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Death Eaters
Organisation information
Founder(s)

Lord Voldemort

Founded

Possibly 1950s

Dissolved

1998

Leader(s)

Lord Voldemort

Headquarters
Intentions
Affiliation
Enemies
"They were a motley collection; a mixture of the weak seeking protection, the ambitious seeking some shared glory, and the thuggish gravitating toward a leader who could show them more refined forms of cruelty."
Albus Dumbledore on the forerunners of the Death Eaters.[src]

The Death Eaters (originally the Knights of Walpurgis[1]) was the name given to followers of Lord Voldemort. The group primarily consisted of wizards and witches who were radical pure blood supremacists, and who practised the Dark Arts with reckless abandon and without regard or fear of wizarding law. Lord Voldemort used this select group of wizards and witches during both the First and Second Wizarding Wars, employing them as his elite force. They often wore black hoods and masks with snake-like eye slits to cover their faces. Only the members of the inner circle of the Death Eaters had Dark Marks burned into their left forearms. When Voldemort touched one of them, each of the Death Eaters felt it, signalling for them to Apparate to their leader's side.

History

Forerunners

Prior to the Death Eaters themselves came to be, Tom Riddle, as Lord Voldemort was known in his childhood and early adulthood, gathered a gang of Slytherin students whom he claimed to be and acted out as his friends, though in truth, he felt no real attachments to any of them due to his lack of desire for a true friend. They were a mixture of weak seeking protection, ambitious seeking glory, and thuggish seeking a leader who could show them more refined cruelty, and were considered to be forerunners of the Death Eaters, as most (if not all) indeed became the first Death Eaters. He manipulated them to do his biddings, and though this led to several nasty incidents over the years, with Riddle's strategic discretion, none of them were linked back to the group, much less the model student Riddle himself.

Origins and the First Wizarding War

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Tom Riddle with his first followers: Lestrange, Nott, Avery and Mulciber - the Knights of Walpurgis.

Remus Lupin: "The last time Voldemort had power he almost destroyed everything we hold most dear..."
Sirius Black: "Fourteen years ago he had huge numbers at his command -- not just wizards and witches but all manner of Dark creatures..."
Remus Lupin and Sirius Black on the First War in 1995[src]

By 1970, the Knights of Walpurgis (later renamed the "Death Eaters") were an organisation formed of people Tom Marvolo Riddle, who became Lord Voldemort, knew from his time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as well as their relations. Nearly all of those recruited were from Slytherin House as students (however, there may have been recruits from Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw within the ranks as well). Actively gathering an army of Dark Wizards and creatures, with the belief that his hidden Horcruxes granted him immortality, Voldemort and his followers planned to overthrow the Ministry of Magic and rule his way.[2]

Death Eater activity during the First Wizarding War consisted of attacks on wizards and witches, and large numbers of Muggles. These were initiated by the Death Eaters often, but not always, on the orders of Voldemort. When the Ministry did not suffer an ostensible collapse in the eleven years of Voldemort's reign, the Death Eaters began to attack prominent wizarding families. As a result, fear gripped the wider wizard community, but the Death Eaters remained opposed by the Order of the Phoenix, founded by Albus Dumbledore.

At the height of the war, Severus Snape reported to Lord Voldemort the part of the prophecy he had heard, while listening in on a conversation between Dumbledore and Sybill Trelawney which predicted that either Harry Potter, the son of Order members James and Lily Potter, or Neville Longbottom, son of Order members Alice and Frank Longbottom, would be the one to destroy Voldemort. Voldemort attacked the Potters personally, seeing them as a greater danger to him. He chose Harry over Neville because Harry was a half-blood, like himself. Despite being under the protection of the Fidelius Charm, Voldemort was able to get into their home because James had entrusted his old friend Peter Pettigrew to be Secret-Keeper, and Pettigrew subsequently betrayed the secret to Voldemort.

Snape failed to overhear the entire prophecy, including the announcement that Voldemort himself would mark his own equal. Although Voldemort killed James and, despite Snape's pleas that she be spared, Lily, the Killing Curse rebounded off Harry and hit Voldemort, destroying his living body. However, due to his extensive performance of Dark magic, Voldemort's soul survived and escaped.[3]

With their leader's disappearance, the Death Eaters largely fell into chaos. Many were rounded up and imprisoned without trial, as part of the hard line taken by Ministry official Barty Crouch Sr.[4] Sirius Black, whom Pettigrew framed for his crimes, was among those imprisoned in Azkaban without a trial.[5] Soon afterward, Bellatrix, Rodolphus, and Rabastan Lestrange, and Barty Crouch Jr., tortured the Longbottoms into insanity while trying to procure information about Voldemort's whereabouts. They were captured and sentenced to Azkaban, but Bellatrix proudly proclaimed that the Dark Lord would rise again.[4]

Between Wars

"The Dark Lord will rise again, Crouch! Throw us into Azkaban; we will wait! He will rise again and will come for us, he will reward us beyond any of his other supporters! We alone were faithful! We alone tried to find him!"
Bellatrix Lestrange on trial for her Death Eater activities[src]
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The Death Eaters riot at the Quidditch World Cup.

Some Death Eaters managed to elude justice by claiming the Imperius Curse had been used on them, such as Lucius Malfoy, or by turning in other Death Eaters, as Igor Karkaroff did. Due to many tried to escape by claiming they were bewitched, the Ministry assigned specialists to find out who was lying, although this did not work out to the fullest, as Malfoy and several others still passed. Most followers hid their allegiance to Voldemort and therefore did not try to find him, although a handful of Death Eaters, such as the Lestranges and Barty Crouch Jr., remained fiercely loyal to their fallen master and sought him out. They were supposedly rewarded by Voldemort for their loyalty. Some, such as Evan Rosier, chose to resist arrest and fought to the death.

Outbreaks of Death Eater activity did occur, although rarely and sporadically, during the thirteen years of Voldemort's absence. Perhaps the most notable event was the riots at the four hundred and twenty-second Quidditch World Cup in 1994, during which a group of Death Eaters attacked the camp of wizards and witches as well as a nearby Muggle family. The Death Eaters seemed to consider torturing and humiliating Muggles a form of entertainment.[4]

The Outbreak of the Second Wizarding War

The Dark Lord's return

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The Death Eaters return to the fold.

On 24 June 1995, Lord Voldemort finally returned to a physical body through a Dark potion created by Peter Pettigrew (the potion required a bone from Voldemort's father, flesh from the servant and blood from the enemy - that being Harry). The body was human-shaped, though hairless and with many unusual features such as serpentine nostril slits and feline-esque eyes.

Moments after Lord Voldemort had finally regained his body, he summoned his followers to him by touching Peter Pettigrew's Dark Mark. Some proved too afraid to return to him, such as defector Igor Karkaroff, while others who were dead or imprisoned remained absent. Severus Snape did not return on the claim that he had to appear more loyal to Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix; Snape returned two hours later, under the claim that he was trying to maintain the cover of a double agent, which the Dark Lord found satisfying. Despite several absences, there were several who returned the call, including Lucius Malfoy, Nott, Crabbe, and Goyle, who had sons at Hogwarts School; Avery went to beg for forgiveness, but Voldemort told the band of Death Eaters who did not try to find him that he wants thirteen years of repayment before he could forgive them for their wavered loyalty; Snape would later comment that had the faithless Death Eaters were not forgiven, then Voldemort would have very few followers left, indicating many deserters compared to surviving loyalists.

Harry Potter was present for Voldemort's return to power, and even duelled him, resulting in a spectacular display of Priori Incantatem, revealing that the cores of Voldemort's and Harry's wands were related. Harry managed to escape and tell Headmaster Albus Dumbledore of Voldemort's return.[4]

Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, and most of the Ministry of Magic originally refused to believe that Lord Voldemort had returned. Though Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore served as dissenting voices, the majority of the public chose to believe in the Ministry, as well as its wider propaganda and smear campaign against Potter and Dumbledore, printed in news outlets such as the Daily Prophet. Finally in 1996, the Minister for Magic sees Voldemort when he is attacking Harry in the Ministry of Magic.[3]

Bid for the Prophecy

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Death Eaters battling to retrieve the Prophecy.

Armed with the advantage of the Ministry's denial, the Death Eaters kept a low profile in order to maintain their standing in the wizarding world, and to slowly but surely rebuild their forces without detection or hindrance. Due in part to the Ministry's refusal to remove the Dementors from Azkaban, a proposition Dumbledore supported immediately following Voldemort's return, the Death Eaters informally recruited the Dementors to the cause. Similar progress was made with giants. The quiet revolt of the Dementors fostered a mass breakout of imprisoned Death Eaters from Azkaban in early 1996.
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In early summer of 1996, Voldemort sent a group of twelve Death Eaters, led by Lucius Malfoy, into the Department of Mysteries in order to steal the prophecy concerning himself and Harry Potter. Having originally attacked Harry Potter based upon a partial recounting of it, Voldemort now desired to hear the full version in order to understand entirely the nature of the connection between himself and Potter. Harry was lured there, along with five other members of Dumbledore's Army, when Voldemort used their connection to give Harry a false vision of his godfather being tortured.
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Bellatrix, the best Lieutenant of Voldemort in front of Albus Dumbledore.

However, Harry and his friends managed to elude the Death Eaters. The prophecy was accidentally destroyed by Neville Longbottom during the battle. A battle ensued between the Death Eaters and several members of the Order of the Phoenix. Eleven of the twelve Death Eaters were captured and Sirius Black was killed; Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange fled, but not before Ministry officials witnessed the return of the Dark Lord.[3]

Open war

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Death Eaters attacking London.

The raid was a failure for the Death Eaters because their reactivation was no longer a secret and several members were deported to Azkaban, and the return of Voldemort was proved to the skeptical Ministry. Revealed at last to the wizarding community, the Death Eaters proceeded to resume their earlier lifestyle and behaviour. Kidnapping, torturing, and assassinations of wizards and witches, and Muggles began anew as the Second War began. Due to the Ministry's failure to see the danger at hand in time, the Death Eaters' forces had already grown to the point where the Ministry had a very difficult time in keeping them in check.[3][2]

Victory at Hogwarts

"Dumbledore cornered! Dumbledore wandless! Dumbledore alone! Well done, Draco, well done!"
Amycus Carrow on Dumbledore being cornered on the Astronomy Tower[src]

During the Second Wizarding War, Voldemort plotted to be rid of Albus Dumbledore. At the close of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry year in June 1997, Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter obtained a locket that they believed to be one of the Horcruxes of Voldemort from a cave filled with Inferi. They apparated to Hogsmeade and through the assistance of Madam Rosmerta, they saw a Dark Mark hanging in the sky above Hogwarts Castle. Dumbledore and Potter borrowed broomsticks and flew to Hogwarts' highest tower in the castle, the Astronomy Tower.

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Death Eaters rejoicing at the death of Albus Dumbledore.

Dumbledore encountered Draco Malfoy and froze Harry who was hidden under the Invisibility Cloak. Draco revealed how he successfully used a Vanishing Cabinet to help the Death Eaters to enter at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and according to him, one of Dumbledore's allies is dead (it was revealed later that Bill Weasley is the one Draco is alluding to, but Bill was not really dead, just mauled by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback). Dumbledore then informed Draco that he already knew about the assassination plot, the cursed necklace and the poison intended to kill him. He also delayed Draco in his plans to murder him, until Severus Snape and four other Death Eaters arrived at the scene. Severus Snape successfully cast the Killing Curse on Dumbledore in front of the four Death Eaters, Fenrir Greyback, Draco, and Harry who was still unnoticed and hidden. After Dumbledore's death, the jubilant Death Eaters retreated on Snape's orders. Harry Potter, free from Dumbledore's Full Body-Bind Curse, quickly chased after the Death Eaters and cast several unsuccessful spells at Snape when they reached the grounds. A fellow Dark Wizard and Follower of the Dark Lord named Thorfinn Rowle set fire to Rubeus Hagrid's hut, and the Death Eaters Disapparated when they reached the gate.

Among the Death Eaters present were siblings Alecto and Amycus Carrow, Yaxley, Thorfinn Rowle, Gibbon, Fenrir Greyback, and Bellatrix Lestrange. Draco Malfoy became a Death Eater and was branded with the Dark Mark in 1996. Bill Weasley was attacked by Fenrir Greyback and received scars on his face, but lived, without being a werewolf, because Greyback was not fully transformed at the time of the attack, Bill sustained minimal lycanthropic symptoms. On the Death Eaters' side, the only death was that of Gibbon, killed by a stray Killing Curse

The final year

Plottings and tactics

"Not content with corrupting and polluting the minds of Wizarding children, last week Professor Burbage wrote an impassioned defence of Mudbloods in the Daily Prophet. Wizards, she says, must accept these thieves of their knowledge and magic. The dwindling of the pure-bloods is, says Professor Burbage, a most desirable circumstances... She would have us all mate with Muggles..."
Lord Voldemort ridiculing Charity Burbage to his followers before killing her[src]
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The Death Eaters meeting at the Malfoy Manor.

Now that Dumbledore was finally out of the way, the Death Eaters became even bolder in their campaign of terror against the wizarding world. Voldemort, with his Death Eaters, planned several courses of action following the successful assassination. One was the overthrowing of the Ministry of Magic. Another was capturing Harry Potter and killing him. While Voldemort went on his own personal quests and stayed out of sight of the wizarding community's eye, he worked through others, including Yaxley at the Ministry, and Severus Snape and the Carrows at Hogwarts.

The meeting place for the Death Eaters was the Malfoy Manor. At this place, the Death Eaters would make reports and the Dark Lord would give them orders. On one occasion, Voldemort took reports on goings on at the Ministry of Magic by Yaxley, though was more impressed with reports by Snape regarding the Order of the Phoenix's plans to move Harry Potter. Voldemort also ridiculed Bellatrix Lestrange and the Malfoys for the marriage of Remus Lupin, a known werewolf, to Nymphadora Tonks, a relative of theirs. At this meeting, Charity Burbage, a professor of Muggle Studies at Hogwarts, was murdered by Voldemort and then fed to Nagini. Voldemort also took Lucius Malfoy's wand to fight against Harry Potter, believing his own to be inferior to Harry's.[6]

Attempt on Harry Potter

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A Death Eater during the Battle of the Seven Potters.

"That's him, it's him, it's the real one!"
—Death Eater after Harry Potter cast Expelliarmus, his "trademark" spell[src]

Still opposed by the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore's Army, who knew it was not safe to trust the Ministry of Magic, Voldemort knew through Snape that Harry Potter would be moved from the house of his aunt and uncle a few days before his seventeenth birthday, which is when spells protecting him would have broken. The exact details of this move were unknown to the Death Eaters at large, though Snape manipulated Mundungus Fletcher with magic and knew the plans, only telling the Dark Lord enough to display loyalty.

As a congregation of members of the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore's Army including Alastor Moody, Arthur Weasley, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin, Rubeus Hagrid, Bill Weasley, Fleur Delacour, Fred and George Weasley, Mundungus Fletcher, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, along with Harry Potter himself, left the home of the Dursleys, the Death Eaters attacked immediately. They could not tell right away which pair included the real Harry Potter, because six of the congregation had used Polyjuice Potion. It was assumed that Harry would be with the strongest members, so Moody and Shacklebolt were attacked most fervently at first.

During the ensuing battle, Snape used Sectumsempra aimed to attack a Death Eater who was meaning to hit Remus Lupin on the back, but missed and slashed George Weasley's ear off. Bellatrix Lestrange tried very hard to kill Tonks, but she did not succeed in while Tonks herself injured Rodolphus Lestrange. Alastor Moody was killed by Voldemort himself. However, numerous Death Eaters were injured, and one was supposedly killed.

When Harry Potter used Expelliarmus, which they had come to consider Potter's trademark spell, against Stan Shunpike, who was under the Imperius Curse, they knew the real Harry to be with Hagrid. Voldemort himself was present, flying without the aid of a broomstick, and led the charge against Harry. Despite their attempts to capture the boy, they were thwarted by Harry's spell-work, Hagrid's selfless courage, and finally, when Harry crossed into a protective spell over the home of Ted Tonks. Lucius' wand was snapped by a spell cast by Harry's wand, infuriating Voldemort even more.[6]

The Fall of the Ministry of Magic

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Lord Voldemort.

"The Ministry has fallen. Scrimgeour is dead. They are coming."
—Kingsley Shacklebolt through his lynx Patronus[src]

On 1 August, 1997, the Ministry of Magic was overthrown and Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour was killed by Death Eaters. Pius Thicknesse was installed in his place, controlled by the Imperius Curse placed on him by Yaxley and effectively Voldemort's puppet, and several Death Eaters became employees of the Ministry. The Death Eaters used the Ministry's resources to eliminate the Order of the Phoenix's defences, attacking the Burrow and other homes of Order members, as well as some of their allies, such as Ted and Andromeda Tonks. While no one was killed, many were hurt under questioning about the whereabouts of Harry Potter, and all were subsequently put under surveillance.

Under the control of the Death Eaters, the Ministry created the Muggle-Born Registration Commission, an instrument of humiliation and persecution against Muggle-borns, who were falsely accused of having "stolen" magic and imprisoned in Azkaban for it. Propaganda against Muggle-borns and Harry Potter was spread; Harry was considered "Undesirable Number One" and there was a 10,000 Galleon reward for his capture. The Taboo curse was also placed upon Voldemort's name as a method of locating anybody who was brave enough to say the name Voldemort.[6]

Headmaster Snape

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Headmaster Severus Snape with Deputy Heads Alecto and Amycus Carrow

Attendance at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry became mandatory during the 1997–1998 school year, as Voldemort wanted all the population under his control, as well as a way to weed out Muggle-borns. Students were required to prove blood status, and any caught Muggle-born children were sent to the Muggle-Born Registration Commission and then to Azkaban.

Severus Snape was appointed Headmaster, though he faced fierce opposition from Minerva McGonagall and other professors, as well as the remaining members of Dumbledore's Army, including Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood and Ginny Weasley. They encouraged rebellion, saved students from detention, and eventually stopped attending classes and took up residence in the Room of Requirement.

The Carrows were also there at the school, with Amycus Carrow teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts, though in reality he taught the Dark Arts. There were many favoured students, such as Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle, who were encouraged to practise the Cruciatus Curse on rule-breakers. His sister, Alecto, took over the now mandatory Muggle Studies, though the course became a brainwashing of the superiority of wizard-kind over Muggles.[6]

Skirmish at Malfoy Manor

"The Dark Lord is coming, Harry Potter! Your death approaches! Now…Cissy, I think we ought to tie these little heroes up again, while Greyback takes care of Miss Mudblood. I am sure the Dark Lord will not begrudge you the girl, Greyback, after what you have done tonight."
Bellatrix Lestrange[src]

During Harry Potter's time hidden from the Death Eaters, he accidentally said Voldemort's name and thus triggered the Taboo placed upon the name. He, Ron and Hermione were captured by a group of Snatchers led by Fenrir Greyback and brought to Malfoy Manor, where they were confronted by Bellatrix Lestrange and the Malfoys. Before either Lucius or Bellatrix could summon the Dark Lord, Bellatrix spotted Godric Gryffindor's Sword among the trio's possessions and interrogated Hermione using the Cruciatus Curse to find out where they got the item. She lied, claiming it was only a copy, a story Harry convinced the goblin Griphook to support. In the meantime, Dobby the house-elf came and rescued Harry, Ron, Garrick Ollivander, Luna Lovegood, and Dean Thomas from the basement. He, Harry and Ron saved Hermione and Griphook and took various wands from the house's occupants before fleeing; Dobby was killed by Bellatrix in the process.

As punishment for summoning him without successfully holding Potter, Voldemort punished all present and forbade them to leave the manor.[6]

Destruction of Voldemort's Horcruxes

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Salazar Slytherin's Locket, one of the Horcruxes

Unknown to Voldemort or his Death Eaters, Harry, along with Ron and Hermione, was out seeking the Horcruxes of Voldemort. Regulus Black had already removed Salazar Slytherin's Locket from its hiding place, though he had been unable to destroy it. Albus Dumbledore destroyed Marvolo Gaunt's Ring with Godric Gryffindor's Sword and Tom Riddle's Diary had been destroyed by Harry in his second year with a basilisk fang. Thanks to Snape's help through his doe Patronus, Ron Weasley was able to find the sword of Gryffindor and destroy the locket horcrux.

Harry Potter concluded from Bellatrix's behaviour at Malfoy Manor that a horcrux was in her safe at Gringotts Wizarding Bank. With the help of Griphook, Harry, Ron, and Hermione entered the bank and took Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, escaping on a dragon. The Cup was later destroyed by Hermione Granger using a basilisk fang when she and Ron entered the Chamber of Secrets.

Though the three companions were successful, Voldemort learned from hearing about Harry's venture into the bank that they were seeking his horcruxes. In panic, he went to the places the horcruxes were hidden, leaving Hogwarts last, but in the process revealing to Harry Potter that Hogwarts was indeed the last place to go.[6]

Battle of Hogwarts

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Voldemort (centre) with his Death Eaters amassing behind him preparing for the attack on the castle

"If you continue to resist me, you will all die, one by one. I do not wish this to happen. Every drop of magical blood spilled is a loss and a waste... I command my forces to retreat immediately. You have one hour... I speak now, Harry Potter, directly to you... I shall wait for one hour in the Forbidden Forest. If, at the end of that hour, you have not come to me, have not given yourself up, then battle recommences. This time, I shall enter the fray myself, Harry Potter, and I shall find you, and I shall punish every last man, woman, and child who has tried to conceal you from me. One hour."
—Voldemort's ultimatum during the final battle[src]
Voldemort, along with his Death Eaters and other allies, attacked Hogwarts and those defending it in May1998. During this battle, Harry, Hermione and Ron managed to find the final horcrux, Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem, in the Room of Requirement. It was accidentally destroyed by Vincent Crabbe's out of control fiendfyre curse. In the meantime, Death Eaters and their allies were storming the castle; Fred Weasley died in an explosion, and Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks were killed in duels with Antonin Dolohov and Bellatrix Lestrange, respectively. Voldemort had Nagini kill Severus Snape, believing it would make him the true master of the Elder Wand, and then issued an ultimatum to the other side: Harry turns himself over within an hour, or everyone in Hogwarts would be killed.
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Death Eater Army gathered throughout the Second Wizarding War.

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Voldemort and his Death Eaters in the Forbidden Forest during the Battle of Hogwarts.

It was then revealed to Harry that he himself had accidentally been turned into a horcrux. He willingly took a Killing Curse from Lord Voldemort in order to destroy it, but because his mother's sacrifice lived on in his blood, the blood Voldemort took in himself in order to regain a body, Harry was not killed. Before Harry tried to sacrifice himself, he warned Neville Longbottom to kill Nagini. Neville retrieved the sword of Gryffindor and beheaded Nagini.

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Lord Voldemort during the final battle against Harry Potter.

An army of reinforcements stormed the castle and the Death Eaters were defeated until only Bellatrix Lestrange (killed by Molly Weasley) and Voldemort himself were left. Harry and Voldemort then faced off in one last confrontation. Because Harry was the true master of the Elder Wand, the curse rebounded upon Voldemort, killing the dark wizard once and for all.

With the death of their master and the battle lost, many of the Death Eaters who survived were arrested, while others went into hiding. A few, such as the Malfoys, were pardoned. After Voldemort's death, the Dark Marks on the Death Eaters' forearms faded into scars.[6]

Ideology

"Many of our oldest family trees become a little diseased over time. You must prune yours, must you not, to keep it healthy? Cut away those parts that threaten the health of the rest... And in your family, so in the world...we shall cut away the cancer that infects us until only those of the true blood remain..."
—Lord Voldemort on his goals in Malfoy Manor[src]
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A Death Eater during the Second Wizarding War.

Ideologically, the Death Eaters sought to destroy Muggles and wizards and witches of Muggle lineage, and take over, and restore the wizarding world to pure-bloods. The Death Eaters idealised pure-bloods, which is ironic considering that their leader, Lord Voldemort, was a half-blood with a Muggle father.

Not all of them could claim to be pure-bloods, and in fact true pure-bloods probably do not exist, as the claim is based on selective genealogy; possibly many of them were half-bloods clinging to their pure-blood ancestors. One such was Severus Snape, the son of a Muggle man and a pure-blood witch.[2] Judging by Bellatrix Lestrange's reaction to being told that Voldemort was a half-blood by Harry Potter[3], the Dark Lord most likely lied to his followers about being pure-blood.

"The Death Eaters can't be all pure-blood, there aren't enough pure-blood Wizards left. I expect most of them are half-bloods, pretending to be pure. It's only Muggle-borns they hate..."
Hermione Granger on the Death Eaters[src]

The Death Eaters also attacked pure-bloods who opposed them, such as Fabian and Gideon Prewett, who were members of the Order of the Phoenix. Their main targets, however, were Muggle-borns, whom they hated and believed should not be allowed access to the wizarding world, judging from their mass imprisonment of Muggle-borns during the height of the Second Wizarding War. It is possible that some Death Eaters believed the theory their propaganda put forth — that Muggle-borns stole magic from "real" wizards and witches — though this may have been nothing more than an excuse to send Muggle-borns to Azkaban.[6] In any case, the Death Eaters regarded Muggle-borns as inferior and undeserving of magic, and thought those who disagreed, so-called blood traitors, were nearly as bad.[7] However, in "rare circumstances", a Muggle-born who was exceptionally powerful or talented might be permitted to become a Death Eater[8]. Their actions on Muggle-borns also seemed to have deviated between wars, as during the First Wizarding War the Death Eaters would mass murder Muggle-borns, while during the Second War they would imprison and humiliate them, as opposed to executing them outright, via the false propaganda the Ministry put forth, showing that the Death Eaters have grown more arrogant and sadistic when they took over the Ministry.

Although some Death Eaters appear to have been fanatically loyal to Voldemort, such as Bellatrix Lestrange and Barty Crouch Jr., many seemed to serve him largely out of fear. As soon as he was defeated in 1981, many immediately renounced their loyalty and did not attempt to find Voldemort in the intervening years. Those who rioted at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup also fled when the Dark Mark was cast. Bill Weasley speculated then that those Death Eaters were “even more frightened than the rest of us to see him come back”[9]. However, most Apparated to his side if they were able when Voldemort called them upon his return, claiming that they had been loyal all along.

In turn, even though Voldemort values the services they provide, and sometimes act as though they were close, he sees them as no more than dispensable servants. Voldemort was willing to sacrifice even the most loyal of them if it serves him well, the most prominent example being Severus Snape, who he thought to the end was faithful. Some Death Eaters delude themselves to thinking that they alone know and understand Voldemort, and even were close to him, but Voldemort never once desired a friend.

"...why did this band of wizards never come to the aid of their master, to whom they swore eternal loyalty?"
—Voldemort stating the obligations that the Death Eaters have sworn to when they sided with him.[src]

Becoming a Death Eater meant a lifetime service to Lord Voldemort. They have no right to just "hand in their resignation" if the situation looks grim; deserters would be marked for death. Sirius Black thought his younger brother was killed for attempting to quit after being asked to do something hard, even though later this turned out to be the opposite. Igor Karkaroff deserted the Death Eaters after turning many of them over to the Ministry, and even though he went into hiding after his former master was revived, he was eventually caught and killed for his disloyalty. However, Voldemort did forgive the servants who did not attempt to find him, but returned when he touched Wormtail's Dark Mark, as Snape claimed that if otherwise, then Voldemort would be left with very few followers.

Known Death Eaters

Name Gender Information Current Status
Alecto Carrow Female Fought in the First Wizarding War. Following Lord Voldemort's downfall, Alecto managed to avoid Azkaban. After the Dark Lord's rebirth, Alecto fought in the Second Wizarding War. She participated in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, and became Muggle Studies professor at Hogwarts, as the Ministry of Magic was in Voldemort's control. Alecto used her position to spread anti-Muggle propaganda and abused various students. Presumed imprisoned or deceased

Amycus Carrow

Male Fought in the First Wizarding War. Following Lord Voldemort's downfall, Amycus managed to avoid Azkaban. After the Dark Lord's rebirth, Amycus fought in the Second Wizarding War. He participated in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, and became Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts, as the Ministry of Magic was in Voldemort's control he changed Defence Against the Dark Art to the Dark Arts. Amycus used his position to abuse students. During the Battle of Hogwarts, Amycus was placed under the Imperius Curse by Minerva McGonagall and tortured with the Cruciatus Curse by Harry Potter. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Antonin Dolohov Male Fought in the First Wizarding War. Dolohov was involved with the brutal murders of Fabian and Gideon Prewett. During the Second Wizarding War, Dolohov participated in the illegal break-in and battle of the Department of Mysteries. After escaping Azkaban, Dolohov failed to capture Harry Potter on Tottenham Court Road, and was subsequently punished by his master. During the Battle of Hogwarts, he killed Remus Lupin, and was later defeated by Filius Flitwick. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Augustus Rookwood Male Worked as an Unspeakable at the Ministry of Magic, using this position to spy for Lord Voldemort. Rookwood was imprisoned in Azkaban having been betrayed by Igor Karkaroff in exchange for his freedom. Rookwood later escaped during the 1996 mass breakout, however, he was re-incarcerated after participating in the illegal break-in and battle of the Department of Mysteries. In 1997, he escaped once again during another mass-breakout, and fought in the Battle of Hogwarts. Presumed imprisoned
Avery Sr. Male One of Lord Voldemort's very first Death Eaters. Attended Hogwarts with Tom Riddle. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Avery Jr. Male Fought in the First Wizarding War. Following Lord Voldemort's downfall, Avery was able to avoid Azkaban by claiming he had been under the Imperius Curse. He was later one of the few present at the Dark Lord's rebirth. He also participated in the illegal break-in and battle of the Department of Mysteries during the Second Wizarding War. Avery, along with other Death Eaters, escaped during the 1997 mass breakout of Azkaban. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Barty Crouch Jr. Male Participated in the torture and permanent incapacitation of Alice and Frank Longbottom during the First Wizarding War. During the events leading up to the Dark Lord's rebirth, Crouch kidnapped and impersonated Alastor Moody using Polyjuice Potion. Whilst impersonating Moody at Hogwarts, Barty murdered his own father using the Killing Curse. Furthermore, he placed Viktor Krum under the Imperius Curse during the Triwizard Tournament, and through him, tortured Cedric Diggory, also stunned? Fleur Delacour. Crouch subsequently suffered the Dementor's Kiss. Soul removed
Bellatrix Lestrange Female Participated in the torture and permanent incapacitation of Alice and Frank Longbottom with the Cruciatus Curse during the First Wizarding War, and was unable to avoid Azkaban following Lord Voldemort's downfall. Fought in the Second Wizarding War. Participated in the illegal break-in and battle at the Department of Mysteries, killing Sirius Black, and was the only Death Eater who escaped Azkaban following that battle. Tortured Hermione Granger and killed Dobby at Malfoy Manor. Killed Tonks and attempted to kill Ginny Weasley during the Battle of Hogwarts. She was subsequently killed by Molly Weasley in the same battle. Deceased
Crabbe Sr. Male Fought in the First Wizarding War. Having avoided Azkaban following Lord Voldemort's downfall, Crabbe was present when the Dark Lord was reborn. He later participated in the illegal break-in and battle of the Department of Mysteries during the Second Wizarding War, and was subsequently imprisoned. Crabbe, along with other Death Eaters, escaped during the 1997 mass breakout. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Draco Malfoy Male Two failed assassination attempts on Albus Dumbledore, but managed to corner and disarm him before deciding not to kill him. Placed the Imperius Curse on Madam Rosmerta to pass on a cursed necklace. Unintentionally poisoned Ron Weasley and cursed Katie Bell. Forced to commit crimes under direct threat from Lord Voldemort. Repaired the vanishing cabinet which allowed various Death Eaters to breach Hogwarts defences prior to the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. Tried to capture Harry Potter during the Battle of Hogwarts. Participated reluctantly in Death Eater activity. Defected
Evan Rosier Male Fought in the First Wizarding War. Following Lord Voldemort's downfall, Evan was killed by Alastor Moody after resisting capture. Deceased
Gibbon Male Fought in the Second Wizarding War. Conjured the Dark Mark over Hogwarts during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. During that battle, Gibbon was struck by a Killing Curse intended for Remus Lupin by Thorfinn Rowle. Deceased
Goyle Sr. Male Fought in the First Wizarding War. Having avoided Azkaban following Lord Voldemort's downfall, Goyle was present when the Dark Lord was reborn. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Igor Karkaroff Male Fought in the First Wizarding War. Following Lord Voldemort's downfall, Karkaroff was able to avoid Azkaban by betraying several Death Eaters to the Ministry of Magic. During the Second Wizarding War, Karkaroff was killed for his disloyalty. Deceased
Jugson Male Participated in the illegal break-in and battle of the Department of Mysteries during the Second Wizarding War, and was subsequently imprisoned. Jugson, along with other Death Eaters, escaped during the 1997 mass breakout. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Lestrange Sr. Male One of Lord Voldemort's first Death Eaters. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Lucius Malfoy Male Gave Tom Riddle's old school diary to Ginny Weasley under Lord Voldemort's orders, hoping to sabotage Arthur Weasley. Lucius later threatened school governors and numerous counts of bribery. Participated in a violent riot and torture of a Muggle family at the Quidditch World Cup in 1994. He was present when Voldemort was reborn. Placed Department of Mysteries employee Broderick Bode and possibly Sturgis Podmore under the Imperius Curse in an attempt to commit theft on Voldemort's behalf. Led the break-in of the Department of Mysteries. After escaping Azkaban, his home was used as Death Eater headquarters. Defected and did not fight in the Battle of Hogwarts. Defected
Mulciber Sr. Male One of Lord Voldemort's first Death Eaters. Fought and died in the First Wizarding War. Deceased
Mulciber Jr. Male Fought in the First Wizarding War and placed the Imperius Curse on many people and forced them to do horrific things and was later unable to avoid Azkaban after Lord Voldemort's downfall. Following the Dark Lord's rebirth, Mulciber escaped in 1996 during a mass breakout. During the Second Wizarding War, he participated in the illegal break-in and battle of the Department of Mysteries, and was subsequently re-imprisoned. However, Mulciber later escaped once again during the 1997 mass breakout. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Nott Sr. Male One of Lord Voldemort's first Death Eaters, thus fought in the First Wizarding War. Following Voldemort's downfall, Nott was able to avoid Azkaban, and was later present at the Dark Lord's rebirth. Participated in the illegal break-in and battle of the Department of Mysteries during the Second Wizarding War, and was subsequently imprisoned. Nott, along with other Death Eaters, escaped during the 1997 mass breakout. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Peter Pettigrew Male Betrayed James and Lily Potter to Lord Voldemort, framing Sirius Black for the crime, whilst killing twelve Muggles in the process and faking his own death. Present at the Dark Lord's rebirth, assisting him in doing so, murdering Cedric Diggory in the process. Prior to these events, he lead Bertha Jorkins to her death. Pettigrew tried to strangle Harry Potter in Malfoy Manor but hesitated when Harry Potter reminded him of a life debt, which resulted in him getting killed by his enchanted silver hand. Deceased (defected)
Rabastan Lestrange Male One of Lord Voldemort's first Death Eaters. Participated in the torture and the permanent incapacitation of Alice and Frank Longbottom using the Cruciatus Curse during the First Wizarding War. Participated in the illegal break-in and battle at the Department of Mysteries, and was subsequently imprisoned. Rabastan, along with other Death Eaters, escaped during the 1997 mass breakout. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Regulus Black Male Volunteered Kreacher to assist Lord Voldemort in hiding Salazar Slytherin's Locket. However, Regulus later changed sides and attempted to destroy the Horcrux and was killed by Inferi in the process. Deceased (defected)
Rodolphus Lestrange Male Participated in the torture and the permanent incapacitation of Alice and Frank Longbottom via the Cruciatus Curse during the First Wizarding War. Participated in the illegal break-in and battle of the Department of Mysteries, and was subsequently imprisoned. Rodolphus escaped in the 1997 mass breakout and participated in the Battle of the Seven Potters. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Rosier Sr. Male One of Lord Voldemort's first Death Eaters. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Selwyn Male During the Second Wizarding War, participated in the Battle of the Seven Potters. Along with Travers, tortured Xenophilius Lovegood about the whereabouts of Harry Potter. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Severus Snape Male Gave information to Lord Voldemort about the prophecy leading to the death of James and Lily Potter during the First Wizarding War. He then reformed out of remorse for Lily's death and worked as a double agent for the Order of the Phoenix against the Death Eaters. Participated in a plan of Dumbledore's resulting in his death and Snape becoming Headmaster of Hogwarts, a position he used to covertly assist Harry Potter and his friends. Was killed by Nagini under the command of Voldemort, who believed Snape was the master of the Elder Wand. Deceased (defected)
Thorfinn Rowle Male During the Second Wizarding War, participated in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, and accidentally struck Gibbon with a Killing Curse intended for Remus Lupin. He was later punished by the Dark Lord having failed to capture Harry Potter on Tottenham Court Road. Rowle later participated in the Battle of Hogwarts. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Travers Male Participated in the murder of the McKinnons during the First Wizarding War. Participated in the Battle of the Seven Potters and intimidated employees of Gringotts bank during the Second Wizarding War. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Walden Macnair Male One of Lord Voldemort's first Death Eaters, thus fought during the First Wizarding War. Following Voldemort's downfall, was able to avoid Azkaban by claiming to have been under the Imperius Curse. Present at the Dark Lord's rebirth. Recruited Giants to join Lord Voldemort's side during the Second Wizarding War. Participated in the illegal break-in and battle at the Department of Mysteries, and was subsequently imprisoned. Macnair, along with other Death Eaters, escaped during the 1997 mass breakout, and participated in the Battle of Hogwarts and was knocked unconscious after Rubeus Hagrid slammed him into a wall. Presumed imprisoned or deceased
Wilkes Male Fought and died in the First Wizarding War. Deceased
Yaxley Male During the Second Wizarding War, participated in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. Placed the Imperius Curse on Pius Thicknesse. Participated in the persecution of Muggle-borns with the Muggle-Born Registration Commission. Participated in the Battle of Hogwarts and was defeated by George Weasley and Lee Jordan.

Presumed imprisoned or deceased

Fenrir Greyback

Male

werewolf

Did not have a Dark Mark . He became cannibalistic in the Second Wizarding War, and his duty was to scare, kill, and infect the opposing side. Was a part of the Battle of the Astronomy Tower , where he scarred Bill Weasley , and was present at the death of Albus Dumbledore . He was involved with the Snatchers , and brought Harry Potter to Malfoy Manor . Fenrir participated in the Battle of Hogwarts . He savaged Lavender Brown , and presumably many others. He was eventually brought down by Ron Weasley and Neville Longbottom . Presumed deceased

Death Eaters Allies

The Death Eaters seems to have hierarchy, with Voldemort at the top, followed by top ranking members, who were often his most powerful and trusted Death Eaters. Arguably, his top most Death Eaters were Severus Snape, Lucius Malfoy (until he lost favour), Bellatrix Lestrange and Barty Crouch Jr.

Name Other loyalty(ies) Information Current Status
Narcissa Malfoy Malfoy Family Draco Malfoy's mother. Supported Lord Voldemort during the First Wizarding War, but defected in order to protect her family later. Defected
Pansy Parkinson Slytherin, Draco Malfoy's gang (formerly) Was included in Draco's gang. During the Second Wizarding War, she attempted to get Harry Potter to turn him in the the Drak Lord. After Lord Voldemort's downfall, she most likely resumed her education in Hogwarts. Alive
Vincent Crabbe Slytherin, Draco Malfoy's gang (formerly) Was included in Draco's gang. During the Second Wizarding War, he tried to catch and kill Harry for the Dark Lord. Accidentally killed himself when he conjured a Fiendfyre he could not control. Deceased
Gregory Goyle Alive (died in film)
Mafalda Hopkirk Ministry of magic (under Lord Voldemort and Pius Thicknesse) Unknown
Dolores Umbridge Ministry of magic (under Lord Voldemort and Pius Thicknesse), Inquisitorial Squad A student in Slytherin House. Later, she became Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic, Defence Against the Dark Arts Porfessor, Hogwarts High Inquisitor, Headmistress of Hogwarts (1996), and Head of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission. We don't know why she returns to the Ministry after the retire of Fudge. She is not a Death Eater, but she shared their Pure-blood supremacy belief, so she didn't be aresst after the death of Rufus Scrimgeour. After the Second Wizading War, she was imprisoned for her crimes against Muggle-borns. Imprisoned
Golgomath Giants A giant who allied with the Death Eaters and told his clan to as well. Unknown
Dementor Azkaban Allied with the Death Eaters but after their downfall they resumed their original positions as guardians of Azkaban. N/A
Acromantula Forbidden Forest Acromantula Colony (under Voldemort's control) Unknown
Albert Runcorn British Ministry of Magic (under Lord Voldemort and Pius Thicknesse) Presumably deceased or imprisoned

Deaths, disappearances and injuries

Deaths caused by Death Eaters

The whole goblins family who lived near Nottingham. (briefly mentioned in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).

Victim(s) Killer(s) Cause of Death Notes
Moaning Myrtle Tom Marvolo Riddle Slytherin's Basilisk Riddle unleashed the Basilisk in Hogwarts in 1943, and it killed Myrtle in the bathroom near the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets. Used to made his diary his first Horcrux.
The Riddle family Tom Marvolo Riddle Killing Curse Riddle killed his Muggle lineage in revenge for his mother being abandoned. He used Morfin Gaunt's ring to make his second Horcrux.
Hepzibah Smith Tom Marvolo Riddle A lethal poison Riddle killed Hepzibah Smith while working for Borgin and Burkes and framed Smith's house elf, Hokey for the crime. Stole Helga Hufflepuff's Cup and Salazar Slytherin's Locket from Smith's safe. Used to make Helga Hufflepuff's Cup his third Horcrux.
A Muggle tramp Lord Voldemort Unknown Used to make Salazar Slytherin's Locket his fourth Horcrux.
An Albanian peasant Lord Voldemort Unknown Used to make Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem his fifth Horcrux.
Edgar Bones and his family Unknown Death Eaters Unknown During the First Wizarding War
Benjy Fenwick Unknown Death Eaters A curse that blasted him to pieces During the First Wizarding War
Fabian and Gideon Prewett Antonin Dolohov and four other Death Eaters Unknown, but described as "brutal" During the First Wizarding War
Marlene McKinnon and her family Multiple Death Eaters, including Travers Unknown During the First Wizarding War
Dean Thomas's father Unknown Death Eaters Unknown Killed for refusing to join the Death Eaters.
Dorcas Meadowes Lord Voldemort Killing Curse Reason Unknown.
James and Lily Potter Lord Voldemort Killing Curse Resulted in the first defeat of Voldemort on 31 October, 1981, as Lily Potter's sacrifice for her infant son caused the Killing Curse Voldemort directed at him to rebound.
Twelve Muggles Peter Pettigrew Blasting Curse Caused while Pettigrew was fleeing Sirius Black and faked his own death.
Bertha Jorkins Lord Voldemort Killing Curse Used to make Nagini his sixth (actually seventh) Horcrux.
Frank Bryce Lord Voldemort Killing Curse For supposedly trespassing on the Riddle House.
Barty Crouch Sr. Barty Crouch Jr. Unknown Killed before he could expose his son and Voldemort’s plans
Cedric Diggory Peter Pettigrew Killing Curse Accompanied Harry Potter to the graveyard in Little Hangleton, and murdered on Voldemort's orders to "kill the spare".
Broderick Bode Walden Macnair Strangled by Devil's Snare Killed to prevent him from talking about the Death Eaters’ planned break-in of the Department of Mysteries.
Sirius Black Bellatrix Lestrange Curse that pushed him through the Veil in the Death Chamber Battle of the Department of Mysteries
Emmeline Vance Unknown Death Eaters Unknown Killed for membership in the Order of the Phoenix in 1996.
Amelia Bones Lord Voldemort Unknown Killed in the summer of 1996
Florean Fortescue Unknown Death Eaters Unknown Kidnapped from his own shop in Diagon Alley in 1996, was later killed.
Mrs. Abbott Unknown Death Eaters Unknown Found dead in her home.
Igor Karkaroff Unknown Death Eaters Unknown Killed for betraying the Death Eaters at the end of the First Wizarding War.
Gibbon Thorfinn Rowle Killing Curse Rowle was aiming at Remus Lupin during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, but missed and accidentally struck Gibbon.
Albus Dumbledore Severus Snape Killing Curse Killed as part of his own plan to spare Draco Malfoy from becoming a murderer and himself from a more painful death.
Charity Burbage Lord Voldemort Killing Curse Killed for promoting pro-Muggle values and fed to Nagini.
Hedwig Unknown Death Eater Killing Curse Battle of the Seven Potters
Alastor Moody Lord Voldemort Killing Curse Battle of the Seven Potters
Rufus Scrimgeour Unknown Death Eaters or Lord Voldemort Unknown As part of the 1997 coup of the Ministry of Magic
Bathilda Bagshot Most likely Lord Voldemort Unknown, but bearing signs of Dark Magic To place Nagini inside her body as a trap for Harry Potter in Godric's Hollow.
German family Lord Voldemort Killing Curse For not having information on Gregorovitch's location.
Gregorovitch Lord Voldemort Killing Curse During his search for the Elder Wand.
Gellert Grindelwald Lord Voldemort Killing Curse After interrogation about the location of the Elder Wand.
Peter Pettigrew Lord Voldemort Silver hand made by Voldemort After Pettigrew stopped trying to kill Harry Potter - Skirmish at Malfoy Manor
Dobby Bellatrix Lestrange Stabbed through the chest with a thrown dagger. Skirmish at Malfoy Manor
Unidentified goblin killed by Voldemort Lord Voldemort Killing Curse After the report that the trio stolen Helga Hufflepuff's Cup from the Lestrange's vault at Gringotts.
Fred Weasley Unknown An explosion in Hogwarts Battle of Hogwarts
Remus Lupin Antonin Dolohov Unknown Battle of Hogwarts
Nymphadora Tonks Bellatrix Lestrange Unknown Battle of Hogwarts
Colin Creevey Unknown Death Eater Unknown Battle of Hogwarts
Unidentified female Hogwarts teacher Possibly a Death Eater or two Unknown Battle of Hogwarts
Severus Snape Nagini Multiple bites In the Shrieking Shack, after Lord Voldemort came to the conclusion that he needed to do so to gain control of the Elder Wand.

Permanent Injuries caused by Death Eaters

Victim Death Eater(s) Description of Injury Notes
Alice and Frank Longbottom Bellatrix, Rodolphus, Rabastan Lestrange and Barty Crouch Jr. Insanity caused by repeated and prolonged infliction of the Cruciatus Curse Resulted in the Longbottoms remaining in St Mungo's for the rest of their lives
Harry Potter Lord Voldemort Lightning Scar Caused by a failed Killing Curse Resulted in the end of the First Wizarding War
George Weasley Severus Snape A Sectumsempra Snape was actually aiming at another Death Eater severed George’s ear. Battle of the Seven Potters

Non-permanent injuries caused by Death Eaters

Victim(s) Death Eater(s) Description of Injury Notes
Several Muggle-born students of Hogwarts, Nearly Headless Nick, and Mrs. Norris Slytherin's Basilisk, under Tom Marvolo Riddle’s command Petrified This was carried out via the possession of Ginny Weasley in the 1992–1993 school year by a Horcrux slipped to Ginny by Lucius Malfoy
Ginny Weasley Lucius Malfoy and the memory of Tom Marvolo Riddle Possessed and nearly killed through use of Tom Riddle's Diary a Horcrux Lucius Malfoy slipped Ginny the diary, and she was saved from Riddle by Harry Potter in 1993
Mr. Roberts and his family Unknown Death Eaters - most likely Lucius Malfoy for he was at the World Cup Levitated and humiliated publicly. At the Quidditch World Cup in 1994.
Harry Potter Lord Voldemort Briefly tortured with the Cruciatus Curse; attempted murder. In the graveyard of Little Hangleton in 1995.
Arthur Weasley Voldemort/Nagini Multiple snakebites, severe blood loss December 1995
Ginny Weasley Unknown Death Eater Broken ankle Battle of the Department of Mysteries
Hermione Granger Antonin Dolohov Severe internal injury caused by an unnamed curse. Battle of the Department of Mysteries
Neville Longbottom Antonin Dolohov Broke nose and wand Battle of the Department of Mysteries
Luna Lovegood Unknown Death Eater Stunned and thrown across a room Battle of the Department of Mysteries
Neville Longbottom Bellatrix Lestrange Briefly tortured with the Cruciatus Curse. Battle of the Department of Mysteries
Katie Bell Draco Malfoy Placed under the Imperius Curse; cursed when she touched a Dark magic opal necklace. Collateral damage of Draco Malfoy's attempts to assassinate Albus Dumbledore.
Ron Weasley Draco Malfoy Poisoned by drinking mead intended for Albus Dumbledore. Collateral damage of Draco Malfoy's attempts to assassinate Albus Dumbledore - Harry Potter saved his life by feeding Ron a bezoar.
Harry Potter Nagini Received venomous bite on his arm. Attack at Godric's Hollow (1997)
Hermione Granger Bellatrix Lestrange Tortured with the Cruciatus Curse for information; threatened with a short knife at neck. Skirmish at Malfoy Manor
Various Hogwarts students, including Neville Longbottom, Seamus Finnigan, and Michael Corner Amycus and Alecto Carrow. Subjected to assault and the Cruciatus Curse Occurred while Voldemort was in control of Hogwarts for the 1997–1998 school year.

Disappearances caused by Death Eaters

Victim Death Eater(s) Description of Disappearance Found?
Caradoc Dearborn Unknown Death Eaters Disappeared during the First Wizarding War. His body was never found, and is presumably dead. No
Garrick Ollivander Fenrir Greyback and unknown Death Eaters Kidnapped from his own shop in Diagon Alley in 1996. Yes, escaped from Malfoy Manor along with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Dean Thomas, Griphook, and Dobby.
Octavius Pepper Unknown Death Eaters Disappeared in early spring of 1997. Disappearance was reported by the Daily Prophet. No
Florean Fortescue Unknown Death Eaters Kidnapped from his own shop in Diagon Alley in 1996, was later killed. No
Bertha Jorkins Peter Pettigrew Brought to Lord Voldemort by Peter Pettigrew during a holiday in Albania in 1994, was later killed by Voldemort. Her death resulted in Nagini being turned into a Horcrux. No
Luna Lovegood Unknown Death Eaters Imprisoned in Malfoy Manor Yes, escaped from Malfoy Manor along with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Garrick Ollivander, Dean Thomas, Griphook, and Dobby.

Behind the scenes

Death Eater LEGO

A Death Eater as a LEGO mini-figure.

  • The Death Eaters were originally titled The Knights of Walpurgis[10]. This name seems to be a play on Walpurgis Night, the evening of 30 April when, according to legend, witches and demons gather.
  • Walpurgis Night is the day before the feast day of St. Walpurga on the first of May. May 1st, 1998 was the last full day of Voldemort and the Death Eaters' reign of terror. They were finally destroyed on May 2nd.
  • The hoods worn by the Death Eaters in their first film appearance bear a resemblance to those worn by the Ku Klux Klan. For later films, the design was changed to one with a full mask and no point on the hood.
  • Despite his allegiance with Lord Voldemort, Fenrir Greyback was not an official Death Eater due to the fact that he was a werewolf. Nonetheless, Voldemort saw Greyback as too valuable an accomplice not to have in his ranks, and allowed him to accompany the group and wear their robes.
  • Narcissa Malfoy was not officially a Death Eater, never having been branded with the Dark Mark, even though she was married to Lucius Malfoy and is the sister of Bellatrix Lestrange, both very high-ranking Death Eaters. However, she was an ally of the Death Eaters, as she may have participated in the tormenting of Muggles the night of the 1994 Quidditch World Cup, relayed information to Voldemort which led to the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and the murder of Sirius Black, sat in on Death Eater meetings (though this may simply have been because they were held in her home at the time, much to her discomfort), and was given the duty of finding out whether or not Harry Potter was truly dead. However, she was not known to have participated in any battles, and she ultimately lied to Voldemort about Harry's death and thus helped bring about his fall.
  • Pius Thicknesse and Stan Shunpike were both dressed as Death Eaters when they fought in the Battle of Hogwarts and Battle of the Seven Potters, respectively. However, both were under the Imperius Curse at the time, and it is unlikely that either was ever an actual Death Eater.
  • Quirinus Quirrell was loyal to Lord Voldemort, but he was not a Death Eater as the organisation was inactive during Voldemort's years of disembodiment. Had he successfully resurrected his master, he almost certainly would've become one.
  • Several Death Eaters with the same last name have been mentioned in the series (e.g. Lestrange, Avery, Mulciber), which suggests that fealty to Voldemort may not end with the person themselves, and extends to their children. It is equally possible, however, that the children have similar ideological views to their parents.
  • Dolores Umbridge was never explicitly mentioned to be a Death Eater; however, she was a sympathiser who committed crimes against Muggle-borns at the Ministry of Magic while it was under Voldemort's control. She also participated in her own punishment for Harry Potter with a cursed quill for his outcry in Defence Against the Dark Arts, permanently carving I must not tell lies on the back of Harry's hand.
  • While the majority of the Death Eaters were males, two explicitly mentioned female Death Eaters were Bellatrix Lestrange and Alecto Carrow. Another unnamed woman was described in the first chapter of the Deathly Hallows, but it was Bellatrix Lestrange.
  • Unlike their fathers, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle and Theodore Nott do not appear to have ever been official Death Eaters, though Crabbe and Goyle were sympathisers who tried to capture Harry Potter for Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts, resulting in the death of Ravenclaw's diadem, the death of Crabbe and the destruction of the Room of Requirement.
  • Bellatrix was referred by J.K. Rowling as Voldemort's lieutenant, suggesting that she may be the second-in-command of the Death Eater organisation. Indeed, she has demonstrated great talent in combat and leadership skills and has been, in the past, trusted with many important things by her master. Similarly, Lucius Malfoy and Severus Snape seemed to be lieutenants of Voldemort. Bellatrix and Lucius Malfoy were entrusted with Horcruxes. All three were allowed to give subordinate Death Eater orders. However, Malfoy lost favour with Voldemort shortly before his demise.
  • The Death Eaters do not wear hoods or masks during the last film adaptation. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 they do sometimes, same for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film).
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 there seem to be not several dozens of Death Eaters like in the book, but hundreds. The end of the Battle of Hogwarts had over a hundred standing in the courtyard. It may be that some of them were imperiused wizards but when the battle resumed, 1/4 of the Death Eaters fled, including the Malfoy family.

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Notes and references

Death Eaters
Dark Mark
Leader:
Lord Voldemort
Death Eaters:
Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Antonin Dolohov | Augustus Rookwood | Avery (I) | Avery (II) |
Barty Crouch Jr. | Bellatrix Lestrange | Crabbe | Evan Rosier | Gibbon | Goyle |
Jugson | Lestrange | Mulciber (I) | Mulciber (II) | Nott | Rabastan Lestrange | Rodolphus Lestrange | Rosier | Selwyn | Thorfinn Rowle | Travers | Walden Macnair | Wilkes | Yaxley
Death Eaters who Defected:

Draco Malfoy | Igor Karkaroff | Lucius Malfoy | Peter Pettigrew | Regulus Black | Severus Snape

Death Eaters' allies:
Vincent Crabbe | Golgomath | Gregory Goyle | Fenrir Greyback | Narcissa Malfoy (defected) |
Quirinus Quirrell | Scabior | Dolores Umbridge
Other affiliations:
Dementors | Giants (Golgomath's control) | Muggle-Born Registration Commission | Snatchers | Werewolves

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