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|died=[[27 May]], [[1995]]<ref name="deathdate">As fourth-years have Transfiguration on Thursdays and earlier that day Harry got held back in Transfiguration, that day was a Thursday. According to that same chapter, it was in the last week of May. If this is correct, it happened on a Thursday in the last week of May. According to [http://www.hp-lexicon.org/timelines/calendars/calendar_gf.html#May this calender produced by the Harry Potter Lexicon], that day was the 27th. See [[Dating conventions|this page]] for source on the year.</ref><br/>[[Forbidden Forest]], [[Hogwarts Castle]], [[Scotland]]
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{{Quote|He was tipped as the next Minister for Magic. He's a great wizard, Barty Crouch, powerfully magical - and power-hungry. Oh never a Voldemort supporter. No, Barty Crouch was always very outspoken against the Dark side.|Sirius Black on Barty Crouch.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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'''Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Senior''' (d. [[24 May]], [[1995]]) was an influential [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] official during the mid-to-late [[20th century]]. He was the Head of the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]] during the [[First Wizarding War]], but was demoted to the Head of the [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]] afterwards. He had a reputation for "''fighting fire with fire''": exhibiting the same sort of ruthlessness and brutality against criminals as some [[Death Eaters]] did against their victims.
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{{Quote|He's a great wizard, Barty Crouch, powerfully magical - and power-hungry.|[[Sirius Black]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
   
'''Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Senior''' (d. [[24 May]], [[1995]]) was Head of the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]] during the [[First Wizarding War]], but demoted to the Head of the [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]] afterwards. He had a reputation for "fighting fire with fire;" exhibiting the same sort of ruthlessness and brutality against criminals as some [[Death Eaters]] did against their victims. As he and his son were the last of the [[pure-blood]] [[Crouch family]], it is nearly certain that he was the son of [[Caspar Crouch]], by wife [[Charis Black]]. He was eventually killed by his [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] son, [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], who despised him.
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He was cast aside after the First Wizarding War and was put in charge of [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]], he was eventually murdered by his [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] son, [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], who despised him. He and his son were the last of the [[pure-blood]] [[Crouch family]].
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
===Early life===
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==='''Early life'''===
 
{{Quote|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]] on Barty Crouch Sr.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|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]] on Barty Crouch Sr.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
Nothing is known about Bartemius's childhood, though it is possible that he was the son of [[Caspar Crouch|Caspar]] and [[Charis Black|Charis Crouch]]. If so, he had [[Caspar Crouch's daughters|two sisters]]. At an unknown time, he got a job at the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].
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Nothing is known about Bartemius's childhood: however, he was trained in the [[magic]]al arts, most likely in [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] and received a career at the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].<ref name="GoF16">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 16 (''The Goblet of Fire'')</ref>
   
He was married to a "[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.'s mother|wispy-looking little witch]]", and they had [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|a son]], who was named after him, Barty Crouch Jr. Crouch quickly rose through the ranks of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] and became the judge on the [[Council of Magical Law]] whilst heading the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]]. Crouch spent much of his life in his career, and as such, did not pay enough attention to his family, especially his son.
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He was married to a "[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.'s mother|wispy-looking little witch]]" and they had [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|a son]], who was named after him, Barty Crouch Jr..<ref name="GoF30"/> Crouch quickly rose through the ranks of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] and became the judge on the [[Council of Magical Law]] whilst heading the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]].<ref name="GoF30">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 30 (''The Pensieve'')</ref>. Crouch spent much of his life in his career and as such, did not pay enough attention to his family, especially his son.<ref name="GoF27">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 27 (''Padfoot Returns'')</ref>
   
===First Wizarding War===
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==='''First Wizarding War'''===
 
[[File:Bartemius trial.jpg|200px|left|thumb|Crouch presiding over [[Igor Karkaroff]]'s trial.]]
 
[[File:Bartemius trial.jpg|200px|left|thumb|Crouch presiding over [[Igor Karkaroff]]'s trial.]]
During the downfall of the [[Death Eaters]] in the [[First Wizarding War]], he convicted several of them to life imprisonment in [[Azkaban]], including [[Sirius Black]], who was sent to Azkaban without trial. He authorised [[Auror]]s to use the [[Unforgivable Curses]] on their opponents if necessary, and went under the principles of "kill rather than capture" and "attack first, ask questions later". Crouch oversaw a trial where he had the Death Eater [[Igor Karkaroff]] set free in exchange for the names of several other Death Eaters, including [[Augustus Rookwood]]. He also oversaw the trial of [[Ludovic Bagman|Ludo Bagman]], but much to Crouch's fury, the [[Council of Magical Law|Council]] cleared Bagman of all charges, though it should be noted that Bagman was merely an unknowing dupe rather than an actual Death Eater. Although Crouch's tactics were cruel, most people believed that he was doing the right thing, as there would be no way to defeat [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] otherwise. Many people predicted that Crouch would be the next [[Minister for Magic]], since [[Albus Dumbledore]] refused the position multiple times.
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During the downfall of the [[Death Eaters]] in the [[First Wizarding War]], he convicted several of them to life imprisonment in [[Azkaban]], including [[Sirius Black]], who was sent to Azkaban without trial.<ref name="GoF27"/> He authorised [[Auror]]s to use the [[Unforgivable Curses]] on their opponents if necessary and went under the principles of "kill rather than capture" and "attack first, ask questions later".<ref name="GoF27"/> Crouch oversaw a trial where he had the Death Eater [[Igor Karkaroff]] set free in exchange for the names of several other Death Eaters, including [[Augustus Rookwood]].<ref name="GoF30"/> He also oversaw the trial of [[Ludovic Bagman|Ludo Bagman]], but much to Crouch's fury, the [[Council of Magical Law|Council]] cleared Bagman of all charges and even applauded for his previous achievements in a Quidditch match, though it should be noted that Bagman was merely an unknowing dupe rather than an actual Death Eater.<ref name="GoF30"/> Although Crouch's tactics were cruel, most people believed that he was doing the right thing, as there would be no way to defeat [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] otherwise. Many people predicted that Crouch would be the next [[Minister for Magic]], since [[Albus Dumbledore]] refused the position multiple times.<ref name="GoF27"/>
   
{{Dialogue a-b|Barty Crouch Jr.|I'm your son! I'm your son!|Barty Crouch Sr.|You are no son of mine! I have no son!|The final exchange between Barty Sr. and Barty Jr. before Barty Jr. was taken to [[Azkaban]] along with [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix]], [[Rodolphus Lestrange|Rodolphus]], and [[Rabastan Lestrange]].|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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{{Dialogue a-b|Barty Crouch Jr.|I'm your son! I'm your son!|Barty Crouch Sr.|You are no son of mine! I have no son!|The final exchange between Barty Sr. and Barty Jr. before Barty Jr. was taken to [[Azkaban]] along with [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix]], [[Rodolphus Lestrange|Rodolphus]] and [[Rabastan Lestrange]].|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
However, after Lord Voldemort's fall, Crouch got news that [[Bartemius Crouch Jr|his own son]] had helped drive two [[Auror]]s - [[Alice Longbottom|Alice]] and [[Frank Longbottom]] - insane through use of the [[Cruciatus Curse]] alongside with the [[Lestrange family|three Lestrange Death Eaters]], trying to learn where their master was in hiding. A trial being the closest to fatherly affection he can give, Crouch did not make any difference for it despite his son being among the convicts. Ignoring his son and wife's pleas, as well as the apparently not completely certain evidence that his son was guilty in the first place (it was later stated that there was some ambiguity about whether his son had taken part in the torture or merely been in the wrong place at the wrong time), he sentenced all four Death Eaters to Azkaban for life; his decision was met with the roaring approval of the court.
 
   
===Hiding his son===
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[[File:CouncilOfMagicalLawPottermore1.png|thumb|250px|Barty sends his son to [[Azkaban]].]]
For one as a favour to his dying wife, Crouch smuggled their son out of [[Azkaban]]. His wife, in failing health, used [[Polyjuice Potion]] to pose as Barty Jr. in the prison cell until she died. Because of the public reaction after his "son" died, Crouch Sr. lost his popularity and chance to become Minister for Magic and was shunted sideways to the [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]], with [[Cornelius Fudge]] succeeding [[Millicent Bagnold]] as Minister instead. Crouch Jr would later claim that his father saved him only as a favour for his wife, and that Crouch Sr himself "loved her as he never loved [his son]", though due to Crouch Jr's mental instability and biased hatred for his father at the time, it is possible that Barty Sr loved his son more than it appears, as he was able to sacrifice his wife into spending her last days in a place like Azkaban for their son's sake, and risk his own position in the Ministry despite his hatred for the Dark Arts and all who practice them.
 
   
Crouch took his real son home, where for twelve years he was placed under house arrest via the [[Imperius Curse]], hidden under an Invisibility cloak. As he never went to retrieve his wife's body from Azkaban, he staged her death, shortly after his son's assumed death. Crouch held a quiet, private funeral for his wife with an empty grave.
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However, after Lord Voldemort's fall, Crouch got news that [[Bartemius Crouch Jr|his own son]] had helped drive two [[Auror]]s - [[Alice Longbottom|Alice]] and [[Frank Longbottom]] - insane through use of the [[Cruciatus Curse]] alongside with the [[Lestrange family|three Lestrange Death Eaters]], trying to learn where their master was in hiding.<ref name="GoF30"/> A trial being the closest to fatherly affection he can give, Crouch did not make any difference for it despite his son being among the convicts.<ref name="GoF30"/> Ignoring his son and wife's pleas, as well as the apparently not completely certain evidence that his son was guilty in the first place (it was later stated that there was some ambiguity about whether his son had taken part in the torture or merely been in the wrong place at the wrong time), he sentenced all four Death Eaters to Azkaban for life, while claiming that he has no son: his decision was met with the roaring approval of the court.<ref name="GoF30"/>
   
====Discovery and aftermath====
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At some point while serving as Department Head, a Ministry worker named [[Bertha Jorkins]] called at the Crouch home with Ministry paperwork. Crouch was out, but Bertha heard the family [[house-elf]], [[Winky]], talking to [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr]]. She heard enough to guess that it was Crouch Jr. hiding under an Invisibility cloak.
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Shortly after the imprisonment, the Crouch couple was permitted a deathbed visit due to Crouch's high status as a Ministry official. Mrs. Crouch's health was failing at the time due to the stress and begged her husband to rescue their son from prison as one last favour, to which he agreed out of love for her. The two took advantage of the deathbed visit by using [[Polyjuice Potion]] to switch Barty Jr. and Mrs. Crouch, in case any of the prisoners were watching from their cells and then Barty Sr. smuggled his son out of Azkaban.<ref name="GoF35">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 35 (''Veritaserum'')</ref> Mrs. Crouch died shortly afterwards, posing as her son until the end and because Barty never went to retrieve her body in fear of having the breakout exposed, staged her death and held a quiet, private funeral with an empty grave.<ref name="GoF35"/>
   
Upon his arrival home, Crouch assessed the situation and, fearing exposure, cast an extremely powerful [[Memory Charm]] on her, which accidentally caused Bertha some brain damage, although it was not noticeable except for a new tendency of forgetfulness. Bertha went to work for [[Ludovic Bagman|Ludo Bagman]] at the [[Department of Magical Games and Sports]].
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According to Crouch Jr., his father only saved him as a favour for his wife and that Crouch Sr. himself "loved her as he never loved [his son]", though due to Crouch Jr's mental instability and biased hatred for his father at the time, it is possible that Barty Sr loved his son more than it appears, as he was able to sacrifice his wife into spending her last days in a place like Azkaban for their son's sake and risk his own position in the Ministry despite his hatred for the Dark Arts and all who practice them.<ref name="GoF35"/>
   
====Quidditch World Cup====
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Crouch took his real son home, having his [[house-elf]] [[Winky]] to nurse the boy back to health. After that, Crouch searched long and hard for methods to restrain his son from returning to Voldemort and was eventually forced to utilise the [[Imperius Curse]] to keep Barty Jr. under house arrest for twelve years and his visual body hidden under an Invisibility cloak.<ref name="GoF35"/> He then assigned Winky to become the boy's keeper and carer. Winky would try to persuade her elder master to award his son for his good behaviour, despite it all being a byproduct of the subjugation.<ref name="GoF35"/>
[[File:BartemiusDumbledoreSnape.jpg|thumb|Bartemius learns that [[Harry Potter]] is chosen as a [[Triwizard Tournament|Triwizard]] Champion.]]
 
Some time later, Winky convinced Crouch to take her and Barty to the [[Quidditch]] World Cup final, which was being held in England that year. Crouch remained in his tent while Winky took Barty, hidden under an [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility cloak]], up to a top box. She covered her eyes for the duration of the match because she was so afraid of heights. Barty, however, had awoken from the Imperius Curse and proceeded to steal [[Harry Potter]]'s wand from his pocket, as Harry was sitting right in front of the invisible Barty. He later used Harry's wand to cast ''[[Morsmordre]]''.
 
   
Crouch saw the effect the spell had - the [[Dark Mark]] was hovering overhead - and hurried to the place where it had just been cast. It was there that he found [[Harry Potter|Harry]], [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]], as well as Winky in the bushes nearby with Harry's wand. Crouch also found his invisible son on the ground, unconscious. Crouch publicly dismissed Winky (ostensibly for disgracing him, but in reality for failing to supervise his son). After the witnesses to Winky's dismissal left, Crouch recast the Imperius Curse on Barty and returned home.
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{{Quote|So old Crouch lost it all, just when he thought he had it made. One moment, a hero, poised to become the Minister for Magic... next, his son dead, his wife dead, the family name dishonoured, and [...] a big drop in popularity.|[[Sirius Black]] on what he heard about the Crouch's misfortune.}}
   
[[File:CrouchWorldCup.jpg|thumb|left|214px|Crouch at the [[Quidditch World Cup]].]]Meanwhile, [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] had found and tortured Bertha Jorkins into telling him vital information about the present state of the Ministry, including the fact that Barty was alive and still loyal to the Dark Lord. [[Peter Pettigrew|Wormtail]] and [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] travelled to the Crouch home, placed the [[Imperius Curse]] on Crouch himself and removed Barty to a separate location.
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Because of the public reaction after his "son" died, with the ambiguity of the imprisonment starting to overtake the rash decision of the trial, not to mention that people starting to take pity on Crouch Jr. for his father's neglect, Crouch Sr. lost his popularity and chance to become Minister for Magic and was shunted sideways to the [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]], with [[Cornelius Fudge]] succeeding [[Millicent Bagnold]] as Minister instead.<ref name="GoF35"/>
   
====The Triwizard Tournament and death====
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===='''Discovery and aftermath'''====
[[File:crouch.jpg|right|thumb|Bartemius Crouch at the Hogwarts Halloween feast]]
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At some point while serving as Department Head, a Ministry worker named [[Bertha Jorkins]] called at the Crouch home with Ministry paperwork.<ref name="GoF35"/> Crouch was out, but Bertha secretly overheard Winky talking to Barty Crouch Jr.<ref name="GoF35"/> She heard enough to guess that it was Crouch Jr. hiding under an Invisibility cloak.<ref name="GoF35"/>
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Upon returning home, Crouch was confronted by Bertha. Crouch took drastic measures by casting an extremely powerful [[Memory Charm]] on her, which accidentally caused Bertha some brain damage, although it was not noticeable except for a new tendency of forgetfulness.<ref name="GoF35"/> Bertha went to work for [[Ludovic Bagman|Ludo Bagman]] at the [[Department of Magical Games and Sports]].<ref name="GoF7"/>
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[[File:CrouchWorldCup.jpg|thumb|200px|Crouch at the [[Quidditch World Cup]].]]
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Some time later, Winky convinced (after months of efforts) Crouch to take her and Barty to the [[Quidditch]] World Cup final, which was being held in England that year, stating that it was what his wife would have wanted.<ref name="GoF35"/> Crouch remained in his tent while Winky took Barty, hidden under an [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility cloak]], up to the [[Top Box]].<ref name="GoF35"/> She covered her eyes for the duration of the match because she was so afraid of heights.<ref name="GoF35"/> Barty, however, had awoken from the Imperius Curse and proceeded to steal [[Harry Potter]]'s wand from his pocket, as Harry was sitting right in front of the invisible Barty.<ref name="GoF30"/> He later used Harry's wand to cast ''[[Morsmordre]]''.<ref name="GoF9">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 9 (''The Dark Mark'')</ref>
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Crouch saw the effect the spell had - the [[Dark Mark]] was hovering overhead - and hurried to the place where it had just been cast.<ref name="GoF9"/> It was there that he found [[Harry Potter|Harry]], [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]], as well as Winky in the bushes nearby with Harry's wand.<ref name="GoF9"/> Crouch also found his invisible son on the ground, unconscious.<ref name="GoF35"/> After Harry's wand was determined to be the culprit, Crouch publicly dismissed Winky (ostensibly for disgracing him,<ref name="GoF9"/> but in reality for failing to supervise his son).<ref name="GoF30"/> After the witnesses to Winky's dismissal left, Crouch recast the Imperius Curse on Barty and returned home.<ref name="GoF30"/>
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Meanwhile, [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] had found and tortured Bertha Jorkins into telling him vital information about the present state of the Ministry, including the fact that Barty was alive and still loyal to the Dark Lord.<ref name="GoF30"/> [[Peter Pettigrew|Wormtail]] and Voldemort travelled to the Crouch home, placed the [[Imperius Curse]] on Crouch himself and removed the one placed on Barty Jr.<ref name="GoF30"/>
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[[File:BartemiusDumbledoreSnape.jpg|thumb|left|Bartemius learns that [[Harry Potter]] is chosen as a [[Triwizard Tournament|Triwizard]] Champion.]]
 
Crouch was ordered to go to work and do all his usual jobs as if nothing had happened. This included becoming one of the judges in the [[Triwizard Tournament]], which he, as the head of the [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]], had helped plan out. When Crouch, along with Ludo Bagman, came to Hogwarts, Crouch was unable to get as much applause as Bagman did, probably partly because he was not a very pleasant-looking man. While this was happening, Crouch's son was also in Hogwarts, impersonating [[Alastor Moody]] and plotting to help his master rise to power. Crouch showed no sign of surprise, exhaustion or any emotion at all when the name of [[Harry Potter]] came from the [[Goblet of Fire]], as a part of Voldemort's plan. Presumably due to Voldemort's influence, Crouch insisted that any person whose name came out of the Goblet had to compete in the tournament.
 
Crouch was ordered to go to work and do all his usual jobs as if nothing had happened. This included becoming one of the judges in the [[Triwizard Tournament]], which he, as the head of the [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]], had helped plan out. When Crouch, along with Ludo Bagman, came to Hogwarts, Crouch was unable to get as much applause as Bagman did, probably partly because he was not a very pleasant-looking man. While this was happening, Crouch's son was also in Hogwarts, impersonating [[Alastor Moody]] and plotting to help his master rise to power. Crouch showed no sign of surprise, exhaustion or any emotion at all when the name of [[Harry Potter]] came from the [[Goblet of Fire]], as a part of Voldemort's plan. Presumably due to Voldemort's influence, Crouch insisted that any person whose name came out of the Goblet had to compete in the tournament.
   
 
{{Quote|Yes. After a while he began to fight the Imperius Curse just as I had done. There were periods when he knew what was happening. My master decided it was no longer safe for my father to leave the house. He forced him to send letters to the Ministry instead. He made him write and say he was ill. But Wormtail neglected his duty. He was not watchful enough. My father escaped. My master guessed that he was heading for Hogwarts. My father was going to tell Dumbledore everything, to confess. He was going to admit that he had smuggled me from Azkaban.|Barty Crouch Jr. confessing under the effects of Veritaserum.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|Yes. After a while he began to fight the Imperius Curse just as I had done. There were periods when he knew what was happening. My master decided it was no longer safe for my father to leave the house. He forced him to send letters to the Ministry instead. He made him write and say he was ill. But Wormtail neglected his duty. He was not watchful enough. My father escaped. My master guessed that he was heading for Hogwarts. My father was going to tell Dumbledore everything, to confess. He was going to admit that he had smuggled me from Azkaban.|Barty Crouch Jr. confessing under the effects of Veritaserum.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
Crouch soon started to resist the Imperius Curse, just like his son had done during his time under Crouch's control. Voldemort, fearing that people would become suspicious, ordered him to stay home and write letters, saying he was sick, with his duties as a Tournament judge being primarily carried out by Percy Weasley. This brought suspicion to some people, such as [[Sirius Black]], who knew that Barty would never take a day off work simply because of illness.
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A short time later, however, Crouch started to resist the Imperius Curse, just like his son had done during his time under Crouch's control. Voldemort, fearing that people would become suspicious, ordered him to stay home and write letters, saying he was sick, with his duties as a Tournament judge being primarily carried out by Percy Weasley. This brought suspicion to some people, such as [[Sirius Black]], who knew that Barty would never take a day off work simply because of illness.
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[[File:LifelessBartemious.png|thumb|240px|Crouch's lifeles body in the [[Forbidden Forest]].]]
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Eventually Crouch broke free of the curse and due to Wormtail's neglect, managed to escape and fled towards [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] to warn [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] about Voldemort's plans. Exhausted and slightly mad from the effects of Voldemort's mind-controlling spells, he staggered through the [[Forbidden Forest]] onto the Hogwarts grounds, eventually coming across Harry and [[Viktor Krum]]. Crouch's resisting of Voldemort's spells caused him to continuously talk to a nearby tree, thinking it was his assistant "[[Percy Weasley|Weatherby]]" and to think his wife and son were still alive and well. In a short sane state, Crouch asked to speak to Dumbledore, claiming that it was "all his fault". While Harry went to get him, Barty Jr. arrived (as Alastor Moody) and stunned Krum. Barty Jr. killed his father and transfigured the corpse into a bone, burying it in [[Rubeus Hagrid]]'s [[Rubeus Hagrid's garden|garden]].
   
Eventually Crouch escaped and fled towards [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] to warn [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] about Voldemort's plans. Exhausted and slightly mad from the effects of Voldemort's mind-controlling spells, he staggered through the [[Forbidden Forest]] onto the Hogwarts grounds, eventually coming across Harry and [[Viktor Krum]]. Crouch's resisting of Voldemort's spells caused him to continuously talk to a nearby tree, thinking it was his assistant "[[Percy Weasley|Weatherby]]" and to think his wife and son were still alive and well. In a short sane state, Crouch asked to speak to Dumbledore, claiming that it was "all his fault". While Harry went to get him, Barty Jr. arrived (as Alastor Moody) and stunned Krum. Barty Jr. killed his father and transfigured the corpse into a bone, burying it in [[Rubeus Hagrid]]'s [[Rubeus Hagrid's garden|garden]].
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[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch, Jr.]] was later captured and admitted, under the influence of [[Veritaserum]], to having murdered his father, among the other facts of the breakout and Voldemort's plan. Soon afterwards, he was subjected to the [[Dementor's Kiss]].
   
[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch, Jr.]] was later captured and admitted, under the influence of [[Veritaserum]], to having murdered his father. Soon afterwards, he was subjected to the [[Dementor's Kiss]].
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After his son's confession, it is unknown if Crouch Sr.'s corpse was retrieved and untransfigured, though Fudge did deem him mad and delusional from what he heard Harry describe.
   
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
[[File:Crouch2.JPG|thumb|Crouch presiding over a trial.]]
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{{Quote|Crouch fought violence with violence, and authorized the use of the Unforgivable Curses against suspects. I would say he became as ruthless and cruel as many on the Dark Side.|Sirius Black on Crouch's actions as Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
{{Quote|A wizard had just Apparated at their fireside, and he could not have made more of a contrast with Ludo Bagman, sprawled on the grass in his old Wasp robes. Barty Crouch was a stiff, upright, elderly man, dressed in an impeccably crisp suit and tie. The parting in his short grey hair was almost unnaturally straight, and his narrow toothbrush moustache looked as though he trimmed it using a slide rule. His shoes were very highly polished. Harry could see at once why Percy idolized him. Percy was a great believer in rigidly following rules, and Mr. Crouch had complied with the rule about Muggle dressing so thoroughly that he could have passed for a bank manager; Harry doubted even Uncle Vernon would have spotted him for what he really was.|Harry's observations of Crouch's appearance|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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Crouch spoke in a curt voice,<ref name="GoF17">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 17 (''The Four Champions'')</ref> and seemed to be a very serious person in contrast to his peers: he did not smile or wave when his name was announced in the introduction to the [[Triwizard Tournament]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], whereas [[Ludovic Bagman|Ludo Bagman]], [[Department of Magical Games and Sports|Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports]], waved jovially and enthusiastically.<ref name="GoF16"/> He was known to be a strict rule-follower, someone who would not hesitate to either give his own son to the [[Dementor]]s, or dismiss a highly devoted and loyal house-elf.<ref name="GoF27" />
   
Crouch was a highly intelligent and powerful wizard, but he was also somewhat megalomaniacal and intensely preoccupied with presenting the appearance of respectability. He was a narrow, inflexible man who stiffly followed the rules. Crouch took his job very seriously and would never miss work for anything, be it family or sickness, which led Sirius to suspect something was wrong when Crouch started to take days off under Lord Voldemort's bewitchment. Crouch was also known to speak a large amount of languages. Crouch was known to be immaculate in his personal grooming and wore a [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.'s pocket watch|silver pocket watch]] during his tenure as Head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation.
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Having devoted his entire life to eradicating the dark forces, Crouch is well known for despising the dark arts and those who practice them, but his methods used are just as brutal and cruel as those he worked to prosecute, as he legalised the usages of the [[Unforgivable Curses]] and went under the principles of kill rather than capture, attack first and ask questions later, and imprison many without trials. To this end, he was working his way up to becoming the Minister of Magic at the time and could not have anything that would tarnish his reputation, to the point of dismissing and imprisoning his son in order to make it clear that he has nothing to do with anyone who is even remotely suspected of being connected to the Dark Arts. He would later dismiss his devoted House-elf just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time (though the true reason is he deemed her unreliable).
   
Although Crouch despised the [[Dark Arts]], the lengths that he was willing to go in order to disassociate with anything that might blemish his reputation often led him to behave as cruelly as many of Lord Voldemort's followers. He "fought violence with violence", and gave Aurors the powers to kill instead of capture. He was also known to send people to Azkaban prison without a trial. He sometimes was as brutal as some of the worst Death Eaters. But he detested the Dark Arts to the point that he sent his own son to the dementors of Azkaban upon being suspected of being a Death Eater. His fatherly affection for his own son only stretched enough to give him a trial. Crouch spoke over two hundred languages, including [[Mermish]], [[Gobbledegook]] and [[Troll]]s. Many of these traits earned Crouch the admiration of his assistant "[[Percy Weasley|Weatherby]]."
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Despite his ruthlessness, he was capable of true [[love]], as he agreed to his wife's dying request of saving their son from prison, despite his high position, reputation and general dislike for the Dark Arts and was willing use the [[Imperius Curse]] to restrain his son, breaking the laws he was so adamant in enforcing. The reason he was seen as an unloving workaholic is due to him placing his public image and career over his family, having set his entire life into following rules and eradicating dark forces and would spend little to no time on his family life: [[Sirius Black]] found it weird when Crouch was calling in sick, as the Barty he (and the public) knew would never miss a day of work for any simple reason such as sickness. This tough love for his family made his own son see it as neglect, leaving a negative impact on the young man's perception and choices.
   
Despite his authoritarian nature, he loved [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.'s mother|his wife]] immensely, and was persuaded by her to break [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|the son]] out of [[Azkaban]]. The son believed it was because the father had always loved his wife more than he had ever loved him, but this was the truth only in the son's eyes - not necessarily the accurate truth. Barty was also willing to use the [[Imperius Curse]], one of the darkest of magics, in order to restrain his son from returning to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and to protect him from being revealed and sent back to Azkaban, and as the curse makes its victim feel happy and careless, the father likely used it also to make up for the mental torture he had abandoned him into for a year, as the curse gave the son a relative peace of mind. Barty appeared to have a certain respect for [[Harry Potter]] due to his defeat of Voldemort, stating on one occasion at the Quidditch World Cup that Harry was the only person present- in a group including other Ministry officials such as [[Amos Diggory]]- less likely to have cast the Dark Mark than himself.
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==Physical appearance==
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[[File:Crouch.jpg|right|thumb|Bartemius Crouch at the Hogwarts Halloween feast.]]
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Crouch had short grey hair with a neat parting, which was described as "almost unnaturally straight" and a narrow toothbrush moustache. While disguised as a muggle for the World Quidditch Cup, he wore a black suit and highly polished shoes, making him look like a [[Muggle|businessman]], to the point that Harry described that even [[Vernon Dursley]] would not be able to tell the difference.<ref name="GoF7"/>. Due to this first impression, Harry thought Crouch looked weird in wizarding robes. In certain lights, such as in semi-darkness, he took on a skull-like appearance.<ref name="GoF17"/>
   
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
{{Quote|Couldn't do me a brew, I suppose? I'm keeping an eye out for Barty Crouch. My Bulgarian opposite number's making difficulties, and I can't understand a word he's saying. Barty'll be able to sort it out. He speaks about a hundred and fifty languages.|Ludo Bagman speaking with the Weasley's at the Quidditch World Cup|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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* '''Multilingualism:''' [[Ludovic Bagman]] stated in [[August]] of [[1994]] that Crouch can speak one hundred and fifty languages: the same day, [[Percy Weasley]] corrected him by boasting that Crouch could speak over two hundred, including [[Mermish]], [[Gobbledegook]] and [[Troll]].<ref name="GoF7"/>
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* '''[[Charm]]s:''' Crouch was able to effectively use the ''[[Portus]]'' [[spell]], a [[charm]] used to create [[portkey]]s: indeed, he created portkeys across five continents, which he later described as "no mean feat". His [[Memory Charm]] was so powerful that it caused [[Bertha Jorkins]] permanent memory damage.
Crouch was considered a great wizard, and was noted by [[Sirius Black]] as "powerfully magical."
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* '''[[Dark Arts]]''': Despite his loathing for the dark arts and those who practise them, Crouch was able to cast an [[Imperius Curse]] powerful enough that even an extremely adept caster of the spell such as his son could only resist after twelve years. His understanding of this branch of magic's potency led him to legalise the [[Unforgivable Curses]] during the [[First Wizarding War]], effectively allowing many Death Eaters to be captured and killed.
*'''[[Imperius Curse]]''': Despite despising the [[Dark Arts]], Crouch was capable of casting an immensely powerful Imperius Curse. Indeed, Crouch's own son, a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] and practitioner of Dark Magic, took twelve years to build up enough resistance to break free of his father's power.
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* '''Willpower''': Crouch able to shrug off the Imperius Curse cast on him by Voldemort after a much shorter span of time than the one he did on his son, showing that he has a very strong sense of self. However, Voldemort was in a weakened form at the time and Crouch's resistance to the curse had led to him becoming delirious and maddened.
*'''[[Memory Charm]]''': Crouch was also capable of using a Memory Charm to such a high degree that the power of the charm he placed on [[Bertha Jorkins]] left her brain permanently damaged, though subtle enough that it appeared she was simply an exceptionally forgetful individual; this overpowering effect was due to his lack of training in the [[Obliviator|art of erasing memories]].
 
*'''Imperius Curse resistance''': Crouch quickly built up a resistance to the Imperius Curse placed on him by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], after less than a year under its influence, although the effort left him somewhat delirious. This indicated that he possessed a stronger will than his son, who had taken a lot longer to overcome the curse his father had put on him. However it was possible that because Voldemort's powers were still relatively weak at the time, he was not able to use the Imperius Curse at full power.
 
*'''Magical multilinguist''': Like [[Albus Dumbledore]], Crouch was capable of speaking the language of a variety of magical beings. In fact, Crouch was noted to speak over two-hundred different languages, including Bulgarian and those of the [[merpeople]], [[goblin]]s, and [[troll]]s.
 
   
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
===Wife and son===
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==='''Wife and son'''===
[[File:Barty Crouch Jr.JPG|thumb|right|150px|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Barty Crouch Jr.|Hello Father!|Barty Crouch Sr.|You are no son of mine.|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]] talking to his father when he is being arrested.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Barty Crouch Jr.|Hello Father!|Barty Crouch Sr.|You are no son of mine.|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]] talking to his father when he is being arrested.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
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[[File:Barty Crouch Jr.JPG|thumb|right|150px|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
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Bartemius did not pay enough attention to his [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|son]], until the day Crouch Jr. was caught in the company of three [[Death Eaters]] after the [[Attack on Frank and Alice Longbottom|torture]] of [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]]. Crouch Sr. gave his son little more than the courtesy of a trial, something he did not always give other suspects and oversaw it personally. In the end, Crouch Sr. merely used the trial to publicly disown his son and showed no mercy as he sent him to [[Azkaban]]. However, he fulfilled his wife's dying wish and smuggled their son back out, keeping him hidden at home under the [[Imperius Curse]] for several years. This proved Crouch's undoing, as Lord Voldemort learned of the whereabouts of his servant and freed him, turning the tables on Crouch Sr. by Imperiusing him instead. Although Crouch eventually escaped, he was murdered by his own son when he attempted to warn [[Harry Potter]] and [[Albus Dumbledore]] of what had happened.
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His son felt like Barty Sr. loved his [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.'s mother|wife]] more than he had ever loved his son, but this was only the truth in the son's eyes and not necessarily the accurate truth. However, Barty Sr. seemed to put his public image first, as despite his son's pleas, he still sentenced him to [[Azkaban]] for life. Dumbledore lets on there was generally some doubt if Barty Jr. had been guilty or just in the wrong place at the wrong time, but this was only Dumbledore's point of view while he may not have known all the evidence. However, the love for his wife and son allowed Barty Sr. to be persuaded by her dying wish to smuggle their son out of prison, in exchange of her.
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All of Crouch Sr.'s neglect and ruthlessness to imprison his own son brought a negative impact on Crouch Jr.'s psyche, leading the boy to genuinely despise his father. Barty Jr. would later comment that Crouch Sr. was disappointing as a father, that he suffered the indignity of being named after that father and that he greatly enjoyed killing his father.
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==='''Winky'''===
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{{Quote|I have no use for a house-elf who disobeys me. I have no use for a servant who forgets what is due to her master, and to her master's reputation.|Crouch disdaining Winky in public.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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[[File:Winky_2.jpg|thumb|left|Winky falling into despair.]]
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[[Winky]] the [[house-elf]] is an extremely devoted servant of Barty Crouch Sr.. She is very willing to help her master take care of his renegade son and even obeyed his orders to stay on the [[Quidditch World Cup]]'s top box, despite her acrophobia. Her loyalty may surpass the mere magic-bound duty of an average house-elf, as she showed genuine affection for Barty even long after her dismissal.
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Barty, in turn, treated Winky with no respect and considered her nothing more than a slave who was expected to follow orders unquestioningly. When she failed to restrain Barty Jr., Barty Sr. dismissed her and thought of her as nothing as more than "something filthy and rotten contaminating his over-shined shoes" when she was screaming and begging for mercy at his feet. Winky was devastated by this dismissal, considered it a disgrace to her [[Winky's mother|mother]] and [[Winky's grandmother|grandmother]] and this devastation worsened when she heard that Crouch was murdered by his own son.
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==='''Percy Weasley'''===
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[[Percy Weasley]] worked under Crouch for thirteen months and was absolutely obsessed with him: indeed, Percy's brother [[Ronald Weasley|Ronald]] joked in [[August]] of [[1994]] that he should be expecting their engagement any day.<ref name="GoF5">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 5 (''Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes'')</ref> Crouch, however, cannot remember Percy's name: as a running gag, he referred his protege as "Weatherby".
   
Bartemius didn't pay enough attention to his [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|son]], until the day Crouch Jr. was caught in the company of three [[Death Eaters]] after the [[Attack on Frank and Alice Longbottom|torture]] of [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]]. Crouch Sr. gave his son little more than the courtesy of a trial, something he did not always give other suspects, and oversaw it personally. In the end, Crouch Sr. merely used the trial to publicly disown his son, and showed no mercy as he sent him to [[Azkaban]]. However, he fulfilled his wife's dying wish and smuggled their son back out, keeping him hidden at home under the [[Imperius Curse]] for several years. This proved Crouch's undoing, as Lord Voldemort learned of the whereabouts of his servant and freed him, turning the tables on Crouch Sr. by Imperiusing him instead. Although Crouch eventually escaped, he was murdered by his own son when he attempted to warn [[Harry Potter]] and [[Albus Dumbledore]] of what had happened.
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After Voldemort subjugated Crouch and forced him to write letters to declare sickness, Weasley started to take orders via these letters unquestioningly. This eventually got Percy into trouble, as when Crouch escaped and was seen delirious on Hogwarts ground, the Ministry accused Percy of being irresponsible and unperceptive, that he should have seen the written orders as potential forgeries and that he should have informed a superior of Crouch's questionable status.
   
His son felt like Barty Sr. loved his [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.'s mother|wife]] more than he had ever loved his son, but this was only the truth in the son's eyes and not necessarily the accurate truth. However, Barty Sr. seemed to put his public image first, as despite his son's pleas, he still sentenced him to [[Azkaban]] for life. But then again, the book doesn't reveal what happened before the trial moment. At the time of the trial, his mind may have not even recognized the young man as his son if the evidence against the boy was undeniable enough. Dumbledore lets on there was generally some doubt if Barty Jr. had been guilty or just in the wrong place at the wrong time, but this was only Dumbledore's point of view while he may not have known all the evidence. However, the love for his wife and son allowed Barty Sr. to be persuaded by her dying wish to smuggle their son out of prison, in exchange of her.
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It is unknown what Percy thought of Crouch after the man had been found insane in the [[Forbidden Forest]] and participated in breaking out his criminal son from Azkaban, though most likely Percy lost his respect and admiration for him due to these lawbreaking going against what Percy believed in.
   
[[File:House-elf, Winky (Concept Artwork for the HP4 film).jpg|110px|thumb|left|Winky]]
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==='''Bertha Jorkins'''===
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Little is known of Crouch's relation toward Jorkins, although after her disappearance he spent some time convincing co-worker [[Ludovic Bagman]] to send someone out to look for her.<ref name="GoF7"/> Crouch's employee Percy Weasley stated that Crouch appeared to be rather fond of Bertha,<ref name="GoF5"/> though when Bertha discovered Crouch's secret he was forced to cast a brain-damaging [[Memory Charm]] on her.
   
===Winky===
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==='''Ludo Bagman'''===
[[Winky]] the [[house-elf]] is an extremely devoted servant of Barty Crouch Sr.. She is very willing to help her master take care of his renegade son, and even obeyed his orders to stay on the [[Quidditch World Cup]]'s top box, despite her acrophobia. Her loyalty may surpass the mere magic-bound duty of an average house-elf.
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{{Quote|Despicable, Rookwood get him a job indeed... the day Ludo Bagman joins us will be a very sad day for the Ministry...|Crouch scorning Bagman.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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Barty had a rather negative relationship with [[Ludovic Bagman|Ludo Bagman]], who was a polar contrast in personality with Crouch himself. Crouch himself was serious and strictly adhered to rules, while Bagman took everything lightly and disregard rules from time to time. To this end, Crouch once tried to have Bagman sentenced to Azkaban for unwittingly giving information to Death Eaters despite the circumstances and was infuriated when the entire court voted for Bagman's acquittal.
   
Barty, in turn, treated Winky with no respect, and considered her nothing more than a slave. When she failed to restrain Barty Jr., Barty Sr. dismissed her, and thought of her as nothing as more than "something filthy contaminating his over-shined shoes" when she was screaming and begging for mercy at his feet. Winky was devastated by this dismissal, considered it a disgrace to her [[Winky's mother|mother]] and [[Winky's grandmother|grandmother]], and this devastation worsened when she heard that Crouch was murdered by his own son.
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==='''Wizarding Community'''===
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During the [[First Wizarding War]], Crouch was the Head of the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]] and he fought violence with violence: he authorised Aurors the usage of the [[Unforgivable Curses]], to kill suspects rather than capture, attack first and question later and imprisoned many without trials. It was a time when the Death Eaters were terrorising the entire community and what Barty did was seen as the only way they could be victorious. Due to his effectiveness, he was incredibly popular, rising within the Ministry to the point he almost secured the post of Minister for Magic. Even when he sentenced his own son for life in prison, the community cheered him on for giving the impression of progress. [[Sirius Black]], on the other hand, held a grudge against Crouch for sentencing him to Azkaban without a trial, losing an opportunity to appeal to a frame-up.
   
===Percy Weasley===
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However, after Voldemort's first downfall and sometime after Barty's son was labelled deceased in prison, his popularity within the community dropped critically, as citizens and colleagues alike were able to calm down from their savage approvals after the terror ended and they accused Crouch for being too neglectful as a father and was the reason own son managed to fall so low. As such, Crouch's declining reputation led him to be demoted to being the Head of the [[Department of International Magical Co-operation]].
[[File:Percyministry.jpg|thumb|150px|right|Percy Weasley]]
 
{{Quote|Enjoying it? I don't reckon he'd come home if Dad didn't make him. He's obsessed. Just don't get him onto the subject of his boss. According to Mr. Crouch ... as I was saying to Mr. Crouch ... Mr. Crouch is of the opinion ... Mr. Crouch was telling me ... They'll be announcing their engagement any day now.|Ron discussing with Harry Percy's new job with Crouch.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
   
[[Percy Weasley]] worked for Bartemius Crouch during 1994-1995. Percy had several traits in common with Mr. Crouch's personality, namely his love for the rules and procedure, as well as respect for authority. Because of this, Percy idolised Bartemius in many ways and even got into arguments with people over some of Crouch's decisions. Although he was a small individual in Crouch's division, Percy spoke highly of him and always talked as if they knew each other very well. Despite Percy's similar nature, Mr. Crouch did not know his name or any other details about him, and continuously referred to him as "Weatherby." Percy was, however, close enough to take over for Barty as the judge in the second task, but later got in trouble for not noticing his superior was losing his sanity. How Percy reacted when he found out that Crouch broke his son out of prison and then lost his sanity is unknown.
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By the [[1994-1995 school year]], Barty Crouch received much less applause from the students than Ludo Bagman, mostly due to his appearance of a strict rule-follower, as opposed to the more cheerful Bagman. After Winky was caught at the scene of the crime where the [[Dark Mark]] was fired into the sky of the [[1994 Quidditch World Cup]] and his reputation was nearly tarnished due to his connections with the elf. Near the end of his life, Barty's mental stability was damaged from Voldemort's subjugation and the Ministry simply classified him as insane, showing how much Crouch's status had fallen within the society's standing.
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
*The name Bartemius originates from the Biblical name Bartimaeus, who was permanently blind all his life, until Jesus healed him. Reasons for naming after a blind man may be due to the fact Bartemius was quite oblivious to his family until his position of authority lowered. Crouch is a word which mean to stoop, particularly with the knees bent. This name may have been chosen due to how Crouch walked with a cane, and slightly hunches over a bit.
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*The name Bartemius originates from the Biblical name Bartimaeus, who was permanently blind all his life, until Jesus healed him. Reasons for naming after a blind man may be due to the fact Bartemius was quite oblivious to his family until his position of authority lowered.
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*The surname Crouch is a variation of the [[England|English]] surname Cross.
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:Barty_Crouch_Sr._LEGO.png|thumb|215px|Crouch as a [[LEGO Harry Potter|LEGO]] minifigure.]]
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[[File:Barty_Crouch_Sr._LEGO.png|thumb|200px|Crouch as a [[LEGO Harry Potter|LEGO]] minifigure.]]
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Crouch is portrayed as a somewhat more cheerful character and a generally more likeable man. He congratulates Harry after the latter successfully completes the Second Task, but Barty, in the guise of Moody, interrupts their heartful conversation, asking whether Crouch was trying to get Harry into a summer internship at the Ministry. At this point, Crouch sees Moody twitch like Barty Jr, and actually seems to recognise it as his son. Instead of arriving in Hogwarts driven half-insane and subsequently disappearing, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid later find Crouch dead in the Forbidden Forest.
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Crouch is portrayed as a somewhat more cheerful character and a generally more likeable man. He congratulates Harry after the latter successfully completes the Second Task, but Barty, in the guise of Moody, interrupts their heartful conversation, asking whether Crouch was trying to get Harry into a summer internship at the Ministry. At this point, Crouch sees Moody twitch like Barty Jr and actually seems to suspect that Moody is actually his son (having apparently played no part in his escape from [[Azkaban]]). Instead of arriving in Hogwarts driven half-insane and subsequently disappearing, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid later find Crouch dead in the[[ Forbidden Forest]].
*Also in the film, Dumbledore said that it destroyed Crouch to send his son to Azkaban. In the book, however, he seemed fully willing to do it and had no regrets about it. But the truth about the accurate case on that wasn't revealed. Also, the film version had no mention of Crouch's or the mother's part in his son's escape from Azkaban.
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*Also in the film, Dumbledore said that it destroyed Crouch to send his son to Azkaban. In the book, however, he seemed fully willing to do it and had no regrets about it. But the truth about the accurate case on that was not revealed. Also, the film version had no mention of Crouch's or his wife's part in their son's escape from Azkaban.
*In the film of ''The Goblet of Fire'', Crouch was portrayed by [[Roger Lloyd-Pack]] who is best known for his roles as Trigger in ''Only Fools and Horses'' and Owen Newitt in the ''Vicar of Dibley''. Lloyd Pack also appears in the revamped ''[[Wikipedia:Doctor Who|Doctor Who]]'' series episodes ''Rise of the Cybermen'' and ''Age of Steel'' along with David Tennant (who plays Barty Crouch Jr. in the ''Goblet of Fire'' film). In the latter appearance, the respective actors' roles are reversed however, with Tennant playing the main hero and Lloyd Pack playing a villain. Lloyd-Pack played John Lumic (ambitious leader of Cybus industries, formed his own version of the Cybermen) while Tennant played the Doctor
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*In the film of ''The Goblet of Fire'', Crouch was portrayed by [[Roger Lloyd-Pack]] who is best known for his roles as [[wikipedia:Trigger (Only Fools and Horses)|Trigger]] in ''Only Fools and Horses'' and Owen Newitt in the ''Vicar of Dibley''. Lloyd Pack also appears in the revamped ''[[Wikipedia:Doctor Who|Doctor Who]]'' series episodes [[wikipedia:Rise of the Cybermen|Rise of the Cybermen]] and ''Age of Steel'' along with [[David Tennant]] (who plays Barty Crouch Jr. in the ''Goblet of Fire'' film). In the latter appearance, the respective actors' roles are reversed however, with Tennant playing [[w:c:tardis:Tenth Doctor|the main hero]] and Lloyd Pack playing [[w:c:tardis:John Lumic|a villain]]. Lloyd-Pack played John Lumic (ambitious leader of Cybus industries, formed his own version of the Cybermen) while Tennant played the Doctor.
*In the novel, Crouch constantly refers to [[Percy Weasley]] as "Weatherby". This is very similar to Roger Lloyd-Pack's ''Only Fools and Horses'' character Trigger, who constantly refers to Rodney as "Dave". This is not seen in the film, as Percy was cut.
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*In the novel, Crouch constantly refers to [[Percy Weasley]] as "Weatherby". This is very similar to Roger Lloyd-Pack's ''Only Fools and Horses'' character Trigger, who constantly refers to [[wikipedia:Rodney Trotter|Rodney]] as "Dave". This is not seen in the film, as Percy was cut.
*Due to Percy's omission, Crouch Sr. took over the roles Percy had in the book of attending the Yule Ball and Second Task for the film. In the book, Crouch Sr. had disappeared due to a supposed "illness", which was actually him being placed under the [[Imperius Curse]] by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and had to be hidden away due to signs of Crouch Sr. being able to resist it. It was through falsified letters that Percy took over the responsibilities in Mr. Crouch's place for those tasks in the book.
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*Due to Percy's omission, Crouch Sr. took over the roles Percy had in the book of attending the Yule Ball and Second Task for the film. In the book, Crouch Sr. had disappeared due to a supposed "illness", which was actually him being placed under the [[Imperius Curse]] by [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] and had to be hidden away due to signs of Crouch Sr. being able to resist it. It was through falsified letters that Percy took over the responsibilities in Mr. Crouch's place for those tasks in the book.
*It is a possibility that Crouch was a Slytherin and fought the [[Dark Arts]] only because he wanted to gain power in the ministry just like [[Merlin]] who fought for [[Muggle]] rights despite being a Slytherin. Crouch was power hungry and ambitious, he was the type of person who is most likely to be sorted in Slytherin.
 
   
 
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Roger Lloyd Pack as Barty Crouch Sr. (GoF-promo-02)
Bartemius Crouch Senior
Biographical information
Died

27 May, 1995[1]
Forbidden Forest, Hogwarts Castle, Scotland

Blood status

Pure-blood[2]

Marital status

Widowed[3]

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair colour

Grey[4], formerly Dark

Family information
Family members
Affiliation
Occupation
Loyalty

Ministry of Magic

"He was tipped as the next Minister for Magic. He's a great wizard, Barty Crouch, powerfully magical - and power-hungry. Oh never a Voldemort supporter. No, Barty Crouch was always very outspoken against the Dark side."
—Sirius Black on Barty Crouch.[src]

Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Senior (d. 24 May, 1995) was an influential Ministry of Magic official during the mid-to-late 20th century. He was the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement during the First Wizarding War, but was demoted to the Head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation afterwards. He had a reputation for "fighting fire with fire": exhibiting the same sort of ruthlessness and brutality against criminals as some Death Eaters did against their victims.

He was cast aside after the First Wizarding War and was put in charge of Department of International Magical Cooperation, he was eventually murdered by his Death Eater son, Barty Crouch Jr., who despised him. He and his son were the last of the pure-blood Crouch family.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

"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 on Barty Crouch Sr.[src]

Nothing is known about Bartemius's childhood: however, he was trained in the magical arts, most likely in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and received a career at the Ministry of Magic.[5]

He was married to a "wispy-looking little witch" and they had a son, who was named after him, Barty Crouch Jr..[6] Crouch quickly rose through the ranks of the Ministry of Magic and became the judge on the Council of Magical Law whilst heading the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.[6]. Crouch spent much of his life in his career and as such, did not pay enough attention to his family, especially his son.[7]

First Wizarding WarEdit

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Crouch presiding over Igor Karkaroff's trial.

During the downfall of the Death Eaters in the First Wizarding War, he convicted several of them to life imprisonment in Azkaban, including Sirius Black, who was sent to Azkaban without trial.[7] He authorised Aurors to use the Unforgivable Curses on their opponents if necessary and went under the principles of "kill rather than capture" and "attack first, ask questions later".[7] Crouch oversaw a trial where he had the Death Eater Igor Karkaroff set free in exchange for the names of several other Death Eaters, including Augustus Rookwood.[6] He also oversaw the trial of Ludo Bagman, but much to Crouch's fury, the Council cleared Bagman of all charges and even applauded for his previous achievements in a Quidditch match, though it should be noted that Bagman was merely an unknowing dupe rather than an actual Death Eater.[6] Although Crouch's tactics were cruel, most people believed that he was doing the right thing, as there would be no way to defeat Voldemort otherwise. Many people predicted that Crouch would be the next Minister for Magic, since Albus Dumbledore refused the position multiple times.[7]

Barty Crouch Jr.: "I'm your son! I'm your son!"
Barty Crouch Sr.: "You are no son of mine! I have no son!"
— The final exchange between Barty Sr. and Barty Jr. before Barty Jr. was taken to Azkaban along with Bellatrix, Rodolphus and Rabastan Lestrange.[src]
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Barty sends his son to Azkaban.

However, after Lord Voldemort's fall, Crouch got news that his own son had helped drive two Aurors - Alice and Frank Longbottom - insane through use of the Cruciatus Curse alongside with the three Lestrange Death Eaters, trying to learn where their master was in hiding.[6] A trial being the closest to fatherly affection he can give, Crouch did not make any difference for it despite his son being among the convicts.[6] Ignoring his son and wife's pleas, as well as the apparently not completely certain evidence that his son was guilty in the first place (it was later stated that there was some ambiguity about whether his son had taken part in the torture or merely been in the wrong place at the wrong time), he sentenced all four Death Eaters to Azkaban for life, while claiming that he has no son: his decision was met with the roaring approval of the court.[6]

Hiding his sonEdit

Shortly after the imprisonment, the Crouch couple was permitted a deathbed visit due to Crouch's high status as a Ministry official. Mrs. Crouch's health was failing at the time due to the stress and begged her husband to rescue their son from prison as one last favour, to which he agreed out of love for her. The two took advantage of the deathbed visit by using Polyjuice Potion to switch Barty Jr. and Mrs. Crouch, in case any of the prisoners were watching from their cells and then Barty Sr. smuggled his son out of Azkaban.[3] Mrs. Crouch died shortly afterwards, posing as her son until the end and because Barty never went to retrieve her body in fear of having the breakout exposed, staged her death and held a quiet, private funeral with an empty grave.[3]

According to Crouch Jr., his father only saved him as a favour for his wife and that Crouch Sr. himself "loved her as he never loved [his son]", though due to Crouch Jr's mental instability and biased hatred for his father at the time, it is possible that Barty Sr loved his son more than it appears, as he was able to sacrifice his wife into spending her last days in a place like Azkaban for their son's sake and risk his own position in the Ministry despite his hatred for the Dark Arts and all who practice them.[3]

Crouch took his real son home, having his house-elf Winky to nurse the boy back to health. After that, Crouch searched long and hard for methods to restrain his son from returning to Voldemort and was eventually forced to utilise the Imperius Curse to keep Barty Jr. under house arrest for twelve years and his visual body hidden under an Invisibility cloak.[3] He then assigned Winky to become the boy's keeper and carer. Winky would try to persuade her elder master to award his son for his good behaviour, despite it all being a byproduct of the subjugation.[3]

"So old Crouch lost it all, just when he thought he had it made. One moment, a hero, poised to become the Minister for Magic... next, his son dead, his wife dead, the family name dishonoured, and [...] a big drop in popularity."
Sirius Black on what he heard about the Crouch's misfortune.

Because of the public reaction after his "son" died, with the ambiguity of the imprisonment starting to overtake the rash decision of the trial, not to mention that people starting to take pity on Crouch Jr. for his father's neglect, Crouch Sr. lost his popularity and chance to become Minister for Magic and was shunted sideways to the Department of International Magical Cooperation, with Cornelius Fudge succeeding Millicent Bagnold as Minister instead.[3]

Discovery and aftermathEdit

At some point while serving as Department Head, a Ministry worker named Bertha Jorkins called at the Crouch home with Ministry paperwork.[3] Crouch was out, but Bertha secretly overheard Winky talking to Barty Crouch Jr.[3] She heard enough to guess that it was Crouch Jr. hiding under an Invisibility cloak.[3]

Upon returning home, Crouch was confronted by Bertha. Crouch took drastic measures by casting an extremely powerful Memory Charm on her, which accidentally caused Bertha some brain damage, although it was not noticeable except for a new tendency of forgetfulness.[3] Bertha went to work for Ludo Bagman at the Department of Magical Games and Sports.[4]

Quidditch World CupEdit

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Crouch at the Quidditch World Cup.

Some time later, Winky convinced (after months of efforts) Crouch to take her and Barty to the Quidditch World Cup final, which was being held in England that year, stating that it was what his wife would have wanted.[3] Crouch remained in his tent while Winky took Barty, hidden under an Invisibility cloak, up to the Top Box.[3] She covered her eyes for the duration of the match because she was so afraid of heights.[3] Barty, however, had awoken from the Imperius Curse and proceeded to steal Harry Potter's wand from his pocket, as Harry was sitting right in front of the invisible Barty.[6] He later used Harry's wand to cast Morsmordre.[8]

Crouch saw the effect the spell had - the Dark Mark was hovering overhead - and hurried to the place where it had just been cast.[8] It was there that he found Harry, Ron and Hermione, as well as Winky in the bushes nearby with Harry's wand.[8] Crouch also found his invisible son on the ground, unconscious.[3] After Harry's wand was determined to be the culprit, Crouch publicly dismissed Winky (ostensibly for disgracing him,[8] but in reality for failing to supervise his son).[6] After the witnesses to Winky's dismissal left, Crouch recast the Imperius Curse on Barty and returned home.[6]

Meanwhile, Lord Voldemort had found and tortured Bertha Jorkins into telling him vital information about the present state of the Ministry, including the fact that Barty was alive and still loyal to the Dark Lord.[6] Wormtail and Voldemort travelled to the Crouch home, placed the Imperius Curse on Crouch himself and removed the one placed on Barty Jr.[6]

The Triwizard Tournament and deathEdit

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Bartemius learns that Harry Potter is chosen as a Triwizard Champion.

Crouch was ordered to go to work and do all his usual jobs as if nothing had happened. This included becoming one of the judges in the Triwizard Tournament, which he, as the head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation, had helped plan out. When Crouch, along with Ludo Bagman, came to Hogwarts, Crouch was unable to get as much applause as Bagman did, probably partly because he was not a very pleasant-looking man. While this was happening, Crouch's son was also in Hogwarts, impersonating Alastor Moody and plotting to help his master rise to power. Crouch showed no sign of surprise, exhaustion or any emotion at all when the name of Harry Potter came from the Goblet of Fire, as a part of Voldemort's plan. Presumably due to Voldemort's influence, Crouch insisted that any person whose name came out of the Goblet had to compete in the tournament.

"Yes. After a while he began to fight the Imperius Curse just as I had done. There were periods when he knew what was happening. My master decided it was no longer safe for my father to leave the house. He forced him to send letters to the Ministry instead. He made him write and say he was ill. But Wormtail neglected his duty. He was not watchful enough. My father escaped. My master guessed that he was heading for Hogwarts. My father was going to tell Dumbledore everything, to confess. He was going to admit that he had smuggled me from Azkaban."
—Barty Crouch Jr. confessing under the effects of Veritaserum.[src]

A short time later, however, Crouch started to resist the Imperius Curse, just like his son had done during his time under Crouch's control. Voldemort, fearing that people would become suspicious, ordered him to stay home and write letters, saying he was sick, with his duties as a Tournament judge being primarily carried out by Percy Weasley. This brought suspicion to some people, such as Sirius Black, who knew that Barty would never take a day off work simply because of illness.

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Crouch's lifeles body in the Forbidden Forest.

Eventually Crouch broke free of the curse and due to Wormtail's neglect, managed to escape and fled towards Hogwarts to warn Dumbledore about Voldemort's plans. Exhausted and slightly mad from the effects of Voldemort's mind-controlling spells, he staggered through the Forbidden Forest onto the Hogwarts grounds, eventually coming across Harry and Viktor Krum. Crouch's resisting of Voldemort's spells caused him to continuously talk to a nearby tree, thinking it was his assistant "Weatherby" and to think his wife and son were still alive and well. In a short sane state, Crouch asked to speak to Dumbledore, claiming that it was "all his fault". While Harry went to get him, Barty Jr. arrived (as Alastor Moody) and stunned Krum. Barty Jr. killed his father and transfigured the corpse into a bone, burying it in Rubeus Hagrid's garden.

Barty Crouch, Jr. was later captured and admitted, under the influence of Veritaserum, to having murdered his father, among the other facts of the breakout and Voldemort's plan. Soon afterwards, he was subjected to the Dementor's Kiss.

After his son's confession, it is unknown if Crouch Sr.'s corpse was retrieved and untransfigured, though Fudge did deem him mad and delusional from what he heard Harry describe.

Personality and traitsEdit

"Crouch fought violence with violence, and authorized the use of the Unforgivable Curses against suspects. I would say he became as ruthless and cruel as many on the Dark Side."
—Sirius Black on Crouch's actions as Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.[src]

Crouch spoke in a curt voice,[9] and seemed to be a very serious person in contrast to his peers: he did not smile or wave when his name was announced in the introduction to the Triwizard Tournament at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, whereas Ludo Bagman, Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports, waved jovially and enthusiastically.[5] He was known to be a strict rule-follower, someone who would not hesitate to either give his own son to the Dementors, or dismiss a highly devoted and loyal house-elf.[7]

Having devoted his entire life to eradicating the dark forces, Crouch is well known for despising the dark arts and those who practice them, but his methods used are just as brutal and cruel as those he worked to prosecute, as he legalised the usages of the Unforgivable Curses and went under the principles of kill rather than capture, attack first and ask questions later, and imprison many without trials. To this end, he was working his way up to becoming the Minister of Magic at the time and could not have anything that would tarnish his reputation, to the point of dismissing and imprisoning his son in order to make it clear that he has nothing to do with anyone who is even remotely suspected of being connected to the Dark Arts. He would later dismiss his devoted House-elf just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time (though the true reason is he deemed her unreliable).

Despite his ruthlessness, he was capable of true love, as he agreed to his wife's dying request of saving their son from prison, despite his high position, reputation and general dislike for the Dark Arts and was willing use the Imperius Curse to restrain his son, breaking the laws he was so adamant in enforcing. The reason he was seen as an unloving workaholic is due to him placing his public image and career over his family, having set his entire life into following rules and eradicating dark forces and would spend little to no time on his family life: Sirius Black found it weird when Crouch was calling in sick, as the Barty he (and the public) knew would never miss a day of work for any simple reason such as sickness. This tough love for his family made his own son see it as neglect, leaving a negative impact on the young man's perception and choices.

Physical appearanceEdit

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Bartemius Crouch at the Hogwarts Halloween feast.

Crouch had short grey hair with a neat parting, which was described as "almost unnaturally straight" and a narrow toothbrush moustache. While disguised as a muggle for the World Quidditch Cup, he wore a black suit and highly polished shoes, making him look like a businessman, to the point that Harry described that even Vernon Dursley would not be able to tell the difference.[4]. Due to this first impression, Harry thought Crouch looked weird in wizarding robes. In certain lights, such as in semi-darkness, he took on a skull-like appearance.[9]

Magical abilities and skillsEdit

  • Multilingualism: Ludovic Bagman stated in August of 1994 that Crouch can speak one hundred and fifty languages: the same day, Percy Weasley corrected him by boasting that Crouch could speak over two hundred, including Mermish, Gobbledegook and Troll.[4]
  • Charms: Crouch was able to effectively use the Portus spell, a charm used to create portkeys: indeed, he created portkeys across five continents, which he later described as "no mean feat". His Memory Charm was so powerful that it caused Bertha Jorkins permanent memory damage.
  • Dark Arts: Despite his loathing for the dark arts and those who practise them, Crouch was able to cast an Imperius Curse powerful enough that even an extremely adept caster of the spell such as his son could only resist after twelve years. His understanding of this branch of magic's potency led him to legalise the Unforgivable Curses during the First Wizarding War, effectively allowing many Death Eaters to be captured and killed.
  • Willpower: Crouch able to shrug off the Imperius Curse cast on him by Voldemort after a much shorter span of time than the one he did on his son, showing that he has a very strong sense of self. However, Voldemort was in a weakened form at the time and Crouch's resistance to the curse had led to him becoming delirious and maddened.

RelationshipsEdit

Wife and sonEdit

Barty Crouch Jr.: "Hello Father!"
Barty Crouch Sr.: "You are no son of mine."
Bartemius Crouch Jr. talking to his father when he is being arrested.[src]
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Barty Crouch Jr.

Bartemius did not pay enough attention to his son, until the day Crouch Jr. was caught in the company of three Death Eaters after the torture of Alice and Frank Longbottom. Crouch Sr. gave his son little more than the courtesy of a trial, something he did not always give other suspects and oversaw it personally. In the end, Crouch Sr. merely used the trial to publicly disown his son and showed no mercy as he sent him to Azkaban. However, he fulfilled his wife's dying wish and smuggled their son back out, keeping him hidden at home under the Imperius Curse for several years. This proved Crouch's undoing, as Lord Voldemort learned of the whereabouts of his servant and freed him, turning the tables on Crouch Sr. by Imperiusing him instead. Although Crouch eventually escaped, he was murdered by his own son when he attempted to warn Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore of what had happened.

His son felt like Barty Sr. loved his wife more than he had ever loved his son, but this was only the truth in the son's eyes and not necessarily the accurate truth. However, Barty Sr. seemed to put his public image first, as despite his son's pleas, he still sentenced him to Azkaban for life. Dumbledore lets on there was generally some doubt if Barty Jr. had been guilty or just in the wrong place at the wrong time, but this was only Dumbledore's point of view while he may not have known all the evidence. However, the love for his wife and son allowed Barty Sr. to be persuaded by her dying wish to smuggle their son out of prison, in exchange of her.

All of Crouch Sr.'s neglect and ruthlessness to imprison his own son brought a negative impact on Crouch Jr.'s psyche, leading the boy to genuinely despise his father. Barty Jr. would later comment that Crouch Sr. was disappointing as a father, that he suffered the indignity of being named after that father and that he greatly enjoyed killing his father.

WinkyEdit

"I have no use for a house-elf who disobeys me. I have no use for a servant who forgets what is due to her master, and to her master's reputation."
—Crouch disdaining Winky in public.[src]
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Winky falling into despair.

Winky the house-elf is an extremely devoted servant of Barty Crouch Sr.. She is very willing to help her master take care of his renegade son and even obeyed his orders to stay on the Quidditch World Cup's top box, despite her acrophobia. Her loyalty may surpass the mere magic-bound duty of an average house-elf, as she showed genuine affection for Barty even long after her dismissal.

Barty, in turn, treated Winky with no respect and considered her nothing more than a slave who was expected to follow orders unquestioningly. When she failed to restrain Barty Jr., Barty Sr. dismissed her and thought of her as nothing as more than "something filthy and rotten contaminating his over-shined shoes" when she was screaming and begging for mercy at his feet. Winky was devastated by this dismissal, considered it a disgrace to her mother and grandmother and this devastation worsened when she heard that Crouch was murdered by his own son.

Percy WeasleyEdit

Percy Weasley worked under Crouch for thirteen months and was absolutely obsessed with him: indeed, Percy's brother Ronald joked in August of 1994 that he should be expecting their engagement any day.[10] Crouch, however, cannot remember Percy's name: as a running gag, he referred his protege as "Weatherby".

After Voldemort subjugated Crouch and forced him to write letters to declare sickness, Weasley started to take orders via these letters unquestioningly. This eventually got Percy into trouble, as when Crouch escaped and was seen delirious on Hogwarts ground, the Ministry accused Percy of being irresponsible and unperceptive, that he should have seen the written orders as potential forgeries and that he should have informed a superior of Crouch's questionable status.

It is unknown what Percy thought of Crouch after the man had been found insane in the Forbidden Forest and participated in breaking out his criminal son from Azkaban, though most likely Percy lost his respect and admiration for him due to these lawbreaking going against what Percy believed in.

Bertha JorkinsEdit

Little is known of Crouch's relation toward Jorkins, although after her disappearance he spent some time convincing co-worker Ludovic Bagman to send someone out to look for her.[4] Crouch's employee Percy Weasley stated that Crouch appeared to be rather fond of Bertha,[10] though when Bertha discovered Crouch's secret he was forced to cast a brain-damaging Memory Charm on her.

Ludo BagmanEdit

"Despicable, Rookwood get him a job indeed... the day Ludo Bagman joins us will be a very sad day for the Ministry..."
—Crouch scorning Bagman.[src]

Barty had a rather negative relationship with Ludo Bagman, who was a polar contrast in personality with Crouch himself. Crouch himself was serious and strictly adhered to rules, while Bagman took everything lightly and disregard rules from time to time. To this end, Crouch once tried to have Bagman sentenced to Azkaban for unwittingly giving information to Death Eaters despite the circumstances and was infuriated when the entire court voted for Bagman's acquittal.

Wizarding CommunityEdit

During the First Wizarding War, Crouch was the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and he fought violence with violence: he authorised Aurors the usage of the Unforgivable Curses, to kill suspects rather than capture, attack first and question later and imprisoned many without trials. It was a time when the Death Eaters were terrorising the entire community and what Barty did was seen as the only way they could be victorious. Due to his effectiveness, he was incredibly popular, rising within the Ministry to the point he almost secured the post of Minister for Magic. Even when he sentenced his own son for life in prison, the community cheered him on for giving the impression of progress. Sirius Black, on the other hand, held a grudge against Crouch for sentencing him to Azkaban without a trial, losing an opportunity to appeal to a frame-up.

However, after Voldemort's first downfall and sometime after Barty's son was labelled deceased in prison, his popularity within the community dropped critically, as citizens and colleagues alike were able to calm down from their savage approvals after the terror ended and they accused Crouch for being too neglectful as a father and was the reason own son managed to fall so low. As such, Crouch's declining reputation led him to be demoted to being the Head of the Department of International Magical Co-operation.

By the 1994-1995 school year, Barty Crouch received much less applause from the students than Ludo Bagman, mostly due to his appearance of a strict rule-follower, as opposed to the more cheerful Bagman. After Winky was caught at the scene of the crime where the Dark Mark was fired into the sky of the 1994 Quidditch World Cup and his reputation was nearly tarnished due to his connections with the elf. Near the end of his life, Barty's mental stability was damaged from Voldemort's subjugation and the Ministry simply classified him as insane, showing how much Crouch's status had fallen within the society's standing.

EtymologyEdit

  • The name Bartemius originates from the Biblical name Bartimaeus, who was permanently blind all his life, until Jesus healed him. Reasons for naming after a blind man may be due to the fact Bartemius was quite oblivious to his family until his position of authority lowered.
  • The surname Crouch is a variation of the English surname Cross.

MediaEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

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Crouch as a LEGO minifigure.

  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Crouch is portrayed as a somewhat more cheerful character and a generally more likeable man. He congratulates Harry after the latter successfully completes the Second Task, but Barty, in the guise of Moody, interrupts their heartful conversation, asking whether Crouch was trying to get Harry into a summer internship at the Ministry. At this point, Crouch sees Moody twitch like Barty Jr and actually seems to suspect that Moody is actually his son (having apparently played no part in his escape from Azkaban). Instead of arriving in Hogwarts driven half-insane and subsequently disappearing, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid later find Crouch dead in the Forbidden Forest.
  • Also in the film, Dumbledore said that it destroyed Crouch to send his son to Azkaban. In the book, however, he seemed fully willing to do it and had no regrets about it. But the truth about the accurate case on that was not revealed. Also, the film version had no mention of Crouch's or his wife's part in their son's escape from Azkaban.
  • In the film of The Goblet of Fire, Crouch was portrayed by Roger Lloyd-Pack who is best known for his roles as Trigger in Only Fools and Horses and Owen Newitt in the Vicar of Dibley. Lloyd Pack also appears in the revamped Doctor Who series episodes Rise of the Cybermen and Age of Steel along with David Tennant (who plays Barty Crouch Jr. in the Goblet of Fire film). In the latter appearance, the respective actors' roles are reversed however, with Tennant playing the main hero and Lloyd Pack playing a villain. Lloyd-Pack played John Lumic (ambitious leader of Cybus industries, formed his own version of the Cybermen) while Tennant played the Doctor.
  • In the novel, Crouch constantly refers to Percy Weasley as "Weatherby". This is very similar to Roger Lloyd-Pack's Only Fools and Horses character Trigger, who constantly refers to Rodney as "Dave". This is not seen in the film, as Percy was cut.
  • Due to Percy's omission, Crouch Sr. took over the roles Percy had in the book of attending the Yule Ball and Second Task for the film. In the book, Crouch Sr. had disappeared due to a supposed "illness", which was actually him being placed under the Imperius Curse by Voldemort and had to be hidden away due to signs of Crouch Sr. being able to resist it. It was through falsified letters that Percy took over the responsibilities in Mr. Crouch's place for those tasks in the book.

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. As fourth-years have Transfiguration on Thursdays and earlier that day Harry got held back in Transfiguration, that day was a Thursday. According to that same chapter, it was in the last week of May. If this is correct, it happened on a Thursday in the last week of May. According to this calender produced by the Harry Potter Lexicon, that day was the 27th. See this page for source on the year.
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 36 (The Parting of the Ways)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 16 (The Goblet of Fire)
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 30 (The Pensieve)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 27 (Padfoot Returns)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 9 (The Dark Mark)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 17 (The Four Champions)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 5 (Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes)


Department of Magical Law Enforcement employees
Heads of Department
Justus Pilliwickle · Bartemius Crouch Sr. · Amelia Bones · Pius Thicknesse · Yaxley
Auror Office
Heads: Rufus Scrimgeour · Gawain Robards · Harry Potter

John Dawlish · Alice Longbottom · Frank Longbottom · Neville Longbottom · Alastor Moody · Proudfoot · Savage · Kingsley Shacklebolt · Nymphadora Tonks · Ronald Weasley · Williamson · Unidentified Aurors · Unidentified male Auror at Hogwarts · 3 Unidentified Aurors at Hogwarts · Director of the Investigation Department No. 61042
Other Personnel
Minerva McGonagall · Elphinstone Urquart · Alastor Gumboil · Arnold Peasegood · Mafalda Hopkirk · Honoria's fiancé · Rufus Fudge · Perkins · Hermione Granger · Travers · Bob Ogden · Arthur Weasley · Dempster Wiggleswade · Mafalda Hopkirk's Ministerial Superior · Arthur Weasley's ten subordinates



Department of International Magical Cooperation employees
Personnel
Bartemius Crouch Sr. · Albus Dumbledore · Pierre Bonaccord · Percy Weasley



Level 10 employees
Wizengamot members
Amelia Bones · Elphias Doge · Albus Dumbledore · Cornelius Fudge · Griselda Marchbanks · Tiberius Ogden · Dolores Umbridge · Two elderly witches · Dumpy, heavily-moustached wizard · Frizzy-haired witch
Council of Magical Law members
Albus Dumbledore · Alastor Moody · Bartemius Crouch Sr. · Female juror · Male member · Clerk
Muggle-Born Registration Commission members
Dolores Umbridge · Yaxley

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