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The Death Eaters,
including lists of their victims

"How many will be brave enough to return when they feel [the Dark Mark on their arms turn black]? And how many will be foolish enough to stay away?"
     -- Lord Voldemort (GF33)

"When a wizard goes over ter the Dark Side, there's nothin' and no one that matters to 'em anymore..."
     -- Rubeus Hagrid

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The Death Eaters are those wizards who follow Voldemort. There seems to be a fairly small number of them, although those who Apparate to Voldemort's side when the Dark Mark on their arms summons them may be the inner circle of his strongest supporters only. Some of the Death Eaters have children at Hogwarts.

Voldemort formed the Death Eaters sometime between 1946 and 1956 (HBP20). Originally, they bore the name 'the Knights of Walpurgis' (1).

Avery (b. late 1920s)

One of the earliest (c.1955) members of the Death Eaters (HBP20); attended Hogwarts with Tom Riddle (HBP17). Probably related (father/son?) to the Avery that attended Hogwarts with Severus Snape (see below).

Avery (b. late 1950s or early 1960s)

Attended Hogwarts with Snape and was one of his "gang of Slytherins," according to Sirius Black (GF27). The first Death Eater to crack and grovel at Voldemort's feet during the reunion at the Little Hangleton graveyard, having avoided Azkaban by claiming he'd acted under the Imperius Curse. Voldemort responded with the Cruciatus Curse, saying that he wanted 13 years repayment before forgiving the Death Eaters for their lack of belief in him (GF33). When Voldemort later learned from Rookwood that Avery's information about the Department of Mysteries had been wrong -- that only he himself or Harry Potter could safely take the prophecy sphere from its resting place -- Voldemort punished Avery again (OP26). Avery survived to fight in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (OP35). Probably related (father/son?) to the Avery that attended Hogwarts with Tom Riddle (see above).

Bagman, Ludovic

Suspected of being a Death Eater but cleared, Bagman was an unwitting part of Rookwood's intelligence network, which extended into the Ministry (GF30).

"Big blond"

This unnamed, "massive" Death Eater participated in the Battle of the Tower where he did tremendous damage (HBP27). Possibly the same person as the "Brutal-faced Death Eater" and Thorfinn Rowle, both mentioned below.

Black, Regulus Arcturus (c. 1961 - 1979)

Cousin of Bellatrix, younger brother of Sirius. Regulus shared his parents' belief in pure-blood supremacy and joined the Death Eaters at the age of 16. [more...]

"Brutal-faced Death Eater"

The Death Eater whom Harry stunned during the Battle of the Tower (HBP27). Possibly the same person as the "big blond" and Thorfinn Rowle.

Alecto and Amycus, by Makani copyright 2005Carrow, Alecto and Amycus

The sister of Amycus Carrow and part of the group of Death Eaters that invaded Hogwarts in the Battle of the Tower (HBP27). Snape implies that they were never imprisoned in Azkaban (HBP2); however she was not part of the group summoned to the Little Hangleton graveyard.

Carrow, Amycus
Alecto Carrow's brother, a squat, "lumpy" looking wizard with a lopsided leer and a wheezy giggle. Part of the group of Death Eaters who participated in the Battle of the Tower (HBP27). Snape implies that they were never imprisoned in Azkaban (HBP2); however she was not part of the group summoned to the Little Hangleton graveyard.

Crabbe

A large, somewhat dim fellow, father of Vincent Crabbe (GF33). Fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (OP35). ; Crabbe was one of the nine Death Eaters summoned to the Little Hangleton graveyard (GF33).

Crouch, Barty (Jr.) (received the Kiss)

Participated in the torture of the Longbottoms, for which he was given a life sentence in Azkaban (GF30). Through his family's efforts, he escaped Azkaban only to be held prisoner by his own father, as he had to be restrained from searching for his old master. Voldemort, learning through a third party of Crouch's survival, rescued him with Wormtail's help. Crouch was given the delicate task of infiltrating Hogwarts, using Polyjuice Potion to impersonate Moody, to get at Harry. Crouch was given the Dementor's Kiss before he could be made to give official testimony about Voldemort's return and activities (GF36).

Dolohov, Antonin

One of the earliest (c.1955) members of the Death Eaters (HBP20). Along with four other Death Eaters, murdered Gideon and Fabian Prewett (OP9, OP35), and tortured many Muggles and opponents of Voldemort during the first war (GF30). Dolohov was caught shortly after Karkaroff, who named him during his own trial (GF30). Dolohov was sent to Azkaban, but escaped during the mass breakout of January 1996 (OP25). Dolohov fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, during which he severely injured Hermione and was only barely prevented from killing her (OP35).

Gibbon (d. 1997)

Death Eater who set off the Dark Mark during the Battle of the Tower. He died from a Killing Curse that missed Lupin (HBP29).

Goyle

A large, somewhat dim fellow, father of Gregory Goyle. Goyle was one of the 9 Death Eaters summoned to the Little Hangleton graveyard (GF33).

Fenrir Greyback, by Makani copyright 2005Greyback, Fenrir

Werewolf who kills for fun, even when he is not transformed (HBP16). [more...]

Jugson

Fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (OP35).

Karkaroff, Igor (d. 1996)

Captured c. 1979-80 by "Mad-Eye" Moody after six months' pursuit, by the time Karkaroff came to trial Voldemort had fallen. Facing a life sentence in Azkaban, Karkaroff recanted his allegiance and sold out several other Death Eaters (including Rookwood and Snape) in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Karkaroff later became headmaster of Durmstrang Institute (GF15). When he realized that Voldemort had returned, Karkaroff fled for his life (GF35). Deceased; his body was found during the summer of 1996 "in a shack up north" with the Dark Mark over it (HBP6).

Lestrange (1920s)

One of the earliest (c.1955) members of the Death Eaters (HBP20); attended Hogwarts with Tom Riddle (HBP17). Probably related (father/sons?) to Rabastan and Rodolphus Lestrange who attended Hogwarts with Severus Snape (see below).

Bellatrix Lestrange, copyright Makani. Lestrange, Bellatrix (Black) (1951-1998)

A member of the pure-blood Black family, sister of Narcissa Black Malfoy and Andromeda Black Tonks, married to Rodolphus Lestrange OP6). Bella is unusually sadistic; she tortured Frank and Alice Longbottom so badly they have never regained their sanity. Voldemort calls her "Bella." Bella also caused Sirius' death -- her curse (red light) knocked Sirius behind the veil during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. Bella is convinced that of all Death Eaters she is the most favored of Voldemort and is jealous when anyone else is given precedence.

Lestrange, Rabastan

Brother of Rodolphus, Rabastan participated in the torture of the Longbottoms, for which he was given a life sentence in Azkaban (GF27, GF30, GF33); he escaped in the mass breakout of January 1996 (OP25). Rabastan fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (OP35).

Rodolphus Lestrange, by Makani copyright 2005 Lestrange, Rodolphus

Married to Bellatrix, brother of Rabastan, Rodolphus was one of the Death Eaters who tortured the Longbottoms, for which he was given a life sentence in Azkaban (GF27, GF30, GF33). Attended Hogwarts with Snape and was one of his "gang of Slytherins," according to Sirius Black (GF27). He escaped in the mass breakout of January 1996 (OP25) along with his wife and brother. Fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (OP35).

Macnair, Walden (imprisoned)

Macnair's respectable front for years was that he was an executioner for the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures (PA16). Macnair was one of the 9 Death Eaters summoned to the Little Hangleton graveyard (GF33); he served as one of Voldemort's envoys to the giants, and appears to have succeeded in persuading them to join forces with his master (OP20). He sports a black moustache.

Macnair was captured during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (OP35) and imprisoned in Azkaban.

According to a (non-canon) planning chart for Order of the Phoenix, Macnair was the one visiting Bode at St. Mungo's on Christmas Eve. It is very likely that Macnair was the "friend" who brought Bode the Devil's Snare that killed him.

Malfoy, Draco (b. 1980)

After Draco's father failed to obtain the prohecy and was arrested (OP), Voldemort retaliated and commanded Draco to do something no adult had been able to do: find a way to get a small army of Death Eaters into Hogwarts and murder Albus Dumbledore. For Draco, the stakes were impossibly high: Voldemort would have his whole family killed if Draco failed (HBP). Even knowing that, Draco was unable to kill the Headmaster (HBP).

Malfoy, Lucius (imprisoned) (b. 1954 - )

Brother-in-law of Bellatrix Black Lestrange through his wife Narcissa (OP6), Lucius escaped justice after Voldemort's downfall by claiming to have acted under the Imperius Curse (CS), and thereafter worked at maintaining a respectable front. Lucius tormented Muggles for fun at the Quidditch World Cup, but fled in panic when Crouch Jr. fired the Dark Mark into the sky (GF). When Voldemort returned in June 1995, Malfoy returned to his old master (GF33).

Lucius served as one of Hogwarts' school governors until 1993, when a complex scheme to discredit Arthur Weasley through one of his children backfired (CS). Lucius still kept tabs on Hogwarts through his son Draco Malfoy, who entered Slytherin in 1991.

Lucius tried unsuccessfully to Imperius Broderick bode into obtaining the Prophecy for Voldemort (OP26) and was later in command of the Death Eaters at the Department of Mysteries in his master's absence, reining in his companions to avoid accidental damage to the prophecy sphere. Voldemort was reportedly furious at Malfoy's failure to obtain the prophecy. After the battle, Malfoy was arrested and sent to Azkaban (OP38).

Mulciber

One of the earliest (c.1955) members of the Death Eaters (HBP20). Imperius Curse specialist, who had already been captured by the time Karkaroff came to trial -- much to Karkaroff's dismay, who was busy trying to trade Mulciber's name for his own freedom (GF30). Fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (OP35).

Nott

One of the earliest (c.1955) members of the Death Eaters (HBP20). Avoided Azkaban after Voldemort's fall and was summoned to "rebirthing party" in June 1995 (GF33). His son Theodore entered Slytherin in 1991 (OP26). Nott fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (OP35).

Pettigrew, Peter "Wormtail" (b. 1960 - 1998)

This rat Animagus sacrificed his right hand as part of the potion that restored Voldemort to a body, and was given a much stronger silver hand as a replacement (GF33). Wormtail murdered Cedric Diggory on Voldemort's orders (GF32).

Rookwood, Augustus

Spy in the Ministry, worked for the Department of Mysteries but had agents throughout the Ministry, not all of whom knew who they were really working for. (For example, Rookwood was an old friend of Ludo Bagman's father, and Bagman passed him information, apparently quite innocently.) Karkaroff named Rookwood during his own trial (GF30), and Rookwood was sent to Azkaban but escaped in the mass breakout of January 1996 (OP25). Rookwood fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (OP35). Described as being pockmarked and stooped.

Rosier

One of the earliest (c.1955) members of the Death Eaters (HBP20). Probably related to Evan Rosier (below).

Rosier is the name of a fallen angel (formerly holding the rank of Dominion in the angelic hierarchy). This demon may appear as either a man or a woman, and is a kind of patron devil of tainted love and seduction, especially noted for assuming a human form of great physical beauty.

Rosier, Evan (b. late 1950s or early 1960s - c. 1980)

Killed by Aurors c. 1980, shortly after Karkaroff's capture, while resisting arrest, taking a big chunk out of "Mad-Eye" Moody's nose in the process (GF27, GF30). Attended Hogwarts with Snape and was one of his "gang of Slytherins," according to Sirius Black (GF27). Probably a child of the elder Rosier (see above).

Evan = Greek, 'of noble birth', appropriate for a typical Death Eater with pureblood prejudices.
Rosier is the name of a fallen angel (formerly holding the rank of Dominion in the angelic hierarchy). This demon may appear as either a man or a woman, and is a kind of patron devil of tainted love and seduction, especially noted for assuming a human form of great physical beauty.

Rowle, Thorfinn

 

Selwynn

 

Snape, Severus (b. 1959 or 1960 - )

Loyal Death Eater, or Dumbledore's spy? In Book6 Snape tells Bellatrix that his work for Dumbledore was on Voldemort's orders; in the end Snape murdered Dumbledore when Draco lost his nerve.

Travers

Murdered the McKinnons, according to Karkaroff during his own trial (GF30).

Wilkes (b. late 1950s or early 1960s - c.1980)

Killed by Aurors c. 1980. Attended Hogwarts with Snape and was one of his "gang of Slytherins," according to Sirius Black (GF27).

Yaxley

Snape mentions him/her and implies that he/she escaped detention in Azkaban (HBP2).

Notes on the History of the Death Eaters

The Death Eaters, copyright Mary GrandPré[1] JKR made this comment during the Jeremy Paxman interview on the BBC, Thursday night, June 19, 2003, while looking at some of her notes on the books: "...here is the history of the Death Eaters and I don't know that I'll ever actually need it -- but at some point -- which were once called something different -- they were called the Knights of Walpurgis. I don't know if I'll need it. But I like knowing it. I like to keep that sort of stuff on hand."

This is a play on "Walpurgis Night" -- April 30th, named for Saint Walpurga (whose feast day is the next day, 1 May, and who is the protectress against witchcraft and sorcery). On Walpurgis Night, witches are supposed to meet in the Harz mountains, especially near the highest point. Incidentally, Walpurgis Night stands opposite the calendar from Hallowe'en. -- MLW

Deaths, disappearances and injuries

Deaths known to be caused by the Death Eaters (rest their souls) Deaths suspected to be caused by Death Eaters Permanent injuries known to be caused by Death Eaters Non-permanent injuries caused by Death Eaters Disappearances possibly caused by Death Eaters

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