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{{Quote|Fenrir Greyback is, perhaps, the most savage werewolf alive today. He regards it as his mission in life to bite and to conta­minate as many people as possible; he wants to create enough were­wolves to overcome the wizards. Voldemort has promised him prey in return for his services. Greyback specialises in children... Bite them young, he says, and raise them away from their parents, raise them to hate normal wizards.|[[Remus Lupin]] on Greyback.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Quote|Fenrir Greyback is, perhaps, the most savage werewolf alive today. He regards it as his mission in life to bite and to conta­minate as many people as possible; he wants to create enough were­wolves to overcome the wizards. Voldemort has promised him prey in return for his services. Greyback specialises in children... Bite them young, he says, and raise them away from their parents, raise them to hate normal wizards.|[[Remus Lupin]] on Greyback.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
'''Fenrir Greyback''' was a [[werewolf]] notorious for his savagery and preference for attacking children. He was a leader in his community and strived to infect as many people as possible with lycanthropy, hoping to build an army strong enough to eventually take over the [[Wizarding world|wizarding community]]. It was he who infected [[Remus Lupin]] with [[werewolf|lycanthropy]].
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'''Fenrir Greyback''' (f. 1965-1998) was a [[werewolf]] notorious for his savagery and preference for attacking children. He was a leader in his community and strived to infect as many people as possible with lycanthropy, hoping to build an army strong enough to eventually take over the [[Wizarding world|wizarding community]]. It was he who infected [[Remus Lupin]] with [[werewolf|lycanthropy]].
   
During the [[Second Wizarding War]], Greyback and the pack of werewolves he led allied themselves with [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], though they were not considered [[Death Eaters]]. Greyback fought in the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]], during which he expressed an eagerness to bite the children of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] and left [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] badly scarred<ref name="HBP" />, and later [[1997|that year]] led a gang of [[Snatchers]] when Voldemort was in control of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>. Greyback fought in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], where he at one point attacked [[Lavender Brown]], but was incapacitated by a Blasting spell by Hermione and then a crystal ball to the head by [[Professor Trelawney]]. During the second part of the battle, where both sides faced-off in the Great Hall, he was defeated by [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Neville Longbottom]]<ref name="DH" />. It is likely he was either killed or imprisoned in [[Azkaban]] afterwards.
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During the [[Second Wizarding War]], Greyback and the pack of werewolves he led allied themselves with [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], though they were not considered [[Death Eaters]]. Greyback fought in the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]], during which he expressed an eagerness to bite the children of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] and left [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] badly scarred,<ref name="HBP" /> and later [[1997|that year]] led a gang of [[Snatchers]] when Voldemort was in control of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref> Greyback fought in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], where he at one point attacked [[Lavender Brown]], but was incapacitated by a Blasting spell by Hermione and then a crystal ball to the head by [[Sybill Trelawney|Professor Trelawney]]. During the second part of the battle, where both sides faced-off in the Great Hall, he was defeated by [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Neville Longbottom]].<ref name="DH" /> It is likely he was either killed or imprisoned in [[Azkaban]] afterwards.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Early life===
 
===Early life===
At some point in his early life Fenrir was bitten by a werewolf and infected with [[werewolf|lycanthropy]]. Throughout most of his life, his only goal in life was to infect as many people as possible, in order to create enough werewolves to defeat the [[wizarding world]]. Greyback would often purposefully place himself in close proximity with his victims before a full moon to ensure he would attack them after his transformation. One of Greyback's victims included [[Remus Lupin]], whom Greyback attacked when Lupin's [[Remus Lupin's father|father]] offended him.<ref name="HBP" />
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At some point in his early life Fenrir was bitten by a werewolf and infected with [[werewolf|lycanthropy]]. Throughout most of his life, his only goal in life was to infect as many people as possible, in order to create enough werewolves to defeat the [[Wizarding world]]. Greyback would often purposefully place himself in close proximity with his victims before a full moon to ensure he would attack them after his transformation.
   
 
===First Wizarding War===
 
===First Wizarding War===
[[File:Greybackdhprofileimg.jpg|thumb|left|Fenrir Greyback, the werewolf.]]
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[[File:Greybackdhprofileimg.jpg|thumb|left|145px|Fenrir Greyback, the werewolf.]]
At some point either before or during the [[First Wizarding War]], Greyback joined the service of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. He did not join the Death Eaters, not because he believed in Voldemort's cause, but because allying himself with them would give him greater access to potential victims.<ref name="HBP" /> Although considered to be a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]], Greyback was not given the [[Dark Mark]] on his forearm.<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref> He was also not accepted as a Death Eater, as Voldemort was prejudiced against his lycanthropy.
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By the mid-[[1960s]], the amount of Dark magical activity across the country was growing steadily. While few knew what was behind it all, this was a precursor to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s first rise to power. The [[Death Eaters]] were recruiting Dark creatures to help them overthrow the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]],<ref name="PM">''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book3/chapter22/moment1/remus-lupin New from J.K. Rowling: "Remus Lupin"]</ref> and among them was Fenrir Greyback, who did not join the Death Eaters because he believed in Voldemort's cause, but because allying himself with them would give him greater access to potential victims.<ref name="HBP" /> Although considered to be a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]], Greyback was not given the [[Dark Mark]] on his forearm.<ref name="DH"/> He was also not accepted as a Death Eater, as Voldemort was prejudiced against his lycanthropy.
   
Greyback was used as a weapon by Voldemort, who would often use the werewolf to intimidate individuals to do his bidding, threatening to send Greyback to attack their children.<ref name="HBP" /> After Voldemort was presumed killed in [[1981]] after [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|his confrontation]] with the [[Potter family|Potters]] at [[Godric's Hollow]], Greyback was one of the Dark Lord's numerous followers who believed him to be dead and therefore did not make any attempt to find him.<ref name="HBP" />
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Greyback was used as a weapon by Voldemort, who would often use the werewolf to intimidate individuals to do his bidding, threatening to send Greyback to attack their children.<ref name="HBP" />
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It was in around [[1964]], after one such attack that resulted in the deaths of two [[Muggle]] children, that Greyback was brought in for questioning before the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]. Due to the inadequacy and ill-maintenance of the [[Werewolf Registry]], the Ministry did not know Greyback to be a werewolf, and he pretended to be a [[Muggle]] tramp who was amazed at finding himself in a room full of [[wizardkind|wizards]] and horrified at the talk about the dead children.<ref name="PM"/>
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His filthy clothing and lack of wand managed to convince most of the questioning committee, although [[Lyall Lupin]], an authority on Non-Human Spiritous Apparitions that was among them, recognised certain telltale signs in Greyback's appearance that made him suggest that Greyback should be kept in detention until the next full moon, which was, coincidentally, one day away. The ignorant committee members thought it unnecessary, and started taunting Lupin ("''Lyall, you just stick to Welsh Boggarts, that's what you're good at''"), who grew angry and described werewolves as "''soulless, evil, deserving of nothing but death''".<ref name="PM"/>
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Lupin was ordered out of the room, the head of the committee apologised to Greyback, and the werewolf was released. Before the wizard who was escorting him out of the inquiry could cast a [[Memory Charm]] on the "Muggle tramp" so that he would forget having been at the Ministry, Greyback overpowered him and fled with three other werewolf accomplices. As soon as he escaped, he started planning his revenge on the wizard who said he deserved nothing but death.<ref name="PM"/>
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Shortly before [[Remus Lupin]], [[Lyall Lupin]]'s son, turned five, he was attacked by Greyback. As the little boy slept peacefully in his bed, Greyback forced open his window and bit him. Lyall reached the bedroom in time to save his son and to drive the werewolf out of the house using a number of powerful curses. The deed, however, was done, and Remus Lupin became a full-fledged werewolf from that point on.<ref name="PM"/>
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After Voldemort was presumed killed in [[1981]] after [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|his confrontation]] with the [[Potter family|Potters]] at [[Godric's Hollow]], Greyback was one of the Dark Lord's numerous followers who believed him to be dead and therefore did not make any attempt to find him.<ref name="HBP" />
   
 
===Second Wizarding War===
 
===Second Wizarding War===
[[File:Fenrir Greyback wanted poster.jpg|thumb|200px|Fenrir Greyback featured on a "WANTED" poster]]
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{{Quote|Oh no — not Ollivanders, everybody got their first wands from here.|Hermione Granger discovering [[Ollivanders Wand Shop]] abandoned.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
{{Quote|Oh no - not Ollivanders, everybody got their first wands from here.|Hermione Granger discovering [[Ollivanders Wand Shop]] abandoned.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
 
   
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[[File:Fenrir_Greyback_wanted_poster.jpg|thumb|160px|Fenrir Greyback featured on a "WANTED" poster.]]
 
With Voldemort's return in [[1995]],<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> he began to gather his old forces to renew his war on the wizarding world. Greyback returned to Voldemort's side.<ref name="HBP" /> In the summer of [[1996]], shortly after the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Greyback and several Death Eaters raided [[Diagon Alley]], kidnapping the [[wandmaker]] [[Garrick Ollivander]]. He was also among a group of [[Death Eaters]] that destroyed the [[Millennium Bridge]], in [[London]].<ref name="HBP-film">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref>
 
With Voldemort's return in [[1995]],<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> he began to gather his old forces to renew his war on the wizarding world. Greyback returned to Voldemort's side.<ref name="HBP" /> In the summer of [[1996]], shortly after the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Greyback and several Death Eaters raided [[Diagon Alley]], kidnapping the [[wandmaker]] [[Garrick Ollivander]]. He was also among a group of [[Death Eaters]] that destroyed the [[Millennium Bridge]], in [[London]].<ref name="HBP-film">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref>
   
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====Battle of the Astronomy Tower====
 
====Battle of the Astronomy Tower====
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Dumbledore|Is it you, Fenrir?|Greyback|Exactly. Pleased to see me, Dumbledore?|No, I cannot say that I am... Am I to take it that you are attacking even without the full moon now? This is most unusual... You have developed a taste for human flesh that cannot be satisfied once a month?|That's right. Shocks you that, does it, Dumbledore? Frightens you?|Well, I cannot pretend it does not disgust me a little.|Greyback and [[Albus Dumbledore]] at the [[Astronomy Tower]] in [[1997]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}[[File:Death_Eater_victory.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Death Eaters on the Astronomy Tower]]
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Dumbledore|Is it you, Fenrir?|Greyback|Exactly. Pleased to see me, Dumbledore?|No, I cannot say that I am... Am I to take it that you are attacking even without the full moon now? This is most unusual... You have developed a taste for human flesh that cannot be satisfied once a month?|That's right. Shocks you that, does it, Dumbledore? Frightens you?|Well, I cannot pretend it does not disgust me a little.|Greyback and [[Albus Dumbledore]] at the [[Astronomy Tower]] in [[1997]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
Greyback, along with several Death Eaters, invaded Hogwarts on [[30 June]], [[1997]], cornering Albus Dumbledore atop the [[Astronomy Tower]], much to Draco Malfoy's shock and Dumbledore's disgust. He was among those who urged Draco Malfoy to kill the Headmaster and attempted to take over the job himself, before [[Severus Snape]] stepped in.<ref name="HBP" /> During the subsequent [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower|battle against]] members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and [[Dumbledore's Army]], Greyback assaulted [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]], scarring his face. Fortunately for Bill, Greyback was not in his wolf form, and therefore he will not be a true werewolf, but only have some "wolfish" behavior. Greyback also tried to bite [[Harry Potter]] during the battle, but Harry retaliated with a [[Full Body-Bind Curse]].<ref name="HBP" />
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[[File:Death_Eater_victory.jpg|thumb|left|235px|Death Eaters on the Astronomy Tower.]]Greyback, along with several Death Eaters, invaded Hogwarts on [[30 June]], [[1997]], cornering Albus Dumbledore atop the [[Astronomy Tower]], much to Draco Malfoy's shock and Dumbledore's disgust. He was among those who urged Draco Malfoy to kill the Headmaster and attempted to take over the job himself, before [[Severus Snape]] stepped in.<ref name="HBP" /> During the subsequent [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower|battle against]] members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and [[Dumbledore's Army]], Greyback assaulted [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]], scarring his face. Fortunately for Bill, Greyback was not in his wolf form, and therefore he would not be a true werewolf, but only have some "wolfish" behaviour. Greyback also tried to bite [[Harry Potter]] during the battle, but Harry retaliated with a [[Full Body-Bind Curse]].<ref name="HBP" />
   
 
====As a Snatcher====
 
====As a Snatcher====
[[File:Fenrir_Greyback_Snatcher.jpeg|thumb|150px|Fenrir as a Snatcher]]
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Greyback|A Weasley? So you're related to blood traitors even if you're not a Mudblood. And lastly, your pretty little friend&hellip;|Scabior|Easy, Greyback.|Oh, I'm not going to bite just yet. We'll see if she's a bit quicker at remembering her name than Barny. Who are you, girly?|Greyback interrogating Ron and Hermione|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Greyback|A Weasley? So you're related to blood traitors even if you're not a Mudblood. And lastly, your pretty little friend&hellip;|Scabior|Easy, Greyback.|Oh, I'm not going to bite just yet. We'll see if she's a bit quicker at remembering her name than Barny. Who are you, girly?|Greyback interrogating Ron and Hermione|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[File:Greybackhermione.jog.jpg|thumb|150px|Greyback holding Hermione Granger hostage]]
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[[File:Greybackhermione.jog.jpg|thumb|150px|Greyback holding Hermione Granger hostage.]]
 
Months later, after the [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|fall]] of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], Greyback became a primary leader in the [[Snatchers]] organisation, and led a group of them around the countryside scouring for fugitive [[Muggle-born]]s, [[blood traitor]]s, and truants who had escaped persecution. It was Greyback's group that caught a fugitive group comprised of [[Dirk Cresswell]], [[Ted Tonks]], [[Dean Thomas]], and goblins [[Griphook]] and [[Gornuk]]. Dean and Griphook were captured, while Dirk, Ted, and Gornuk were killed while resisting capture.<ref name="DH" />
 
Months later, after the [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|fall]] of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], Greyback became a primary leader in the [[Snatchers]] organisation, and led a group of them around the countryside scouring for fugitive [[Muggle-born]]s, [[blood traitor]]s, and truants who had escaped persecution. It was Greyback's group that caught a fugitive group comprised of [[Dirk Cresswell]], [[Ted Tonks]], [[Dean Thomas]], and goblins [[Griphook]] and [[Gornuk]]. Dean and Griphook were captured, while Dirk, Ted, and Gornuk were killed while resisting capture.<ref name="DH" />
   
[[File:Fenrir_neck.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Fenrir snared by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]]'s conjured snake.]]
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[[File:Fenrir_neck.jpg|thumb|left|230px|Fenrir snared by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]]'s conjured snake.]]
 
In the spring of [[1998]], Greyback and his gang captured Harry Potter, [[Hermione Granger]] and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] after they triggered the [[Taboo]] on Voldemort's name. After working through and nearly falling for the lies the three teens gave, Greyback and his [[Snatchers|gang]] brought them to [[Malfoy Manor]], where [[Lucius Malfoy|Lucius]], [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] and [[Draco Malfoy]] — as well as [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] — were residing. Greyback hoped to receive the two hundred thousand [[Galleon]] reward for capturing Potter (along with what he thought was the phoenix wand), and was also eager to bite Hermione.<ref name="DH" />
 
In the spring of [[1998]], Greyback and his gang captured Harry Potter, [[Hermione Granger]] and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] after they triggered the [[Taboo]] on Voldemort's name. After working through and nearly falling for the lies the three teens gave, Greyback and his [[Snatchers|gang]] brought them to [[Malfoy Manor]], where [[Lucius Malfoy|Lucius]], [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] and [[Draco Malfoy]] — as well as [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] — were residing. Greyback hoped to receive the two hundred thousand [[Galleon]] reward for capturing Potter (along with what he thought was the phoenix wand), and was also eager to bite Hermione.<ref name="DH" />
   
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====Battle of Hogwarts====
 
====Battle of Hogwarts====
[[File:Lavender.png|thumb|250px|Greyback attacking Lavender Brown]]
 
{{Quote|Two bodies fell from the balcony overhead. As they reached the ground a grey blur that Harry took for an animal sped four-legged across the hall to sink its teeth into one of the fallen. "NO!" shrieked Hermione, and with a deafening blast from her wand, Fenrir Greyback was thrown backward from the feebly struggling body of Lavender Brown. He hit the marble banisters and struggled to return to his feet. Then, with a bright white flash and a crack, a crystal ball fell on top of his head, and he crumpled to the ground and did not move.|[[Battle of Hogwarts]] description.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
   
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{{Quote|Two bodies fell from the balcony overhead. As they reached the ground a grey blur that Harry took for an animal sped four-legged across the hall to sink its teeth into one of the fallen. "NO!" shrieked Hermione, and with a deafening blast from her wand, Fenrir Greyback was thrown backward from the feebly struggling body of Lavender Brown. He hit the marble banisters and struggled to return to his feet. Then, with a bright white flash and a crack, a crystal ball fell on top of his head, and he crumpled to the ground and did not move.|[[Battle of Hogwarts]] description.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}<!-- DO NOT put that Greyback died in the Battle of Hogwarts. That event, as depicted in the film, contradicts the novel. -->
[[File:Greyback.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Greyback blasted by Hermione, during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].]]
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Fenrir Greyback was present at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], where he was repelled by [[Hermione Granger]] while attempting to attack [[Lavender Brown]]. He hit the marble staircase banister and attempted to return to his feet, but before he could, he was struck on the head by a crystal ball from [[Sybill Trelawney]]. Later, he was "brought down" by [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Neville Longbottom]] in the [[Great Hall]].
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[[File:Tumblr m3f7mtfdjZ1qgt0vro6 250.gif|frame|Greyback attacking Lavender Brown.]]
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Fenrir Greyback was present at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], where he was repelled by [[Hermione Granger]] while attempting to attack [[Lavender Brown]]. He hit the marble staircase banister and attempted to return to his feet, but before he could, he was struck on the head by a crystal ball from [[Sybill Trelawney]]. Later, he was "brought down" by [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Neville Longbottom]] in the [[Great Hall]].
   
 
===Post-war===
 
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==Physical appearance==
 
==Physical appearance==
[[File:Fenrir Greyback HBP.jpg|thumb|150px|right|Fenrir Greyback]]
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[[File:Fenrir_Greyback_HBP.jpg|thumb|left|110px|Fenrir Greyback]]
 
Fenrir was a large, vicious-looking man with matted grey hair and whiskers. He had pointed teeth and long yellowish nails, adding to his bestial appearance. When he wore Death Eater robes, they were noted to look "uncomfortably tight". He did not have the Dark Mark branded onto his arm, despite his very close association with the Death Eaters.
 
Fenrir was a large, vicious-looking man with matted grey hair and whiskers. He had pointed teeth and long yellowish nails, adding to his bestial appearance. When he wore Death Eater robes, they were noted to look "uncomfortably tight". He did not have the Dark Mark branded onto his arm, despite his very close association with the Death Eaters.
   
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Unlike most werewolves, Greyback takes advantage of his powers and savagery when transformed, and stations himself near his targets. He enjoys attacking them and specializes in biting children, hoping to infect them and raise them to hate humanity, though sometimes killing them when going overboard. Despite his ideology of thinking werewolves deserve blood, and his attempt to recruit more werewolves for his cause, Greyback would ultimately seem to be just a primal savage who enjoys killing. Greyback's savagery is what differs him from most other werewolves: while most of them bite and infect unintentionally during only their transformed state, Greyback actually goes as far as eat and kill purposely whether in his human or werewolf form.
 
Unlike most werewolves, Greyback takes advantage of his powers and savagery when transformed, and stations himself near his targets. He enjoys attacking them and specializes in biting children, hoping to infect them and raise them to hate humanity, though sometimes killing them when going overboard. Despite his ideology of thinking werewolves deserve blood, and his attempt to recruit more werewolves for his cause, Greyback would ultimately seem to be just a primal savage who enjoys killing. Greyback's savagery is what differs him from most other werewolves: while most of them bite and infect unintentionally during only their transformed state, Greyback actually goes as far as eat and kill purposely whether in his human or werewolf form.
   
Being a werewolf, Greyback was not branded with the [[Dark Mark]], despite being invited into the ranks of the [[Death Eaters]] and permitted to wear their robes.<ref name="DH" /> This may have been because Lord Voldemort was prejudiced against half-breeds as well as Muggles and Muggle-borns. Therefore he would not allow Greyback to become an actual Death Eater, yet he was too valuable of an accomplice not to have in his ranks.
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Being a werewolf and therefore not subscribing to the Death Eaters' views on racial superiority, Greyback was not branded with the [[Dark Mark]], despite being invited into the ranks of the [[Death Eaters]] and permitted to wear their robes.<ref name="DH" /> This may have been because Lord Voldemort was prejudiced against half-breeds as well as Muggles and Muggle-borns. Therefore he would not allow Greyback to become an actual Death Eater, yet he was too valuable of an accomplice not to have in his ranks. Greyback showed clear resentment at the lack of respect he received but sided with the Death Eaters because of the amount of victims he would be allowed to kill. Most Death Eaters seemed to regard him with disgust, with Amycus Carrow throwing a curse at him in the Astronomy Tower for attacking without permission and Bellatrix Lestrange forcing him to his knees before her in Malfoy Manor. The revulsion that the other Death Eaters felt towards Greyback may was because of his lycanthropy as well as his implied sexual perversions.
   
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
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*'''[[Nonverbal spell|Nonverbal magic]]:''' Greyback was able to cast spells non-verbally.<ref name="HBPf17" />
 
*'''[[Nonverbal spell|Nonverbal magic]]:''' Greyback was able to cast spells non-verbally.<ref name="HBPf17" />
 
*'''Physical combat:''' In order to fulfill his goal of spreading lycanthropy, Greyback has been known to fight with his hands and teeth, even in his human state. He is known to be very agile, having been described running (on all fours) as "a grey blur."
 
*'''Physical combat:''' In order to fulfill his goal of spreading lycanthropy, Greyback has been known to fight with his hands and teeth, even in his human state. He is known to be very agile, having been described running (on all fours) as "a grey blur."
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*'''Physical Strength and Resistance: '''As a werewolf, Greyback was incredibly strong and resilient. This was proved during the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor when Harry gained control of three wands from Draco Malfoy ( Unknowingly gaining mastery of the Elder Wand in the process ) and cast a Stunning Spell on Greyback with them. Though it was sufficient to lift him up the ceiling and smash him to the ground, he managed a full recovery.
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*'''Improvisor: '''Greyback was a highly skilled improvisational actor, as he was able to fool almost an entire courtroom of experienced magical law enforcement officers that he was a Muggle during a hearing at the Ministry of Magic.
   
 
==Etymology==
 
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[[File:Pic7D31EA1C3669847F7D7049C937979D78.jpg|thumb|250px|Greyback with [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] and [[Draco Malfoy]] outside [[Borgin and Burkes]].]]
 
[[File:Pic7D31EA1C3669847F7D7049C937979D78.jpg|thumb|250px|Greyback with [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] and [[Draco Malfoy]] outside [[Borgin and Burkes]].]]
 
*Greyback was portrayed by [[Dave Legeno]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''. Only a wanted poster of Greyback in the film explains what sort of creature Greyback is, and the scene in which he mauls Bill Weasley is omitted from [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince''. In the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Bill tells Harry that he was attacked by Fenrir Greyback sometime before the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]] takes place.
 
*Greyback was portrayed by [[Dave Legeno]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''. Only a wanted poster of Greyback in the film explains what sort of creature Greyback is, and the scene in which he mauls Bill Weasley is omitted from [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince''. In the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Bill tells Harry that he was attacked by Fenrir Greyback sometime before the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]] takes place.
*The role was offered to {{wplink|Kevin McKidd}}, but he was forced to turn to turn it down, due to a contractual obligation to another project.<ref name="snitchmckidd">[http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/quote-of-the-week-kevin-mckidd-92559/ Snitchseeker - Quote of the Week]</ref>
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*The role was offered to {{wplink|Kevin McKidd}}, but he was forced to turn it down, due to a contractual obligation to another project.<ref name="snitchmckidd">[http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/quote-of-the-week-kevin-mckidd-92559/ Snitchseeker - Quote of the Week]</ref>
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*[[Hisao Egawa]] voiced Greyback in the Japanese dubs.
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'', [[Scabior]] takes the role as leader of the Snatchers, while Greyback is seen taking orders from him.
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'', [[Scabior]] takes the role as leader of the Snatchers, while Greyback is seen taking orders from him.
*In contrast to his very vicious behaviour in the books, Greyback has very little if anything to do in the films. In all three films in which he appears, he speaks twice, once in the Astromony Tower scene in ''Half-Blood Prince'', and in ''Deathly Hallows: Part 1'' when Harry says his name is Vernon Dudley and the Snatchers don't find the name on the list.
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*In contrast to his very vicious behaviour in the books, Greyback has very little if anything to do in the films. In all three films in which he appears, he speaks twice, once in the Astronomy Tower scene in ''Half-Blood Prince'', and in ''Deathly Hallows: Part 1'' when Harry says his name is Vernon Dudley and the Snatchers don't find the name on the list.
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', Hermione's [[Stunning Spell]] sends Greyback off the [[Viaduct Courtyard]] to the [[ravine]] below and to his death after he was discovered mauling Lavender Brown. As this contradicts the events of the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|novel]], it cannot be considered canon to the books (in which she does blast him away from Lavender but clearly not off a cliff, as he turns up again in the final part of the battle).
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', Hermione's [[Stunning Spell]] sends Greyback off the [[Viaduct Courtyard]] to the [[ravine]] below and to his death after he was discovered mauling Lavender Brown. As this contradicts the events of the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|novel]], it cannot be considered canon to the books (in which she does blast him away from Lavender but clearly not off a cliff, as he turns up again in the final part of the battle).
 
*[[Dave Legeno]] actually had many animal hairs, such as goat hairs, glued onto him when he played Greyback.
 
*[[Dave Legeno]] actually had many animal hairs, such as goat hairs, glued onto him when he played Greyback.
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*Greyback is likely based on French ''loup-garou'' tales coming from the 15th to 17th centuries. His language and appearance bear close connections to Jean Grenier. The latter was a young boy accused of being a werewolf.
 
*Greyback is likely based on French ''loup-garou'' tales coming from the 15th to 17th centuries. His language and appearance bear close connections to Jean Grenier. The latter was a young boy accused of being a werewolf.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)|''Half-Blood Prince'' video game]], during his attack on the Burrow, Fenrir takes Ginny hostage. When Harry arrives to save her he is seen standing over her. After the duel he is forced to retreat and sets the Burrow on fire with Bellatrix.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)|''Half-Blood Prince'' video game]], during his attack on the Burrow, Fenrir takes Ginny hostage. When Harry arrives to save her he is seen standing over her. After the duel he is forced to retreat and sets the Burrow on fire with Bellatrix.
*As it is unknown what happens to Fenrir after the Battle at Hogwarts. There is a slight chance that he managed to escape back to his pack (although unlikely, as Ron and Neville are described as "bringing him down" shortly before the death of Voldemort, most likely either killing or Stunning him).
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*While it is unknown what happens to Fenrir after the Battle at Hogwarts, there is a slight chance that he managed to escape back to his pack (although unlikely, as Ron and Neville are described as "bringing him down" shortly before the death of Voldemort, most likely either killing or Stunning him).
*Although werewolves are not truly affected by silver as they are in muggle legends, Fenrir was defeated by Ron and Neville during the Battle of Hogwarts, the latter of which may have been wielding a certain [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|sword with a silver blade]]. However, the sword has Basilisk venom absorbed into its blade, so it is possible that if the sword had wounded or killed Greyback, it may have been because of the venom, not that the sword's blade is silver.
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*Although werewolves are not truly affected by silver as they are in Muggle legends, Fenrir was defeated by Ron and Neville during the Battle of Hogwarts, the latter of which may have been wielding a certain [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|sword with a silver blade]]. However, the sword has Basilisk venom absorbed into its blade, so it is possible that if the sword had wounded or killed Greyback, it may have been because of the venom, not that the sword's blade is silver.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince]]'' Greyback has long brushed hair but in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' he has dreadlocks.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince]]'' Greyback has long brushed hair but in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' he has dreadlocks.
 
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'', when Greyback attacks Lavender, he bites her leg off. Then, Hermione throws a bone to him. When Greyback catches it in the air, Hermione defeats him with a [[Reducto]].
 
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'', when Greyback attacks Lavender, he bites her leg off. Then, Hermione throws a bone to him. When Greyback catches it in the air, Hermione defeats him with a [[Reducto]].
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*Swedish: Fenrir Grårygg (Fenrir Greyback)
 
*Swedish: Fenrir Grårygg (Fenrir Greyback)
 
*Lithuanian: Fenryras Pilkanugaris (sometimes ''Greibekas'' is used)(Fenrir Greyback)
 
*Lithuanian: Fenryras Pilkanugaris (sometimes ''Greibekas'' is used)(Fenrir Greyback)
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*Montenegrin:Fenrir Sivi (Fenrir Grey)
   
 
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Fenrir Greyback
Physical information
Species
Gender

Male[1]

Hair colour

Grey[1]

Eye colour

Blue

Magical characteristics
Wand

Unknown

Affiliation
Loyalty
"Fenrir Greyback is, perhaps, the most savage werewolf alive today. He regards it as his mission in life to bite and to conta­minate as many people as possible; he wants to create enough were­wolves to overcome the wizards. Voldemort has promised him prey in return for his services. Greyback specialises in children... Bite them young, he says, and raise them away from their parents, raise them to hate normal wizards."
Remus Lupin on Greyback.[src]

Fenrir Greyback (f. 1965-1998) was a werewolf notorious for his savagery and preference for attacking children. He was a leader in his community and strived to infect as many people as possible with lycanthropy, hoping to build an army strong enough to eventually take over the wizarding community. It was he who infected Remus Lupin with lycanthropy.

During the Second Wizarding War, Greyback and the pack of werewolves he led allied themselves with Lord Voldemort, though they were not considered Death Eaters. Greyback fought in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, during which he expressed an eagerness to bite the children of Hogwarts and left Bill Weasley badly scarred,[1] and later that year led a gang of Snatchers when Voldemort was in control of the Ministry of Magic.[2] Greyback fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, where he at one point attacked Lavender Brown, but was incapacitated by a Blasting spell by Hermione and then a crystal ball to the head by Professor Trelawney. During the second part of the battle, where both sides faced-off in the Great Hall, he was defeated by Ron Weasley and Neville Longbottom.[2] It is likely he was either killed or imprisoned in Azkaban afterwards.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

At some point in his early life Fenrir was bitten by a werewolf and infected with lycanthropy. Throughout most of his life, his only goal in life was to infect as many people as possible, in order to create enough werewolves to defeat the Wizarding world. Greyback would often purposefully place himself in close proximity with his victims before a full moon to ensure he would attack them after his transformation.

First Wizarding WarEdit

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Fenrir Greyback, the werewolf.

By the mid-1960s, the amount of Dark magical activity across the country was growing steadily. While few knew what was behind it all, this was a precursor to Lord Voldemort's first rise to power. The Death Eaters were recruiting Dark creatures to help them overthrow the Ministry of Magic,[3] and among them was Fenrir Greyback, who did not join the Death Eaters because he believed in Voldemort's cause, but because allying himself with them would give him greater access to potential victims.[1] Although considered to be a Death Eater, Greyback was not given the Dark Mark on his forearm.[2] He was also not accepted as a Death Eater, as Voldemort was prejudiced against his lycanthropy.

Greyback was used as a weapon by Voldemort, who would often use the werewolf to intimidate individuals to do his bidding, threatening to send Greyback to attack their children.[1]

It was in around 1964, after one such attack that resulted in the deaths of two Muggle children, that Greyback was brought in for questioning before the Ministry of Magic. Due to the inadequacy and ill-maintenance of the Werewolf Registry, the Ministry did not know Greyback to be a werewolf, and he pretended to be a Muggle tramp who was amazed at finding himself in a room full of wizards and horrified at the talk about the dead children.[3]

His filthy clothing and lack of wand managed to convince most of the questioning committee, although Lyall Lupin, an authority on Non-Human Spiritous Apparitions that was among them, recognised certain telltale signs in Greyback's appearance that made him suggest that Greyback should be kept in detention until the next full moon, which was, coincidentally, one day away. The ignorant committee members thought it unnecessary, and started taunting Lupin ("Lyall, you just stick to Welsh Boggarts, that's what you're good at"), who grew angry and described werewolves as "soulless, evil, deserving of nothing but death".[3]

Lupin was ordered out of the room, the head of the committee apologised to Greyback, and the werewolf was released. Before the wizard who was escorting him out of the inquiry could cast a Memory Charm on the "Muggle tramp" so that he would forget having been at the Ministry, Greyback overpowered him and fled with three other werewolf accomplices. As soon as he escaped, he started planning his revenge on the wizard who said he deserved nothing but death.[3]

Shortly before Remus Lupin, Lyall Lupin's son, turned five, he was attacked by Greyback. As the little boy slept peacefully in his bed, Greyback forced open his window and bit him. Lyall reached the bedroom in time to save his son and to drive the werewolf out of the house using a number of powerful curses. The deed, however, was done, and Remus Lupin became a full-fledged werewolf from that point on.[3]

After Voldemort was presumed killed in 1981 after his confrontation with the Potters at Godric's Hollow, Greyback was one of the Dark Lord's numerous followers who believed him to be dead and therefore did not make any attempt to find him.[1]

Second Wizarding WarEdit

"Oh no — not Ollivanders, everybody got their first wands from here."
—Hermione Granger discovering Ollivanders Wand Shop abandoned.[src]
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Fenrir Greyback featured on a "WANTED" poster.

With Voldemort's return in 1995,[4] he began to gather his old forces to renew his war on the wizarding world. Greyback returned to Voldemort's side.[1] In the summer of 1996, shortly after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Greyback and several Death Eaters raided Diagon Alley, kidnapping the wandmaker Garrick Ollivander. He was also among a group of Death Eaters that destroyed the Millennium Bridge, in London.[5]

Greyback continued in his role as Voldemort's enforcer and terror weapon. When Voldemort charged Draco Malfoy with the murder of Albus Dumbledore, Malfoy invoked Greyback's name as a threat to ensure Mr. Borgin's cooperation with the scheme to transport Death Eaters inside the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry via the use of a paired set of Vanishing Cabinets. Later, April of 1997, Greyback attacked the five-year-old son of Ms. Montgomery when she refused to cooperate with the Death Eaters. The boy later died from his injuries.[1]

Battle of the Astronomy TowerEdit

Dumbledore: "Is it you, Fenrir?"
Greyback: "Exactly. Pleased to see me, Dumbledore?"
Dumbledore: "No, I cannot say that I am... Am I to take it that you are attacking even without the full moon now? This is most unusual... You have developed a taste for human flesh that cannot be satisfied once a month?"
Greyback: "That's right. Shocks you that, does it, Dumbledore? Frightens you?"
Dumbledore: "Well, I cannot pretend it does not disgust me a little."
— Greyback and Albus Dumbledore at the Astronomy Tower in 1997[src]
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Death Eaters on the Astronomy Tower.

Greyback, along with several Death Eaters, invaded Hogwarts on 30 June, 1997, cornering Albus Dumbledore atop the Astronomy Tower, much to Draco Malfoy's shock and Dumbledore's disgust. He was among those who urged Draco Malfoy to kill the Headmaster and attempted to take over the job himself, before Severus Snape stepped in.[1] During the subsequent battle against members of the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore's Army, Greyback assaulted Bill Weasley, scarring his face. Fortunately for Bill, Greyback was not in his wolf form, and therefore he would not be a true werewolf, but only have some "wolfish" behaviour. Greyback also tried to bite Harry Potter during the battle, but Harry retaliated with a Full Body-Bind Curse.[1]

As a SnatcherEdit

Greyback: "A Weasley? So you're related to blood traitors even if you're not a Mudblood. And lastly, your pretty little friend…"
Scabior: "Easy, Greyback."
Greyback: "Oh, I'm not going to bite just yet. We'll see if she's a bit quicker at remembering her name than Barny. Who are you, girly?"
— Greyback interrogating Ron and Hermione[src]
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Greyback holding Hermione Granger hostage.

Months later, after the fall of the Ministry of Magic, Greyback became a primary leader in the Snatchers organisation, and led a group of them around the countryside scouring for fugitive Muggle-borns, blood traitors, and truants who had escaped persecution. It was Greyback's group that caught a fugitive group comprised of Dirk Cresswell, Ted Tonks, Dean Thomas, and goblins Griphook and Gornuk. Dean and Griphook were captured, while Dirk, Ted, and Gornuk were killed while resisting capture.[2]

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Fenrir snared by Bellatrix Lestrange's conjured snake.

In the spring of 1998, Greyback and his gang captured Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley after they triggered the Taboo on Voldemort's name. After working through and nearly falling for the lies the three teens gave, Greyback and his gang brought them to Malfoy Manor, where Lucius, Narcissa and Draco Malfoy — as well as Bellatrix Lestrange — were residing. Greyback hoped to receive the two hundred thousand Galleon reward for capturing Potter (along with what he thought was the phoenix wand), and was also eager to bite Hermione.[2]

However, Bellatrix spotted Godric Gryffindor's Sword among the captives' possessions and became frantic, as she had believed it to be in her vault in Gringotts. When the Snatchers protested her taking it, she single-handedly defeated all four of them, much to Greyback's irritation. The Snatchers and Death Eaters were ultimately thwarted with the help of Dobby, the Malfoys' old house-elf, and Harry and the other captives all escaped. Dobby was unfortunately killed in the process.[2]

Battle of HogwartsEdit

"Two bodies fell from the balcony overhead. As they reached the ground a grey blur that Harry took for an animal sped four-legged across the hall to sink its teeth into one of the fallen. "NO!" shrieked Hermione, and with a deafening blast from her wand, Fenrir Greyback was thrown backward from the feebly struggling body of Lavender Brown. He hit the marble banisters and struggled to return to his feet. Then, with a bright white flash and a crack, a crystal ball fell on top of his head, and he crumpled to the ground and did not move."
Battle of Hogwarts description.[src]
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Greyback attacking Lavender Brown.

Fenrir Greyback was present at the Battle of Hogwarts, where he was repelled by Hermione Granger while attempting to attack Lavender Brown. He hit the marble staircase banister and attempted to return to his feet, but before he could, he was struck on the head by a crystal ball from Sybill Trelawney. Later, he was "brought down" by Ron Weasley and Neville Longbottom in the Great Hall.

Post-warEdit

It is unclear whether Greyback survived the Battle of Hogwarts. If he did, he was likely sent to Azkaban for his association with the Death Eaters and for his crimes during the Second Wizarding War, under Kingsley Shacklebolt's de-corrupted Ministry of Magic.

Physical appearanceEdit

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Fenrir Greyback

Fenrir was a large, vicious-looking man with matted grey hair and whiskers. He had pointed teeth and long yellowish nails, adding to his bestial appearance. When he wore Death Eater robes, they were noted to look "uncomfortably tight". He did not have the Dark Mark branded onto his arm, despite his very close association with the Death Eaters.

Personality and traitsEdit

"Reckon she'll give me have a bit of the girl when she's finished with her? I'd say I'll get a bite or two, wouldn't you, ginger?"
—Greyback to Ron Weasley about Hermione Granger[src]

Fenrir, having forsaken his humanity long ago, is driven by his animalistic hedonism. He seems to enjoy the taste of humans, even while in human form, perhaps even to the point of cannibalism.[1] During his capture of Hermione Granger, his threats to her had both cannibalistic and sexual overtones.[2] Greyback is also quite greedy, as he kept arguing with the Malfoy family about who would claim the bounties and glory of catching Harry Potter.[2]

Unlike most werewolves, Greyback takes advantage of his powers and savagery when transformed, and stations himself near his targets. He enjoys attacking them and specializes in biting children, hoping to infect them and raise them to hate humanity, though sometimes killing them when going overboard. Despite his ideology of thinking werewolves deserve blood, and his attempt to recruit more werewolves for his cause, Greyback would ultimately seem to be just a primal savage who enjoys killing. Greyback's savagery is what differs him from most other werewolves: while most of them bite and infect unintentionally during only their transformed state, Greyback actually goes as far as eat and kill purposely whether in his human or werewolf form.

Being a werewolf and therefore not subscribing to the Death Eaters' views on racial superiority, Greyback was not branded with the Dark Mark, despite being invited into the ranks of the Death Eaters and permitted to wear their robes.[2] This may have been because Lord Voldemort was prejudiced against half-breeds as well as Muggles and Muggle-borns. Therefore he would not allow Greyback to become an actual Death Eater, yet he was too valuable of an accomplice not to have in his ranks. Greyback showed clear resentment at the lack of respect he received but sided with the Death Eaters because of the amount of victims he would be allowed to kill. Most Death Eaters seemed to regard him with disgust, with Amycus Carrow throwing a curse at him in the Astronomy Tower for attacking without permission and Bellatrix Lestrange forcing him to his knees before her in Malfoy Manor. The revulsion that the other Death Eaters felt towards Greyback may was because of his lycanthropy as well as his implied sexual perversions.

Magical abilities and skillsEdit

  • Duelling: Greyback was skilled in Disarming and at blocking attacks. Harry Potter was unable to defeat him in 1996, and it took the combined efforts of Ron Weasley and Neville Longbottom to defeat him during the Battle of Hogwarts. Greyback also captured and killed many witches and wizards during his time as a Snatcher.[6]
  • Nonverbal magic: Greyback was able to cast spells non-verbally.[6]
  • Physical combat: In order to fulfill his goal of spreading lycanthropy, Greyback has been known to fight with his hands and teeth, even in his human state. He is known to be very agile, having been described running (on all fours) as "a grey blur."
  • Physical Strength and Resistance: As a werewolf, Greyback was incredibly strong and resilient. This was proved during the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor when Harry gained control of three wands from Draco Malfoy ( Unknowingly gaining mastery of the Elder Wand in the process ) and cast a Stunning Spell on Greyback with them. Though it was sufficient to lift him up the ceiling and smash him to the ground, he managed a full recovery.
  • Improvisor: Greyback was a highly skilled improvisational actor, as he was able to fool almost an entire courtroom of experienced magical law enforcement officers that he was a Muggle during a hearing at the Ministry of Magic.

EtymologyEdit

  • Fenrir is one of many permutations of Fenrisulfr, the great wolf from Norse mythology.
  • Greyback is likely a reference to his greying hair and grey fur in werewolf form that indicates his relation to the Greyback wolf.

Behind the scenesEdit

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Fenrir as a LEGO minifigure.

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Greyback with Narcissa and Draco Malfoy outside Borgin and Burkes.

  • Greyback was portrayed by Dave Legeno in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Only a wanted poster of Greyback in the film explains what sort of creature Greyback is, and the scene in which he mauls Bill Weasley is omitted from film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Bill tells Harry that he was attacked by Fenrir Greyback sometime before the Battle of the Seven Potters takes place.
  • The role was offered to Kevin McKidd, but he was forced to turn it down, due to a contractual obligation to another project.[7]
  • Hisao Egawa voiced Greyback in the Japanese dubs.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Scabior takes the role as leader of the Snatchers, while Greyback is seen taking orders from him.
  • In contrast to his very vicious behaviour in the books, Greyback has very little if anything to do in the films. In all three films in which he appears, he speaks twice, once in the Astronomy Tower scene in Half-Blood Prince, and in Deathly Hallows: Part 1 when Harry says his name is Vernon Dudley and the Snatchers don't find the name on the list.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Hermione's Stunning Spell sends Greyback off the Viaduct Courtyard to the ravine below and to his death after he was discovered mauling Lavender Brown. As this contradicts the events of the novel, it cannot be considered canon to the books (in which she does blast him away from Lavender but clearly not off a cliff, as he turns up again in the final part of the battle).
  • Dave Legeno actually had many animal hairs, such as goat hairs, glued onto him when he played Greyback.
  • He was possibly a pure-blood or half-blood, as he appeared to be prejudiced against Muggle-borns and called them "Mudbloods".
  • Greyback is likely based on French loup-garou tales coming from the 15th to 17th centuries. His language and appearance bear close connections to Jean Grenier. The latter was a young boy accused of being a werewolf.
  • In the Half-Blood Prince video game, during his attack on the Burrow, Fenrir takes Ginny hostage. When Harry arrives to save her he is seen standing over her. After the duel he is forced to retreat and sets the Burrow on fire with Bellatrix.
  • While it is unknown what happens to Fenrir after the Battle at Hogwarts, there is a slight chance that he managed to escape back to his pack (although unlikely, as Ron and Neville are described as "bringing him down" shortly before the death of Voldemort, most likely either killing or Stunning him).
  • Although werewolves are not truly affected by silver as they are in Muggle legends, Fenrir was defeated by Ron and Neville during the Battle of Hogwarts, the latter of which may have been wielding a certain sword with a silver blade. However, the sword has Basilisk venom absorbed into its blade, so it is possible that if the sword had wounded or killed Greyback, it may have been because of the venom, not that the sword's blade is silver.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince Greyback has long brushed hair but in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 he has dreadlocks.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, when Greyback attacks Lavender, he bites her leg off. Then, Hermione throws a bone to him. When Greyback catches it in the air, Hermione defeats him with a Reducto.
  • To date, Fenrir has never appeared in werewolf form in any of the books, films, or video games.

Translations of the nameEdit

  • Czech: Fenrir Šedohřbet (Fenrir Greyback)
  • Serbian: Fenrir Suri (Fenrir Grey)
  • Croatian: Fenrir Greyback (Fenrir Greyback)
  • English: Fenrir Greyback (Fenrir Greyback)
  • Danish: Fenris Gråryg (Fenris Greyback)
  • Norwegian: Fenris Vargar (Fenris Weregard)
  • Finnish: Fenrir Harmaaselkä (Fenrir Greyback)
  • Dutch: Fenrir Vaalhaar (Fenrir Palehair)
  • Icelandic: Fenrir Grábakur (Fenrir Greyback)
  • Swedish: Fenrir Grårygg (Fenrir Greyback)
  • Lithuanian: Fenryras Pilkanugaris (sometimes Greibekas is used)(Fenrir Greyback)
  • Montenegrin:Fenrir Sivi (Fenrir Grey)

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

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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