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Lestrange family
Family heritage
Blood status

Pure-blood

Notable family members
Status

Possibly extinct

Relationships
Related families

Black family

Affiliation
House(s)

Slytherin

Loyalty

Death Eaters

"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 at her trial[src]

Lestrange is the surname of an ancient pure-blood wizarding family, and one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. They are related to the Black, Malfoy, Tonks, Lupin, and Rosier families[1]. 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.[2] Like the Black family, many Lestranges practice the Dark Arts and believe in the notion of pure-blood supremacy, disdaining Muggles and Muggle-borns.

During the First and Second Wizarding Wars, they supported Lord Voldemort and at least a few members of the family were Death Eaters. Voldemort named Bellatrix, Rodolphus and Rabastan Lestrange as 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[3]. Bellatrix, in particular, described herself as "the Dark Lord's most loyal servant"[4].

Family Members

Etymology

The name 'Lestrange' echoes the French phrase l'étrange, literally "the strange one", refering to Bellatrix's mental disability. In Old French, estrange means "foreigner"[5]. 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.

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