What is the appeal of Sirius Black

Charis Black

Charis Crouch (née Black) (1919-1973) was a pure-blood witch, the third daughter of Arcturus Black and Lysandra Yaxley and sister of Callidora and Cedrella. She was married to Caspar Crouch and had three children: a son and two daughters. [1]

Charis could be the mother of Barty Crouch, sr. but this has not been confirmed. She is Arthur Weasley's maternal aunt through her exiled sister, Cedrella[2] and a relative of the Weasley family and is related to the Longbottom family through her other sister Callidora.


  • Based on a statement by Horace Slughorn, Charis may have been a member of the Slytherin House. However, she attended Hogwarts from circa 1930-1937 when Slughorn may not be a potions teacher.
  • On the left side of the family tree, where older ancestors are shown, we can see Phoebe Black, whose face is very similar to that of Charis. The production team just reused Charis' face to save time, as they did with Elladora and Callidora.


Charis could get its name from the Greek kharisma have received what grace and charm mean. In Greek mythology there is one Charis one of Three Graces, the goddesses of beauty, nature, charm and fertility. It could also be a play on the French term for darling, chéri or cherry (English word for cherry) or cerise (French word for cherry). Charis is also a Riodinini class butterfly. The name of Charis' sister Callidora is also associated with beauty and their names possibly mean that they are very beautiful.


Notes and sources

  1. 1,001,011,021,031,041,051,061,071,081,091,101,111,121,131,141,151,161,171,181,191,20Black family tree
  2. ↑ Although it has never been confirmed that Septimus and Cedrella are Arthur's parents, this can be concluded based on Sirius Black's explanation in chap. 6 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book)that Arthur was "something like [his] second uncle". The Black family tree shows Cedrella as a 2nd cousin of both Orion and Walburga Black, Sirius' parents. Hence, any children she had, her great-cousins ​​and great-great-cousins, would be her sons Sirius and Regulus. Also, almost all of Sirius' relatives can be seen on the Black family tree, as his parents were both born in the Black house, making it unlikely that he could be related to Arthur in any unrepresented form. See also an HPL essay for more information.
The noble and very old house of the Blacks
Sirius Black
Phineas Nigellus Black
Ursula FlintElladora Black
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Violetta BulstrodeBelvina Black
Herbert BurkeArcturus Black
Lysandra Yaxley