In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011), we can see few people of the Voldemort's team leaving him:

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Why did they do this?

  • Presumably because a few of them had already been killed in the crossfire
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 9, 2022 at 14:01
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    Voldemort has failed yet again to eliminate Potter. The smarter ones can see the tide turning, and not in their favor.
    – tbrookside
    Commented Jan 9, 2022 at 14:27
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    Rats fleeing a sinking ship
    – fez
    Commented Jan 9, 2022 at 17:34
  • @Valorum what crossfire? No spells cast in that gif Commented Jan 10, 2022 at 1:18

2 Answers 2


I've rewatched the movie recently, and my understanding was some Death Eaters were abandoning Voldemort after witnessing his failure to kill Harry Potter. Voldemort is a bully ruling by fear alone. Seeing his impotence could change the mind of certain followers.

  • And although this may well be the case, can you offer any evidence to back it up?
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 0:06
  • I watched the movie? What else do you want? Unless you contact the screenwriter or the director, there isn't much else to go on, is it?
    – Moohbear
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 0:09
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    Well, off the top of my head there was a book, there's access to the original screenplay, umpteen interviews with cast, crew, etc that may prove fruitful. I'm assuming OP already saw the movie and that they were probably looking for a deeper analysis than what Moohbear thought.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 0:11
  • Excuse me for thinking then. I'll turn my brain in right away.
    – Moohbear
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 0:13
  • A few books and movies before, when Voldemort returned, he was extremely angry at his Death Eaters for wavering in their devotion. There's that unmasking scene in the Goblet of Fire. Some Death Eaters, like Belatrix, are true fanatical followers, death or high water. Some are there because of greed and interest (Lucius Malfoy) and some are there only because of fear (Petigrew/Scabbers). I assume that some in the second and third group decided to run away.
    – jo1storm
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 7:58

The trails of black smoke don't necessarily mean the Death Eaters were leaving. Note the similar occurrence at the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:

In that instance the Death Eaters weren't leaving, they were simply beginning the combat against the Order of the Phoenix. In Deathly Hallows as well, this is the moment where combat commences (resumes), so it is not unexpected to see the same thing.

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