Given his father is a dedicated worker of the Ministry of Magic, and not an apparent segregationist like the Malfoys, and that Barty Jr. was a highly accomplished student, why exactly did he become a Death Eater in the first place?

Was it to deny his father? Was he a pureblood supremacist all along?

I'm fairly sure there's an explanation somewhere on the pages of the book, but my memory is fuzzy.

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    Pretty sure it's typical "domineering successful father produces rebellious son" but I'm sure a good answer will be more specific.
    – ThruGog
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 16:50
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    "You place too much importance, and you always have done, on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be! Your dementor has just destroyed the last remaining member of a pure-blood family as old as any - and see what that man chose to make of his life!" - Dumbledore - GoF
    – Bishop
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 18:41
  • @Bishop - so Barty Jr. chose his own path - that I remember. Dumbledore is addressing Fudge here, right? This doesn't really answer my question. Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 18:53
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    cough Ben "Kilo Ren and Stimpy" Organa-Solo cough Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 3:43

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His father is so obsessed with his work in the Ministry that it's like his work is more significant than his family. But then, you asked the specific reason of why was Barty Crouch Jr. a Death Eater?

There is no specific reason based on what I read in book four.

It all just leads to a fake Mad-Eye who wants the Dark Lord to be pleased with him after what he did to help Voldemort to find a way through to Harry, to rise again, and to kill.

'The Dark Lord and I have much in common. Both of us, for instance, had very disappointing fathers...very disappointing indeed. Both of us suffered the indignity, Harry, of being named after those fathers. Both of us had the pleasure...the very great pleasure...of killing our fathers, to ensure the continued rise of the Dark Order!'

Barty Crouch Jr. - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35

The reason stated above could have been one contributing factor. Voldemort was born with a Muggle father who abandoned him and his mother after the love potion's effects wore off. Barty Crouch Jr's hatred for his father worsened every day, just like what happened with Tom, and it can be guessed that Barty Crouch Jr possibly got used to doing Dark things every day that lead him to become a Death Eater - after his grudge and rebellion against his father.

As was mentioned, he was a highly accomplished student. We still don't know how or what plans he had. Just like Tom Riddle, he was great at school - but eventually Riddle became Voldemort.

Clarification: Barty Crouch Jr. possibly hated his father and turned out to be a rebel, because his father's methods in sentencing him to Azkaban were unfair. He uses unforgivable curses and, at the same time, sentences people to Azkaban without proof or evidence. His son would have thought that these accusations were ridiculous, unfair, and highly unbefitting of a Ministry worker.

But most of all, the characters in the story seem to conclude that Crouch Jr's decision was because his father was known for not guarding and spending proper time with him.

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    But is there really evidence that Crouch Sr. was neglecting his son? And even if he was, there was still his mother, who seemed to love him very much, judging by her sacrifice. What really made Crouch Jr. join Death Eaters and torture Longbottoms to insanity? Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 20:08
  • That's the part where there is no answer in the books. I searched for interviews but there are no results. Maybe it's time for a tweet
    – Invoker
    Commented Jan 8, 2017 at 21:35

Is not particularly clear even within the context of the series. However, people do believe that because Barty came from such a good family, there's no reason why he should have gone down the wrong path the way that he did and his father was essentially blamed for it. That's kind of why Barty Sr was "transferred" to a position of less power. It was thought if he spent more time at home with his son than in the office, things could have been different.

Barty If was described as being g very you g she. He was sent to Azkaban, so he was involved at quite a young age. It might have simply been rebellion against what his father believed, but in the end it seems he identified with Voldemort in some ways.

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    Barty If was described as being g very you g she. – Uh, sorry?
    – chirlu
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 18:37

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