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"My sweet old mother blasted me off after I ran away from home...
-- Sirius Black (OP6)

'Kreacher would never move anything from its proper place in Master's house. ...Mistress would never forgive Kreacher if the tapestry was thrown out, seven centuries it's been in the family, Kreacher must save it, Kreacher will not let Master and the blood traitors and the brats destroy it -"
-- Kreacher the house-elf (OP6)

A tapestry exists at number twelve Grimmauld Place that has, according to Kreacher, been in the Black family for seven centuries (OP6). On it the family’s births, marriages and deaths are embroidered with gold thread; family members who have been disowned have been “blasted” from the fabric (a small burn like a cigarette burn is where their name is).

J. K. Rowling drew her version of the Black Family Tree which represents at least part of the Tapestry:

"The Noble and Most Ancient House of BLACK," a hand-drawn tree that Rowling donated to Book Aid International in January of 2006 and auctioned February 22, 2006.

Black family tree, facsimile of tree drawn by J.K. Rowling.

Tapestry factoids:

  • If our dates are correct (and we're reasonably sure they are), the Black family had unusually short lifespans for wizards.
  • Kreacher says that it has been in the Black family for seven centuries, so the portion that JKR drew is just a part of the whole.
  • Sirius sees Araminta Melliflua on the tapestry, but she is not listed in the one Jo drew.

Versions:

  • The Lexicon's image was made in 2006, based off of two partial pictures, and a description by Aberforth the Marauder, (which was based on observation of the original during the auction.)
  • The original image has since been published in Harry Potter Film Wizardry and can be seen here.

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