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Book 7: Question regarding the Peverell family (SPOILERS!)
« on: August 01, 2007, 05:49:53 PM »

Okay, so a co-worker brought this to my attention and I think she's right.  So Marvolo Gaunt (and therefore LV) was descended from one of the Peverells, right?  The one who had the Resurrection Stone.  And he was also descended from Salazaar Slytherin, right?  So that must mean that the Peverells were descended from Salazaar Slytherin. 

Harry is descended from Ignotus Peverell, the brother with the Invisibility Cloak, right?  So wouldn't that mean:

1)  Harry and LV are distant cousins?

2)  Harry's kids are the real last descendants of Salazaar Slytherin?

Am I making some leap here that I shouldn't be making? 

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Re: Book 7: Question regarding the Peverell family (SPOILERS!)
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2007, 09:57:48 PM »

Not necessarily true, I think.

A     B
  \  /
   C

It's probably more like this--where A and B are both ancestors of C, but A and B are not necessarily related.

I think it was pretty clear from what JKR has told us about the wizarding world that most non-muggle-born wizards are related, since there was such an emphasis on being pure-blood. But I don't think they're related through Slytherin.
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Re: Book 7: Question regarding the Peverell family (SPOILERS!)
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007, 07:52:40 AM »

Sorry, Ping.  I don't quite understand your A, B, C thingy.  Here's what I understand from the books.


                      Salazaar Slytherin
                          /        |           \
                         /         |            \
                        /          |             \ 
                  Peverell1  Peverell2     Peverell3
                  (wand)      (stone)       (cloak)     
                    |                |                       |
                    ??              |                       |
                              Marvolo Gaunt           |
                                     |                       |
                                     |                       |
                              Merope Gaunt      James Potter   
                                  Riddle                  | 
                                     |                       |
                                     |                       |
                               Tom Riddle (LV)    Harry Potter
                                                             |
                                                             |
                                                           Kids

Do I have something wrong, there?
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Re: Book 7: Question regarding the Peverell family (SPOILERS!)
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007, 11:35:46 AM »

The Peverells are descendants of Slytherin? I totally missed that, and I can't check because I lent the book to a friend. If that's the case, then yes, Harry is as much an heir of Slytherin as Voldemort, at least blood-wise, but where Voldy chose to embrace the dark side, Harry rejected it. (It being all about choices and such.) I think?
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Re: Book 7: Question regarding the Peverell family (SPOILERS!)
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2007, 03:10:45 PM »

I dunno about the Peverells being descendants of Slytherin -- if it's true, then I, too, missed that part (I think rather that Slytherin was a descendant of the middle Peverell) -- but the Peverells were all brothers, weren't they?  Then Harry and LV are related, even though distantly, because their ancestors were brothers.  They were cousins, several-times-removed.

Thus, JKR's whole "NO, Harry and LV were NOT related" is bunk.  Bunk, I tell you!

Didn't she also say once that Harry was not a horcrux? 

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Re: Book 7: Question regarding the Peverell family (SPOILERS!)
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2007, 04:22:08 PM »

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Didn't she also say once that Harry was not a horcrux? 

Nope. I looked quite long and hard for that after somebody mentioned it on the boards, but I wasn't able to find any source for it.
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Re: Book 7: Question regarding the Peverell family (SPOILERS!)
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2007, 05:24:54 PM »

Susan, you may be right.  I guess I just assumed for some reason that Slytherin pre-dated the Peverells, but that is purely an assumption on my part.  Not sure if she ever gave a time frame for the Peverells, did she?
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