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|name=Alecto Carrow
|blood=[[Pure-blood]]<ref>On ''[[Pottermore]]'' - [ "New from J.K. Rowling: Pure-Blood"].</ref>
|title=[[Professor]]<ref name="DH12">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 12 (''Magic is Might'')</ref>
|species=[[Human]]<ref name="HBP27">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 27 (''The Lightning-Struck Tower'')</ref>
|gender=Female<ref name="HBP27"/>
|family=*[[Amycus Carrow]] (brother)<ref name="DH12"/>
*[[Flora Carrow]] (possibly)<ref name="HBPf">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref>
*[[Hestia Carrow]] (possibly)<ref name="HBPf"/>
|wand=[[Alecto Carrow's wand|Unknown length, wood and core materials]]<ref name="DH30">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 30 (''The Sacking of Severus Snape'')</ref>
|job=*[[Professor]] of [[Muggle Studies]] ([[1997]]—[[1998]])<ref name="DH12"/>
*[[Headmaster|Deputy Headmistress]] ([[1997]]—[[1998]])<ref name="DH28">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 28 (''The Missing Mirror'')</ref>
|loyalty=*[[Death Eaters]]<ref name="HBP27"/>
*[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]<ref name="HBP27"/>
*[[Carrow family]]<ref name="HBP27"/>
*[[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]<ref name="DH12"/>
{{Quote|Alecto, Amycus's sister, teaches Muggle Studies, which is compulsory for everyone. We've all got to listen to her explain how Muggles are like animals, stupid and dirty, and how they drive wizards into hiding by being vicious toward them, and how the natural order is being re-established.|[[Neville Longbottom]] on Alecto's teachings.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
'''Professor Alecto Carrow''' was a [[wizardkind|witch]], sister of [[Amycus Carrow]] and a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]]. Alecto fought in the [[First Wizarding War]] along with her brother. They did not search for [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] after his first downfall, but were forgiven after Voldemort's [[Rebirth of Lord Voldemort|return]] in [[1995|1995,]] and joined the [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] ranks in the [[Second Wizarding War]]. After the [[fall of the Ministry of Magic]] in [[1997]], she was made [[Muggle Studies]] professor, which became a course on how [[Muggle]]s "are like animals, stupid and dirty". She was also appointed [[Headmaster|Deputy Headmistress]], alongside her brother. She liked to punish and torture the students who opposed them. In the evening of [[1 May]], [[1998]], shortly before the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], she was [[Stunning Spell|Stunned]] by [[Luna Lovegood]] when she summoned [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Death Eaters]]. She was then magically tied up in [[Ravenclaw Tower]] by [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]]. After the battle, she was likely sent to [[Azkaban]] along with her brother.
===Early life===
Alecto Carrow was born sometime before [[1981]]<ref name="HBP2">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 2 (''Spinner's End'')</ref> into the [[pure-blood]] or [[half-blood]] [[Carrow family]]<ref name="blood"/> somewhere in the [[Great Britain|British Isles]]. At some point before her instruction in the [[magic]]al arts, she acquired [[Alecto Carrow's wand|a wand]].<ref name="DH30"/>
[[File:04alecto wp degd.png|thumb|left|250px|A wanted poster of Alecto Carrow.]]
Given that she seemed to have been acquainted with [[Albus Dumbledore]],<ref name="HBP27"/> it is possible she attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in her youth.
===First Wizarding War===
Alecto and [[Amycus Carrow|her brother]] Amycus supported [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and became [[Death Eaters]] during the [[First Wizarding War]]. After [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|Voldemort's downfall]] in [[1981]], they did not search for their master, believing that Voldemort was gone forever, and managed to avoid imprisonment in [[Azkaban]].<ref name="HBP2"/><ref name="carrowsjkr">[ "Are Alecto and Amycus (the two sibling Death Eaters) the Carrows mentioned by Snape in Spinner's End?"] on [[J.K.Rowling Official Site]]</ref>
Despite all this, the Carrows were among those who, after [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s [[Rebirth of Lord Voldemort|return]], resumed their [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] activities.<ref name="HBP2"/> The two siblings were fairly active during the [[Second Wizarding War]].<ref name="HBP27"/><ref name="DH30"/> like Bellatrix Lestrange she admired Voldemort and detested blood traitors
===Second Wizarding War===
====Rebirth of the Dark Lord====
Alecto and her brother were, most likely, among the [[Death Eaters]] that were summoned by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] to the [[Little Hangleton graveyard|churchyard]] at [[Little Hangleton]] on [[24 June]], [[1995]], as their absence was not noted by Voldemort himself.<ref name="GF33">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 33 (''The Death Eaters'')</ref>
====Battle of the Astronomy Tower====
[[File:Death Eaters Astronomy Tower.jpg|thumb|right|200px|The [[Death Eaters]] atop the [[Astronomy Tower]]; Alecto and Amycus on the far right.]]
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Albus Dumbledore|Good evening, Amycus. And you've brought Alecto too… charming…|Alecto Carrow|Think your little jokes'll help you on your death bed, then?|Jokes? No, no, these are manners.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] and Alecto Carrow moments before the former's death.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
In the evening of [[30 June]], [[1997]], Alecto and her brother participated in the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower|assault]] on [[Hogwarts Castle]], orchestrated by [[Draco Malfoy]], that resulted in the death of [[Albus Dumbledore]]. When the [[Death Eaters]] arrived at the top of the [[Astronomy Tower]], where Dumbledore was trapped, Alecto gave "wheezing giggles", as her brother made fun of the [[Headmaster]]. When [[Severus Snape]] arrived on the scene, he cast [[Killing Curse|the curse]] that ended the [[Headmaster]]'s life.<ref name="HBP27"/>
On Snape's orders, she and her brother quickly left the Tower, panting excitedly. In the corridors below, Alecto and [[Amycus Carrow|Amycus]] retreated after Snape with their arms over their heads, under attack from blasts by [[Minerva McGonagall]]. As the brother and sister descended the [[Marble Staircase]], [[Harry Potter|Harry]] took a shortcut and arrived in the grounds before them.<ref name="HBP28">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 28 (''Flight of the Prince'')</ref>
[[File:AlectoAmycusMalfoyManor.jpg|left|250px|thumb|The Carrow siblings during the [[Meeting at Malfoy Manor]].]]
As the two [[Death Eaters]] closed in after him, one of them cast a spell that sent Harry to the ground. Harry hit one of them, who stumbled and fell, tripping up the other, with another [[Impediment Jinx]]. The two siblings then ran to the gates, and [[Apparition|Disapparated]] beyond the school boundaries.<ref name="HBP28"/>
That summer, the Carrows attended a Death Eater [[meeting at Malfoy Manor]] concerning [[Battle of the Seven Potters|plans to capture or kill Harry Potter]] and take over the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].<ref name="DHpt1">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''</ref>
====Appointment at Hogwarts====
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Neville Longbottom|It's been… Well, it's not really like Hogwarts anymore. Do you know about the Carrows?|Harry Potter|Those two Death Eaters who teach here?|They do more than teach. They're in charge of all discipline. They like punishment, the Carrows.|Like Umbridge?|Nah, they make her look tame. The other teachers are all supposed to refer us to the Carrows if we do anything wrong. They don't, though, if they can avoid it. You can tell they all hate them as much as we do. ''[…]'' I got this one for asking ''[Alecto]'' how much Muggle blood she and her brother have got.|[[Neville Longbottom]] tells [[Harry Potter]] about the Carrows, and his own recently acquired scars.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
[[File:AlectoSnapeAmycus.jpg|thumb|250px|right|[[Headmaster]] [[Severus Snape]] with [[Headmaster|Deputy Heads]] Alecto (left) and [[Amycus Carrow]] (right).]]
On [[1 August]], [[1997]], the [[Death Eaters]] managed to stage a [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|coup]] within the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], thus gaining influence over all of [[wizarding world|wizarding Britain]].<ref name="DH11">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 11 (''The Bribe'')</ref> A month later, on [[1 September]], Amycus and Alecto were made [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher and [[Muggle Studies]] teacher, respectively,<ref name="DH12"/> as well as [[Headmaster|Deputy Headmasters]] under newly-appointed [[Headmaster]] [[Severus Snape]].<ref name="DH28"/>
The [[Muggle Studies]] classes were made compulsory core classes. The curriculum was changed so that it now covered the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]'s anti-[[Muggle]] propaganda; that Muggles were stupid and dirty, how they threatened the [[Wizarding world]] and how the "natural order" was being reestablished,<ref name="DH29">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 29 (''The Lost Diadem'')</ref> instead of covering aspects of [[Muggle]] culture and science.<ref name="PA12">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' - Chapter 12 (''The Patronus'')</ref>
As [[Headmaster|Deputy Heads]], the Carrows were put in charge of all punishment. The members of faculty were obliged to report any rule-breaking student to them, although they did not if they could avoid it. Punishments given out by the Carrows included torture, via the [[Cruciatus Curse]], as well as chaining students, and corporal punishment in the form of beatings and slashes with knives.<ref name="DH29"/>
[[File:Alecto Carrow.jpg|thumb|180px|left|Alecto Carrow at [[Hogwarts Castle]].]]
[[Dumbledore's Army]], led by [[Neville Longbottom]], spearheaded the resistance against the Carrows. Alecto made a slash on his face after he asked her how much [[Muggle]] blood she and her brother had. The group, now made illicit after the reenactment of the [[Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four]], used to sneak into the corridors at night and put up graffiti on the walls with messages like "''Dumbledore's Army, Still Recruiting''". [[Michael Corner]] was caught releasing a [[first year]] the Carrows had chained up, and was violently tortured.<ref name="DH29"/>
Once the Carrows realised they had no hold over Neville, they planned to kill him or send him to [[Azkaban]]. As the Carrows chased him, Neville chose the [[Room of Requirement]] as a hideout, and the rest of [[Dumbledore's Army]] soon followed in his footsteps, and moved into the room as the Carrows tried to hunt them all down.<ref name="DH29"/>
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry Potter|Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure.|Alecto Carrow|Which makes you pretty skint, witless.|Alecto catches [[Harry Potter]] and [[Luna Lovegood]] in [[Ravenclaw Tower]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
By the evening of [[1 May]], [[1998]], news of [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]]'s [[Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)|break-in]] of [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] reached the student body; [[Terry Boot]] was beaten up by the Carrows for yelling about it in the [[Great Hall]] over dinner.<ref name="DH29"/>
That same day, as [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] became aware that [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] were [[Horcrux hunt|hunting down and destroying]] his [[Horcrux]]es, he instructed Amycus and Alecto that Harry might try to get into the Castle and [[Ravenclaw Tower]]. At the [[Carrow family|Carrows']] urgent request [[Filius Flitwick|Professor Flitwick]], [[Head of Ravenclaw House]], let Alecto into the common room, where she stood guard and was tied up.<ref name="DH30"/>
[[File:AlectoSpell.jpg|thumb|230px|right|Alecto is [[Stunning Spell|stunned]].]]
Alecto was keeping watch when Harry arrived with [[Luna Lovegood]]. She immediately touched her [[Dark Mark]], letting [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] and all the [[Death Eaters]] know that they had got him. Alecto was immediately [[Stunning Spell|stunned]] by Luna, but Amycus demanded [[Minerva McGonagall]] to let him into the Tower. Once inside, he saw his unconscious sister but no sign of Harry, as both he and Luna were hidden beneath Harry's [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility Cloak]]. Aware that they were going to feel Voldemort's wrath if they did not hand him Harry, Amycus planned to pass it off on the students, and when Professor McGonagall objected calling Amycus and Alecto cowards in the process, he spat in her face. This caused Harry to use the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on him, which knocked him out. [[Minerva McGonagall]] used a spell to conjure a net, and the two siblings were tied up and hoisted into the air, where they were left dangling beneath the ceiling.<ref name="DH30"/>
Neither Alecto nor her brother fought in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] as both of them were kept tied-up at [[Ravenclaw Tower]]. It is likely that after the battle and the end of the [[Second Wizarding War]] they both were imprisoned in [[Azkaban]] for their crimes under [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]]'s de-corrupted [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].
==Physical appearance==
[[File:Alecthog.jpg|thumb|170px|left|Alecto Carrow at [[Hogwarts Castle]].]]
Alecto Carrow was a stocky little woman like the Weasley twins, with a wheezy giggle, much like her brother.<ref name="HBP27"/> Sloping-shouldered, she had stubby fingers and, as a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]], she was branded with the [[Dark Mark]] on her forearm.<ref name="DH30"/>
==Personality and traits==
Alecto was a sadistic woman who enjoyed punishing and torturing students, and did not hesitate to make a deep slash on [[Neville Longbottom]]'s face when he insulted her.<ref name="DH29"/> Alecto had strong pro-[[Wizardkind|wizard]] beliefs, as she taught that [[Muggle]]s were filthy, like animals.<ref name="DH29"/> Apparently she was not very bright, as she needed [[Filius Flitwick]] to let her into [[Ravenclaw Tower]]. She was however somewhat more intelligent than her brother Amycus.<ref name="DH30"/> Alecto also seemed to enjoy making fun of others, as she giggled at [[Albus Dumbledore]] during his last moments<ref name="HBP27"/> and called [[Harry Potter]] "witless" when he and [[Luna Lovegood]] fell for [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s trap.<ref name="DH30"/> This also demonstrates her arrogance, since if she had stood quietly at [[Ravenclaw Tower]], she could have Stunned an oblivious Harry and summoned [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]], thus preventing the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] and making the [[Death Eaters]] win the [[Second Wizarding War]].
*In Greek mythology, [[Wikipedia:Alecto|Alecto]] was one of the [[Wikipedia:Erinyes|Erinyes]], also known as the Furies; they were the personifications of vengeance and pangs of conscience, and are known for being cruel and bloodthirsty towards wrongdoers. The name means "unceasing in anger".
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:AlectoCarrow.jpg|thumb|150px|[[Suzie Toase]] as Alecto]]
*Alecto is portrayed by [[Suzie Toase]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' and the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1|first]] and [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2|second]] part of the film adaptations of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''.<ref>[ Suzie Toase to reprise Alecto Carrow role in Deathly Hallows]</ref>
*Actress [[Vanessa Stevenson]] doubled Suzanne Toase in the [[Harry Potter films|film adaptations]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''.
*Alecto's role in the films is diminished to a background one, with no speaking lines. In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' she takes no active part during the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]]; she merely witnesses Dumbledore's death without a word and flees with the [[Death Eaters]]. In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'', she only appears during the [[Meeting at Malfoy Manor]], one of the first scenes in the film. In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', Alecto and Amycus are defeated by McGonagall during her duel with Snape.
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)]]'', she appears to be one of the enemies Harry has to fight.
*A girl bearing a strong resemblance to Alecto was shown in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' to have been a member of the [[Slug Club]] during [[Horace Slughorn]]'s first tenure as Potions teacher.<ref>See [[:File:Alycto.jpg|this picture]]</ref>
*[[David Yates]] mistakenly called the Carrow siblings "the Carrow Twins",<ref>[ "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" The Story of Snape]</ref> even though they were not.
{{Imagecat|Images of Alecto Carrow}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]] ''{{1st}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)]]''
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
==Notes and references==
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|predecessor=[[Charity Burbage]]
|position=[[Muggle Studies]] Professor at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]
|years=<small>[[1 September]], [[1997]]—[[1 May]], [[1998]]</small>
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|predecessor=[[Minerva McGonagall]]
|position=Deputy Headmistress of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]<br />(alongside [[Amycus Carrow|her brother]])
|years=<small>[[1 September]], [[1997]]—[[1 May]], [[1998]]</small>
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