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Prince family
Family heritage
Blood status

Pure-blood

Notable family members

Eileen Prince

Status

Possibly extinct in the female line

Relationships
Related families

Snape family

Affiliation
House(s)

Slytherin (possibly)

Prince is the surname of a pure-blood wizarding family. It is unknown if this family is still extant or still pure-blood, as the only known family member, Eileen Prince, married a Muggle and had a half-blood son.[1] Upon the death of her son, Severus Snape, the female line of the Prince family likely became extinct, as Severus never had any children.

Family Members

Etymology

Prince is a general term for a monarch or a member of a monarch's family, and is a hereditary title of some European royalty, likely alluding to the aristocratic status of pure-blood families in the wizarding world. The word is derived from the Latin princeps, meaning "a prime", which was one of the titles of the Roman Emperor, in which case it was generally translated as "First Citizen". The Prince is also the title of a famous political treatise by Niccolò Machiavelli; an interesting point considering that the adjective derived from the author's surname, Machiavellian, is defined as "attempting to achieve goals by cunning, scheming and unscrupulous methods", which may allude to the ideal traits of Slytherin house.[2]

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