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Phineas Black was a pure-blood wizard, the second eldest son of Phineas Nigellus Black and his wife Ursula Flint and brother of Cygnus, Sirius, Belvina and Arcturus. He was disowned for supporting Muggle rights and removed from the Black family tree.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Based on a statement by Horace Slughorn, Phineas may have been a member of the Slytherin House. However, Phineas would have attended in the 1880s or the 1890s, when Slughorn was not Potions teacher.
  • Phineas was named after his father, but ironically, this son became Phineas Nigellus's greatest shame.
  • An interesting note, while unconfirmed it is possible that Phineas sired children - male or female - with a partner at some point in his life. His descendence, if any, had however to have gone extinct (fully or just in the male line) by the late 1990s, since Sirius (died 1996) was the last of the Blacks.
  • On the Black family tree tapestry from the film Phineas is depicted as a red hat with a black hole. His name is misspelt Phineus on the tapestry, and so is the name of his father. This may be because the names are also incorrectly spelt on the hand drawn family tree by J.K. Rowling

Etymology

Phinehas was the grandson of Aaron in the Bible. He stopped a plague by killing two of the sinners who caused it. His name is sometimes spelled as Phineas.

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