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The Potter Armorial: Conclusion (Part 4). - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
The Potter Armorial: Conclusion (Part 4).
4.       Personal Arms and Achievements: Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy
Finally, we come to the arms of the two most prominent Victors and the most distinguished couple in British Wizardry, Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy.
Mr Malfoy, as is well known, had, after the Rebellion, a family name and lineage wanting to be redeemed. His husband, as is equally well known, had a family tradition and a patrimony in want of recovering. Their very arms attest to their success in these endeavours.
The Malfoys, as a minor cadet of the Weasleys and thus, ultimately, of the Blacks, bore arms that all too clearly connoted their fearsome reputation. The ancient arms of Malfoy, Sable, three hands palmy affronty couped Or, had long since come to be popularly called ‘the Blackmailers’s Arms’, and were a rather open reference, with reversed and differenced tinctures, of the arms of the Breton family of Bonnefoy. Mr Malfoy sought to matriculate new arms for the Malfoys in right of his grandfather Abraxas, whose death, allegedly from the never-before fatal disease of dragonpox, is generally regarded as the first open crime of the detestable Lucius Malfoy, of infamous memory. The new arms granted, Sable, an orle argent, denote a ‘voiding’ of the old Dark traditions of the Malfoy name.
In consequence of the casualties sustained in our world in the series of insurrections that convulsed it in the last century, Mr Malfoy has been left with the headship or co-headship of several noted families, including the Bulstrodes and the Blacks, and with renewed ties to such kinsmen as the Weasleys and Prewetts, and his personal arms reflect these facts, not least in their quartering of a differenced version of the Black arms that is a clear nod to the arms of Harry Potter. The same theme is reflected in his dexter supporter’s being a Black talbot. His personal badge, which is not heritable, his badge, and his motto, should not be taken as an un-English parade of piety, but as symbolic, in the conventions of heraldry, of his personal repentance and his firm intention to establish a new and honourable tradition for his house. The lilies of his personal badge surely require no extended discussion.
It was at his personal insistence that the compartment for his supporters represents so significant a scene in his early life.
As one might expect, Mr Potter’s achievement of arms was all but forced upon him, over his repeated protests of ‘not wanting to be a bother’ and ‘not wanting a fuss made’; it is largely to Mr Malfoy’s and Dr Granger-Weasley’s insistence that one may attribute his eventual yielding. Paradoxically, yet naturally, the result, for the foremost Wizard of his age, is the fullest achievement of arms in British Wizarding heraldry.
His arms are simple in essence, quartering the two main Potter lines with Evans and Black, suitably differenced. Aptly, the Evans arms bear as they have always borne fleurs de lis, which happily commemorate Lily Evans Potter. His heritable badges, which fortuitously number the same as his children, are evocative; his crest no less so; and his personal badge is by common consent the most apt. His supporters reflect the West Country and Gryffindor roots of the Potters, and his Black connexions. In his Scots achievement, he is entitled to display a cap and mantle as an allodial baron, ‘by the Grace of God’ having no feudal superior, as heir of the Black-MacNeils. (It should be noted that, in Scots law, ‘baron’ is a heraldic or a feudal title, not a peerage title; the English ‘baron’ is the equivalent of a Scots Lord of Parliament.) Finally, his banner exemplifies the best heraldic taste. All in all, Mr Potter’s full achievement is a tribute at once to his qualities and to the best heraldry in Britain.
What new lustre will be shed upon these arms, of all the armigers here noted, time alone will show. For the present, it suffices to note that once again, as so oft in this long island story, the path of duty has been the way to well-deserved and properly celebrated glory.

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wren_chan From: wren_chan Date: March 13th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
His heritable badges, which fortuitously number the same as his children

Oh help! *mad giglging*

I loved this from beginning to end--however did you get it all put together?--but that line made me laugh out loud and thus had to be mentioned. ♥
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 15th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you.

The fun part was imagining Slughorn - who else? - as taking the chief post as herald and genealogist in the Wizrading World as a retirement plum (and no one is plummier than Our Horace, after all).
wren_chan From: wren_chan Date: March 15th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you.

Oh, surely, the man was born for t'purpose. ^^
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: March 13th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
wemyssie, mi amor, mi corazon, you kill me. Also you make me want to hunt down and slap people who look up things "word" by "word" and then explain them with great authority (you teenagers who post on FA, you!).

The only thing I've been wanting to say, and I will say it it a teeny little voice:

the phrase "his husband" makes me twitch. also, the word "partner" confuses me, e.g., in obituaries: "The award was accepted by his partner and co-director..." (oh, he's gay) "...he is survived by his wife, ___ and their daughter ____..." (huh? whazzat?? i'm only reading this stupid obit because the person was younger than i am, and now I have to know two things about him??)
could we maybe say companion or lawful companion, if the bond is on paper?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 15th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)


That is why I mostly use, 'spouse', but at times one wishes to stress that, in Wizard-dom, these ARE marriages, full stop and tout court, not civil whatsits.

Thanks for yr kind words.
woman_ironing From: woman_ironing Date: March 14th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are fabulous, parts 1, 2, and 3!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 15th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ta, love.

By the way, I saw the title of yr post about 'Old Iron' and briefly thought you meant me and my kind. (Oh, not really, but it was amusing.)

Glad you were entertained, and honoured that you took time to say as much.
woman_ironing From: woman_ironing Date: March 15th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ta, love.

Lol, as they say!

And I should have said part 4 too.

I'm ashamed to say this, but I want Potter armorial fridge magnets. Fridge magnets!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 15th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Fridge magnets. Oh, dear.

I'll have to give that serious thought. I suppose your sprog, per yr latest post, will want Potter armorial transfers for her journal?
woman_ironing From: woman_ironing Date: March 16th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

But it's your fault -

I've never wanted fridge magnets before!

The little one would love transfers and probably stick them up all around the house.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 16th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, then.

Feel free to download and print.
woman_ironing From: woman_ironing Date: March 16th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well, then.

aillil From: aillil Date: April 2nd, 2006 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Not an appalling hobby at all...

...but an immensely entertaining one. I must admit that your description of the arms you created is a language of itself.
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