Riddle House | The Ruins | Spinner's End | The Cave | Gaunt Shack