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DEATH EATERS are fictional characters in the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
series of novels and films. They are a group of wizards and witches, led by the dark wizard Lord Voldemort
Lord Voldemort
(Tom Marvolo Riddle), who seek to purify the Wizarding community by eliminating the Muggle-borns (wizards or witches born to non-magical parents). They also try to create a new order through the Ministry of Magic
Ministry of Magic
and spread fear throughout the Wizarding community by terrorising and killing important officials and other enemies of the Death Eaters, chiefly the members of the Order of the Phoenix . Although the reason why they are called "Death Eaters" has not been explained by J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling
, there is some evidence to suggest that it is a reference to their ultimate goal of preventing death and achieving immortality.

Death Eaters recognise one another by the Dark Mark on their left forearm, a sign created by Voldemort
Voldemort
to summon him instantly to them or vice versa. Their typical attire includes black hooded robes and masks. The Death Eaters, as a group, first appeared in the novel Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , although individual members of the group, such as Lucius Malfoy
Lucius Malfoy
, Peter Pettigrew , and Severus Snape
Severus Snape
, had appeared in earlier books in the series.

CONTENTS

* 1 Synopsis

* 1.1 Pre- Harry Potter
Harry Potter
* 1.2 Re-emergence * 1.3 Ideology * 1.4 Death Eaters and their crimes

* 2 Death Eaters

* 2.1 Alecto and Amycus Carrow * 2.2 Barty Crouch Jr. * 2.3 Antonin Dolohov * 2.4 Fenrir Greyback * 2.5 Igor Karkaroff * 2.6 Bellatrix Lestrange
Bellatrix Lestrange
* 2.7 Draco Malfoy
Draco Malfoy
* 2.8 Lucius Malfoy
Lucius Malfoy
* 2.9 Peter Pettigrew * 2.10 Severus Snape
Severus Snape
* 2.11 Corban Yaxley

* 3 References * 4 External links

SYNOPSIS

Death Eaters are wizards and witches led by Lord Voldemort. Among those closest to him are Lucius Malfoy
Lucius Malfoy
and Bellatrix Lestrange. Death Eaters have a Dark Mark on their forearm, that Voldemort
Voldemort
can use to summon all of them. Voldemort's failed attempt to kill the one-year-old Harry Potter
Harry Potter
resulted in the dark wizard's near-death, and the loss of much of his powers and the vitality of his physical body. When he regained a fully vital physical body at the end of Goblet of Fire, he was angered that no Death Eater
Death Eater
had come looking for him.

PRE-HARRY POTTER

The Death Eaters first existed 11 years before the events of the books, torturing and murdering Muggles (non-magical humans) as well as anyone who opposed them. They also did this to people who were blood traitors (wizards and witches who favoured the Muggles and Muggle-born). Around 10 years after the Death Eaters first surfaced, a Seer named Sybill Trelawney
Sybill Trelawney
made a prophecy about a boy who would have the power to defeat Voldemort
Voldemort
forever. The prophecy could have referred to two different boys, Harry Potter
Harry Potter
or Neville Longbottom
Neville Longbottom
; however, Voldemort
Voldemort
chose Harry as said in the prophecy, that "the Dark Lord would mark him as his equal". As Voldemort
Voldemort
was a half-blood, he chose his "equal", Harry, whose mother was a Muggle-born witch, instead of Neville, who came from a long line of pure-blooded wizards. Acting on information from James and Lily Potter 's Secret-Keeper Peter Pettigrew , Voldemort
Voldemort
attempted to complete the prophecy and kill his infant rival. Due to Harry's mother's sacrifice to save her son, Voldemort's deadly curse rebounded off Harry and disembodied Voldemort.

With Voldemort
Voldemort
vanquished after failing to kill Harry, the Death Eaters largely disbanded. The Ministry rounded many of them up and imprisoned them in the Wizarding prison Azkaban
Azkaban
, but some eluded justice by claiming they were bewitched by the Imperius Curse (it is implied that Lucius Malfoy
Lucius Malfoy
did so) or by turning in other Death Eaters, as Igor Karkaroff did; Harry witnesses Karkaroff's testimony against former Death Eaters in Albus Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore
's Pensieve during the course of the series. It appears that very few Death Eaters stood for their fallen master and proudly went to Azkaban
Azkaban
for him (like Bellatrix Lestrange
Bellatrix Lestrange
), since, in the sixth book, Snape states that if Voldemort
Voldemort
had refused to welcome back all those who turned their backs on him when he fell, then he would have very few followers. The Lestranges are the only Death Eaters known to have willingly sacrificed their freedom for Voldemort. This is something that does not go unnoticed by him, as he claims, when he returns, that they will be recompensed for their loyalty.

RE-EMERGENCE

Early in Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire a group of Death Eaters rallies after the Quidditch World Cup . They gather to form a large spectacle and disturbance which spreads instant chaos and fear amongst the wizarding community. Their appearance alone creates hysteria, and their numbers grow while they torture muggles and muggle borns on site. It concludes when the Dark Mark is produced in the sky by Barty Crouch Jr, frightening Death Eaters and Ministry officials alike.

Voldemort, having regained his full strength at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, summoned his followers to him by touching Peter Pettigrew's Dark Mark. Except for Severus Snape (staying at Hogwarts
Hogwarts
to "maintain his cover"), those dead, imprisoned, or afraid to return, the majority returned to his service as Voldemort began his second attempt to claim power.

Voldemort
Voldemort
states at his rebirth, "And here we have six missing Death Eaters...three dead in my service. One, too cowardly to return...he will pay. One, who I believe has left me forever...he will be killed, of course...and one, who remains my most faithful servant, and who has already reentered my service." Based on later happenings in the books, it can be deduced that the one "too cowardly to return" is Igor Karkaroff. The one "who I believe has left me forever" is Severus Snape, who returns two hours later to explain his absence and convince Voldemort
Voldemort
that he is a spy for him. The "most faithful servant" is Barty Crouch Jr., who has already been in place at Hogwarts
Hogwarts
working for Voldemort. The three dead are Evan Rosier, Wilkes and possibly Reglus Black (as Voldemort
Voldemort
never knew of his defection).

The Minister for Magic ( Cornelius Fudge ) deluded himself into believing that Voldemort
Voldemort
could not have come back and that it was all a lie cooked up by Dumbledore, who Fudge believed had designs on his political office. The Death Eaters use this tactical advantage throughout Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix to maintain their secrecy. Because of the Ministry's refusal to remove the Dementors from Azkaban, which Dumbledore advised immediately following Voldemort's return, the Death Eaters recruited the Dementors to their cause and made similar progress with the giants; the Dementors' revolt against the Ministry of Magic
Ministry of Magic
also allowed the Death Eaters to bolster their ranks with the mass break-out of several imprisoned Death Eaters, including Bellatrix.

In Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort
Voldemort
sent a group of twelve Death Eaters, led by Lucius Malfoy
Lucius Malfoy
, into the Department of Mysteries, where he expected them to secure a prophecy of vital importance to him: having originally attacked Harry based upon a partial recounting of it, he now wanted to hear the full version to better, or even fully, understand the connection between Harry and himself. The raid on the Department failed, however; Harry and his friends delayed the Death Eaters and kept the prophecy out of their hands, finally destroying it, and were eventually aided by Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix. Dumbledore captured eleven of the twelve Death Eaters, sending Voldemort
Voldemort
and Bellatrix fleeing after a fierce duel with the former, and ending the Death Eaters' enjoyed secrecy. Lucius, who had been important both to the Death Eaters and within the Ministry, was captured and imprisoned. However, the Death Eaters regrouped, assassinating and kidnapping important wizards, killing Muggles , and in general spreading terror and chaos through the Wizarding world. Soon after Lucius' capture, his son Draco is made a Death Eater, and given the task of killing Dumbledore, although this task is eventually performed by Snape.

Towards the end of Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Half-Blood Prince , the Death Eaters attacked Hogwarts
Hogwarts
for the first time, leading to the death of Dumbledore and injuries to several of the school's defenders. A second, more deadly attack near the conclusion of Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows resulted in over 50 deaths, including Voldemort, who died when the Killing Curse he threw at Harry rebounded on him. Voldemort's death signalled the end of the Death Eaters.

IDEOLOGY

Voldemort's Death Eaters practise illegal and dangerous spells known as dark magic. Their ideology is of racial supremacy. They believe wizards are, as a genealogy book within the story phrases it, "Nature's Nobility"; other magical creatures and the non-magical are inferior and should be subjugated. Within the wizarding community, only those who are born to wizard parents are worthy of magical power, despite the fact that parentage does not in fact determine who possess such powers. They categorise wizards according to blood purity ; "pure bloods", or wizard borns, out-rank "half-bloods" (mixed parentage) and "mudbloods", a derogatory name for those born to non-magical parents (muggles); though mostly they seek complete power and control over the entire Wizarding world, wishing to restrict leadership to a small band of pure-bloods. The Death Eaters not only seek the restoration of pure-blood rule over the Wizarding community, but also the eventual subjugation of the Muggle community under Wizarding rule.

In reality, the idea of blood purity is a misnomer – Voldemort himself is a half-blood – and it is unlikely that all of them could be pure-bloods, as very few, if any, such people could exist given the small gene pool. (In the second movie, Hagrid observes in the course of explaining the term "mudblood" to Harry, Ron, and Hermione that the very concept of pure-bloods is " ... codswallop, to boot. 'Dirty blood!' Why, there isn't a wizard alive today that's not half-blood or less." ) In Half-Blood Prince, Rowling depicts the Gaunts as a family who are obsessed with their ancestry and driven to inbreeding to preserve its integrity. Rowling has stated on her website that there are no true pure-blood families left but that those who call themselves such simply strike Muggles, Squibs , and half-bloods from their family records.

The Death Eaters have also attacked pure-bloods who oppose them. Examples of this are pure-blooded members of the Order of the Phoenix such as Sirius Black
Sirius Black
, the Prewett brothers, who were murdered because of their loyalties, and the entire Weasley family. Such people are often called "blood traitors" by those who subscribe to Death Eater ideologies. On the other hand, Rowling has said that a Muggle-born wizard can become a Death Eater
Death Eater
"in rare circumstances". They are also not above recruiting creatures they deem inferior, as proven by werewolf Fenrir Greyback and the giant clan from continental Europe, as long as they help further the larger Death Eater
Death Eater
agenda.

DEATH EATERS AND THEIR CRIMES

The following characters are Death Eaters identified by name during the series, and the crimes they committed.

CHARACTER BACKGROUND AND KNOWN CRIMES

Avery A Death Eater
Death Eater
named Avery claimed to have been under the Imperius Curse to avoid prison. Voldemort
Voldemort
tortured him during his rebirth ritual. He participated in the break-in at the Department of Mysteries , and later escaped Azkaban. He also wrongly told Voldemort
Voldemort
that anyone could take the prophecy from the Department of Mysteries, while in fact only those concerned (i. e. Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and Voldemort) could do it. This once again causes him to be punished by Voldemort. Note: there are two different men named Avery in the books, presumably relatives such as father and son. One was a co-student and friend of Tom Riddle (this Avery was threatened by Slughorn with detention), and another was much later a co-student and friend of Severus Snape
Severus Snape
(this Avery was mentioned by Lily Evans). Either or both would become Death Eaters.

Alecto and Amycus Carrow Brother and sister. Assaulted people within Hogwarts. Tortured students while teaching at Hogwarts. Also were on the top of the tower when Dumbledore was killed. Defeated before the Battle of Hogwarts
Hogwarts
by Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and Minerva McGonagall.

Crabbe Sr. Vincent Crabbe 's father. Present at Voldemort's rebirth. Participated in the break-in at the Department of Mysteries
Department of Mysteries
, and later escaped Azkaban.

Barty Crouch Jr. Participated in the torture and the permanent incapacitation of Frank and Alice Longbottom using the Cruciatus Curse . Escaped Azkaban after the latter crime. Delivered Harry Potter
Harry Potter
to Voldemort. Impersonated Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody using Polyjuice Potion . Murdered his father, Barty Crouch Senior . Stunned Fleur Delacour and performed the Imperius Curse on Viktor Krum . Was hidden by his father and house elf. Later received the Dementor\'s Kiss .

Antonin Dolohov Could be one of Voldemort's earliest supporters (if not his father might have been). Helped murder Gideon and Fabian Prewett . Tortured countless Muggles and non-supporters of Voldemort. Escaped prison fourteen years later to rejoin Voldemort. Seriously injured Hermione Granger and Alastor Moody
Alastor Moody
with unknown curses in the break-in at the Department of Mysteries
Department of Mysteries
, and later escaped Azkaban. Attacked Harry, Ron, and Hermione in Tottenham Court Road with Thorfinn Rowle, but failed to harm them. Killed Remus Lupin
Remus Lupin
during the Battle of Hogwarts. Later defeated by Flitwick.

Gibbon Assaulted people within Hogwarts. He fired the dark mark into the sky the night Dumbledore is killed. Accidentally killed by fellow Death Eater
Death Eater
Thorfinn Rowle.

Goyle Sr. Gregory Goyle 's father. Present at Voldemort's rebirth.

Fenrir Greyback Known as the most savage werewolf, favoured hunting and attacking young children. Seriously maimed Bill Weasley
Bill Weasley
and Lavender Brown . Part of the Snatcher Gang that captured Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Participated in the Battle of Hogwarts
Hogwarts
where he is knocked down by Professor Trelawney, who drops a crystal ball on his head from the top of a tower. Later he is brought down by Ron Weasley
Ron Weasley
and Neville Longbottom. Was responsible for turning Remus Lupin
Remus Lupin
into a werewolf.

Jugson Participated at the battle in the Department of Mysteries
Department of Mysteries
and later escaped Azkaban.

Igor Karkaroff Captured and imprisoned in Azkaban. Later released for providing information on fellow Death Eaters, including Barty Crouch Jr. Became Headmaster of Durmstrang. After Voldemort's rebirth went into hiding but was later found murdered.

Bellatrix Lestrange
Bellatrix Lestrange
Voldemort's most fanatically devoted servant. Participated in the torture and the permanent incapacitation of Frank and Alice Longbottom using the Cruciatus Curse . Escaped prison fourteen years later to rejoin Voldemort. Tortured Neville Longbottom, seriously injured Nymphadora Tonks
Nymphadora Tonks
, and murdered Sirius Black
Sirius Black
in the break-in at the Department of Mysteries. Tortured Hermione Granger
Hermione Granger
and Griphook
Griphook
, and murdered Dobby at Malfoy Manor. Murdered Tonks and attempted to murder Ginny Weasley
Ginny Weasley
while duelling her, Hermione and Luna during the Battle of Hogwarts. Subsequently, killed by Molly Weasley .

Rodolphus and Rabastan Lestrange Brothers. Participated in the torture and the permanent incapacitation of Frank and Alice Longbottom using the Cruciatus Curse. Escaped prison fourteen years later to rejoin Voldemort. Participated in the break-in at the Department of Mysteries, and again escaped from Azkaban. Rodolphus Lestrange is the husband of Bellatrix Lestrange. In the Riddle era, there is said to be another Lestrange among Voldemort's earlier supporters, who may be their father.

Walden Macnair Employed as an executioner for the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures; attempted to execute Buckbeak but failed as the hippogriff was freed. Present at Voldemort's rebirth. Persuaded the giants to join forces with the Death Eaters. Participated at the break-in at the Department of Mysteries, and later escaped Azkaban after the latter crime. Also participated at the Battle of Hogwarts. He was thrown across the room by Hagrid, leaving him unconscious.

Draco Malfoy
Draco Malfoy
Carried out two failed assassination attempts on Albus Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore
; unintentionally poisoning Ron Weasley
Ron Weasley
with mead and gravely injuring Katie Bell with a cursed necklace. Provided the means for Death Eaters to enter Hogwarts. Imperioused Madam Rosmerta. Tortured fellow Death Eater Thorfinn Rowle on Voldemort's orders. Participated at the Battle of Hogwarts. He is played by Tom Felton
Tom Felton
in the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
movies. In the epilogue he is shown to have married Astoria Greengrass, with one son, Scorpius Malfoy.

Lucius Malfoy
Lucius Malfoy
For some time, one of the most influential Death Eaters. Gave Voldemort\'s school diary to Ginny Weasley
Ginny Weasley
. Threatened school governors. Attempted to attack Harry Potter
Harry Potter
after losing his house-elf, Dobby . Tortured a Muggle family and participated in a violent rampage at the Quidditch
Quidditch
World Cup. Present for Voldemort's rebirth. Placed Order of the Phoenix member Sturgis Podmore and Department of Mysteries
Department of Mysteries
employee Broderick Bode under the Imperius Curse to attempt to capture the prophecy for his master. Headed the operation in the Department of Mysteries, and later escaped Azkaban after the latter crime. Numerous counts of bribery. Father of Draco Malfoy. Husband of Narcissa Malfoy .

Mulciber Specialised in the Imperius Curse. Escaped Azkaban
Azkaban
fourteen years later to rejoin Voldemort. Participated in the break-in at the Department of Mysteries
Department of Mysteries
, and again escaped from Azkaban. Also performed a dangerous hex on Mary McDonald while at Hogwarts. Like Avery there are two with the same name, one in Riddle's era and the other who is a friend of Severus Snape, mention by Lily Evens and could be father and son.

Nott Sr. Theodore Nott's father. Rowling mentions on her website that he is an elderly widower. One of Voldemort's earlier supporters, Present at Voldemort's rebirth. Participated in the break-in at the Department of Mysteries, and later escaped Azkaban.

Peter Pettigrew He is an unregistered Animagus and can turn into a rat. This rat was Ron's pet (named Scabbers), until Prisoner of Azkaban, when his true identity was revealed. Spied on the Order of the Phoenix for Voldemort. Betrayed the Potters as their Secret-Keeper. Framed Sirius Black for the betrayal and death of James and Lily Potter. Murdered twelve Muggles in the process of faking his own death and cutting off of his finger. Murdered Cedric Diggory . Assisted Voldemort
Voldemort
in creating a new body, voluntarily amputating his right hand in the process; and was gifted a magical silver hand in return by Voldemort. Was killed by said magically crafted hand when he acknowledged a life debt to Harry by hesitating to murder him in Deathly Hallows.

Augustus Rookwood A former Unspeakable that acted as though he was aiding the anti- Voldemort
Voldemort
cause, but was revealed as a double agent, gaining information from Ludo Bagman and other unwitting agents throughout the Ministry. Escaped prison fourteen years later to rejoin Voldemort. Informed his master that Avery's information about Bode being able to steal the prophecy is incorrect. Participated in the break-in at the Department of Mysteries, and later escaped from Azkaban. Participated in the Battle of Hogwarts, his explosion was what killed Fred Weasley and is finally stunned by Aberforth Dumbledore .

Evan Rosier Destroyed part of Alastor Moody's nose during a fight with Aurors. Killed in the fight. In the Riddle era there is another Rosier mentioned who may be his father.

Thorfinn Rowle Assaulted people within Hogwarts
Hogwarts
and accidentally killed the Death Eater Gibbon. Attacked Harry, Ron and Hermione in Tottenham Court Road, with Antonin Dolohov. Participated at the Battle of Hogwarts.

Scabior At some point in his life Scabior was imprisoned in Azkaban
Azkaban
for undisclosed crimes, but was released sometime prior or following Voldemort's infiltration of the Ministry of Magic. Part of the Snatcher gang that caught and returned Hermione, Harry, and Ron to Malfoy Mansion. Was a Slytherin.

Selwyn Attacked Rubeus Hagrid
Rubeus Hagrid
and Harry Potter
Harry Potter
over the Dursleys\' house (possibly killed Hedwig). Tortured Xenophilius Lovegood .

Severus Snape
Severus Snape
Gave Voldemort
Voldemort
information about Sybill Trelawney
Sybill Trelawney
's prophecy, which led to the deaths of James and Lily Potter. Killed Dumbledore on the astronomy tower in Half Blood Prince, although it is later revealed that Dumbledore was dying and had asked Snape to kill him. Was killed by Nagini , Voldemort's pet snake and a Horcrux. He and Lily Evans were childhood friends until they grew apart as teenagers. Despite having Voldemort's favour and trust, his unrequited and unconditional love for Lily was such that it caused him to betray Voldemort
Voldemort
and become a double agent after Voldemort
Voldemort
killed her. Even after her death, he always loved Lily. His dying memory contained the order from Dumbledore to let Voldemort
Voldemort
kill Harry to destroy the horcrux residing inside him.

Travers Helped murder the McKinnons. Escaped prison fourteen years later to rejoin Voldemort. Tortured Xenophilius Lovegood. Accompanied Hermione, who was disguised as Bellatrix, to Gringotts. Also participated at the Battle of Hogwarts. Presumably one of those who assaulted persons within Hogwarts, as he was arrested again sometime after the break-out of Azkaban

Wilkes Killed by Aurors during the first Wizarding War.

Corban Yaxley Assaulted people within Hogwarts. Placed Imperius Curse on Pius Thicknesse . Head of Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Also participated at the Battle of Hogwarts. Later defeated by Lee Jordan and George Weasley .

DEATH EATERS

ALECTO AND AMYCUS CARROW

ALECTO and AMYCUS CARROW are siblings who participate in the assault on Hogwarts
Hogwarts
at the end of Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Half-Blood Prince . Amycus is described as being squat and lumpy, with a lopsided leer and a wheezy giggle; Alecto is described as a "stocky little woman" and shares her brother's squatness and laugh. It is said that after Voldemort's first downfall, they believed that he was gone forever.

In Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows , Alecto and Amycus become "teachers" at Hogwarts, severely disciplining students who oppose Voldemort. Amycus teaches Defence Against the Dark Arts , but as Neville Longbottom
Neville Longbottom
puts it, it becomes just "The Dark Arts " in which students are forced to perform the Cruciatus Curse against students who have been assigned to detention. Alecto teaches Muggle Studies , which becomes a compulsory subject, and teaches students that Muggles are like animals. Right before the Battle of Hogwarts, Alecto waits in Ravenclaw Tower on Voldemort's orders, preparing to capture Harry, but is stunned by Luna Lovegood
Luna Lovegood
after touching her Dark Mark to summon Voldemort. Amycus, after seeing what happened, tries to conspire with Minerva McGonagall
Minerva McGonagall
who helped him into the room to offer some Ravenclaw students as sacrifices to Voldemort
Voldemort
while planning to use the lie that Ravenclaws had ambushed Alecto and forced her to press her Dark Mark. McGonagall refuses and argues with Amycus, who spits in her face. Enraged at this, Harry casts the Cruciatus Curse, with such power that Amycus passes out. Later, McGonagall places the Imperius Curse on him, then binds him with his sister and places him inside a net.

Ralph Ineson
Ralph Ineson
plays Amycus, and Suzie Toase appears as Alecto.

BARTY CROUCH JR.

BARTEMIUS "BARTY" CROUCH JR. was the main antagonist of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire . He and the Lestranges tortured Frank and Alice Longbottom, parents of Neville Longbottom
Neville Longbottom
, into insanity. His father, Barty Crouch Sr. , who headed the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at the time, sentenced him to life imprisonment in Azkaban . However, he later rescues his son as a favour to his dying wife. When they visit him in Azkaban, Mrs. Crouch used Polyjuice Potion to switch appearances with her son, enabling him to escape while she remains in his place. When she dies, she is buried under his identity. Crouch Jr. is nursed back to health by Winky , the family's house-elf .

To prevent him from returning to Voldemort's service, Crouch Sr. controls his son with the Imperius Curse and keeps him hidden under an invisibility cloak . When Bertha Jorkins discovers the truth, the news reaches Voldemort, who rescues Crouch Jr. and puts Crouch Sr. under the Imperius Curse. Crouch Jr. then imprisons Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody , a famous auror, and using Polyjuice Potion, assumes Moody's appearance and position to infiltrate Hogwarts
Hogwarts
as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Despite not being a real teacher, Crouch Jr. does a fair job and the class learns vast amounts from him. Crouch Sr. escapes and, exhausted and delirious from the Imperius Curse, reaches Hogwarts
Hogwarts
to tell Dumbledore about Voldemort's return; but his loyal Death-Eater son murders him on the castle grounds, transfigures the body into a bone, and buries the bone in freshly turned earth in front of Hagrid's cabin.

The revived Triwizard Tournament is held at Hogwarts, and Voldemort tasks Crouch Jr. with making sure Harry wins. To do so, he bewitches Viktor Krum to attack Cedric Diggory in the maze and to stun Fleur Delacour . When Harry and Cedric simultaneously touch the Triwizard Cup, which is a portkey , it transports them to the graveyard in Little Hangleton, home of the Riddle family. There, after killing Cedric, Death Eater
Death Eater
Peter Pettigrew uses Harry's blood in a ritual that re-embodies Voldemort. The Dark Lord attempts to kill Harry, but with the help of the ghost-echoes from Voldemort's wand, Harry escapes via the Portkey.

When Harry reappears at Hogwarts, the still-disguised Crouch Jr. hopes to succeed where his master failed; but Dumbledore, Snape, and McGonagall foil his plot. Under the effects of Veritaserum , he recounts his plan to them. Although he is closely guarded so he can later repeat his testimony, a Dementor acting as bodyguard to Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge attacks Crouch and sucks out his soul before anyone can stop it. Crouch lives bereft of his memories or sense of self.

In the film adaptation of Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire , Barty is played in his normal form by David Tennant
David Tennant
and in his Moody form by Brendan Gleeson .

ANTONIN DOLOHOV

ANTONIN DOLOHOV has a long, pale, and twisted face, with a name that suggests he is of a Slavic nationality. He is confirmed in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to be one of Voldemort's first Death Eaters, being present at the Hog's Head when Voldemort
Voldemort
comes to Hogwarts
Hogwarts
to request a teaching position and hide the diadem Horcrux
Horcrux
, c. 1956. This makes him at least sixty years old at the time of the battle in the Department of Mysteries. Dolohov is one of the five Death Eaters who murder Gideon and Fabian Prewett ( Molly Weasley 's brothers). He also tortures many Muggles and opponents of Voldemort during the first war. Dolohov is imprisoned in Azkaban
Azkaban
but escapes during the mass break-out.

He participates in the battle of the Department of Mysteries
Department of Mysteries
, where he causes injury to Hermione, but is imprisoned again, and returns to Azkaban
Azkaban
prison. He escapes once more some time before the events of Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows . He tracks Harry, Ron, and Hermione to a Muggle cafe after they use Voldemort's name (which had recently been made taboo). He and his companion Rowle are stunned, and have their memories erased by Hermione and then are punished by Voldemort. Dolohov participates in the Battle of Hogwarts, killing Remus Lupin
Remus Lupin
, whom Aberforth Dumbledore last sees fighting with him. He is also seen dueling with Dean Thomas until Parvati Patil
Parvati Patil
uses the Body-bind Curse on him. Dolohov and Yaxley are later sent to look for Harry, and they mistakenly thought the boy would not give himself up. When the battle recommences, Professor Flitwick finally defeats him.

He is portrayed by Arben Bajraktaraj in the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 .

FENRIR GREYBACK

FENRIR GREYBACK is a werewolf who is involved with the Death Eaters. When attempting to recruit fellow werewolves, he claims Lord Voldemort promises fairness to werewolves around the country, but this is almost certainly a lie because Lord Voldemort
Lord Voldemort
is known to regard werewolves as no better than "half-blood" wizards. In fact, Greyback supports Lord Voldemort
Lord Voldemort
simply for the chance to attack more victims. He does not carry the Dark Mark as he is not a Death Eater, presumably because of his werewolf status. He is known as the most savage werewolf ever to live and is greatly feared throughout the wizarding world. He positions himself close to his victims when the moon is almost full. To fulfil his agenda of creating as many werewolves as possible, Greyback has infected scores of people including the young Remus Lupin , when Lupin's father had angered Greyback. Greyback is known for targeting young children. Unlike most werewolves, Greyback thirsts for blood even in his human form. In Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Half-Blood Prince , Greyback first appears on the night of Dumbledore's death, when he attacks Harry and badly scars Bill Weasley
Bill Weasley
. Although Greyback does not transmit his lycanthropy because he was in human form at the time, Bill is subsequently shown to display a preference for very rare meat .

In Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows , Greyback leads a Snatcher gang – Dark wizards looking for Muggle-borns and "Undesirables" in exchange for gold. When Harry accidentally uses Voldemort's name after it has been made taboo, Greyback is alerted and his gang attacks their camp. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are kidnapped by the Snatchers and are taken to Malfoy Manor
Malfoy Manor
. Bellatrix Lestrange
Bellatrix Lestrange
promises Hermione to Greyback in return for his services, but the prisoners fight their way out and escape, Greyback being hit by a triple Stunning Spell. Greyback is the main werewolf within the pack that agrees to aid Voldemort
Voldemort
in the Battle of Hogwarts. During the battle, Hermione, using a blasting curse, prevents Greyback from attacking injured Lavender Brown , and a crystal ball thrown by Professor Trelawney stuns him. He rejoins the battle in time for the Death Eaters' last stand, when Ron Weasley
Ron Weasley
and Neville Longbottom
Neville Longbottom
combine forces to take him down by magic.

Dave Legeno
Dave Legeno
portrayed Greyback in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He reprised the role in both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Fenrir
Fenrir
is the name of a powerful wolf god in Norse mythology.

IGOR KARKAROFF

IGOR KARKAROFF ( Cyrillic
Cyrillic
: Игорь Каркаров) is the Headmaster at Durmstrang
Durmstrang
Institute, one of the three schools (together with Hogwarts
Hogwarts
and Beauxbatons Academy) that enter the Triwizard Tournament. As Headmaster, Karkaroff is also one of the judges. He is described as a neat, fussy-looking man with an oily voice and manner who sports a small grey goatee. While unctuously pleasant most of the time, he is capable of violent rage. He is also described as a man with yellowish teeth whose smile does not reach his cold stare. Karkaroff is angered and threatens to withdraw from the tournament when Harry is selected as a fourth champion and second representative for Hogwarts. Although he is talked down and agrees to stay, he nevertheless shows evident favouritism towards the Durmstrang champion, Bulgarian Quidditch
Quidditch
player Viktor Krum . Sirius Black
Sirius Black
later identifies Karkaroff as a former Death Eater. Karkaroff was captured by Auror Alastor Moody
Alastor Moody
and imprisoned in Azkaban
Azkaban
. Karkaroff later told the Ministry of Magic
Ministry of Magic
that he had seen the error of his ways, and "named names", putting many people in Azkaban
Azkaban
in exchange for his freedom. Karkaroff is thus also hated by the Death Eaters. Karkaroff's history gives him a connection with Snape , also a former Death Eater. Karkaroff interrupts a Potions lesson demanding to talk to Snape, and shows him his Dark Mark reappearing. Igor also apparently has an unpleasant history with Alastor Moody, and tries to avoid him unsuccessfully for the entirety of the tournament, not knowing that it is Barty Crouch Jr. in disguise. At the end of the novel, following Voldemort's return, Karkaroff goes into hiding, leaving behind his student charges at Durmstrang. In the sixth novel, Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Half-Blood Prince , Remus Lupin
Remus Lupin
states that Karkaroff was found dead in a shack with the Dark Mark hovering over it, an indication that he was killed by other Death Eaters. Lupin also expresses surprise that Karkaroff managed to live even a year after deserting Voldemort
Voldemort
and that no one else has been known to avoid capture quite as long.

Karkaroff was featured in the film adaptation of Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire and was portrayed by Serbian actor Predrag Bjelac .

BELLATRIX LESTRANGE

BELLATRIX LESTRANGE is the first female Death Eater
Death Eater
introduced in the books. She was introduced in Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire. She is the most faithful member of Voldemort's inner circle. She is described as being highly attractive yet emaciated due to her time in Azkaban. Bellatrix is portrayed as paranoid and fanatically devoted to Voldemort, seeing service to him as the noblest duty for any true wizard or witch. Bellatrix takes an obvious pleasure in acts of torture and cruelty, as demonstrated when she kills her cousin, Sirius Black. She is a witch of prodigious ability, as demonstrated by her many victories in duels against other characters, and as noted by Harry in the final book. Her wand is walnut , 12 3/4 inches, dragon heartstring, unyielding and according to Ollivander should be treated carefully.

Bellatrix was born Bellatrix Black to Cygnus Black and Druella Rosier in the year 1951 and has two sisters, Andromeda (who was disowned by the family for marrying Muggle-born Ted Tonks, which her Pure-blood family saw as betrayal, therefore she was consequently blasted off the Family Tree) and Narcissa . She is also a first cousin to Sirius and Regulus Black, and an aunt to Draco Malfoy
Draco Malfoy
and Nymphadora Tonks
Nymphadora Tonks
. Bellatrix married Rodolphus Lestrange after leaving Hogwarts
Hogwarts
because it was "expected of her to marry a pure-blood". However, the marriage was loveless, and Rowling stated in an interview that Bellatrix's true love was Voldemort. In Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire , Dumbledore's pensieve is used as a plot device to reveal that Bellatrix, rather than deserting Voldemort
Voldemort
after his downfall like many other Death Eaters, was part of the group – along with Barty Crouch Jr, Rodolphus and Rabastan Lestrange – that tortured the respected Aurors Frank and Alice Longbottom (Neville Longbottom's parents) in an attempt to gain information about Voldemort's location. For using the Unforgivable Cruciatus Curse to torture the Longbottoms to insanity, Bellatrix and her three associates were sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban. During the trial, she said Voldemort
Voldemort
would rise again and reward them. When Voldemort
Voldemort
has his body renewed, he reflects that the Lestranges went to Azkaban
Azkaban
rather than renounce him and that they will be deeply rewarded when Azkaban
Azkaban
is broken open.

Several months after her master's resurrection, Bellatrix is one of the many Death Eaters who escapes Azkaban
Azkaban
and rejoins him. She is present at the battle of the Department of Mysteries
Department of Mysteries
in the climax of Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix , in which a group of Death Eaters attempt to steal Sybill Trelawney
Sybill Trelawney
's prophecy pertaining to Voldemort's downfall. Rowling demonstrates Bellatrix's ability during the mission when she overpowers her niece Tonks and Kingsley Shacklebolt in one-on-one duels, kills her cousin Sirius by blasting him through the veil in the Death Chamber, and deflects one of Dumbledore's spells as she makes her escape. Harry attempts to use the Cruciatus Curse on her in revenge for killing Sirius, but the curse is ineffective due to the lack of real cruelty behind it. Voldemort suddenly appears but moments later, Bellatrix is subdued by Dumbledore in the Ministry of Magic
Ministry of Magic
's Atrium as he prepares to duel Voldemort. Unable to overcome Dumbledore, Voldemort
Voldemort
rescues Bellatrix by disapparating with her.

At the beginning of Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Half-Blood Prince , Bellatrix attempts to keep Narcissa from confiding Draco's secret mission to Snape at Spinner\'s End , and she is furious to learn that Snape already knows about the plan. Rowling used the conversation between Snape and Bellatrix to imply that Voldemort
Voldemort
is still furious at Bellatrix's failure in the previous book. That conversation also suggests that Bellatrix mistrusts Snape not only because of his low birth, but also for many valid questions about his loyalty to the Dark Lord. Snape surprises Bellatrix by replying to each of her arguments and by agreeing to create an Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa to assist Draco in his mission to assassinate Dumbledore . Later in the book, it is mentioned by Snape that Bellatrix had been teaching Occlumency to Draco, in an effort to aid him with his mission. In the film, she and Fenrir Greyback arrive at the Burrow (the Weasley house) and burn it down. Harry and Ginny chase after them, with Bellatrix taunting "I killed Sirius Black!". In the film, she is one of several Death Eaters smuggled into Hogwarts
Hogwarts
using a pair of Vanishing Cabinets to assassinate Dumbledore, though she does not take part in this mission in the book.

The first chapter of Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows implies that Voldemort
Voldemort
has yet to forgive Bellatrix for her failure, as he mocks her with the fact that her niece Tonks married werewolf Remus Lupin . However, Voldemort
Voldemort
gives Bellatrix a chance to "prune" her family tree during the Death Eaters' attempt to capture Harry as the boy departs from the Dursleys ' home; during the attack, Bellatrix devotes much of her energies in efforts to kill Tonks, but is unsuccessful. In this book, Bellatrix inadvertently reveals she is the guardian of Helga Hufflepuff 's cup, when the captured Harry, Ron, and Hermione are brought to Malfoy Manor. Bellatrix then tortures Hermione with the Cruciatus Curse, believing them to have sneaked into her vault at Gringotts due to their possession of Godric Gryffindor\'s Sword , but Dobby appears and saves the prisoners, though not before being hit by a knife thrown by Bellatrix as they disapparate to safety. Later in the book, Harry, Ron, and Hermione use a stray hair of Bellatrix's to disguise Hermione as Bellatrix using Polyjuice Potion, to gain access to the Lestranges' Gringotts vault. Though Voldemort
Voldemort
apparently punishes Bellatrix and the Malfoys severely for interrupting his hunt for Elder Wand only to have Potter escape and steal the cup, she nevertheless fights for her master in the Battle of Hogwarts
Hogwarts
towards the end of the novel. Rowling stated in an interview that, during the battle, it was Bellatrix who killed Tonks. When the battle resumes inside the Great Hall after Harry's supposed death, Bellatrix simultaneously duels with Hermione, Ginny , and Luna , proving more than a match for all three, and nearly hits Ginny with a Killing Curse . An enraged Molly Weasley engages Bellatrix and fires a curse that hits Bellatrix right over the heart, killing her. Rowling has stated that she had Molly kill Bellatrix to show Molly's great powers as a witch and to confront Molly's consumption with "maternal love" and Bellatrix's obsession with Voldemort.

In the two-part play Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Cursed Child , it is revealed that Bellatrix and Voldemort
Voldemort
had a child together during their stay at Malfoy Manor. The child, named Delphini, would later attempt to change the course of history and prevent her father from losing his powers on the night he attempted to murder Harry.

In the film series, Bellatrix is played by Helena Bonham Carter . Helen McCrory
Helen McCrory
auditioned for the role in the fifth film but dropped out due to pregnancy, making Bonham Carter win the role. McCrory was cast as her sister Narcissa Malfoy in the final three films instead.

IGN
IGN
listed Bellatrix Lestrange
Bellatrix Lestrange
as their tenth top Harry Potter character, and IGN's Joe Utichi listed Bellatrix as his fourth favourite Harry Potter
Harry Potter
character, calling her the "most pitiable" of Voldemort's servants. In NextMovie.com's Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Mega Poll, Bellatrix was voted as the No. 1 villain in the series. Novelist Stephen King
Stephen King
notes that Bellatrix being called a "bitch" by Molly after she tries to kill Ginny was "the most shocking bitch in recent fiction", and that it shows how adult the books had become.

DRACO MALFOY

Main article: Draco Malfoy
Draco Malfoy

LUCIUS MALFOY

LUCIUS MALFOY is a senior Death Eater
Death Eater
and patriarch of a pure-blood Wizarding family; he lives with his wife Narcissa Malfoy (née Black) and their son Draco at the Malfoy Manor
Malfoy Manor
in Wiltshire. Lucius is a school governor of Hogwarts
Hogwarts
before he is sacked, and has very close connections at the Ministry of Magic
Ministry of Magic
. To maintain his reputation and influence, he makes donations to the Ministry, to charity, and to St Mungo\'s Hospital . He was educated at Hogwarts, where he was a prefect in Slytherin House.

In Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Chamber of Secrets
Chamber of Secrets
, just before Draco and Harry's second year at Hogwarts, Lucius plants Tom Riddle\'s diary in Ginny Weasley
Ginny Weasley
's potions cauldron while she is shopping for school supplies at Flourish in Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Half-Blood Prince Snape treats him as a servant, and in Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows he is tasked with keeping watch over prisoners in the cellar of Malfoy Manor. While Harry and Ron are being kept there, Wormtail checks on the prisoners and is attacked. Wormtail begins strangling Harry with the silver hand, but when reminded by Harry that he once saved his life, Wormtail hesitates for a moment. The silver hand turns against him and strangles him to death as punishment for his moment of pity.

Pettigrew is portrayed by Timothy Spall as an adult, and by Charles Hughes as a teenager in the films. In Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 , Pettigrew is not strangled to death by his own silver hand in Malfoy Manor
Malfoy Manor
as in the book; he is instead struck by Dobby and collapses. It is unknown whether he was simply stunned or killed. He only appears in a flashback in Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 , and it could also be implied he was killed by Voldemort
Voldemort
off-screen.

IGN's Joe Utichi also listed him as his 10th top Harry Potter character.

SEVERUS SNAPE

Main article: Severus Snape
Severus Snape

SEVERUS SNAPE is, as revealed in Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows , actually now a spy in Voldemort's ranks for Dumbledore. He is characterised as a person of considerable complexity, whose coldly sarcastic and controlled exterior conceals deep emotions and anguish. In the first novel of the series, Snape is a teacher who is hostile from the start toward Harry and is built up to be the primary antagonist until the final chapters. As the series progresses, Snape's portrayal evolves from that of a malicious and partisan teacher to that of a complex, pivotal character of moral ambiguity, whose true loyalties are not revealed until the end.

CORBAN YAXLEY

CORBAN YAXLEY is the brutal-faced Death Eater
Death Eater
who is present in the battle in which Snape killed Dumbledore. He is one of the more prominent Death Eaters, and one of Voldemort's spies in the Ministry of Magic . In Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows , Yaxley is invited to Malfoy Manor
Malfoy Manor
to witness the murder of Charity Burbage , and argues with Snape about the correct date of Harry's departure from the Dursley's, but John Dawlish , an Auror who is tricked by an Order member, gives him incorrect information. Yaxley announces to an impressed assemblage of Death Eaters that he has placed the Imperius Curse upon Pius Thicknesse , the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement . He uses Thicknesse to Imperius the other major department heads and they allow Voldemort
Voldemort
to murder Rufus Scrimgeour ; thus Thicknesse becomes Minister for Magic.

When Harry, Ron, and Hermione, disguised as ministry officials, enter the Ministry to find Slytherin's locket, it is revealed that Yaxley has become Head of Magical Law Enforcement. He also assists Dolores Umbridge in leading the Muggle-Born Registration Commission, and the two seem to have a good relationship, together humiliating the Muggle-borns. Both are immobilised by Harry, but Yaxley recovers and grabs Hermione while she is Apparating her friends to safety. Yaxley arrives with them at Grimmauld Place, allowing him to reveal their headquarters to the Death Eaters, but not to the location that the trio subsequently Apparate to.

He participates in the Battle of Hogwarts, where he duels with Professor Flitwick and is later seen among those who wait with Voldemort
Voldemort
for Harry Potter
Harry Potter
to come to him, mistakenly believing that Harry would not come within the allotted time. When the battle resumes, he is defeated by George Weasley and Lee Jordan .

Peter Mullan plays Yaxley in the film adaptation of Deathly Hallows.

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