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Nymphadora Tonks during her pregnancy.

Pregnancy is the condition of having one or more unborn offspring developing inside the uterus.

In the wizarding world

Electric Shock Shake had a warning on the box advising that the product should not be used by "pregnant witches."[1]


Merope Gaunt

In 1925, Merope Gaunt gave Love Potion to Tom Riddle Sr., thereby inducing him to marry her.[2] A few months into the marriage, she became pregnant and stopped the doses of Love Potion, presumably because she believed that Tom had come to genuinely love her or would stay with her for the benefit of their child.[2] However, Tom left her, returning to his parents' manor in Little Hangleton.[2]

Destitute and alone in London, Merope sold Slytherin's locket, a valuable family heirloom, to Caractacus Burke at Borgin and Burkes for a paltry 10 Galleons shortly before Christmas in 1926.[3] On New Year's Eve, she found her way to Wool's Orphanage and had a baby boy less than an hour later, naming him Tom Marvolo Riddle after his father and maternal grandfather, Marvolo Gaunt.[3] An hour after the birth, she died of complications, refusing to use her wand when she could have saved her own life with magic.[3]

Lily Potter

Lily Potter became pregnant in the fall of 1979. Around the same time,[4] Sybill Trelawney made a prophecy in front of Albus Dumbledore, predicting that "the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches" and would be born at the end of July to parents who had "thrice defied" him. The first part of the prophecy was overheard by Severus Snape, a Death Eater who had once been Lily's friend, and still carried a torch for her.[5][6] He dutifully reported what he had heard to Lord Voldemort, but when Voldemort concluded that the son Lily was expecting was the subject of the prophecy, he was horrified.[5][6] Snape warned Albus Dumbledore and vowed to do "anything" to keep Lily and her family safe.[6]

The expectant Lily and her husband, James, went into hiding.[7] On 31 July, 1980, their son, Harry James Potter, was born.

Nymphadora Tonks

On 4 August, 1997, Remus Lupin found Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger hiding out at Grimmauld Place and offered to join them on the mission that Albus Dumbledore had given to Harry. Asked about what his new wife, Nymphadora Tonks, felt about the prospect of her husband going away, Lupin replied that she would be safe staying at the home of her parents. He then revealed that Tonks was pregnant, receiving a hearty round of congratulations from the three friends, and reiterated his offer to join them on their quest. Harry got angry and accused Lupin of failing to "stick with his own kid." Lupin confessed that he felt he had made a "grave mistake" in marrying Tonks, fearing that, in doing so, he had turned her into an outcast. He worried that his child would either inherit his lycanthropy or be ashamed of having a werewolf father. A heated argument between Harry and Lupin ensued, and Lupin stormed out.[8]

In March 1998, Ron told Harry and Hermione that he had heard from his brother Bill (presumably during his stay at Shell Cottage in autumn 1997) that Lupin was living with Tonks again, and that Tonks had gotten "pretty big."[9]

In April 1998, Lupin came to Shell Cottage — where Harry, Ron, and Hermione were staying — to announce the birth of a baby boy, whom he and Tonks had named Ted in honour of Tonks' recently-deceased father.[10]


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter Film Wizardry, p. 136 booklet (see this image)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 10
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 13
  4. The timeframe of the prophecy can be determined as late 1979 from J. K. Rowling's statement during her 2007 Carnegie Hall appearance that the Potters went into hiding when Lily was pregnant, and the scene in Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 where Snape goes to ask Dumbledore to protect Lily, which must have taken place in autumn given the description of the setting ("...the sound of the wind in the branches" and "Though leaves and branches still flew through the night air around them...").
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 25
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33
  7. 19 October 2007 J.K. Rowling appearance at Carnegie Hall
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 11
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 22
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 25

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