Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About The Death Eaters

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Vote up the most interesting details about Voldemort's followers.

Voldemort's followers were at times nearly as feared as the Dark Lord himself, but there isn't a lot known about the group itself. Avid fans of the books and movies took to Reddit to point out a number of lore details about the Death Eaters – from origin to how many members there actually were – that you might not have picked up on.

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    Thorfinn Rowle Was Considered The Death Eater's Wild Card

    From Redditor u/SaviorFlame:

    Rowle is notable mostly for his apparently significant level of power and reckless abandon when using it. He was part of the gang of Death Eaters that broke into Hogwarts the night of Dumbledore’s death, and was firing off killing curses like Cheering Charms, which actually resulted in the death of his fellow Death Eater. While his recklessness is a burden, it also serves to make him more terrifying—the wild card of the Death Eaters, really. His biggest blunder is, along with Dolohov, allowing the trio to escape from Tottingham Court Road, for which he was tortured mercilessly.

    68 votes
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    Most Death Eaters Were Not Particularly Skilled With Magic

    From Redditor u/FortunateLux:

    Everyone outside of Voldemort’s inner circle were fairly average wizards, so it makes sense they weren’t extremely powerful. But the thing is he had so many of them it didn’t really matter how powerful they were. That’s why Voldemort was winning the 1st Wizarding War - he had the numbers, while the order had superior wizards they just didn’t have enough superior wizards to take on all of Voldemort’s forces.

    85 votes
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    Most Death Eaters Were Slytherin Because Most Slytherins Were Pure Blood

    From Redditor u/Burngis12:

    I think it's important to remember that Salazar was very anti-muggle and was all for that "pure blood" nonsense. In fact, he wanted to make it where no one who wasn't pure blood could come to the school. So naturally most of the people in Slytherin are going to be pure blood and inevitably some of those are going to have anti muggle sentiments. And Voldemort's endgame was to purge the world of muggle borns (Funnily enough he was half-blood..but I digress..) not to mention the fact that he was the heir of Slytherin. So he is going to obviously favor Slytherins, which is what he did. He recruited Slytherins.

    69 votes
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    54 VOTES

    Younger Death Eaters Didn't Know Voldemort Was A Half-Blood

    From a former Redditor:

    The first death eaters would of known as they went to school with him. Whether he or his first followers would have told the younger recruits his true identity is unlikely. Mainly because he saw Lord Voldemort as his true identity.

    But judging on Harry's interaction with Bellatrix Lestrange in the books, she knew his true identity and his blood status, but her retort was to try and attack Harry.

    54 votes
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    Antonin Dolohov Killed Multiple Members Of The Order Of The Phoenix And Was Nearly As Feared As Voldemort

    From Redditor u/SaviorFlame:

    Dolohov was a rollercoaster. Notable for his double-murder of the Prewetts, reportedly valuable members of the Order and siblings of Molly Weasley, and murdering Remus Lupin in a duel during the Battle of Hogwarts, Dolohov loses points for the fairly large transgression of failing to apprehend the 17-year-old wizard that Voldemort wanted more than anything when he was in a restaurant with him. Still remains a skilled and dangerous Death Eater, and would be much higher if not for the Tottingham Court Road incident. Along with Bellatrix Lestange, one of the Death Eaters named as “almost as feared as Voldemort himself.”

    61 votes
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    There Were Only About 30 Death Eaters

    From Redditor u/SergiusTheEvilSheep:

    The HP Lexicon lists about 30 known Death Eaters. Like you, that is about the amount of Death Eaters that I always imagined, but I think that they could be interpreted to be something akin to his lieutenants with many other lowly foot soldiers. These lower supporters would probably help in battles, but not be trusted with important information or missions.

    58 votes