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Things You Didn't Know About The First Wizarding War

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The core Harry Potter series begins after Voldemort's fall from power and leads into the Second Wizarding War. However, there's a lot of information available over the original conflict through a combination of behind-the-scenes reveals from J.K. Rowling and Easter eggs spread throughout the saga. The First Wizarding War is arguably an even scarier read than the second, as a number of startling events took place that fans will find hard to digest.

Read on to find a collection of facts about the original war that you probably didn't know.

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    Very Few Death Eaters Even Knew Each Other's True Identities During The War

    Very Few Death Eaters Even Knew Each Other's True Identities During The War
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    The Death Eaters' trademark appearance comprises of a mask and a long hood to go with the black robes. These aren't just for show, though, because Voldemort deliberately kept their dress codes this way in order to avoid one Death Eater knowing who the other was.

    Voldemort dispensed of this practice in the Second Wizarding War, where the Death Eaters knew one another, as their numbers were far fewer than in the original war. The first time around, Death Eaters were required to keep their masks on at all times and Voldemort alone knew who all of them were. This is proven by the fact that the Death Eater Severus Snape had no idea that Peter Pettigrew had defected from the Order of the Phoenix to join Voldemort's supporters.

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    Minerva McGonagall's Brother Was Slain By Death Eaters To Provoke Fear In The Public

    Minerva McGonagall's Brother Was Slain By Death Eaters To Provoke Fear In The Public
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    Minerva McGonagall isn't an only child - she had two brothers. One of them, Robert McGonagall Jr., was slain by Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War. Interestingly, Robert's demise had nothing to do with him being of importance, as he was eliminated simply because the Death Eaters wanted to provoke fear into the public.

    Robert joins the long list of innocent Half-Blood, Muggle-Borns, and Muggles who were slain for this reason.

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    Aurors Used The Same Tactics As Death Eaters In The Name Of Justice

    Aurors Used The Same Tactics As Death Eaters In The Name Of Justice
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    At the height of the war, there was little to separate the Death Eaters from the Aurors. Bartemius Crouch, Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, took to cruel tactics in the name of justice. To this end, Crouch legalized the use of the Unforgivable Curses, meaning Aurors possessed the authority to kill, torture, and control anyone they perceived as a threat.

    This move carried the side effect of making Aurors just as terrifying as Death Eaters, as the public didn't have the favor of the law anymore. Moreover, those that the Aurors incorrectly used the Unforgivable Curses on had no choice but to suffer without anything to defend themselves with.

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    Lucius Malfoy Became Second-In-Command To Voldemort During The War

    Lucius Malfoy Became Second-In-Command To Voldemort During The War
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    Lucius Malfoy leads the Death Eaters against Harry and his friends in Order of the Phoenix, and the fact is that he was just continuing his former role. During the First Wizarding War, Lucius became extremely close to Voldemort as his personal servant since Malfoy had a number of high-ranking sources in the Ministry and influence through his wealth that Voldemort made use of.

    By the time the war was in full swing, Lucius had ascended to the position of Voldemort's second-in-command, making him the de facto leader when Voldemort wasn't present. Due to this, Lucius was privy to the identities of most of the Death Eaters, while Voldemort entrusted him with the diary Horcrux for safekeeping.