"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 declaring the loyalty of her, Rodolphus and her brother-in-law Rabastan to the Dark Lord[src]

Rabastan Lestrange was a pure-blood wizard, brother of Rodolphus, brother-in-law of Bellatrix, possibly son of Lestrange and likely a Slytherin at Hogwarts.

He was a Death Eater who fought in the First Wizarding War. The Lestranges were among Lord Voldemort's most loyal and trusted servants, the only ones who searched for him after his first downfall. After Voldemort's first downfall, Rabastan, Rodolphus, his wife Bellatrix and Barty Crouch Jr participated in the torture and permanent incapacitation of Alice and Frank Longbottom and were sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban. Rabastan later escaped with a group of Death Eaters and fought in several battles of the Second Wizarding War, including the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, and possibly the Battle of Hogwarts.

After Lord Voldemort's final defeat, Rabastan was presumably killed or imprisoned in Azkaban once more.


Early life

Rabastan possibly attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was sorted into Slytherin house, like his brother Rodolphus. It is possible that he didn't attend Hogwarts at the same time as Rodolphus, as he was not mentioned among a small group of Slytherins and future Death Eaters, as Rodolphus and Bellatrix were.

First Wizarding War


Rabastan is tried before the Council of Magical Law, along with his brother, his sister-in-law, and Barty Crouch Jr

Rabastan served as one of Lord Voldemort's Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War. He, along with Rodolphus and Bellatrix, were among Voldemort's most loyal servants.

Soon after the conflict ended in late 1981, Rabastan was put on trial with his brother Rodolphus, sister-in-law Bellatrix, and Barty Crouch Jr for being a Death Eater and for participating in the torture of Alice and Frank Longbottom. They were all sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban.[2]

Second Wizarding War

Rabastan escaped Azkaban in 1996, along with his brother, sister-in-law and several other Death Eaters with the Dementors' defection to Voldemort, who had returned.

Battle of the Department of Mysteries

"We'll split into pairs and search, and don't forget, be gentle with Potter until we've got the prophecy, you can kill the others if necessary..."
Lucius Malfoy gives orders to the group of Death Eaters[src]

He later participated in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. He went with fellow Death Eater Crabbe Snr to try and find Harry, Hermione, and Neville. He was presumably returned to Azkaban afterwards[3], though he was at large once again by late 1997 after another Azkaban break-out.

Presumably, Rabastan participated in other battles in the Second Wizarding War, including the Battle of Hogwarts.


It is unknown what happened to Rabastan after Voldemort's death. He was either killed or imprisoned again in Azkaban.

Physical appearance

Rabastan is described as a quite thin man. It is unknown if Azkaban took a toll on his appearance. As a Death Eater, he bears the Dark Mark on his left inner forearm, which has faded to a mere scar upon Voldemort's death.

Personality and traits

Rabastan was a very loyal Death Eater, willing to use the Dark Arts to commit atrocities for the sake of his master. He was not as brave or as calm as his brother as he is described as "nervous-looking" during his trial in 1981 with his eyes "darting around the crowd".

Magical abilities and skills


  • The name Rabastan may be a play on Rastaban, the traditional name of one of the stars of the constellation Draco. It is derived from an Arabic phrase "Rās al-Thu`bān (رأس الثعبان)" meaning "head of the serpent"; the snake is a symbol strongly connected with Lord Voldemort and Slytherin. The star is also known as Alwaid, meaning "who is to be destroyed" in Arabic.

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. Both Rabastan and his brother Rodolphus were of-age (17) by the end of the First Wizarding War in 1981, since they were tried on charges of capture and torture of Frank and Alice Longbottom, with no apparent aggravation for the use of underage magic.
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  4. See Forum:Baby-Death Eater.
Death Eaters
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Lord Voldemort
Death Eaters:
Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Antonin Dolohov | Augustus Rookwood | Avery (I) | Avery (II) |
Barty Crouch Jr. | Bellatrix Lestrange | Corban Yaxley | Crabbe | Evan Rosier | Gibbon | Goyle |
Jugson | Lestrange | Mulciber (I) | Mulciber (II) | Nott | Pyrites (possibly) | Rabastan Lestrange | Rodolphus Lestrange | Rosier | Selwyn | Thorfinn Rowle | Travers | Walden Macnair | Wilkes | Merula Snyde's father | Merula Snyde's mother | Barnaby Lee's father | Barnaby Lee's mother | Unidentified Death Eaters
Death Eaters who defected:

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

Death Eaters who Die:

Evan Rosier | Wilkes | Igor Karkaroff | Gibbon
Regulus Black | Barty Crouch Jr. | Bellatrix Lestrange

Death Eaters' allies:
Albert Runcorn | Borgin | Delphini | Dolores Umbridge | Fenrir Greyback | Golgomath | Gregory Goyle | John Dawlish | Mafalda Hopkirk | Narcissa Malfoy (defected) | Pansy Parkinson | Quirinus Quirrell | Scabior | Vincent Crabbe | Serpent of Slytherin | Blaise Zabini | A Dementor | Nagini |
Other affiliations:
Dementors | Draco Malfoy's gang | Giants (Golgomath's control) | Muggle-Born Registration Commission | Snatchers | Werewolves | Slytherin | Gang of Slytherins | Tom Riddle's gang | British Ministry of Magic (under Voldemort's control) | Acromantula | Inferius | Theodore Nott
Death Eaters' establishments:

Chamber of Secrets | Riddle House | Little Hangleton graveyard | Borgin and Burkes | Spinner's End | Malfoy Manor | British Ministry of Magic Headquarters (under Voldemort's control) | Lestrange Vault | Abandoned nuclear power plant | The Ruins