"Stop being so cheerful, Mad-Eye, he'll think we're not taking this seriously."
-- Tonks, about Harry (OP3)
"Do that one like a pig snout, Tonks."
-- Either Hermione or Ginny, requesting their favorite nose (OP5)
Dates & name
Born: c. 1973 (see Tonks timeline, below),
Died: May 2,1998 (DH33, YL).
Possible name meanings: Nymphs
are spirits of nature in Greek mythology. They are minor female deities
who appear as young, pretty girls, and are the protectors of springs,
mountains, and rivers. (Encyclopedia Mythica). A nymph is also a stage
of metamorphosis in the insect world.
Other names: She disliked her first name and preferred to be called "Tonks" but her father called her "Dora."
Ancestry: 'Tonks' is considered a "half-blood" because her father was a muggle-born wizard.
Mother: Andromeda (Black) Tonks, who is the sister of Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange.
Father: Ted Tonks, a muggle-born wizard.
Spouse: Married Remus Lupin during the summer of 1997, before the end of July (DH1, 4).
Child: Ted Remus Lupin, named for her father and husband (DH25).
Hair: various colors, changed at will.
Eyes: dark and twinkling.
as a Metamorphmagus, Tonks can assume many different appearances. Her
actual appearance is that of a pretty, young woman with a pale,
Disguises: An old woman with
"tightly curled gray hair" and a purple hat (OP10), "a tall, tweedy
woman with iron-gray hair" (OP24), blond, curly hair (DH8).
House: Hufflepuff , 1984-1991.
Skills: Concealment and disguise, though she is "dead clumsy." (OP3).
Auror and member of the second Order of the Phoenix; a protégé of
"Mad-Eye" Moody (DH5). Part of the Advance Guard that helps Harry in
his escape from the Dursley house (OP3-9, 35).
Interests: Popular music, judging by the 'Weird Sisters' t-shirt (OP38).
Patronus: Previous one unknown; it changed to "immense four-legged creature" in 1996 (HBP8, 15, 29).
- Department of Mysteries (seriously injured by Bellatrix and taken to St. Mungo's) (OP36)
- Battle of the Tower (HBP28)
- Battle of the seven Harrys, where she and Ron were attacked by Bellatrix (DH5)
- Battle of Hogwarts, where she was killed by Bellatrix (DH33)
is a pretty young woman with a heart-shaped face. Her hair changes
color, but is often bubble-gum pink. Her father calls her ‘Dora.’
Nymphadora, or 'Tonks,' as she prefers to be called by friends, is an Auror and a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
She was not part of the original Order of the Phoenix as she was too
young. Tonks was part of the Advance Guard that helps Harry in his
escape from the Dursley house; she carried his trunk slung under her
broom. (OP3-9, 35).
is the daughter of Sirius Black's favorite cousin, Andromeda, who
married a Muggle-born wizard, Ted Tonks. Andromeda was removed from the
tapestry of the Black family tree as a result of her marriage (so
Kreacher does not feel the need to obey her even though she is family)
(OP6). That means that Tonks' aunts are Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix
Lestrange, whether any of them wants to admit it or not.
at Hogwarts, Tonks was not made a Prefect (OP9). She said that it was
because she lacked certain "necessary qualities," specifically the
ability to behave herself. However, she must have been a very capable
student in spite of her fondness for mischief, since becoming an Auror
requires high marks in many subjects. After leaving Hogwarts in the
summer of 1991, Tonks had to undergo an additional three years of
training to become an Auror, only qualifying in the summer of 1994.
is a Metamorphmagus, which means that she can change her appearance at
will. She uses this ability in service to the Order, but it also helped
her qualify as an Auror ("I got top marks in Concealment and Disguise
during Auror training without any study at all, it was great.").
However, she is very clumsy and she had more difficulty with Stealth
the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Tonks fired spells down on
the Death Eaters in the Death Room, but was hit by a spell and injured
severely. She recovered from her wounds after a stay in St. Mungo's.
She was sufficiently healed to join Mad-Eye and Lupin on the platform
in King's Cross as they met Harry from the train.
a few months later when Harry meets her at the Burrow, it is clear that
Tonks is extremely unhappy. She has let her hair go a mousy brown, and
looks "drawn, even ill." (HBP5). Harry at first supposes that she is
distraught over Sirius' death but finds out later (HBP29) that she has
fallen in love with Remus Lupin.
Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts, Tonks was stationed there along with
Aurors Proudfoot, Savage, and Dawlish to guard the school. She fought
in the Battle of the Tower.
the summer of 1997, Lupin and Tonks were married. He regretted this
afterwards because he feared what association with him would do to his
wife and her family. When Tonks became pregnant that fall, he was
terrified that he had brought doom on Tonks and the unborn child and
considered leaving her in the care of her parents. He didn’t leave, and
the baby was born healthy some months later. They named him Teddy after
the Battle of Hogwarts, Tonks followed Lupin to join the battle. Both
she and her husband were killed, Tonks struck down by her aunt,
Bellatrix Lestrange. Teddy was raised by his grandmother, Andromeda
Compiled and edited by Nathan Zimmermann
Tonks told Harry in August of 1995, that she became an Auror only last year in 1994.
only qualified a year ago. Nearly failed on Stealth and Tracking. I'm
dead clumsy, did you hear me break that plate when we arrived
that date is taken in conjunction with the additional to the three
years of postgraduate work that is the norm for becoming an auror.
you will need to demonstrate the ability to react well to pressure and
so forth,” said Professor McGonagall, “perseverance and dedication ,
because Auror training takes a further three years , not mention very
high skills in practical defense…” (OP)It
can be inferred she graduated from Hogwarts in June of 1991 one term
before Harry's first year. This being the case the resulting timeline
is as follows:
third year of auror training. Nymphadora completed her third year of
auror training and qualified as an auror in the summer 1994.
1992-93 Nymphadora’s second year of auror training
1991-92: Nymphadora’s First Year of auror training
1990-91: Nymphadora’s seventh and final year at Hogwarts
1989-90: Nymphadora’s sixth year at Hogwarts
1988-89: Nymphadora’s fifth year at Hogwarts.
1987-88: Nymphadora’s fourth year at Hogwarts
1986-87: Nymphadora’s third year at Hogwarts
1985-86: Nymphadora’s second year at Hogwarts
1984-85: Nymphadora’s first year at Hogwarts.
fact that Nymphadora’s first year at Hogwarts is the 1984-85 school
establishes that Tonks would have been born in 1973, because, the age
when a student starts at Hogwarts is 11 years of age. She is,
therefore, the same age as Charlie Weasley.
Tonks in the Movies
The role of Nymphadora Tonks is played by Natalia Tena.