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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, as pure-bloods were historically seen as the elite, though not all of them (there's little that's aristocratic or cultured about Greyback or the Carrows, for example).
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The higher-ranked Death Eaters tend to be the most effective duelists. Or maybe the other way around.
  • Black Cloak: Almost all of them sport one, befitting their status as dark wizards.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Hermione theorizes that most Death Eaters are actually half-bloods pretending to be pure-blood, while espousing the superiority of pure-bloods, the inferiority of half-bloods and Muggle-borns, and the worthlessness of Muggles. She cites how the huge number of Death Eaters couldn't be supported by the declining number of Pure-Blood families in Britain. Indeed, Lord Voldemort himself is a half-blood. .
  • Calling Card: The Dark Mark, which consists of a skull vomiting out a snake. It's both a symbol that all Death Eaters are branded with and an image they cast into the sky above every murder site.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Voldemort's tendency to rule through fear and his constant mood swings means that Death Eaters jockey with each other to score brownie points and earn his good graces, often backbiting and belittling each other, with the likes of Barty Crouch Jr. and Bellatrix Lestrange insisting they are Eviler than Thou and more loyal than everyone. Snape's grasp of this management strategy allows him to easily ingratiate himself into Voldemort's good graces over more loyal and consistent followers.
  • Dirty Coward: The Death Eaters as a group tended to suddenly deny any involvement in the group after Voldermort's defeat. They also appear to shrink from any real wizards, preferring instead to gang up on groups of kids or Muggles. In the movie adaptation of Deathly Hallows, several Death Eaters are seen Apparating away when Harry is revealed to have survived the Killing Curse in the Forbidden Forest and the Hogwarts students and staff get a Heroic Second Wind.
  • The Dragon: Subverted. Voldemort operates in complete secrecy, leading to many wannabe Death Eaters claiming to be his Dragon, which Dumbledore notes is a major delusion he enables. The Death Eaters don't have formal rankings, and depending on Voldemort's whims, people can move in and out of the centre as per his paranoid thoughts. This allows a shifty wild card like Snape to easily ingratiate himself back into Voldemort's good graces despite being in the most precarious of situations after Voldemort's return.
  • Dumb Muscle:
    • The Carrows, Greyback, the Snatchers...
    • Averted with Rowle. Though he seems to be one of the largest Death Eaters physically, he also seems to be one of the more skilled ones.
    • Aberforth lampshades it when Ron asks him if he conjured a doe patronus after he just conjured a goat.
    "Brains like that, you could be a Death Eater, son."
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil:
    • Downplayed. The Death Eaters are willing to work with dark creatures like werewolves and giants that the rest of the wizarding world won't have anything to do with, but those who aren't pure-blood wizards will never rise higher than Psycho for Hire (with the exception of Snape and Voldemort, who are half-bloods themselves.) They don't have problems with gender equality, though it seems there are fewer woman Death Eaters than they are in their counterparts in the Order. Women Are Wiser perhaps. Or Men Are the Expendable Gender.
    • Regarding genders and races, however, it's played more straight in the movies, especially the seventh and eighth movies. It's shown there are several unnamed female (one of them is even an old lady) and even non-white Death Eaters. Even among Snatchers, there are at least one black man and one woman.
    • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reveals that Bellatrix, at least, wasn't sterile.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Fantastic Racism: They hate all Muggles, Muggle-borns, Squibs, Half-Bloods (though Voldemort is secretly a Half-Blood), Blood Traitors, werewolves, goblins, in short, anyone who isn't them. They're also based off the Nazis and, to a lesser extent, the Ku Klux Klan (in the movie adaptation of Goblet Of Fire, the Death Eaters even look like Klansmen dressed in black).
  • Fantastic Terrorists: Essentially they're a wizard hate group who use magic to terrorize wizards and muggles alike.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: The constant infighting between factions trying to get in Voldemort's favour cause them to be much less effective than they could be. Their fear of Voldemort also causes them to be more hesitant in their actions even when it could have paid off.
  • Final Solution: In the last book, they implement a plan to either kill or subjugate all so-called "Mudbloods." This would include any magical beings, as well.
  • Gang of Bullies:
    • Tom Riddle is said to have lead a gang of them when he was a student at Hogwarts. This gang would later become the first Death Eaters.
    • According to Sirius, Snape was in one of these when he was a student, consisting of Avery, Rosier, Wilkes, Mulciber, Lucius Malfoy, Bellatrix, and Rodolphus Lestrange before they all became Death Eaters.
    • This is essentially what they are by the time the series starts. Despite being made up of some of the most important and influential wizards and witches around: they (mostly) completely abandoned Voldemort when he disappeared, only to crawl back and make up excuses to save their own skins when he did finally return; a couple of children manage to give them a good fight (as in, managing to stun and defeat several of them in scattered skirmishes) and they completely break the second someone they can't handle (Dumbledore) shows up.
  • Generation Xerox: Many of the Death Eaters of different generations shared the same surname (Rosier, Avery, Mulciber, Lestrange, Malfoy), likely indicating a father/son relationship between them. This is justified as the first-generation Death Eaters started out as fellow classmates of Voldemort when he was still Tom Riddle, and they were a Gang of Bullies at Hogwarts that operated in a similar manner to the Death Eaters. Also, the Carrows and the Rosiers had family members who served Grindelwald in the early 20th Century.
  • "Get Out of Jail Free" Card: A lot of them pretended that Voldemort had them hypnotised under the Imperius curse after the first wizarding war ended.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Voldemort and his Death Eaters are prejudiced against wizards with less-than-pure wizarding blood and non-human magical creatures in general despite he himself having a Muggle parent. While he's counting on the anti-Muggle feelings of his followers, he genuinely despises Muggles and anything he considers Mudblood — and he apparently has a one-drop rule for everyone except himself and personal Death Eaters like Snape. While they also recruited giants and werewolves, they probably rationalized them as second- and third-tier "citizens" in Voldemort's new order. Also, Sirius flat-out states that wizards needed to procreate with Muggles to avoid extinction, and Hermione believes many Death Eaters are half-bloods pretending to be pure-bloods like their leader. Oh, and Pottermore revealed that Muggle-borns were much more accepted before the Statute of Secrecy, meaning mixed blood was inevitable.
    • Some fans have wondered if Voldemort was exploiting the prejudices of his own followers more than enforcing his own, and that all he really cares about is power. However, Dumbledore confirms that Voldemort is definitely a racist, a self-hating half-blood who hated his Muggle father and fashioned an identity that erased his origins. Dumbledore points out that Voldemort's racism, and his hypocrisy, is the reason why he targeted Harry rather than baby Neville. Neville was the son of a pureblood family, so Voldemort should have targeted Neville as per his creed that "blood matters" and produces great wizards. But he chose Harry because he considered Harry's half-blood status (i.e. one-drop since Lily being Muggleborn was as good as Muggle in his eyes) more similar to his own origins.
  • Mark of the Beast: Death Eaters are branded with their Calling Card, the Dark Mark, on their left forearm. Voldemort uses the Mark to summon Death Eaters whenever the Mark is pressed on.
  • 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. However, it is heavily implied that a majority of these fighters are Imperiused.
  • 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

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

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

An evil wizard who is active nineteen years after the end of the Second Wizarding War, is gifted with power approaching that of the Dark Lord himself, and is intent on overthrowing the Ministry of Magic while resurrecting the ideals of the Death Eaters. With a small cabal of followers and just enough Unwitting Pawns, the Augurey is fated to challenge the peace Harry brought to the world by fighting Lord Voldemort.

For tropes applying to them before The Reveal, see Delphini Diggory's folder on Harry Potter – Other Characters.


  • 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.
  • Irony: The Augurey became a villain in order to have a loving father, but her father is Voldemort, who can’t truly love anyone, and presumably would never have loved his child either!
  • 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.

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    Narcissa Malfoy (née Black) 
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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.
  • 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.

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Snatchers

    Fenrir Greyback 
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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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His response to Lyall Lupin making a derogatory remark about werewolves? Savagely attack and infect a five year old Remus, destroying any chance Remus had for a normal life.
  • Death by Adaptation: His fate is unclear in the books, but he's explicitly shown biting the dust in the movies.
  • Demoted to Extra: Downplayed. He's by no means an extra and nevertheless still has many scenes, but he's the leader of the Snatchers in the books, whereas in the films Scabior takes that role. Also, he has much more lines in the books, while in the films, he's virtually The Quiet One.
  • Disney Villain Death: In the film, he apparently succeeds in killing Lavender, and Hermione blows him out a window into the abyss in turn.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In a series where lycanthropy is already a thinly-veiled analogy for a certain disease with common tropes attached to it, Fenrir is presented as someone who willingly preys on children and spreads his condition to them, converting them "while they're young" and even taking perverse glee in attacking his victims. With that in mind, it should be obvious what he's supposed to represent.
  • The Dreaded: His name is first revealed when Draco Malfoy name-drops him to sound impressive. When Malfoy realises he's actually let Fenrir into Hogwarts, he's horrified.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He clearly resents the fact that neither Voldemort nor the Death Eaters like or respect him and only tolerate him because he's useful.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Described as such in the novels. In the films, this is less present, although his voice is still quite deep.
  • Foil: To Lupin. Lupin is fearful of harming those around him, and is constantly seeking ways to hide or repress his inner wolf. Greyback gleefully embraces the monster within, even when not in that form, and is known for sticking close to his targets so that he can get to them at point-blank range when the full moon hits. It helps that Greyback is the guy that caused Lupin's trouble in the first place.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Voldemort's hatred of half-breeds is well documented and it's clear the only reason he keeps Greyback around is to marshal the werewolves against his opponents. Most Death Eaters are disgusted at his presence, with Yaxley throwing a curse at him in the Astronomy Tower for attacking without permission and Bellatrix Lestrange forcing him to his knees before her in Malfoy Manor for slighting her. Even Draco Malfoy, despite threatening Borgin by dropping Fenrir Greyback's name, is horrified when Fenrir joins the Death Eaters in Hogwarts at the end of ''Half-Blood Prince'' and insists to Dumbledore that he had no hand in Fenrir coming.
  • 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Harry (with a face too swollen to properly identify) tells Greyback and the Snatchers that he is the son of a Death Eater sympathizing Ministry employee. Greyback is clearly nervous at having potentially attacked the son of an ally, but decides to call Harry's bluff. He reasons that if he truly is Mr. Dudley's son, he would have nothing to worry about being taken to the Ministry.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Despite the books establishing that werwolves have few visual differences from normal wolves, Fenrir looks mostly humanoid because he's pretty much always been a brutal, bloodthirsty savage by nature even before becoming a lycanthrope, so his appearance as a werewolf reflects how little difference there is between his man and wolf forms.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: There's no denying that Greyback is a serious threat, however he had been brought to his knees by other Death Eaters such as Yaxley and Bellatrix when disobeying orders, usually he doesn't protest too much when this happens. He also seems to hold some degree of fear towards Snape, judging by his reaction when Snape arrives in the Astronomy Tower.
  • Psycho for Hire: He is not actually a Death Eater, as Voldemort would never officially let a werewolf into their ranks. However, he does accompany them on several of their missions, and serves as their liaison with the Snatchers. In other words, he is like a mercenary.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't say much in the films and what he says can be easily missed.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He bites the children of people who get on the wrong side of him. That's how Lupin got bitten because his father offended him.
  • Savage Wolf: A werewolf that kills for its own sake and is especially gleeful about attacking children.
  • Slasher Smile: In the films, he has a near-permanent grin on his face.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the films.
  • Taken for Granite: Harry uses the body-bind curse on him in Book 6.
  • Token Minority: Voldemort hates "half-breeds," and it is quite clear that Greyback was never made a high-ranking Death Eater, nor was he ever given a Dark Mark because the former does not truly care for him or werewolves. In spite of that, Voldemort still kept Greyback on his side because the latter proved useful insofar that the werewolf is prejudiced against Muggle-borns and can use his savagery to carry out Voldemort's plans, as well as to just simply increase the enemies' numbers (basically, Voldemort cares more about quantity than quality) — but that's it. If Voldemort had won the Second Wizarding War, it is highly likely that he would toss Greyback aside after he has no more use for him.
  • Werewolf Theme Naming: He is one, and his first name, "Fenrir", is based on a monstrous wolf from Norse Mythology.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what becomes of him after the events of the Battle of Hogwarts, and whether or not he survived the conflict.
  • Wolf Man: There's concept art of his wolf form of Pottermore that's very humanoid, even more so than what Lupin looks like in the film of Prisoner of Azkaban, despite the books (and the Pottermore article on werewolves) insisting that werewolves don't look that much different than normal wolves. This is possibly because of his savage nature and personality even when untransformed; in other words, there's little difference between his human and animal forms anymore that his physical appearance reflects it.
  • 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.

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

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

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

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


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

Defected Death Eaters

    Severus Snape 

    Draco Malfoy 

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

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

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


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

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

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


  • All for Nothing: His sacrifice more or less. It ended up delaying the Fetch Quest for the heroes, his taunt to Voldemort was never even received or acknowledged by him, and ultimately no one in his own family ever learned what he did.
  • Always Someone Better: Negatively compared to his big brother Sirius, being described as "smaller, slighter and rather less handsome" than him.
  • Ambiguously Evil: It is open to interpretation whether his defection from Voldemort was in part due to a change of heart around pure-blood supremacy, he simply thought Voldemort had just gone too far, or that he was simply upset that Voldemort had tried to sacrifice Kreacher.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: One possible outcome after the Inferi killed him.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Like Sirius is named for the dog star, Regulus is named for the brightest star in the constellation Leo. The brothers get along like cats and dogs. It's also an Ironic Name/Meaningful Name as the Gryffindor animal is the lion.
  • The Atoner: He joined the Death Eaters but realized how evil they truly were and so decided to stay and find some way of taking them or the Dark Lord down. His actions led to his death.
  • Badass Boast: His dying letter.
  • Commonality Connection: Downplayed, but when searching his room, Harry notices that Regulus played Seeker, as he did, and comments on it.
  • Determinator: He falls under this when you take all the facts into consideration. In Half-Blood Prince, Harry was forced to force Dumbledore to drink the potion that protected the locket and Dumbledore was begging Harry to stop. When you realize what that potion did, you can't help to be amazed at Regulus Black. True, Dumbledore must have seen many more things at the age of more than 100 years than Regulus in his 20s, but Regulus was still a Death Eater and he lived with his family, which wasn't exactly the best one. Dumbledore could only drink three mouthfuls of that potion before Harry had to help him do it. As you hear Kreacher tell his tale, you realize that at no moment he says something about helping Regulus drink the potion, which means Regulus was able to drink it all on his own.
  • Driven to Suicide: This is one interpretation of his actions. He was feeling guilty over letting the Dark Lord hurt Kreacher and nearly kill him as a house-elf guinea pig, and wanted to atone for it by suffering as Kreacher did. Kreacher even notes that he would have rescued Master Regulus, but the man ordered him to go home and destroy the locket.
  • Dub Name Change: As with the rest of the Black family, his surname was changed in most non-English publications to that language's word for the colour. This allowed dedicated readers to deduce that he was R.A.B. shortly after the release of Half-Blood Prince, rather than having to wait for The Reveal in Deathly Hallows.
  • The Dutiful Son: Looked upon as such by his parents.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He turned against the Dark Lord when the latter used his family house-elf Kreacher as a guinea pig and left him to die. As Kreacher reveals, Regulus chose to die out of guilt for letting his loyal friend suffer.
    • We never find out for sure how Regulus felt about being a Death Eater (in short, exactly how evil he was); we only hear stories secondhand from people who weren't involved in his death. However, it seems to be that when he learned that Voldemort had made a Horcrux, this was over the line in his opinion. Rowling has stated that, like Draco, he was fascinated but was creeped out by the reality of the cause.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Learned like Draco that there are some things one shouldn't mess with and that you can't let innocent people suffer out of loyalty.
  • 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, of which he had such a good understanding of, to the point that he was able to deduce an object was one based on a description given to him by his House-Elf?
  • Ignored Enemy: His dying letter has him sound like he's Voldemort's Arch-Enemy or an Unknown Rival. Voldemort has in all likelihood completely forgotten about him, and while Voldemort does find out that his Horcrux is missing in the cave, he doesn't discover Regulus' letter and assumes, not unreasonably, that Dumbledore and Harry marched into the cave, stole it and destroyed it.
  • Irony: Despite being The Dutiful Son, Regulus ended up not being that much different from his older brother Sirius in the end. He died defying Voldemort and protecting someone he loved, like Sirius did.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Kreacher explains that Regulus was never the same after Voldemort used Kreacher to test his Death Trap potion and Inferi. What's more, Regulus had provided Kreacher as a test of loyalty to the Dark Lord. It opened his eyes to what kind of monster the Dark Lord was, that he would torture an innocent and loyal house elf For the Evulz.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His intentions were noble and his actions very brave when he stole the locket Horcrux. Unfortunately, it did no good and ultimately only served to make The Chosen One's quest much more difficult several years later.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Regulus was nice to Kreacher the house elf, earning Kreacher's loyalty and admiration. And considering Regulus basically died for Kreacher, it's safe to say that he saw that house-elf as family. Interestingly, his brother Sirius, who is on the side of good from the start, treats Kreacher like crap, which lead to Sirius' downfall. Hermione explains that House Elves, with the exception of Dobby, only show loyalty to those who are nice to them, even if those people are otherwise evil and cruel.
  • Noble Bigot: There is no evidence that he ever renounced his pure-blood supremacist views, only that he became disillusioned with having a leader as Ax-Crazy and Obviously Evil as Voldemort.
  • Not What I Signed Up For: At first, he was a pureblood bigot like the rest of his family. Regulus followed Voldemort because he was young and raised on Slytherin fanaticism. He didn't sign up for Voldemort using his house elf as a guinea pig and leaving him to die.
  • Posthumous Character: He died before even chapter 1 of the first book.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Despite causing trouble for Harry later, Regulus died in his progress of taking down Voldemort, sacrificing himself so Kreacher could look for some means of destroying the locket.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Kreacher notes that Regulus could have relied on him for support to escape the cave with the locket. In fact, Kreacher made it out alive the first time because Regulus ordered him to come home, and house elves must follow the orders. Instead, Regulus ordered Kreacher not to rescue him from the Inferi and go home to destroy the locket. If Regulus had lived, gone to Dumbledore with the locket explaining what it was, then the rest of the series would have turned out differently.
  • "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 
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Portrayed by: Arben Bajraktaraj

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


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

    Walden Macnair 
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Portrayed by: Peter Best

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


  • Adaptational Ugliness: Unlike the books, which describe him as strapping and has a handsome face, the films show him as rather skinny and possessing chiseled features.
  • All There in the Manual: Peter Best is credited as "The Executioner" in the third film and "Death Eater" in the fifth film (he's the one holding Luna). Based on the books, it can be assumed that both characters are Macnair.
  • Ax-Crazy: 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.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: His job is euthanizing (albeit more like full-on murdering) dangerous animals (like Buckbeak) for the Ministry. He does it only because he enjoys killing.
  • Blood Knight: Seems to get a savage pleasure from killing.
  • Brainwashed: Like Lucius, he pulled this defense to avoid Azkaban.
  • The Brute: Large, bloodthirsty, and aggressive. Seems to enjoy this role quite well.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: A minor one. He later turns up as a Death Eater, but he doesn't have any further importance and is basically just a Mook. Though he did play an important role in bringing the remaining giants back to Lord Voldemort's side, and (depending on whether or not you consider the early drafts canon) he was responsible for murdering Broderick Bode.
  • Diabolical Dogcatcher: Not with dogs per se, but he's a Death Eater who works as an animal control officer.
  • Evil 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.
  • Hero Killer: Very strongly implied to be the one responsible for the death of Fred Weasley, judging by Percy's furious roar of his name and rushing towards him during The Battle Of Hogwarts.
  • Minor Major Character: Apparently he was an important spy for Voldemort during the First Wizarding War with an impressive network of informants both inside the Ministry and elsewhere. Due to his imprisonment and loss of his position however he's reduced to being a mook in the series proper.
  • The Mole: Was this during the first wizarding war in the Ministry of Magic.
  • Not So Stoic: Becomes visibly scared when delivering bad news to Voldemort. Luckily for him Voldemort instead punishes Avery.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In book 5, he reveals crucial information about the Hall of Prophecy to Voldemort after he escapes, putting Voldemort back on track about how to get the prophecy. Voldemort decides to target Harry through his dreams and eventually succeeds in getting him to go to the Ministry of Magic, setting off the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  • The Spymaster: Apparently had quite an impressive network of wizards who passed him information that he passed to Lord Voldemort, many of them being none the wiser.
  • The Stoic: When Harry sees pictures of the escaped Death Eaters, he notes that Rookwood looks bored compared to his snarling or grinning comrades.
  • The Unfought: Rookwood is the only one of the Death Eaters during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries who does not fight the kids. Rookwood is sent off by himself to search, and at every other point during the battle the Death Eaters fighting the kids were in pairs.

    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.
  • Secret-Keeper: Was one of the few who knew about Bellatrix's child with Voldemort.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He is only mentioned once in Cursed Child, but he is the one who told Delphini she was the daughter of Voldemort.
  • The Stoic: Is described as looking blank during his trial, unlike his wife who looked confident, or his brother and Barty Crouch, Jr., who looked scared.
  • Torture Technician: Was imprisoned for torturing Frank and Alice Longbottom into insanity.
  • Undying Loyalty: Though not as much as his wife, Rodolphus is considered by Voldemort to be one of his most loyal servants. He didn't seem too worried about being imprisoned, likely sharing his wife's belief that the Dark Lord would someday return.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Is mentioned a few times early on in Deathly Hallows, but we never see him with his wife or anywhere else for that matter.

    Travers 
Portrayed by: Tav MacDougal

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


  • 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 
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Played by: Rod Hunt

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


  • Ax-Crazy: During the battle, he fired Killing Curses all over the place without caring who got hit. This led to the death of another Death Eater, Gibbon.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: He lit Hagrid's Hut on fire while Fang was still inside, much to Hagrid's horror.
  • The Berserker: His method of fighting in order to keep the Order members at bay. It was effective, but also placed his teammates in danger as Gibbon found out.
  • 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.
  • Like Father, Like Son: His father was one of the original Death Eaters.
  • Meaningful Name: Rabastan is an anagram of Rastaban, Arabic for "the serpent's head." Besides the obvious Slytherin connection, the star itself is visible from Earth but is dim compared to other stars in the constellation Draco, like Rabastan is overshadowed by other members of his family.
  • Out of Focus: Even worse than his brother in this regard.
  • Torture Technician: Assisted in torturing Frank and Alice Longbottom to insanity.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Unlike his sister-in-law who went on to become a major character, or his brother who at least was referred to occasionally, Rabastan was never mentioned again after his second arrest.

    Nott 

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

    Selwyn 
Appears in: Deathly Hallows

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


  • Ambiguous Situation: At one point Dolores Umbridge claims to be a relative of his, and that the S on Slytherin's Locket stands for Selwyn. While she was lying about the Locket being a Selwyn family heirloom, it's unknown if she was also lying about being related to them.
  • Ax-Crazy: Seems to be this when summoned by Xenophilius.
  • 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.


  • Bodyguarding a Badass: The younger Mulciber serves as Lucius Malfoy's backup during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  • Brainwashed: Igor Karkaroff mentions that one of them specialized in the Imperius Curse.
  • Creepy Child: Lily describes the younger Mulciber as such when they were students.
  • 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.


  • Body Horror: During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Crabbe falls headfirst into the Bell Jar of Time and only his head turns into a baby's head while the rest of his body remains adult-sized.
  • Dumb Muscle: They are noted as the largest Death Eaters present at Voldemort's rebirth and are rather dull.
  • Fountain of Youth: A bizarre example; during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries in the book, Crabbe gets his head stuck in the bell jar and his head turns into a baby's head.
  • 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, in the novel, assuming he wasn't killed in the war prior to this. Goyle, in the film, also assuming he wasn't killed off screen.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Goyle disappears after Goblet of Fire and Crabbe after Order of the Phoenix (he is imprisoned in Azkaban at the end). They don't even appear in the battle, or are at least not mentioned. What's interesting is their sons both appear.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Crabbe at one point attempts to murder Hermione with the Killing Curse during the battle in the Department of Mysteries.

    Other Death Eaters 
A variety of Death Eatersnote  who variously died before the series, disappeared halfway through, or were only referenced off-hand.
  • Bald of Evil: Jugson is portrayed as bald by Richard Cubison in the film.
  • Dirty Coward: Apparently Gibbon was ordered to cast the Dark Mark above the Astronomy Tower in order to lure Dumbledore there, however he didn't like the idea of facing Dumbledore and ran back down to join the others. He gets killed as a result.
  • Do Not Go Gentle:
    • Evan Rosier fought Alastor Moody viciously enough, even blasting off a chunk of his nose, that Moody was forced to kill him, something he only did when it was absolutely necessary.
    • Wilkes was killed by aurors for resisting arrest.
  • Eye Scream: Only in the films, where Evan Rosier was responsible for destroying one of Moody's eyes, and, therefore, is indirectly responsible for his nickname "Mad-Eye."
  • The Family That Slays Together:
    • Lestrange was a member of a violent terrorist organization, as are his two relatives (possibly his sons) Rodolphus and Rabastan, and in-law Bellatrix.
    • Rosier was one of the original Death Eaters and his son, Evan Rosier, died fighting for Voldemort in the first war. In Fantastic Beasts, Grindewald's right hand woman is named Vinda Rosier, although her exact relation to them is unclear. Vinda is also related to Bellatrix on her mother's side and her looks and personality are similar to those of book Bellatrix.
  • Flat Character: Jugson; there's no mention of what he did before Order of the Phoenix or what happened to him afterward.
  • 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 Valour: 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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