at some point in 1977
Pure-blood (blood traitor)
head of the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office
- "I don’t agree with it, I never did. I don’t. Muggle-borns aren’t lesser than us, why would they be? I don’t believe we are better than other people because of our 'blood'. You can be as disappointed in me as you like, father, because I don’t think I’m the kind of witch who would want you to be proud of me."
- —Talitha to her father at Malfoy Manor before her departure
Talitha "Tali" Narcissa Malfoy was a pure-blood witch, the only daughter and first child of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy (née Black) and the elder sister of Draco Malfoy. The daughter of a Death Eater, Talitha was raised to believe strongly in the importance of blood putity. She attended Hogwarts from 1989 to 1996 and was sorted into Slytherin house, much to her traditionally Slytherin family's delight. Talitha failed to get along with the 'right' members of her own house, also liking very much the 'wrong' people from other houses, most notably the Weasley twins.
However, this later got her in trouble with her family as she was befriending the "Wrong sort of people" (i.e muggle-borns and blood traitors), as a result she left her home after her fourth year and stayed with her friends.
Talitha was the only daughter of Lucius and Narcissa Mafoy (née Black), who were both born into old, wealthy pure-blood families, and the sister of Draco Malfoy. Through her mother, Talitha was a descendant of the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black and the great-great-great granddaughter of Phineas Nigellus Black. Both the Malfoys and the Blacks had traditionally been in Slytherin House for centuries and strongly disapproved of any relatives who did not follow this tradition.
The Malfoys were very proud of their pure-blood and social status; until 1996, they were able to maintain a respectable public image while being allied with Lord Voldemort. Lucius was a Death Eater who avoided imprisonment in Azkaban following the First Wizarding War by claiming that he had been under the Imperius Curse, while Narcissa merely agreed with the ideology of pure-blood supremacy. The Malfoys spoiled their children, giving them the best of everything as far as material possessions go. The only price was following the family’s traditional hatred for Muggles, Muggle borns, half breeds, and blood trators; in short, prejudice against anyone who was not a pure-blood witch or wizard, or anyone who supports these types of people.
When Talitha went to Diagon Alley to shop for school supplies in 1989, she purchased a tabby cat, which she called Romulus. She was introduced to Imogen Nott and Augustus Nott (the elder siblings of Theodore Nott) by her father; in the hopes they would become friends.