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Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes)

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Real name Tom Marvolo Riddle. The Evil Overlord of the wizarding world in Britain, he fears no one but Albus Dumbledore. Before his downfall, some ten years before the main plot of the first book, he killed hundreds, if not thousands, of people and gathered a huge band of followers, known as "Death Eaters." He tried to kill one-year old Harry Potter after murdering both of his parents, but failed due to The Power of Love. The rebounding curse hit him instead, but he remained alive due to his Horcruxes, which contained parts of his soul.

After rising again and seizing power, he is killed by Harry (and another rebounding curse) in a Showdown at Sunrise. Has something of a snake fetish, and can talk to snakes. Furthermore, he's outright insane and creepy. If you haven't noticed, drawing tattoos of skulls vomiting a snake isn't a sign of optimal mental health.

19 years later, he's still dead.

  • And I Must Scream: His final fate is being imprisoned in the body of a flayed infant in what appears to be the limbo between life and death.
  • Animal Eyes: His eyes are stated to resemble that of a snake. Like the snake-like slitted nostrils, it is strongly implied that these features were the result of his creating seven Horcruxes.
  • Arch Enemy: To Harry and Dumbledore, and probably to the entire Wizarding and Muggle worlds.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: His title "Lord Voldemort" is merely an anagram of his real name, but he is the heir of a noble title from his Muggle father's side of the family tree (though he considers this title beneath him). And on his mother's side, he's the last descendant of a line that could be considered wizard nobility.
  • Ax Crazy
  • Badass: It is heavily implied that, even without his Horcruxes Voldemort would be bloody hard to kill.
    • Badass Grandpa: Was 71 by the final book, though he had been a disembodied spirit for 14-odd years of his life, during which he did not age physically. He also doesn't look the age, being an example of more specifically Evil Makes You Ugly rather than Evil Makes You Old.
    • Badass Long Robe
  • Bad Boss: It is very clear that most of his underlings -- including even those who joined the Death Eaters to satisfy their sadism -- obey him out of abject terror. As punishment for failure, he is not above sending their children to what he thinks is certain death, even having a fit and killing whoever happens to be nearby. He has a nasty habit of holding onto grudges. If you upset him thirteen years ago, expect him to find and kill you.
  • Bald of Evil
  • The Beautiful Elite: See Tall, Dark and Handsome, below.
  • Belated Backstory
  • Berserk Button: Unless you happen to be Harry Potter, don't use the name "Tom Riddle" in his presence if you value your life. The first time he really lost it was when he found out that Harry was destroying his Horcruxes. Also, do not lie to Lord Voldemort. He won't necessarily flip out if you do, and anyone in a position to want to lie to his face is probably about to be killed anyway, but it's certainly not wise to try if you can avoid it.
  • Big Bad
  • Black Cloak: Although it's more of a really dark green color in the fifth and seventh movies.
  • Blitz Evacuees: Tom Riddle attended Hogwarts during World War Two. Luckily for him, the Blitz only lasted from September 1940 to May 1941, so assuming he stayed at Hogwarts during Christmas break, he was safe.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Harry Potter is unique in this regard, as it successfully justifies its villain's Bond Villain Stupidity. Voldemort is one of the most knowledgeable wizards of all time (perhaps apart from Dumbledore), but he's not particularly wise with the magic he wields, particularly the older branches of magic. This might be because, as a Muggle-raised, he sees magic and power as the solution to any problem, or, alternatively, because shredding your soul into seven pieces has some potentially negative side-effects.
  • Boomerang Bigot: One of the goals of the Death Eaters was the elimination or marginalization of any wizard who wasn't pure-blooded, especially if they were Muggle-born, but Voldemort himself was a half-blood.
    • Moreover, being a half-blood is probably the reason he is so powerful in the first place. He comes from a long line of powerful and dangerous wizards, but by the time he came along most of their power had been diluted by constant inbreeding. If his father wasn't a Muggle he probably would be just as pathetic as his uncle or grandfather. That said, their side of the family is probably why he is so messed up in the first place, so the trope may be justified- he is literally too Ax Crazy to notice his own hypocrisy, or maybe just to care.
  • Breaking Speech: To Ron in Deathly Hallows, via his Locket Horcrux.
  • Broken Ace: As mentioned before, he was Head Boy at Hogwarts and admired by nearly every professor except Dumbledore.
  • Casting Gag: His 11-year old self is played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Ralph Fiennes' nephew, in the sixth film.
  • Catch Phrase: "Do not lie to Lord Voldemort. He knows...he always knows..." Note that aside from this catchphrase, Voldemort is not otherwise a Third Person Person.
  • The Chessmaster: He orchestrated a complex but successful plot to get Harry right from under Dumbledore's nose. He systematically murdered powerful members of the ministry of magic and the order starting in Book 6, and took control of the Minister of Magic's closes advisers and men. With his position, he silently overthrew the entire wizarding government. Also, he places traps for Harry throughout Deathly Hallows (Bathilda Bagshot's house, anyone?) showing he knows his enemies' thought processes. Not to mention his way of taking advantage of the shunned beasts of the wizarding world and making them a part of his already huge army, something Dumbledore could not even persuade them to do. Book 2 anyone? Diary Riddle leaves clues, and attacks Harry's closest friends in order to lure him to the Chamber, just so he could meet him.
  • Child by Rape: His mother drugged his father with a Love Potion. It's implied that this has something to do with his inability to understand love, or is symbolic of how he is unable to understand love: He came from a loveless union.

    He mostly turned out the way he did because he grew up feared by other kids in the orphanage. He knew there was something different about him, and used this to his advantage to scare and manipulate his peers. It is said that if his mother hadn't died, and had raised him with love, he would have turned out differently.
  • Creepy Child: As a kid, he was a creepy orphan who often tormented the other kids at the orphanage. Two of them even went permanently mute after what he did to them. He went around torturing little kids, killing bunnies, and stealing toys for goodness' sakes!
  • Creepy Long Fingers
  • Crippling Overspecialisation: Comes back to bite him. He considers the only real tool he ever needs is the killing curse, and when this doesn't work on Harry (for various reasons) his attempted solutions consist of trying the same thing again with different wands. He also ignored areas of wizarding knowledge that could have helped him attain his goal of immortality, as seen in the last book.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: In the last book, his name is made a Taboo and anyone who says it immediately alerts the Death Eaters to their location. This is because the only people who are brave enough to say his name are the people who oppose him, like Harry.
    • Heck, he was even Dangerously Genre Savvy long before that: For starters, he created six horcruxes (Not counting Harry Potter), whereas most wizards created one, possibly as insurance in case someone does try to destroy one of the horcruxes.
  • Dark Messiah
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Throughout his life, he had a talent for being charming, despite the fact that he was bad, bad news.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In the films
  • Do Not Call Me Tom
  • The Dreaded: Lord Voldemort, AKA "You-Know-Who" and "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named." He is even quite fond of using his own name in all his sentences, such as "DO NOT LIE TO LORD VOLDEMORT", just to get the message that he's high and mighty across.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Kind of: When Harry seemed to be late to meet his fate against Voldemort, Voldemort briefly expresses disappointment and said "I thought it would have worked" in reference to threatening to kill the Hogwarts students if Harry didn't surrender himself to Voldemort, implying that even he thought Harry possibly abandoning his fellow students was contemptible. He also refused to kill Harry while his back was turned during their duel at the graveyard, although that was less standards and more him wanting to make sure he sees Harry die fully.
    • Probably the closest to a true example is when he refused to kill a muggle child on the night he tried to murder Harry who mistook him for wearing a Halloween costume.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Because Voldemort has no concept of love or mercy and fails to understand their value, he doesn't see how such emotions could possibly threaten him.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • He is Dumbledore's match in terms of magical abilities and cunning (though arguably not in wisdom). In fact, this goes even further when Dumbledore turned out to have a similar idea of wizards' superiority over Muggles during his youth.
    • Voldemort is also Harry's in terms of growing environment and personality. While Harry is born from the loving union between his parents, Voldemort is born from the completely loveless (and magically forced) union of his own parents. Also, Harry's parents, in an ultimate act of love, sacrificed themselves so that Harry may live, while Voldemort's father abandoned him and Voldemort's mother died due to despair, leaving her son all alone in the world (which explains Voldemort's inability to understand love). Personality-wise, Harry and Voldemort are courageous and smart; however, while Harry goes out of his way to help his friends, Voldemort uses people for his own ends and throws them away when they are no longer useful.
  • Evil Genius: He is the mastermind of the takeover of the wizarding world, he manipulates all of his followers into playing power games to get in his favor, and he concealed his evil nature from all of the adults around him during his school years while orchestrating many dangerous incidents in which he and his followers were never properly connected to. And this is all under everyones nose, as well as Dumbledore, and even Dumbledore could never prove he did any of it. He is also regarded as "the most brilliant student to ever enter Hogwarts". He made his first horcrux while in Hogwarts, and hoodwinked information out of many people, as well as framed Hagrid for the killing of a girl, while simultaneously receiving an award for saving the school. He is pretty damn smart. If only he was less arrogant, he may have gone so much further...
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Snake eyes, flat face, no nose... in the movies, he has long, rotting fingernails, disgusting teeth, and looks like a corpse. Justified because of all those Horcruxes he made
  • Evil Old Folks: See Badass Grandpa.
  • Evil Overlord
  • Evil Sorcerer
  • Expy: Of Adolf Hitler and Darth Vader/Sidious.
  • Fan Nickname: "Voldy". Although Peeves calls him this In-Universe after he dies.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: A trope beyond his comprehension; for him, nothing could be worse than death. Turns out not to save him from death. Or what comes after it, which really is worse.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As a Hogwarts student. He managed to fool nearly everyone there except Dumbledore, even being named Head Boy for his efforts. No longer the case by the time of the book, though any of his supporters can tell you he's still quite charismatic. In both cases, though, it seems to be an act to gather supporters and flunkies, and sycophants to feed his ego.

    Before and during the Battle of Hogwarts, he tries to cultivate a "benevolent dictator" image for himself, claiming that he wants to avoid spilling magical blood, when in reality, he doesn't care how many people are killed as long as Harry is ultimately one of them. Few people buy it.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Laser-Guided Karma strikes every single one of his attempts to kill Harry. When he killed Lily Potter, he had just signed a contract with fate for being destined to lose.
  • Finish Him!: What ensues usually isn't pretty.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was conceived under the effects of a Love Potion. When his mother released his father from its effects, his father left the both of them, making his mother lose the will to live. However, Voldemort himself doesn't seem too concerned about this.
    • On his mother's side, the Gaunt/Slytherin bloodline has been affected by generations, even centuries, of incestuous inbreeding, which both diluted the magical potential of the family and produced a bunch of batshit insane nutcases. His grandfather and uncle were both terribly messed up, and his mother, who was physically and verbally abused by both of them, had her own serious issues. That Voldemort's father was a Muggle, ironically enough, was the reason for his own phenomenal magical potential, but it is heavily implied that it was his genes that made him into a psychopath.
  • Good Hurts Evil: For a long time, was physically incapable of touching Harry because of a magical spell based on Harry's mothers' love for him; trying to do so was enough to kill at least Quirrell, when he was his host. He gets over it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Hellish Pupils: In the books only, although in the fourth movie his pupils were slits for a brief time after his resurrection.
  • Hero-Killer
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Voldemort could hold some sort of record for this.
  • I Have Many Names: Tom Riddle, Lord Voldemort, You-Know-Who, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, the Dark Lord.
  • Immortality Seeker: Life-long goal.
  • It's All About Me
  • I Was Quite a Looker: At least before he started making Horcruxes.
  • I Want Them Alive
  • Knight of Cerebus
  • Large Ham: Seems to have slipped off of a sanity (or ham) slope near the end.
    • His now-infamous "NYAAAAAAH!" in the movies. Ralph Fiennes has said that he initially tried not to go over the top with Voldemort, but soon realized that there's pretty much no other way to play the character.
    • There are a few brief mentions, especially in the seventh book, that "Voldemort screamed," which could be interpreted as the Big Nyaah.
    • "Harry Potter is dead! Yeh-heh-heh!"
  • Leave Him to Me: Every time he comes across Harry. Although he's proven himself quite incompetent when it comes to Harry, he MUST be the one to kill Harry Potter. (As he even says in Deathly Hallows Part One). However, considering that his Avada Kedavra curse has only hit Harry once, it makes sense that he would feel that Harry is no longer protected against him (especially when he actually possessed the blood of Lily and James Potter and thus also won't end up having the Avada Kedavra curse backfire on him like it did the last time). I mean, come on, he's some kid whereas Voldemort is an extraordinary wizard.
  • Like Father, Like Son: He not only looked more like his father than he did his mother, but he also turned out like him in personality. From what we are shown and told of him, Tom Riddle Sr. is rude, snobbish, selfish, and doesn't take kindly to magic, and the closest we see to a non-coerced romantic relationship involving him is this one scene we see of him riding with Cecilia, whose relationship with him is not confirmed to be romantic or nonromantic. His mother, on the other hand, was a rebel against her family's Fantastic Racism and a Yandere to boot. As much as he takes pride in his heritage and magical abilities inherited from his mother, and quick as he is to call his father unworthy, Voldemort's signature qualities are all signs that he took after his father. He only cared about himself, wasn't a nice person, and was a bigot. Even though Tom Riddle Sr. and Voldemort's directions of bigotry were polar opposites, you can't deny that bigotry is a trait they both had in common.
  • Living Lie Detector: In a very chilling way. He can invade the minds of anyone standing before him, and read their innermost thoughts or show them visions. Well, except for Snape, much to Voldemort's eventual displeasure. He doesn't bother with Narcissa either, deciding to Crucio a certain corpse to make sure.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Except without the pointy nose...or any nose at all, for that matter.
  • Love Potion: The basis of his conception. After it wore off, daddy left. It's a big reason why he doesn't understand love.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In his very first appearance, he's trying to use Harry's emotions against him to get his hands on the Philosopher's Stone, switching almost effortlessly from angry and threatening, to calm flattery. The second book might have been the most triumphant example of his ruthless manipulative skills, the fourth book had him use the terror his Death Eaters had of him to keep them under his control, the fifth book had him lure Harry to the Ministry of Magic by sending fake images of himself torturing Sirius, the sixth book showed him doing it to everyone around him in the Pensieve flashbacks, and forcing Draco Malfoy to go after Dumbledore, in a plan that he hoped would either end with Malfoy dead (the expected outcome), or Dumbledore dead. He was using the fear Malfoy had for his parents' lives against him, in order to do as he wished. Of course, this also showed how little he understands love and compassion; otherwise, he would have realized that neither Dumbledore nor Malfoy would have killed the other. Seventh book had him attempting to goad Harry into coming to face him to die by saying that the Battle of Hogwarts would end if Voldemort was allowed to kill Harry, since Harry was the only reason he came to Hogwarts in the first place. It worked but backfired spectacularly in the end. Pretty much any time he's talking, he's being this.
  • Meaningful Name: "Vol de mort" is approximately French for "flight of death/from death." Alternatively, "voleur de mort" would be "thief of death." The letters in "I am Lord Voldermort" can be rearranged to read his actual name.
  • Meaningful Rename: He renamed himself to "Voldemort", because he didn't want to use the name of his Muggle father.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Quite!
  • Narcissist: One of his fatal weaknesses. Voldemort is incapable of conceiving, at least on surface level, that other people are capable of achieving something that he has achieved. He gloats at length (rightly so, to be completely fair) that he has gone further than most wizards to achieve supreme magical power. He is arrogant enough to truly believe that he is indisputable in his magical power, overlooking his crippling weakness of lacking true wisdom and being unable to accept that there are far worse fates than death. Even as a child, he showed a narcissistic streak, not caring what other people feel after he makes them suffer, only caring that they were mean to him and ought to suffer.
  • Never My Fault
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain
  • Noodle Incident: He apparently did something to two of his fellow orphans while on a trip to the seaside (which was apparently bad enough to render them permanently mute), but what he did precisely is never revealed.
  • The Noseless: The closest thing to a nose he has is the snake-like slit nostrils on his face. It's strongly implied that this as well as the serpent eyes were the direct result of his creating Horcruxes.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Invoked: When he had the Ministry of Magic in his pocket for most of book 7, Fred and Kingsley had this little exchange: "You-Know-Who's strategy of remaining in the shadows is creating a nice little climate of panic..." and "The air of mystery is creating more terror than actually showing himself."
  • Obviously Evil
  • Only Known by Their Nickname
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Justified in this case. Thanks to his accidentally making Harry Potter a horcrux due to the events of Lily's sacrifice, Harry Potter was the only one capable of matching up against Voldemort, at least until Voldemort unknowingly removed his horcrux from Harry, and Nagini (the final horcrux) ended up killed by Neville.
  • Only Mostly Dead: What he is in the first few books before his revival at the end of Goblet of Fire.
  • Parental Abandonment: While he doesn't come off sympathetic, his incestuous background and parental neglect does explain why he's so messed up since his childhood.
  • Politically-Incorrect Villain: He is the (or at least a) wizarding equivalent of Hitler, after all.
  • Power Parasite: A surprisingly milder version - he stole Dumbledores' Elder Wand to serve as its new master. Didn't quite turn out that way, thanks to Harry.
  • Pride
  • Psychopathic Manchild: For a start, he's obsessed with getting revenge on a small boy, because of what said boy did when he was a baby (or, worse, just because of the boys reputation for defeating him as a baby). Besides that, he never admits he's wrong, throws violent tantrums when things don't go his way, constantly blames others for his own mistakes, and has acted pretty much the way he does for most of his life.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: In an unusual twist, Voldemort being a special kind of evil was the direct RESULT of being born via that method.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the books only; the films let Ralph Fiennes keep his blue eyes while playing the character.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Abandons Quirrell's body at the end of Philosopher's Stone and leaves him to die.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Twice.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: By choosing Harry, he set in motion the chain of events that brought about his downfall.
  • Self-Made Orphan
  • Shipper on Deck: His locket Horcrux ships Harry/Hermione... for the sole purpose of emotionally torturing Ron.
  • Shut Up, Kirk: Right before his final clash with Harry.
  • Sissy Villain: Comes across as this in the film versions.
  • Smug Snake: Almost literally.
  • Social Darwinist: This philosophy is delivered by Quirrell in the book and himself in the film. "There is no good and evil; there is only power and those too weak to seek it."
  • The Sociopath: Let's see: Consummate Liar, casual manipulation of everyone around him, a history of childhood cruelty, remorseless violation of the rights of others, and an inability to understand love? That's Voldemort, all right.
  • Soft Spoken Sadist: Any aspect of his character emphasized in Fiennes' version of him. He generally speaks in a soft and polite (if very creepy) voice, and as for the sadist part, see above.
  • Soul Fragment: When he tried to kill the one-year old Harry and failed, he accidentally made him into a Horcrux, forging a connection between their minds.
  • Soul Jar: The Horcruxes in general.
  • Speak of the Devil: People fear his Voldemort alias so much they refer to him as "You Know Who" or "He Who Must Not Be Named."
  • Take Over the World: His ultimate goal, along with attaining eternal life. Really original.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: In his teenage years. His beauty is more remarked on than that of any other character -- including Love Interests and Veelas. This is cruelly subverted as he starts amassing power.
  • Teen Genius: In the flashbacks to his teen years.
  • Too Clever by Half: He can go head to head with Dumbledore. That speaks for itself. Though Dumbledore beat him, it had to do more with Dumbledore's wisdom and his understanding of love and Voldemort's personality.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: In the final book, he installs puppet regimes at Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic. They don't last.
  • Villain Ball: He winds up holding this repeatedly. He's certainly got more tricks up his sleeve than Avada Kadavera, but the Killing Curse is quite clearly his Weapon of Choice.
  • Villainous Breakdown: While Harry’s focus sharpens the crazier things get, Voldemort is noticeably unbalanced by unexpected occurrences, a combination that winds up screwing him over repeatedly. To count:
  • Villain with Good Publicity:
    • Not him per se, but his wizard supremacist views are endorsed and backed by Ministry propaganda in the last book.
    • In his later school years, he was made Prefect and then Head Boy as well as receiving an award for Services to the School while he was opening the Chamber of Secrets, unleashing the Basilisk on innocent students, and pinning it on Hagrid.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: His decision to sic Nagini on Severus Snape rather than just AK'ing him on the spot proves to be a fatal mistake, as it allows Snape to pass on vital information to Harry in his dying moments. Of course, this is just typical of Voldemort's nature as an overconfident sadist, and he likely believed Snape to be the master of the Elder Wand, which he may have thought would not harm it's master.
  • Winds of Destiny Change: That curse he put on the Defence Against the Dark Arts Teaching post and how it works across the books would earn him a degree in this subject,
  • Would Hurt a Child: His initial downfall is the result of him trying to kill a one year old boy. Later on, he sends 16 year old Draco Malfoy on a suicide mission under penalty of death, and launches a full-on assault on Hogwarts, with many of the casualties being students.
    • Ironically, there was one subversion on the day he tried to kill Harry: in the flashback, he encountered a Muggle child who mistook him for someone wearing a costume [as it was Halloween at the time], and he actually refused to kill the boy.
  • X Meets Y: Word Of Goddess says that he's a combination of Adolf Hitler (genocidal madman, who deep down is what he hates) and Josef Stalin (megalomaniac willing to do anything for power who changed his name).
  • You Have Failed Me: If you're lucky, after you've ticked off Voldemort, he'll kill you without putting you through the Cruciatus Curse first.
  • We Can Rule Together: Hints at this with Harry in the first book, then plays it straight with Neville at the end of the seventh book.

Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter)

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Next to Voldemort, Bellatrix is the Death Eaters' head honcho, and she's one mean Death Eating queen. She was one of the few females in the group, as well as among the most dangerous and sadistic of Voldemort's followers. At the end of the First Wizarding War, Bellatrix and her husband, Rodolphus Lestrange, his brother Rabastan, and Barty Crouch Jr. tortured Aurors Alice and Frank Longbottom to the point of insanity searching for information on Voldemort after his first downfall. Bellatrix was sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban for the crime, but escaped in the 1996 mass break-out, along with nine other Death Eaters. She participated in several battles of the Second Wizarding War, making it a particular goal to kill any relatives who were members of the Order of the Phoenix, including her cousin Sirius Black and niece Nymphadora Tonks. She was killed by Molly Weasley.

 "The little baby woke up fwightened and fort what it dweamed was twoo."

  • The Baroness
  • Cassandra Truth: Bella is the only Death Eater who doesn't trust Snape, even going so far as to tell her sister, Narcissa, that she believes Voldemort is "mistaken" in trusting him. Considering Bella's feelings about Voldemort, her deep mistrust of Snape is pretty damn telling. However, it does say in Book 6 that many of the Death Eaters spoke behind Snape's back, but Bellatrix was probably the only one to confront him. But Bellatrix's suspicions were not based on just distrust, she was insanely jealous of Snape's position with Voldemort, which is why she grills him with questions, which he has already been asked by Voldemort himself.
  • Character Exaggeration: Bellatrix is much more obviously deranged and maniacal in the films, and probably even more sadistic. In the books, she's more serious and focused.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Bellatrix Lestrange loves this.
  • Combat Sadomasochist
  • Dark Action Girl
  • The Dragon: To Voldemort.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Hermione Granger. Especially in the movies, where there are more physical similarities between Emma Watson and Helena Bonham Carter than the book versions.
    • And to Sirius Black, as well. She's the psychotic, muggle-hating counterpart to Sirius Black, a good man and White Sheep who was falsely accused of betraying the Potters.
  • Foil: To Molly Weasley, according to Rowling. Their battle in Deathly Hallows was supposed to illustrate the differences between the two women: Bellatrix puts her ideas before the people in her life, whereas caring for and loving others is what is most important to Molly -- and what drives her to kill Bellatrix. Narcissa could also be seen as her foil; they share the same cause, but Narcissa's devotion to her husband and son and desire to protect them above all else are what keep her from going as far as her sister does. It's even lampshaded in some scenes where Narcissa is reluctant to let Draco take on certain tasks and Bellatrix can't understand why.
  • For the Evulz: She delights in torture, violence, and destruction. Dumbledore remarks that she enjoys 'playing with her food'.
  • The Fundamentalist
  • Green-Eyed Monster: By Half Blood Prince, Snape has replaced Bella as Voldemort's favorite. She doesn't take this well. Heavy emphasis on the "monster" part.
  • Goth: Her clothes are never described explicitly in the books, but in the films, she dresses in very Gothic clothes(Helena Bonham Carter, who is a Perky Goth, has mentioned that she chose the clothes herself), complete with a corset, black eyeliner and dark lipstick.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Even by Death Eater standards, it really doesn't take much to set her off.
  • Hero-Killer: Despite preferring torture above murder, she does kill several characters.
  • Incompatible Orientation: She loves Voldemort. Voldemort loves himself.
  • I Was Quite a Looker:
    • She used to be very attractive, but after years in Azkaban, her face became "gaunt and skull-like".
    • Naturally, the movies avert this. Completely.
  • Karmic Death: Bellatrix might have lived a little longer, had she not tried to kill Ginny and mocked her very pissed-off mother as she jumped to her defense. This doubles as a Death by Irony, considering that Bellatrix killed Sirius when he underestimated her abilities. Later, Bellatrix is killed when she underestimates Molly.
  • Kick the Dog: Repeatedly
  • Large Ham: Helena Bonham Carter devours the scenery during all of her scenes. It's delicious.
  • Laughing Mad: See Evil Laugh (or rather "Loony Cackle") below.
  • Loony Cackle: Just listen to her in the movies, especially during the battle between she and Molly.
  • Meaningful Name: "Bellatrix" is the feminine form of "warrior" in Latin. It's also the name of a star in the Orion constellation.
  • Morality Pet: Apparently her younger sister Narcissa, who is the only person she seems to care about, at least in a non-creepy way. Bellatrix being who she is, however, and given how she treats relatives who stray from the family tradition, this "caring" likely lasts only as long as Narcissa is loyal to the Dark Lord.
  • Politically-Incorrect Villain: Especially when she's carving "Mudblood" into Hermione's arm in the penultimate film.
  • Psycho Supporter
  • Sanity Slippage: Fourteen years in Azkaban leaves a few psychological scars, even for Bellatrix, who wasn't exactly sane to begin with.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In Order of the Phoenix, she goes from this to this
  • Slasher Smile: Has this in the movie.
  • The Sociopath: Textbook example, just like her boss.
  • Taken for Granite: Courtesy of Molly in the eighth movie. And then becomes Literally Shattered Lives less than a second later.
  • Throwing Your Knife Always Works: She kills Dobby this way, although Bellatrix was aiming for Harry.
  • Tall, Dark and Bishoujo: Pre-Azkaban. Though in the movie, she retains this.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: In the book, she's implied to have been AK'd nonverbally by Molly. In the film, she gets hit with several curses in rapid succession. One kills her and appears to either turn her to stone or begin to decompose her body on the spot. The second frags her into about a million little chunks. At least Voldemort left a body to bury (or burn).
  • Torture Technician: She was sent into Azkaban for torturing Neville Longbottom's parents into insanity to find out Voldemort's whereabouts, and is noted by Dumbledore to enjoy "playing with her food". In fact, the Cruciatus Curse seems to be her signature MO, though she isn't afraid to use more mundane methods of torture, as implied in Deathly Hallows.
  • Troll:
    • "I killed Sirius Black! I killed Sirius Black!"
    • "What will happen to your children when I've killed you? When Mummy's gone the same way as Freddie?"
  • The Unfettered
  • Yandere: Bellatrix is madly obsessed with Voldemort and will do anything for him. He exploits this mercilessly.

Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs)

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

  • Anti-Villain: By the time of Book 7, he's closer to this trope than a full out villain, especially when it is shown that he cared for his family's well being enough to abandon Voldemort. His short time in Azkaban between Book 5 and Book 6 probably also helped as well.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil
  • Badass Long Hair
  • Badass Long Robe
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Brainwashed: Lucius uses this as a ploy to get out of being arrested.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Dragon: At first; after his failure in Order of the Phoenix, he gets replaced by Snape (a Dragon with an Agenda) and Bellatrix (a straight example) for the remainder of the series.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones and Pet the Dog: The redeeming trait of the Malfoys is that, even though all three are Death Eaters, they are a close family who genuinely love each other.
  • Heel Face Turn
  • Jerkass
  • Karma Houdini: Despite everything he's done throughout the series, he never gets what he deserves. This is primarily due to his wife's actions. Probable subversion, however, as Jason Isaacs believes he will be estranged from society and his family, never completely forgiven for what he put them through.
  • Love Redeems: Let's face it, the only thing that prevents him from being a complete villain is the fact that his love for his family hugely outweighs his loyalty to Voldemort.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: It is hard to find an aspect of his appearance that does not simply scream "Wealthy Douchebag".
  • Not Brainwashed: After Voldemort's first defeat, Lucius (like many others) claimed that he had been coerced against his will into supporting him. It prevented him from being formally punished, but according to Hagrid, a lot of people long suspected the truth.
  • Only Sane Man: Especially when working along Bellatrix and the more Ax Crazy Death Eaters.
  • Politically-Incorrect Villain: Draco apparently inherited his Fantastic Racism from his father.
  • Pragmatic Villain: Compared to some of his more Ax Crazy fellow Death Eaters, the fifth film demonstrates that Lucius is seemingly the only one focused on the original goal of retrieving the prophecy while the other Death Eaters seem more intent to drop this in favour of killing Harry. Lucius actually seems sincere when he claims he will let Harry go in exchange for handing over the prophecy.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money: So very much.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: In the final movie, with his family.
  • Smug Snake
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Especially when played by Jason Isaacs, this dude has got style.
  • Sword Cane: His wand is concealed in his silver-topped cane.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the second movie, he attempts to use the Killing Curse on Harry right outside of Dumbledore's office.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Until Book 6, that is.

Narcissa Malfoy (Helen McCrory)

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

  • Aristocrats Are Evil
  • Aw, Look -- They Really Do Love Each Other: Narcissa and Lucius, whose marriage, from the fans' point of view, may simply have been one of convenience until the opening scene of Deathly Hallows.
  • Badass: In her own right. She had the gall to lie to Lord freaking Voldemort about the fact that Harry Potter was dead!
  • Big Fancy House: Against her will, Voldemort uses her house as a headquarters, making her and her husband extremely uncomfortable.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Averted during her Heel Face Turn; however, Narcissa is generally snobbish towards others.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Harry, or, at least for the time being...
  • Evil Matriarch: Her personality is slightly similar to that of her son, Draco. She complains about Harry and his friends to a shopkeeper, asking why they serve "their kind."
  • High 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.
  • Hot Mom: Harry notes her to be a very beautiful woman; however, from what he saw, her beauty is somewhat marred by her donning an expression that suggests that she was sniffing dung whenever she was in the company of those she considered her inferiors.
  • Karma Houdini: According to Word of God, the reason the Malfoys never got their comeuppance was in large part due to Narcissa's decision to spare Harry's life by lying to Voldemort in exchange for the knowledge that her son was still safe.
  • Mama Bear: She is fiercely devoted to her family, and will do whatever it takes to protect them.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Take a wild guess what the root word of her first name is.
  • Rich Bitch
  • 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.
  • Smug Snake

Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew (Timothy Spall)

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Former Marauder, who betrayed James and Lily Potter's whereabouts to Lord Voldemort, leading to their deaths, then pinned the crime on Sirius Black.

  • Alliterative Name
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Even the teachers occasionally got in on the act. As one of the Marauders, though, he joined in on bullying Severus Snape.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin
  • The Bully: Towards Severus Snape as a Marauder.
  • Crouching Moron Hidden Monster: He's painted as a poorly-skilled wizard, much like Neville Longbottom, who needed to rely on his friends to scrape by in school. However, he becomes an Animagus and keeps in the disguise for twelve years (as Scabbers, Ron's pet rat), he creates a blast strong enough to blow apart a busy street and kill twelve Muggles in the process, casts a fully-functional Killing Curse with Voldemort's wand, and brews at least two incredibly difficult Dark potions to keep Voldemort alive and help him regain his body, respectively.
  • Dirty Coward
  • The Rat Was The Mastermind: In Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Neville. He was a friend of his generation's Power Trio, had a reputation as a poor student, and had more potential than anyone gave him credit for. When Harry first sees a picture of him, he feels that Peter even looks a little like Neville.
  • Evil Former Friend
  • Fridge Horror: Pettigrew has been watching over all the Weasley boys since they were eleven. Now think about how many times you've changed in front of your pets and thought nothing of it...

 Ron: I let you sleep in my bed!

    • Oh, it's much worse. At least once, it is mentioned that Ron let Scabbers sit in his pants pocket.
  • Gonk: In the films.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: See Karmic Death, below.
  • It's All About Me: He only cares for his own safety.
  • Karmic Death: Voldemort's rebirth potion requires "flesh of the servant, willingly given"; Peter cuts off his hand, and Voldemort rewards him with a silver hand. In Deathly Hallows, the hand strangles Peter when he betrays a tiny impulse of reluctance while attempting to kill Harry, to whom he has a life debt. In the seventh and eighth movies, we don't get to see what happened to Wormtail.
  • Karma Houdini: Assumed in the films, thanks to his death being deemed too disturbing for a PG-13 movie. Of course, just because he didn't die the same way as in the books doesn't mean that he necessarily survived. He wasn't anywhere in the last movie. If he did survive, chances are he ended up in Azkaban.
  • Not So Harmless: Considered to be a bit of a dunce, Wormtail not only managed to become a Animagus at the age of 15, a impressive feat even with help, but was skilled enough to join the Order of the Phoenix, which included such powerful wizards as Moody and Dumbledore. He was cunning and sly enough to be a spy for the Death Eaters and discreet enough to deflect suspicion from everyone, even Dumbledore. After the fall of Voldemort, his escape plan bordered on Magnificent Bastard, as he accused Sirius of betraying James and Lily for all those around them to hear, created a massive explosion that killed 12 innocents and faked his death by slicing one of his fingers off and transforming into a rat, leaving Sirius behind to be framed while he spent 13 years hidden with a wizarding family. He was skilled enough to cast the powerful Killing Curse with a wand that was not his, and he was capable of brewing several complicated potions that gave Voldemort his corporal form again. Not So Harmless, is he?
  • Only Known By His Nickname: Mostly people just call him Wormtail.
  • The Quisling
  • Red Right Hand: How Sirius figures out that Peter is still alive and has been hiding as Scabbers for years: Scabbers is missing the first toe on his left-front paw. The largest piece of Pettigrew found by the Ministry was his left index finger.
  • Spared by the Adaptation
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: So Voldemort makes Peter Snape's assistant in Half Blood Prince. And by this time, Snape knows that Peter betrayed the Potters, leading to the death of the woman he loved, Lily. However, this is the extent of the knowledge: what Peter did to piss off Voldemort that much (assuming he knew or cared about Snape's grudge), and what did Snape do to Peter is unanswered.

Bartemius Crouch Junior (David Tennant)

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The son of Barty Crouch Sr., a famous Ministry official who was a Knight Templar "hero" in the first war against Voldemort. Apparently as an act of youthful rebellion against his inattentive father, Barty Jr. joined the Death Eaters and came to see Voldemort as a Parental Substitute. Along with Bellatrix Lestrange, he participated in the attack on the Longbottoms and was subsequently sent to Azkaban by his father. Later, however, his father smuggled him out of prison as a last favor to his dying wife, but imprisoned him in their home.

He remained there for years until the Quidditch World Cup, where he broke free, casting the Dark Mark. He rejoined Voldemort and, during Harry's fourth year, impersonated Mad-Eye Moody. He rigged the Triwizard Tournament in Voldemort's favor, making the Goblet of Fire accept Harry as a champion, giving Harry tips to win, and making the Triwizard Cup into a Portkey that would take Harry to Voldemort. When his father was becoming suspicious, Bartemius Crouch Junior killed Bartemius Crouch Senior. "Barty Jr" worked perfectly as a mole until after Harry returned from the graveyard, upon which he dragged Harry off for interrogation. He was followed and defeated by Dumbledore, who made him reveal himself and confess his involvement. He was subsequently subjected to the Dementor's Kiss before he could be put on trial.

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

  • Affably Evil
  • Badass: He's earned the title.
  • Byronic Hero: Like father like son. Also a villanous example.
  • Chekhov's Gunman
  • Character Tic: In the film, he flicks his tongue constantly. This is one of the few indications of his true identity when he disguises himself as Moody, and one of the things that clues his father into the fact that his son is face-to-face with him.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Consummate Liar
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment/Disproportionate Retribution: Visits this upon Draco while disguised as Moody. Six words: "Draco Malfoy, the Amazing Bouncing Ferret." What was Draco doing? Attempting to hex Harry when his back was turned. Though, it could be just because he's a Malfoy.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: No doubt due to his own visit to Azkaban, the subsequent Hell under his father's Imperius Curse, and why he was there in the first place (torturing the Longbottoms for information that could revive his Not Quite Dead master), Barty has an intense loathing for Death Eaters who escaped Azkaban and didn't bother to look for or revive Voldemort, thereby betraying their Lord.
    • This loathing of the Death Eaters who escaped Azkaban is almost hypocritical -- we see at the trial that while his fellow Death Eaters are accepting their sentences, fully expecting Voldemort to break them out of there, he was sobbing and insisting that he was innocent and that they'd gotten the wrong person. Of course, it's always possible that he would have gone back to looking for Voldemort if they had set him free...
  • Evil Genius: He is very intelligent, and it is he who played a major part in Voldemort's return. For context: if there's any truth to his father's ramblings, Barty Jr. earned twelve OW Ls; Hermione, the gold standard for intelligence and "brightest witch of her age," earned eleven.
    • Arguably the horrifying result of what can be accomplished by a competent Death Eater.
  • Evil Gloating: Oh, does he get his fair share of it. Once you know that Mad-Eye Moody is, for most of the book/movie, actually Barty Jr. a lot of what he says winds up being this. Showing off the Unforgivable Curses in class? An example of how well he can use them. Causing a scene after the champions' names come out of the Goblet of Fire and presenting a plausible, if slightly outlandish sounding, scenario for how Harry's name could've gotten in, which just happened to be exactly what he did? Basically the equivalent of a Bond Villain monologue. His legitimate moment of explaining his masterstroke to Harry, right before getting bitten in the ass by karma and revealed? ... Seriously, only Voldemort loves the Evil Gloating more than Barty Jr. does.
  • Evil Mentor: Strangely subverted. While in his Moody disguise, he teaches his students about the highest-grade dark curses in ways that were almost certainly completely illegal. However, his lessons are useful and instructive and Harry even learns to fight off the powerful Imperius curse completely thanks to him. Despite being thoroughly evil, Crouch ends up being one of the most competent and helpful teachers Harry ever runs into and his lessons have no negative or morally ambiguously results. It can be argued that this was a result of him either playing the role of Moody FAR too well or simply not caring about whether the kids were properly trained or not.
    • Most likely the latter; no matter how good Harry and his friends were at magic, Voldemort was going to kill them anyway. (The fact that Harry managed to survive was due more to a Spanner in the Works than his own magical strength.) And Dumbledore might have seen through the disguise if Crouch Jr. had done anything suspect (i.e. not teach Harry as much defense against curses as Moody would have) before Voldemort's resurrection; better for the plan to Go Horribly Right and make Harry stronger than to let the plan fall apart completely.
  • Evil Teacher: He is this when disguised as Moody.
  • Fate Worse Than Death
  • Framing the Guilty Party: It appears that Crouch, Jr. was tried in a Kangaroo Court, but was actually guilty anyway. This is a Red Herring designed to trick the reader into thinking he was innocent.
  • Fridge Horror: Neville had tea with the man who tortured his parents into insanity, and he had no idea. It can be argued that all the nice things that he does for Neville (complimenting him on his Herbology skills, giving him books, making sure he was feeling okay etc.,) can be seen as horrifying when you realise he was just manipulating the kid into helping him in his evil plot. What makes it even worse is that it's likely he upset Neville on purpose. He MUST have known the effect that seeing the Cruciatus Curse would have had on him, so the fact that he used the spell anyway makes it another form of his Evil Gloating - "This is how I drove your parents insane! How do you like that?!". A lot of people who sympathise with him, however, still think he was being genuinely nice to Neville -- see Pet the Dog, below.
  • Freudian Excuse
  • Good Is Dumb: He certainly thinks so: "Decent people are so easy to manipulate."
  • Ho Yay: Seems to like Voldemort a bit too much.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Voldemort's cleverest follower is actually a Time Lord!
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Seriously, this man was more efficient than all the other Death Eaters put together. He even managed to fool Dumbledore for over a year.
  • I Have No Son: His father disowns him at his trial.
  • I Need You Stronger
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Mentions the graveyard, tipping Harry off. (This occurs only in the film.)
  • Knight Templar: Ironic, considering how his despised father was one. Nevertheless, Barty, Jr. fits this as well since he seemed to truly believe in the righteousness of the Death Eater cause with zealotry perhaps equaled only by Bellatrix Lestrange. In contrast, Death Eaters such as Lucius Malfoy and Peter Pettigrew serve Voldemort almost entirely out of self-interest.
  • Large Ham: In the movie, even though he has probably five minutes of screen time, David Tennant chews up almost every second of it.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Not So Harmless
  • Pet the Dog: Gets one with Neville. After shaking him to his core by demonstrating the Cruciatus Curse -- the one used to drive the Longbottoms insane -- in class, he calls Neville up to his office and gives him a book on herbology (Neville's favorite subject and only strong suit). In fairness, part of this ties into Barty's Evil Plan: The book he gives Neville contains information which would have served Harry well in the Second Task, which Barty planted to make sure Harry stayed alive until Voldemort needed him.
  • Psycho Supporter: In both the book and the movie, but in the movie, it was made more obvious.
  • Sanity Slippage: In the film, when his starts to lose his cool (and when the Polyjuice potion starts to wear off), he gets an ominous twitch.
  • Tragic Villain: His actions aren't at all justifiable, but he's motivated by his daddy issues, if that makes it any better.
  • Treacherous Advisor: He plays this role with Harry throughout the Triwizard Tournament, going from giving him subtle but effective hits to flat out rigging things in his favour. As a small subversion, he has every intention of helping him win. The problem is that him winning isn’t a good thing.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: His mother and Winky loved him, but that was apparently not enough to make up for his failure to get his father's approval, which he in turn sought from his replacement father figure, Voldemort. Rowling addressed this indirectly in an interview, noting that "That's where evil seems to flourish, in places where people didn't get good fathering."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The movie implies that he is sent to Azkaban, which might be a case of Spared by the Adaptation. In the books, he suffers A Fate Worse Than Death - namely, the Dementor's Kiss.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
  • Yandere: When it comes to Voldemort, he's on a par with Bellatrix.

Antonin Dolohov

  • Hero-Killer: He killed Fabian and Gideon Prewett in the 1st war. During the Battle Of The Department Of Mysteries in the 5th book not only he almost killed Hermione with a spell that inflicted brutal internal damage but he also defeated Moody. In the Final Battle, according to Word of God, he’s the one responsible for the death of Lupin. All in all, he seems to have the second highest kill count next to Bellatrix among the Death Eaters.
  • Torture Technician: According to Karkaroff, he was this during the 1st war.

Regulus Arcturus Black

Sirius Black's younger brother. Unlike Sirius, Regulus fully approved of his family's fascination with the Dark Arts and pureblood supremacy and went as far as to join the Death Eaters' ranks. 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.

  • The Atoner
  • Determinator: He falls under this when one takes Fridge Brilliance into consideration. In the 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 realise 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 at 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 realise 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.
  • Different As Night and Day: He and Sirius.
  • The Dutiful Son: Looked upon as such by his parents.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy
  • Heel Face Turn
  • Nice to the Waiter: Regulus was nice to Kreacher the house elf, earning Kreacher's loyalty and admiration. Interestingly, his brother Sirius, who is on the side of good from the start, treats Kreacher like crap.
  • Posthumous Character
  • Redemption Equals Death

Yaxley (Peter Mullan)

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

  • Bad Boss: Is this to the Ministry officials, if his attitude torwards Reg Cattermole is anything to go by.
  • The Don: Peter Mullan's portrayal gives off this impression. Naturally, it's made him a hit with the fans.
  • Knowledge Broker
  • Ominous Walk: In Deathly Hallows: Part I.

Amycus and Alecto Carrow (Ralph Ineson and Suzie Toase)

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

  • Curb Stomp Battle: In the film, McGonagall shows just how powerful she really is when a spell of hers, after being deflected by Snape, knocks the Carrows unconscious just from being too close to it.
    • Snape probably helped. At the very least, the aim was intentional.
  • Evil Teacher: They are Death Eaters, after all.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hardly out of order for a Death Eater, but as Muggle Studies teacher, Alecto literally makes a career out of this.
  • Giggling Villains
  • Ironic Name: There is nothing amicable about Amycus.
  • Offstage Villainy: Neville says they "make Umbridge look tame," but in terms of what we actually see, she's worse by far.
  • Sadist Teacher: According to Neville, they are even worse than Umbridge.
  • Siblings in Crime
  • Torture Technician: Deliberately placed at Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows to scare and beat the next generation into line with Voldemort's way of thinking. Other Death Eaters torture too, but these are the ones who do it for a living.


Fenrir Greyback (Dave Legeno)

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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.

Scabior (Nick Moran)

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

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

Walden Macnair (Peter Best)

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

  • All There in the Manual: Peter Best is credited as "The Executioner" in the third film and "Death Eater" in the fifth film (he's the one holding Luna). Based on the books, it can be assumed that both characters are Macnair.
  • Ax Crazy: According to Hagrid:

 "Macnair, remember him? Bloke they sent ter kill Buckbeak? Maniac, he is. Likes killin' as much as Golgomath; no wonder they were gettin' on so well."

  • Brainwashed: Like Lucius, he pulled this defense to avoid Azkaban.
  • The Brute
  • 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.
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