Harry Potter: The 10 Most Powerful Families, Ranked

From the Weasleys to the Malfoys, here are some of the most formidable families in the Harry Potter world.

The magical world crafted by J.K. Rowling has given us some of the most beloved characters in entertainment history. Harry Potter was The Chosen One, Hermione Granger was the brightest witch of her age, Lord Voldemort was the most powerful evil wizard in history, and Albus Dumbledore was the greatest wizard ever to live.

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J.K. Rowling has expanded this universe to go back decades, giving the prominent magical families lengthy, rich backstories. Some of these lineages have produced great witches and wizards throughout history. We've looked at those family trees to choose which ones are the most powerful.

10 Lupin Family

The most notable member of the Lupin family is Remus. He's a werewolf, member of the Order of the Phoenix, and former Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. Remus had a penchant for the Patronus charm and is one of the bravest characters we were introduced to during the series.

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Not a ton was revealed about the rest of his family, but what we know is positive. His father Lyall worked at the Ministry of Magic and banished the Screaming Bogey of Strathtully. Remus married Nymphadora Tonks, a Metamorphmagus member of the Order of the Phoenix. Their child Teddy went on to be Head Boy at Hogwarts, showing he possessed strong skills of his own.

9 Bones Family

This may seem like an odd choice, because none of the members of the Bones family were central characters in the series. However, a deeper dig shows how formidable they were. Hagrid once told Harry Potter that they were among the greatest wizards in history. Alastor Moody also praised the Bones family.

Edgar Bones was in the Order of the Phoenix and fought bravely in the First Wizarding War. Seraphina Bones was famous enough for a portrait at Hogwarts. Amelia was the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Susan was part of Dumbledore's Army and survived the Second Wizarding War.

8 Dumbledore Family

Honestly, Albus Dumbledore is powerful enough to put his family on this list by himself. There's a reason he's considered by many to be the greatest wizard of all time. He defeated Gellert Grindelwald, led the Order of the Phoenix, helped discover all the uses of dragon's blood, and became Headmaster at Hogwarts.

Albus' parents, Percival and Kendra, were a wizard and witch who didn't seem to be anything special. However, his brother Abeforth is part of the Order of the Phoenix and he fought during the Battle of Hogwarts. His sister Ariana suffered an attack when she was young and though she had trouble with her magic after it, she was strong enough to kill her mother when she lost control one night unintentionally.

7 Black Family

The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black gets a lot of attention starting in the fifth installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Their family tree is on display in their home at 12 Grimmauld Place. They weren't the friendliest bunch, disowning any member who showed support or love for muggles, but those who stuck around were usually impressive wizards and witches.

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Their key family members included Sirius Black who was part of the Order of the Phoenix and Regulus Black, who was brave enough to hunt down Voldemort's Horcruxes before his death. Strong women like Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange were also part of the family and they are distant relatives to most pure-blood lines, including the Weasleys and Lupins.

6 Lestrange Family

The Lestrange family is another one of the ancient pure-blood lines in the franchise. Our first real introduction to them is through Bellatrix, a high-ranking member of the Death Eaters who was responsible for taking down the Longbottoms and murdering Sirius Black.

The Fantastic Beasts series has expanded on this family by giving us more knowledge on Leta Lestrange. She proved herself reliable through a handful of experiments that got her into trouble while in school. As an adult, she was an essential member of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. This line also produced a Minster of Magic and eventually the powerful daughter of Voldemort.

5 Scamander Family

The Scamander family is another case of a family that gets a lot of light shed onto them in Fantastic Beasts. It is Newt Scamander who literally writes the book about the magical creatures that can be found all over the world. Though Newt gets expelled from Hogwarts, he is trusted by Albus Dumbledore against Gellert Grindelwald.

Newt wasn't alone in terms of talented wizards and witches in his family line. His mother bred hippogriffs, which helped inspire his life's work. Newt's brother Theseus worked as an Auror for the British Ministry of Magic and was considered a war hero for his efforts in the First Wizarding War.

4 Longbottom Family

It was a wild revelation when we found out that Neville Longbottom could have been the "chosen one" instead of Harry Potter. When digging deeper into his family history, it makes some sense. Neville's parents, Frank and Alice, were both respected Aurors and members of the Order of the Phoenix.

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Their story is a tragic one. Frank and Alice were tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange and refused to give up information. The torture drove them to insanity. Neville was a late bloomer but went on to be a key member of Dumbledore's Army and he gave the killing blow to Voldemort's snake, Nagini, rendering Voldemort mortal again. His grandmother was known as a powerful witch in her own right.

3 Malfoy Family

A description of the Malfoy family said they would never be at the scene of a crime, but their fingerprints would be all over it. That's not a ringing endorsement, but it is fitting. The Malfoys are powerful enough to be involved in a lot of pivotal moments throughout the history of the series.

Narcissa and Lucius are more followers than they are leaders, but that doesn't make them any less potent. Meanwhile, their son Draco was a formidable foe for Harry Potter and the two ultimately share a respect for one another. His son Scorpius played a considerable role in a time-traveling adventure during his time at Hogwarts.

2 Weasley Family

In terms of sheer volume, the Weasley family probably has enough members to take over the wizarding world. They may not have a lot of money, but they have an impressive array of wizards and witches at their disposal. For starters, most of them were members of the Order of the Phoenix and fought bravely against Voldemort.

Arthur held a position in the Ministry of Magic and Molly defeated Bellatrix Lestrange. Their children include a dragonologist, Head of the Department of Magical Transportation, Auror, and Quidditch star to name a few. The entire family played vital roles during the Second Wizarding War. They're as tough as they are plentiful.

1 Potter Family

It really couldn't be any other family. The Potters are the focal point of the series for a good reason. A lot of the Potter ancestors were powerful. They include Aurors, inventors, and Wizengamot members. And that's all before we get to James and Lily Potter, who were both brave members of the Order of the Phoenix who battled Voldemort to protect their son, Harry.

Despite what Severus Snape said about him, Harry Potter proved himself to be a powerful wizard. He was able to go toe to toe with Voldemort on several occasions and was the one to ultimately defeat him. Harry went on to lead the Auror Office and become Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. His children have all shown tons of potential at Hogwarts.

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