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Phoebe Black (18101882) was a pure-blood witch, and possibly a sister of Alexia Walkin, Licorus and Eduardus Limette. She was also possibly the aunt of Cygnus Black I and Arcturus Black I.[1] She never married or had any children.


Eduardus Limette and Phoebe

Images of Eduardus Limette and Phoebe on the family tree

Phoebe is a Titaness of the Moon in the Greek mythology. She is a daughter of Uranus and Mother Earth.[2] She is by her brother Coeus the mother of Leto and Leto is by her cousin Zeus the mother of Apollo (Sun) and Artemis (Moon).

There is also a bird called The Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans.

Behind the scenes

  • Based on a statement of Horace Slughorn, Phoebe was possibly a member of the Slytherin house. However, she attended Hogwarts from 1821 to 1828, before Slughorn was 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.[3] However, according to director David Yates, Rowling provided the filmmakers with a copy of the Black family tree going back eight generations.[4] The filmmakers presumably received a more complete version of the tree than the one auctioned off, which only goes back six generations.
  • Charis Black's face is the very similar to Phoebe's in the films' tapestry. This is because moviemakers wanted to save time when they were making the tapestry. They also did the same thing with Elladora and Callidora's pictures.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
  2. She is mentioned as their daughter by Hesiod in Theogony.
  3. "Black Family Tree" on The Harry Potter Lexicon
  4. "'Empire' Magazine Feature on OotP" from The Leaky Cauldron

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