I've noticed that there's quite a few people on here who think that the likes of Bellatrix and Narcissa had arranged marriages, which something that I had never heard of before I joined these boards. I'd always assumed that they'd made their marriages willingly, and had never come across any canon evidence to suggest that parents chose their offspring's spouses.
I never suspected arrangements as Sirius says 'they both made respectable, pure blood marriages,' or something like that in OOTP when referring to Bellatrix and Narcissa. This to me suggests that they made their own choices when it came to it, and that they weren't forced into it.
I don't like the idea of arranged marriages, especially in that period of time in the HP universe, it just seems really old fashioned and out of place. They might have done so centuries before, but I personally don't think it was commonplace when the Black daughters married. There might have been one or two rare cases in families in which such a marriage was necessary, but I doubt this in the Black family. I think that pure-blood ideals were so well installed in Bellatrix and Narcissa, and probably their forebears, that they wouldnt' have looked anywhere else for their husbands.
What I can see happening are nudges in the right direction. For example, a daughter being introduced to someone the parents see as a respectable suitor, and they constantly make a case for the bloke. But I don't think that they would have gone to the parents of said bloke and say, 'right, I think he should marry my daughter,' (or words thereabouts :P) without consulting either party first.
Is there anything, either in the books or in JK's interviews that suggests that they did infact have arranged marriages and that I am totally wrong?
What are people's takes on this?
Do people think that later generations (aka Draco) would have arranged marriages too?