Family ties

Sirius Black discusses his connections to the Lestranges and his feelings about his family

Extract from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling

But Harry was now looking at the name to the left of Andromeda’s burn: Bellatrix Black, which was connected by a double line to Rodolphus Lestrange.

‘Lestrange ...’ Harry said aloud. The name had stirred something in his memory; he knew it from somewhere, but for a moment he couldn’t think where, though it gave him an odd, creeping sensation in the pit of his stomach.

‘They’re in Azkaban,’ said Sirius shortly.

Harry looked at him curiously.

‘Bellatrix and her husband Rodolphus came in with Barty Crouch junior,’ said Sirius, in the same brusque voice. ‘Rodolphus’s brother Rabastan was with them, too.’

Then Harry remembered. He had seen Bellatrix Lestrange inside Dumbledore’s Pensieve, the strange device in which thoughts and memories could be stored: a tall dark woman with heavy-lidded eyes, who had stood at her trial and proclaimed her continuing allegiance to Lord Voldemort, her pride that she had tried to find him after his downfall and her conviction that she would one day be rewarded for her loyalty.

‘You never said she was your –’

‘Does it matter if she’s my cousin?’ snapped Sirius. ‘As far as I’m concerned, they’re not my family. She’s certainly not my family. I haven’t seen her since I was your age, unless you count a glimpse of her coming into Azkaban. D’you think I’m proud of having a relative like her?’

‘Sorry,’ said Harry quickly, ‘I didn’t mean – I was just surprised, that’s all –’

‘It doesn’t matter, don’t apologise,’ Sirius mumbled. He turned away from the tapestry, his hands deep in his pockets. ‘I don’t like being back here,’ he said, staring across the drawing room. ‘I never thought I’d be stuck in this house again.’


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling