- "Purity and prosper."
- —The family motto.
Raeken is the surname of one of the largest, oldest and wealthiest pure-blooded (and half-blood in its side branch) wizarding families in Britain, and one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. The Raeken family has an elevated status and wealth. The Raeken family tree is displayed in the drawing room of the family home. Their mascot is a snake and their color is white.
The Raekens have gained a reputation for pure-blood supremacy and, for this reason alone, could get along very well with the Whittemore family. It was not uncommon of the two families to often visit each other's houses to discuss the recent events in the Wizarding World with one another, and how to both benefit from it. Theo Raeken developed a friendship with the future Head of Whittemore House Jackson as the two began to grow close to one another, resulting in them becoming best friends.
The Raekens are strict when it comes to their blood purity. If a member of the family cannot find a pure-blood partner of his or her own before their eighteenth birthday, it is family law that the parents will choose with whom their child is to marry. Theo began a relationship with Patrick Dunbar, and even though he is male and not female, Lucille Raeken accepted him into the family due to the fact that he is pure-blood and will not taint their blood-status after marriage, even though he and Theo would become members of the side branch. John did have a problem with Theo dating a man, which decreased the relationship between father and son, but due to the fact that Theo's the second-born and thus not the family heir (the title which belongs to his eldest son Thomas, whom would continue the main branch of the family) he did not make a huge problem out of it.
The Raeken family traces its origin back to the Middle Ages. They claim to have entirely magical ancestry. The pure-blood families like the Raekens simply removed Muggles and Squibs from their family trees. The Raekens place a great importance on blood purity, considering themselves akin to royalty in the wizarding world and disdaining Muggles, Squibs, blood traitors, and Muggle-borns.
Because of their views, a large number of the Raeken family members practised the Dark Arts. A few members of the family, however, disagreed with the traditional views of their family. Unlike other pure-blood families, the Raekens did not care about one thing and that was same-sex relationships, as shown when they had accepted Patrick Dunbar into the family after Theo revealed to his parents that he was dating him.
The family is split into two branches: the main branch, which is pure-blood and continues the main line of the family of only Slytherins, and the side branch, which are the families of the second-or-later borns or members that aren't pure-blood or a Slytherin. They have to obey the main branch (which includes the Head of the family) and are still an important part of the family although the rules aren't as strict to them as for members of the main branch.
|John Raeken||Pure-blood Slytherin wizard. Husband of Lucille and father of Theo Raeken. Family member of the main branch.|
|Thomas Raeken||Pure-blood Slytherin wizard. Son of John and Lucille Raeken. Husband of Gal Gadot. Family member and heir of the main branch.|
|Theo Raeken||Pure-blood Slytherin wizard. Son of John and Lucille Raeken. Husband of Patrick Dunbar and father of Jordan, Alice and Brenton Raeken. Family member of the side branch.|
|Jordan Raeken||Pure-blood Slytherin wizard. Son of Patrick and Theo. Family member of the side branch.|
|Alice Raeken||Pure-blood Slytherin witch. Daughter of Patrick and Theo. Family member of the side branch.|
|Pure-blood Slytherin wizard. Son of Patrick and Theo. Family member of the side branch.|
Relatives by marriage
|Pure-blood Slytherin witch. Wife of Jonathan and mother of Theo Raeken. Family member of the main branch.|
|Pure-blood Slytherin witch. Wife of Thomas. Family member of the main branch.|
|Pure-blood Hufflepuff wizard and eldest son of Joshua and Alice Milton. He is the husband of Theo Raeken and the father of Jordan, Alice and Brenton Raeken. Family member of the side branch.|
|Half-blood Ravenclaw witch. She is the daughter of Finn Hudson and Quinn Fabray and wife of Jordan Raeken. Family member of the side branch.|
|Fabian Lahey||Half-blood Hufflepuff. Son of Alisha and Isaac Lahey. Husband of Alice Raeken.|
The Raekens are commonly described as having "great good looks". They are considered to be beautiful people, being tall, thin, and having attractive features. The traditional look for most of the Raeken family is brown hair. They possess a certain aristocratic elegance that reflects upon their personality, as they consider themselves "practically royal".
The Raeken family, as with many other pure-blood wizarding families like the Dunbars and the Malfoys, is considered to be very wealthy. This may be one of the reasons why the members of this family acted somewhat arrogantly.
|House of Black||Rosier family|
|Cygnus Black III|
|Remus John Lupin|
(b. c. 1950s)