Even for bona fide Harry Potter fans, Andromeda Tonks is a character who they might be familiar with but one they probably know almost nothing about. And that comes as no surprise, because even in the books the information and character development for Andromeda Tonks is pretty brief and light. Andromeda Tonks is the wife of Ted Tonks and the mother to the incomparable Nymphadora Tonks, and although she was born into the insane wizard family that is house Black she ultimately forged her own path and became a genuinely decent person.
Andromeda Tonks may be a minor character within the Harry Potter world, but her choices in life actually changed the direction of the story and the course of the entire Wizarding War in a lot of ways. Andromeda Tonks never really got her chance to shine in the Harry Potter series, but here are 10 things about her character that you undoubtedly never knew.
10 She Would Choose Love Over Duty
Although most people aren’t fully familiar with Andromeda Tonks as a character, any average Harry Potter reader or viewer will at least know that the Black wizarding family is a bunch of purity obsessed lunatics. Pure blood is really the foundation of the entire Black family, and any member of the family that doesn’t prioritize blood purity over all else will be disowned from the family forever.
But that didn’t stop Andromeda Black from falling in love with and marrying muggle born wizard Ted Tonks. Andromeda had to lose her entire family to follow her heart, but she didn’t hesitate to choose love over duty.
9 She Was Tortured By The Ministry Of Magic…
Although Andromeda Tonks wasn’t a full fledged member of the Order of the Phoenix, she didn’t hesitate to help them when the need arose. And because of that she caught the attention of the Ministry of Magic, and once the Ministry was under the full control of Voldemort and the Death Eaters they used that power to torture and interrogate Andromeda for information about Harry Potter.
Andromeda didn’t have very much information to offer them, but with so little information out there the Ministry didn’t hesitate to use one of the unforgivable curses on Mrs. Tonks in the hopes of squeezing any bit of information they could out of her.
8 And She Withstood The Torture
A lot of wizards and witches would have folded under the torment that the cruciatus curse offfered, or they may have just collapsed under the very intimidating threat that Voldemort and the rest of the Death Eaters posed.
They clearly wanted information about Harry Potter more than pretty much everything else, but despite all of that Andromeda Tonks reportedly held up under the questioning and torture that the Ministry of Magic doled out in the hopes that it would lead to some information about Harry. She may not have been a member of the Order, but she was certainly tough enough to be one.
7 She Was A Dead Ringer For Bellatrix Lestrange
Most siblings wind up resembling each other in one way or another, after all, they do share half of their DNA with each other. However, Andromeda Tonks bore a very striking resemblance to her older sister, Bellatrix Lestrange. Her similarity to Bellatrix was so great that when Harry Potter first met her he nearly attacked her because he believed that he had come face to face with Bellatrix herself.
After a second look Harry realized that there were some obvious differences between Andromeda and Bellatrix, but it was really only her lighter hair and wider, sweeter eyes that showed the difference between the two Black sisters.
6 Her Home Was A Safe House For The Order Of The Phoenix
It comes as no surprise that Andromeda Tonks would offer safe harbor for the Order of the Phoenix in her own home, because her daughter and her son in law were two of the most prominent members of the Order.
When the Order of the Phoenix undertook the unusually difficult task of transporting Harry from Privet Drive to the Burrow, the Tonks home offered Hagrid and Harry a place to hide and get their bearings after the polyjuice-fueled Battle of the Seven Potters went tragically wrong. Despite their concern about the mission, the elder Tonks family was more than happy to provide Harry with a safe place to land.
5 She Was A Slytherin…
Andromeda Tonks very plainly didn’t fit in with the rest of the Black family, but she wasn’t different enough from the rest of them to buck the Black tradition of being sorted into Slytherin at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Sirius Black appears to be the only exception to the Black/Slytherin rule, but the fact that Andromeda was still sorted into Slytherin despite her being a very good and egalitarian person just proves that the reputation House Slytherin has as the haven of elitist, racist witches and wizards is an unfair stigma.
4 And She Embodied The Best Parts Of Slytherin
As any Harry Potter viewer or reader already knows, Slytherin house has a reputation for being the fostering ground for nearly any dark wizard who ever attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But that reputation is almost entirely unfair, and Andromeda Tonks is really a perfect example of how good and kind many Slytherin students can wind up being.
Andromeda’s status as a member of the Black family undoubtedly contributed towards her being sorted into Slytherin, but she eschewed all of the darkest beliefs of her family and seemed to be an amalgamation of all of the best traits that Slytherin house has to offer.
3 She Was Sirius Black’s Favorite Cousin
This could probably go without saying simply because Andromeda and Sirius seem to be the only members of the Black family who aren’t pure blood racists, but Sirius has openly stated that Andromeda Tonks was his favorite cousin and the only member of his family that he actually enjoyed being around.
The pressure to conform to the standards of house Black are very strong, so strong that almost no one ever bucks their traditions and branches out on their own, but Sirius and Andromeda were two notable exceptions to that. And it’s nice to know that they at least had each other when the rest of their family banished them.
2 Andromeda Was Sandwiched Between Bellatrix And Narcissa
The middle child of any family always has their particular issues to deal with, but the thought of being the middle child stuck between Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy sounds like a horror show unlike any other.
Obviously once the entire Black family disowned Andromeda being the middle sister in this trio ceased to be an issue, but it must have been impossibly tough to be a remotely normal, kind person when your older sister is a certifiably insane demon child and your younger sister is an arrogant and cruel elitist. That only goes to show what an inherently extraordinary person Andromeda was, though.
1 Andromeda Raised Teddy Lupin
As anyone who is familiar with Harry Potter knows, one of the most tragic losses in the Second Wizarding War and the Battle of Hogwarts was the death of married couple Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin. And what only served to make their deaths more tragic was the son that they left behind, Teddy Lupin.
Despite the fact that Harry Potter was Teddy’s godfather (and godparents are traditionally the ones who care for a child if that child loses their parents) it was actually Andromeda and Ted Tonks who raised Teddy after his parents died (Harry did offer some assistance though).
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