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The Death Eaters
"They were a motley collection; a mixture of the weak seeking protection, the ambitious seeking some shared glory, and the thuggish gravitating toward a leader who could show them more refined forms of cruelty."
Albus Dumbledore

Listed below are Voldemort and his followers, the enemies of Harry and his friends. The name of the group comes from their belief that they can "conquer death". Mortal enemies of the Order of the Phoenix, the Death Eaters' goal is to exterminate all "impure" wizards, create a new world order in the wizarding society, and (eventually) achieve immortality. During both the First and Second Wizarding Wars, they are Voldemort's inner circle and act as the elite force in his army.

Death Eaters are recognisable by the Dark Mark, a magical sign branded into their forearms by Voldemort that burns whenever he summons them to him. The Dark Mark also serves as a Calling Card, which Death Eaters cast into the sky over the scene of a murder.

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  • Adaptational Badass: The organization as a group is given a noticeable power-up in the films, where they appear as fearsome, metal-masked wizards with unique ghostly powers for whom Harry's friends are absolutely no match, and are also much more numerous, numbering in the hundreds in the Battle of Hogwarts. In the books, most Death Eaters are portrayed as fairly beatable, even incompetent and cowardly, to the point the Dumbledore's Army gives them a heck of a battle despite being undertrained teenagers. The exception is Bellatrix; in the books, the Death Eaters are implied to be a pretty shallow pool of talent where Bellatrix is the only truly high-level wizard aside from Voldemort, Snape, Barty Crouch, Jr., and possibly Dolohov (the rest being essentially mediocre bullies), while in the films, she's among the weakest, being quickly defeated by Harry.
  • Aerith and Bob: Their names are very different from each other, ranging from Lucius, Regulus, and Bellatrix to Evan and Peter. Their leader is both Bob and Aerith at once, as he's literally Tom the Dark Lord but goes by Voldemort instead of his birth name. Barty Crouch Jr. is also both at once, his full name being Bartemius.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: During the First Wizarding War, Death Eaters tended to target their opponents' families since Marlene McKinnon and Edgar Bones had their families wiped out.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Several Death Eaters come from aristocratic families, as pure-bloods were historically seen as the elite, though not all of them (there's little that's aristocratic or cultured about Greyback or the Carrows, for example).
  • Black Cloak: Almost all of them sport one, befitting their status as dark wizards.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Hermione theorizes that most Death Eaters are actually half-bloods pretending to be pure-blood, while espousing the superiority of pure-bloods, the inferiority of half-bloods and Muggle-borns, and the worthlessness of Muggles. She cites how the huge number of Death Eaters couldn't be supported by the declining number of Pure-Blood families in Britain. Indeed, Lord Voldemort himself is a half-blood.note 
  • Calling Card: The Dark Mark, which consists of a skull vomiting out a snake. It's both a symbol that all Death Eaters are branded with and an image they cast into the sky above every murder site.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Voldemort's tendency to rule through fear and his constant mood swings means that Death Eaters jockey with each other to score brownie points and earn his good graces, often backbiting and belittling each other, with the likes of Barty Crouch Jr. and Bellatrix Lestrange insisting they are Eviler than Thou and more loyal than everyone. Snape's grasp of this management strategy allows him to easily ingratiate himself into Voldemort's good graces over more loyal and consistent followers.
  • Dirty Coward: The Death Eaters as a group tended to suddenly deny any involvement in the group after Voldermort's defeat. They also appear to shrink from any real wizards, preferring instead to gang up on groups of kids or Muggles. In the movie adaptation of Deathly Hallows, several Death Eaters are seen Apparating away when Harry is revealed to have survived the Killing Curse in the Forbidden Forest and the Hogwarts students and staff get a Heroic Second Wind.
  • The Dragon: Subverted. Voldemort operates in complete secrecy, leading to many wannabe Death Eaters claiming to be his Dragon, which Dumbledore notes is a major delusion he enables. The Death Eaters don't have formal rankings, and depending on Voldemort's whims, people can move in and out of the centre as per his paranoid thoughts. This allows a shifty wild card like Snape to easily ingratiate himself back into Voldemort's good graces despite being in the most precarious of situations after Voldemort's return.
  • Dumb Muscle:
    • The Carrows, Greyback, the Snatchers...
    • Averted with Rowle. Though he seems to be one of the largest Death Eaters physically, he also seems to be one of the more skilled ones.
    • Aberforth lampshades it when Ron asks him if he conjured a doe patronus after he just conjured a goat.
    "Brains like that, you could be a Death Eater, son."
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil:
    • Downplayed. The Death Eaters are willing to work with dark creatures like werewolves and giants that the rest of the wizarding world won't have anything to do with, but those who aren't pure-blood wizards will never rise higher than Psycho for Hire (with the exception of Snape and Voldemort, who are half-bloods themselves.) They don't have problems with gender equality, though it seems there are fewer woman Death Eaters than they are in their counterparts in the Order. Women Are Wiser perhaps. Or Men Are the Expendable Gender.
    • Regarding genders and races, however, it's played more straight in the movies, especially the seventh and eighth movies. It's shown there are several unnamed female (one of them is even an old lady) and even non-white Death Eaters. Even among Snatchers, there are at least one black man and one woman.
    • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reveals that Bellatrix, at least, wasn't sterile.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Fantastic Racism: They hate all Muggles, Muggle-borns, Squibs, Half-Bloods (though Voldemort is secretly a Half-Blood), Blood Traitors, werewolves, goblins, in short, anyone who isn't them. They're also based off the Nazis and, to a lesser extent, the Ku Klux Klan (in the movie adaptation of Goblet Of Fire, the Death Eaters even look like Klansmen dressed in black).
  • Fantastic Terrorists: Essentially they're a wizard hate group who use magic to terrorize wizards and muggles alike.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: The constant infighting between factions trying to get in Voldemort's favour cause them to be much less effective than they could be. Their fear of Voldemort also causes them to be more hesitant in their actions even when it could have paid off.
  • Final Solution: In the last book, they implement a plan to either kill or subjugate all so-called "Mudbloods." This would include any magical beings, as well.
  • Gang of Bullies:
    • Tom Riddle is said to have lead a gang of them when he was a student at Hogwarts. This gang would later become the first Death Eaters.
    • According to Sirius, Snape was in one of these when he was a student, consisting of Avery, Rosier, Wilkes, Mulciber, Lucius Malfoy, Bellatrix, and Rodolphus Lestrange before they all became Death Eaters.
    • This is essentially what they are by the time the series starts. Despite being made up of some of the most important and influential wizards and witches around: they (mostly) completely abandoned Voldemort when he disappeared, only to crawl back and make up excuses to save their own skins when he did finally return; a couple of children manage to give them a good fight (as in, managing to stun and defeat several of them in scattered skirmishes) and they completely break the second someone they can't handle (Dumbledore) shows up.
  • Generation Xerox: Many of the Death Eaters of different generations shared the same surname (Rosier, Avery, Mulciber, Lestrange, Malfoy), likely indicating a father/son relationship between them. This is justified as the first-generation Death Eaters started out as fellow classmates of Voldemort when he was still Tom Riddle, and they were a Gang of Bullies at Hogwarts that operated in a similar manner to the Death Eaters. Also, the Carrows and the Rosiers had family members who served Grindelwald in the early 20th Century.
  • "Get Out of Jail Free" Card: A lot of them pretended that Voldemort had them hypnotised under the Imperius curse after the first wizarding war ended.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Voldemort and his Death Eaters are prejudiced against wizards with less-than-pure wizarding blood and non-human magical creatures in general despite he himself having a Muggle parent. While he's counting on the anti-Muggle feelings of his followers, he genuinely despises Muggles and anything he considers Mudblood — and he apparently has a one-drop rule for everyone except himself and personal Death Eaters like Snape. While they also recruited giants and werewolves, they probably rationalized them as second- and third-tier "citizens" in Voldemort's new order. Also, Ron and Sirius both say that wizards needed to procreate with Muggles to avoid extinction, and Hermione believes many Death Eaters are half-bloods pretending to be pure-bloods like their leader. Oh, and Pottermore revealed that Muggle-borns were much more accepted before the Statute of Secrecy, meaning mixed blood was inevitable.
    • Some fans have wondered if Voldemort was exploiting the prejudices of his own followers more than enforcing his own, and that all he really cares about is power. However, Dumbledore confirms that Voldemort is definitely a racist, a self-hating half-blood who hated his Muggle father and fashioned an identity that erased his origins. Dumbledore points out that Voldemort's racism, and his hypocrisy, is the reason why he targeted Harry rather than baby Neville. Neville was the son of a pureblood family, so Voldemort should have targeted Neville as per his creed that "blood matters" and produces great wizards. But he chose Harry because he considered Harry's half-blood status (i.e. one-drop since Lily being Muggleborn was as good as Muggle in his eyes) more similar to his own origins.
  • Mark of the Beast: Death Eaters are branded with their Calling Card, the Dark Mark, on their left forearm. Voldemort uses the Mark to summon Death Eaters whenever the Mark is pressed on.
  • Nazis By Any Other Name:
    • They believe in the superiority of pure-blood, and will kill anyone they feel is inferior to them. Their leader, Voldemort, hates anyone not of pure wizard blood, yet he himself is not pure-blood; Adolf Hitler viewed Aryans, commonly portrayed as blonds with blue eyes, as the master race, yet he himself was brown-haired (albeit with blue eyes), and may have had a bit of Jewish ancestry. J. K. Rowling acknowledged the Death Eaters are supposed to represent the Nazis. In the fourth movie, they're also symbolized as Klansmen — check out the KKK-inspired headgear, torches, and "burning signal."
    • And that's not even getting into the seventh book, for most of which the Power Trio are on the run in one of the most blatant parallels of Nazi-occupied Europe ever seen. The Ministry of Magic has become so corrupted from the inside by Les Collaborateurs that they essentially pass the Nuremberg Laws against Muggle-born wizards and, under the guidance of Umbridge, are shown creating pamphlets touting blood purity whose content and saccharine covers call to mind the publications of Julius Streicher. The various Death Eater minions inside the Ministry are dressed in khaki clothes, with red, white, and black armbands bearing the Dark Mark. The sign of the Deathly Hallows has a history very similar to that of the swastika, as well (originally an innocent symbol, then used by wizard-supremacist Grindelwald, etched on walls by stupid pricks to get attention...).
      • The Film of the Book of Deathly Hallows shows a snippet of Hermione's torture from the book, except instead of just hearing her screams, we also see Bellatrix doing...something with her dagger to Hermione's arm. When we see Hermione's arm, we can see that Bellatrix carved "Mudblood" into the inside of Hermione's forearm, much like how the Nazis tattooed numbers into the forearms of the Jews in concentration camps.
    • The Polish translation of Deathly Hallows explicitly called those who hunted Muggle-borns and La Résistance for profit szmalcownicy. Real Life szmalcownicy sold hiding Jews to the Nazis during The War.
      • Said Snatchers can also be compared to the Einsatzgruppen that hunted Jews, inter alia, in occupied Europe.
  • No Honour Among Thieves: And it's because Machiavelli Was Wrong. Voldemort has no appreciation for his followers and would sacrifice any of them without a second thought. So naturally, the Death Eaters have no real loyalty to him either and would sell him out if it were to their advantage. The main exceptions are Bellatrix and Crouch Jr., both of whom are personally devoted to Voldemort and, oh yes, insane.
  • Not Brainwashed: Some Death Eaters (including Lucius Malfoy) avoided being sent to Azkaban at the end of the first war by falsely claiming to have been under the Imperius Curse.
  • Obviously Evil: With the exception of people like Lucius Malfoy, the vast majority of these people are transparently violent and sadistic. Their choice of a skull and snake as their emblem is also pretty obviously villainous, as it is their collective name.
  • Oddly Small Organization:
    • Despite the level of terror they bring to the wizarding world there seem to be under a hundred of them. Partly justified, since they are Voldemort's fanatical inner circle and are sent on all special tasks. It should be noted however that there seem to be a good number of non-Death Eater supporters such as the Snatchers, and many Ministry of Magic employees in the last book as well as werewolves, giants, dementors, and apparently other dark creatures who sided with Voldemort.
    • Averted in the films, however, as there seem to be around 200 proper Death Eaters attacking Hogwarts. However, it is heavily implied that a majority of these fighters are Imperiused, and several may actually be Snatchers.
  • Outlaw: In the First Wizarding War, Crouch, Sr. published a literal Writ of Outlawry against them, giving Aurors the right to kill, coerce, and torture Death Eaters. They were declared outside the protection of laws that would ordinarily harshly punish the use of the Unforgivable Curses.
  • Putting on the Reich:
    • They view pure-blooded wizards (themselves) as the master race, and their ideology centres on cleansing the world of "Mudbloods." Also, in the fourth film, their black robes and pointed hoods intentionally resemble the Ku Klux Klan.
    • Not to mention the last two movies (but particularly so the first one): the anti-Muggle propaganda pretty much follows the original colour scheme, and the security guys at the Ministry look like members of the Gestapo, complete with red armbands, which are also worn by the Snatchers.
    • Nick Moran, Scabior's actor, even commented that "it's all very reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s" regarding his role.
  • Rank Scales with Asskicking: The higher-ranked Death Eaters tend to be the most effective duelists. Or maybe the other way around.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: The Death Eaters who try to leave the group are hunted down and killed. As Sirius says when he's talking about his brother: "You don't just hand in your resignation to Voldemort. It's a lifetime service or death."
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: The Death Eaters' masks in the fourth film appear to be craniums (skulls without the jaws). Voldemort removing their masks causes each Death Eater to collapse.
  • Snowballing Threat: Albeit only with Voldemort at the helm, but once the latter is resurrected, Fudge's denialism and abuse of his powers to quash any notion that Voldemort has returned for a year enables the Death Eaters' ranks and powers to grow massively before it finally comes out to the Wizarding World that Voldemort has returned. This costs the Ministry's and the Order of the Phoenix's chances of beating back the Death Eaters severely, leading to the Death Eaters' takeover in Deathly Hallows.
  • Sudden Name Change: For the first three books, they were simply referred to as "Voldemort's followers/supporters." Once the term "Death Eaters" is introduced in Goblet of Fire, no one ever calls them anything else.
  • Would Hurt a Child: During the First Wizarding War, Death Eaters also murdered the families of those who opposed them, like Edgar Bones and Marlene McKinnon.
  • You Are What You Hate: Despite all their preaching about blood purity and the worthlessness of Muggles and Muggleborns, some Death Eaters are themselves half-bloods, including Voldemort himself.
  • You Don't Look Like You: The Death Eaters' attire changed considerably between the fourth and fifth films. In the fourth film, they wore black robes with tall pointed hoods resembling the KKK, with skull-like masks. Starting with the fifth film, possibly because people complained the tall pointy hats looked silly, especially for the indoor scenes, because the comparisons with the KKK were too obvious, or simply because of the change in director, they switched to normal-sized black hoods with ornate metal masks.

The Inner Circle

    Lord Voldemort 

    Bellatrix Lestrange
"My Lord, I would like to volunteer for this task. I want to kill the boy."

Portrayed by: Helena Bonham Carter

Voiced by: Rebeca Patiño (Latin American Spanish, Order of the Phoenix-Deathly Hallows Part I), Xóchitl Ugarte (Latin American Spanish, Deathly Hallows Part II), Miriam Ficher (Brazilian Portuguese)

Appears in: Goblet of Fire (in a memory, book only) | Order of the Phoenix | Half-Blood Prince | Deathly Hallows

"Well, well, well, look what we have here. It's Harry Potter. He's all bright, and shiny, and new again, just in time for the Dark Lord!"

Next to Voldemort, Bellatrix is the Death Eaters' head honcho, and she's one mean Death Eating queen. She was one of the few females in the group, as well as among the most dangerous and sadistic of Voldemort's followers. At the end of the First Wizarding War, Bellatrix and her husband, Rodolphus Lestrange, his brother Rabastan, and Barty Crouch Jr. tortured Aurors Alice and Frank Longbottom to the point of insanity searching for information on Voldemort after his first downfall.

Bellatrix was sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban for the crime, but escaped in the 1996 mass break-out, along with nine other Death Eaters. She participated in several battles of the Second Wizarding War, making it a particular goal to kill any relatives who were members of the Order of the Phoenix, including her cousin Sirius Black and niece Nymphadora Tonks.

  • The Ace: She's so powerful that only six months after her escape from Azkaban she defeats Nymphadora, kills Sirius, has Kingsley Shacklebolt writhing on the floor in seconds, and deflects a spell from Dumbledore's Elder Wand casually. She takes out four snatchers at once, not even giving them the time to retaliate. She duels Hermione, Ginny, and Luna at once and is better than all three of them. She's extremely intelligent and is the only person in the wizarding world to figure out where Snape's loyalties lie solely through deduction, when even Voldemort himself could not. She's also described as being very beautiful and retaining much of her great good looks even after more than a decade in Azkaban. J.K. Rowling called her 'the Death Eater par excellence'. Also, it is stated that Snape would have beaten her due to his excellence skills as a wizard duelist.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: She's more exuberant, childish, and blatantly insane in the films, whereas in the novels, she's more regal and complex.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Quite a case of this in the films, which opt to portray her as more evil than dangerous. In the fifth book, she defeated three of the best fighters in the Order of the Phoenix (Tonks, Sirius and Kingsley) one after another; managed to block an offensive spell by Dumbledore in her way out; and although she did feel it when Harry hit her with a Cruciatus curse, she immediately got up and kept on fighting. In the film, her only kill is Black, which she actually scores by a lucky shot while he had his back turned to her, and when she and Harry face off, she's instantly left at Harry's mercy.
  • Adapted Out: In the books, she first appears in a memory on trial with Barty Crouch Jr. in Goblet of Fire. The movie combines the questioning of Karkaroff with Crouch Jr.'s exposure as a Death Eater and arrest, so she doesn't appear in the films until Order.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Voldemort calls her Bella even when he's angry with her.
  • Against the Grain: She fits the stereotype of a proper Pureblood woman enough but is also repelled by it. She finds it restrictive to just be a prim trophy wife, give birth to and raise proper Pureblood children, and let the men do everything else, and does stray from it. She's a Death Eater, fights in battles, and is above every single man who is a Death Eater in terms of intelligence and ability.
  • Alliterative Name: Before she was married, she was Bellatrix Black.
  • Answer Cut: Bellatrix is freed from Azkaban. Voldemort is described as maniacal, jubilant, ecstatic, triumphant, and the happiest he had been in fourteen years. Harry asks himself why he was so happy and his question is supposed to be answered but he focuses on Bellatrix before he even reads the headline, which means that Bellatrix was the reason for his happiness.
  • Arch-Enemy: She collects quite a lot of them throughout the series.
    • Set up as this to Neville Longbottom, whose parents she tortured into insanity, particularly in the climax to The Order Of The Phoenix.
    • Could also be considered this for her relatives in the Order, namely Sirius and Tonks. She ends up killing both of them.
    • Lastly serves as this to Molly, who bumps her off.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Rodolphus Lestrange and although she loves Voldemort, she gets on well with him as is implied by them always working together. He's described as her loyal husband despite her cheating on him.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: She belongs to the greatest Pureblood family of the Sacred 28 and she's a cold-blooded murderer.
  • Ascended Extra: In the sixth film. While she only appears in a single chapter in the corresponding book, she appears much more often in the film, most notably leading a raid on the Burrow and the party of Death Eaters who infiltrate Hogwarts in the climax.
  • Ax-Crazy: To say she's psychotic is putting it lightly and it's up there with Voldemort in that department. Even when not killing or torturing somebody, Bellatrix's loud attitude, combined with her erratic and unpredictable nature still gives off the impression of somebody who's close to lashing out violently toward anybody, even when in a good mood. When she does become violent, there's nothing restraining Bellatrix from wanting to cause as much harm and pain as she could, and she'll do it mainly because of the fun involved in spreading misery.
  • Badass Boast: Her line to Harry in Book 5 when he challenged her:
    "Potter, you cannot win against me! I was and am the Dark Lord's most loyal servant, I learned the Dark Arts from him, and I know spells of such power that you, pathetic little boy, can never hope to compete."
  • Baby Talk: To Harry in the Department of Mysteries:
    "The little baby woke up fwightened and fort what it dweamed was twoo."
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: In the prologue of Half-Blood Prince, she kills a fox with the Killing Curse (she mistook it for an Auror).
  • Battle Couple: In the books, she's described as fighting alongside her husband Rodolphus in the fifth and seventh books. They also were involved in torturing the Longbottoms alongside his brother Rabastan, and Barty Crouch Jr.
  • Berserk Button: Never question or insult Voldemort around her. It only took Harry mentioning Voldemort's name and revealing his status as a half-blood to set Bellatrix off in Order of the Phoenix. Defying her authority also seems to be one. When the Snatchers protest her order to give her the Sword of Gryffindor, she immediately attacks all of them and states that she plans on killing them for their defiance.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She defends her sister in front of Voldemort and even lets Narcissa curse her.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Voldemort. They are both dark, arrogant, intelligent, powerful, interested in the dark arts, and ambitious. She's very similar to Voldemort and is the only one who ever accepted him for who he is.
  • Blithe Spirit: Despite being a villain, she's an optimistic, romantic, and generally vivacious woman.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's the most intelligent Death Eater and the only person in the entire Wizarding World who figured out Snape's true intentions solely through deduction. She has black hair.
  • Brutal Honesty: She's very blunt about her distrust of Snape, even going so far as to call Voldemort mistaken. She also does not sugarcoat the fact that Lucius has lost all status and authority when he tries to argue with her over who should call Voldemort.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Bellatrix Lestrange has a habit of taunting her enemies, especially when she's made things personal for them, such as Neville or Harry, though at least she has more than enough power to get away with it. Until she tries to kill Ginny, causing one very angry Molly Weasley to kill her.
  • Cain and Abel: Bellatrix makes it very clear that she despises her sister Andromeda, who married the Muggle-born Ted Tonks, and wouldn't think twice about killing her if they ever saw each other again. In the Battle of Hogwarts, she finally manages to kill her daughter and her own niece, Nymphadora Tonks.
  • Cassandra Truth: Bella is the only Death Eater who openly distrusts Snape, even going so far as to tell her sister, Narcissa, that she believes Voldemort is "mistaken" in trusting him, and she’s right to do so. Considering Bella's feelings about Voldemort, her deep mistrust of Snape is pretty damn telling. However, Snape does say in Book 6 that many of the Death Eaters spoke behind his back, and Bellatrix might have just been the only one to confront him. Bellatrix's suspicions were not based on just distrust, the questions she asked him were extremely well thought out and showed her impressive critical thinking skills.
  • Character Exaggeration: Bellatrix is much more obviously deranged and maniacal in the films, and probably even more sadistic. In the books, she's more serious and focused.
  • Chewing the Scenery: In the films due to her Adaptation Personality Change making her much more of a Psychopathic Manchild. Helena Bonham Carter had fun with the role.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Not a typical example, but she and her husband Rodolphus both attended Hogwarts together before they were married.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Bellatrix Lestrange loves this.
  • Colour Coded Eyes: Her eyes are dark, as is her soul. She's the only Black to have dark eyes, the same colour as Voldemort's before his transformation.
  • Combat Sadomasochist:
    • Bellatrix, the Death Eater responsible for torturing Neville's parents, appears in person. She outright critiques Harry's grief-driven attempt at Cruciatus, noting that righteous anger isn't enough to make it work.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Her family vault at Gringotts contains, besides lots of valuable treasure, the skins of strange creatures, and a human skull wearing a crown.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Bellatrix defeats Fenrir Greyback and a group of Snatchers in seconds during Deathly Hallows, with Harry noting that they had absolutely no chance against her. Harry himself was on the receiving end two books earlier.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: When Albus Dumbledore himself turns his attention towards her, she's able to block his spells long enough to escape (temporarily). Given that Dumbledore is considered by many to be the most powerful wizard alive, the fact that she was able to defend against him at all is impressive indeed.
  • Dark Action Girl: Voldemort's best lieutenant.
  • Dark Mistress: She's the only living being Voldemort cares about and his feelings are confirmed to be romantic since he fathers her daughter.
  • Death by Irony: In Order of the Phoenix, Sirius taunts her in the middle of their duel which leads to his death. In Deathly Hallows, Bella herself would die whilst taunting Molly Weasely in the middle of their duel.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Instead of pretending to be brainwashed like most of the other Death Eaters, she admitted she was loyal to Voldemort and proudly went to Azkaban while boasting of her Undying Loyalty. However, as Snape points out in Half-Blood Prince, once Voldemort had returned, all Bellatrix had to offer him was tales of her experience in Azkaban. The ones who lied and walked free were able to offer Voldemort things that had tangible use for his plans to take over the Ministry, such as Lucius Malfoy's influence with Fudge or Snape's 13 years worth of information on Dumbledore.
  • The Dragon: To Voldemort after Lucius' fall from grace in Order of the Phoenix. The narration in Deathly Hallows describes her as Voldemort's "best lieutenant". Played with in an interesting way; Snape most definitely fit this trope after his mercy killing of Dumbledore, but given his status as a Double Agent Bellatrix fits this role as far as hierarchy of actual villains goes.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Bellatrix managed to stay active for some time after Voldemort's first downfall. During this time, she committed her most infamous crime: torturing Frank and Alice Longbottom to insanity.
  • Drama Queen: She's quite capricious, prone to mood swings, and has exaggerated emotions.
  • The Dreaded: Not to the extent of her boss but she's still considered one of the most dangerous Dark Witches alive for damn good reason. Most of the Death Eaters including several of her own relatives are afraid of her. Even Narcissa, who she seems close with, immediately backs down when Bellatrix grows dangerously erratic – even for her – in Malfoy Manor. Beyond her deranged and psychotic behaviour this reputation was earned by torturing Frank and Alice Longbottom into insanity, something that horrified the entire wizarding world and demonstrated just what Bellatrix is capable of.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Harry sees a memory of her trial for the Longbottoms' torture in the book version of Goblet of Fire, and she finally appears in-person in the next book. She and her husband are also given several indirect mentions throughout the same book by Sirius and Voldemort.
  • Easily Forgiven: Bellatrix makes the same mistakes as Lucius, yet Lucius is punished much more intensely, bearing the marks from his punishment months later whereas Bella is described as looking completely unscathed except for battle. There's no evidence of her being punished physically in the books. Even after all of her mess ups, Voldemort still reacts with rage (and possibly even some sense of grief) when she's killed by Molly Weasley.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has dark hair and pale skin and is mentally ill.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Done to present each character in a way suitable to his or her personality, Bellatrix's first appearance in Goblet of Fire shows her sitting on the chair binding her as if it were a throne and proudly proclaim her unwavering loyalty to Voldemort.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Sure she disowned one of her sisters for marrying a muggleborn but she refuses to rat out Narcissa to Voldemort for going behind his back to ask Snape for help because she doesn't want to betray her. She also lets Narcissa curse her and doesn't even retaliate showing that there's some trace of human bond in her unrelated to her unhealthy feelings for the Dark Lord.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Despite being loyal to him, she acknowledges that Voldemort can make mistakes and be deceived (though she seems conflicted by the very idea). She's quite adamant that Snape is untrustworthy, despite Voldemort trusting him and the many valid explanations he gives her (all of which he assures her that he's given to Voldemort as well).
    • As stated in Even Evil Has Loved Ones, she was didn't rat out her sister Narcissa when she went to Snape for help behind Voldemort's back.
    • Despite boasting that she never denounced her loyalty to Voldemort, Sirius tells the trio in book 4 that Bellatrix and her allies initially were able to avoid Azkaban the way Lucius did. To be fair, she used her initial freedom to try to find him and help return him to power.
    • When Voldemort demanded one of the Death Eaters to lend him their wand, Bellatrix was just as hesitant to hand it over as the others.
    • If nothing else, she acknowledges Voldemort's Bad Boss tendencies. She refused to summon him when she thought that Harry had potentially stolen Voldemort's Horcrux from her vault, fearing that Voldemort would torture them or worse. She also immediately ran away from him when they discovered that Harry really did steal the Horcrux about a month later, due to him targeting allies and enemies alike.
  • Evil Aunt: To Tonks. Not only are they on the opposite side of the Wizarding War, Bellatrix ends up murdering her own niece during the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Well, for a relative definition of "good." She cannot understand why Narcissa would be hesitant for Draco to accept the task of killing Dumbledore. Bellatrix even says that if she had sons, she'd be proud to give them up in the service of the Dark Lord. Though Narcissa shares her sister's loyalty to the cause at the time, she values her son's well-being more than that and is aware the psychological damage of plotting murder would be too much for him to bear.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Ginny Weasley. Both share some personality traits like a fiery temper, being defensive, recklessness, loyalty, obsessiveness, and passion. Ginny marries the main hero whereas Bellatrix is hopelessly in love with the main villain.
    • And to Sirius Black, as well. She's the psychotic, muggle-hating counterpart to Sirius Black, a good man and White Sheep who was falsely accused of betraying the Potters. In addition to this both are equally talented, equally devoted to their cause and equally intense. They were both strong, attractive, important people in their respective causes who went to prison and came out the other end scarred and a bit loopy.
  • Evil Mentor: She trained Draco in the art of Occlumency. Given that he was possibly able to block Snape's attempts at Legilimency, her teachings must've been pretty effective. It's also likely that she taught him how to effectively cast the Unforgivable Curses and other dark spells.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: She mentions to Harry that the Cruciatus Curse needs a genuine desire to cause pain and suffering to work, not just righteous anger.
  • Fantastic Racism: She's one of the truest believers in Voldemort's pure-blood ideology and hates Muggle-born wizards, actively seeking to kill any of her family members connected with Muggle-borns like Ted Tonks. She also seems to despise magical creatures; she's enraged when Dobby – a house-elf – attacks her and is disgusted at werewolf Fenrir Greyback's presence, going out of her way to force him to his knees before her in Malfoy Manor when he slights her. She goes even further than the typical level of Death Eater bigotry by openly despising half-blood wizards as she calls Harry a "filthy half-blood" in the Department of Mysteries and flies into a rage when Harry points out that Voldemort is a half-blood too. (While half-bloods are typically treated as inferior to pure-bloods and erased from pure-blood family trees along with their "blood traitor" parent, other pure-blood supremacists haven't really been shown possessing nearly the same amount of scorn toward half-bloods as Bellatrix did).
  • Fatal Flaw: Her arrogance. Bella loves to not only inflict excruciating pain on others but taunt their loved ones about it. This leads to her own demise when she decides that taunting an enraged Mrs. Weasley about the death of her son Fred after nearly killing her daughter Ginny is a good idea. Spoiler alert: it isn’t.
  • Final Boss: She's the final opponent fought in the video game adaptations of Half-Blood Prince. She's also part of the Wolfpack Boss fought at the end of Deathly Hallows - Part 1 alongside the Malfoys.
  • Flanderization: In the books, she only took a faux-childish façade once (in Order of Phoenix) in order to mock Harry, dropped it instantly once he used Cruciatus Curse on her and never took it again. In the movies, however, her entire personality and demeanour seem to be built around it. Even after the aforementioned scene with Harry casting Cruciatus Curse, she continues to act extremely childish and goofy (for example, when Death Eaters are setting Hagrid's hut on fire in Half-Blood Prince, she spends that scene literally hopping in place and waving her arms like a clown). As a result, she's definitely less threatening in the movies than she is in books.
  • Forced to Watch: She plans to torture Ginny Weasley with the Cruciatus Curse right in front of Ron and Harry during the Ministry Of Magic fight. Luckily, she is stopped in time.
  • Foil: To Molly Weasley, according to Rowling. Their battle in Deathly Hallows was supposed to illustrate the differences between the two women: Bellatrix puts her ideas before the people in her life, whereas caring for and loving others is what's most important to Molly – and what drives her to kill Bellatrix. Narcissa could also be seen as her foil; they share the same cause, but Narcissa's devotion to her husband and son and desire to protect them above all else are what keep her from going as far as her sister does. It's even lampshaded in some scenes where Narcissa's reluctant to let Draco take on certain tasks and Bellatrix can't understand why.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • The Fundamentalist: She's staunchly loyal to Voldemort and holds an unwavering belief in his racist worldview, hating all Muggle-borns, half-bloods, and "blood traitors" with passion. Even reminding her that her master is a half-blood himself does not shake her faith in the slightest.
  • Gang of Bullies: Was part of one with her husband, Severus Snape, Evan Rosier, Wilkes, Avery and Mulciber while they were at Hogwarts which only grew in range when they graduated.
  • General Failure: Though she's one of Voldemort's most dangerous lieutenants and a Hero Killer she spectacularly screws up the plan to steal the prophecy from the Department of Mysteries when her initial opposition was six teenagers - something Snape hangs a lampshade over during their argument in Half-Blood Prince.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Even by Death Eater standards, it really doesn't take much to set her off.
  • Hero Killer: If her extremely dangerous and sadistic nature, as The Dragon to Voldemort, wasn't bad enough, she kills Sirius, Dobby, and Tonks.
    • She also was one of the Death Eaters to permanently incapacitate Neville's parents, cursed Tonks badly enough that she needed to spend time at St. Mungo's, defeated and injured badass auror Kingsley Shacklebolt relatively quickly and brutally, and remains one of the only characters who was able to deflect Dumbledore's spell. Harry also did not stand much of a chance when he attempted to duel her.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Even Fenrir Greyback, a savage werewolf and one of the most feared men in the wizarding world, is afraid of her. After she attacks his group of Snatchers and magically forces him to his knees, he falls into line and visibly seems scared to approach her again.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's ferocious and filled with passion.
  • Humiliation Conga: After the disastrous Battle of the Department of Mysteries Order of the Phoenix. She doesn't get this nearly as bad as Lucius Malfoy but she nonetheless falls out of favour as The Dragon. She has the fact that she was bested by six teenagers rubbed in her face, is openly mocked at one point by Voldemort in front of the other Death Eaters, and her failure to prevent Harry, Ron and Hermione escaping from Malfoy Manor after she summons the Dark Lord leads to her being confined to Malfoy Manor.
  • Hypocrite: She hates half-bloods but her own lover and father of her child is one.
  • Informed Ability: We are told that she's accomplished in Occlumency, and it's implied that she is skilled in Legilimency too. Despite this she's never shown using either, other than her tutoring Draco in the art offscreen.
  • In-Series Nickname: She's called "Bella" by Voldemort and her sister. Even Lucius calls her this at least once.
  • Insufferable Genius: She is brilliant and never hesitates to taunt those lesser than her, such as Harry in Order of the Phoenix.
  • Jerkass: She loves not only killing and torturing, but afterwards also taunting others about the deaths of their loved ones. Also, like all the other members of the House of Black, she prioritizes blood-supremacy over things like familial love and the lives of other people who are non-magical.
  • Kick the Dog: She taunts Neville with what she did to his parents when she meets him in the Department of Mysteries.
    Bellatrix: "Longbottom"? Why, I have had the pleasure of meeting your parents, boy!
  • Kinslaying Is a Special Kind of Evil: She killed Sirius and Tonks, her own cousin and niece.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Bellatrix is quite willing to take on any member of the Order of the Phoenix (and win), but when Albus Dumbledore directs his attention to her she deflects his spells and flees without even bothering to try and fight back.
  • Lack of Empathy: Obviously, considering how quickly and easily she murders and tortures anyone she feels like, including members of her family, but it's shown in a more subtle way in the second chapter of the sixth book, where Bellatrix genuinely cannot understand why her sister is terrified instead of "honoured" that Voldemort chose her son Draco to be sent on a suicide mission that he will almost assuredly be killed on.
  • Lady of War: She's sadistic and revels in war, but she sits on chained chairs as if they are thrones.
  • Large Ham: Only in the film versions. Helena Bonham Carter devours the scenery during all of her scenes. It's delicious.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Bellatrix is the dark-haired female warrior who has a child with a man who's not her husband; Narcissa is the blonde family-oriented woman who loves her traditional family above all.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: How her death is portrayed in the film.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Her love for Voldemort is passionate but incredibly unhealthy and twisted, and eventually consumes her with insanity.
  • Lust Object: It's vaguely implied she's this for Voldemort, considering the two had a daughter.
  • Mad Love: Bellatrix is madly obsessed with Voldemort and will do anything for him.
  • Madonna-Whore Complex: The whore to Molly's madonna. Rowling said she wanted to pit two feminine energies against each other, one being Molly's maternal love for her daughter and the other being Bellatrix's sexual and obsessive love for Voldemort.
  • Meaningful Echo: In Half Blood Prince, Bellatrix tells Snape that Voldemort has entrusted her with something he considers most precious, which later turns out to be his Cup horcrux.
  • Meaningful Name: Bellatrix is the feminine form of "warrior" in Latin. It's also the name of a star in the Orion constellation.
  • Monster and the Maiden: She has this dynamic with Voldemort and they both work together for pureblood supremacy.
  • Mood-Swinger: Her emotions are very and intense and nuanced.
  • Morality Pet: Apparently her younger sister Narcissa, who's the only person she seems to care about, at least in a non-creepy way. Bellatrix being who she is, however, and given how she treats relatives who stray from the family tradition, this "caring" likely lasts only as long as Narcissa is loyal to the Dark Lord. Still, she did accompany Narcissa to ask Snape for help behind Voldemort's back (though grudgingly).
  • Motor Mouth: She talks a lot.
  • The Napoleon: In the films, where she's played by 5'2" Helena Bonham Carter. Averted in the books, where she's described as being visibly taller than a teenaged Harry (see Statuesque Stunner).
  • Never My Fault: She pins all of the blame for the failed battle in the Department of Mysteries on Lucius even though it was her trigger-happiness that derailed the initial plan. She also has a habit of brushing off her failures by emphasizing her unwavering loyalty to Voldemort.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: In Deathly Hallows, her terrified reaction when she sees Godric Gryffindor's sword helps Harry to realize that one of the Horcruxes is located in her vault in Gringotts, resulting not only in that particular Horcrux's destruction but also to the last unknown Horcrux being located and destroyed and Voldemort being finally defeated.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: The mean one of her sisters, being an unrepentant sadist and pure-blood supremacist.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Rowling modelled Bellatrix on the famous Eva Braun:
    • Bellatrix Lestrange's love and devotion to Voldemort is based on Eva Braun who was married to Adolf Hitler.
    • Bellatrix was 25 years younger than Voldemort and Eva was 23 years younger than Hitler.
    • Bellatrix's maiden name was Black which is the name of a colour in Bellatrix's native language and Braun means brown in Eva's native language, which is also a colour.
    • Bellatrix had two sisters, Narcissa was in favour of Voldemort's cause and was in his inner circle while Andromeda was opposed to it and stayed out of politics. Eva also had two sisters, Ilse and Gretl Braun. Ilse was not involved in politics while Gretl was in Hitler's inner social circle.
    • Eva met Hitler when she was 17 and Bellatrix joined Voldemort after leaving Hogwarts when she was either 18 or 19, depending on whether she was born after or before September the 1st.
    • In the end, they both died unnaturally for the men they loved at a rather young age, Eva at 33 and Bellatrix at 46.
  • Not Brainwashed: Despite her boastings, Sirius drops a line in book 4 that she and the Lestrange brothers did initially deceive their way out of Azkaban following Voldemort's original downfall. They were all arrested shortly afterwards after torturing the Longbottoms where she openly expresses her loyalty towards her fallen master.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Shows nothing but utter contempt for Ted Tonks and his family, even though they are in-laws, caring more about blood-status than character or anything else. This also extends to every other White Sheep or Muggle-born in the House of Black, including Sirius, her own sister, and her niece and nephew-in-law, as, according to her own words in the first chapter of the final book:
    Bellatrix: She is no niece of ours, my Lord. We — Narcissa and I — have never set eyes on our sister since she married the Mudblood. This brat has nothing to do with either of us, nor any beast she marries.
  • Oh, Crap!: During her final battle against an angry Mrs. Weasley. At first, Bellatrix doesn't take her seriously until Mrs. Weasley proves herself to be quite powerful – too powerful. Her manic battle lust rockets off as Mrs. Weasley pressures her with powerful attacks until one particular spell freezes Bellatrix and a second shatters her. The last expression on her face is one of shock and terror.
  • Opponent Instruction: After she kills Sirius, Harry in his fury attempts to use the Cruciatus Curse on her but fails. Bellatrix tells him that righteous anger isn't strong enough to fuel an Unforgivable Curse; he needs a sadistic urge to make his target suffer. Later, Harry successfully uses the Cruciatus Curse on Amycus Carrow for trying to curse McGonagall and comments, "I see what Bellatrix meant. You need to really mean it."
  • Pet the Dog: She lets her younger sister curse her and does not retaliate despite being more powerful than her.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: One of her biggest character traits (shared with all other Death Eaters and members of the House of Black) is her extreme prejudice towards Muggle-Borns and half-bloods. She will never miss an opportunity to mock someone for having heritage she considers impure, she barely considers the Muggles human, and God help you if you're a "blood-traitor" in her eyes.
  • Psychic Block Defense: We're told that she's quite skilled at Occlumency, being the one who taught Draco the art. We never see her using this ability, nor do we learn how she'd hold up against a skilled Legilimens (see Informed Ability).
  • Psycho Knife Nut: The mentally unstable Bellatrix shows a lot of skill with a knife, which she uses to torture and threaten Hermione with and later kill Dobby.
  • Psycho Supporter: She's Voldemort's most devoted follower. It's furthered by the fact that while Bellatrix fell in love with Voldemort, it's more to do with the fact that he's the closest representation of wizard supremacy and sadism in Bellatrix's perspective rather than any romantic affection.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: She occasionally puts on this attitude as a way of taunting the heroes in the books, though she's normally more regal. The movies play up this aspect much more, making her essentially a magical Harley Quinn in attitude.
  • The Queenpin: She's one of the only two known female Death Eaters and according to Rowling, the Death Eater par excellence. She's shown to be one of Voldemort's two most trusted followers, the other being Snape, who's actually Dumbledore's mole.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The fanatical, hot-tempered red oni to Snape's and Lucius's measured and calculating blue.
  • Revenge by Proxy: In Order of the Phoenix, she threatens to torture Ginny and Neville so Harry gives her the prophecy.
  • Sadist: She enjoys inflicting pain upon the enemies of her cause. It's part of what makes her so good at using the Cruciatus Curse: she explains to Harry that the spell draws from the pure desire to inflict pain upon others; righteous, justified anger like Harry's grief over Sirius won't work.
  • Sanity Slippage: Fourteen years in Azkaban left a few psychological scars (presumably on top of her family history of mental illness), though she remains mostly functional. Regardless, she likely wasn't much more sane before.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Her devotion to pureblood supremacy led to the falling out between her and Andromeda after the latter married a Muggle-Born. She also has this with Narcissa; while Bellatrix is obsessed with Voldemort and the Death Eater philosophy, Narcissa fears Voldemort and would willingly betray him to protect her family.
  • Slasher Smile: She sports this several times in the movies, most notably when she's duelling Ginny Weasley.
  • Smug Snake: She's disdainful towards not only her enemies but also many of her fellow Death Eaters, including Snape and her brother-in-law Lucius.
  • The Sociopath: A sadistic and remorseless torturer who's willing to kill her own family members if they are on the wrong side of the war without hesitation. She's incredibly unstable and violent and even taunts her victims as well as their loved ones, taking pride in her cruelty. The only connections she has are either undermined by how flimsy they are (as in killing people who go against Voldemort) or further prove how sociopathic she is (her "love" of Voldemort). She's even worse in the films.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the book versions, she can be calm and in control if no less maniacal. It has a very narrow time span, however.
  • Spoiled Brat: She and her sisters are heavily implied to be spoiled by their parents.
  • Statuesque Stunner: A throwaway line in Book 7 describes her as taller than a 17-year-old Harry, who's probably just about as tall as the average 17-year-old male. Averted in the films, as she's played by a 5'2" Helena Bonham-Carter.
  • Telepathy: While never outright stated, but since she taught Draco how to use Occlumency, it's likely that she used Legilimency on him for practice (as Snape did when teaching Harry). We never see her using this skill, and she seems to prefer getting information via good old-fashioned torture.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: She kills Dobby this way, although Bellatrix was aiming for Harry.
  • Thicker Than Water: Inverted. Bellatrix feels that it's her duty to kill the members of her family who are on the wrong side in the war, beginning with her cousin Sirius Black. During the Battle of the Seven Potters in the seventh book, she targets her niece Tonks and later kills her during the Final Battle.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Not only did her attempt to kill Ginny draw the wrath of Mama Bear Molly Weasley, Bellatrix dared to taunt Molly during their duel by mentioning the death of Molly’s son Fred earlier. No points for guessing what happened to Bellatrix next.
  • Torture Technician: She was sent into Azkaban for torturing Neville Longbottom's parents into insanity to find out Voldemort's whereabouts, and is noted by Dumbledore to enjoy "playing with her food". In fact, the Cruciatus Curse seems to be her signature M.O., though she isn't afraid to use more mundane methods of torture, as shown in Deathly Hallows, where she carves "Mudblood" into Hermione's flesh with a knife.
  • Tragic Dream: She wants her cause to succeed and for Voldemort to win, but he's destined to be killed by Harry.
  • Troll:
    • "What will happen to your children when I've killed you? When Mummy's gone the same way as Freddie?" This taunt does ''not'' end well for her.
    • "He lives here? Here? In this Muggle dunghill? We must be the first of our kind ever to set foot-"
    • "You dirty little monkey!"
  • Undying Loyalty: She was one of the few Death Eaters who tried to look for Voldemort after he disappeared, and she proudly went to Azkaban for him, convinced that he will free her.
  • Unholy Matrimony: She's married to fellow Death Eater Rodolphus Lestrange. While she doesn't love him and is willing to cheat on him with Voldemort, she married him due to their shared pure-blood supremacy views and their mutual devotion towards Lord Voldemort.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • In the Department of Mysteries, Voldemort grabs her and disapparates, revealing himself to the Ministry and practically inviting the Ministry to work against him, risking attack and capture even, and he takes the time to break the statue trapping her while the Ministry workers come even though he could have escaped right before they did, leaving her behind and saving himself. He would have lost nothing because he could have freed her easily soon and he didn't need her for anything as she wasn't known to be assigned anything till the other captured Death Eaters were freed. He even loses the opportunity to have Dumbledore captured, which hurts his chances of winning the war.
    • In Deathly Hallows, her terrified reaction when she sees Gryffindor's sword helps Harry to realize that one of the Horcruxes is located in her vault in Gringotts, resulting not only in that particular Horcrux's destruction but also to the last unknown Horcrux being located and destroyed and Voldemort being finally defeated.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Implied; her book appearance mentions that her face is hollowed, gaunt, and skull-like.
  • Villainous Valour: When Bellatrix is sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban, she goes proudly and without any fear. (She expects Voldemort to free her eventually, but spending even a day there is a horrifying experience.) She's also fully willing to engage almost anyone in a duel head-on.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She's very defensive of Voldemort and tries to curse Harry when he reminds her of Voldemort's half-blood status.
  • Whip of Dominance: In the first part of the Deathly Hallows finale, she has her wand extend a whip from its tip and uses it to punish Scabior and his Snatchers. For bonus points, Bellatrix is Dressed Like a Dominatrix with her tight black leather dress. Notably in the books, she simply punished them via a stunning spell, making it clear this adaptation gave her a whip just for the dominatrix/sadism aesthetic of a magic whip.
  • Wicked Witch: One of the most evil witches in the story (her only competition is Umbridge) and the most traditional example of this archetype with a few twists, such as her ragged appearance being the result of spending over a decade in prison.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She'll do this gleefully, as shown when she takes utter delight in the idea of torturing 14-year-old Ginny in the Ministry skirmish. She also fantasizes about mentally breaking Neville through torture as she did his parents. In the films, she personally volunteers to kill Harry. It goes as far as her saying that if she had children, she would gladly give their lives in service to Voldemort.
  • Yandere: She's completely obsessed with Voldemort.

    Lucius Malfoy
Portrayed by: Jason Isaacs
Voiced by: Alejandro Vargas Lugo (Latin American Spanish, Chamber of Secrets and Goblet of Fire), Octavio Rojas (Latin American Spanish, Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows), Hélio Ribeiro (Brazilian Portuguese)
Appears in: Chamber of Secrets | Goblet of Fire | Order of the Phoenix | Deathly Hallows

"Busy time at the Ministry, Arthur, all those extra raids? I do hope they're paying you overtime. Though judging by the state of this, I'd say not. What's the use in being a disgrace to the name of wizard if they don't even pay you well for it?"

Draco's rich, well-connected daddy. Despite being Obviously Evil, Lucius is a Villain with Good Publicity for the majority of the series. Though a Death Eater, he's not particularly loyal and will not hesitate to turn his back on Voldemort to save his own skin. Or that of his son.

  • Adaptational Badass: While he never is shown duelling in the books, in the films he confidently deflects Harry's spells and fights pretty fiercely against Sirius Black and Harry.
  • Adaptational Hairstyle Change: It was frequently mentioned that he and Draco looked quite similar to each other, implying that Lucius had his hair short. The films, however, had his hair long. He was going to have it short, but Jason Isaacs suggested otherwise, reasoning a proud wizard like Lucius would not want to look mundane.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: A fairly mild example considering that he was already a highly unpleasant person in the books, but the earlier films portray Draco as being scared by his father's very presence, and the later movies add small touches that distance Lucius from the rest of his family. Meanwhile, it's later made clear in the books that while Lucius has certain standards he expects his son to meet, he genuinely loves Draco and Narcissa and is even willing to forsake earning favour with Voldemort to ensure his family's safety.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In Deathly Hallows, he's reduced to begging Voldemort for the chance to find his son. Voldemort doesn't pay him any mind.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The Malfoys have a massive amount of wealth. That, along with Fantastic Racism, explains their pride and smugness.
  • Badass Decay: In-universe. His status among the Death Eaters plummets after what they regard, with some justice, his Epic Fail, his defeat at the hands of a gang of barely-trained school students, and moreover total failure of the mission and compromise of Voldemort's return to power.
  • Beard of Sorrow: In the films, he's depicted as possessing very ragged beard stubble as a result of his year-long stay in Azkaban and his Humiliation Conga following the disastrous events in the Department of Mysteries.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The Evil version and the Jerkass version. He's sophisticated, wealthy, lives in a wealthy manor, and he has a lot of political pull with his high-ranking job at the Ministry of Magic and his elite social status as a so-called pureblood wizard. He's also not only a horribly unpleasant snob who looks down the length of his pointed nose at Muggles, Muggle-borns and "blood traitors", but he's also an inwardly-unrepentant original-recipe Death Eater who willingly served Voldemort's first reign of terror and is (initially) willing to rejoin him following his return, to say nothing of the danger he indirectly put Ginny and many Muggle-born students in before Voldemort's return, in Chamber of Secrets.
  • Big Man on Campus: As a wealthy Slytherin prefect, it's heavily implied that Lucius was this during his school days.
  • Bling of War: In the films from Order of the Phoenix onward, Lucius is often seen wearing an ornate breastplate alongside his wizard's robes. His wand also counts with a snake-headed handle made from silver and with emeralds for eyes.
  • Break the Haughty: He's introduced as a smoother, more competent version of his son and someone with real menace in the second book. In the course of that book, he gets outfoxed by a 12-year-old wizard and his own House Elf. A few years later, he's leading a squad of dangerous Death Eaters tasked with recovering a precious MacGuffin, loses to a gang of barely-trained school students, then gets caught and sent to Azkaban, where Voldemort lets him stew for a year. When he's out, he's regarded as a has-been with zero respect, with his house unceremoniously hijacked as Voldemort's Supervillain Lair.
  • Butt-Monkey: He becomes this for Voldemort after his failure with Tom Riddle's diary, and the destruction of the prophecy. He has his home taken over and unceremoniously turned into the Death Eater's main hideout, has his wand taken by Voldemort, who mocks him by saying he "has no use for one", and overall drops from the Dark Lord's implied second-in-command to somebody barely treated better than Peter Pettigrew.
  • Classy Cane: In the film version. It holds his wand and even acts like somewhat of a second wand itself.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: When they were both at Hogwarts, Lucius and Severus Snape had this, with Lucius being the cool kid.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments, even when threatening Harry.
  • Dirty Coward: Lucius talks tough, but he proves to be this. He easily gets bested by Arthur Weasley of all people when the two get into a physical altercation, as well as proving to be a sniveling worm who abandons his master at the first opportunity.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the films, Lucius was about to hit Harry Potter with Avada Kedavra for tricking him into freeing Dobby, before being stopped by him. Given that this was right on Hogwarts campus with many theoretical witnesses, it's a complete mystery how he thought he would ever get away with it without getting a one-way trip to Azkaban.
  • The Dragon: At first, due to being the highest-ranking Death Eater at large in the early books; after his failure and arrest in Order of the Phoenix, he gets replaced by Snape and Bellatrix for the remainder of the series. In his notes for The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Dumbledore admitted that it was his long-term wish to dislodge Malfoy from his position as Voldemort's favourite Death Eater. Malfoy’s foolishness and Harry Potter do the job for Dumbledore.
  • Education Papa: Shows some shades of this trope in The Chamber of Secrets, when he laments that Draco is getting lower grades than Hermione Granger, a Muggle-Born student, and generally expected Draco to perform better. Given his pure-blood pride and the fact that he was a prefect and one of the best students, he clearly set a high bar for his son.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The one redeeming trait of the Malfoys is that even though they all agree with the Death Eaters' philosophy – and two of them are Death Eaters – they are a close family who genuinely love each other.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: In the films, he's depicted as possessing very ragged eye bags as a result of his year-long stay in Azkaban and his Humiliation Conga following the disastrous events in the Department of Mysteries.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: His abandonment of Voldemort after the First Wizarding War combined with his numerous screw-ups during the series cause him to lose his status as The Dragon to Voldemort. By Deathly Hallows he's little more than a servant to the point where Voldemort takes Lucius's wand for his own use, claiming he sees "no reason" for Lucius to have a wand anymore. After Harry, Ron, and Hermione escape from Malfoy Manor, Voldemort outright confines him to the manor.
  • Fantastic Racism: Like all the other Malfoys, he has a narrow-minded view of the people he dislikes, not just muggleborns, but also to the Weasleys as well.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Lucius is capable of acting polite and reasonable, hence his Villain with Good Publicity status. In his first appearance in the Chamber of Secrets, he scolds Draco, telling him to "play nicely" as Draco is being rude to Harry and Ginny, making him seem like he disapproves of Draco's behaviour, he then goes on to be even more horrid than his son to the group of 12-year-olds. He also comes off as rather sincere while offering to let Harry and his friends go in exchange for the prophecy. Beneath it, however, he's a smug, racist jerkass and (for a time) loyal Death Eater.
  • Fiction 500: Lucius is implied to be one of the richest men in wizarding Britain.
  • Final Boss: He's part of the Wolfpack Boss fought at the end of video game adaptations of Deathly Hallows - Part 1, alongside his wife, son, and sister-in-law.
  • For the Evulz: It's implied (and later confirmed) that he was one of the Death Eaters committing hate crimes against Muggles at the Quidditch World Cup, just for fun.
  • General Failure: Voldemort's second-in-command has an abysmal record of success, thrice failing a perfectly good set-up. It's also somewhat deconstructed, as after his second major failed operation, Voldemort and all the other Death Eaters get sick of his screw-ups and he's swiftly demoted all the way down to the bottom ranks.
  • Get into Jail Free: Invoked by Dumbledore about Lucius's circumstances in The Half-Blood Prince: given Voldemort's fury with him for inadvertently getting Tom Riddle's diary destroyed, spectacularly failing to get hold of the prophecy, which in turn announced Voldemort's return to the Wizarding World at large, and got several prominent Death Eaters captured in the process, Dumbledore speculates Lucius might be glad to be in Azkaban, as it keeps him out of reach of Voldemort's wrath for the time being.
  • Got Volunteered: In Book 7, when Voldemort asks for volunteers to lend their wand and nobody seems eager to accept, Lucius gets handpicked for the task. Aside from the fact that losing one's wand is very humiliating for any wizard, he's just getting his failures rubbed in even more.
  • Harmful to Minors: It's implied that he was Severus Snape's main groomer (Squick if you imagine how he and Snape were young at that time). Even with the meta aside, he did teach his son Draco pretty nasty morals, and, more importantly, exposed him to the Death Eater thing.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Nominally. After his wife betrayed Voldemort to protect Draco, the Malfoys stop fighting for him altogether. After his defeat, Lucius and his family were pardoned after helping arrest his fellow Death Eaters. However, as Pottermore reveals, he never lets go of his prejudice against Muggleborns.
  • Humiliation Conga: He gets hit hard by this after Order of the Phoenix. During the First Wizarding War, he was The Dragon to Voldemort. Lucius's failure at the Department of Mysteries combined with accidentally destroying a part of Voldemort's soul with the diary of Tom Riddle on top of Lucius abandoning Voldemort at the conclusion of the first war results in the loss of all standing he once had among the Death Eaters. His Villain with Good Publicity image is also shattered, exposing him as a faithful Death Eater to the wizarding world. Voldemort lets him rot in prison for a year, unceremoniously converts his home into a Death Eater base of operations, openly mocks and belittles the Malfoy family in front of other Death Eaters, effectively confiscates his wand for his own use, and sends Draco on a suicide mission as a form of psychological torture to Lucius and Narcissa. His final attempt to regain Voldemort's favour backfires horribly when Harry, Ron, and Hermione manage to escape Malfoy Manor after Voldemort is summoned, causing both the Malfoys and Bellatrix to be severely punished and confined to the manor.
  • I Have Your Wife: In the fifth film, he manages to get Harry to surrender the prophecy by having the remaining Death Eaters hold Harry's friends at wandpoint.
  • Informed Ability: Readers are informed that during the First Wizarding War, he was one of Voldemort's most dangerous and skillful lieutenants. One could understandably be skeptical of this given his awful track record in the series proper. He's outwitted by a twelve-year-old Harry and spectacularly screws up the Hall of Prophecy mission when his initial opposition is six teenagers. Most tellingly he serves as a Spanner in the Works by essentially paving the way for Dumbledore to discover Voldemort's secret of immortality – all over a petty vendetta against Arthur Weasley.note  Perhaps Malfoy was competent enough in the First Wizarding War but suffered Badass Decay by the time the Second Wizarding War began.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He becomes progressively more and more disheveled and unhealthy-looking as the series goes on.
  • Jerkass: From his introduction, he was haughty and prejudiced.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Obviously his attempt to remove Dumbledore from Hogwarts in HP2 on account of the basilisk attacks is in bad faith as he himself is the real culprit, having slipped Ginny Tom Riddle's diary, but he's right that Dumbledore has failed to protect his students. Children have been petrified under Dumbledore's care, it's only reasonable to question his abilities as headmaster.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In Pottermore, it's revealed that he hasn't quite let go of the mindset and beliefs that made him such a loyal servant of the Dark Lord. Draco withholds him and Narcissa interacting with their grandson as much as possible as a result.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite everything he's done throughout the series, he never gets what he deserves. This is primarily due to his wife's actions. Probable subversion, however, as Jason Isaacs believes he will be estranged from society and his family, never completely forgiven for what he put them through. The Pottermore entry on Draco Malfoy's post-Hogwarts life confirms that while Draco did love his father, family gatherings were tense because Draco's wife Astoria refused to tolerate the elder Malfoys indoctrinating Scorpius with their pureblood anti-Muggle nonsense. In addition, his actions as a Death Eater coming to light destroyed his, and by extension, the Malfoy family's, reputation as a respectable part of wizarding society, which is what he prized above all else.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: As soon as he realizes that the winds of fortune are blowing against Voldemort, he takes his family and buggers off.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Dumbledore speculates that Lucius had no idea that Riddle's diary contained Voldemort's soul – only that it would reopen the Chamber of Secrets. Had he known what it really was, he'd have never pawned it off to Ginny Weasley.
  • Love Redeems: Let's face it, the only thing that prevents him from being a complete villain is the fact that his love for his family hugely outweighs his loyalty to Voldemort.
  • The Man Behind the Man: For Chamber of Secrets, since he planted Tom Riddle's diary among Ginny's books, fully intending for the basilisk to get loose and to spite Arthur Weasley.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: It's hard to find an aspect of his appearance that does not simply scream "Wealthy Douchebag".
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He doesn't perform a full-on Heel–Face Turn, but this happens after his fall from Voldemort's good graces. Over several books, his home is unceremoniously converted into Voldemort's headquarters, and Voldemort takes every opportunity he can to belittle and humiliate the Malfoys. What finally pushed Lucius and Narcissa too far was Voldemort sending Draco on a suicide mission to kill Dumbledore solely to punish them.
  • Money Is Not Power: In the "old" wizarding world he claimed to so despise, Lucius had it made: for those situations where other wizards weren't awed by his noble lineage (e.g., Minister of Magic Fudge), there was never a problem he couldn't buy his way out of. Then he put himself and his family in thrall to a sociopathic tyrant, whose new world would be based solely on power – specifically, Voldemort having all and making sure nobody else had any.
  • Morality Pet: For his son. He and his wife are one of the few people Draco truly cares for.
  • Moral Guardians: The Tales of Beedle the Bard has Dumbledore recount how Lucius attempted to have a story that ends in a muggle/witch marriage banned from the Hogwarts library. Dumbledore managed to defend the book's continued presence and from there Lucius began his campaign to have Dumbledore fired. Lucius is only temporarily successful and ultimately his own folly and Harry Potter causes him to stop being Voldemort’s favorite lieutenant.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Combines a bit of Louis Cypher in his first name, with a last name meaning approximately "bad faith".
  • Near-Villain Victory: Late in Book 5, he and his party of Death Eaters managed to incapacitate everyone who accompanied Harry to the Department of Mysteries and Harry is forced to hand over the prophecy to save them. Then the Order of the Phoenix shows up. The film takes it further by having Lucius holding the prophecy in his hand.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Thanks to Malfoy hijacking Voldemort's Horcrux (Riddle's diary), Dumbledore, who had probably suspected that Voldemort had used Horcruxes, not only had definite proof but could put two and two together that there were more, and since it was made in Riddle's schooldays, was able to get a rough time frame of when and where Voldemort made the rest. Furthermore, had he not done this, the Chamber of Secrets would have never been reopened, denying the heroes what would end up being their greatest weapon against the Horcruxes, namely the basilisk's venom.
  • Not Brainwashed: After Voldemort's first defeat, Lucius (like many others) claimed that he had been Imperiused into helping him. It prevented him from being formally punished, but according to Hagrid, a lot of people long suspected the truth.
  • Odd Friendship: With Severus Snape. Despite their different blood statuses, class, and level of social skills, the two actually seem to get along very well.
  • Only Sane by Comparison: He, despite his racism and sadism, is this, especially when working along with Bellatrix and the more Ax-Crazy Death Eaters. Not therefore more competent than them, however; and in some cases, the complete opposite.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Lucius is out for himself and his family and will take any chances that come his way, first to increase their power, and then to save their skins. He doesn't usually have a plan either – he'll let somebody else do the thinking and try to benefit from their work. In the backstory, he joins Lord Voldemort for the power involved, and also because its racist cause adhered with his prejudiced mindset. After Voldemort's power is shattered and the Dark Lord disappears, Lucius abandons his master and pretends his deeds were because of brainwashing, allowing him to escape justice. Perhaps the best example of Lucius's "planning capabilities" is how he orchestrated the opening of the Chamber of Secrets. He simply plopped Tom Riddle's diary into Ginny Weasley's lap, let Tom Riddle do all the work, and sat back, taking advantage of the chaos for his own ends. When Lord Voldemort returns to power in Goblet of Fire, Lucius goes back to Voldemort to avoid incurring the Dark Lord's wrath, and once again carries out Voldemort's will. Throughout the series, Lucius only has one consistent loyalty and that's to his family. Eventually, when Voldemort's cause endangers his son's life, Lucius defects from the Death Eaters for Draco's safety.
  • Original Position Fallacy: One of the earliest Death Eaters, he thought that joining Voldemort would allow him to finally put the screws to all the Muggles, Muggleborns, and non-purebloods who were poisoning his fantasy of a "pure" world dominated by wizards, of which purebloods like himself and his family would naturally be the rulers. After a few hard moments in his Humiliation Conga, he wakes up to the fact that his overlord is a murderous psychopath who doesn't sort the world between purebloods and other wizards, or even between wizards and Muggles, but only between "useful to me" and "not useful to me."
  • Papa Wolf: He deeply cares about his family and tends to prioritize them over his colleagues.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Surprisingly, he does have one moment – in his youth, he welcomed Snape as soon as the latter was sorted into Slytherin, even though Snape was working-class and a half-blood. Later in life, he continues to speak highly of Severus Snape, according to Dolores Umbridge.
    • He wanted Draco to attend Durmstrang, but Narcissa felt it was too far from home, so he agreed to let him attend Hogwarts for the sake of his wife.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Where do you think Draco learned his Fantastic Racism?
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Relatively speaking, Lucius doesn't let sadism or Fantastic Racism blind him to the necessity of getting something done when he has to.
    • Compared to some of his more Ax-Crazy fellow Death Eaters, the fifth film demonstrates that Lucius is seemingly the only one focused on the original goal of retrieving the prophecy while the other Death Eaters seem more intent to drop this in favour of killing Harry. Lucius actually seems sincere when he claims he will let Harry go in exchange for handing over the prophecy.note 
    • Supplementary material reveals that the Malfoy family, despite being pureblood supremacists, are not stupid or desperate enough to resort to Royal Inbreeding to preserve their bloodline. It works in their favour, as they're still rich, respected, and mentally sound by the 1990s. By that time, other wizarding families who married within their lineage to preserve blood purity, such as the Blacks and Gaunts, have lost their fortunes, gone extinct in the male line, gone medically insane, been wiped out, or some combination of those.
    • He seems to be alright with having half-bloods in the Death Eaters' ranks and is on good terms with Snape. Deathly Hallows reveals that he welcomed a young Snape to the Slytherin table after his sorting.
  • Proud Peacock: He's a prideful, conceited pureblood supremacist and keeps several white peacocks on his property as a status symbol.
  • Racist Grandpa: Pottermore claims that he enjoys this reputation among Draco's wife and child. Astoria Greengrass opposed the pureblood nonsense that Lucius, even after Voldemort nearly killed him and his family, refused to let go of. Family gatherings were tense, and Scorpius wasn't allowed to interact with him and Narcissa a great deal.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The slightly more reasoned and measured lieutenant (blue) in comparison to the hotheaded, belligerent, unbalanced Bellatrix (red).
  • Sadist: His face is described as "blushing" in pleasure at the thought of harming teenagers, some of them younger than his son, not to mention his constant abuse of Dobby and the fact that he rejoined the Death Eaters.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: He might have been one in his youth and he grew up to torment Arthur Weasley on his position.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He trades on this to get out of prison the first time. Subverted, years later, where, much to the reader's satisfaction, he's exposed as a servant of Voldemort and spends time in Azkaban for a year. He's more sober after that.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He uses his immense wealth to have the ear of Cornelius Fudge by making very large donations to organizations like St. Mungo's. On a more sinister level, this was likely also done to facilitate his Villain with Good Publicity image and ensure that the Death Eaters could push a pureblood agenda.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: In the final book and movie, with his family.
  • Shadow Archetype: Pottermore reveals that after the Second Wizarding War, Lucius provided evidence against fellow Death Eaters and helped to ensure the capture of many of Voldemort's followers who had fled into hiding. In other words, it's the same thing that Igor Karkaroff did after the First Wizarding War. However, while Karkaroff did it to save his own skin, Lucius did it to ensure his family's safety.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's always dressed in a snappy suit, fancy cloak, and ornate cane-wand to flaunt his wealth and social status. Following his return to the Death Eaters in Deathly Hallows after having been arrested in Year 5, he looks much shabbier and much more unkempt, symbolizing his fall from Voldemort's favor and his general status in the Wizarding World.
  • Smug Snake: Oh yes! If Snape's memories are any indication, he was even this in his youth.
  • Spanner in the Works: Much to Voldemort's fury, Lucius proves to be this. His hijacking of Voldemort's teenage diary (which he didn't know was a Horcrux) for his essentially petty vendetta against Arthur Weasley not only leads it to being destroyed but provides Dumbledore damning intelligence to track down all the rest of Voldemort's Horcruxes.
  • Sword Cane: His wand is concealed in his silver-topped cane, with the head of the cane a snake. The cane itself seems to function as something of a secondary wand.
  • Torture Technician: Although far more composed and saner than many of his fellow Death Eaters, Voldemort himself states Lucius often led the torturing of Muggles. Then there were his exploits during the Quidditch World Cup.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Despite being a follower of Lord Voldemort (and a Jerkass), he and his wife genuinely love each other.
  • Unusual Pets for Unusual People: The Malfoys keep a flock of peacocks (and albino peacocks at that) in the garden of Malfoy Manor, although it's not known if Lucius is the one who bought them or if it's a long-standing Malfoy tradition. Either way, it's likely meant to represent their egomania and elitism. Truth in Television, as many real-life noble families and stately homes kept peacocks and let them roam about their expansive grounds as a status symbol due to their greatly exotic appearance and association with grandeur.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Until Book 6, that is. Whilst Harry's POV establishes him in Book 2 as being a massive douchebag from the jump, it's implied that he had at least a somewhat decent reputation in the eyes of most of the public.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A subtle one, but it exists nonetheless in the movies. As the series goes on, watch Lucius closely, and you can see the stress that being a member of Voldemort's inner circle causes him: His clothing is no longer quite as immaculate, his hair isn't as neatly combed, his eyes grow red and puffy, and he acquires Perma-Stubble. By his final appearance at the Battle of Hogwarts – which he, his wife, and his son decline to join – he's no longer his confident, imperious self but a man who is worn out and just wants to keep his family safe.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: In Deathly Hallows Part II at least (in the books, he and his family simply awkwardly sit around in the Great Hall post-battle), he, Draco, and Narcissa decide to cut their losses and simply get the hell out of dodge during the final battle rather than stick around and deal with the aftermath.
  • Villainous Friendship: Appears to have this with Severus Snape. This friendship existed since their youth.
  • Villainous Valor: In the fifth film; despite losing the prophecy, he still thinks it's worth his while to stay and fight the Order, personally challenging Sirius to a duel.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Forget hurt. In the film adaptation of The Chamber of Secrets, he was about to blast Harry with Avada Kedavra practically right outside Dumbledore's office, but Dobby cut him off before he got more than the first word out.
    • In the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, he tells the other Death Eaters to kill Harry's companions if they have to.

    Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew 

    Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Junior
Portrayed by: David Tennant, Brendan Gleeson (Alastor Moody disguise)
Voiced by: José Gilberto Vilchis (Latin American Spanish), Alexandre Moreno (Brazilian Portuguese)
Appears in: Goblet of Fire

"I will be honoured beyond all other Death Eaters. I will be his dearest, closest supporter... closer than a son...."

The son of Barty Crouch Sr., a famous Ministry official who was a Knight Templar "hero" in the first war against Voldemort. Apparently as an act of youthful rebellion against his inattentive father, Barty Jr. joined the Death Eaters and came to see Voldemort as a Parental Substitute. He allegedly participated alongside the Lestranges in the attack on the Longbottoms and was subsequently sent to Azkaban by his father, where he reportedly was found dead from despair.

In The Film of the Book, he was portrayed simply as a Psycho Supporter with his Freudian Excuse eliminated. The film's version of Crouch, Jr. has a signature tongue flick, which was improvised by his actor.

  • The Ace: This guy is Snape's only real competition when it comes to the third-most-skilled wizard in the series, after Dumbledore and Voldemort. He's a Master Actor able to fool Dumbledore, a wizard powerful enough to confound an ancient artefact like the Goblet of Fire, very skilled in curses, knowledgeable about different branches of magic, and likely a strong Occlumens — and keep in mind that Dumbledore was always depicted as, at least, a little more skilled than Voldemort and fooling Voldemort is Snape's greatest achievement. Essentially, the only advantage Snape has over him is sanity, and this is all after more than a decade of different and horrible types of mental torture that Barty endured.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Downplayed. Unlike the book, where Barty begged his father for mercy, he mocks his father when Karkaroff reveals Jr.'s involvement in torturing the Longbottoms. Additionally, he actually is actively helping Voldemort when Frank Bryce walks in on the conversation.
    • In the books, Barty was freed from Azkaban by his parents. In the film, this is never mentioned and it appears that he escaped under his own power.
  • Adaptational Dye-Job: Blond in the book, dark-haired in the film.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The film version of him is a one-dimensional completely sadistic lunatic who relished his evil actions and showed no remorse whatsoever. In the book, while not necessarily any more humane, he's much more subtle and low-key, making his monstrosity less overt. In addition, the film also removes his Tragic Villain status and makes it so that he joined the Death Eaters For the Evulz instead of joining them due to seeking a father figure.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He pleaded with his father for mercy during his trial. Averted in the film, see Adaptational Badass.
  • Ambiguous Situation: When Crouch and the Lestranges were brought to trial, he was the only one not looking like a Death Eater loyal to the death, rather being terrified and pathetically pleading for his life on the claim of being innocent. The story, however, leaves some ambiguity about whether he was already a full-fledged Voldemort loyalist trying to secure his release, capitalizing on his skill as a Consummate Liar and Master Actor and possibly already planning to search for his master, or he was telling the truth and was just a case of Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb who only radicalized later during his stay in prison (which tends to happen in real life). Harry himself asks Dumbledore about it and the latter doesn't have an answer. For their part, Crouch himself acts as if he never faltered in his dedication to Voldemort, and Voldemort describes Crouch as "someone whose loyalty has never wavered", but neither is exactly a reliable source, as Voldemort didn't witness the trial, and Crouch underwent definite Sanity Slippage in Azkaban between the trial and his rejoining Voldemort. Still, even when he denied torturing the Longbottoms (he appears to have been technically an accomplice by being there even if that was true), he never renounced Voldemort or ratted out his comrades, which in case he knew, it would make him a piece of work already.
  • Ax-Crazy: His insanity wasn't too much of a factor in the book; however, his film version is worse, being a drooling, slavering maniac who did what he did For the Evulz.
  • Badass Teacher: Under a disguise, but his students admit that despite him being a lunatic they still managed to learn loads from him, and he's definitely a badass.
  • Badass Longcoat: In the films, he wears a black leather knee-length duster and is one of Voldemort's most competent Death Eaters. The tan duster he wears while impersonating Moody also counts.
  • Batman Gambit: Part of his plan relied on Cedric giving Harry information for the second task because Harry had helped him with the first. "Decent people are so easy to manipulate."
  • Byronic Hero: Like father, like son. Also a villainous example.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "Decent people are so easy to manipulate, Potter..." Though this trope is much more applicable to his movie counterpart than his book self.
  • Character Tics: As the Polyjuice Potion wears off, he has a tendency to flick his tongue, which usually stops when he drinks more potion.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: First mentioned in the chapter "Padfoot Returns" (Chapter 27 in Book 4) as part of the reason for Barty Sr.'s downfall at the Ministry, when he presumably died in Azkaban.
  • The Chessmaster: Manipulated most of the events going on at Hogwarts during Goblet of Fire.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Probably the biggest example in the movies. He was possibly Spared by the Adaptation and sent back to Azkaban, yet when all Death Eaters are freed in later movies, he never appears alongside them. It's often assumed that he did get the Dementor's Kiss in the movie universe as well, counting on anyone watching the movie as having read the books.
  • Consummate Liar: Dumbledore didn't suspect a thing until he removes Harry from the entrance of the maze.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Visits this upon Draco while disguised as Moody. Six words: "Draco Malfoy, the Amazing Bouncing Ferret." What was Draco doing? Attempting to hex Harry when his back was turned. Though, it could be just because he's a Malfoy. Or maybe he was enraged that someone was going to hurt Harry before he could get him to Voldemort. Rowling implies he was just keeping in-character though.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Crouch Jr. turned out to be a surprisingly good Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. If he wasn't completely nuts and devoted to the Dark Lord, he could probably do well for himself as a Hogwarts teacher, and given his large collection of O.W.L.S he could have even done so without incurring the curse of the Defense position.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: A comedic example when he punishes Draco Malfoy for nearly hitting Harry with a spell when his back is turned. He turns Malfoy into a ferret and bounces him painfully around until an aghast McGonagall puts a stop to it.
  • Dissonant Serenity: After his disguise is outed and under Veritaserum, he explains the entire backstory in an even tone, proudly exuding in his triumph and noting that Voldemort's back thanks to him.
  • The Dragon: Voldemort's main agent in Goblet of Fire. It's also implied that Voldemort would've possibly considered him this had he been able to escape Hogwarts at the end of the book.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: For most of Goblet of Fire, Voldemort is in a weakened state, and if Barty didn't help Harry, the plan would have backfired.
  • Due to the Dead: Subverted; he did bury his father after killing him, but Barty's method (transfiguring his father's dead body into a bone and burying it in Hagrid's garden) is far from respectful.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: No doubt due to his own visit to Azkaban, the subsequent hell under his father's Imperius Curse, and why he was there in the first place (either torturing the Longbottoms for information that could revive his Not Quite Dead master or being an accomplice to the torturers), Barty has an intense loathing for Death Eaters who escaped Azkaban and didn't bother to look for or revive Voldemort, thereby betraying their Lord. This loathing of the Death Eaters who escaped Azkaban is almost hypocritical — we see at the trial that while his fellow Death Eaters are accepting their sentences, fully expecting Voldemort to break them out of there, he was sobbing and insisting that he was innocent and that they'd gotten the wrong person. Of course, it's always possible that he was just acting and would have gone back to looking for Voldemort if they had set him free since that's what his father had to physically and magically restrain him from doing.
  • Evil All Along: The common view among the wizarding community is that he was just a kid who got caught up in the wrong crowd and was thrown to the wolves by his uncaring father. The truth is unknown, but if we trust his own word, he was a completely loyal Death Eater who was just a very good actor.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: "Decent people are so easy to manipulate, Potter." Crouch also believed that the care Winky showed for him was nothing more than pity, and was perfectly happy to abuse that trust at the Quidditch World Cup.
  • Evil Genius: He's very intelligent, and it's he who played a major part in Voldemort's return. For context: if there's any truth to his father's ramblings, Barty Jr. earned twelve Outstanding OWLs; Hermione, the gold standard for intelligence and "brightest witch of her age," only earned ten. (In a case of Writers Cannot Do Math, JK Rowling originally wrote Hermione as receiving eleven, later editions corrected this to ten.) Arguably the horrifying result of what can be accomplished by a competent Death Eater. Voldemort indeed admires Barty's loyalty and smarts and prizes him above all his Death Eaters. It's fridge brilliance when you realize that he had to get his soul sucked because the later books would have been harder for the heroes had he remained functional.
  • Evil Gloating: Oh, does he get his fair share of it. Once you know that Mad-Eye Moody is, for most of the book/movie, actually Barty Jr. a lot of what he says winds up being this. Showing off the Unforgivable Curses in class? An example of how well he can use them. Causing a scene after the champions' names come out of the Goblet of Fire and presenting a plausible, if slightly outlandish sounding, scenario for how Harry's name could've gotten in, which just happened to be exactly what he did? Basically the equivalent of a Sarcastic Confession. His legitimate moment of explaining his masterstroke to Harry, right before getting bitten in the ass by karma and revealed? Seriously, only Voldemort loves gloating evilly more than Barty Jr. does.
  • Evil Is Hammy: David Tennant is clearly having a blast in the film, where he becomes a deliciously nasty Card-Carrying Villain. Rather than begging for his life when he's arrested like in the book, he gives a giant Slasher Smile and goes "Hello, Father" tauntingly as he's dragged away.
  • Evil Mentor:
    • Strangely subverted. While in his Moody disguise, he teaches his students about the highest-grade dark curses in ways that were almost certainly completely illegal. However, his lessons are immensely useful and instructive, and Harry even learns to fight off the powerful Imperius curse completely thanks to him. Despite being thoroughly evil, Crouch ends up being one of the most competent and helpful teachers Harry ever runs into and his lessons have no negative or morally ambiguous results, only methods. It can be argued that this was a result of him either playing the role of Moody FAR too well or simply not caring about whether the kids were properly trained or not, or perhaps likely, figuring that, with Voldemort's return approaching, a fourth-year defense education would not give any significant advantage to the "other side" and that there's no reason not to do a credible job.
      Dean: Well, [Crouch] turned out to be a maniac, didn't he? Mind you, we still learned loads.
    • A good example of the subversion is that he submits Harry to the Imperius curse and Harry learns to resist it, and later he resists the Imperius curse given by Voldemort himself in the graveyard, but in neither case did it specifically help or aid Harry, either at the end of Goblet of Fire or the later books.
  • Evil Teacher: He's this when disguised as Moody.
  • Exact Words: Crouch as Moody tells Harry the thing he despises most is a Death Eater that walked free. Harry naturally assumes he speaking from being an ex-Auror. But really, he means he hates said Death Eaters because they denounced and betrayed Voldemort to avoid Azkaban when he had to go.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The Dementor's Kiss. Either his soul underwent a Cessation of Existence, or it's still trapped inside the Dementor (like the souls trapped in a Philosopher's Stone in Fullmetal Alchemist).
  • Faux Affably Evil: Particularly in his Moody disguise.
  • Foil: Like Voldemort, he had a very unloving father. Unlike Voldemort, however, he actually tried everything to gain his father's approval and only became evil because all he was trying to do was to find a Parental Substitute after failing.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: While Voldemort speaks fondly of him during his resurrection scene, calling him his most loyal follower, he pays Crouch Jr. absolutely no thought after the latter gets the Dementor Kiss. Which is of course very in-character for Voldemort.
  • For the Evulz: In the film, he's given no justification for working for Voldemort, making him look like a one-dimensional completely sadistic lunatic that relishes his evil actions. Not so much in the novel where his depravity and cruelty is at least paired with a need for validation by a parental figure.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Played with. We never learn how involved he actually was in torturing the Longbottoms, the crime for which he was sentenced. But afterwards he's definitely a Death Eater (which nobody, himself included, ever denies), and his trial in an apparent Kangaroo Court is a Red Herring intended to obfuscate the antagonistic role he ends up playing in the present plot.
  • Freudian Excuse: His isolation and distance from his father made him cling to Voldemort as a replacement father figure due partially to their similar backgrounds.
  • Friendless Background: Never outright stated, but it's strongly implied that he never had any real friends until joining the Death Eaters in his late teens. Even then, calling them "friends" is probably a bit of a stretch.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Was once just a promising model student. Then he became a Death Eater who managed to help revive Voldemort.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: He has enough strength of character, a trait commonly associated with good characters, to fight off an Imperius Curse. Too bad he's a Death Eater.
  • The Heavy: He drives the entire plot of Goblet of Fire with his manipulation of the Triwizard Tournament, ensuring that Harry is entered against his will and rigging each event so he comes out on top, all so he can reach the Portkey which transports him to Voldemort's resurrection in the maze.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Seriously, this man was more efficient than all the other Death Eaters put together, if not Voldemort himself. Not only did he manage to impersonate Mad-Eye Moody perfectly, but even managed to fool Dumbledore who was one of his oldest friends, for over a year! In fact, if we look at his evil plan then everything he was personally responsible for went off without a hitch. The only reason it ultimately failed was because Voldemort demanded that he be the one to kill Harry personally and didn't kill him straight away like Barty had assumed! Hell, considering that over the course of the series, Voldemort shoots himself in the foot a lot, Barty could actually even be considered more competent than the man he worships in at least some respects!
  • Hypocrite:
    • For someone who has been prompted into the service of the Dark Lord by his father's neglect, he surely didn't seem to place much value on either his mother's or Winky's maternal love.
    • His disgust of the Death Eaters who abandoned the cause is more of a borderline sign. Yes, he was screaming hysterically about his innocence when he was about to be taken in by the Dementors, but it seems likely that he would've kept up his search for the Dark Lord if freed, unlike others who chose not to despite escaping Azkaban. Also note that he never denied being a Death Eater during the trial (as opposed to the likes of Lucius Malfoy, who claimed to have been under the Imperius Curse). Barty merely denied torturing the Longbottoms—which could technically be true, as the story never clarifies whether he was an active participant or just an accomplice.
  • I Have No Son!: His father disowns him at his trial.
  • I Need You Stronger: Part of the reason he teaches Harry so effectively in his Defense Against the Dark Arts class is that he needs him to be capable enough to win the Triwizard Tournament and not be killed in the process.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: In The Film of the Book, Harry realizes "Moody's" involvement with the Death Eaters when Moody mentions the graveyard even though Harry never brought up where he'd been transported.
  • Kick the Dog: Gets a moment with Neville. After shaking him to his core by demonstrating the Cruciatus Curse — the one used to drive the Longbottoms insane (an act where he was at least an enabler and an accomplice if not an active participant)— in class, he calls Neville up to his office and gives him a book on herbology (Neville's favourite subject and only strong suit). And rather than it being an act of kindness it ties into Barty's Evil Plan: the book he gives Neville contains information which would have served Harry well in the Second Task, which Barty planted to make sure Harry stayed alive until Voldemort needed him.
  • Knight Templar: Ironically inverted, considering how his despised father was one. Nevertheless, he has some traits as well since he seemed to truly believe in the Death Eaters' cause with zealotry perhaps equaled only by Bellatrix Lestrange. The thing is, that cause was the ensured rise of the Big Bad. In contrast, Death Eaters such as Lucius Malfoy and Peter Pettigrew serve Voldemort almost entirely out of self-interest.
  • Large Ham: David Tennant's lively performance in the films gave Crouch this trait. Special mention goes to him hissing at the Dark Mark after casting it, his signature tongue flick, and his sarcastic, hissing comments to his father after being outed as a Death Eater.
  • Maniac Tongue: His iconic tongue flick in the film is in line with his fanatic zeal.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Plays everyone involved with the Triwizard Tournament like fools.
  • Mask of Sanity: The picture of Crouch Jr you see in at the top, is him on a good day. It doesn't take much to make it slip and for him to devolve into an Ax-Crazy psychopath, even in the book, which Harry is terrified to witness when he reveals to him his true colours.
  • Master Actor: He managed to pose as Mad-Eye Moody for months without anyone picking up on it, even Dumbledore — an abnormally intelligent and perceptive man who was also a good friend of the real Alastor Moody — was totally fooled right until the end. He may have also convincingly played the part of a scared innocent kid during both his trial and his imprisonment, nobody suspecting that he was truly Voldemort's most devout minion.
  • Moral Sociopathy: His moral code is similar to that of Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs, by which torture and murder are okay but ratting your boss out isn't.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • Harry's able to pretty much throw off the Imperius Curse at will due to Barty's repeated use of it on him during a Defense Against the Dark Arts class. This comes into play later on when Voldemort attempts to use the curse on Harry, presumably with the intent of simply forcing him to stay in place to eat an Avada Kedavra. Harry's resistance to the curse and the subsequent battle with and escape from Voldemort can be directly laid at Barty's feet.
    • Moreover, Harry's able to use the Imperius Curse to great effect during the Gringotts break-in in the final book, which proved to be crucial for the trio to find one of the Horcruxes in the Lestrange vault. Being on the receiving end so much probably taught Harry how to dish it out.
  • Not Quite Dead: Thought to have died in Azkaban a year after his imprisonment. This is not the case.
  • Patricide: By his own confession in the novel (and by implication in the film), Barty murdered his own father in cold blood. Adding insult to injury, in the books, he transfigured Crouch Sr.'s body into a bone and buried it to hide the evidence of his crime.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil:
    • He only turned Draco Malfoy into a ferret out of a grudge towards Draco's father Lucius, but the kid still deserved it.
    • Killing Barty Sr. is one in the books, due to the latter's status as an Asshole Victim.
  • Psycho Supporter: In both the book and the movie, but in the movie, it was made more obvious.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Sirius and Dumbledore aren't sure whether he personally tortured the Longbottoms or was just an accomplice, though neither denies he was at least nominally a Death Eater. For starters, there's not really a witness: Frank and Alice don't have the facilities to testify in a trial and Neville was too young to remember what happened. When the ruse is uncovered, there are more pressing matters at hand and he's fed to the Dementors not too soon thereafter, leaving the truth ambiguous.
  • Sadist: Along with the Lestranges, he tortured Frank and Alice Longbottom into insanity and expressed a desire to hurt other Death Eaters for their refusal to seek out Voldemort.
  • Sanity Slippage: In the film, when he starts to lose his cool (and when the Polyjuice Potion starts to wear off), he gets an ominous twitch, and his tongue-flicking habit returns. In one scene, this starts to happen in the presence of his father, who's noticeably alarmed at recognising the mannerism on a Hogwarts teacher. More so in the novel, as the Dementors and the Imperius curse pretty much destroyed his mind and drove him to insanity.
  • Self-Made Orphan: At the end of the same book, we learn that he murdered his father. Then transfigured his body into a bone and buried it. He makes much of how both he and Voldemort had very disappointing fathers and the pleasure of killing those fathers. He also seems to regard Voldemort as a father substitute.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Probably why he transformed Draco Malfoy into a ferret: he resented Draco's father for disavowing and informing on the Death Eaters.
  • Slasher Smile: Several times in the film (courtesy of David Tennant's hammy performance), and during the book, as he relays the story of his escape from Azkaban and reunion with Voldemort (specifically the parts where Voldemort sought him out and placed Crouch's father under the Imperius curse).
  • The Sociopath: Most definitely. Extremely Ax-Crazy and sadistic, excellent actor (playing the part of Mad-Eye Moody with near-pinpoint precision), and with an utter absence of empathy.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Possibly. The movie version of Goblet of Fire skips over his falling victim to the Dementor's Kiss, but the rest of the movies never acknowledge him again as if it did happen. A line from Order of the Phoenix that claimed he had been sent back to Azkaban was cut from the script, presumably for the plot holes it would cause in the story.
    • He's actually a bit of a double example in Goblet of Fire: the movie never uses the plot of him supposedly dying in Azkaban (actually his mother taking his place), Dumbledore merely says he was imprisoned, and when he's exposed at the end nobody expresses any surprise to see him alive. In fact, the beginning of the film shows him already having joined back up with Voldemort in the Riddle House, so the audience is never led to believe he died either.
  • Tragic Villain: He was neglected throughout his childhood and has tried to please his father throughout his life. His father never showed any concern or love towards him and that's what eventually led him towards insanity and joining Voldemort. All he ever wanted was to find a father from whom he could find love. Completely averted in the film.
  • Treacherous Advisor: He plays this role with Harry throughout the Triwizard Tournament, going from giving him subtle but effective hints to flat-out rigging things in his favour. As a small subversion, he has every intention of helping him win. The problem is that him winning isn't a good thing.
  • Uncertain Doom: In the movies. His final fate is never revealed in the films, but as he's never seen again afterwards, the chances of him being still alive are slim, though if it happened exactly as in the books is unknown.
  • Undying Loyalty: Crouch is portrayed as fanatically loyal to Voldemort, to the point that the Dark Lord himself described him as "someone whose loyalty has never wavered" and "my most faithful servant".
  • Underestimating Badassery: Several characters dismiss him as a kid who merely fell in with the wrong crowd. While disguised as Moody, he hangs a lampshade over the fact that it would have taken an extremely powerful Confundus Charm to trick an ancient magical object like the Goblet of Fire, showing that he's no slouch as a wizard.
  • Villain Ball: There were countless better things he could have turned into Portkeys that would get Harry to Voldemort instead of a trophy to a tournament that Harry was incapable of entering and unlikely to survive. That said, it might have been Voldemort’s idea to have Harry enter the tournament and win the trophy, and Barty’s only mistake would have been to go along with the plan if that was the case.
  • Villains Out Shopping: His protracted undercover stay at Hogwarts produces a few of these moments for him; particularly at the Yule Ball in the fourth book and film, where he's shown dancing with Professor Sinistra and lightly enjoying himself and humming/tapping along to the music.
  • Walking Spoiler: His presence in the present events of Book 4 gives a lot away.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: His mother and Winky loved him, but that was apparently not enough to make up for his failure to get his father's approval, which he in turn sought from his replacement father figure, Voldemort. Rowling addressed this indirectly in an interview, noting that, "That's where evil seems to flourish, in places where people didn't get good fathering."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the films, his appointment with a Dementor and his kiss doesn't get mentioned.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: A rare villain-to-villain case. He's NOT happy with the Death Eaters that escaped Azkaban and never bothered to look for Voldemort.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Crouch Sr. was so obsessed with his work of hunting down dark wizards that Jr. barely saw him.
  • Worthy Opponent: After Harry nearly blows his cover due to spotting him on the Marauder's Map, Crouch tells him that he would make a good Auror.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Harry derails Barty's plans to get him to win the Triwizard Cup several times due to his bullheadedness and refusal to ask for the help of others. Barty improvises every time that this happens. He does it so effectively that the plan goes off without a single hitch regardless. He naturally takes the opportunity to tell Harry this when he's found out.
  • Yandere: When it comes to Voldemort, he's on a par with Bellatrix.

    Amycus and Alecto Carrow
Portrayed by: Ralph Ineson and Suzie Toase
Voiced by: Carlo Vázquez (Latin American Spanish, Amycus)

"Nah, they make [Umbridge] look tame. The other teachers are all supposed to refer us to the Carrows if we do anything wrong. They don't, though, if they can avoid it. You can tell they all hate them as much as we do. [...] I got this one [scar] for asking [Alecto] how much Muggle blood she and her brother have got."
Neville Longbottom on the Carrows

A brother-and-sister team of obnoxious, lopsided-looking Death Eaters, Amycus and Alecto are present at the Astronomy Tower when Snape kills Dumbledore, and following Voldemort's coup, become Defense Against the Dark Arts (Amycus) and Muggle Studies (Alecto) professors at Hogwarts. They were last seen being tied up by Professor McGonagall in the Ravenclaw Common Room.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: All book descriptions point to Alecto being very unattractive; however, Suzie Toase is quite an attractive woman. Amycus was said to resemble her but Ralph Ineson on the other hand...
  • Ax-Crazy: They routinely use the Cruciatus Curse on students who get detention and, as Ron succinctly puts it, use Neville as a knife sharpener for speaking out against them. It takes quite an effort to make Dolores Umbridge look tame.
  • Berserk Button: Accusing them of being anything but pure-blooded. Neville was punished brutally for asking Alecto how much muggle blood is in her family tree.
  • Blatant Lies: Amycus's plan was to lie to Voldemort by stating that some students ambushed Alecto and forced her to touch her Dark Mark. Not only is this lie highly unbelievable, but Voldemort is a skilled Legilimens and would know right away that he was being lied to.
  • Co-Dragons: To Snape in the final book.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A mild example. Though neither Amycus nor Alecto could be considered intelligent, both seem to be highly skilled in the Dark Arts and fairly skilled duellists (though not enough to fight someone with McGonagall's caliber). It's also implied that Amycus taught Crabbe the Fiendfyre curse, and unlike Crabbe presumably knows how to control it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In the film, McGonagall shows just how powerful she really is when a spell of hers, after being deflected by Snape, knocks the Carrows unconscious just from being too close to it. Snape probably helped. At the very least, the aim was intentional.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: In the sixth book, Alecto's sent running from Prof. McGonagall, though as Harry witnesses them duelling a few paragraphs earlier, she was presumably able to hold her own against the transfiguration master at least for awhile.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They seem to truly care about each other. Amycus was even planning on lying to Voldemort in an attempt to spare her.
  • Evil Gloating: Both of them are quite pleased to see Dumbledore cornered and proceed to taunt him, though he's more amused than anything at their insults.
  • Evil Redhead: In the films, Alecto's played by the red-haired Suzie Toase.
  • Evil Teacher: They are Death Eaters, after all.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hardly out of order for a Death Eater, but as Muggle Studies teacher, Alecto literally makes a career out of this.
  • Giggling Villains: Two giggling bastards.
  • Hate Sink: Two of the vilest characters in the series — not even Bellatrix was vile enough for Harry to succeed in casting the Cruciatus curse by The Power of Hate, which he does successfully cast on Amycus.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Amycus fires several curses at Ginny, but none of them hit her. This is justified since Ginny had recently consumed Felix Felicis (liquid luck). Given that his curses were described as barely missing her, and his own insistence that she couldn't dodge forever, he's probably a decent shot otherwise.
  • Insult Backfire: Amycus takes notice of Dumbledore's weakened appearance and mockingly asks what happened. Dumbledore simply informs him that it's nothing more than old age and slyly states that Amycus would be lucky to live to experience the same thing given his lifestyle. Amycus is clearly enraged by this implication.
  • Ironic Name: There's nothing amicable about Amycus.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: They are fond of practicing the Cruciatus Curse on students for the most minor of offenses (or out of boredom), so when Harry tortures Amycus with it for insulting McGonagall, she only mildly expresses her disapproval.
  • Meaningful Name: Alecto is one of the Erinyes, or Furies, a group of primordial Goddesses that hounded and tormented wrongdoers in Greek Mythology. Alecto roughly translates to "unceasing anger", and Alecto Carrow certainly has a great deal of rage at her disposal.
  • Offstage Villainy: Neville says they "make Umbridge look tame," but in terms of the admittedly little that we actually see, she's worse by far.
  • Sadist Teacher: According to Neville, they are even worse than Umbridge in this regard.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: In the sixth book, Alecto books it the minute McGonagall gains the upper hand. Her brother follows suit shortly after when Harry sends him flying.
  • Siblings in Crime: Both are Death Eaters and always work together in this role.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Amycus seems to think that he can convince Voldemort that a group of students ambushed Alecto and for some reason decided to force her into touching her dark mark. Granted, this was probably just a desperate attempt to protect Alecto from Voldemort's wrath, but still.
    • When finding Harry in the Ravenclaw common room, Alecto could have stunned or cursed him from behind before summoning her master. Instead, she taunts him, allowing Luna Lovegood to stun her and the good side is able to prepare ahead of time for battle.
  • Torture Technician: Deliberately placed at Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows to scare and beat the next generation into line with Voldemort's way of thinking. Other Death Eaters torture too, but these are the ones who do it for a living.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They have zero qualms about physically hurting and torturing students as young as first years. Neville mentions that the only reason they aren't even worse is that they don't want to accidentally kill pureblooded wizards.

    Corban Yaxley
Portrayed by: Peter Mullan
Voiced by: Raúl Anaya (Latin American Spanish), Ronaldo Júlio (Brazilian Portuguese)

"Spare us. The brats of Mudbloods do not stir our sympathies."

One of the inner-circle Death Eaters. He helps orchestrate Voldemort's coup by placing an Imperius Curse on Pius Thicknesse and becomes a central figure in Voldemort's new regime, acting as the head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

  • Always Someone Better: Though he makes a lot of progress towards the Ministry coup, Voldemort is far more impressed with Snape's information about Harry Potter. Ironically, Yaxley is loyal to Voldemort, while Snape is truly loyal to Dumbledore and the memory of Snape's true love Lily Potter.
  • Ambiguous Situation: He speaks of having a wife to Reg Cattermole but in context, his statement can also be taken to be purely hypothetical.
  • Bad Boss: Is this to the Ministry officials, if his attitude towards Reg Cattermole is anything to go by. Harry was reasonably convinced that even Runcorn (who he was currently disguised as) would probably land himself into trouble if he tried to interrupt one of the Muggle-Born trials despite Yaxley otherwise approving of the man. He also can be quite harsh to lower-ranking Death Eaters, as seen when he aggressively ordered Draco to kill Dumbledore, and when he blasted Fenrir Greyback for defying his orders (though Greyback was a werewolf and wasn't an official Death Eater).
  • The Bully: Abuses his power to bully anyone under it, like Reginald Cattermole and Muggle-borns. Not even lower-ranking Death Eaters are immune to his abuse.
  • Co-Dragons: Sort of. Though he and Dolores Umbridge officially seem to be this to Pius Thicknesse, Yaxley is the one who is truly in control (see Dragon-in-Chief), whereas Umbridge actually answers to him. Technically speaking, Thicknesse and Umbridge were actually Co-Dragons to Yaxley.
  • The Don: Peter Mullan's portrayal gives off this impression. Naturally, it's made him a hit with the fans.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Pius Thicknesse in the last book when Voldemort takes control, since Thicknesse is the puppet Minister of Magic, while Yaxley's the Head of Magical Law Enforcement. Justified because Thicknesse is under Yaxley's control (at least in the book).
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: A downplayed example, but he practically begs Voldemort for acknowledgement during the meeting at Malfoy Manor. To his irritation, Voldemort is only mildly impressed at his putting an Imperius Curse on Pius Thicknesse and instead seeks counsel from Snape. The other Death Eaters present, however, are very impressed and congratulatory.
  • Eviler than Thou: When Muggle-born wizards are being detained, Yaxley expresses an explicit disgust that the Death Eaters aren't doing enough about blood purity and not jailing half-bloods with them.
  • Fantastic Racism: Obviously as a Death Eater he's this, but once the Death Eaters take control of the Ministry he practically makes a career out of it.
  • The Ghost: While threatening Reg Cattermole about interrogating his wife, he mentions his own wife, whom we never see. Though given the context, it's possible that he isn't really married and was merely speaking hypothetically.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: With Dolores Umbridge when interrogating Muggle-Born wizards and witches. While she acts in her falsely sweet manner, he's very harsh and aggressive to them.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Yaxley was the one who was ultimately responsible for the Death Eater takeover of the Ministry of Magic (something the Death Eaters have been trying to do for eleven years when they were at their most powerful) due to his role of placing Pius Thicknesse and several other Ministry officials under the Imperius Curse. He's also the one who keeps the Ministry running smoothly while Voldemort pursues other ambitions. Lastly, he's responsible for discovering the Trio's hideout, forcing them out into the open.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He tells Reginald Cattermole (Ron Weasley in reality) that he’s going to interrogate his wife and he starts off making it seem like he would protect his wife were she in Mary’s situation, but this is quickly subverted where he says that if she were accused of being Muggle-Born, he would just do his job. However, he also made it quite clear that he would never marry anyone who could even be mistaken as a Muggle-Born.
  • Knowledge Broker: Thanks to being the head of the wizarding Gestapo.
  • Jerkass: To anyone he sees as being beneath him, which is mostly everyone.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Peter Mullan's portrayal gives off this impression. Just look at the picture!
  • Mook Lieutenant: He seems to be in charge of the group of Death Eaters who invade Hogwarts at the end of the sixth book until Severus Snape shows up that is. His role is taken by Bellatrix in the film. He's also the one in charge of the Death Eater-controlled Ministry of Magic, via his Imperius Curse on Pius Thicknesse.
  • No Name Given: Was referred to as "The Brutal-Faced Death Eater" until he was properly introduced in the next book. Unlike Rowle however, his name's mentioned in passing before he even appears, we just aren't sure that they are the same character until the following book.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike Greyback and the Carrows, Yaxley doesn't take part in taunting Dumbledore and instead encourages Draco to kill him immediately so that they can flee before reinforcements arrive. Dumbledore himself doesn't bother trying to rile him up like he does the others.
  • No-Sell: Overlaps with Offscreen Moment of Awesome. But after Harry stunned him at the Ministry, he recovered relatively quickly and managed to walk through a room with several riled dementors unscathed, just in time to witness Harry (disguised as Runcorn) freeing the last of the muggleborns present.
  • Secret Police: He turns the Department of Magical Law Enforcement into a Nazi-like version of this.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Yaxley appears very little, but is responsible for affecting the plot significantly via two events:
    • Him putting Thicknesse under his control laid the foundation for the Ministry coup. Voldemort not acknowledging it thoroughly irritates him, though several of his fellow Death Eaters do.
    • He also manages to break through the magical defenses of Grimmauld Place by hanging onto Hermione mid-Apparition, costing a useful hideout for the heroes.
  • Taken for Granite: In Half-Blood Prince, Harry shoots him In the Back with Petrificus Totalus.
  • Unholy Matrimony: At one point he mentions having a wife, though it's equally possible that he was speaking hypothetically.
  • Villainous Friendship: He and Dolohov show signs of this a few times. Dolohov claps him on the back when he announces that he has placed Pius Thicknesse under his control, and the two are seen cordially conversing while standing guard in the Forbidden Forest.
    • Downplayed with Albert Runcorn. Though he approves of the man's actions in the Ministry and treats him far more pleasantly than other Ministry employees, Harry (while disguised as Runcorn) suggests that this only goes as far as Runcorn toes the line, and doubts very much that Runcorn could get away with interrupting a trial.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's not known what becomes of him after the conclusion of the Battle of Hogwarts.



The Augurey / "Delphini Diggory"
Portrayed by: Esther Smith (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run), Jessie Fisher (Cursed Child, first Broadway run)
Appears in: Cursed Child

"I am the new past. I am the new future. I am the answer this world has been looking for."

An evil wizard who is active nineteen years after the end of the Second Wizarding War, is gifted with power approaching that of the Dark Lord himself, and is intent on overthrowing the Ministry of Magic while resurrecting the ideals of the Death Eaters. With a small cabal of followers and just enough Unwitting Pawns, the Augurey is fated to challenge the peace Harry brought to the world by fighting Lord Voldemort. Throughout most of The Cursed Child, she manipulates Albus and Scorpius through the guise of "Delphini Diggory", allegedly the niece and caretaker of Amos Diggory.

  • Alliterative Name: Her alias is Delphini Diggory, or Delphi Diggory, for short.
  • Big Bad: Manipulates the main characters of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in order to establish a supremacist regime, although the Augurey doesn't come forward with these plans until Act III.
  • Broken Bird: Ironic, given that The Augurey's symbol is just that, a type of bird.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts as such toward Albus and Scorpius, helping them get out of school and rebel against their parents. In reality, she's just using them for her own ends.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Very clearly trying to emulate both parents, who fought for Voldemort in the first Wizarding War.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's an incredibly gifted witch, and is shown to be just as capable as Harry or any of the other adults.
  • Flight: An ability shared with Lord Voldemort himself, the Augurey is the third wizard in historynote  able to fly without the aid of any enchanted object.
  • Foil: To Voldemort. Both were raised as orphans in dismal living situations before having a greater significance thrust upon them, and share a penchant for manipulating others and killing them once they've served their use. But Voldemort became obsessed with blood purity after murdering his despised absentee father, whereas the Augurey is concerned only with gaining the approval of their father and never displays an affinity for pureblood supremacy or any other ulterior motives.
  • Freudian Excuse: Wants to create a fascist dictatorship which will cleanse undesirable wizards as a response to being raised as an orphan.
  • Harmful to Minors: The Augurey spares no kindness on Albus or Scorpius.
  • Irony: The Augurey became a villain in order to have a loving father, but her father is Voldemort, who can’t truly love anyone, and presumably would never have loved his child either!
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She acts as this to Albus, quickly becoming an object of attraction for him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Plays both Albus and Scorpius like a fiddle in order to bring the Death Eaters back into power.
  • Meaningful Name: In Greek mythology, Delphi was the home of the Pythia, or the Delphic Oracle. She received visions and gave prophecies by inhaling fumes from the decaying body of Python or Delphyne, a giant serpent/dragon slain by Apollo. This Delphi is the daughter of a slain, snake-themed evil wizard and is obsessed with fulfilling a prophecy.
  • Mystical White Hair: Delphini is identified late in the play from her unnatural silver hair.
  • Red Baron: "The Augurey", named after a bird that can allegedly predict death (although it actually predicts rain, according to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook).
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Delphi seems to recall events changed by Time-Turners, in part due to her Divinatory talents.
  • Secret Identity: The Augurey is an alter-ego for Delphini Diggory.
  • Seers: As to be expected from someone named Delphi, she's noted to be adept at Divination.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Harry, highlighting the issues being orphaned and having a great destiny thrust upon him has brought.
  • Stealth Expert: With some Polyjuice Potion she brewed, she manages to get her and two fourteen year olds into the Ministry of Magic undetected.
  • Theme Naming: The genitive form for the constellation Delphinus the Dolphin is Delphini, which fits the naming pattern of her mother's family.
  • Tragic Villain: All the Augurey really wants is to have a father, due to living unloved as an orphan.
  • Villainous Legacy: The Augurey is the child of Lord Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange.
  • Villains Want Mercy: In a twist on this trope, the mercy in question is a Mercy Kill, or at least Laser-Guided Amnesia. Since neither death nor amnesia is Harry's idea of mercy, he declines.
  • Walking Spoiler: The Augurey's identity and motivations are the biggest twists in The Cursed Child.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Motivated by a desire to earn fatherly affection.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Kills Craig, tries to kill Albus, and casts the Cruciatus Curse on Scorpius several times.


    Narcissa Malfoy (née Black)
Portrayed by: Helen McCrory
Voiced by: Rebeca Manríquez (Latin American Spanish)

"Is he alive? Draco, is he alive?"

Narcissa is a pure-blood witch, the wife of Lucius Malfoy and the mother of Draco Malfoy. She is the youngest sister of Bellatrix Lestrange and Andromeda Tonks. Although never officially a Death Eater herself, Narcissa believes in the importance of blood purity and supports her husband in following Lord Voldemort during the First and Second Wizarding Wars.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's described as blonde in the books, but in the films, she has dark hair (probably to mark her as a Black) with a white-blonde skunk stripe.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance: Narcissa first appears in the fourth book at the Quidditch World Cup with her husband and son, but in the films she doesn't show up until the sixth film.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Stuck-up and patronizing, along with being born into a rich family.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Narcissa and Lucius, whose marriage, from the fans' point of view, might simply have been one of convenience until the opening scene of Deathly Hallows made clear it was not.
  • Big Fancy House: Against her will, Voldemort uses her house as a headquarters, making her and her husband extremely uncomfortable.
  • Consummate Liar: She's a skilled enough Occlumens that she can successfully lie to Voldemort himself that Harry is dead, and survive.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Voldemort's biggest mistake was sending Draco on a suicide mission. Not only did Draco end up becoming a Spanner in the Works, but it earned Narcissa's ire, who betrayed Voldemort the first opportunity she got by concealing that Harry was still alive.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She genuinely loves her husband and her son. Her love for Draco plays a significant role in the Malfoys' betrayal of Voldemort and Voldemort's downfall. She also seems genuinely close with Bellatrix.
  • Evil Matriarch: Her personality is similar to that of her son, Draco. She complains about Harry and his friends to a shopkeeper, asking why they serve "their kind."
  • Final Boss: She's part of the Wolfpack Boss fought at the end of video game adaptations of Deathly Hallows – Part 1, alongside her husband, son, and sister.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Narcissa's is a major example. When Voldemort casts a Killing Curse on Harry during the Battle Of Hogwarts, he asks Narcissa to check Harry's vital signs. She uses this opportunity, when she sees that he is alive, to covertly ask him if he knows of Draco's well-being. When Harry replies quietly that he is safe, Narcissa betrays the Dark Lord, saying that Harry is dead.
  • In-Series Nickname: Bellatrix calls her "Cissy".
  • Ironic Name: Most of her on-screen actions are for the sake of her husband and son, rather than narcissistic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Never managed to fully let go of the supremacist ideals she was raised with. Draco withholds Scorpius from interacting with his grandparents as much as possible.
  • Karma Houdini: According to Rowling, the reason the Malfoys never got their comeuppance was in large part due to Narcissa's decision to spare Harry's life by lying to Voldemort in exchange for the knowledge that her son was still safe.
  • Love Redeems: Like her husband, her main redeeming factor is the fact that she loves her son so much that she is willing to stab Voldemort in the back to protect him.
  • Mama Bear: She is fiercely devoted to her family, and will do whatever it takes to protect them. After Voldemort tasks Draco with the mission to kill Dumbledore, Narcissa makes it clear to Bellatrix that if Snape turns down her request for help that she's going to Dumbledore next.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Not to her directly since Lucius bears more of Voldemort's ire, but the Dark Lord still sent her teenage son on a suicide mission to kill Albus Dumbledore purely as slow torture for Lucius's failures. She betrays Voldemort the first chance she gets.
  • Morality Pet: She and her husband are one of the few people Draco truly cares for. She also serves as this to Bellatrix to an extent.
  • My Beloved Smother: To Draco. Lucius was originally planning on sending the boy to Durmstrang instead of Hogwarts for various reasons, but Narcissa objected to him being sent so far away for school. When he's at school, she sends him sweets and cakes every day. Later on, when Draco is given a task by Lord Voldemort, she is terrified to the point of hysteria.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Take a wild guess what the root word of her first name is.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: The In-between one of her sisters. While she is a pure-blood supremacist like Bellatrix, she lacks her sister's taste for sadism and is shown to be fully devoted to her family.
  • Only Sane Woman: Alongside the other Malfoys, particularly when next to Bellatrix or Voldemort.
  • Racist Grandma: Just like her husband. She and Lucius found Astoria Greengrass a somewhat disappointing daughter-in-law for refusing to teach the prejudice against Muggles on their grandson, Scorpius. Family gatherings were, as a result, often fraught with tension.
  • Rich Bitch: She's described as cold and haughty.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Narcissa values wealth and power as much as Lucius does. But both value their son even more.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: In the movie, she walks away with Draco and Lucius at the start of the climatic final battle and never looks back. In the book during the final battle, she and Lucius stop fighting for Voldemort and are frantically searching for Draco.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With both Bellatrix and Andromeda.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Lucius.
  • You Have Failed Me: Voldemort punishes her along with the rest of her family after Harry and his friends escape from the Malfoy Manor.

    Quirinus Quirrell 


    Slytherin's Basilisk 


    Dolores Jane Umbridge 


    Fenrir Greyback
Portrayed by: Dave Legeno
Voiced by: Rodrigo Carralero (Latin American Spanish)

"He doesn't have the stomach, like his father. Let me finish him in my own way."

Fenrir Greyback is a massive, dangerous werewolf. He has been around for many years, and is the werewolf who bit and converted Remus Lupin. He is one of the few who not only accepts, but embraces his lycanthropy, and tries to bite and convert people on any occasion. He participates in the Battle of Hogwarts, where he is knocked out by Hermione and Professor Trelawney while trying to bite Lavender Brown.

  • Ax-Crazy: He's been known to have slaughtered and eaten many people out of animalistic savagery as well as kicks, and lives up to it wholeheartedly in person.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: While he's presumably a competent wizardnote , he seems to favor hand-to-hand even in his human form, mauling his opponents with his teeth. invoked
  • The Big Bad Wolf: A werewolf who prefers to attack young children.
  • The Brute: Seems to be used by the Death Eaters specifically for this. He's a large and silent but violent associate of the Death Eaters.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: There's his memorable line towards the end of Half-Blood Prince, in which he openly admits to coming to the castle without being invited, just because he wants to kill and eat children. He does this while still in human form.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Is on the receiving end from Bellatrix Lestrange, even though he had three other Snatchers backing him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His response to Lyall Lupin making a derogatory remark about werewolves? Savagely attack and infect a five year old Remus, destroying any chance Remus had for a normal life.
  • Death by Adaptation: His fate is unclear in the books, but he's explicitly shown biting the dust in the movies.
  • Demoted to Extra: Downplayed. He's by no means an extra and nevertheless still has many scenes, but he's the leader of the Snatchers in the books, whereas in the films Scabior takes that role. Also, he has much more lines in the books, while in the films, he's virtually The Quiet One.
  • Disney Villain Death: In the film, he apparently succeeds in killing Lavender, and Hermione blows him out a window into the abyss in turn.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In a series where lycanthropy is already a thinly-veiled analogy for a certain disease with common tropes attached to it, Fenrir is presented as someone who willingly preys on children and spreads his condition to them, converting them "while they're young" and even taking perverse glee in attacking his victims. With that in mind, it should be obvious what he's supposed to represent.
  • The Dreaded: His name is first revealed when Draco Malfoy name-drops him to sound impressive. When Malfoy realises he's actually let Fenrir into Hogwarts, he's horrified.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He clearly resents the fact that neither Voldemort nor the Death Eaters like or respect him and only tolerate him because he's useful.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Described as such in the novels. In the films, this is less present, although his voice is still quite deep.
  • Foil: To Lupin. Lupin is fearful of harming those around him, and is constantly seeking ways to hide or repress his inner wolf. Greyback gleefully embraces the monster within, even when not in that form, and is known for sticking close to his targets so that he can get to them at point-blank range when the full moon hits. It helps that Greyback is the guy that caused Lupin's trouble in the first place.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Voldemort's hatred of half-breeds is well documented and it's clear the only reason he keeps Greyback around is to marshal the werewolves against his opponents. Most Death Eaters are disgusted at his presence, with Yaxley throwing a curse at him in the Astronomy Tower for attacking without permission and Bellatrix Lestrange forcing him to his knees before her in Malfoy Manor for slighting her. Even Draco Malfoy, despite threatening Borgin by dropping Fenrir Greyback's name, is horrified when Fenrir joins the Death Eaters in Hogwarts at the end of ''Half-Blood Prince'' and insists to Dumbledore that he had no hand in Fenrir coming.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He's rumoured to eat some of his victims — or rather, it is heavily implied that he actually does. And not just in Werewolf-form! He has shown signs of this several times, in his un-transformed state; such as when he has stated that he loves the taste of children, was actually thinking of eating the Trio when they got captured by Snatchers (and, again, during his un-transformed state), and when he (un-transformed) tried to eat Lavender Brown during the Battle of Hogwarts. Given the fact that he is a Death Eater and has lost any trace of humanity, it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that he has developed cannibalistic tendencies, when not transformed... In short, Greyback's savagery is what differentiates him from most other werewolves: while most of them bite and infect unintentionally only during their transformed state, Greyback actually goes as far as to eat and kill purposely whether in his HUMAN or werewolf form.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: He begs Bellatrix to let him have Hermione after making some creepy comments to her. Later on, he has to be pulled off of Lavender Brown.
  • Meaningful Name: Fenrir was a gargantuan wolf in Norse Mythology who ended up eating Odin during Ragnarok. Perhaps unintentionally, Greyback (or Grábakr) is also the name of a monster from Norse Mythology; one of the minor serpents gnawing at the roots of Yggdrasil alongside Níðhöggr.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Is shown to be in charge of at least one group of Snatchers. He's also this for the werewolves that work for Lord Voldemort.
  • Non-Giving-Up School Guy: Has to search for truant Hogwarts students as well as Muggle borns.
  • Noodle Incident: We're never told the circumstances through which he became a werewolf in the first place.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Harry (with a face too swollen to properly identify) tells Greyback and the Snatchers that he is the son of a Death Eater sympathizing Ministry employee. Greyback is clearly nervous at having potentially attacked the son of an ally, but decides to call Harry's bluff. He reasons that if he truly is Mr. Dudley's son, he would have nothing to worry about being taken to the Ministry.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Despite the books establishing that werwolves have few visual differences from normal wolves, Fenrir looks mostly humanoid because he's pretty much always been a brutal, bloodthirsty savage by nature even before becoming a lycanthrope, so his appearance as a werewolf reflects how little difference there is between his man and wolf forms.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: There's no denying that Greyback is a serious threat, however he had been brought to his knees by other Death Eaters such as Yaxley and Bellatrix when disobeying orders, usually he doesn't protest too much when this happens. He also seems to hold some degree of fear towards Snape, judging by his reaction when Snape arrives in the Astronomy Tower.
  • Psycho for Hire: He is not actually a Death Eater, as Voldemort would never officially let a werewolf into their ranks. However, he does accompany them on several of their missions, and serves as their liaison with the Snatchers. In other words, he is like a mercenary.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't say much in the films and what he says can be easily missed.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He bites the children of people who get on the wrong side of him. That's how Lupin got bitten because his father offended him.
  • Sadist: One of his motives for attacking others and afflicting them with the werewolf curse is because Fenrir gets a sick kick out of it. Furthermore, he takes delight in the fact that Lupin feels miserable about his nature as a cursed being.
  • Savage Wolf: A werewolf that kills for its own sake and is especially gleeful about attacking children.
  • Slasher Smile: In the films, he has a near-permanent grin on his face.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the films.
  • Taken for Granite: Harry uses the body-bind curse on him in Book 6.
  • Token Minority: Voldemort hates "half-breeds," and it is quite clear that Greyback was never made a high-ranking Death Eater, nor was he ever given a Dark Mark because the former does not truly care for him or werewolves. In spite of that, Voldemort still kept Greyback on his side because the latter proved useful insofar that the werewolf is prejudiced against Muggle-borns and can use his savagery to carry out Voldemort's plans, as well as to just simply increase the enemies' numbers (basically, Voldemort cares more about quantity than quality) — but that's it. If Voldemort had won the Second Wizarding War, it is highly likely that he would toss Greyback aside after he has no more use for him.
  • Werewolf Theme Naming: He is one, and his first name, Fenrir, is based on a monstrous wolf from Norse Mythology.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what becomes of him after the events of the Battle of Hogwarts, and whether or not he survived the conflict.
  • Wolf Man: There's concept art of his wolf form of Pottermore that's very humanoid, even more so than what Lupin looks like in the film of Prisoner of Azkaban, despite the books (and the Pottermore article on werewolves) insisting that werewolves don't look that much different than normal wolves. This is possibly because of his savage nature and personality even when untransformed; in other words, there's little difference between his human and animal forms anymore that his physical appearance reflects it.
  • The Worf Effect: Though he's presented as a savage and dangerous threat, many of his scenes have him suffer at the hands of even worse Death Eaters such as Yaxley or Bellatrix.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He prefers attacking children, because he likes the idea of converting them "while they're young." In Half-Blood Prince, he attacks a five-year-old boy whose mother refused to cooperate with the Death Eaters, and the poor boy later died.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: His bites inflict permanent wounds, even in when he's in his human form.
  • You Have Failed Me: Though not shown, it's implied that he was punished by Voldemort along with the Malfoys and Bellatrix after Harry and his friends escaped the Malfoy Manor.

Portrayed by: Nick Moran
Voiced by: José Antonio Macías (Latin American Spanish)
Appears in: Deathly Hallows

"Well, don't just hang in there, snatch 'em!"

Scabior is a member of the Snatchers, a loose group of mercenaries hired by Voldemort to hunt down those who violate his reign of terror. His particular band of Snatchers captures Harry, Ron and Hermione. After consulting with Fenrir Greyback, Scabior takes the Trio to the house of Malfoy. He wants to keep the Sword of Gryffindor for himself, so when Bellatrix Lestrange tries to take it from him, he resists, and she knocks him out.

Scabior's role was expanded in The Film of the Book, where he has become the leader of the Snatchers, and takes a perverse interest in Hermione. His sarcasm has been downplayed in favour of his creepy qualities, and his confrontation with Bellatrix is extended. Also, he is seen near the beginning as one of the people dragging captives into the Ministry of Magic.

  • Ascended Extra: His role was slightly smaller in the books. In the films, he's the leader of the Snatchers and thus has more roles and line, whereas in the books he's implied to be The Dragon to Greyback (who's the Snatchers leader).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He's on the receiving end of this courtesy of Bellatrix Lestrange. Even with Greyback and two other Snatchers (all of whom are responsible for capturing and killing several wizards), they were quickly defeated by the superior witch.
  • Deadpan Snarker: [to Harry] "What happened to you, ugly?" [to Greyback] "No, not you."
  • Death by Adaptation: Though we never do learn precisely what happened to him in the book.
  • Disney Villain Death: In the film, he plummets to his death after Neville blows up the bridge he and the other Snatchers are attempting to cross to enter Hogwarts.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In the books he is the only Snatcher who seems disturbed by Greyback's cannibalistic and sexual overtones towards Hermione. The others simply snicker, though this may be more out of fear towards Greyback. Averted in the film, where he himself speaks this way towards Hermione, without the cannibalistic tones. He also was outraged when Bellatrix attacked one of his fellow Snatchers.
  • Funetik Aksent: He has a written Cockney accent in the book.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: In the film, he takes this role from Fenrir Greyback.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He asks Fenrir Greyback if he plans on summoning Voldemort when they capture the trio. Unknown to Scabior, Greyback was never made an official Death Eater due to being a werewolf and is irritated to be reminded of this.
  • Mook Lieutenant: He seems to have some rank among the Snatchers.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Though he is implied to be a relatively dangerous wizard in his own right, he and the other snatchers stood absolutely no chance against Bellatrix Lestrange.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Possibly. Bellatrix implies in the book that she plans to kill them after they defy her. It's unknown if she does so in the book, but Scabior and the other snatchers show up later in the film.

Defected Death Eaters

    Severus Snape 

    Draco Malfoy 

    Igor Karkaroff
Portrayed by: Predrag Bjelac
Voiced by: Gerardo Reyero (Latin American Spanish)
Appears in: Goblet of Fire

"It's happening again, like before, and soon neither you nor anyone else will be able to deny it."

The Headmaster of the Durmstrang Institute. Karkaroff is a former Death Eater who avoided imprisonment in Azkaban by becoming an informant for the Ministry and selling out several of his former comrades. He arrives at Hogwarts in the fourth book as one of the judges of the Triwizard Tournament. Above all else, Karkaroff is terrified by what Voldemort could do upon returning to power.

  • 0% Approval Rating: As Headmaster of Durmstrang, he encouraged students to rule the school through fear and intimidation, making him very unpopular. Even Viktor Krum, who Karkaroff considered his prized pupil for his athletic skills and doted on, doesn't seem to actually like him very much.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: In the book, he's described as very neat and well-trimmed (teeth aside). In the movie, he looks like he doesn't put any effort into grooming.
  • Beard of Evil: A classically evil goatee.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He makes quite a few snide comments towards who he believes to be Moody, only to shrink back in fear whenever he turns his attention to Karkaroff.
  • Bus Crash: He is mentioned as having been found dead in a remote shack in the sixth book, having been tracked down and murdered by his former Death Eater comrades.
  • Cool Teacher: What he tries to be towards Viktor Krum, though Krum only seems to tolerate him at most. He's a lot more cold towards his other students, suggesting that he shamelessly plays favorites.
  • Culture Equals Costume: He wears a silver fur coat and an ushanka fur hat.
  • Dirty Coward: A loyal Death Eater until the moment he was captured, at which point he sold all the information he had in order to reduce his sentence. When Voldemort returns, he flees, but the Dark Lord makes a point of hunting him down.
  • Evil Principal: Karkaroff is the director of Durmstrang and a former Death-Eater Krum described as not caring about his students, leaving them in the cold. He is self-serving at best, being an ex-supporter of Voldemort, and is still shown as treating his students poorly. Rowling states that he further pushed Durmstrang's curriculum to focus on dueling and dark magic (something the school was already notorious for).
  • Faux Affably Evil: When we first meet him he speaks quite pleasantly to Dumbledore, Madame Maxime, Crouch, and Bagman. As tensions grow higher due to the Triwizard Tournament and increased Death Eater activity, his true nastier personality comes out.
  • Foil: To Snape, who also gave up being a Death Eater, but for very different reasons. Where Karkaroff deserted out of cowardice and wanting to save his own skin after being captured, Snape deserted out of bravery and a desire to protect the one person he loved. Upon Voldemort's return, Karkaroff goes on the run, while Snape risks his life to get back in his ranks as a spy out of guilt. Dumbledore notes Snape is "a braver man by far than Igor Karkaroff".
  • Funetik Aksent: He actually doesn't have one, unlike Krum, but the audiobooks and films go ahead and give him an accent anyway.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He claims to do this by giving up any information he has to the Ministry. It's obvious to everyone that he was just a coward who didn't want to spend the rest of his life in Azkaban.
  • The Informant: He sells out his former comrades after being captured. Or at least he tried to do so. He is amazed and disappointed to find in his trial that most of his information is useless, since it involves Death Eaters who have been captured, dead or vetted and cleared by the Ministry (such as Snape who Dumbledore vouched for). Had it not been for naming Rookwood, he would have likely rotted in Azkaban.
  • Jerkass: Is blatantly biased towards his own school as a judge in the Triwizard Tournament, treats most of his students like crap, and is a cowardly turncoat to boot. Barty Crouch Jr. — and it's hinted that Moody is the same — had fun torturing him without actually doing anything.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to having sold out his former comrades, he correctly realises he won't be welcomed back to their group, and goes into hiding following Voldemort's return.
  • Red Herring: His main purpose in the plot. Being an ex-Death Eater, he is the most obvious suspect as the person who put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire, and the one Harry himself ends up suspecting before Moody informs him otherwise.
  • Retired Monster: He doesn't show any remorse for his time as a Death Eater, but is comfortable in his headmaster position and has no intention of rejoining them. It's unlikely Voldemort would welcome him back even if he was willing to return, considering he sold out other Death Eaters to the Ministry.
  • Sadist: Whatever it was that he felt for his participation in the crimes of the Death Eaters, it certainly wasn't remorse.
  • Sadist Teacher: As headmaster of Durmstrang, he ruled through fear and intimidation, to the point that many parents removed their children from the school because of his ruthlessness.
  • Scary Teeth: Seriously, has the man even heard of the word "toothbrush?"
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: The moment Voldemort came back and summoned his Death Eaters, he ran away. They caught up with him a year later.
  • Slimeball: Everything about him, his looks, his mannerisms and especially his voice are described in the word oily.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Possibly, since his fate is unmentioned in the films.
  • Stepford Smiler: He is described as having a smile that doesn't reach his cold eyes.
  • Torture Technician: He was quick to tell the Ministry that Dolohov cast the Cruciatus Curse on several of their enemies during the First Wizarding War. Moody however claims that Karkaroff also was guilty of the same crime.
  • Troll: In the film, he draws out accusing Barty Crouch Jr. by making it look like he's accusing Barty Sr. of torturing Frank and Alice Longbottom.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the films, Karkaroff's death is never mentioned during the events of Half-Blood Prince, leading to the possibility that he may have survived in the film canon. However, an image in the Harry Potter Limited Edition behind-the-scenes bookset has a Daily Prophet article with the news of his murder, which was likely meant for the sixth film.

    Regulus Arcturus Black
"I know I will be dead long before you read this but I want you to know that it was I who discovered your secret."

The Notorious R.A.B. was Sirius Black's younger brother. Unlike Sirius, Regulus fully approved of his family's fascination with the Dark Arts and pure-blood supremacy and went as far as to join the Death Eaters. However, he quickly discovered that Evil Is Not a Toy and tried to back out, ultimately resulting in his death. Before his death, he discovered the secret of Voldemort's Horcruxes and stole Slytherin's Locket, meaning to destroy it, but was killed by the Inferi guarding the cave in the process.

  • All for Nothing: His sacrifice more or less. It ended up delaying the Fetch Quest for the heroes, his taunt to Voldemort was never even received or acknowledged by him, and ultimately no one in his own family ever learned what he did.
  • Always Someone Better: Negatively compared to his big brother Sirius, being described as "smaller, slighter and rather less handsome" than him.
  • Ambiguously Evil: It is open to interpretation whether his defection from Voldemort was in part due to a change of heart around pure-blood supremacy, he simply thought Voldemort had just gone too far, or that he was simply upset that Voldemort had tried to sacrifice Kreacher.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: One possible outcome after the Inferi killed him.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Like Sirius is named for the dog star, Regulus is named for the brightest star in the constellation Leo. The brothers get along like cats and dogs. It's also an Ironic Name/Meaningful Name as the Gryffindor animal is the lion.
  • The Atoner: He joined the Death Eaters but realized how evil they truly were and so decided to stay and find some way of taking them or the Dark Lord down. His actions led to his death.
  • Badass Boast: His dying letter.
  • Commonality Connection: Downplayed, but when searching his room, Harry notices that Regulus played Seeker, as he did, and comments on it.
  • Determinator: He falls under this when you take all the facts into consideration. In Half-Blood Prince, Harry was forced to force Dumbledore to drink the potion that protected the locket and Dumbledore was begging Harry to stop. When you realize what that potion did, you can't help to be amazed at Regulus Black. True, Dumbledore must have seen many more things at the age of more than 100 years than Regulus in his 20s, but Regulus was still a Death Eater and he lived with his family, which wasn't exactly the best one. Dumbledore could only drink three mouthfuls of that potion before Harry had to help him do it. As you hear Kreacher tell his tale, you realize that at no moment he says something about helping Regulus drink the potion, which means Regulus was able to drink it all on his own.
  • Driven to Suicide: This is one interpretation of his actions. He was feeling guilty over letting the Dark Lord hurt Kreacher and nearly kill him as a house-elf guinea pig, and wanted to atone for it by suffering as Kreacher did. Kreacher even notes that he would have rescued Master Regulus, but the man ordered him to go home and destroy the locket.
  • Dub Name Change: As with the rest of the Black family, his surname was changed in most non-English publications to that language's word for the colour. This allowed dedicated readers to deduce that he was R.A.B. shortly after the release of Half-Blood Prince, rather than having to wait for The Reveal in Deathly Hallows.
  • The Dutiful Son: Looked upon as such by his parents.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He turned against the Dark Lord when the latter used his family house-elf Kreacher as a guinea pig and left him to die. As Kreacher reveals, Regulus chose to die out of guilt for letting his loyal friend suffer.
    • We never find out for sure how Regulus felt about being a Death Eater (in short, exactly how evil he was); we only hear stories secondhand from people who weren't involved in his death. However, it seems to be that when he learned that Voldemort had made a Horcrux, this was over the line in his opinion. Rowling has stated that, like Draco, he was fascinated but was creeped out by the reality of the cause.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Learned like Draco that there are some things one shouldn't mess with and that you can't let innocent people suffer out of loyalty.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: We do find out in Book 7 but Sirius never learns the truth about his brother, nor does Voldemort discover the taunting message he left because Harry took it with him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Because of seeing just how "evil" Voldemort was, he couldn't stand it and decided to fight from the inside.
  • Hidden Depths: Looking at the Harry Potter Wiki, it appears he was fresh out of Hogwarts, where the subject of Horcruxes was banned, when he was able to deduce that the locket was a Horcrux. This is pretty amazing as Snape is none the wiser when Dumbledore explains to him the truth of Harry's and Voldemort's connection, even though Snape was a major expert in the Dark Arts and was Regulus's senior. (Snape did not appear able to deduce what Dumbledore explained was a Horcrux.) Neither Bellatrix nor Lucius, who went to school about the same time as Regulus, were any the wiser when Voldemort gave each a Horcrux for them to hold onto without telling them about the true nature of the objects. Where did Regulus get his knowledge on Horcruxes, of which he had such a good understanding of, to the point that he was able to deduce an object was one based on a description given to him by his House-Elf?
  • Ignored Enemy: His dying letter has him sound like he's Voldemort's Arch-Enemy or an Unknown Rival. Voldemort has in all likelihood completely forgotten about him, and while Voldemort does find out that his Horcrux is missing in the cave, he doesn't discover Regulus' letter and assumes, not unreasonably, that Dumbledore and Harry marched into the cave, stole it and destroyed it.
  • Irony: Despite being The Dutiful Son, Regulus ended up not being that much different from his older brother Sirius in the end. He died defying Voldemort and protecting someone he loved, like Sirius did.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Kreacher explains that Regulus was never the same after Voldemort used Kreacher to test his Death Trap potion and Inferi. What's more, Regulus had provided Kreacher as a test of loyalty to the Dark Lord. It opened his eyes to what kind of monster the Dark Lord was, that he would torture an innocent and loyal house elf For the Evulz.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His intentions were noble and his actions very brave when he stole the locket Horcrux. Unfortunately, it did no good and ultimately only served to make The Chosen One's quest much more difficult several years later.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Regulus was nice to Kreacher the house elf, earning Kreacher's loyalty and admiration. And considering Regulus basically died for Kreacher, it's safe to say that he saw that house-elf as family. Interestingly, his brother Sirius, who is on the side of good from the start, treats Kreacher like crap, which lead to Sirius' downfall. Hermione explains that House Elves, with the exception of Dobby, only show loyalty to those who are nice to them, even if those people are otherwise evil and cruel.
  • Noble Bigot: There is no evidence that he ever renounced his pure-blood supremacist views, only that he became disillusioned with having a leader as Ax-Crazy and Obviously Evil as Voldemort.
  • Not What I Signed Up For: At first, he was a pureblood bigot like the rest of his family. Regulus followed Voldemort because he was young and raised on Slytherin fanaticism. He didn't sign up for Voldemort using his house elf as a guinea pig and leaving him to die.
  • Posthumous Character: He died before even chapter 1 of the first book.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Despite causing trouble for Harry later, Regulus died in his progress of taking down Voldemort, sacrificing himself so Kreacher could look for some means of destroying the locket.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Kreacher notes that Regulus could have relied on him for support to escape the cave with the locket. In fact, Kreacher made it out alive the first time because Regulus ordered him to come home, and house elves must follow the orders. Instead, Regulus ordered Kreacher not to rescue him from the Inferi and go home to destroy the locket. If Regulus had lived, gone to Dumbledore with the locket explaining what it was, then the rest of the series would have turned out differently.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He and Sirius.
  • Too Clever by Half: Seems to have been more studious than Sirius, but Sirius dismissed him as a "little idiot". Both sides are valid, in that while he, before Dumbledore and alone of Death Eaters, figures out Voldemort's use of a Horcrux, he also doesn't do anything practical aside from delivering a Badass Boast letter, becoming a Death Seeker and giving the actual job of destroying it to someone who had no idea how to do it.

Other Death Eaters

    Antonin Dolohov
Portrayed by: Arben Bajraktaraj

One of the most powerful and earliest Death Eaters, Dolohov was imprisoned in Azkaban after the First Wizarding War. He was broken out in 1996 by Voldemort alongside nine other Death Eaters. He would rejoin his master's cause, participating in many of the battles of the Second Wizarding War and killing Lupin during the Battle of Hogwarts, where he meets his end at the hands of Filius Flitwick.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Unlike how he's described in the books, he is quite a looker in the films.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Somewhat. In the films he's defeated relatively quickly by Sirius, while he had the upper hand in the books. He's also taken out more easily in the seventh film, where in the book he was able to take out both Harry and Ron before Hermione got him.
  • Affably Evil: Somewhat implied. At the very least he seems to be friendly with his fellow Death Eaters such as Yaxley and Rowle.
  • Beard of Evil: Has one of these.
  • The Brute: Plays this role quite nicely.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Dolohov is not opposed to using physical force during shootouts, breaking Neville's wand and nose with his foot in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (book). He also seemed to realize that Harry was under the invisibility cloak and fired an explosive spell knowing that Harry would likely still get hurt even if he missed. It works.
  • The Dreaded: Is seen as one of the most dangerous Death Eaters by the Order, and with good reason! During the final battle, Tonks is terrified to learn that Remus was last seen fighting him and immediately rushes to the front lines.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Implied. He is frequently described as "pale" but also "darker" than the blond Thorfinn Rowle.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Though he was starting to get the upper hand against Sirius Black when the two duelled, he failed to notice Harry (who still had his wand and was uninjured) aim a full body bind curse at him. He makes the same mistake with Hermione in the muggle cafe.
  • Fatal Flaw: Though his duelling skills are nearly unrivaled, he tends to get distracted somewhat easily which has cost him victory multiple times.
  • Genius Bruiser: Dolohov may be The Brute, but he's not stupid, he was able to (possibly) invent his own curse.
  • Hero Killer: All in all, he seems to have the second highest kill count next to Bellatrix among the Death Eaters, and he is treated with extreme seriousness, even among Death Eaters. In fact, his final defeat is one of the only times he was defeated straight up. To count, he took part in assassinating the Prewett brothers, he nearly killed Hermione, defeated Moody, almost killed Sirius before Harry intervened, fought Harry, Ron and Hermione all at once after Rowle was stunned in the cafe and defeated the two boys before Hermione body-bound him with a surprise attack, and killed Lupin during the final battle.
  • Minor Major Character: He gets name-dropped in every book from Goblet onward, and appears in every book from Order onward, usually very briefly, but his Hero Killer status makes him one of Voldemort's most visible enforcers.
  • Red Right Hand: His face in the books is described as "twisted".
  • Signature Move: A curse seemingly invented by Dolohov himself; it is described as a streak of purple flame which strikes right through the body of the target, causing immensely painful internal damage. Hermione only managed to survive a direct hit because the incantation wasn't spoken aloud at the time.
  • Smug Snake: Looked highly pleased with himself after nearly killing Hermione with a curse, and later after defeating Moody in a duel.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He smirks with satisfaction after badly injuring both Hermione and Moody, but doesn't show the overt signs of glee that others such as Bellatrix would.
  • Torture Technician: According to Karkaroff, he was this during the first war. The first thing we hear about him is that he tortured Muggles and those who did not support Voldemort.
  • Vague Age: Beyond the fact that he was one of Voldemort's earliest Death Eaters and accompanied him to his job interview, nothing is known about his background. He is at the minimum in his forties, but it is possible he's older since Voldemort's other companions that night were contemporaries. His appearance suggests a younger man since his hair has all of its colour, he is described as "burly," and he is able to disguise himself as a muggle workman (who tend to be younger).
  • Villainous Friendship: Shown to have this with Yaxley on a few occasions.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Despite being a genuine badass, Dolohov tends to be subject to the Full Body-Bind Curse, being hit by it twice during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, once during the Luchino Caffe Duel and once during the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Cast some curse at Hermione which caused severe internal injuries.
  • You Have Failed Me: Along with Rowle, though we do not see his punishment, Narcissa mentions it later.

    Walden Macnair
Portrayed by: Peter Best

Buckbeak's would-be executioner in Prisoner of Azkaban. Later revealed to be a Death Eater.

  • Adaptational Ugliness: Unlike the books, which describe him as strapping and has a handsome face, the films show him as rather skinny and possessing chiseled features.
  • All There in the Manual: Peter Best is credited as "The Executioner" in the third film and "Death Eater" in the fifth film (he's the one holding Luna). Based on the books, it can be assumed that both characters are Macnair.
  • Ax-Crazy: Described as such by Hagrid. Bonus points for his first appearance (Book 3), where he's actually wielding an ax.
    "Macnair, remember him? Bloke they sent ter kill Buckbeak? Maniac, he is. Likes killin' as much as Golgomath; no wonder they were gettin' on so well."
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: His job is euthanizing (albeit more like full-on murdering) dangerous animals (like Buckbeak) for the Ministry. He does it only because he enjoys killing.
  • Blood Knight: Seems to get a savage pleasure from killing.
  • Brainwashed: Like Lucius, he pulled this defense to avoid Azkaban.
  • The Brute: Large, bloodthirsty, and aggressive. Seems to enjoy this role quite well.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: A minor one. He later turns up as a Death Eater, but he doesn't have any further importance and is basically just a Mook. Though he did play an important role in bringing the remaining giants back to Lord Voldemort's side, and (depending on whether or not you consider the early drafts canon) he was responsible for murdering Broderick Bode.
  • Diabolical Dogcatcher: Not with dogs per se, but he's a Death Eater who works as an animal control officer.
  • Evil Is Petty: He swings his axe at the fence in frustration when Buckbeak escapes execution, showing that he truly wanted to kill the hippogriff as opposed to Just Following Orders.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Described in the third book as having a deep voice.
  • The Executioner: Executes dangerous beasts for the Ministry, and Voldemort welcomes him back by saying he would have other victims to execute, this time human ones.
  • Eye Scream: Neville jabs Hermione's wand into his eye in Book 5.
  • The Faceless: In the third film, his face is covered by a hood and ski mask.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The last time we see him, Hagrid (AKA the one whose pet he tried to kill) is throwing him against a wall.
  • The Mole: Works at the Ministry during the first 5 books. Loses this role after being imprisoned.
  • Neck Lift: Forgoes magic and does this to Harry during the Battle at The Department of Mysteries, with one hand while the other tries to take the prophecy. Cue above mentioned Eye Scream.
  • Not Brainwashed: He avoided Azkaban after the First Wizarding War by claiming to have been under the Imperius Curse.
  • Porn Stache: Sports one in the books.
  • Psycho for Hire: More than likely, he greatly appreciated the Dark Lord's promise of better victims, as killing mere animals got probably old after a while. Must have been one of the few who left the graveyard happy that night.
  • Slasher Smile: Gives a particularly unnerving one to Harry and his friends in the third film.
  • Stab the Salad: Takes out his anger at Buckbeak's escape on the fence/a pumpkin, which the Trio assume is him killing Buckbeak when they first hear it.
  • Villainous Friendship: With the Giant, Golgomath. They apparently bond over their shared passion for violence. He's also described as an old friend of Lucius Malfoy.
  • Violent Glaswegian: In the audiobook.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Seemed quite willing to strangle Harry to death to get the prophecy.

    Augustus Rookwood 

An Unspeakable at the Department of Mysteries, Rookwood served as a spy for Voldemort within the Ministry of Magic, using his numerous connections to gain information. He was imprisoned in Azkaban after the First Wizarding War thanks to information provided by Igor Karkaroff, but was broken out in 1996 alongside nine other Death Eaters.

  • Affably Evil: Is implied to have been this by Ludo Bagman.
  • Beneath Suspicion: As noted by the general shock of the courtroom when Igor Karkaroff exposes him as a Death Eater. Karkaroff got a light sentence based solely on exposing him since all his other names were either cleared, captured or dead.
  • Combat Medic: It's implied via this article that Rookwood found Dolohov and Jugson and undid all the jinxes on them.
  • Evil Old Folks: Most likely. He's said to be old friends with Ludo Bagman's father so they're likely close in age. This puts him at being roughly a generation older than many of the adult characters.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Said in the books to be severely pockmarked.
  • Hero Killer: Very strongly implied to be the one responsible for the death of Fred Weasley, judging by Percy's furious roar of his name and rushing towards him during The Battle Of Hogwarts.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Appears to have been this during the First Wizarding War. He was able to use his position to gather information from several sources while simultaneously avoiding suspicion until he was outed by another Death Eater (compare Severus Snape who was considered suspect by both sides). Even during the Second Wizarding War, it's his information that sets the events at the climax of book 5 in motion.
  • Minor Major Character: Apparently he was an important spy for Voldemort during the First Wizarding War with an impressive network of informants both inside the Ministry and elsewhere. Due to his imprisonment and loss of his position however he's reduced to being a mook in the series proper.
  • The Mole: Was this during the first wizarding war in the Ministry of Magic.
  • Not So Stoic: Becomes visibly scared when delivering bad news to Voldemort. Luckily for him Voldemort instead punishes Avery.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In book 5, he reveals crucial information about the Hall of Prophecy to Voldemort after he escapes, putting Voldemort back on track about how to get the prophecy. Voldemort decides to target Harry through his dreams and eventually succeeds in getting him to go to the Ministry of Magic, setting off the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  • The Spymaster: Apparently had quite an impressive network of wizards who passed him information that he passed to Lord Voldemort, many of them being none the wiser.
  • The Stoic: When Harry sees pictures of the escaped Death Eaters, he notes that Rookwood looks bored compared to his snarling or grinning comrades.
  • The Unfought: Rookwood is the only one of the Death Eaters during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries who does not fight the kids. Rookwood is sent off by himself to search, and at every other point during the battle the Death Eaters fighting the kids were in pairs. We do witness him fighting a few adult characters including Kingsley in book 5, and Aberforth in book 7.

    Rodolphus Lestrange 

The husband of Bellatrix Lestrange, and brother of Rabastan Lestrange. Was imprisoned for the torture of Neville Longbottom's parents, but was later broken out when Lord Voldemort returned. Also participated in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.

  • Battle Couple: In the fifth book when he and Bellatrix fight side-by-side in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries when Lucius splits the Death Eaters into pairs. He, Bellatrix and two other Death Eaters fight Ron, Ginny and Luna, messing up Ron's brain for a short time and breaking Ginny's ankle. The two later fight together against Tonks and Ron during the Battle of Seven Potters. It's also implied that they were this during the First Wizarding War.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Despite being a very minor character in the series proper, he is initially the only one who knows that Voldemort had a child with Bellatrix.
  • Cuckold: His wife had a child with Voldemort and he knew about it. Reading between the lines, it comes across similarly to a cultist allowing his wife to sleep with the cult leader.
  • Defiant Captive: During his trial he stares at Crouch Sr directly in the eyes, clearly not bothered (or at least pretending not to be) about being sent to Azkaban.
  • Evil Mentor: Possibly to Delphini, since she wasn't trained at Hogwarts. If he did train her, he did a very good job, since she managed to hold her own against four adult wizards, including Harry, at once.
  • Flight: Possibly; if he trained Delphini, Voldemort must have taught him how to fly without a broom.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Unlike Narcissa who's clearly distraught about Lucius's arrest, Bellatrix never mentions her husband after he's sent to Azkaban at the end of book 5, even when discussing the event.
  • Gang of Bullies: Sirius remembers him being a part of one with Snape, Bellatrix, and a few other future Death Eaters.
  • Generation Xerox: When Tom Riddle was at Hogwarts, he had a friend whose surname was Lestrange. Given the timeline, this was probably the father of Rodolphus and Rabastan.
  • Karma Houdini: He was released from Azkaban (which no longer had any Dementors, due to Ministry reforms) less than twenty years after Deathly Hallows. Then he told Delphini that Voldemort was her father, leading to her evil plot, for which he apparently escapes any sort of punishment.
  • Out of Focus: Though he was never really IN focus to begin with, his appearances seem to get smaller as the books go on. In his fourth appearance, he is actually shown and given a short description. In his second appearance, he actually takes part in the major battle (though he is never brought to attention during the battle). By Deathly Hallows, he is only barely mentioned as being defeated by Nymphadora Tonks at the beginning and is never even mentioned again.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Compared to his wife, who is a fairly major character, Rodolphus is never even given a single line and mainly exists to show that Bellatrix made a "respectable pure-blood marriage." As Bellatrix had a child by Voldemort, this "respectable pure-blood marriage" clearly wasn't a faithful one; although as Rodolphus was as fanatically devoted to Voldemort as his wife he doesn't seem to mind.
  • Secret-Keeper: Was one of the few who knew about Bellatrix's child with Voldemort.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He is only mentioned once in Cursed Child, but he is the one who told Delphini she was the daughter of Voldemort.
  • The Stoic: Is described as looking blank during his trial, unlike his wife who looked confident, or his brother and Barty Crouch, Jr., who looked scared.
  • Torture Technician: Was imprisoned for torturing Frank and Alice Longbottom into insanity.
  • Undying Loyalty: Though not as much as his wife, Rodolphus is considered by Voldemort to be one of his most loyal servants. He didn't seem too worried about being imprisoned, likely sharing his wife's belief that the Dark Lord would someday return.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Bellatrix Lestrange.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Is mentioned a few times early on in Deathly Hallows, but we never see him with his wife or anywhere else for that matter.

Portrayed by: Tav MacDougal

A Death Eater who was imprisoned after Voldemort's first downfall. He later breaks out where he takes a post at the Ministry of Magic. He is one of the Death Eaters who attempts to arrest Harry at the Lovegood Manor and later encounters the trio when they attempt to break into Gringotts.

  • Brainwashed: Harry puts him under the Imperius Curse at Gringotts.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He gets name dropped in book 4 by Karkaroff, but never appears or is mentioned again until book 7.
  • Fantastic Racism: Although all the Death Eaters have this trait, Travers seems to be one of the worst offenders. He refers to muggle-born beggars as "it", seems annoyed at the necessity of goblins at Gringotts, and even seems to dislike foreigners including ones who support the Death Eater cause. Though he may have merely been suspicious of "Dragomir Despard".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He seems rather offended when Bellatrix (actually a disguised Hermione) suggests that he isn't held by Voldemort in the same regard as she is.
  • Hero Killer: He was initially sent to Azkaban for killing Marlene McKinnon and her entire family.
  • Jerkass: Even towards other Death Eaters.
  • Noodle Incident: Though he escapes from Azkaban in the fifth book, he somehow got rearrested prior to escaping again shortly before the seventh book. It's possible however that he was one of the unknown Death Eaters who attacked Hogwarts at the end of the sixth book (presumably either Ron or Lupin's unknown opponents).
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Travers actually decides to use magic in order to verify that Xenophilius Lovegood was telling the truth about Harry being present, unlike Selwyn who immediately began to curse the man.
  • Properly Paranoid: He continues to suspect that something is off about "Bellatrix" (actually a Polyjuiced Hermione) and watches her closely even after Hermione is able to mimic Bellatrix's personality closely enough. Also, he's willing to investigate to see if Xenophilius really has Harry at his house, even though Selwyn is quick to dismiss these claims.
  • Secret Police: Holds a high position in the Ministry of Magic once the Death Eaters take over.
  • Smug Snake: Even willing to act this way towards Bellatrix Lestrange!
  • Spotting the Thread: He was already suspicious of Hermione's Bellatrix disguise due to knowing that the real Bellatrix was under house arrest as punishment for failure. He's convinced enough that she's the real deal at first, but gets extremely suspicious when he hears her claiming that she got a new wand after just telling him that she never lost her original one. Harry is forced to place him under the Imperius Curse before he makes a scene.
  • Villains Out Shopping: He runs into "Bellatrix" and her companion (actually Hermione and Ron) while on his way to the bank.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Harry spots him fighting in the first part of the Battle of Hogwarts but he isn't seen being defeated by anyone during the second part. He likely escaped, was killed, or arrested following the battle.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Possibly. When it's mentioned that Travers killed Marlene McKinnon's family, it implies her whole family, though whether this refers to children or her adult relatives is unclear.

    Thorfinn Rowle
Played by: Rod Hunt

A large and cruel Death Eater. He was first seen during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. He later encounters the Trio in a Muggle cafe in London where he and Dolohov attempt to capture them, but fail.

  • Ax-Crazy: During the battle, he fired Killing Curses all over the place without caring who got hit. This led to the death of another Death Eater, Gibbon.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: He lit Hagrid's Hut on fire while Fang was still inside, much to Hagrid's horror.
  • The Berserker: His method of fighting in order to keep the Order members at bay. It was effective, but also placed his teammates in danger as Gibbon found out.
  • Blondes Are Evil:
  • The Brute: Is among the most physically imposing Death Eaters, and is shown to be an aggressive duellist.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Hagrid attempts to stop him from escaping he lights his house on fire, likely knowing that Hagrid would stop fighting in order to save his dog and put out the fire.
  • Dumb Muscle: Averted; he actually seems to be relatively clever and usually did well in duels without having to resort to physical attacks. Though accidentally killing fellow Death Eater Gibbon wasn't his smartest move.
  • Giant Mook: He is constantly described as huge.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: He attempts to murder Remus Lupin with a Killing Curse, but misses and hits fellow Death Eater Gibbon.
  • Irony: Given Ron's comments in book 7, Rowle was likely one of the Death Eaters who spent time in Azkaban. Rowling states that Azkaban was first made into a prison in the 1700s by Minister Damocles Rowle, presumably an ancestor to Thorfinn.
  • No Indoor Voice: His few lines have him shouting.
  • No Name Given: Like Yaxley he isn't given a name when he first appears and is merely referred to as "The Big-Blond Death Eater" until the following book when Harry recognizes him.
  • Playing with Fire: When his curses do little damage against Hagrid, he instead decides to light Hagrid's hut on fire with a spell.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Though Harry sees him guarding Hagrid during Voldemort's temporary ceasefire, he isn't seen fighting anyone during the final part of the Battle of Hogwarts. It's likely that he was killed, captured, or escaped.
  • Worf Had the Flu: After proving himself to be a dangerous enough duelist to give the likes of Tonks, Remus, and Hagrid trouble in the last book, he goes down quickly in the muggle cafe when Harry stuns him while invisible.
  • You Have Failed Me: Voldemort forced Draco to torture him and Dolohov for failing to capture Harry.

    Rabastan Lestrange 

Brother of Rodolphus Lestrange and brother-in-law of Bellatrix. Was imprisoned after torturing the Longbottoms, but escaped with others shortly after Lord Voldemort's return. Also participated during the battle at the Department of Mysteries.

  • Cowardly Lion: A mild example. He didn't seem as brave as his brother or sister-in-law when being tried for his crimes. He did however hold it together unlike Barty Crouch Jr.
  • Lean and Mean: Is described as a thin man.
  • Like Father, Like Son: His father was one of the original Death Eaters.
  • Meaningful Name: Rabastan is an anagram of Rastaban, Arabic for "the serpent's head." Besides the obvious Slytherin connection, the star itself is visible from Earth but is dim compared to other stars in the constellation Draco, like Rabastan is overshadowed by other members of his family.
  • Out of Focus: Even worse than his brother in this regard.
  • Torture Technician: Assisted in torturing Frank and Alice Longbottom to insanity.
  • Undying Loyalty: He was one of the few Death Eaters who continued to search for Voldemort after the First Wizarding War ended.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Unlike his sister-in-law who went on to become a major character, or his brother who at least was referred to occasionally, Rabastan was never mentioned again after his second arrest.


One of the original Death Eaters who fights in the First and Second Wizarding Wars. He is the father of Theodore Nott, a classmate of Harry's.

  • Creepy Child: He's presumably one of the Slytherin boys seen snickering about Riddle's misdeeds in Slughorns memory.
  • Evil Old Folks: One of Voldemort's original Death Eaters.
  • Gang of Bullies: During his Hogwarts days, he ran with Tom Riddle, Dolohov, Lestrange, Rosier, and the elder Avery and Mulciber. All of them became the original Death Eaters.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He's described as a relatively short man, though it could also be due to his posture, or in comparison to the towering figures of Crabbe and Goyle Sr. who he was standing next to.
  • Minor Major Character: Though he only really appears twice, he's the only known Death Eater who served Voldemort since the beginning who is still alive. This means that he knows of Voldemort's origins, something the younger Death Eaters don't seem to be aware of.
  • No Kill like Overkill: A non-fatal example, but he gets elbowed in the face by Harry, stupefied by Hermione, and gets multiple shelves collapsed on him.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Subverted. Several of his fellow Death Eaters attempt to assist him after he is severely injured during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, but they abandon him on Lucius Malfoy's orders.
  • Not Brainwashed: Managed to avoid prosecution in the aftermath of Voldemort’s disappearance by pretending to have been Imperiused. He was Nott brainwashed.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Like many other less prominent Death Eaters. In fact, his only line in the series, after Voldemort's rebirth, is "My Lord, I prostrate myself before you, I am your most faithful-" Voldemort proceeds to silence him.
  • Racist Grandpa: He is in his late 60s and has been loyal to Voldemort and his Pureblood supremacy since he was a schoolboy.
  • Red Right Hand: Possibly. Is described on one occasion to be stooped, though he may have simply been bowing to Voldemort.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The first of the Death Eaters to go down in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  • Unholy Matrimony: He had a wife who died sometime before the start of the series.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He is imprisoned in Azkaban after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and is presumably one of the Death Eaters who break out later, but there is no mention of what happened to him.

    The Averys 

A family whose two members are Death Eaters. The elder was one of Voldemort’s original followers and the younger participates in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. Considering the age gap, they might be father and son.

  • Butt-Monkey: The younger one. In his first appearance, he is tortured with the Cruciatus Curse by Voldemort after begging for forgiveness. Next, he is tortured again for giving Voldemort faulty information regarding the Hall of Prophecy. To top it off, he is sent to Azkaban following the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  • Creepy Child: The younger one is described as such. The older one possibly as well, since he and Tom Riddle's other "friends" were highly amused about Tom's sinister activities.
  • Dirty Coward: After Voldemort's rebirth, the younger is the first to throw himself at the Dark Lord's feet and beg for forgiveness.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humour: Along with younger Mulciber, younger Avery is described to have an "evil idea of humour" by young Lily Evans.
  • Foil: To Peter Pettigrew. Both are among the least intimidating Death Eaters and are often punished by Voldemort for their incompetence. They also were the wimpy members of their respective Gang of Bullies during their years at Hogwarts. While Peter occasionally can be clever and powerful, Avery never shows anything but fear and incompetence.
  • Gang of Bullies: Both of them were in one during their time at Hogwarts.
    • The elder ran with Tom Riddle, Antonin Dolohov, Nott, Lestrange, Rosier, and the elder Mulciber.
    • The younger was friends with Severus Snape, Evan Rosier, Wilkes, and the younger Mulciber. Every single individual listed here became a Death Eater.
  • Last-Name Basis: Neither of them is given a first name.
  • Like Father, Like Son: They might be father and son, and both of them are Death Eaters.
  • Not Brainwashed: The younger managed to avoid imprisonment after Voldemort's fall by claiming he had been Imperiused.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The younger one. His ignorance of the Hall of Prophecy results in the imprisonment of Sturgis Podmore, the wounding of Arthur Weasley, and the death of Broderick Bode. His stupidity stalls Voldemort's Evil Plan for the majority of Order of the Phoenix until Augustus Rookwood escapes from Azkaban.
  • Spanner in the Works: The younger Avery's uninformed advice about retrieving the prophecy holds up Voldemort's plans for an entire year, resulting in such "fruitless schemes" as Imperiusing Sturgis Podmore and Broderick Bode and sending Nagini, all of which would have failed anyway because a prophecy can only be taken by its subjects.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The younger one told Voldemort that the prophecy could simply be taken by placing an Unspeakable under the Imperius Curse. Why Avery thought this would work is uncertain, but it lands him in a lot of trouble with Voldemort.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The elder only appears in a memory of Tom Riddle's time at Hogwarts in the 40s. The younger doesn't appear after Order of the Phoenix.
  • You Have Failed Me: Voldemort punishes him non-fatally when he learns that his information about the Department of Mysteries is worthless.

Appears in: Deathly Hallows

A Death Eater who fights in the Battle of the Seven Potters and later accompanies Travers to the home of Xenophilius Lovegood.

  • Ambiguous Situation: At one point Dolores Umbridge claims to be a relative of his, and that the S on Slytherin's Locket stands for Selwyn. While she was lying about the Locket being a Selwyn family heirloom, it's unknown if she was also lying about being related to them.
  • Ax-Crazy: Seems to be this when summoned by Xenophilius, repeatedly torturing him and threatening to mutilate Luna if Xenophilius didn't help him move the rubble.
  • Bait-and-Switch: He accuses Xenophilius Lovegood of luring him and Travers to his home under the false pretense of having Harry Potter so that he could kill them in an explosion.
  • Give Me a Sword: Voldemort is heard screaming for Selwyn's wand at the end of the Seven Potters Chase "Your wand, Selwyn! Give me your wand!"
  • Properly Paranoid: Immediately assumes that Xenophilius Lovegood, of all people, was attempting to kill him and Travers. However, they are in the middle of a war and have placed the man under a tremendous amount of stress.
  • Torture Technician: Angrily tortures Xenophilius Lovegood.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He is last seen fleeing from the collapsing Lovegood house.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Threatens to kill and/or mutilate 16 year old Luna Lovegood if her father is lying.

    The Mulcibers 

A family whose two members are Death Eaters. The elder was one of Voldemort's first Death Eaters. The younger is one of the Azkaban escapees. Considering the age gap, they might be father and son.

  • Bodyguarding a Badass: The younger Mulciber serves as Lucius Malfoy's backup during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  • Brainwashed: Igor Karkaroff mentions that one of them specialized in the Imperius Curse.
  • Creepy Child: Lily describes the younger Mulciber as such when they were students. The older one likely was as well, considering that he assisted Tom Riddle with his wicked deeds while they were still at Hogwarts.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humour: Along with younger Avery, younger Mulciber is described to have an "evil idea of humour" by young Lily Evans.
  • Gang of Bullies: Both of them were in one during their time at Hogwarts.
    • The elder ran with Tom Riddle, Antonin Dolohov, Nott, Lestrange, Rosier, and the elder Avery.
    • The younger was friends with Severus Snape, Evan Rosier, Wilkes, and the younger Avery. At one point, Mulciber attacked a girl and fellow student named Mary MacDonald.
  • Last-Name Basis: Neither of them is given a first name.
  • Like Father, Like Son: They might be father and son, and both of them are Death Eaters.
  • Mind Rape: Mentioned to frequently practice the Imperius Curse.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Lily seems to think that the younger Mulciber was this to Severus when they were students.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Dumbledore mentions that Mulciber, along with Nott, Antonin Dolohov, and the elder Avery, accompanied Voldemort to Hogsmeade for his job interview. His activities after this event are unknown. The younger disappears after Order of the Phoenix, though he is mentioned in Snape's memories during Deathly Hallows.

    Crabbe and Goyle Sr. 
Appears in: Goblet of Fire | Order of the Phoenix (Crabbe only)

A pair of thuggish Death Eaters who are the fathers of Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle. A fansite analysis deduces the Death Eater who had his head turned into a baby's head in the Department of Mysteries was most likely to be Crabbe.

  • Body Horror: During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Crabbe falls headfirst into the Bell Jar of Time and only his head turns into a baby's head while the rest of his body remains adult-sized.
  • Dumb Muscle: They are noted as the largest Death Eaters present at Voldemort's rebirth and are rather dull.
  • Fountain of Youth: A bizarre example; during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries in the book, Crabbe gets his head stuck in the bell jar and his head turns into a baby's head.
  • Generation Xerox: Act exactly like older versions of their sons.
  • Giant Mook: They are described as being the largest Death Eaters at Voldemort's rebirth.
  • Not Brainwashed: They weren't thrown in Azkaban after Voldemort's first defeat because they claimed to have done his bidding under the influence of the Imperius Curse.
  • Only One Name: Their given names are unknown.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Crabbe, in the novel, assuming he wasn't killed in the war prior to this. Goyle, in the film, also assuming he wasn't killed off screen.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Goyle disappears after Goblet of Fire and Crabbe after Order of the Phoenix (he is imprisoned in Azkaban at the end). They don't even appear in the battle, or are at least not mentioned. What's interesting is their sons both appear.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Crabbe at one point attempts to murder Hermione with the Killing Curse during the battle in the Department of Mysteries.

    Other Death Eaters 
A variety of Death Eatersnote  who variously died before the series, disappeared halfway through, or were only referenced off-hand.
  • Bald of Evil: Jugson is portrayed as bald by Richard Cubison in the film.
  • Dirty Coward: Apparently Gibbon was ordered to cast the Dark Mark above the Astronomy Tower in order to lure Dumbledore there, however he didn't like the idea of facing Dumbledore while alone and ran back down to join the others. He gets killed as a result.
  • Do Not Go Gentle:
    • Evan Rosier fought Alastor Moody viciously enough, even blasting off a chunk of his nose, that Moody was forced to kill him, something he only did when it was absolutely necessary.
    • Wilkes was killed by aurors for resisting arrest.
  • Eye Scream: Only in the films, where Evan Rosier was responsible for destroying one of Moody's eyes, and, therefore, is indirectly responsible for his nickname "Mad-Eye."
  • The Family That Slays Together:
    • Lestrange was a member of a violent terrorist organization, as are his two relatives (possibly his sons) Rodolphus and Rabastan, and in-law Bellatrix.
    • Rosier was one of the original Death Eaters and his son, Evan Rosier, died fighting for Voldemort in the first war. In Fantastic Beasts, Grindewald's right hand woman is named Vinda Rosier, although her exact relation to them is unclear. Vinda is also related to Bellatrix on her mother's side and her looks and personality are similar to those of book Bellatrix.
  • Flat Character: Jugson; there's no mention of what he did before Order of the Phoenix or what happened to him afterward. Also Gibbon, whose only role was to be killed by a fellow Death Eater.
  • Friend or Foe?: Fellow Death Eater Thorfinn Rowle accidentally murders Gibbon.
  • Gang of Bullies:
    • Evan Rosier and Wilkes were part of one with Snape during their Hogwarts years. All of them joined the Death Eaters not long after graduation.
    • Lestrange and Rosier were mentioned as part of Tom Riddle's original gang back in the forties.
  • Generation Xerox: At least one older Rosier served Grindelwald and two younger ones served Voldemort. It's also likely that the older Lestrange is the father of Rabastan and Rosolphus.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Though we can only hear it, Jugson apparently tries to tend to Nott's wounds during the Battle at the Department of Mysteries before Lucius orders him to "come here!" since obtaining the prophecy is a bigger priority.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Possibly. Rosier's son Evan was killed during the First War while his own fate is left ambiguous.
  • Red Shirt: Gibbon's sole purpose in the series is to cast the Dark Mark and get killed by friendly fire.
  • Villainous Valour: Evan Rosier was willing to duel Alastor Moody to the death rather than be arrested. Given that Rosier was a young Death Eater and Moody was The Dreaded who killed and arrested several Death Eaters, this is impressive.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Jugson is imprisoned in Azkaban and presumably breaks out with the others, but he is never mentioned again.
    • Lestrange's only appearance is in a memory of Voldemort's time at Hogwarts. Though it is known that he became one of the first Death Eaters, it is unknown if he participated in the Second Wizarding War, or even the First.
    • Dumbledore mentions that Rosier, along with Nott, Antonin Dolohov, and the elder Mulciber accompanied Voldemort to Hogsmeade for his job interview. His activities after this event are unknown.
  • With Friends Like These...: Jugson rudely shoves Dolohov out of his way when the latter gets hit with a silencing charm. Stupid Evil is at play here, since it also left him open to being stunned by Harry.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Jugson attacks Harry, Neville, and Hermione, alongside Dolohov.

Alternative Title(s): Harry Potter Bellatrix Lestrange, Harry Potter Death Eaters Inner Circle