Famous Death Eaters from the Past
One would think that when you are THE Dark Lord you would have an army of followers to back your cause, but when it came to the Death Eaters their numbers were quite small. There essentially were two groups of Death Eaters, the ones who were branded with the Dark Mark, and those who weren’t. This might not seem like such a big deal, but those who sported the forearm decoration tended to be in Lord Voldemort’s inner circle, which as a Death Eater, was the place you wanted to be.
In this lesson, I will give a brief overview of some of the more famous Death Eaters. These were the Death Eaters who showed their dedication to the very end for the Dark Lord and his cause. I refuse to give credit to those who ran, made up excuses when Voldemort was first thought to be vanquished, or stayed due to fear.
Antonin Dolohov –
Dolohov was one of the first Death Eaters and was recruited by Tom Riddle. Dolohov was credited to killing muggles and others who were against Voldemort during the First War. He also was also said to have killed the Prewett’s, Gideon and Fabian. Dolohov went to Azkaban after Voldemort’s disappearance, but escaped with the others once the Dark Lord returned.
Fenrir Greyback –
Greyback is a different sort of Death Eater. Yes, he is a werewolf, but he wasn’t part of the Death Eaters because he believed in the cause Voldemort was fighting for, he had selfish reasons. He liked the idea of attacking and killing people; plain and simple. More importantly, he enjoyed attacking children and infecting others as a werewolf. He was considered a lower level Death Eater, meaning he was the go to person when you needed a murder committed.
The Lestrange Family –
The family that becomes Death Eaters together, stay together. The first Lestrange to join the Death Eaters was a schoolmate of Tom Riddle, who later passed on his wisdom to his sons, Rabstan or Rodolphus. Both of the brothers took part in the torture of the aurors, Frank and Alice Longbottom. The brothers were sent to Azkaban because of this, but later escaped to fight in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
Bellatrix (Black) Lestrange –
Bellatrix was married to Rodolphus Lestrange. She was extremely proud of her full blood status as a Black and made sure everyone knew it. The infatuation she had for the Dark Lord cannot be measured by any other member of the group. She repeated the fact that she tortured the Longbottoms any chance she received to their son Neville. She was wonderful at playing head games with people and used this to her full advantage. Unfortunately she was killed by Molly Weasley during the Battle at Hogwarts.
Severus Snape -
I’ve gone back and forth about expressing my thoughts about Snape. He was an extraordinary Death Eater, but the constant battle of is he or isn’t he a spy really does mess with one’s head. Snape played a large part of gathering the newer generation of Death Eaters, which gave him an outlet while in school. However, his love for a certain girl would ultimately cause his downfall even when she was long gone. Snape was probably the closest thing to a friend that Voldemort had, though Voldemort didn’t even trust him fully and in the end killed Snape himself. However, in my research about Snape, I found it interesting that Snape is not credited for any murders or tortures during the First War before his character came into question.