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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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  • Aerith and Bob: Their names are very different from each other, ranging from Lucius, Regulus, and Bellatrix to Evan, Peter, and Barty (though that last one is short for Bartemius). Plus their leader is literally Tom the Dark Lord, though he goes by Voldemort instead of his birth name.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Several Death Eaters come from aristocratic families, though not all of them (there's little that's aristocratic or cultured about Greyback or the Carrows, for example).
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The higher-ranked Death Eaters tend to be the most effective duelists.
  • Black Cloak: Almost all of them sport one, befitting their status as dark wizards.
  • 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.
  • Dumb Muscle: The Carrows, Greyback, the Snatchers...
    • Averted with Rowle. Though he seems to be one of the largest Death Eaters physically, he seems to be one of the more skilled ones.
  • 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.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: The constant infighting between factions trying to get in Voldemort's favor 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 England.
    • 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 origins.
  • A Nazi 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 Honor 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.
  • Number Two: Voldemort operates in complete secrecy, leading to many wannabe Death Eaters claiming to be his Number Two, 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 center 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 possibly other dark creatures who sided with Voldemort.
    • In the films however there seem to be around 200 Death Eaters attacking Hogwarts.
  • 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 centers 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.
  • 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 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 (née Black) 
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Portrayed by: Helena Bonham-Carter

"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.


  • Adaptation Personality Change: She's more exuberant, childish, and blatantly insane in the films, whereas in the novels, she was more serious and reserved (although still a raving, sadistic lunatic).
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books, she was quite a looker before she was imprisoned in Azkaban, but not in the present. In the movies, she's played by Helena Bonham-Carter, without Beauty Inversion.
  • Alliterative Name: Before she was married, she was Bellatrix Black.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Set up as this to Neville Longbottom, particularly in the climax to The Order Of The Phoenix.
    • Despite this, it's actually Molly Weasley who disposes of Bellatrix at the end of The Deathly Hallows. Rowling has said Molly was always the one who was going to kill Bellatrix.
    • Could also be considered this for her relatives in the Order, namely Sirius and Tonks.
  • Ax-Crazy: She was this even before being sentenced to Azkaban, which did her no favors. Moreso in the films; she takes great joy in killing and torturing.
  • Baby Talk: To Harry in the Department of Mysteries:
    "The little baby woke up fwightened and fort what it dweamed was twoo."
  • The Baroness: Mostly of the Rosa Klebb-variety, but being played by Helena Bonham-Carter mixes this with a few traits of the sexpot.
  • 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.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Born into the House of Black. She somehow manages to be the most screwed up of them all.
  • Blood Knight: It goes hand in hand with her love of Cold-Blooded Torture. She seems to relish fights for the opportunity they have to cause pain and suffering to her opponents.
  • 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. This gets deconstructed when she goes up against Molly Weasley, who is the last in the Order of the Phoenix that you want to have mad at you. She gets killed when she says that she wonders what will happen to her children when Molly dies just like her son Fred.
  • 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, Nymphradora 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. Considering Bella's feelings about Voldemort, her deep mistrust of Snape is pretty damn telling. However, it does say in Book 6 that many of the Death Eaters spoke behind Snape's back, but Bellatrix was probably the only one to confront him. But Bellatrix's suspicions were not based on just distrust, she was insanely jealous of Snape's position with Voldemort, which is why she grills him with questions, which he has already been asked by Voldemort himself.
    Snape: "Do you seriously believe that the Dark Lord has not asked me each and every one of those questions? And if I had not been able to give satisfactory answers to each and every one, do you really think that I would be sitting here right now?"
  • 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.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: In her own batshit crazy and psychotic way.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Bellatrix Lestrange loves this.
  • 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.
    • The films have her skipping around gleefully after killing Sirius.
  • Dark Action Girl: Voldemort's best lieutenant.
  • Dark Mistress: She wishes she was this to Voldemort, but he doesn't care for such things.
  • Did Not 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 outs 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 takeover 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's fall from grace in Order of the Phoenix. 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.
  • The Dreaded: Not to the extent of her boss but she's still considered one of the most dangerous Dark Wizards 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 behavior 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.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Bellatrix seems to have a close relationship with her sister, Narcissa; they call each other Cissy and Bella, and Bellatrix is confident that Narcissa wouldn't hurt her, because they're siblings. On the other hand, she doesn't seem to care about her husband and is unsympathetic to Narcissa's fears for Draco's life, stating that if she had children, she'd be happy to "give them up to the service of the Dark Lord".
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Hermione Granger. Especially in the movies, where there are more physical similarities between Emma Watson and Helena Bonham-Carter than the book versions.
    • 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 Is Hammy: This makes her even more terrifying.
  • Evil Laugh: Just listen to her in the movies, especially during the battle between her and Molly.
  • 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.
  • 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 is 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 is reluctant to let Draco take on certain tasks and Bellatrix can't understand why.
  • For the Evulz: She delights in torture, violence, and destruction.
  • 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.
  • Goth: Her clothes are never described explicitly in the books, but in the films, she dresses in very Gothic clothes (Helena Bonham-Carter, who is a Perky Goth, has mentioned that she chose the clothes herself), complete with a corset, black eyeliner and dark lipstick.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: In the film portrayal her clothes are Gothic, and she's an extremely powerful witch well-versed in the Dark Arts and deadly in a duel.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: By Half-Blood Prince, Snape has replaced Bella as Voldemort's favorite. She doesn't take this well. Heavy emphasis on the "monster" part.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Even by Death Eater standards, it really doesn't take much to set her off.
  • Hero Killer: Prefers torture, and is extremely dangerous, as The Dragon to Voldemort. She kills Sirius, Dobby, and Tonks.
    • She also was one of the Death Eaters to permanently incapacitate Neville's parents, defeated badass auror Kingsley Shacklebolt relatively quickly, 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.
  • 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 favor 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 severely punished and confined to Malfoy Manor.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: To Voldemort, who values but doesn't love her.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Word of God is that she's in love with Voldemort, who cannot even fathom the concept of love.
  • In-Series Nickname: She's called "Bella" by her sister and sometimes Voldemort. Even Lucius calls her this at least once.
  • I Was Quite a Looker:
    • She used to be very attractive, but after years in Azkaban, her face became "gaunt and skull-like."
    • Naturally, the movies avert this. Completely.
  • Jerkass: She loves not only killing and torturing, but afterwards also taunting others about the deaths of their loved ones.
  • Karmic Death: Bellatrix might have lived a little longer, had she not tried to kill Ginny and mocked her very pissed-off mother as she jumped to her defense. This doubles as a Death by Irony, considering that Bellatrix killed Sirius when he underestimated her abilities. Later, Bellatrix is killed when she underestimates Molly.
  • Kick the Dog: After she kills Sirius, she likes to gloat about this atrocity in Harry's presence and goad him into chasing her every opportunity she gets.
  • Knife Nut: Downplayed. She'll use a wand in actual combat, but seems to have developed a taste for using them in torture. Just ask Hermione and poor Dobby.
  • Lady Macbeth: Though her Macbeth didn't need any encouragement at all.
  • Large Ham: Only in the film versions. Helena Bonham-Carter devours the scenery during all of her scenes. It's delicious.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Gets her ass handed to her by Molly Weasley after mocking her about Fred's death.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: How her death is portrayed in the film.
  • Mad Love: Bellatrix is madly obsessed with Voldemort and will do anything for him. He exploits this mercilessly.
  • Meaningful Name: Bellatrix is the feminine form of "warrior" in Latin. It's also the name of a star in the Orion constellation.
  • Morality Pet: Apparently her younger sister Narcissa, who is 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).
    • Played With between her and Voldemort — she's described as his "favorite" and "most loyal" follower, and while there are some hints that he cares for "Bella" it's hard to determine how genuine they are, especially since he invites his followers to mock her and Narcissa at one point.
  • The Napoleon: In the films, where she is 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 despite being just as much at fault, and she has a habit of brushing off her failures by emphasizing her unwavering loyalty to Voldemort.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: In the film version of Half Blood Prince she gets very into the personal space of both Draco and Narcissa Malfoy, even kissing the former on the neck. She does this to Voldemort a few times in Deathly Hallows and is naturally brushed off.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Especially when she's carving "Mudblood" into Hermione's arm in the penultimate film.
  • Psycho Supporter: Voldemort's most devoted follower.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: She's pretty much the female poster child for this trope.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The fanatical, hot-tempered red oni to Snape and Lucius' measured and calculating blue.
  • Sanity Slippage: Fourteen years in Azkaban leaves a few psychological scars, even for Bellatrix, who wasn't exactly sane to begin with.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the film version of Order of the Phoenix, after a duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort ensues, Bellatrix quickly bails out. In the novel she realized that she stands no chance against the headmaster and flees as soon as she's able.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In Order of the Phoenix, she goes from this to this.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Her devotion to pureblood supremacy led to the falling out between her and Andromeda after she 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: Has this in the movie.
  • The Sociopath: Textbook example, just like her boss.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Taken for Granite: Courtesy of Molly in the eighth movie. And then becomes Literally Shattered Lives less than a second later.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: She kills Dobby this way, although Bellatrix was aiming for Harry.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: In the book, she's implied to have been AK'd nonverbally by Molly. In the film, Molly hits her with a couple of curses in rapid succession. One kills her and appears to either turn her to stone or begin to decompose her body on the spot. The second frags her into about a million little chunks.
  • 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.
  • 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 MO, though she isn't afraid to use more mundane methods of torture, as implied in Deathly Hallows.
  • Troll:
    • "I killed Sirius Black! I killed Sirius Black!"
    • "What will happen to your children when I've killed you? When Mummy's gone the same way as Freddie?" The second gets her killed.
  • 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.
  • The Unfettered: She has absolutely no moral and very few pragmatic compunctions to what she will do.
  • Villainous Incest: In the Half-Blood Prince film, she gives Draco a not-at-all-aunt-like kiss on the neck while encouraging him to kill Dumbledore. He seems disturbed by this. In the same movie, she gets very much into her sister Narcissa's personal space while performing the Unbreakable Vow. Unlike her son, however, Narcissa doesn't seem to mind.
  • Villainous Valor: When Bellatrix is sentenced to life imprisonment in the 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.
  • Whip It Good: At one point in the films she has her wand extend a whip from its tip and uses it to duel Scabior.
  • 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 torturing 17 year-old Hermione. She also fantasizes of 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.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: At one point Sirius mentions her being at Hogwarts at the same time as the Marauders and Snape, however the Black Family Tapestry states that Bellatrix is more than seven years older than them.
  • Yandere: She's completely obsessed with Voldemort.
  • Younger Than They Look: As is typical for a former Azkaban inmate. She's 46-47 by Deathly Hallows but Harry notes that her years in Azkaban have left her gaunt and lined in a way that makes her appear much older. Averted in the films due to Helena Bonham Carter's casting.
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    Lucius Malfoy 
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Portrayed by: Jason Isaacs

"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 is 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 dueling in the books, in the films he confidently deflects Harry's spells and fights pretty fiercely against Sirius Black and Harry.
  • 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.
  • Anti-Villain: Somewhat. By the time of Book 7, he seems closer to this trope than a full out villain, especially when it is shown that he cared for his family's well being enough to abandon Voldemort. His short time in Azkaban between Book 5 and Book 6 probably also helped as well.
  • 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 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.
  • Badass Longrobe: Sports a very handsome one.
  • Big Man on Campus: As a wealthy Slytherin prefect it's heavily implied that Lucius was this during his school days.
  • 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.
  • Classy Cane: Which 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.
  • The Dragon: At first; 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 favorite Death Eater.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The 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.
  • 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' 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Lucius is capable of acting polite and reasonable, hence his Villain with Good Publicity status. He even 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.
  • 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: For Voldemort's second in command, he has an abysmal record of success, thrice failing a perfectly good set up.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Somewhat. After his wife betrayed Voldemort to protect Draco, the Malfoys get the hell outa Hogwarts. However, as Pottermore reveals, he never lets go of his racism towarda Muggle-borns.
  • 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 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. 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 favor 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 was six teenagers. Most tellingly he served 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.
  • Jerkass: From his introduction he was haughty and prejudiced.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In Pottermore it is 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 his wife, Astoria, refused to tolerate the elder Malfoys indoctrinating Scorpius with their pureblood anti-Muggle nonsense.
  • 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.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: It is 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.
  • Morality Pet: For his son. He and his wife are one of the few people Draco truly cares for.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Combines a bit of Louis Cypher in his first name with a last name meaning approximately "evil-doing."
  • Near-Villain Victory: Almost gets Harry to hand over the prophecy before the Order of the Phoenix arrives.
  • 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 school days, was able to get a rough time frame of when and where Voldemort made the rest.
  • 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 Man: Especially when working along Bellatrix and the more Ax-Crazy Death Eaters.
  • 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 Harry Potter and the 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.
  • 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.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Where do you think Draco learned his Fantastic Racism?
  • Pragmatic Villain: 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.
  • Racist Grandpa: Pottermore claims that he enjoys this reputation among Draco's wife and child. Astoria Greengrass opposed the pureblood nonsense which Lucius, even after Voldemort nearly killing 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).
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Well implied he inherited all his money, and after being sacked as a school council member in book two he doesn't seem to get another occupation. May be subverted in the film Deathly Hallows: Part 1, where he's shown drinking a wine with label "Malfoy Apothecary", which implies he at least has one family business.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Which he trades on 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 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: Due to his wealth.
  • 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 proved 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 led it to being destroyed, but provided 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.
  • Torture Technician: Although far more composed and sane 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.
  • 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 Lucious 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 is no longer his confident, imperious self, but a man who is worn out and just wants to keep his family safe.
  • Villainous Friendship: Appears to have this with Severus Snape. This friendship existed since their youth.
  • 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.

    Peter Pettigrew 
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Portrayed by: Timothy Spall (adult), Charles Hughes (teenager), Dex (Scabbers)

A coward who will attach himself to the most powerful wizard available to him. In school, James Potter of the Marauders was that wizard; in adulthood, that wizard became Lord Voldemort, who Pettigrew follows for fear of terrible retribution.


  • 0% Approval Rating: Generally gets this attitude due to his betrayal of the Potters. Voldemort himself loathes Wormtail and considers his help an Embarrassing Rescue and basically hates being in his presence and downgrades him to a level slightly above House-Elf, and keeps him further and further away from his person after his comeback. Even Snape, who is well aware of Pettigrew's role in the death of the woman he loved, seems to treat him as being beneath his contempt.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The film version of Wormtail seems generally nastier than in the novels, giving quite a few taunting Psychotic Smirks on his reveal, whereas the guy in the books was a pitiable disgusting obsequious man who's always afraid.
  • All for Nothing: After he dies, Harry muses how Peter's turn to villainy ruined his life. He had a pretty good thing going in the Order with friends who genuinely liked him, and threw all that away for the sake of power. And even then, he didn't get it, seeing as how the other villains treat him as basically worthless.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • He was always the hanger-on of the Marauders — even the teachers occasionally got in on the act. McGonagall, during his Villain with Good Publicity phase, laments being harsh on him.
    • Is treated this way as by the Death-Eaters, too. Even though he was essential in resurrecting Voldemort and bringing about his return to power, the other Death-Eaters know he doesn't have a shred of loyalty in him and would stab all of them in the back if it suited him. After Voldemort is brought back, Wormtail is only seen doing odd jobs for Death-Eaters like Malfoy, working as little more than a servant.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Part of the reason he betrayed the Potters was because he didn't just want to be safe, he wanted to be powerful. Dumbledore could offer him protection, but Voldemort offered him the opportunity to be a highly-placed member of his order, and Peter just couldn't resist the chance.
  • An Arm and a Leg: "Flesh of a servant willingly given," which leads him to chop his own arm off in Voldemort's resurrection ritual. Though it's unlikely Wormtail had a real choice if he wanted to live, and Voldemort himself gloated that Wormtail can look forward to a task that his other servants would give their right hand for.
  • Animal Motifs: Was weak, opportunistic, cowardly, and disloyal. Associating with him ruined the lives of his closest friends like some hideous disease. A rat through-and-through.
  • Animorphism: Like all the other Marauders, Peter is an Animagus. Specifically he can turn into a rat.
  • Artificial Limbs: After cutting off his own hand during Voldemort's resurrection ritual, he is rewarded with a metallic hand courtesy of the Dark Lord himself.
  • Asshole Victim: Given his sniveling, cowardly nature and the fact that virtually the entire cast loathes him he's promptly forgotten about upon his death. Even Harry and Ron, who attempt to save him when his enchanted hand strangles him, are more horrified at how he died rather than his death itself.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Peter was deeply loved by his three schoolmates, and though he might've been domineering and egotistical toward him James still cared about Peter enough that he trusted him with the safety of him, his wife, and his infant son. He was even fairly safe as an Order member, as he had Dumbledore to protect him. Peter threw all that away because he wanted to be powerful and famous as Voldemort's right hand. Instead, he wound up having to live as a rat for twelve years, and was hated by the Death Eaters because it was his information that led to Voldemort going to his downfall. He only resurrected Voldemort because he'd burned his bridges so thoroughly that Voldemort was the only one he had left. Even then, Voldemort treated him badly and made it very clear he was only doing this because he had no choice either, and once he was fully resurrected demoted Peter to menial labor. Nobody on Voldemort's side respected or trusted Peter at all, considering him more The Igor than a full member of their ranks. Voldemort did give him a neat magic hand out of the deal — except the hand was charmed so that any sign of disloyalty (which Voldemort fully expected) would trigger it to turn on him and choke him to death. Harry eventually reflects how Peter's turn to evil basically wrecked his own life along with that of his friends.
  • Better Living Through Evil: Appears to have made this choice after escaping from Harry, Sirius and Remus at the end of the third book. From there on, he readily serves Voldemort's slightest whim, playing a role in his subsequent resurrection, although (as Voldemort lampshades) this is mostly because his betrayal has alienated basically everyone else he might turn to and Voldemort is the only person who would actually accept his help.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: First off, he betrayed James and Lily to Voldemort. Then he blew up an entire street of Muggles when Sirius caught up to him.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Who would have ever thought ''Scabbers'' was the one behind Lily and James' deaths?
  • The Chessmaster: It's often forgotten by fans that Sirius accused Pettigrew of passing information to Voldemort for an entire year and he was a member of the Order of the Phoenix. Which means that he didn't just fool Sirius and James, but also the likes of Dumbledore, Alastor Moody and several other talented witches and wizards. When suspicions of a mole entered the Order, Dumbledore is implied to have suspected Sirius, while Sirius suspected Remus.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Sirius explicitly characterizes this as Wormtail's mentality. He would associate with whichever side seemed to be winning and/or was willing to give him power and respect, and he'd betray them the instant he felt he could get a better deal elsewhere. This was what led him to become a spy for Voldemort in the first place, and he hid and didn't rejoin him for twelve years because Voldemort had become a Dark Lord on Life Support (and would likely be somewhat peeved because it was Wormtail's information that led to his downfall). He only returned when he had no other choice, as his former friends found him out. Voldemort such treats Peter with absolutely no respect, and sneaks a fail-safe against further treachery in the form of the silver hand he gave Wormtail, which was programmed to strangle him the instant he showed signs of disloyalty.
  • Cool-Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Was the Loser to his cool Marauder friends, and it didn't work out well neither for him nor his friends in the end.
  • Cornered Rattlesnake: More like "Cornered Rat". Pun intended, but he seems to show exceptional magic, intelligence and initiative when he's backed into a corner.
  • The Corruptible: Not that his friends realized until it was too late. Sirius assumed the Death Eaters would target him first and the unassuming Peter would be a less obvious Secret Keeper. Too bad Peter was easily tempted by the promise of power on the Dark Lord's side.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's painted as a poorly-skilled wizard, much like Neville Longbottom, who needed to rely on his friends to scrape by in school. However, he becomes an Animagus with help from his friends and keeps the disguise for twelve years (as Scabbers, Ron's pet rat), he creates a blast strong enough to blow apart a busy street and kill twelve Muggles in the process, casts a fully-functional Killing Curse with Voldemort's wand, and brews at least two incredibly difficult Dark potions to keep Voldemort alive and help him regain his body, respectively. In general he actually seems to be a pretty skilled wizard despite his reputation.
  • Demoted to Extra: To paraphrase Sirius, he had a far bigger role as "Scabbers" in Books 1-2 than as "Wormtail" in Books 5-7. He has major on-screen presence in Book 4 but he's absent in Book 5, reduced to a single scene appearance in Book 6 where he's Snape's servant, and then has two short scenes in Book 7. It's a fitting end for someone who always wanted attention, and despite playing a major role in the plot (betraying the Potters, and restoring Voldemort), he ended up a mere footnote.
  • Dirty Coward: Sirius summed it up best:
    Sirius: Harry, this piece of vermin is the reason you have no parents. This cringing bit of filth would have seen you die, too, without turning a hair. You heard him. His own stinking skin meant more to him than your whole family.
  • The Ditz: Was a poor student at Hogwarts in comparison to his Teen Genius friends. But even then, he seems to struggle answering a basic question about a werewolf despite running around with a werewolf once a month. James even lampshades it.
  • The Dog Bites Back: It doesn't justify his betrayal one bit, but Peter was on the receiving end of James and Sirius' condescension and their tendency to belittle his slow-wittedness, never making him truly feel like an equal. Word of God admitted that his subsequent triumph over Sirius has shades of Who's Laughing Now?, with Sirius realizing that Peter was smarter than they gave him credit for.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Turns out, Ron's pet rat was the traitor who gave up Lily and James to Voldemort.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Not even close enough to repentance mind you, but he seemed to have felt slightly uneasy in meetings with the Potters after arranging their deaths. As for Harry he made a weak attempt to convince Voldemort to choose someone else and it is mentioned that when giving Harry his wand for the duel he avoided eye contact. And of course there was that life-debt that sealed his fate.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Neville. He was a friend of his generation's Power Trio, had a reputation as a poor student, and had more potential than anyone gave him credit for. Harry instinctively casts him as that generation's Neville just from hearing about him. What makes them different is that Neville has the courage to take a stand when it counts and even call the trio out when they are doing something dubious (as in Book 1) whereas Peter bottled his resentment and accepted being a sidekick and never called his friends out at all.
    • He's specifically an ironic Shadow Archetype to Severus Snape. One of them unwittingly compromises the safety of his childhood friend, another one willingly betrays said friends to the Dark Lord. In their school days, Snape was a Slytherin and friends with future Death Eaters, while Peter was a Gryffindor and friends with the most popular and anti-Dark Arts students. Rowling later also revealed that they both chose their house for its reputation despite having been well suited for the opposite one: just as Snape might have been, in Dumbledore's words, sorted too soon, Peter almost wound up in Slytherin but asked to be sorted in Gryffindor.
    • He's also one to Ron, as the less-talented friend who was constantly Overshadowed by Awesome and resented it. Rowling has even said that Ron could have been the second coming of Wormtail, but in keeping with the books' theme of choice, he chose to remain loyal to his friends, while Pettigrew eventually let his desire for power and the spotlight overwhelm what loyalty he had.
  • Evil Former Friend: He was the one who sold out James and Lily Potter, but before that, he was a member of the Marauders and Sirius mentions that any of the others would die for him.
  • Extreme Doormat: How James treated him in the Pensieve flashback in the book, being a fawning fan of James' lame trick and taking his constant insults without reply. Years later, Sirius Black realizes, far too late, that this in fact made him perfect traitor material, willing to serve only the "biggest bullies in the playground".
    • Unlike Ron, who also felt Overshadowed by Awesome like Peter, Wormtail never voiced out and worked through his resentment and insecurity, instead he chose to bottle it and accept being the Sidekick of the powerful, whether its the Marauders or Voldemort.
    • Despite being responsible for Voldemort's eventual return to full strength he promptly becomes this among the Death Eaters due to their dislike of him. During his time as Snape's "assistant" Snape treats him like a house-elf and openly insults him; in Snape's case knowing that Peter was responsible for Lily's death likely didn't help. In Deathly Hallows he seems relegated to menial tasks, namely being ordered by Voldemort to keep captives quiet.
  • Fair Weather Friend: Peter was this to the Marauders. It's implied that he befriended them for their popularity and talent so he could live vicariously through their accomplishments, as well as joining them in bullying other students. And while he was more of a hanger-on than an equal, and despite James and Sirius making fun of him as friends, all three of them considered Peter a true friend and would have willingly died for him. Peter proved that he lacked any similar conviction or sense of loyalty and willing betrayed them to be powerful and famous as Voldemort's right hand.
  • Faking the Dead: Fearing retribution from Death Eaters and the Order for knowing the truth of his role in the Potters' death. But still he spent 12 years as a rat.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: In Book 6, he's shown to be, more or less, Snape's human house-elf in his Spinner's End home, this after being Voldemort's right-hand man. Wormtail likewise finds serving Severus Snape, who he tormented alongside James and Co. as a student, degrading.
  • Freudian Excuse: Wormtail's a coward and a bastard, with just about no redeeming moments or qualities in between, but it still has to be mentioned that it's heavily implied Remus was the only person who was ever consistently nice to him, even going so far as convincing James and Sirius to let him join their circle. Being constantly seen as the 'hanger on' and complete Butt-Monkey of the group, even by his teachers and classmates, both played no small part in his later betrayal.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Was this to the Mauraders, at least how it appeared to outsiders. However it's clear they genuinely loved him and trusted him with their lives, which made his betrayal of them all the worse. Despite being a fully fledged Death Eater, no one in Voldemort's organization seems to care for him either, since it was his action that resulted in Voldemort's first downfall.
  • Genius Ditz: He's able to fool wizards like Dumbledore and Alastor Moody for over a year and is able to perform highly advanced magic and be a key part of extremely complex plans.
  • Gonk: In the films.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His betrayal of the Order is ultimately the reason why, at the start of the series, he's an outcast despised by his allies forced to live as an animal. It's also probably why he died, as Voldemort had the sense to realize that if he could do it to his friends he'd do it to Voldemort, and took precautions against his sudden but inevitable betrayal.
  • The Igor: His dynamic with Voldemort in Book 4 is filled with this, complete with obsequiousness, fawning obedience and submissiveness that even Voldemort starts disliking after a while.
  • Informed Attribute:
    • Although placed in Gryffindor, known for its courage, Pettigrew displays, during the books and in Sirius' and Remus' flashbacks, attributes more suited to Slytherin: hiding his true abilities behind a mask of weakness (he is an Animagus, and can successfully cast the Killing Curse, both of which are difficult tasks), seeking the protection of those stronger than he, and successfully deceiving his friends. (Dumbledore often thought "we sort too soon.") Not to mention that the Sorting Hat lets you choose, if you want.
    • Also, his incompetence. As has been repeatedly pointed out, Wormtail displays signs of being a very talented wizard, certainly not the best we see, but in this series, that's hardly a fair statement. He frequently performs nonverbal magic, once killed twelve people with a single curse, is able to cast the Killing Curse (which is very difficult to produce, and with a wand that was not his own, no less), and was able to become an Animagus as a young teenager (which, even with assistance, is a very impressive feat). It would seem that he is, in fact, an extremely capable Dark Wizard, but, given his general personality, it makes sense people wouldn't give him much credit for it.
  • It's All About Me: He values his own life above the lives of others, and his own power above his friendships with the other Mauraders.
  • Karmic Death: He ultimately dies betrayed by the silver hand Voldemort gave him as a reward for helping out in the rebirth ritual, which Voldemort had programmed to kill Peter if he ever betrayed Voldemort like he'd done the Order. The few seconds of hesitation he had after Harry reminds Peter that he owes a life debt turn out to qualify, and the hand strangles Peter. "May your loyalty never waver again" indeed...
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Peter's act of betraying the Order ends up having the exact opposite effect that he wanted. He turned traitor because he didn't think that he was getting enough glory as a member of the Order of the Phoenix, and thought he could be more valuable (and thus, famous, after Voldemort won) to Voldemort as a spy. His information led to his new master's downfall, he had to spend twelve years as a common pet rat, the Death Eaters hated him too because he ended up sending their master to his death, and even when he managed to revive Voldemort and resume service, he had nothing valuable to offer the Death Eaters and was lowered to menial labor and treated with contempt, a far cry from the respect and friendship he had as a member of the Order of the Phoenix. And he can't even leave, because he's betrayed everyone else who might take him in. And after betraying almost every character in the story, he was betrayed by his magic hand for a tiny impulse of reluctance while attempting to kill Harry, to whom he has a life debt.
  • Les Collaborateurs: He passed information to the Death Eaters from within the Order of the Phoenix for about a year. His betrayal is implied to have been particularly destructive, as there were no known deaths in the Order during the previous decade of war, while nine Order members (some alongside their families) were killed over the course of a single year after he became a spy. He is definitely responsible for causing at least two of those deaths by revealing the whereabouts of his friends James and Lily Potter to Voldemort.
  • Manipulative Bastard: While on the lam, he runs into former classmate Bertha Jorkins who figures out his identity and that he's been Faking the Dead. Pettigrew is able to convince her to trust him and leads her into a trap, earning rare praise from Voldemort who was able to capitalize on Jorkins being an unexpected goldmine of valuable information.
  • Meaningful Name: Wormtail is quite good at worming his way out of trouble, isn't he?
    • Additionally, a rat's long, thin, pink tail strongly resembles a worm.
    • "Peter Pettigrew" has shades of this. In the Bible, Peter was considered the most trustworthy of the Apostles, which is bitterly ironic in this case. However, he's also well-known for thrice denying that he was an Apostle during Jesus's trial, and thus in a way betraying Jesus (although unlike Pettigrew, the Apostle Peter regretted it when he realized what he'd just done). And "Petti-grew" could sound like "petty" and "grew", signifying petty choices growing to be something more catastrophic.
  • Not Enough to Bury: The official story was that he tried to confront Sirius and got blown up for his troubles, along with half a street and several muggles, leaving behind a single index finger that was delivered to his mother in a box. In truth, this is subverted: it was SIRIUS who confronted him, and PETER was the one who blew up the street. He then cut off his finger in the ensuing chaos to frame Sirius for his murder, and snuck away, presumably in rat form.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Considered to be a bit of a dunce, Wormtail not only managed to become an Animagus at the age of 15, a impressive feat even with helpnote , but was skilled enough to join the Order of the Phoenix, which included such powerful wizards as Moody and Dumbledore. He was cunning and sly enough to be a spy for the Death Eaters and discreet enough to deflect suspicion from everyone, even Dumbledore. After the fall of Voldemort, he accused Sirius of betraying James and Lily for all those around them to hear, created a massive explosion that killed 12 innocents and faked his death by slicing one of his fingers off and transforming into a rat, leaving Sirius behind to be framed while he spent 13 years hidden with a wizarding family. After being revealed as a traitor, he was cunning enough to gather information (from rats, no less) that Voldemort was hiding in Albania, journey there, find his master and lure Bertha Jorkins to him. He was skilled enough to cast the powerful Killing Curse with a wand that was not his, and he was capable of brewing several complicated potions that gave Voldemort his corporeal form again.
  • The Oath-Breaker: He was the Secret Keeper magically charged with concealing the Potters' location when they went into hiding. His betrayal of them to Lord Voldemort resulted in James and Lily being murdered and Harry orphaned.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Mostly people just call him Wormtail.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Wormtail is a humbler example as a Dirty Coward and chronic backstabber who just looks for the biggest shadow to crawl and live in. First he "befriended" the Marauders at Hogwarts because they were popular, then he betrayed them as an adult, becoming The Mole for the Death Eaters in the Order of the Phoenix because Voldemort was gaining more and more power. Wormtail sold out his "friends," the Potters, and their one-year-old son to their deaths, just to secure his position, then after that backfired, he went framed his other "friend" Sirius and went into hiding. It speaks volumes of Wormtail's level of cowardice and self-interest that he was willing to live as a rat for over a decade, just on the off chance Voldemort returned and he needed to offer Harry up as a sacrifice to get back in his good graces. It's only when he has literally no other option that he seeks out Voldemort and helps him return to full power, just to have the protection of someone powerful again.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Within the Marauders, Wormtail was the odd one out, the least talented and least interesting in terms of personality. This in a way led to his Start of Darkness. Likewise when he returns to Voldemort's circle, Voldemort barely acknowledges his presence, while praising and honoring Barty Crouch Jr., Bellatrix and Severus Snape. Notably when Voldemort conquers the Ministry, important positions are given to the Carrows, Yaxley, and even Fenrir Greyback while Wormtail is stuck being prison guard.
  • Pet the Dog: One of his very few acts (perhaps the only one) of extremely relative honor leads directly to his death. When Harry reminds Wormtail he owes him a life debt, Peter briefly hesitates to kill him while he has the chance, realizing too late that, in doing so, he had just signed his own death warrant.
  • Plug 'n' Play Prosthetics: After he sacrifices one of his hands for the ritual to revive Voldemort, Voldemort conjures up a fully functional silver hand for him. Justified since A Wizard Did It.
  • Red Right Hand: How Sirius figures out that Peter is still alive and has been hiding as Scabbers for years: Scabbers is missing the first toe on his left-front paw. The largest piece of Pettigrew found by the Ministry was his left index finger.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: A good summary of his current state of being His former allies loathe him, but so do his current allies-as noted above, he has no loyalty to the cause, only himself, and his current co-workers all know it. Voldemort never trusts him with any more than menial tasks after GoF (when he had no one else) because he's very much aware that Peter's only still with him because this is his only un-burned bridge left. Even his death is in line with the trope- Voldemort had a fit of savyness when creating the silver hand for Wormtail and programmed it to turn on him and strangle him to death if he ever betrayed Voldemort. Turns out, any hesitation in carrying out Voldemort's orders counts as betrayal.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Peter pathetically tries to drudge up sympathy at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, he tries to remind Ron that he was a good pet. Sirius angrily pointed out that his defense of being a better rat than a human being is Not Helping Your Case.
  • Slimeball: Through and through. Ironically, his insult in the Marauder's Map remarks that "Mr Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slime-ball."
  • Spared By Adaptation: Assumed in the films, thanks to his death being deemed too disturbing for a PG-13 movie. Of course, just because he didn't die the same way as in the books doesn't mean that he necessarily survived. He wasn't anywhere in the last movie. If he did survive, chances are he ended up in Azkaban. There's also possibility that Dobby's attack may actually killed him instead of stunned him. Alternatively, Voldemort may also killed him later off-screen for failing him, considering that Peter is the warden of protagonists' prison at the time.
  • Team Killer: To the Marauders as a whole, betraying The Leader (James), his wife and their son to his master in exchange for his life and then framing Sirius, condemning him to 12 years in Azkaban.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: The young Wormtail we see in the flashbacks seems to be a normal albeit average wizard and Harry later finds a moving image of him alongside James, Sirius and Remus in happier times, with very little hint that he would turn out the way he did.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Peter, despite showing absolutely none of the traits associated with it, was Sorted to Gryffindor. It can be assumed the Sorting Hat saw the potential of bravery and whatnot in Wormtail, but he clearly didn't live up to it. Another theory is that he became a Gryffindor because he certainly does value bravery... but only in other people, so he can hide behind his strong friends while they keep him safe.
  • True Companions: James, Sirius, and Remus loved Peter like a brother and would have done anything for him, even died for him. Peter did not reciprocate. Like, at all.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He is this to the core. Despite James and Sirius making fun of him as friends, they did make him part of their adventures and helped him perform extraordinary feats of magic and as Sirius stated, would have died for him. He willingly chose to betray them to Voldemort, claiming to save his life, but actually because he wanted to be Voldemort's Number Two and part of his triumph.
    • Likewise, Sirius shows extraordinary trust in Peter Pettigrew, making him the Secret Keeper to the Potters, telling him that they wouldn't have accepted had Sirius not vouched for him. In spite of this love and trust, Peter frames Sirius for his crime, sending him to 12 years in prison for a crime which Wormtail committed.
    • Likewise Harry saving Wormtail's life leads him to willingly seek out Voldemort and return him to power. Voldemort is very savvy, noting that Wormtail is already regretting finding Voldemort and returning him to health.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Was 'posthumously' awarded the Order of Merlin first class after he was 'murdered' by Sirius Black, the man who supposedly betrayed the Potter's to Voldemort. Harry even favorably compares him to his friend Neville when hearing more about him. Too bad it wasn't actually ''Sirius'' who ended up betraying Harry's parents to the Dark Lord, after all...
  • Walking Spoiler: Like Sirius, it's nigh impossible to talk about him without spoiling the big twist of book 3.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Peter doesn't profit at all from any of his crimes and Harry realizes that Wormtail probably regretted doing all the terrible things he did.
  • You Dirty Rat!: Animagus forms are chosen based on the wizard's personality; clearly the Animagus magic had this trope in mind when giving Peter his rat form.
  • Younger Than They Look: Described as "thin, colourless, unkempt with a bald patch." Later still, he's described as having graying hair. He's only in his early thirties, although twelve years as a rat (who normally only live for three years) can't have been that good for him.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Peter is on the receiving end of this from Sirius in book 3, since if he hadn't betrayed the Potters to Voldemort out of fear for his own life, they wouldn't have died.

    Bartemius Crouch Jr. 
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Portrayed by: David Tennant
Appears in: Goblet of Fire

"I will be honored 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. Along with Bellatrix Lestrange, he participated 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 filmic 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 third most skilled wizard in the series, after Dumbledore and Voldemort. He's a Master Actor, a wizard powerful enough to confound an ancient artifact like the Goblet of Fire, very skilled in curses, knowledgeable about different branches of magic, an occlumens strong enough to fool Dumbledore — 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 advatange Snape has over him is sanity. And this is all after more than a decade of different and horrible types of mental torture.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Blond in the book, dark-haired in the film.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed. The film version of him is a one-dimensional completely sadistic lunatic that relished his evil actions and showed no remorse whatsoever. In the book, while not necessarily any more humane, he is much more subtle and low-key, making his monstrosity less overt. The film also removes his Tragic Villain status.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He pleaded with his father for mercy during his trial.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Due to his status as a Consummate Liar and Master Actor, it's unclear whether or not his terror and pleas for mercy during his trial were real or just an act to secure his release. Crouch himself acts as if he never faltered in his dedication to Voldemort, and Voldemort himself describes Crouch as "someone whose loyalty has never wavered", which suggests the latter (although neither are exactly reliable sources; Voldemort didn't witness the trial, and Crouch underwent definite Sanity Slippage between the trial and his rejoining Voldemort).
  • Anti-Villain: A Type II on the Sliding Scale. Barty never showed any particular inclination to blood purity or the Dark Arts as a child; he merely joined the Death Eaters because he need a place to belong. There are several hints that his stay in Azkaban drove him way off the deep end, making him far more evil than before his arrest.
  • Ax-Crazy: His insanity wasn't too much of a factor in the book, most likely caused by his stay in Azkaban. However his film version is worse, being a drooling, slavering maniac who did what he did For the Evulz.
  • 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..."
  • Character Tic: 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" 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 is often assumed that he did get Dementor's Kiss in the movie, 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. Word of God implies he was just keeping in-character though.
  • 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 (torturing the Longbottoms for information that could revive his Not Quite Dead master), 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 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 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 is very intelligent, and it is 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," 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 frilliance 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 Bond Villain monologue. 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 Mentor: Strangely subverted.
    Dean: Well, [Crouch] turned out to be a maniac, didn't he? Mind you, we still learned loads.
    • A good example 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 GoF or the later books.
  • Evil Teacher: He is 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.
  • For the Evulz: In the film. Not so much in the novel.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: It appears that Crouch, Jr. was tried in a Kangaroo Court, but was actually guilty anyway. This is a Red Herring designed to trick the reader into thinking he was innocent.
  • Freudian Excuse: Parental neglect caused him to grow up without a proper understanding of love or friendship. His isolation and distance from his father made him cling to Voldemort as a replacement father figure due to their similar backgrounds. A combination of his stay in Azkaban and his subsequent house arrest by his father caused his sanity to deteriorate, and turned his affection for Voldemort into a fanatical devotion.
  • Friendless Background: Never outright stated, but it is strongly implied that he never had any real friends until joining the Death Eaters in his late teens. Even then, calling them "friends" is a bit of a stretch.
  • Gambit 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.
  • Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: While it's never stated outright, it's a plausible interpretation of his development between the flashback to his trial and his appearance in the modern day. In the flashback, he is terrified of the prospect of going to Azkaban, and is the only one of his band of Death Eaters to renounce Voldemort and plead innocence by appealing to his family relation to Crouch Sr., implying perhaps that his involvement in the Longbottoms' torture was somewhat half-hearted. After suffering Azkaban, and years of his father's abusive, mind-controlled custody, he is a bona fide Voldemort fanatic with an open grudge against his father.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Seriously, this man was more efficient than all the other Death Eaters put together. Not only did he manage to impersonate Mad-Eye Moody perfectly, but even managed to fool Dumbledore who was his oldest friend, for over a year! In fact, if we look at at his evil plan then everything he was personally responsible 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!
  • 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 a more border-line sign though, yes he was screaming hysterically about his innocence when he was about to be taken in by the Dementors, but it seems most likely that he would keep on his search for his lord if freed, unlike others who chose not to, despite escaping Azkaban.
  • 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: Mentions the graveyard, tipping Harry off. (This occurs only in the film.)
  • 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 — in class, he calls Neville up to his office and gives him a book on herbology (Neville's favorite 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.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • Turning Malfoy into a ferret was only done of out a grudge towards his father but that didn't take away from how well-deserved it was.
    • Killing Barty Sr.
  • 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 Eater cause with zealotry perhaps equaled only by Bellatrix Lestrange. Thing is that cause was about the ensured rise of the DARK ORDER. In contrast, to Death Eaters such as Lucius Malfoy and Peter Pettigrew who 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.
  • 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 an extremely good friend of the real Alastor Moody — was totally fooled right until the end.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Harry is 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 Kedavera. Harry's resistance to the curse and the subsequent battle with and escape from Voldemort can be directly laid at Barty's feet.
  • Oedipus Complex: He loved (and was loved by) his mother, and he hated (and was hated by) his father.
  • 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.
  • Psycho Supporter: In both the book and the movie, but in the movie, it was made more obvious.
  • 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 is 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.
  • 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.
  • Tragic Villain: So very, very tragic. 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 that he could find love from. Completely averted in the film. See Adaptational Villainy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, where his appointment with a Dementor and his kiss doesn't get mentioned.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: A rare villain-to-villain case. He is 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.
  • Yandere: When it comes to Voldemort, he's on a par with Bellatrix.

    Amycus and Alecto Carrow 
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Portrayed by: Ralph Ineson and Suzie Toase

"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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Ironic Name: There is 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.
  • Siblings in Crime: Both are Death Eaters and always work together in this role.
  • 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 
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Portrayed by: Peter Mullan

"Spare us. The brats of Mud-bloods 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.


  • Bad Boss: Is this to the Ministry officials, if his attitude torwards Reg Cattermole is anything to go by.
  • Badass Baritone: As played by Peter Mullen in Yaxley's few speaking parts.
  • 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 is 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 is mentioned in passing before he even appears, we just aren't sure that they are the same character until the following book.

Allies

    The Augurey 
Portrayed by: Esther Smith (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run), TBD (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.

For tropes applying to them before The Reveal, see Delphini Diggory's folder under the "Other Characters" sheet.


  • 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.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Very clearly trying to emulate both parents, who fought for Voldemort in the first Wizarding War.
  • Flight: An ability shared with Lord Voldemort himself, the Augurey is the second wizard in history able to fly without the aid of any enchanted object.
  • 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.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Plays both Albus and Scorpius like a fiddle in order to bring the Death Eaters back into power.
  • 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).
  • Secret Identity: The Augurey is an alterego for Delphini Diggory.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Harry, highlighting the issues being orphaned and having a great destiny thrust upon him has brought.
  • 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.

    Dementors 
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"I must warn you. Dementors are vicious creatures. They do not distinguish between the one they hunt and the one who gets in their way."
Albus Dumbledore

Uncanny creatures in black cloaks that are essentially walking (err, make that floating) Mind Rapes waiting to happen. Initially, they serve the Ministry of Magic as guards for Azkaban, but care nothing for human morality; all they want are victims whose emotions they can feed on, and they're more than willing to switch their allegiance to Voldemort when he offers a better deal. Notable for being Harry's worst fear, because they can use their powers to force him to relive the many traumatic experiences of his life, particularly his parents' deaths.


  • Achilles' Heel: The only thing that can repel them is a strong corporeal Patronus with a clearly defined animal form, which is already difficult to summon under normal conditions, and even harder to summon when surrounded by hundreds of dementors.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the films, they notably have the power to fly, something which is never hinted in the books (they are described as "floating" and "gliding," but not more than ground level).
  • The Ageless: Dementors do not appear to age, and it is unknown if they can be killed.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Goes with the territory of being personified despair.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of despair (or in Muggle terms, of clinical depression).
  • Black Cloak: Usually their only distinguishable visual trait.
  • Blind Seer: They can't see and can only sense humans by their emotions.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: They certainly seem cruel and twisted, but practically nothing is known about their natures. They could enjoy tormenting humans, or they could simply be predatory by nature. Their pre-Voldemort gig is working for the Ministry of Magic to keep the Azkaban prisoners trapped in their own heads.
  • Cessation of Existence: This is what happens to a soul eaten by a Dementor. Either that, or the soul is still trapped inside the Dementor (much like the souls trapped in a philosopher's stone in Fullmetal Alchemist).
  • Despair Event Horizon: They seem to induce this; characters describe being in their presence as evoking a feeling that they could never be happy ever again.
  • The Dreaded: The mere thought of being sent to Azkaban and guarded by the Dementors is enough to terrify even Hagrid.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Even by the standards of the wizarding world, these creatures come off as ghastly and unnatural. Merely being in their presence can fill wizards and muggles alike with despair and dread, and they can suck your soul straight out of your body.
  • Emotion Bomb: Despair, mixed with fear.
  • Emotion Eater: Their presence drains the happiness out of you. A Patronus, the only spell that works against them, is an embodied positive thought that can't feel despair.
  • The Empath: Due to their blindness, they sense humans by their emotions.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Nearby objects freeze over in their presence.
  • Eyeless Face: Which they conceal beneath their hoods. Since they have no eyes, they're essentially blind.
  • The Faceless: Until they attack, at least. This is dropped in the films after Prisoner of Azkaban, where the Dementors tend not to wear their hoods, leaving their mostly blank faces exposed.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The Dementor's Kiss, where a dementor forcibly extracts its victim's soul from their body, leaving them an empty, but still living, husk.
  • Flight: They can fly high above the ground in the films, getting into a high-speed chase with Harry in the third film. This is averted in the books, where they settle for a mere Ghostly Glide.
  • Ghostly Chill: Dementors cause freezing cold just by their presence.
  • Ghostly Glide: In the books Dementors are described to glide over the ground.
  • The Heartless: They induce depression and despair in humans by being close to them, and it is implied that they multiply in conditions of mass excitement and emotion. We never learn how they come to be, or, indeed, if anyone knows this at all, but their presence drains the positive emotions of everyone around them, and they will swallow the souls of anyone too weak to fight back if given the chance.
  • In the Hood: No one knows what Dementors look like under their hoods, because the only time they remove them is to perform the Dementor's Kiss, by which point You Are Already Worse Than Dead.
  • Invisible to Normals: Muggles and squibs cannot see them, but they can feel their presence and are not immune to their Emotion Bomb and Mind Rape powers.
  • It Can Think: While they seem incapable of speech, Dementors are shown to be at least somewhat intelligent; they are capable of working out deals and communicating with wizards, as well as pretending to serve the Ministry for a while after siding with Voldemort.
  • The Jailer: Basically their hat, at least during the first part of the series.
  • Knight Templar: The Dementors are initially viewed as lawful guards that simply go to extreme measures to trap prisoners. Subverted, since their defection to Voldemort reveals they care nothing for law so long as they can feast on souls.
  • Mind Rape: Merely being in the presence of a dementor causes lite Mind Rape; when there are lots of them, or they actually attack, it gets much worse.
  • Neurodiversity Is Supernatural: These guys could be the explanation behind a lot of cases of clinical depression in the Muggle world. It helps that they're Invisible to Normals.
  • Our Spirits Are Different: Pottermore classifies dementors, boggarts and poltergeists as "Non-Human Spiritous Apparitions".
  • Riddle for the Ages:
    • What does a dementor's face look like under its hood? No one knows, because the only time a dementor pulls its hood up is to give someone the Dementor's Kiss. It is then subverted, for Harry and the audience at least. Both in the book and film of their introduction, Harry is almost Kissed when they attack near the end but survives with his soul untouched, and we are given a lovely Freeze-Frame Bonus of a Dementor's face during the Quidditch Match, respectively.
    • What happens to a person's soul after it is consumed by a dementor? Is it destroyed, or is it somehow trapped inside the dementor's body?
  • The Soulless: The Dementors are famous for stealing the souls out of people's bodies, but it seems they themselves lack a proper sense of self.
  • Sudden Name Change: Up until Harry Potter finds out the actual name of the creatures that guard Azkaban, a wizarding prison, everyone refers to them as "The Azkaban Guards." After he experience their happiness-draining power and is told their name, Dementors, in Prisoner of Azkaban, no one refers to them as the Azkaban Guards ever again.
  • Vader Breath: In the films, they breathe quite heavily, as a sign of them inhaling people's despair. This is consistent with the books, where in Harry's first encounter with one, it is described as "[drawing] slow, rattling breath, as though it were trying to suck something more than air from its surroundings."
  • The Voiceless: Considering that they're able to work out deals with wizards, they probably have some method of communicating, but never speak on-page or in the films.
  • Walking Wasteland: The movie versions, causing that which they come close to to frost over.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: The Dementor's Kiss rips a soul out of a person, leaving a living husk to wither and die.

    Narcissa Malfoy (née Black) 
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Portrayed by: Helen McCrory

"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.


  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Stuck-up and patronizing, along with being born into a rich family.
  • Aww, 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.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Harry, or, at least for the time being...
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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".
  • 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 Word of God, 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.
  • 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' 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.
  • Multicolored Hair: A mix of blonde and brunette in the films.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Take a wild guess what the root word of her first name is.
  • Only Sane Woman: Alongside the other Malfoys, particularly when next to Bellatrix or Voldemort.
  • Racist Grandma: See her husband's entry above. 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.

    Quirinus Quirrell 

    Nagini 

    Slytherin's Monster 

    Golgomath 

Snatchers

    Fenrir Greyback 
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Portrayed by: Dave Legeno

"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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Death by Adaptation: His fate is unclear in the books.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Guttural Growler: He's described as having a raspy bark of a voice in the books.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He's rumored 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: Treats Hermione this way.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Savage Wolves: A werewolf that kills for its own sake and is especially gleeful about attacking children.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the films.
  • 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: As if "Fenrir" wasn't obvious enough.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Scabior 
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Portrayed by: Nick Moran
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 favor 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 
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Portrayed by: Predrag Bjelac
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Teacher: He is self-serving at best, being an ex-supporter of Voldemort, and is still shown as treating his students poorly.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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?"
  • Slimeball: Everything about him, his looks, his mannerisms and especially his voice are described in the word oily.
  • Stepford Smiler: He is described as having a smile that doesn't reach his cold eyes.

    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. himself, and 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.
  • 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.
  • The Dutiful Son: Looked upon as such by his parents.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: 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 statee 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.
  • For Want of a Nail: Suppose Regulus had come with the information about the Horcruxes to Dumbledore and the Order. Since this was before Voldemort's first downfall, it's likely that Voldemort's return could have been delayed or averted entirely, and many people would have lived.
  • 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.
  • 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, where he had such a good understanding 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.
  • 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 So Different: In some ways, to his brother Sirius. They may have held different views on what a good wizard was, but both men were loyal to their ideals, strong of moral character, devoted to their friends and loved ones. And more than willing to suffer if it means they can be safe.
  • 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.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: His life is a mix of this and The Greatest Story Never Told until Book 7. After finding Voldemort's Horcrux, he ordered Kreacher to destroy it, instead of giving it to his brother, a member of the Order of the Phoenix at the time of his death, or to Dumbledore. This leads to a bizarre, prolonged and needless Fetch Quest years after his death, after his brother died without knowing of his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He and Sirius.
  • Spanner in the Works: To both Voldemort and Dumbledore, discovering and compromising the latter's Horcrux while Dumbledore risks death and madness all for nothing.
  • 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.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Regulus Black unearthed Voldemort's greatest secret and took it to his grave without divulging anything he learned to Dumbledore or Sirius. The result is that it delayed Dumbledore's attempt to locate Horcruxes by two decades, during which time many innocent people died and his own brother was incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit.

Other Death Eaters

    Antonin Dolohov 
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Portrayed by: Arben Bajraktaraj

One of the most powerful 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.


  • 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.
  • Gang of Bullies: Mentioned as being part of one with Tom Riddle and other early Death Eaters. Or was it his father?...
  • Generation Xerox: Possibly. A Dolohov is mentioned among Voldemort's Death Eaters in the 1950s, however it's unknown if this is Antonin, or his father. (See Vague Age)
  • 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.
    • To count, he took part in assassinating the Prewett bros., he nearly killed Hermione, defeated Moody (both in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries), 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, 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.
  • Multiethnic Name: Antonín (accent on the 'i') is Czech, but -ov surnames are only really found in Bulgaria and Russia.
  • 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.
  • Torture Technician: According to Karkaroff, he was this during the first war.
  • Vague Age: He is said to have been working for Voldemort in since the 1950s, even before he began his campaign. This would make him at least 60 by the time Harry first meets him. His hair however has all of its colour and he is never described as being old, even being able to disguise as a muggle workman (who tend to be younger). The Dolohov mentioned to be with Riddle in the 50s is never given a first name, making it possible that this is his father instead.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Seriously injured Hermione and broke Neville's nose in Order of the Phoenix.
  • You Have Failed Me: Along with Rowle, though we do not see his punishment, Narcissa mentions it later.

    Walden Macnair 
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Portrayed by: Peter Best

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


  • 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: According to Hagrid:
    "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."
    • Bonus points for his first appearance (Book 3), where he's actually wielding an ax.
  • Badass Mustache: In the third book.
  • 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.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Described in the third book as having a deep voice.
  • Eye Scream: Neville jabs Hermione's wand into his eye in Book 5.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Violent Glaswegian: In the audiobook.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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: Bellatrix had sex with Voldemort at least once, a fact of which Rodolphus is aware. He doesn't care, and actually seems honored that Voldemort had a child by his wife, which brings to mind the behavior of a Cult member more than anything else.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Travers 

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.


  • Badass Baritone: Is described as having a cool voice.
  • Brainwashed: Harry puts him under the Imperius Curse at Gringotts.
  • 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.
  • Hero Killer: He was initially sent to Azkaban for killing Marlene McKinnon and her entire family.
  • Jerkass: Even towards other Death Eaters.
  • 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!
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Selwyn when responding to Xenophilius's summons.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When it's mentioned that Travers killed Marlene McKinnon's family, it implies her whole family.

    Thorfinn Rowle 
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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 lead to the death of another Death Eater, Gibbon.
  • 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.
  • The Brute: Is among the most physically imposing Death Eaters, and is shown to be an aggressive duelist.
  • Dumb Muscle: Averted; he actually seems to be relatively clever and usually did well in duels without having to resort to physical attacks.
  • No Name Given: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Like Father, Like Son: His father was one of the original Death Eaters.
  • Out of Focus: Even worse than his brother in this regard.
  • Torture Technician: Assisted in torturing Frank and Alice Longbottom to insanity.
  • 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.

    Nott 

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 the Golden Trio.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not Wanting Kids Is Weird: He did not have a child until later in life, so much later that his son is a generation younger than the children of his contemporaries.
  • 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 Grandma: He is in his late 60s and has been loyal to Voldemort and his Pureblood supremacy since he was a schoolboy.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The first of the Death Eaters to go down in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  • 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.
  • Widow Woman: His wife died, leaving him to raise their son Theodore on his own.

    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.
  • 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 Humor: Along with younger Mulciber, younger Avery is described to have an "evil idea of humor" 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, 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.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Mulciber when the two were students.
  • 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.

    Selwyn 
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.


  • Ax-Crazy: Seems to be this when summoned by Xenophilius.
  • 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!"
  • Guttural Growler: Depicted as such in the audiobook.
  • 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.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Travers when the two visit the Lovegood home.
  • 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.


  • Brainwashed: Igor Karkaroff mentions that the one of them specialized in the Imperius Curse.
  • Creepy Child: Lily describes the younger Mulciber as such when they were students.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Along with younger Avery, younger Mulciber is described to have an "evil idea of humor" 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 sone, and both of them are Death Eaters.
  • Mind Rape: Mentioned to frequently practice the Imperius Curse.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Seemed to have this status with Avery when they were in school together.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Guttural Growler: Crabbe is described as having a rough voice.
  • 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 books, Goyle in the films, assuming they weren't killed in the war prior to this.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Just like their sons, at least in their first appearance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Flat Character: Taken Up to Eleven among the Death Eaters, as there is no mention of Jugson's crimes before Order of the Phoenix or what happened to him afterward.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stray Shots Strike Nothing: Averted. Rowle casts a Killing Curse at Remus Lupin, but it misses him and hits Gibbon instead.
  • Taken for Granite: Harry hits Jugson with a Full Body-Bind Curse, leaving him temporarily petrified.
  • 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.

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