Blaise Zabini was a wizard who attended Hogwarts during the same year as Harry Potter. He was sorted into Slytherin house, during which time he remained close friends to Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson. Blaise might be a side character who keeps to himself and for whatever personal reasons has a general dislike of everywhere, but I am glad he at least spreads that dislike evenly and equally, as evidenced by his sneering remarks toward Draco and Ginny Weasley alike; he stands by his apathetic convictions.
Blaise Zabini Quick Facts
|September 1, 1979- August 21, 1980
|Death Date [if applicable]
|Age When Series Starts
|11 or 12
|Virgo, Libras, or Leo
|Partner / Spouse
|Most Memorable Moment
|Joining the Slug Club
|Pureblood or Half-blood
|Actors Who Played
|May 13, 2022
Blaise Zabini Birthplace
Blaise was born in Great Britain.
Blaise Zabini Parents
Very little is known about Blaise Zabini other than that his mother was a famously beautiful witch. She had married seven times by the time Blaise Zabini was in his sixth year at Hogwarts. Each death occurred under suspicious circumstances, leaving his mother and himself incredibly wealthy. I have read a lot of wow-that-got-weird-fast fan fiction on Blaise.
If you want to go down that rabbit hole, help yourself, but I’ll just say that something must have happened in his childhood or his household to push him out of the standard “mad at the world” bullying of Draco (caused by strict and somewhat abusive father) into apathetic and arrogant (usually caused by a complete lack of love; sheesh–never thought you’d feel happy for Draco but at least his mother loved him unconditionally).
Blaise Zabini Physical Traits and Personality
Blaise Zabini shared the superficial vanity of his mother, himself being incredibly vain and avoiding friends who were blood traitors or Muggles. He was described as a tall black boy with long, slanting eyes and high cheekbones.
He looked down on almost everyone else except for his close Slytherin friends and insulted many of the members of the Slug Club after his first meeting. He was prejudiced against Muggles, Muggle-borns, and blood traitors. When Pansy Parkinson accused him of thinking that Ginny Weasley was attractive, he did not deny it but rather vehemently noted that he would never touch a blood traitor like her.
I found this moment a testament to his bottled up hatred and unresolved childhood trauma; He never said he didn’t find her attractive; he just made it clear that he despised her because of her blood status and wouldn’t go near her, much the same as even Draco Malfoy couldn’t find something negative to say about Hermione Granger during the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but would never touch her.
I think his outburst was prompted more by Pansy drawing attention to him than anything else, mocking him in the way that only pug-faced Pansy could; he was snapping more at her than anything else.
Again, he hated everyone about the same. He was “friends” with Draco, but he never showed him any respect or, on the opposite end, simpering concern like Pansy. Still, in spite of his friendship, Blaise did not appear to respect Draco Malfoy or hold the followers of Voldemort in high esteem. He taunted Draco Malfoy about Lucius Malfoy being a Death Eater.
Blaise Zabini Early Life
Not much is known about Zabini’s early life, but given the fact that his mother had acquired enormous wealth as a widow seven times over by the time Blaise was in his sixth year at Hogwarts, it is likely that he grew up in a comfortable home if not a wealthy one.
The multitude of men coming through the home could not have provided a stable environment for him. Whether those men tried to bond with him by buying him too many things, making Blaise call them “dad” too soon, or any other of the ridiculous things ill-fitted step parents do, we will never know.
But we do know he was a bit of a jerk, all the time, to everyone. I don’t think his beautiful mother hugged him enough. Going back to that rabbit hole of fan fiction, there are theories that his mother was, suffice it to say, not only didn’t hug him but used him.
I would argue that she was clearly too busy finding (and killing) new husbands to pay any attention to him. Art projects weren’t put on the magical fridge as his mother brushed right by his outstretched arms, failing to see how quickly his proud smile was replaced by self-loathing.
So we get the resourceful kid who only cares about himself and self-preservation because he had too many nights without a lasagna in the freezer or money on the counter for pizza and no mom until morning.
Blaise Zabini Hogwarts Years
Blaise started Hogwarts in 1991. He was the final student to be sorted during the Sorting ceremony and went to Slytherin. He did not make friends with many people, and the few he had were slithering. Most of the time, he kept to himself and was very prejudiced against muggle-borns and blood traitors. When on the train to Hogwarts, he sat with Pansy Parkinson, Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, and Gregory Goyle.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Blaise becomes a slightly more prominent character. He received an invitation to join Professor Slughorn for lunch while on the train to school. This is an indicator that none of his relatives were actual Death Eaters because Slughorn did not invite people whose family members were Death Eaters.
He had been invited to lunch because of his famous mother, although he kept to himself during the luncheon and did not converse with the other students. When Slughorn mentioned that Harry Potter had great powers, Blaise gave a skeptical cough.
Ginny Weasley jumped down his throat, after which Professor Slughorn reminded Blaise not to get on her bad side because she was very good at casting hexes.
Following the luncheon, he returned to his compartment and went over who was at lunch and why they were present, all the while unaware that Harry Potter had followed him to the compartment under his invisibility cloak.
Throughout the year, he continued to receive invitations to join the Slug Club parties, and while he went, he did not have a high opinion of any other members there and continued to keep to himself.
More of his focus was dedicated to playing Chaser on the Slytherin Quidditch team and loitering in The Three Broomsticks, where Harry Potter noticed him lolling against a pillar on more than one occasion.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
He went back to school during his seventh year, but because he was a Slytherin and he was not a muggle-born, he did not suffer the same punishments as other students. When the Death Eaters rated the Hogwarts Express in search of Harry Potter, Blaise I was on the train but remained apathetic as usual.
Right before the final battle of Hogwarts, he left with other Slytherins through the room of requirement passageway and was therefore protected against fighting in the battle.
Blaise Zabini After Hogwarts Years
It is presumed that he left Hogwarts before the final battle when all the Slytherins were dismissed through the room of requirement. Since he did not fight in the final battle, he likely survived the war. I hope he went on to attend some magical therapy, but chances are he continued to be selfish, not keeping in touch with dear old mom and finding it hard to maintain a job or a stable relationship.
Blaise Zabini Magical Abilities and Special Skills
Blaise was proficient enough in potions to progress alongside Harry Potter, being taught by Professor Slughorn. This means he achieved an ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Exceeds Expectations’ in order to advance to the N.E.W.T. level.
He also joined the Quidditch team serving as a chaser for the Slytherin team. He was an accomplished flyer and very skilled at the game, owing to his agility.
Blaise Zabini Wand
Nothing is known about the length or core material of Blaise Zabini’s wand, but he likely picked it up the same year as Harry Potter from Ollivanders, where almost all British students acquire their wand before attending Hogwarts.
Blaise Zabini Trivial and Fun Facts
His surname is of Italian and Portuguese descent, indicating that he is likely of Italian or African descent from East Africa, where Portuguese is one of the official languages. His first name is based on a French mathematician and the tutor of Merlin, a nod to his Wizarding bloodline.
Given the gender-neutral nature of his name, fan forums spent many of the first few years following the publication of the series debating whether Blaise was male or female. It wasn’t until Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that it was revealed he was male.
However, the Dutch and Hebrew translation made the character female in the first book of the series and then made the character male in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince because the names used in translation were female names.
The actor who portrays Blaise is shown during the fight in the room of requirement in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, taking the place of Goyle. Goyle took the place of Vincent Crabbe, as the actor who portrayed Vincent Crabbe was dropped from the films because of a conviction over cannabis possession. This change in actors made it so that Crabbe was the one killed by Fiendfyre.
Blaise Zabini Appearances in Books
Blaise appears in the following books:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Blaise Zabini Appearances in Films
Blaise Zabini appears in the following films:
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Blaise Zabini Quotes
The Slytherins remarking on how Ginny Weasley was attractive, no matter how much Draco despised her:
Pansy Parkinson: “Even you think she’s good looking, don’t you, Blaise, and we all know how hard you are to please!”
Blaise: “I wouldn’t touch a filthy blood traitor like her whatever she looked like.”
During their sixth year, when Blaise showed his feelings toward Harry Potter:
“Zabini gave a tiny little cough that was clearly supposed to indicate amused scepticism.”
Answer: It was confirmed by J.K. Rowling that Blaise was a tall black boy.
Answer: Blaise likely survived the war because he left the school with the other Slytherins before the battle started and therefore did not die in the battle. What happened thereafter remains unknown.
Answer: Blaise Zabini had a pureblood mother, but nothing is known of his father, so he is either pureblood or Half-Blood.
Answer: Blaise was not a supporter of Voldemort or Death Eaters. He didn’t seem to be a supporter of anything but rather showed an apathetic disregard for everyone as though they were beneath him.
- IMDB. Harry Potter Full Cast. https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0926084/fullcredits/cast
- Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York: Scholastic, 1999. Print.
- Rowling, J. K. (2010). Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. London: Bloomsbury. Chicago (Author-Date, 15th ed.) Rowling, J. K. 2010.
- Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007.