|“||"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.|
|“||"Welcome, my friends. Thirteen years it's been and yet here you stand before me as though it were only yesterday. I confess myself...disappointed. Not one of you tried to find me... Crabbe!!! Macnair!!! Goyle!!! Not even you....... Lucius!".||„|
|~ Lord Voldemort to his Death Eater followers after being restored to life.|
The Death Eaters, also sometimes called "The Eaters" and sometimes known as "Knights of Walpurgis", are the main antagonistic faction of the Harry Potter franchise in the books and films respectively.
In both adaptations, they are a society of renegade witches and wizards who serve as the followers of the infamous dark wizard Lord Voldemort.
The group primarily consisted of radical pure-blood supremacists who practiced the Dark Arts with reckless abandon, without regard to or fear of wizarding law. Voldemort used this select group of wizards and witches during both the first and second Wizarding Wars, employing them as his elite force.
They are often cloaked and wear dark, oddly-shaped masks with snake-like eye slits to cover their faces. They also tend to wear tall, pointed hats approximately half the length of the wearer's height. Death Eaters are not to be confused with Dementors, the guards of Azkaban which are similar in shape.
Death Eaters are often spies; they keep their loyalty to Voldemort secret as many are involved in British Wizarding politics and various bureaucratic organizations.
The Death Eaters had a symbol on their arm, called the Dark Mark, a skull with a serpent crawling out of the mouth. When Voldemort touched one of them via the Protean Charm, each of the Death Eaters felt it, signaling for them to Apparate to their leader's side. A larger Dark Mark cast in the sky with the spell Morsmordre would sometimes be used to frighten the Wizarding World, because it was frequently cast at the site of murders.
Notable Death Eaters are Lucius Malfoy, Belatrix Lestrange, and Severus Snape. Snape, who served as a professor of potions at Hogwarts, served the Dark Lord but was also a true friend of Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of the school. Lucius is the father of Draco Malfoy, an enemy of Harry Potter and student of the Slytherin House. Draco later became a Death Eater himself; both he and his father planned the death of Dumbledore as well as Harry.
When Voldemort was finally defeated by Harry through a rebounded Killing Curse, the Dark Marks on the Death Eaters' arms turned into powerless scars and the ones that survived the Battle of Hogwarts were immediately arrested, while others fled away. It is unknown if those who fled got arrested afterwards, or if they are still on the run.
The Inner Circle
- Lord Voldemort - Founder and Supreme Leader
- Bellatrix Lestrange - Second-in-Command and Deputy Leader
- Bartemius Crouch Jr.
- Peter Pettigrew
- Corban Yaxley
- Alecto Carrow
- Amycus Carrow
Other Death Eaters
- Antonin Dolohov
- Thorfinn Rowle
- Evan Rosier
- Walden Macnair
- Augustus Rookwood
- Rodolphus Lestrange
- Rabastan Lestrange
- Lestrange Snr.
- Nott Snr.
- Avery Snr.
- Avery Jr.
- Crabbe Snr.
- Goyle Snr.
- Rosier Snr.
- Mulciber Snr.
- Mulciber Jr.
- Pyrites (Possibly)
- Severus Snape (Inner Circle)
- Lucius Malfoy (Inner Circle)
- Draco Malfoy (Inner Circle)
- Igor Karkaroff
- Regulus Black
Supporters and Allies
- Quirinus Quirrell
- Ministry of Magic (Death Eater-controlled)
- Pius Thicknesse (Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic (Pre-Death Eater-controlled)/Minister of the Ministry of Magic (Death Eater-controlled) under the Imperius Curse)
- Dolores Umbridge (Senior Undersecretary to the Ministry for Magic (Death Eater-controlled)/Head of the Improper Use of Magic Office at the Ministry of Magic (Death Eater-controlled)/Head of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission at the Ministry of Magic (Death Eater-controlled))
- Mafalda Hopkirk (Assistant of the Improper Use of Magic Office at the Ministry of Magic (Death Eater-controlled))
- Albert Runcorn (High-ranking investigator of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission at the Ministry of Magic (Death Eater-controlled)/High-ranking official at the Ministry of Magic (Death Eater-controlled))
- John Dawlish (Auror of the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic (Death Eater-controlled))
- Werewolves (A large group led by Fenrir Greyback)
- Vincent Crabbe (Ally by friendship of Draco Malfoy)
- Gregory Goyle (Ally by friendship of Draco Malfoy)
- Pansy Parkinson (Ally by friendship of Draco Malfoy)
- Fenrir Greyback - Leader of the Snatchers (Mercenary)
- Scabior - Second-in-Command of the Snatchers
- Snatchers (Voldemort's servants charged with abducting his enemies for various reasons)
- Narcissa Malfoy (Ally by marriage to Lucius Malfoy and motherhood of Draco Malfoy)
- Kreacher (Ally by service of Regulus Black)
- The depiction of the Death Eaters in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (wearing large coned hats) seems to mirror the attires from the Ku Klux Klan.
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