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It's that Mudblood! Avada Kedavra!
~ Crabbe trying to kill Hermione Granger on sight in The Deathly Hallows.

Vincent Crabbe (1979/1980 - May 2, 1998) is a supporting antagonist in the Harry Potter series of books and accompanying media. Like his "friend" Draco Malfoy, he is an anti-Muggle Born bully and a frequent antagonizer of the main trio of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Come Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, he has embraced dark magic wholesale and become a Death Eater-in-training.

He was portrayed by Jamie Waylett.

Biography

Early life

Vincent Crabbe was born into the pure-blood Crabbe family. His father by the name of Mr. Crabbe was a Death Eater. This likely influenced his son's prejudice against muggle-borns and other non pure-bloods.

Hogwarts years

In 1991, Crabbe began attending Hogwarts and was sorted into Slytherin House alongside Gregory Goyle and Draco Malfoy, who would become his only "friends" at Hogwarts, though in reality Crabbe and Goyle were little more than Draco Malfoy's muscle rather than true friends (something Malfoy would later look back on with bitterness as an adult). Sharing Draco's prejudices, Crabbe and Goyle assisted him in his bullying behavior towards others, including the trio of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. Consequently, the trio despised Crabbe and Goyle almost as much as they did Malfoy, the three numbering among the trio's absolute least favorite people at Hogwarts. In fact, they secretly hoped that Crabbe and Goyle would fail their OWLs and so be forced to withdraw from Hogwarts.

As it happens, Crabbe and Goyle did do poorly in their OWLs overall, to the point of having to repeat their fifth year and getting detention from then-Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Severus Snape as punishment for their continued poor performances. When Draco Malfoy fled Hogwarts with the Death Eaters, Crabbe and Goyle found themselves deprived of their only "friend". It's implied that as the time passed, Crabbe in particular started to become more independent and competent.

Come seventh year though, Crabbe and Goyle had embraced the ascendance of Lord Voldemort and the taking of Hogwarts by the Carrow siblings. The once incompetent and bumbling Crabbe in particular proved to be a surprisingly adept dark wizard, taking to the lessons with disturbing ease and quickly becoming top of his class. By the time he confronted Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Room of Requirement, Crabbe even knew how to cast both Avada Kedavra and Fiendfyre successfully. However, he proved unable to control the latter once he cast it, and the flames soon went out of control, incinerating Vincent Crabbe and ending his Death Eater career before it had even begun.

Trivia

  • Vincent Crabbe was portrayed by Jamie Waylett in film adaptations of the Harry Potter series. His absence in the last movie (and Gregory Goyle filling his role and dying in his place), is owing to how the actor at the time was doing community service after being found guilty of drug possession. Thus, it is unknown whether Crabbe survived in the film, though it is possible that he had died prior to the battle of Hogwarts.
  • His name may be derived from how "crab" is slang for a grumpy person as well as pertaining to an animal.
  • In some ways, Vincent Crabbe was similar to Dudley Dursley, being like him a spoiled, fat, and cowardly bully who frequently tormented Harry Potter. However, while Dudley and Harry ultimately parted on good terms after Harry saved his life from Dementors, Crabbe became an even greater enemy as a junior dark wizard and died ignominiously in battle.
    • Coincidentally, when making the first movie, director Chris Columbus considered Jamie Waylett for the role of Dudley before giving the role to Harry Melling and cast Waylett as Crabbe.

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