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Mary Cattermole: They're frightened, they think that I might not come home-
Corban Yaxley: Spare us. The brats of Mud-bloods do not stir our sympathies.
~ Corban Yaxley's callousness in the face of Mary Cattermole's pleas.

Corban Yaxley is one of Lord Voldemort's Death-Eaters, he appears as a minor antagonist in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and a major antagonist in both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and it's film adaptation Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1.

He is portrayed by Peter Mullan, who also played General Sitacles in Hercules.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

In the sixth Harry Potter book, Yaxley is one of the Death Eaters invading Hogwarts. He is present when Dumbledore is killed and fights in the battle before leaving the castle with his fellow Death Eaters.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Yaxley serves as one of Voldemort's spies inside the Ministry of Magic. He places Pius Thicknesse under the Imperius Curse on Voldemort's orders, so Thicknesse can kill the previous Minister for Magic (Rufus Scrimgeour). Usurping the role of Head of Magical Law Enforcement as well as cursing Minister Thicknesse proved to be the kingpin for Voldemort gaining control of the Ministry of Magic.

Yaxley appears at the table during the Death Eater's meeting held at the Malfoy Manor. He confidently informs Voldemort that he overheard the date of when Harry Potter is going to be moved from Private Drive, the house of his aunt and uncle's.

However, Severus Snape corrects Yaxley that The Order of the Phoenix tricked him by rumouring a false move date, allowing Yaxley to think he'd figured them out.

As Yaxley is the Head of Magical Law Enforcement, he also has a hand in the Muggle-Born Registration Commission, a position he is clearly unashamed of, as he openly threatens Reginald Cattermole's wife, Mary, over a minor disagreement at the Ministry of Magic. We later find him at Mary Cattermole's trial with Dolores Umbridge, the Head of the Muggle-born Registration Commission.

The trial is interrupted, however, when Reginald Cattermole (Ronald Weasley in disguise), Albert Runcorn (Harry Potter in disguise), and Mafalda Hopkins (Hermione Granger) rescue Mary by unleashing Dementors and flee the courtroom. Although Ron does manage to stun Yaxley, he recovers quickly and gives chase. Leaving Mary with her real husband in the atrium, the trio accesses the Floo Network, but not before Yaxley grabs hold of Hermione. She had already begun to apparate to Grimmauld Place and brought him with them.

Realizing the mistake and danger, Hermione quickly disentangles herself from him and takes Ron and Harry to safety, leave Yaxley on the front stoop of 12 Grimmauld Place. He later fights in the Battle of Hogwarts and he's present when Voldemort attacks Harry in the Forbidden Forest. His exact status after the Battle of Hogwarts is unknown, it can be presumed he was either killed in the battle, or later captured and imprisoned under Kingsley's Shacklebolt's de-corrupted Ministry of Magic, along with all other Death Eaters and their allies.



  • On the DVD version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, Yaxley is seen in one of the deleted scenes where he enters the Granger's house, only to find it empty (Hermione Obliviated her parents and manipulated their memories to not only remove all traces of herself, but instill the idea that moving to Australia was a life long dream).


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Death Eaters
Lord Voldemort | Barty Crouch Jr. (Warner Bros.) | Bellatrix Lestrange | Corban Yaxley | Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Antonin Dolohov | Augustus Rookwood | Walden Macnair | Thorfinn Rowle | Evan Rosier | Cedric Diggory | Fenrir Greyback | Pius Thicknesse | Avery II

Death Eater defectors
Severus Snape | Regulus Black | Draco Malfoy | Lucius Malfoy | Igor Karkaroff | Peter Pettigrew | Stan Shunpike

Death Eater Supporters
Quirinus Quirrell | Dolores Umbridge | Snatchers (Scabior) | Gregory Goyle | Vincent Crabbe | John Dawlish | Kreacher

Hogwarts Staff
Severus Snape | Barty Crouch Jr. (Warner Bros.) | Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Quirinus Quirrell | Dolores Umbridge | Gilderoy Lockhart | Argus Filch | Salazar Slytherin

Muggle-Born Registration Commission
Dolores Umbridge | Corban Yaxley | Albert Runcorn | Mafalda Hopkirk

Gellert Grindelwald's Alliance
Gellert Grindelwald | Credence Barebone | Vinda Rosier | Queenie Goldstein | Gunnar Grimmson | Abernathy | Krall | Carrow | Nagel | Krafft | MacDuff | Helmut | Anton Vogel | Karl

Other Wizards & Witches
Morfin Gaunt | Marvolo Gaunt | Merope Gaunt | Cornelius Fudge | Herpo the Foul | Merwyn the Malicious | Ekrizdis | Delphini | R | Rita Skeeter | Patricia Rakepick | Rufus Scrimgeour | Merula Snyde | Ismelda Murk | Emily Tyler | Gormlaith Gaunt | Corvus Lestrange | Raczidian | Erkstag Warden

New Salem Philanthropic Society
Mary Lou Barebone | Credence Barebone

Basilisk | Acromantula (Aragog & Acromantula Colony) | Dementors | Centaurs | Giants | Inferi | Nagini | Mountain Troll | Gnarlak | Griphook | Manticores (Manticore Queen)

Tales of Beedle the Bard
Charlatan | Death | Warlock

The Dursleys (Marge Dursley) | Tobias Snape