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The Death Eaters

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

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

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


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  • Adaptational Badass: The organization as a group is given a noticeable power-up in the films, where they appear as fearsome, metal-masked wizards with unique ghostly powers for whom Harry's friends are absolutely no match, and are also much more numerous, numbering as hundreds in the Battle of Hogwarts. In the books, most Death Eaters are portrayed as fairly beatable, even incompetent and cowardly, to the point the Dumbledore's Army gives them a heck of a battle despite being undertrained teenagers. The exception is Bellatrix; in the books, the Death Eaters are implied to be a pretty shallow pool of talent where Bellatrix is the only truly high-level wizard aside from Voldemort, Snape, Barty Crouch, Jr., and possibly Dolohov (the rest being essentially mediocre bullies), while in the films, she's among the weakest, being quickly defeated by Harry.
  • Aerith and Bob: Their names are very different from each other, ranging from Lucius, Regulus, and Bellatrix to Evan, 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.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: During the First Wizarding War, Death Eaters tended to target their opponents' families since Marlene McKinnon and Edgar Bones had their families wiped out.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Several Death Eaters come from aristocratic families, though not all of them (there's little that's aristocratic or cultured about Greyback or the Carrows, for example).
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The higher-ranked Death Eaters tend to be the most effective duellists.
  • Black Cloak: Almost all of them sport one, befitting their status as dark wizards.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Hermione theorizes that most Death Eaters are actually half-bloods pretending to be pure-blood, while espousing the superiority of pure-bloods, the inferiority of half-bloods and Muggle-borns, and the worthlessness of Muggles. Indeed, Lord Voldemort himself is a half-blood.
  • Calling Card: The Dark Mark, which consists of a skull vomiting out a snake. It's both a symbol that all Death Eaters are branded with and an image they cast into the sky above every murder site.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Voldemort's tendency to rule through fear and his constant mood swings means that Death Eaters jockey with each other to score brownie points and earn his good graces, often backbiting and belittling each other, with the likes of Barty Crouch Jr. and Bellatrix Lestrange insisting they are Eviler Than Thou and more loyal than everyone. Snape's grasp of this management strategy allows him to easily ingratiate himself into Voldemort's good graces over more loyal and consistent followers.
  • Dirty Coward: The Death Eaters as a group tended to suddenly deny any involvement in the group after Voldermort's defeat. They also appear to shrink from any real wizards, preferring instead to gang up on groups of kids or Muggles.
  • The Dragon: Subverted. Voldemort operates in complete secrecy, leading to many wannabe Death Eaters claiming to be his Dragon, which Dumbledore notes is a major delusion he enables. The Death Eaters don't have formal rankings, and depending on Voldemort's whims, people can move in and out of the centre as per his paranoid thoughts. This allows a shifty wild card like Snape to easily ingratiate himself back into Voldemort's good graces despite being in the most precarious of situations after Voldemort's return.
  • Dumb Muscle:
    • The Carrows, Greyback, the Snatchers...
    • Averted with Rowle. Though he seems to be one of the largest Death Eaters physically, he also seems to be one of the more skilled ones.
    • Aberforth lampshades it when Ron asks him if he conjured a doe patronus after he just conjured a goat.
    "Brains like that, you could be a Death Eater, son."
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil:
    • Downplayed. The Death Eaters are willing to work with dark creatures like werewolves and giants that the rest of the wizarding world won't have anything to do with, but those who aren't pure-blood wizards will never rise higher than Psycho for Hire (with the exception of Snape and Voldemort, who are half-bloods themselves.) They don't have problems with gender equality, though it seems there are fewer woman Death Eaters than they are in their counterparts in the Order. Women Are Wiser perhaps. Or Men Are the Expendable Gender.
    • Regarding genders and races, however, it's played more straight in the movies, especially the seventh and eighth movies. It's shown there are several unnamed female (one of them is even an old lady) and even non-white Death Eaters. Even among Snatchers, there are at least one black man and one woman.
    • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reveals that Bellatrix, at least, wasn't sterile.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Fantastic Racism: They hate all Muggles, Muggle-borns, Squibs, Half-Bloods (though Voldemort is secretly a Half-Blood), Blood Traitors, werewolves, goblins, in short, anyone who isn't them. They're also based off the Nazis and, to a lesser extent, the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Fantastic Terrorists: Essentially they're a wizard hate group who use magic to terrorize wizards and muggles alike.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: The constant infighting between factions trying to get in Voldemort's favour cause them to be much less effective than they could be. Their fear of Voldemort also causes them to be more hesitant in their actions even when it could have paid off.
  • Final Solution: In the last book, they implement a plan to either kill or subjugate all so-called "Mudbloods." This would include any magical beings, as well.
  • Gang of Bullies:
    • Tom Riddle is said to have lead a gang of them when he was a student at Hogwarts. This gang would later become the first Death Eaters.
    • According to Sirius, Snape was in one of these when he was a student, consisting of Avery, Rosier, Wilkes, Mulciber, Lucius Malfoy, Bellatrix, and Rodolphus Lestrange before they all became Death Eaters.
    • This is essentially what they are by the time the series starts. Despite being made up of some of the most important and influential wizards and witches around: they (mostly) completely abandoned Voldemort when he disappeared, only to crawl back and make up excuses to save their own skins when he did finally return; a couple of children manage to give them a good fight (as in, managing to stun and defeat several of them in scattered skirmishes) and they completely break the second someone they can't handle (Dumbledore) shows up.
  • Generation Xerox: Many of the Death Eaters of different generations shared the same surname (Rosier, Avery, Mulciber, Lestrange, Malfoy), likely indicating a father/son relationship between them. This is justified as the first-generation Death Eaters started out as fellow classmates of Voldemort when he was still Tom Riddle, and they were a Gang of Bullies at Hogwarts that operated in a similar manner to the Death Eaters.
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: A lot of them pretended that Voldemort had them hypnotised under the Imperius curse after the first wizarding war ended.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Voldemort and his Death Eaters are prejudiced against wizards with less-than-pure wizarding blood and non-human magical creatures in general despite he himself having a Muggle parent. While he's counting on the anti-Muggle feelings of his followers, he genuinely despises Muggles and anything he considers Mudblood — and he apparently has a one-drop rule for everyone except himself and personal Death Eaters like Snape. While they also recruited giants and werewolves, they probably rationalized them as second- and third-tier "citizens" in Voldemort's new 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 own 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 Honour Among Thieves: And it's because Machiavelli Was Wrong. Voldemort has no appreciation for his followers and would sacrifice any of them without a second thought. So naturally, the Death Eaters have no real loyalty to him either and would sell him out if it were to their advantage. The main exceptions are Bellatrix and Crouch Jr., both of whom are personally devoted to Voldemort and, oh yes, insane.
  • Not Brainwashed: Some Death Eaters (including Lucius Malfoy) avoided being sent to Azkaban at the end of the first war by falsely claiming to have been under the Imperius Curse.
  • Obviously Evil: With the exception of people like Lucius Malfoy, the vast majority of these people are transparently violent and sadistic. Their choice of a skull and snake as their emblem is also pretty obviously villainous, as it is their collective name.
  • Oddly Small Organization:
    • Despite the level of terror they bring to the wizarding world there seem to be under a hundred of them. Partly justified, since they are Voldemort's fanatical inner circle and are sent on all special tasks. It should be noted however that there seem to be a good number of non Death Eater supporters such as the Snatchers, and many Ministry of Magic employees in the last book as well as werewolves, giants, dementors, and possibly other dark creatures who sided with Voldemort.
    • Averted in the films, however, as there seem to be around 200 proper 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 centres on cleansing the world of "Mudbloods." Also, in the fourth film, their black robes and pointed hoods intentionally resemble the Ku Klux Klan.
    • Not to mention the last two movies (but particularly so the first one): the anti-Muggle propaganda pretty much follows the original colour scheme, and the security guys at the Ministry look like members of the Gestapo, complete with red armbands, which are also worn by the Snatchers.
    • Nick Moran, Scabior's actor, even commented that "it's all very reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s" regarding his role.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: The Death Eaters who try to leave the group are hunted down and killed. As Sirius says when he's talking about his brother: "You don't just hand in your resignation to Voldemort. It's a lifetime service or death."
  • Sudden Name Change: For the first three books, they were simply referred to as "Voldemort's followers/supporters." Once the term "Death Eaters" is introduced in Goblet of Fire, no one ever calls them anything else.
  • Would Hurt a Child: During the First Wizarding War, Death Eaters also murdered the families of those who opposed them, like Edgar Bones and Marlene McKinnon.
  • You Are What You Hate: Despite all their preaching about blood purity and the worthlessness of Muggles and Muggleborns, some Death Eaters are themselves half-bloods, including Voldemort himself.
  • You Don't Look Like You: The Death Eaters' attire changed considerably between the fourth and fifth films. In the fourth film, they wore black robes with tall pointed hoods resembling the KKK, with skull-like masks. Starting with the fifth film, possibly because people complained the tall pointy hats looked silly, especially for the indoor scenes, because the comparisons with the KKK were too obvious, or simply because of the change in director, they switched to normal-sized black hoods with ornate metal masks.

The Inner Circle

    Lord Voldemort 

    Bellatrix Lestrange (née Black)
Portrayed by: Helena Bonham Carter
Voiced by: Rebeca Patiño (Latin American Spanish, Order of the Phoenix-Deathly Hallows Part I), Xóchitl Ugarte (Latin American Spanish, Deathly Hallows Part II)

"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 (though there are those godawful teeth).
  • Adaptational Wimp: Quite a case of this in the films, which opt to portray her as more evil than dangerous. In the fifth book, she defeated three of the best fighters in the Order of the Phoenix (Tonks, Sirius and Kingsley) one after another; managed to block an offensive spell by Dumbledore in her way out; and although she did feel it when Harry hit her with a Cruciatus curse, she immediately got up and kept on fighting. In the film, her only kill is Black, which she actually scores by a lucky shot while he had his back turned to her, and when she and Harry face off, she is instantly left at Harry's mercy.
  • 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.
  • Ascended Extra: In the sixth film. While she only appears in a single chapter in the corresponding book, she appears much more often in the film, most notably leading a raid on the Burrow and the party of Death Eaters who infiltrate Hogwarts in the climax.
  • Axe-Crazy: She was this even before being sentenced to Azkaban, which did her no favours. 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, Nymphadora Tonks.
  • Cassandra Truth: Bella is the only Death Eater who openly distrusts Snape, even going so far as to tell her sister, Narcissa, that she believes Voldemort is "mistaken" in trusting him. 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.
  • Chosen Conception Partner: Seeing how Voldemort was confirmed as an aromantic asexual, him fathering Delphi with her was likely this. No romantic love but Bellatrix's strength and loyalty would make her an ideal candidate for birthing his heir.
  • 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Bellatrix defeats a group of Snatchers in seconds during Deathly Hallows, with Harry noting that they had absolutely no chance against her.
  • 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. The narration in Deathly Hallows describes her as Voldemort's "best lieutenant". Played with in an interesting way; Snape most definitely fit this trope after his mercy killing of Dumbledore, but given his status as a double agent Bellatrix fits this role as far as hierarchy of actual villains goes.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Bellatrix managed to stay active for some time after Voldemort’s first downfall. During this time, she committed her most infamous crime: torturing Frank and Alice Longbottom to insanity.
  • The Dreaded: Not to the extent of her boss but she's still considered one of the most dangerous Dark Witches alive for damn good reason. Most of the Death Eaters including several of her own relatives are afraid of her. Even Narcissa, who she seems close with, immediately backs down when Bellatrix grows dangerously erratic - even for her - in Malfoy Manor. Beyond her deranged and psychotic behaviour this reputation was earned by torturing Frank and Alice Longbottom into insanity, something that horrified the entire wizarding world and demonstrated just what Bellatrix is capable of.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sure she disowned one of her sisters for marrying a muggleborn but she refuses to rat out Narcissa to Voldemort for going behind his back to ask Snape for help because she doesn't want to betray her.
  • 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: Bellatrix is a theatrically flamboyant sadist who screams almost every line, and chews scenery to dust. This doesn't detract from how fearsome she is whatsoever.
  • Evil Laugh: Just listen to her in the movies, especially during the battle between her and Molly.
  • Evil Mentor: She trained Draco in the art of Occlumency. Given that he was possibly able to block Snape's attempts at Legilimency, her teachings must've been pretty effective. It's also likely that she taught him how to effectively cast the Unforgivable Curses.
  • 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.
  • Final Boss: She's the final opponent fought in the video game adaptations of Half-Blood Prince. She's also part of the Wolfpack Boss fought at the end of Deathly Hallows - Part 1 alongside the Malfoys.
  • Flanderization: In the books, she only took a faux-childish facade once (in Order of Phoenix) in order to mock Harry, dropped it instantly once he used Cruciatus Curse on her and never took it again. In the movies, however, her entire personality and demeanour seem to be built around it. Even after aforementioned scene with Harry casting Cruciatus Curse, she continues to act extremely childish and goofy (for example, when Death Eaters are setting Hagrid's hut on fire in Half-Blood Prince, she spends that scene literally hopping in place and waving her arms like a clown). As a result, she is definitely less threatening in movies than she is in books.
  • 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.
  • The Fundamentalist: She is staunchly loyal to Voldemort and holds an unwavering belief in his racist worldview, hating all Muggle-borns, half-bloods and "blood traitors" with passion. Even revealing that her master is a half-blood himself does not shake her faith in the slightest (then again, she probably dismissed Harry's words as slander).
  • 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 favourite. 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.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Even Fenrir Greyback, a savage werewolf and one of the most feared men in the wizarding world, is afraid of her. After she attacks his group of Snatchers and magically forces him to his knees, he falls into line and visibly seems scared to approach her again.
  • Humiliation Conga: After the disastrous Battle of the Department of Mysteries Order of the Phoenix. She doesn't get this nearly as bad as Lucius Malfoy but she nonetheless falls out of favour as The Dragon. She has the fact that she was bested by six teenagers rubbed in her face, is openly mocked at one point by Voldemort in front of the other Death Eaters, and her failure to prevent Harry, Ron and Hermione escaping from Malfoy Manor after she summons the Dark Lord leads to her being severely punished and confined to Malfoy Manor.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: To Voldemort, who values but doesn't love her. According to Cursed Child, he was attracted enough to her sexually to father with her, if this doesn't count as "love."
  • Inbred and Evil: Implied. Her family had been marrying second cousins for generations, and she was pretty crazy even before being sent to Azkaban.
  • Incompatible Orientation: According to Rowling, 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 (like most members of her family), 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. Also, like all the other members of the House of Black, she prioritizes blood-supremacy over things like familial love and the lives of other people who are non-magical.
  • 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. Furthermore, both Sirius and Bellatrix were killed by Stunning spells to the chest. Bellatrix managed to cause Sirius to fall through the archway into the afterlife, while Molly's Stunning spell was so powerful that Rowling confirmed it caused Bellatrix to have a fatal heart attack.
  • 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. She also taunts Neville with what she did to his parents when she meets him in the Department of Mysteries.
    Bellatrix: "Longbottom"? Why, I have had the pleasure of meeting your parents, boy!
  • Kinslaying Is a Special Kind of Evil: She killed Sirius and Tonks, her own cousin and niece.
  • 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.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Bellatrix is quite willing to take on any member of the Order of the Phoenix (and win), but when Albus Dumbledore directs his attention to her she deflects his spells and flees without even bothering to try and fight back.
  • Lack of Empathy: Obviously, considering how quickly and easily she murders and tortures anyone she feels like, including members of her family, but it's shown in a more subtle way in the second chapter of the sixth book, where Bellatrix genuinely cannot understand why her sister is terrified instead of "honoured" that Voldemort chose her son Draco to be sent on a suicide mission that he will almost assuredly be killed on.
  • 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.
  • Laughing Mad: She cackles a lot, and probably the biggest example is in the movie when she blows up Hagrid's hut.
  • 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 "favourite" 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.
  • Mugging the Monster: During the final battle, Bellatrix makes the mistake of taunting Molly Weasley about her son's death. She seriously underestimated the magical strength of an enraged Mama Bear who would do anything to keep her remaining children safe.
  • 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 even though it was her trigger-happiness that derailed the initial plan. She also has a habit of brushing off her failures by emphasizing her unwavering loyalty to Voldemort.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In Deathly Hallows, her terrified reaction when she sees the Gryffindor's sword helps Harry to realize that one of the Horcruxes is located in her vault in Gringots, resulting not only in that particular horcrux's destruction, but also to the last unknown horcrux being located and destroyed and Voldemort being finally defeated.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The mean one of her sisters, being an unrepentant sadist and pure-blood supremacist.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: In the films, she gets very into the personal space of others family, ally and enemy — she even kisses her nephew Draco Malfoy on the neck at one point, and gets more in Hermione's personal space than is necessary while torturing her. 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 Womanchild: Between taunting Harry after killing Sirius Black, her general bully like behaviour, and her gleefully sadistic infliction of pain on others, 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.
  • Sadist: She's motivated primarily by her desire to inflict as much pain on as many people as possible in the name of Voldemort's cause.
  • 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: She sports this several times in the movies, most notably when she's duelling Ginny Weasley.
  • The Sociopath: A sadistic and remorseless torturer who is willing to kill her own family members if they are on the wrong side of the war without hesitation. She is incredibly unstable and violent and even taunts her victims as well as their loved ones, taking pride in her cruelty. The only connections she has are either undermined by how flimsy they are (as in killing people who go against Voldemort) or further prove how sociopathic she is (her "love" of Voldemort). She's even worse in the films.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the book versions she can be calm and in control if no less maniacal. It has a very narrow time-span however.
  • 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. According to Rowling, what killed her was a Stunning Spell vastly overpowered by Molly's rage. Given that Minerva McGonagall, a much older woman, survived at least 5 regular Stunning Spells hitting her, this goes to show the power of the Stunning Spell that hit Bellatrix.
  • 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. During the Battle of the Seven Potters in the seventh book she targets her niece Tonks, and later kills her during the Final Battle.
  • 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 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.

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

"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 duelling in the books, in the films he confidently deflects Harry's spells and fights pretty fiercely against Sirius Black and Harry.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: A fairly mild example, considering a he was already a highly unpleasant person in the books, but the earlier films portray Draco as being scared by his father's very presence, and the later movies add small touches that distance Lucius from the rest of his family. It's later made clear in the books that while Lucius has certain standards he expects his son to meet, he genuinely loves Draco and Narcissa and is even willing to forsake earning favour with Voldemort to ensure his family's safety.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In Deathly Hallows, he's reduced to begging Voldemort for the chance to find his son. Voldemort doesn't pay him any mind.
  • 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 plummets after what they regard, with some justice, his Epic Fail. His defeat at the hands of a gang of barely trained school students, and moreover total failure of the mission and compromise of Voldemort's return to power.
  • 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 favourite Death Eater.
  • Education Papa: Shows some shades of this tropes in The Chamber of Secrets, when he laments that Draco is getting lower grades than Hermione Granger, a Muggle-born student, and generally expected Draco to perform better. Given his pure blood pride and the fact that he was a prefect and one of the best students, he clearly set an high bar for his son.
  • 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.
  • Final Boss: He's part of the Wolfpack Boss fought at the end of video game adaptations of Deathly Hallows - Part 1, alongside his wife, son, and sister in law.
  • For the Evulz: It's implied (and later confirmed) that he was one of the Death Eaters committing hate crimes against Muggles at the Quidditch World Cup, just for fun.
  • General Failure: For Voldemort's second in command, he has an abysmal record of success, thrice failing a perfectly good set up. It's also somewhat deconstructed, as after his second major failed operation Voldemort and all the other Death Eaters get sick of his screw-ups and he's swiftly demoted all the way down to the bottom ranks.
  • Harmful to Minors: It is implied that he was Severus Snape's main groomer (Squick if you imagine how he and Snape were young at that time). Even with the meta asside, he did teach his son Draco pretty nasty morals, and more importantly, exposed him to the Death Eater thing.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Somewhat. After his wife betrayed Voldemort to protect Draco, the Malfoys get the hell outta Hogwarts. However, as Pottermore reveals, he never lets go of his prejudice on 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. His Villain with Good Publicity image is also shattered, exposing him as a faithful Death Eater to the wizarding world. Voldemort lets him rot in prison for a year, unceremoniously converts his home into a Death Eater base of operations, openly mocks and belittles the Malfoy family in front of other Death Eaters, effectively confiscates his wand for his own use and sends Draco on a suicide mission as a form of psychological torture to Lucius and Narcissa. His final attempt to regain Voldemort's favour backfires horribly when Harry, Ron and Hermione manage to escape Malfoy Manor after Voldemort is summoned, causing both the Malfoys and Bellatrix to be severely punished and confined to the manor.
  • I Have Your Wife: In the fifth film, he manages to get Harry to surrender the prophecy by having the remaining Death Eaters hold Harry's friends at wandpoint.
  • Informed Ability: Readers are informed that during the First Wizarding War he was one of Voldemort's most dangerous and skilful 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.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: At the end of Deathly Hallows, as soon as he realizes that the winds of fortune are blowing against Voldemort, he takes his family and buggers off.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Dumbledore speculates that Lucius had no idea that Riddle's diary contained Voldemort's soul — only that it would reopen the Chamber of Secrets. Had he known what it really was, he'd have never pawned it off to Ginny Weasley.
  • Love Redeems: Let's face it, the only thing that prevents him from being a complete villain is the fact that his love for his family hugely outweighs his loyalty to Voldemort.
  • 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 "bad faith."
  • Near-Villain Victory: Late in Book 5, he and his party of Death Eaters managed to incapacitate everyone who accompanied Harry to the Department of Mysteries and Harry is forced to hand over the prophecy to save them. Then the Order of the Phoenix shows up. The film takes it further by having Lucius holding the prophecy in his hand.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Thanks to Malfoy hijacking Voldemort's Horcrux (Riddle's diary), Dumbledore, who had probably suspected that Voldemort had used Horcruxes, not only had definite proof but could put two and two together that there were more, and since it was made in Riddle's school days, was able to get a rough time frame of when and where Voldemort made the rest. Furthermore, had he not done this, the Chamber of Secrets would have never been reopened, denying the heroes what would end up being their greatest weapon against the Horcruxes, namely the basilisk's venom.
  • Not Brainwashed: After Voldemort's first defeat, Lucius (like many others) claimed that he had been Imperiused into helping him. It prevented him from being formally punished, but according to Hagrid, a lot of people long suspected the truth.
  • Odd Friendship: With Severus Snape. Despite their different blood statuses, class, and level of social skills, the two actually seem to get along very well.
  • Only Sane Man: Especially when working along with Bellatrix and the more Axe-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. Later in life he continues to speak highly of Severus Snape, according to Dolores Umbridge.
    • He wanted Draco to attend Durmstrang but Narcissa felt it was too far from home so he agreed to let him attend Hogwarts for the sake of his wife
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Where do you think Draco learned his Fantastic Racism?
  • Pragmatic Villain: Relatively speaking, Lucius doesn't let sadism or Fantastic Racism blind him to the necessity of getting something done when he has to.
    • Compared to some of his more Axe-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.
    • Supplementary material reveals that the Malfoy family, despite being pureblood supremacists, are not stupid or desperate enough to resort to Royal Inbreeding to preserve their bloodline. It works in their favour, as they're still rich, respected, and mentally sound by the 1990s. By that time, other wizarding families who married within their lineage to preserve blood purity, such as the Blacks and Gaunts, have lost their fortunes, gone extinct in the male line, gone medically insane, been wiped out, or some combination of those.
    • He seems to be alright with having half-bloods in the Death Eaters' ranks and is on good terms with Snape. Deathly Hallows reveals that he welcomed a young Snape to the Slytherin table after his sorting.
  • Proud Peacock: He is a prideful, conceited pureblood supremacist and keeps several white peacocks on his property as a status symbol.
  • Racist Grandpa: Pottermore claims that he enjoys this reputation among Draco's wife and child. Astoria Greengrass opposed the pureblood nonsense 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).
  • 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.
  • Sadist: His face is described as "blushing" in pleasure at the thought of harming teenagers, some of them younger than his son. Not to mention his constant abuse of Dobby and the fact he rejoined the Death Eaters.
  • 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.
  • Silver Fox: Of the platinum blond variant. Isaacs' portrayal of the character has often been named many young girls first mature screen crush.
  • 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. The cane itself seems to function as something of a secondary wand.
  • 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.
  • Unusual Pets for Unusual People: The Malfoy's keep a flock of peacocks (and albino peacocks at that) in the garden of Malfoy Manor, although it's not known if Lucius is the one who bought them or if it's a long-standing Malfoy tradition. Either way it's likely meant to represent their egomania and elitism.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Until Book 6, that is. Whilst Harry's POV establishes him in Book 2 as being a massive douchebag from the jump, it's implied that he had at least a somewhat decent reputation in the eyes of most of the public.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A subtle one, but it exists nonetheless in the movies. As the series goes on, watch Lucius closely, and you can see the stress that being a member of Voldemort's inner circle causes him: His clothing is no longer quite as immaculate, his hair isn't as neatly combed, his eyes grow red and puffy, and he acquires Perma-Stubble. By his final appearance at the Battle of Hogwarts — which he, his wife, and his son decline to join — he is no longer his confident, imperious self, but a man who is worn out and just wants to keep his family safe.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: In the film adaptation of Deathly Hallows Part II at least (in the books, he and his family simply awkwardly sit around in the Great Hall post-battle), he, Draco, and Narcissa decide to cut their losses and simply get the hell out of dodge during the final battle rather than stick around and deal with the aftermath.
  • Villainous Friendship: Appears to have this with Severus Snape. This friendship existed since their youth.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Forget hurt. In the film adaptation of The Chamber of Secrets he was about to blast Harry with Avada Kedavra practically right outside Dumbledore's office, but Dobby cut him off before he got more than the first word out.
    • In the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, he tells the other Death Eaters to kill Harry's companions if they have to.

    Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew
Portrayed by: Timothy Spall (adult), Charles Hughes (teenager), Dex (Scabbers)
Voiced by: Jesús Ochoa (Latin American Spanish, Prisoner of Azkaban), Carlos Del Campo (Latin American Spanish, Goblet of Fire-Deathly Hallows)

A sycophantic and treacherous 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.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: The film version of Wormtail, in general, seems 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. It also cuts his Freudian Excuse of his less than ideal treatment by his friends and all the moments that showed that deep very down he had some shred of remorse/conflictedness for his treachery leaving him a purely unrepentant monster.
  • 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 that 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 snivelling, 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.
  • Bald of Evil: He's a Death Eater with a large bald patch on his head.
  • 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 for either him or 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. Rowling 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.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: In Book 4, Voldemort notes that Wormtail suggested that Voldemort could use the blood of any wizard who hated and opposed Voldemort (and there are many) to resurrect himself as the potion called for the blood of a foe; Voldemort overruled him because he wanted Harry's blood, he wanted the same protection that Lily had given to Harry. In retrospect Wormtail had the better idea because Harry's blood runs through both their veins and their wands are "brothers", Voldemort's wand confuses Harry for Voldemort and refuses to kill him.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He seems rather resentful at the little respect Voldemort gives him. He is offended when Voldemort compares him unfavourably to Barty Crouch Jr. and later when he's forced to be Snape's servant. Given that he betrayed his former friends and assisted Voldemort in returning to power this is understandable.
  • 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. Neville also proves to be a loyal friend to the bitter and bloody end, while Peter threw his "friends" under the bus as soon as it served his own ends.
    • 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 up and accept being the sidekick of the powerful, whether the powerful were 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 willingly 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. It continues in Book 7 where he's mostly relegated to being ordered around and doing the menial work of whichever Death Eater he's accompanying at the time.
  • Fingore: Cut off one of his fingers when he faked his death. The Ministry sent the finger (as the biggest piece they could find) to his mother.
  • Flipping the Bird: An unintentional example: since he cut off his index finger, Pettigrew uses his middle finger instead.
  • Formerly Fat: He's described as being plump in his younger years, but by the time we see him in the flesh, he's lost quite a bit of weight due to stress over hearing that Sirius is on the loose.
  • 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. He's filthy, overweight, dirty, and extremely ugly.
  • Hate Sink: Wormtail is a former classmate-turned-nemesis of the Marauders having betrayed the Potter family to Lord Voldemort when his life was threatened. Initially presumed dead at Sirius Black's hands, Wormtail actually framed Black as Voldemort's informant before faking his own death, killing innocent people and removing a finger in the process before transforming into Ron Weasley's pet rat, Scabbers. When confronted by Lupin and Black, Wormtail blames Voldemort's threats for his treachery, before begging for his life. After escaping the encounter, Wormtail serves Lord Voldemort out of self interest, eventually culminating in an attempt to kill Harry Potter despite the latter saving his life.
  • 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.
  • Humiliation Conga: His reward for being responsible for Voldemort's return to power is to be unceremoniously demoted to a house-elf role that lasts for the rest of the series, as he spends most of his time getting ordered around, yelled at and insulted. Snape in particular goes out of his way to humiliate Pettigrew and assign him the most degrading tasks possible. It finally ends when he unceremoniously dies in Deathly Hallows and is promptly forgotten about.
  • 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 to mention that Peter Pettigrew disguises himself as a pet.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: A microscopic little inkling of good it was, but Peter's momentary hesitation to kill Harry, upon being reminded that the boy saved his life, counted as an act of betrayal by Voldemort's standards, activating a curse on his silver hand that caused him to strangle himself to death.
  • 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.
  • Odd Name Out: He's the only Marauder whose name doesn't end with the letter "s".
  • 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 honouring 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 of extremely relative honour 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.
    • The one moment when he plays the trope to full extent occurs in The Philosopher’s Stone. When Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle threaten Harry and Ron, insulting their families on the way, Peter-as-Scabbers bites Goyle and frightens the three Slytherins away at once.
  • 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 in the quite literal sense.
  • 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 right-front paw. The largest piece of Pettigrew found by the Ministry was his right index finger.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Subverted. It is believed that he attempted to avenge James and Lily by going after Sirius himself and got blown to pieces. Everyone who talks about it before the truth is revealed says it was a stupid, foolish move and that he should have left it to the Ministry. In actuality, this never happened, and it was really Sirius who tried to avenge the Potters with disastrous results.
  • 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 Goblet of Fire (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 savvyness 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: Wormtail is a slimy, self-centred, morally repugnant sycophant, through and through, having sold out the Potters to Lord Voldemort, framed Sirius as the traitor, killing innocent people in the process, and then spent 12 years as a rat. Wormtail is also a snivelling coward, begging for mercy when his identity is revealed to Harry Potter. 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 the 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 the 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 favourably compares him to his friend Neville when hearing more about him (and pictures an older-looking version of Neville as Peter when he imagines Sirius blowing Peter to pieces). 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 Remind Me of X: The first Harry hears of young Peter was that he was a talentless but determined young student always tagging along with his stronger schoolmates, leading him to think of Neville. Without having seen Peter, Harry even pictures him looking like Neville in his imagination.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Peter is on the receiving end of this from Sirius in book 3, partly because if he hadn't betrayed the Potters to Voldemort out of fear for his own life they wouldn't have died and partly because Sirius would have gladly sacrificed himself to save both the Potters and him had that been the situation.

    Bartemius Crouch Jr.
Portrayed by: David Tennant, Brendan Gleeson (Alastor Moody disguise in Goblet of Fire)
Voiced by: José Gilberto Vilchis (Latin American Spanish)
Appears in: Goblet of Fire

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

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

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

  • The Ace: This guy is Snape's only real competition when it comes to third most skilled wizard in the series, after Dumbledore and Voldemort. He's a Master Actor, a wizard powerful enough to confound an ancient artefact 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 advantage Snape has over him is sanity. And this is all after more than a decade of different and horrible types of mental torture that Barty endured.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Downplayed. Unlike the book, where Barty begged his father for mercy, he mocks his father when Karkaroff reveals Jr.’s involvement in torturing the Longbottoms. Additionally, he actually is actively helping Voldemort when Frank Bryce walks in on the conversation.
    • In the books, Barty was freed from Azkaban by his parents. In the film, this is never mentioned and it appears that he escaped under his own power.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Blond in the book, dark-haired in the film.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: 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. In addition, the film also removes his Tragic Villain status and makes it so that he joined the Death Eaters For the Evulz instead of joining them due to seeking a father figure.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He pleaded with his father for mercy during his trial. Averted in the film, see Adaptational Badass.
  • Ambiguous Situation: 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 wanted 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.
  • Axe-Crazy: His insanity wasn't too much of a factor in the book, most likely caused by his stay in Azkaban and being under the Imperius Curse for thirteen years. However his film version is worse, being a drooling, slavering maniac who did what he did For the Evulz.
  • Badass Teacher: Under a disguise, but his students admit that despite him being a lunatic they still managed to learn loads from him, and he is definitely a badasss.
  • Badass Longcoat: In the films, he wears a black leather knee-length duster and is one of Voldemort’s most competent Death Eaters. The tan duster he wears while impersonating Moody also counts.
  • Batman Gambit: Part of his plan relied on Cedric giving Harry information for the second task because Harry had helped him with the first. "Decent people are so easy to manipulate."
  • Byronic Hero: Like father, like son. Also a villainous example.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "Decent people are so easy to manipulate, Potter..."
  • Character Tics: As the Polyjuice Potion wears off, he has a tendency to flick his tongue, which usually stops when he drinks more potion.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: First mentioned in the chapter "Padfoot Returns" (Chapter 27 in Book 4) as part of the reason for Barty Sr.'s downfall at the Ministry, when he presumably died in Azkaban.
  • The Chessmaster: Manipulated most of the events going on at Hogwarts during Goblet of Fire.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Probably the biggest example in the movies. He was possibly Spared by the Adaptation and sent back to Azkaban, yet when all Death Eaters are freed in later movies, he never appears alongside them. It is often assumed that he did get the Dementor's Kiss in the movie universe as well, counting on anyone watching the movie as having read the books.
  • Consummate Liar: Dumbledore didn't suspect a thing until he removes Harry from the entrance of the maze.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Visits this upon Draco while disguised as Moody. Six words: "Draco Malfoy, the Amazing Bouncing Ferret." What was Draco doing? Attempting to hex Harry when his back was turned. Though, it could be just because he's a Malfoy. Or maybe he was enraged that someone was going to hurt Harry before he could get him to Voldemort. Rowling implies he was just keeping in-character though.
  • 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 brilliance when you realize that he had to get his soul sucked because the later books would have been harder for the heroes had he remained functional.
  • Evil Gloating: Oh, does he get his fair share of it. Once you know that Mad-Eye Moody is, for most of the book/movie, actually Barty Jr. a lot of what he says winds up being this. Showing off the Unforgivable Curses in class? An example of how well he can use them. Causing a scene after the champions' names come out of the Goblet of Fire and presenting a plausible, if slightly outlandish sounding, scenario for how Harry's name could've gotten in, which just happened to be exactly what he did? Basically the equivalent of a 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.
    • While in his Moody disguise, he teaches his students about the highest-grade dark curses in ways that were almost certainly completely illegal. However, his lessons are useful and instructive and Harry even learns to fight off the powerful Imperius curse completely thanks to him. Despite being thoroughly evil, Crouch ends up being one of the most competent and helpful teachers Harry ever runs into and his lessons have no negative or morally ambiguous results. It can be argued that this was a result of him either playing the role of Moody FAR too well or simply not caring about whether the kids were properly trained or not, or perhaps likely, figuring that, with Voldemort's return approaching, a fourth-year defense education would not give any significant advantage to the "other side" and that there's no reason not to do a good job.
      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 Goblet of Fire 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.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: While Voldemort speaks fondly of him during his resurrection scene, calling him his most loyal follower, he pays Crouch Jr. absolutely no thought after the latter gets the Dementor Kiss. Which is of course very in-character for Voldemort.
  • For the Evulz: In the film, he's given no justification for working for Voldemort, making him look like a one-dimensional completely sadistic lunatic that relishes his evil actions. Not so much in the novel.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Played with. We never learn how involved he actually was in torturing the Longbottoms, the crime for which he was sentenced. But he's definitely a Death Eater (which nobody, himself included, ever denies), and his trial in an apparent Kangaroo Court is a Red Herring intended to obfuscate the antagonistic role he ends up playing in the present plot.
  • Freudian Excuse: 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.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Was once just a normal person. Then he became a Death Eater who managed to help revive Voldemort.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: He has enough strength of character, a trait commonly associated with good characters, to fight off an Imperius Curse. Too bad he’s a Death Eater.
  • 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, or even that he just got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. 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 more of a borderline sign. Yes, he was screaming hysterically about his innocence when he was about to be taken in by the Dementors, but it seems likely that he would've kept up his search for the Dark Lord if freed, unlike others who chose not to despite escaping Azkaban. Also note that he never denied being a Death Eater during the trial (as opposed to the likes of Lucius Malfoy, who claimed to have been under the Imperius Curse). Barty merely denied torturing the Longbottoms—which could be true, as the story never clarifies his degree of involvement in that incident.
  • I Have No Son!: His father disowns him at his trial.
  • I Need You Stronger: Part of the reason he teaches Harry so effectively in his Defense Against the Dark Arts class is that he needs him to be capable enough to win the Triwizard Tournament and not be killed in the process.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: In The Film of the Book, Harry realizes "Moody's" involvement with the Death Eaters when Moody mentions the graveyard even though Harry never brought up where he'd been transported.
  • Kick the Dog: Gets a moment with Neville. After shaking him to his core by demonstrating the Cruciatus Curse — the one used to drive the Longbottoms insane — in class, he calls Neville up to his office and gives him a book on herbology (Neville's favourite subject and only strong suit). And rather than it being an act of kindness it ties into Barty's Evil Plan: the book he gives Neville contains information which would have served Harry well in the Second Task, which Barty planted to make sure Harry stayed alive until Voldemort needed him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • He only turned Draco Malfoy into a ferret out of a grudge towards Draco's father Lucius, but the kid still deserved it.
    • Killing Barty Sr. is one in the books, due to the latter's status as an Asshole Victim.
  • 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 the ensured rise of the Big Bad. 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 Axe-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.
  • Not Quite Dead: Thought to have died in Azkaban a year after his imprisonment. This is not the case.
  • 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.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Sirius and Dumbledore aren't sure whether he actually tortured the Longbottoms or if he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, though neither denies he was a Death Eater. For starters, there's not really a witness: Frank and Alice were too catatonic from what they endured to stand trial, and Neville was too young to remember what happened. Barty also had a definite Sanity Slippage in Azkaban, so he might have been started out as a scared kid in over his head (like Draco and Regulus) or a Punch-Clock Villain, and then become radicalized in prison. When the ruse is uncovered, there are more pressing matters at hand and he's fed to the Dementors not too soon thereafter, leaving the truth ambiguous.
  • Sadist: Along with the Lestranges, he tortured Frank and Alice Longbottom into insanity, and expressed a desire to hurt other Death Eaters for their refusal to seek out Voldemort.
  • Sanity Slippage: In the film, when he starts to lose his cool (and when the Polyjuice potion starts to wear off), he gets an ominous twitch and his tongue-flicking habit returns. In one scene, this starts to happen in the presence of his father, who 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 Axe-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: 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 Jerkass.
  • Treacherous Advisor: He plays this role with Harry throughout the Triwizard Tournament, going from giving him subtle but effective hints to flat out rigging things in his favour. As a small subversion, he has every intention of helping him win. The problem is that him winning isn’t a good thing.
  • Uncertain Doom: In the movies. His final fate is never revealed in the films, but as he is never seen again afterwards, the chances of him being still alive are slim, though if it happened exactly as in the books is unknown.
  • Undying Loyalty: Crouch is portrayed as fanatically loyal to Voldemort, to the point that the Dark Lord himself described him as "someone whose loyalty has never wavered" and "my most faithful servant".
  • Underestimating Badassery: Several characters dismiss him as a kid who merely fell in with the wrong crowd. While disguised as Moody he hangs a lampshade over the fact that it would have taken an extremely powerful Confundus Charm to trick an ancient magical object like the Goblet of Fire, showing that he's no slouch as a wizard.
  • Villain Ball: There were countless better things he could have turned into portkeys that would get Harry to Voldemort instead of a trophy to a tournament that Harry was incapable of entering and unlikely to survive.
  • Villains Out Shopping: His protracted undercover stay at Hogwarts produces a few of these moments for him; particularly at the Yule Ball, where he's shown lightly enjoying himself and humming/tapping along to the music.
  • Walking Spoiler: His presence in the present events of book 4 gives a lot away.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His mother and Winky loved him, but that was apparently not enough to make up for his failure to get his father's approval, which he in turn sought from his replacement father figure, Voldemort. Rowling addressed this indirectly in an interview, noting that "That's where evil seems to flourish, in places where people didn't get good fathering."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the films, 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.

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

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

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

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: All book descriptions point to Alecto being very unattractive; however, Suzie Toase is quite an attractive woman. Amycus was said to resemble her but Ralph Ineson on the other hand..
  • Axe-Crazy: They routinely use the Cruciatus Curse on students who get detention and, as Ron succintly puts it, use Neville as a knife sharpener for speaking out against them. It takes quite an effort to make Dolores Umbridge look tame.
  • Blatant Lies: Amycus's plan was to lie to Voldemort by stating that some students ambushed Alecto and forced her to touch her Dark Mark. Not only is this lie highly unbelievable, but Voldemort is a skilled legilimens and would know right away that he was being lied to.
  • Co-Dragons: To Snape in the final book.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A mild example. Though neither Amycus nor Alecto could be considered intelligent, both seem to be highly skilled in the Dark Arts and fairly skilled duellists (though not enough to fight someone with McGonagall's caliber).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In the film, McGonagall shows just how powerful she really is when a spell of hers, after being deflected by Snape, knocks the Carrows unconscious just from being too close to it. Snape probably helped. At the very least, the aim was intentional.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: In the sixth book Alecto is sent running from Prof. McGonagall, though as Harry witnesses them duelling a few paragraphs earlier she was presumably able to hold her own against the transfiguration master at least for awhile.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They seem to truly care about each other. Amycus was even planning on lying to Voldemort in an attempt to spare her.
  • Evil Gloating: Both of them are quite pleased to see Dumbledore cornered and proceed to taunt him, though he's more amused than anything at their insults.
  • Evil Redhead: In the films, Alecto is played by the red-haired Suzie Toase.
  • Evil Teacher: They are Death Eaters, after all.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hardly out of order for a Death Eater, but as Muggle Studies teacher, Alecto literally makes a career out of this.
  • Giggling Villains: Two giggling bastards.
  • 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Amycus seems to think that he can convince Voldemort that a group of students ambushed Alecto and for some reason decided to force her into touching her dark mark. Granted, this was probably just a desperate attempt to protect Alecto from Voldemort's wrath, but still.
    • When finding Harry in the Ravenclaw common room, Alecto could have stunned or cursed him from behind before summoning her master. Instead she taunts him, allowing Luna Lovegood to stun her and the good side is able to prepare ahead of time for battle.
  • Torture Technician: Deliberately placed at Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows to scare and beat the next generation into line with Voldemort's way of thinking. Other Death Eaters torture too, but these are the ones who do it for a living.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They have zero qualms about physically hurting and torturing students as young as first years. Neville mentions that the only reason they aren't even worse is that they don't want to accidentally kill pureblooded wizards.

    Corban Yaxley
Portrayed by: Peter Mullan
Voiced by: Raúl Anaya (Latin American Spanish)

"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.

  • Always Someone Better: Though he makes a lot of progress towards the Ministry coup, Voldemort is far more impressed with Snape's information about Harry Potter.
  • Ambiguous Situation: He speaks of having a wife to Reg Cattermole but in context, his statement can also be taken to be purely hypothetical.
  • Bad Boss: Is this to the Ministry officials, if his attitude torwards Reg Cattermole is anything to go by. He also can be quite harsh to lower ranking Death Eaters, as seen when he aggressively ordered Draco to kill Dumbledore, and when he blasted Fenrir Greyback for defying his orders (though Greyback was a werewolf and wasn't an official Death Eater).
  • Badass Baritone: As played by Peter Mullen in Yaxley's few speaking parts.
  • The Bully: Abuses his power to bully anyone under it, like Reginald Cattermole and Muggle-borns.
  • 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. The other Death Eaters present however are very impressed and congratulatory.
  • Eviler Than Thou: When Muggle-born wizards are being detained, Yaxley expresses an explicit disgust that the Death Eaters aren't doing enough about blood purity and not jailing half-bloods with them.
  • Fantastic Racism: Obviously as a Death Eater he is this, but once the Death Eaters take control of the Ministry he practically makes a career out of it.
  • The Ghost: While threatening Reg Cattermole about interrogating his wife, he mentions his own wife who we never see. Though given the context, it's possible that he isn't really married and was merely speaking hypothetically.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: With Dolores Umbridge when interrogating muggle born wizards and witches. While she acts in her falsely sweet manner, he's very harsh and aggressive to them.
  • Knowledge Broker: Thanks to being the head of the wizarding Gestapo.
  • Jerkass: To anyone he sees as being beneath him, which is mostly everyone.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Peter Mullan's portrayal gives off this impression. Just look at the picture!
  • Mook Lieutenant: He seems to be in charge of the group of Death Eaters who invade Hogwarts at the end of the sixth book, until Severus Snape shows up that is.
  • 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.
  • Secret Police: He turns the Department of Magical Law Enforcement into a Nazi-like version of this.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Yaxley appears very little, but is responsible for affecting the plot significantly via two events
    • Him putting Thicknesse under his control laid the foundation for the Ministry coup. Voldemort not acknowledging it thoroughly irritates him, though several of his fellow Death Eaters do.
    • He also manages to break through the magical defenses of Grimmauld Place by hanging onto Hermione mid Apparition, costing a useful hideout for the heroes.
  • Taken for Granite: In Half-Blood Prince, Harry shoots him In the Back with Petrificus Totalus.
  • Unholy Matrimony: At one point he mentions having a wife, though it's equally possible that he was speaking hypothetically.
  • Villainous Friendship: He and Dolohov show signs of this a few times. Dolohov claps him on the back when he announces that he has placed Pius Thicknesse under his control, and the two are seen cordially conversing while standing guard in the Forbidden Forest.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's not known what becomes of him after the conclusion of the Battle of Hogwarts.


    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 third wizard in historynote  able to fly without the aid of any enchanted object.
  • Foil: To Voldemort. Both were raised as orphans in dismal living situations before having a greater significance thrust upon them, and share a penchant for manipulating others and killing them once they've served their use. But Voldemort became obsessed with blood purity after murdering his despised absentee father, whereas the Augurey is concerned only with gaining the approval of their father and never displays an affinity for pureblood supremacy or any other ulterior motives.
  • Freudian Excuse: Wants to create a fascist dictatorship which will cleanse undesirable wizards as a response to being raised as an orphan.
  • Harmful to Minors: The Augurey spares no kindness on Albus or Scorpius.
  • 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.


"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 Superpower Change: 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).
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: While Fudge says that the dementors are 'breeding' in the opening chapter of Half-blood Prince Pottermore clarifies that dementors don't reproduce the way biological creatures do. As Anthropomorphic Personifications new dementors come into being wherever there is enough misery and suffering. So with the dementors joining Voldemort and being let loose to prey on the general population they're experiencing something of a population boom.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Downplayed, since they're a dreaded threat to the protagonists as early as their first appearance, but at the start of the series they're nominally on the good guys' side.
  • 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.
  • Humanoid 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. However, it's Downplayed as while much of the horrific Dementors is inscrutable, the rest of them is plenty comprehensible given they can apparently communicate with wizards somehow and accept a deal from them, they seemed to have accepted their Azkaban guard positions or allying with Voldemort out of plain Greed for getting victims to steal emotions from, they're as blind as their eyelessness would imply, and they are capable of more mundane actions other than "inherently draining the happiness out of their immediate vicinity" seeing as they can provide some level of basic care to the Azkaban inmates and burying the the prison's dead. The only known magical defense against them follows a diametrical logic as well - the corporeal guardians produced by Patronus charm, which is cast by thinking off a very happy memory. Their ability to drain happiness also appears to be more limited to human beings, given wizards in an Animagus forum can stave off the effects.
  • 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.
  • 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 and Rowling confirms they don't have souls of their own.
  • 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)
Portrayed by: Helen McCrory
Voiced by: Rebeca Manríquez (Latin American Spanish)

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

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

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

    Quirinus Quirrell 


    Slytherin's Basilisk 


    Dolores Jane Umbridge 


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

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

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

  • Ax-Crazy: He's been known to have slaughtered and eaten many people out of animalistic savagery as well as kicks, and lives up to it wholeheartedly in person.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: While he's presumably a competent wizard, he seems to favor hand-to-hand even in his human form, mauling his opponents with his teeth.
  • The Big Bad Wolf: A werewolf who prefers to attack young children.
  • The Brute: Seems to be used by the Death Eaters specifically for this. He’s a large and silent but violent associate of the Death Eaters.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: There's his memorable line towards the end of Half-Blood Prince, in which he openly admits to coming to the castle without being invited, just because he wants to kill and eat children. He does this while still in human form.
  • Death by Adaptation: His fate is unclear in the books, but he's explicitly shown biting the dust in the movies.
  • Demoted to Extra: Downplayed. He's by no means an extra and nevertheless still has many scenes, but he's the leader of the Snatchers in the books, whereas in the films Scabior takes that role. Also, he has much more lines in the books, while in the films, he's virtually The Quiet One.
  • Disney Villain Death: In the film, he apparently succeeds in killing Lavender, and Hermione blows him out a window into the abyss in turn.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In a series where lycanthropy is already a thinly-veiled analogy for a certain disease with common tropes attached to it, Fenrir is presented as someone who willingly preys on children and spreads his condition to them, converting them "while they're young" and even taking perverse glee in attacking his victims. With that in mind, it should be obvious what he's supposed to represent.
  • The Dreaded: His name is first revealed when Draco Malfoy name-drops him to sound impressive. When Malfoy realises he's actually let Fenrir into Hogwarts, he's horrified.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He clearly resents the fact that neither Voldemort nor the Death Eaters like or respect him and only tolerate him because he's useful.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Described as such in the novels. In the films, this is less present, although his voice is still quite deep.
  • Foil: To Lupin. Lupin is fearful of harming those around him, and is constantly seeking ways to hide or repress his inner wolf. Greyback gleefully embraces the monster within, even when not in that form, and is known for sticking close to his targets so that he can get to them at point-blank range when the full moon hits. It helps that Greyback is the guy that caused Lupin's trouble in the first place.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Voldemort's hatred of half-breeds is well documented and it's clear the only reason he keeps Greyback around is to marshal the werewolves against his opponents. Most Death Eaters are disgusted at his presence, with Yaxley throwing a curse at him in the Astronomy Tower for attacking without permission and Bellatrix Lestrange forcing him to his knees before her in Malfoy Manor for slighting her. Even Draco Malfoy, despite threatening Borgin by dropping Fenrir Greyback's name, is horrified when Fenrir joins the Death Eaters in Hogwarts at the end of Half-Blood Prince and insists to Dumbledore that he had no hand in Fenrir coming.
  • Guttural Growler: He's described as having a raspy bark of a voice in the books.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He's rumoured to eat some of his victims — or rather, it is heavily implied that he actually does. And not just in Werewolf-form! He has shown signs of this several times, in his un-transformed state; such as when he has stated that he loves the taste of children, was actually thinking of eating the Trio when they got captured by Snatchers (and, again, during his un-transformed state), and when he (un-transformed) tried to eat Lavender Brown during the Battle of Hogwarts. Given the fact that he is a Death Eater and has lost any trace of humanity, it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that he has developed cannibalistic tendencies, when not transformed... In short, Greyback's savagery is what differentiates him from most other werewolves: while most of them bite and infect unintentionally only during their transformed state, Greyback actually goes as far as to eat and kill purposely whether in his HUMAN or werewolf form.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: He begs Bellatrix to let him have Hermione after making some creepy comments to her. Later on, he has to be pulled off of Lavender Brown.
  • Meaningful Name: Fenrir was a gargantuan wolf in Norse Mythology who ended up eating Odin during Ragnarok. Perhaps unintentionally, Greyback (or Grábakr) is also the name of a monster from Norse Mythology; one of the minor serpents gnawing at the roots of Yggdrasil alongside Níðhöggr.
  • Non-Giving-Up School Guy: Has to search for truant Hogwarts students as well as Muggle borns.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Despite the books establishing that werwolves have few visual differences from normal wolves, Fenrir looks mostly humanoid because he's pretty much always been a brutal, bloodthirsty savage by nature even before becoming a lycanthrope, so his appearance as a werewolf reflects how little difference there is between his man and wolf forms.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: There's no denying that Greyback is a serious threat, however he had been brought to his knees by other Death Eaters such as Yaxley and Bellatrix when disobeying orders, usually he doesn't protest too much when this happens. He also seems to hold some degree of fear towards Snape, judging by his reaction when Snape arrives in the Astronomy Tower.
  • Psycho for Hire: He is not actually a Death Eater, as Voldemort would never officially let a werewolf into their ranks. However, he does accompany them on several of their missions, and serves as their liaison with the Snatchers. In other words, he is like a mercenary.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't say much in the films and what he says can be easily missed.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He bites the children of people who get on the wrong side of him.
  • Savage Wolves: A werewolf that kills for its own sake and is especially gleeful about attacking children.
  • Slasher Smile: In the films, he has a near-permanent grin on his face.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the films.
  • Taken for Granite: Harry uses the body-bind curse on him in Book 6.
  • Token Minority: Voldemort hates "half-breeds," and it is quite clear that Greyback was never made a high-ranking Death Eater, nor was he ever given a Dark Mark because the former does not truly care for him or werewolves. In spite of that, Voldemort still kept Greyback on his side because the latter proved useful insofar that the werewolf is prejudiced against Muggle-borns and can use his savagery to carry out Voldemort's plans, as well as to just simply increase the enemies' numbers (basically, Voldemort cares more about quantity than quality) — but that's it. If Voldemort had won the Second Wizarding War, it is highly likely that he would toss Greyback aside after he has no more use for him.
  • Werewolf Theme Naming: He is one, and his first name, "Fenrir", is based on a monstrous wolf from Norse Mythology.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what becomes of him after the events of the Battle of Hogwarts, and whether or not he survived the conflict.
  • Wolf Man: There's concept art of his wolf form of Pottermore that's very humanoid, even more so than what Lupin looks like in the film of Prisoner of Azkaban, despite the books (and the Pottermore article on werewolves) insisting that werewolves don't look that much different than normal wolves. This is possibly because of his savage nature and personality even when untransformed; in other words, there's little difference between his human and animal forms anymore that his physical appearance reflects it.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He prefers attacking children, because he likes the idea of converting them "while they're young." In Half-Blood Prince, he attacks a five-year-old boy whose mother refused to cooperate with the Death Eaters, and the poor boy later died.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: His bites inflict permanent wounds, even in when he's in his human form.

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

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

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

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

  • Ascended Extra: His role was slightly smaller in the books. In the films, he's the leader of the Snatchers and thus has more roles and line, whereas in the books he's implied to be The Dragon to Greyback (who's the Snatchers leader).
  • 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
Portrayed by: Predrag Bjelac
Voiced by: Gerardo Reyero (Latin American Spanish)
Appears in: Goblet of Fire

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

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

  • 0% Approval Rating: As Headmaster of Durmstrang, he encouraged students to rule the school through fear and intimidation, making him very unpopular.
  • 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?"
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The moment Voldemort came back and summoned his Death Eaters, he ran away. They caught up with him a year later.
  • Slimeball: Everything about him, his looks, his mannerisms and especially his voice are described in the word oily.
  • Stepford Smiler: He is described as having a smile that doesn't reach his cold eyes.
  • Torture Technician: He was quick to tell the Ministry that Dolohov cast the Cruciatus Curse on several of their enemies during the First Wizarding War. Moody however claims that Karkaroff also was guilty of the same crime.

    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.
  • Ambiguously Evil: If his defection from Voldemort was in part due to a change of heart around pureblooded supremacy or if he simply thought Voldemort had just gone too far is open to interpretation.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: One possible outcome after the Inferi killed him.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Like Sirius is named for the dog star, Regulus is named for the brightest star in the constellation Leo. The brothers get along like cats and dogs. It's also an Ironic Name/Meaningful Name as the Gryffindor animal is the lion.
  • The Atoner: He joined the Death Eaters but realized how evil they truly were and so decided to stay and find some way of taking them or the Dark Lord down. His actions led to his death.
  • Badass Boast: His dying letter.
  • Commonality Connection: Downplayed, but when searching his room, Harry notices that Regulus played Seeker, as he did, and comments on it.
  • Determinator: He falls under this when you take all the facts into consideration. In Half-Blood Prince, Harry was forced to force Dumbledore to drink the potion that protected the locket and Dumbledore was begging Harry to stop. When you realize what that potion did, you can't help to be amazed at Regulus Black. True, Dumbledore must have seen many more things at the age of more than 100 years than Regulus in his 20s, but Regulus was still a Death Eater and he lived with his family, which wasn't exactly the best one. Dumbledore could only drink three mouthfuls of that potion before Harry had to help him do it. As you hear Kreacher tell his tale, you realize that at no moment he says something about helping Regulus drink the potion, which means Regulus was able to drink it all on his own.
  • Driven to Suicide: This is one interpretation of his actions. He was feeling guilty over letting the Dark Lord hurt Kreacher and nearly kill him as a house-elf guinea pig, and wanted to atone for it by suffering as Kreacher did. Kreacher even notes that he would have rescued Master Regulus, but the man ordered him to go home and destroy the locket.
  • Dub Name Change: As with the rest of the Black family, his surname was changed in most non-English publications to that language's word for the colour. This allowed dedicated readers to deduce that he was R.A.B. shortly after the release of Half-Blood Prince, rather than having to wait for The Reveal in Deathly Hallows.
  • The Dutiful Son: Looked upon as such by his parents.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He turned against the Dark Lord when the latter used his family house-elf Kreacher as a guinea pig and left him to die. As Kreacher reveals, Regulus chose to die out of guilt for letting his loyal friend suffer.
    • We never find out for sure how Regulus felt about being a Death Eater (in short, exactly how evil he was); we only hear stories secondhand from people who weren't involved in his death. However, it seems to be that when he learned that Voldemort had made a Horcrux, this was over the line in his opinion. Rowling has stated that, like Draco, he was fascinated but was creeped out by the reality of the cause.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Learned like Draco that there are some things one shouldn't mess with and that you can't let innocent people suffer out of loyalty.
  • 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 because Harry took it with him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Because of seeing just how "evil" Voldemort was, he couldn't stand it and decided to fight from the inside.
  • Hidden Depths: Looking at the Harry Potter Wiki, it appears he was fresh out of Hogwarts, where the subject of Horcruxes was banned, when he was able to deduce that the locket was a Horcrux. This is pretty amazing as Snape is none the wiser when Dumbledore explains to him the truth of Harry's and Voldemort's connection, even though Snape was a major expert in the Dark Arts and was Regulus's senior. (Snape did not appear able to deduce what Dumbledore explained was a Horcrux.) Neither Bellatrix nor Lucius, who went to school about the same time as Regulus, were any the wiser when Voldemort gave each a Horcrux for them to hold onto without telling them about the true nature of the objects. Where did Regulus get his knowledge on Horcruxes, 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Kreacher explains that Regulus was never the same after Voldemort used Kreacher to test his Death Trap potion and Inferi. What's more, Regulus had provided Kreacher as a test of loyalty to the Dark Lord. It opened his eyes to what kind of monster the Dark Lord was, that he would torture an innocent and loyal house elf For the Evulz.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His intentions were noble and his actions very brave when he stole the locket Horcrux. Unfortunately, it did no good and ultimately only served to make The Chosen One's quest much more difficult several years later.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Regulus was nice to Kreacher the house elf, earning Kreacher's loyalty and admiration. And considering Regulus basically died for Kreacher, it's safe to say that he saw that house-elf as family. Interestingly, his brother Sirius, who is on the side of good from the start, treats Kreacher like crap, which lead to Sirius' downfall. Hermione explains that House Elves, with the exception of Dobby, only show loyalty to those who are nice to them, even if those people are otherwise evil and cruel.
  • Noble Bigot: There is no evidence that he ever renounced his pure-blood supremacist views, only that he became disillusioned with having a leader as Axe-Crazy and Obviously Evil as Voldemort.
  • Not What I Signed Up For: At first, he was a pureblood bigot like the rest of his family. Regulus followed Voldemort because he was young and raised on Slytherin fanaticism. He didn't sign up for Voldemort using his house elf as a guinea pig and leaving him to die.
  • Posthumous Character: He died before even chapter 1 of the first book.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Despite causing trouble for Harry later, Regulus died in his progress of taking down Voldemort, sacrificing himself so Kreacher could look for some means of destroying the locket.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Kreacher notes that Regulus could have relied on him for support to escape the cave with the locket. In fact, Kreacher made it out alive the first time because Regulus ordered him to come home, and house elves must follow the orders. Instead, Regulus ordered Kreacher not to rescue him from the Inferi and go home to destroy the locket. If Regulus had lived, gone to Dumbledore with the locket explaining what it was, then the rest of the series would have turned out differently.
  • "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 former'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
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.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Unlike his appearance that is described in the books, he is quite a looker in the films.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Somewhat. In the films he's defeated relatively quickly by Sirius, while he had the upper hand in the books. He's also taken out more easily in the seventh film, where in the book he was able to take out both Harry and Ron before Hermione got him.
  • Affably Evil: Somewhat implied. At the very least he seems to be friendly with his fellow Death Eaters such as Yaxley and Rowle.
  • Beard of Evil: Has one of these.
  • The Brute: Plays this role quite nicely.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Dolohov is not opposed to using physical force during shootouts, breaking Neville's wand and nose with his foot in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (book). He also seemed to realize that Harry was under the invisibility cloak and fired an explosive spell knowing that Harry would likely still get hurt even if he missed. It works.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Though he was starting to get the upper hand against Sirius Black when the two duelled, he failed to notice Harry (who still had his wand and was uninjured) aim a full body bind curse at him.
  • Fatal Flaw: Though his duelling skills are nearly unrivaled, he tends to get distracted somewhat easily which has cost him victory multiple times.
  • 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. In fact, his final defeat is one of the only times he was defeated straight up.
    • To count, he took part in assassinating the Prewett 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 with a surprise attack, and killed Lupin during the final battle.
  • Minor Major Character: He gets name-dropped in every book from Goblet onward, and appears in every book from Order onward, usually very briefly, but his Hero Killer status makes him one of Voldemort's most visible enforcers.
  • Multiethnic Name: Antonín (accent on the 'i') is Czech, but -ov surnames are only really found in Bulgaria and Russia.
  • Older Than They Look: Assuming that he is the Dolohov who accompanied Voldemort to Hogsmeade, he's at least 60, though his hair is still dark and he's described as burly on at least one occasion.
  • Red Right Hand: His face in the books is described as “twisted”.
  • Signature Move: A curse seemingly invented by Dolohov himself; it is described as a streak of purple flame which strikes right through the body of the target, causing immensely painful internal damage. Hermione only managed to survive a direct hit because the incantation wasn't spoken aloud at the time.
  • Smug Snake: Looked highly pleased with himself after nearly killing Hermione with a curse, and later after defeating Moody in a duel.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He smirks with satisfaction after badly injuring both Hermione and Moody, but doesn't show the overt signs of glee that others such as Bellatrix would.
  • Torture Technician: According to Karkaroff, he was this during the first war. The first thing we hear about him is that he tortured Muggles and those who did not support Voldemort.
  • Vague Age: He is said to have been working for Voldemort in since the 1950s, even before he began his campaign, which would make him at least 60 by the time Harry first meets him. Now, his hair 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). However, te Dolohov mentioned to be with Riddle in the 50s is never given a first name, making it possible that this was his father instead.
  • Villainous Friendship: Shown to have this with Yaxley on a few occasions.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Despite being a genuine badass, Dolohov tends to be subject to the Full Body-Bind Curse, being hit by it twice during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, once during the Luchino Caffe Duel and once during the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Cast some curse at Hermione which caused severe internal injuries.
  • 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
Portrayed by: Peter Best

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

  • Adaptational Ugliness: Unlike the books, which describe him as strapping and has a handsome face, the films show him as rather skinny and chiseled features.
  • All There in the Manual: Peter Best is credited as "The Executioner" in the third film and "Death Eater" in the fifth film (he's the one holding Luna). Based on the books, it can be assumed that both characters are Macnair.
  • Ax-Crazy: 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.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: His job is euthanizing (albeit more like full-on murdering) dangerous animals (like Buckbeak) for the Ministry. He does it only because he enjoys killing.
  • Blood Knight: Seems to get a savage pleasure from killing.
  • Brainwashed: Like Lucius, he pulled this defense to avoid Azkaban.
  • The Brute: Large, bloodthirsty, and aggressive. Seems to enjoy this role quite well.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: A minor one. He later turns up as a Death Eater, but he doesn't have any further importance and is basically just a Mook. Though he did play an important role in bringing the remaining giants back to Lord Voldemort's side, and (depending on whether or not you consider the early drafts canon) he was responsible for murdering Broderick Bode.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Described in the third book as having a deep voice.
  • The Executioner: Executes dangerous beasts for the Ministry, and Voldemort welcomes him back by saying he would have other victims to execute, this time human ones.
  • Eye Scream: Neville jabs Hermione's wand into his eye in Book 5.
  • The Faceless: In the third film, his face is covered by a hood and ski mask.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The last time we see him, Hagrid (AKA the one whose pet he tried to kill) is throwing him against a wall.
  • The Mole: Works at the Ministry during the first 5 books. Loses this role after being imprisoned.
  • Neck Lift: Forgoes magic and does this to Harry during the Battle at The Department of Mysteries, with one hand while the other tries to take the prophecy. Cue above mentioned Eye Scream.
  • Porn Stache: Sports one in the books.
  • Psycho for Hire: More than likely, he greatly appreciated the Dark Lord's promise of better victims, as killing mere animals got probably old after a while. Must have been one of the few who left the graveyard happy that night.
  • Slasher Smile: Gives a particularly unnerving one to Harry and his friends in the third film.
  • Stab the Salad: Takes out his anger at Buckbeak's escape on the fence/a pumpkin, which the Trio assume is him killing Buckbeak when they first hear it.
  • Villainous Friendship: With the Giant, Golgomath. They apparently bond over their shared passion for violence. He's also described as an old friend of Lucius Malfoy.
  • Violent Glaswegian: In the audiobook.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Seemed quite willing to strangle Harry to death to get the prophecy.

    Augustus Rookwood 

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

  • Affably Evil: Is implied to have been this by Ludo Bagman.
  • Beneath Suspicion: As noted by the general shock of the courtroom when Igor Karkaroff exposes him as a Death Eater. Karkaroff got a light sentence based solely on exposing him since all his other names were either cleared, captured or dead.
  • Combat Medic: It’s implied via this article that Rookwood found Dolohov and Jugson and undid all the jinxes on them.
  • Evil Old Folks: Most likely. He's said to be old friends with Ludo Bagman's father so they're likely close in age. This puts him at being roughly a generation older than many of the adult characters.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Said in the books to be severely pockmarked.
  • Minor Major Character: Apparently he was an important spy for Voldemort during the First Wizarding War with an impressive network of informants both inside the Ministry and elsewhere. Due to his imprisonment and loss of his position however he's reduced to being a mook in the series proper.
  • The Mole: Was this during the first wizarding war in the Ministry of Magic.
  • Not So Stoic: Becomes visibly scared when delivering bad news to Voldemort. Luckily for him Voldemort instead punishes Avery.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In book 5, he reveals crucial information about the Hall of Prophecy to Voldemort after he escapes, putting Voldemort back on track about how to get the prophecy. Voldemort decides to target Harry through his dreams and eventually succeeds in getting him to go to the Ministry of Magic, setting off the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  • The Spymaster: Apparently had quite an impressive network of wizards who passed him information that he passed to Lord Voldemort, many of them being none the wiser.
  • The Stoic: When Harry sees pictures of the escaped Death Eaters, he notes that Rookwood looks bored compared to his snarling or grinning comrades.
  • The Unfought: Rookwood is the only one of the Death Eaters during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries who does not fight the kids.

    Rodolphus Lestrange 

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

  • Battle Couple: In the fifth book when he and Bellatrix fight side-by-side in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries when Lucius splits the Death Eaters into pairs. He, Bellatrix and two other Death Eaters fight Ron, Ginny and Luna, messing up Ron's brain for a short time and breaking Ginny's ankle. The two later fight together against Tonks and Ron during the Battle of Seven Potters.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Despite being a very minor character in the series proper, he is initially the only one who knows that Voldemort had a child with Bellatrix.
  • Cuckold: His wife had a child with Voldemort and he knew about it. Reading between the lines, it comes across similarly to a cultist allowing his wife to sleep with the cult leader.
  • 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.


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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He seems rather offended when Bellatrix (actually a disguised Hermione) suggests that he isn't held by Voldemort in the same regard as she is.
  • Hero Killer: He was initially sent to Azkaban for killing Marlene McKinnon and her entire family.
  • Jerkass: Even towards other Death Eaters.
  • 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!
  • Would Hurt a Child: When it's mentioned that Travers killed Marlene McKinnon's family, it implies her whole family.

    Thorfinn Rowle
Played by: Rod Hunt

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

  • Axe-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.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: He lit Hagrid's Hut on fire while Fang was still inside, much to Hagrid's horror.
  • The Berserker: His method of fighting in order to keep the Order members at bay. It was effective, but also placed his teammates in danger as Gibbon found out.
  • The Brute: Is among the most physically imposing Death Eaters, and is shown to be an aggressive duellist.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Hagrid attempts to stop him from escaping he lights his house on fire, likely knowing that Hagrid would stop fighting in order to save his dog and put out the fire.
  • Dumb Muscle: Averted; he actually seems to be relatively clever and usually did well in duels without having to resort to physical attacks. Though accidentally killing fellow Death Eater Gibbon wasn't his smartest move.
  • Giant Mook: He is constantly described as huge.
  • No Indoor Voice: His few lines have him shouting.
  • 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.
  • Playing with Fire: When his curses do little damage against Hagrid, he instead decides to light Hagrid's hut on fire with a spell.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Though Harry sees him guarding Hagrid during Voldemort's temporary ceasefire, he isn't seen fighting anyone during the final part of the Battle of Hogwarts. It's likely that he was killed, captured, or escaped.
  • 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.


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

  • 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.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Like many other less prominent Death Eaters. In fact, his only line in the series, after Voldemort’s rebirth, is “My Lord, I prostrate myself before you, I am your most faithful-” Voldemort proceeds to silence him.
  • Racist Grandpa: He is in his late 60s and has been loyal to Voldemort and his Pureblood supremacy since he was a schoolboy.
  • Red Right Hand: Possibly. Is described on one occasion to be stooped, though he may have simply been bowing to Voldemort.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The first of the Death Eaters to go down in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  • 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.
  • Creepy Child: The younger one is described as such.
  • Dirty Coward: After Voldemort's rebirth, the younger is the first to throw himself at the Dark Lord's feet and beg for forgiveness.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humour: Along with younger Mulciber, younger Avery is described to have an "evil idea of humour" by young Lily Evans.
  • Foil: To Peter Pettigrew. Both are among the least intimidating Death Eaters and are often punished by Voldemort for their incompetence. They also were the wimpy members of their respective Gang of Bullies during their years at Hogwarts. While Peter occasionally can be clever and powerful, Avery never shows anything but fear and incompetence.
  • Gang of Bullies: Both of them were in one during their time at Hogwarts.
    • The elder ran with Tom Riddle, Antonin Dolohov, Nott, Lestrange, Rosier, and the elder Mulciber.
    • The younger was friends with Severus Snape, Evan Rosier, Wilkes, and the younger Mulciber. Every single individual listed here became a Death Eater.
  • Last-Name Basis: Neither of them is given a first name.
  • Like Father, Like Son: They might be father and son, and both of them are Death Eaters.
  • Not Brainwashed: The younger managed to avoid imprisonment after Voldemort's fall by claiming he had been Imperiused.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The younger one. His ignorance of the Hall of Prophecy results in the imprisonment of Sturgis Podmore, the wounding of Arthur Weasley, and the death of Broderick Bode. His stupidity stalls Voldemort's Evil Plan for the majority of Order of the Phoenix until Augustus Rookwood escapes from Azkaban.
  • Spanner in the Works: The younger Avery's uninformed advice about retrieving the prophecy holds up Voldemort's plans for an entire year, resulting in such “fruitless schemes” as Imperiusing Sturgis Podmore and Broderick Bode and sending Nagini, all of which would have failed anyway because a prophecy can only be taken by its subjects.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The younger one told Voldemort that the prophecy could simply be taken by placing an Unspeakable under the Imperius Curse. Why Avery thought this would work is uncertain, but it lands him in a lot of trouble with Voldemort.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The elder only appears in a memory of Tom Riddle's time at Hogwarts in the 40s. The younger doesn't appear after Order of the Phoenix.

Appears in: Deathly Hallows

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

  • Ambiguous Situation: At one point Dolores Umbridge claims to be a relative of his, and that the S on Slytherin's Locket stands for Selwyn. While she was lying about the Locket being a Selwyn family heirloom, it's unknown if she was also lying about being related to them.
  • Axe-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.
  • 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 Humour: Along with younger Avery, younger Mulciber is described to have an "evil idea of humour" by young Lily Evans.
  • Gang of Bullies: Both of them were in one during their time at Hogwarts.
    • The elder ran with Tom Riddle, Antonin Dolohov, Nott, Lestrange, Rosier, and the elder Avery.
    • The younger was friends with Severus Snape, Evan Rosier, Wilkes, and the younger Avery. At one point, Mulciber attacked a girl and fellow student named Mary MacDonald.
  • Last-Name Basis: Neither of them is given a first name.
  • Like Father, Like Son: They might be father and sone, and both of them are Death Eaters.
  • Mind Rape: Mentioned to frequently practice the Imperius Curse.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Lily seems to think that the younger Mulciber was this to Severus when they were students.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Dumbledore mentions that Mulciber, along with Nott, Antonin Dolohov, and the elder Avery, accompanied Voldemort to Hogsmeade for his job interview. His activities after this event are unknown. The younger disappears after Order of the Phoenix, though he is mentioned in Snape's memories during Deathly Hallows.

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

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

  • 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.
  • Giant Mook: They are described as being the largest Death Eaters at Voldemort's rebirth.
  • 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, assuming he wasn't killed in the war prior to this.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Goyle disappears after Goblet of Fire and Crabbe after Order of the Phoenix (he is imprisoned in Azkaban at the end). They don't even appear in the battle, or are at least not mentioned. What's interesting is their sons both appear.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Crabbe at one point attempts to murder Hermione with the Killing Curse during the battle in the Department of Mysteries.

    Other Death Eaters 
A variety of Death Eatersnote  who variously died before the series, disappeared halfway through, or were only referenced off-hand.
  • Bald of Evil: Jugson is portrayed as bald by Richard Cubison in the film.
  • Dirty Coward: Apparently Gibbon was ordered to cast the Dark Mark above the Astronomy Tower in order to lure Dumbledore there, however he didn't like the idea of facing Dumbledore and ran back down to join the others. He gets killed as a result.
  • Do Not Go Gentle:
    • Evan Rosier fought Alastor Moody viciously enough, even blasting off a chunk of his nose, that Moody was forced to kill him, something he only did when it was absolutely necessary.
    • Wilkes was killed by aurors for resisting arrest.
  • Eye Scream: Only in the films, where Evan Rosier was responsible for destroying one of Moody’s eyes, and, therefore, is indirectly responsible for his nickname “Mad-Eye.”
  • The Family That Slays Together:
    • Lestrange was a member of a violent terrorist organization, as are his two relatives (possibly his sons) Rodolphus and Rabastan, and in-law Bellatrix.
    • Rosier was one of the original Death Eaters and his son, Evan Rosier, died fighting for Voldemort in the first war. In Fantastic Beasts, Grindewald's right hand woman is named Vinda Rosier, although her exact relation to them is unclear. Vinda is also related to Bellatrix on her mother's side and her looks and personality are similar to those of book Bellatrix.
  • Flat Character: 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.
  • Generation Xerox: At least one older Rosier served Grindelwald and two younger ones served Voldemort.
  • 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.
  • Taken for Granite: Harry hits Jugson with a Full Body-Bind Curse, leaving him temporarily petrified.
  • Villainous Valor: Evan Rosier was willing to duel Moody to the death rather than be arrested.
  • 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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