Things You Didn't Know About Death Eaters If You've Only Seen The Movies
Voldemort's Death Eaters are the primary antagonistic faction in the Harry Potter series, and act as the Dark Lord's personal army. The films' limited run times necessitated a number of things to be cut from the Death Eaters to accommodate the protagonists' stories. The books go into much greater detail about the Death Eaters' actions and involvements in Voldemort's plans, and those who haven't read them will find a number of facts to be eye-opening.
Quite a few details either bring additional context to things that happened in the movies or change them altogether.
- 11,397 VOTES
Voldemort Forces Draco Malfoy To Torture The Death Eaters That Had Failed HimPhoto: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures
Draco Malfoy's servitude to Voldemort doesn't end after he masterminds the demise of Albus Dumbledore. Voldemort learns that Severus Snape was the one who did the deed, and looks to punish Malfoy through psychological means.
Voldemort tasks Malfoy with the job of punishing his fellow Death Eaters when they fail to accomplish what Voldemort had commanded them to. During Deathly Hallows, Harry uses his mental connection with Voldemort to witness a terrified Malfoy using the Cruciatus Curse on his fellow Death Eaters.
Voldemort promises an even worse fate for Malfoy if the latter doesn't comply, which leaves him with no choice but to frequently torture Death Eaters.
- 21,324 VOTES
Voldemort Curses Peter Pettigrew's Magical Hand To Strangle Him In The Event Of A BetrayalPhoto: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures
Peter Pettigrew suffers a gruesome fate in Deathly Hallows in which he's powerless to prevent his own demise. Pettigrew is outsmarted and accosted by Ron and Harry in Malfoy Manor, but the former's magical hand gives him an advantage.
Pettigrew comes close to strangling Harry, but is then reminded of the life debt he owes Harry for sparing his life from Remus Lupin and Sirius Black. Pettigrew's hesitation costs him his life, because Voldemort has anticipated this.
It turns out that Voldemort had designed Pettigrew's hand in such a way that even the slightest thought of treachery would take his servant's life. The hand ends up choking Pettigrew, and neither Ron or Harry are able to stop it.
- 31,533 VOTES
Harry Openly Tortures A Death Eater During The Battle Of HogwartsPhoto: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures
Harry's attitude toward the Battle of Hogwarts drastically changes when he comes across Death Eater Amycus Carrow. Harry and Luna head to Ravenclaw Tower to see a replica of the diadem when Carrow and Professor McGonagall also arrive.
Carrow and McGonagall are unaware of Harry and Luna's presence because the latter two are under the Invisibility Cloak; Carrow spits on McGonagall in anger, which, in turn, enrages Harry.
Harry uses the Cruciatus Curse in front of everyone in the Ravenclaw common room - it's so intense that the torment makes Carrow scream and fall unconscious.
Harry is satisfied by his move and claims he truly meant to dole out the pain he made Carrow feel.
- 4840 VOTES
Igor Karkaroff Was Hunted Down And Slain By The Death EatersPhoto: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures
Film fans generally wonder how Igor Karkaroff was slain after he fled at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Remus Lupin provides the answer in Half-Blood Prince.
Death Eaters tracked Karkaroff down as retribution for his role in revealing their names after the First Wizarding War. Lupin informs the Order of the Phoenix that Karkaroff managed to be on the run for a year but was finally caught.
Karkaroff's body was found in a shack in Northern Britain; the Death Eaters left the Dark Mark over the building. Lupin claims Voldemort's followers made it a public showing because they wanted to warn everyone that even dark wizards were not safe from Voldemort's wrath.
- 51,118 VOTES
Bellatrix's Killing Of Sirius Is AccidentalPhoto: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures
Bellatrix Lestrange takes the life of her cousin, Sirius Black, to mark the end of the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. Sirius's demise has baffled movie fans because he appears momentarily alive even after he's hit by the Killing Curse, but the book does it differently.
Sirius and Bellatrix are in the midst of a duel where the former matches his cousin and gets high-minded about. Sirius goes on to mock Bellatrix by refusing to attack and simply dodging her spells, which is when his luck runs out.
Bellatrix sends a jinx - implied to either be the disarming spell or stunning spell - that hits Sirius in the chest. He's hurled into the Veil by accident because the spell was never supposed to be lethal.
- 6806 VOTES
Muggle Studies Becomes A Compulsory Subject At Hogwarts Under The Death Eater Regime, Based On PropogandaPhoto: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures
Voldemort's strategy for corrupting future wizards was to start at the source of their magical knowledge. Alecto Carrow is placed as the professor of Muggle Studies after Voldemort slays Charity Burbage, and Carrow's teachings are entirely based on propoganda.
Muggle Studies becomes compulsory for students of all ages, with the subject essentially teaching children that Muggles are supposed to be eliminated and ruled over.