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Famous Battles

 

During the Second War, battles were fought between Death Eaters and allies of the Ministry, including Aurors and members of the Order of the Phoenix. Some of these battles were single combats, but others were pitched battles between small groups of combatants. In the end, the final defeat of Voldemort involved a huge battle at Hogwarts castle.

Although these larger battles have not been named in the books, we will refer to them with names to identify them in the Lexicon.

The Battle of the Department of Mysteries

June, 1996
Death Eaters cornered a group of Hogwarts students in the Hall of Prophecy after the teenagers had been lured there by Lord Voldemort. The students were led by Harry Potter while the Death Eaters were under the direction of Lucius Malfoy. The students, who were part of the group called the DA, or Dumbledore's Army, suffered numerous injuries in a running battle through the various rooms of the Department of Mysteries but inflicted damage on their enemies as well. However, they had nearly been defeated when a contingent from the Order of the Phoenix arrived and turned the tide of battle in the Death Chamber. Finally, Dumbledore arrived and captured nearly all the Death Eaters. Lord Voldemort himself then Apparated into the Ministry of Magic, unaware that his archnemesis was present, and he and Dumbledore fought a tremendous duel in the Atrium. Voldemort was defeated in this duel and fled with Bellatrix Lestrange. Many were wounded on both sides and Sirius Black of the Order of the Phoenix was killed (OP34-36).

Combatants:
Dumbledore's Army

Harry Potter
Hermione Granger
Ron Weasley
Ginny Weasley
Neville Longbottom
Luna Lovegood

Order of the Phoenix
Remus Lupin
Sirius Black (k)
Nymphadora Tonks
Kingsley Shacklebolt
Alastor Moody
Albus Dumbledore


Death Eaters

Lucius Malfoy (leader)
Bellatrix Lestrange
Avery
Augustus Rookwood
Nott
Rodolphus Lestrange
Crabbe
Rabastan Lestrange
Jugson
Antonin Dolohov
Walden Macnair
Mulciber
Lord Voldemort

Essay:
The Battle of the Department of Mysteries: An Analysis of the Chase and Battle, June 1996
by Kendall Smiley

The Battle of the Tower

June, 1997
Using a forgotten Vanishing Cabinet, Draco Malfoy discovered a way to slip Death Eaters into Hogwarts castle. He brought a small army to support him as he went up the Astronomy Tower to confront and kill Dumbledore, who he knew would be lured to the top of the Tower by the Dark Mark which had been cast there. Luckily, members of the DA had been alerted by Harry Potter and they in turn alerted members of the Order of the Phoenix who had been stationed at Hogwarts as guards. The battle raged in the corridors below the Tower as Malfoy, four other Death Eaters, and then Snape went up to confront Dumbledore. The Headmaster had been seriously wounded earlier in the evening and he lacked the strength to fight back. Malfoy's courage failed him, so Snape killed Dumbledore with a Killing Curse. As Snape and Malfoy tried to escape, they were pursued by Harry Potter and Hagrid, but they managed to get past the gates and Apparate away. Many were wounded in this battle, particularly Bill Weasley who was seriously slashed and bitten by Greyback, the werewolf (HBP27-28).

Combatants:
Dumbledore's Army
Harry Potter
Hermione Granger
Ron Weasley
Ginny Weasley
Neville Longbottom
Luna Lovegood

Order of the Phoenix
Minerva McGonagall
Remus Lupin
Nymphadora Tonks
Rubeus Hagrid
Albus Dumbledore (k)
Bill Weasley



Death Eaters

Draco Malfoy
Amycus Carrow
Alecto Carrow
Fenrir Greyback
Severus Snape
heavy-faced DE
enormous blonde wizard
Gibbon (k)

Other combatants
Filius Flitwick

Accessories
Borgin (of Borgin and Burkes)
Madam Rosmerta

 

The Battle of the Seven Potters

July 27, 1997
Fought in the skies over southern England as the Order of the Phoenix tried to rescue Harry Potter from Privet Drive and was attacked by over thirty Death Eaters. Mad-Eye Moody was killed in this battle, as were several Death Eaters. Voldemort revealed his ability to fly and almost caught and killed Harry Potter (DH4,5).

Combatants:
For Harry
Harry Potter
Rubeus Hagrid
Hermione Granger
Ron Weasley
Alastor 'Mad Eye' Moody (k)
Fred Weasley
George Weasley
Bill Weasley
Arthur Weasley
Nymphadora Tonks
Remus Lupin
Fleur Delacour
Kinglsey Shacklebolt
Mundungus Fletcher


For Voldemort
(about 30 total)

Stan Shunpike
Lord Voldemort
Selwyn
Travers
Severus Snape
Bellatrix Lestrange
Rodolphus Lestrange

Safe houses (12 total)
Moody's house
Kinglsey's house
Aunt Muriel's house
Andromeda and Ted Tonks's house

Creatures
Hedwig (k)

 

The Battle of Hogwarts

May 2, 1998
The climactic final showdown between the side of good and the side of evil. Hogwarts castle was damaged in this battle and fifty people died defending it, including Fred Weasley, Tonks, Lupin, and Colin Creevey. The Death Eaters enlisted giants, Dementors, and Acromantulas to fight for them, while the defenders of Hogwarts included Centaurs, house-elves, students and their parents, shopkeepers from Hogsmeade, enchanted armor and statues and desks, and many others. In the end, Harry Potter killed Voldemort in the Great Hall (DH31-36). The date of the battle was provided by Rowling in a documentary (YL).

Combatants:
Loyal to Dumbledore
Harry Potter
Ron Weasley
Hermione Granger
Aberforth Dumbledore
Neville Longbottom
Seamus Finnigan
Lavender Brown
Parvati Patil
Padma Patil
Terry Boot
Ernie Macmillan
Anthony Goldstein
Michael Corner
Luna Lovegood
Dean Thomas
Ginny Weasley
Fred Weasley (k)
George Weasley
Lee Jordan
Cho Chang
Minerva McGonagall
Severus Snape (k)
Filius Flitwick
Pomona Sprout
Horace Slughorn
Argus Filch
Peeves
Kingsley Shacklebolt
Remus Lupin (k)
Nymphadora Tonks (k)
Oliver Wood
Katie Bell
Angelina Johnson
Alicia Spinnet
Bill Weasley
Fleur Weasley
Arthur Weasley
Molly Weasley
Percy Weasley
Remaining teachers
Firenze
Rubeus Hagrid
Grawp
Fang
Hogwarts paintings
Hannah Abbott
Augusta Longbottom
Sybill Trelawney
Colin Creevey (k)
Centaurs
Charlie Weasley
Thestrals
Buckbeak
Ban
Ronan
Magorian
Hogwarts House-elves

losses: roughly 50 dead


Loyal to Voldemort
Alecto Carrow
Amycus Carrow
Lord Voldemort (k)
Nagini
Giants (at least 2)
Vincent Crabbe (k)
Gregory Goyle
Pius Thicknesse
Acromantulas
Augustus Rookwood
Slytherin students (exc. for Draco)
Antonin Dolohov (k?)
Travers
Yaxley
Fenrir Greyback (k?)
Bellatrix Lestrange (k)
Thorfinn Rowle

Changed loyalty
Draco Malfoy
Lucius Malfoy
Narcissa Malfoy


 

 

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