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The Crouch Family

"Should have spent a bit more time at home with his family, shouldn't he? Ought to have left the office early once in a while ... gotten to know his own son."
     -- Sirius Black

"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."
     -- Sirius Black

Crouch and Son, copyright Red Scharlach.Bartemius "Barty" Crouch, Sr. (? - June, 1995)
Ministry official, famous for aggressively prosecuting Dark Wizards in the days of Voldemort's rise to power. His fervor led him to authorize methods almost as bad as those of the Death Eaters they were hunting; he allowed the Aurors to use the Unforgivable Curses, and imprisoned people like Sirius Black in Azkaban without a trial.

Crouch was much admired at the time, but fell from grace around 1982 after he sentenced his own son to Azkaban for being a Death Eater who took part in the torture of the Longbottoms. Instead of being made the next Minister of Magic, Crouch was moved out of the public eye to the Department of International Magical Cooperation where his prodigious language skills came in handy (GF7). Percy Weasley, whom Crouch mistakenly calls “Weatherby,” became his assistant in 1994.

Crouch had a dreadful secret: as a favor to his dying wife, he had smuggled his son out of Azkaban, but then had to subdue and hide him from then on.  Eventually, Barty Crouch, Jr. was freed by Voldemort and Barty Sr. was made captive. He later escaped and tried to warn Dumbledore of a plot to get to Harry, but his son caught and killed him (June, 1995).

Appearance: Barty Crouch, Sr. had a poker-stiff bearing and severely parted his dark (later, gray) hair right down the middle and wore a precisely-trimmed Hitler-like "toothbrush" mustache.

Possible name meaning: "crouch” O.Fr. ‘crochir:’ to become bent, crooked.  To bend low, often for the purposes of stealth or concealment.

Bartemius "Barty" Crouch, Jr. (c.1963- )
Barty Crouch Jr. was the only child of Ministry official Barty Crouch, Sr. Barty Jr. was among Death Eaters who tortured the Longbottoms, and was caught and sent to Azkaban for the crime in the winter of 1981-82 when he was around 19 years old (OP27). Less than a year later, Barty Crouch Jr. was rescued by his mother who convinced his father to allow her to magically change places with the boy. Barty Sr. quickly realized the extent of Barty’s allegiance to Voldemort, and went to extraordinary lengths to keep his son imprisoned at their home. This worked for over ten years, but Barty Crouch, Sr. was no match for the Dark Lord. Once Voldemort regained his powers, he went looking for his faithful servant.

Voldemort had gained quite a lot of information from his torture of Bertha Jorkins, which he used to create an elaborate plan to circumvent Dumbledore's powerful protections of Harry Potter. Barty Jr.'s part of this plan was to take Polyjuice Potion to impersonate Mad-Eye Moody (an Auror, and the new Defense Against the Dark Arts instructor at Hogwarts), manipulate the Triwizard Tournament so Harry would enter and win, and then turn the Triwizard Cup into a Portkey to carry Harry to Voldemort.

The plan worked, and Voldemort was able to regenerate himself with Harry’s blood, but Harry escaped Voldemort and returned to Hogwarts. Soon Crouch’s disguise was revealed, ‘Mad Eye’ Moody was released, and after a dose of Veritaserum, Barty Crouch Jr. told the entire tale. In one of his many blunders, Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge allowed a Dementor give Crouch the Dementor's Kiss, leaving him worse than dead (June 24, 1995).

Barty Crouch, Jr. seems to have been a person of extraordinary -- if twisted -- intellect. If his father's ravings are correct, Barty earned 12 O.W.L.s (OP28), something even Hermione couldn't do. He also was able to successfully impersonate the powerful Auror 'Mad Eye' Moody for almost 8 months, even though Barty had spent most of his adult life in Azkaban, or Imperiused at his father's house.

Appearance: Barty Crouch Jr. was a pale young man with straw-colored hair and freckles.

Mrs. Crouch: Mrs. Crouch was a short, wispy witch who had the terrible and sad experience of watching her husband renounce their son Barty and condemn him to Azkaban. She was ill and dying at the time and she convinced her husband to allow her to trade places with her son in the wizard prison. Mother and son drank Polyjuice Potion to take each other's appearance. She died shortly thereafter in Azkaban and was buried by the Dementors outside the walls under her son's name (GF27, GF30, GF35).

Crouch, Caspar: Rowling's Black Family Tree mentions a Caspar Crouch who was married to Charis Black (she lived 1919-1973) (BFT).
One child, gender unknown (BFT) (Barty Crouch, Sr?).
Name: Caspar is the traditional name for one of the Magi (biblical three kings) and a famous ghost in children's cartoons from the last half of the 20thC.

Grandfather: Bartemius Crouch Sr. had a grandfather who owned an Axminster, a twelve-seater flying carpet that the whole family could ride on. Of course, that was before flying carpets were banned in Britain (GF7).

The Crouch family was probably pureblood (GF35).

Roger Lloyd-Pack as Barty Crouch, Sr., photo courtesy of Warner Brothers. David Tennant as Barty Crouch, Jr., photo courtesy of Warner Brothers.

CROUCHES on FILM
The role of Barty Crouch, Sr. is played by Roger Lloyd-Pack (IMDB) and Barty Crouch Jr. by David Tennant (IMDB).

 

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