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He was invaluable as a spy. As a double (triple, quadruple) agent, Snape served two purposes: As an Order agent in Voldemort's ranks, he could pass information about Voldemort's plans to Dumbledore and the Order. Since Voldemort believed him to be a spy for him in the Order's ranks, he could pass false information about the Order's plans to Voldemort. ...


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Dolores Umbridge was definitely not a good person. However, as Sirius points out, "the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters". Remember that he also says that he doesn't believe Umbridge to be a Death Eater, but that she's evil enough (or something like that). I think there are two strong reasons to believe that: Umbridge was proud to do ...


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The Dementors joined the Dark Lord after. When a Dementor sucked the soul out of Barty Crouch Jr., that was before the Dementors joined the Dark Lord. They only joined him after his return. When he returned to a body, he said the Dementors ‘will join’ him and the Death Eaters, indicating they hadn’t already joined them before. “The Dementors will join ...


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At the end of the Half-Blood Prince, when Harry and Dumbledore are alone with Draco, several other Death Eaters enter the room. Later, when Lupin and the others are discussing what happened, they say something like "We were thrown against the barrier, but Snape ran through it as if it wasn't there. You must have needed a Dark Mark to get through it." I'm ...


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The main reason why they didn't use Avada Kedavra is that they are attacking a school full of children. Although Death Eaters are what we consider "evil", not all of them are as bent on evil as Voldemort. We know of at least 4 (Crabbe, Goyle, and the Malfoys) of the Death Eaters had children of their own in the castle. In fact even Voldemort expresses a ...


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I suspect there may not be any canon answer to this. But here goes my take... In-Universe As a Witness It is most likely that Voldemort was making sure that there was a non-Death Eater witness on hand to relay the death of Harry Potter and the circumstances surrounding the death to Harry's supporters. Psychological Warfare Another point as mentioned by ...


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In addition to Richard's correct answer, there is this observation by Snape: 'Where are they going to hide the boy next?' 'At the home of one of the Order,' said Snape. 'The place, according to the source, has been given every protection that the Order and Ministry together could provide. I think that there is little chance of taking him once he is ...


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Simply put, they didn't know how to and (probably) didn't have the skill to do it without seriously injuring themselves. Per Pottermore; Creating a Horcrux And so we arrive at creating a Horcrux, one of the – if not the – most difficult and extreme pieces of magic the wizarding world has to offer, for various reasons. A Horcrux is created when ...


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Because the Dark Lord didn’t allow Muggle-borns into Hogwarts. Under the Dark Lord’s rule, students had to prove their blood status before they were allowed to attend Hogwarts. They couldn’t get in until they’d been certified pure enough by the Ministry. “This way, Voldemort will have the whole wizarding population under his eye from a young age. And it’...


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The new direction for the Ministry fit with Umbridge’s ideology. Umbridge had always sucked up to the Minister of Magic, even when that was Fudge and the Ministry was entirely separate from the Dark Lord, so she simply remained with the Ministry rather than joining or aligning herself with the Dark Lord or the Death Eaters. However, their ideology, and the ...


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To have a successful movement you need the support for prominent and wealthy families. The Potters fit this category. Some relevant quotes from The Potter Family by J.K. Rowling The wizarding Potter family had illustrious beginnings, however, some of which was hinted at in Deathly Hallows. Linfred’s eldest son, Hardwin, married a beautiful young ...


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She has a wand, but it's unclear how she got it. Bellatrix did get a wand after hers was stolen. It's unclear how exactly she got it, but it isn't mentioned as being anyone else's wand, like Narcissa's or Draco's. In the movie, we see her new wand, and it doesn't look anything like any of the Death Eaters' wands. There are several ways she could have ...


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One thing you must remember is that Big V was in it for himself. He was not willing to give others any form of power over him, and he was quick to promise power, wealth, etc to his underlings to gain their support, and threaten them to guarantee it. As DVK said, the vows also had to be specific - Snape vowed to do specific actions. It's certainly ...


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It wouldn’t help - the prophecy escaped when the ball broke. It might have been possible to mend the glass sphere that encased the prophecy, but the reason the Dark Lord wanted it was for the prophecy inside the sphere, which escaped when it shattered. “He gave another stupendous heave and Neville’s robes tore all along the left seam – the small spun-...


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Moody was kept in a trunk so it might not matter if he had fought it. It seems like Moody was placed under the Imperius Curse after he was already captured using other methods. “We journeyed to his house. Moody put up a struggle. There was a commotion. We managed to subdue him just in time. Forced him into a compartment of his own magical trunk.” - Harry ...


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The quote from the novel is that they're obliged to attend Hogwarts, and Hogwarts alone: ‘Ron, as we’re on the run with Harry Potter, the most wanted person in the country, I don’t think it matters. If I was going back to school, it would be different. What’s Voldemort planning for Hogwarts?’ she asked Lupin. ‘Attendance is now compulsory for ...


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Some of the reasons could be: Moody was a very powerful auror and it would have been very difficult to keep him in control for that long. Barty Crouch Jr. was able to overpower him by taking him by surprise, and having help from Wormtail. Even then, he only just managed to do it. Wormtail and I did it. We had prepared the Polyjuice Potion beforehand. ...


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It doesn’t seem like it - JKR says the curse broke after his death. From what J.K. Rowling says in an interview, the curse was broken after the Dark Lord died. MV: Do you-- do Ron and Hermione or Harry ever return to Hogwarts in any capacity? JKR: Well, I can well imagine Harry returning to give the odd talk on-- on Defense Against the Dark Arts. ...


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Because that's something the Aurors are paid by the Ministry to do. Edited as suggested by @DVK- It wasn't in his nature to "hunt down" because Dumbledore valued life,love and everything that Voldemort,the Death-Eaters and anyone-who-wouldnt-hesitate-to-kill didn't.


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Voldemort's followers were called "Death Eaters" because one of Voldemort's key goals was to use magic to fully control Death, directing its powers at Voldemort's sole command. Voldemort sees this as the sign of ultimate power, which is his foremost goal; to be the most powerful sorcerer ever. Obviously, killing (directing Death toward others) is easy; it'...


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The sacrifice only made it so the Dark Lord couldn’t touch Harry. Lily’s sacrifice only made it so the Dark Lord specifically couldn’t touch Harry - it didn’t work on every person who meant Harry harm, or the Dark Lord’s followers, just the Dark Lord himself. In the graveyard, the Dark Lord says that he couldn’t touch Harry after Lily’s sacrifice protected ...


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It wasn't that they couldn't overpower them, it's that they had to do it in such a way as to protect the Roberts family (the muggle who ran the campground): The crowd beneath the Roberts family was larger than ever; they could see the Ministry wizards trying to get through it to the hooded wizards in the center, but they were having great difficulty. It ...


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Karkaroff is cowardly, and Snape has “left him forever”. Snape had a Dark Mark, so he was definitely part of the Death Eater “inner circle”. He would have been expected to be there, and Voldemort calls out gaps – for example, the Lestranges – so Snape would get a mention somewhere, and this seems to be it. In Half-Blood Prince chapter 2, Snape gets ...


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There is no canon explanation, I guess, but here some possible reasons: The Taboo spell sounds like something very complicated. It detects as someone speaks out a certain name without regard of any protective spells cast. Remember how Ron, Hermione, and Harry were caught by the snatchers despite the protection they had. Voldemort is an immensely powerful ...


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In the fifth part, Voldemort was doing his best to keep hidden, which makes things easier for him if no one believes he came back, and because of the history, he wanted to be the one who kills Harry. In that case, it would not have been very realistic of him to suddenly appear at the King's Cross, nor would he want his Death Eaters to do the job for him. ...


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Voldemort didn't know which of the (many) safe houses Harry was heading to. As an added precaution, he then used a port-key to jump from Tonks' parent's house to the Burrow. Given that each location was equally plausible and given the risk in moving against the Order of the Phoenix prematurely, Voldemort seems to have chosen not to chance an attack against ...


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I don’t believe that there is any direct canon answer to this question, so please be aware that my answer is purely speculative (within the spirit of canon). The simplest answer is the old Voldy is shown throughout the series to be a character who needs to be in control, whether it be by pulling strings in the background (Pius Thicknesse becoming Minister ...


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(New! list of deaths, from HP wiki. Analysis at the end.) I'm going to say that it was generally safer to be a Death Eater because the good guys will at least try to capture them, while the Death Eaters won't hesitate to kill. Consider the three groups fighting: First, the Order of the Phoenix. They were probably the most powerful of the groups, but also ...


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Yes, it’s likely why they made an effort to preserve magical blood. The Dark Lord and the Death Eaters did try to avoid killing anyone who wasn’t a Mudblood, even when they were clearly an enemy - this was likely to preserve enough to continue the wizarding population. We see this clearly when the Dark Lord offers the chance to those fighting to join him. ...


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Moody did fight, but Barty Crouch Jr. and Wormtail subdued him. Barty Crouch Jr. describes how he and Wormtail captured Moody while being questioned under Veritaserum. He says that Moody struggled, and there was a commotion, but they did still manage to subdue him. From this, it sounds like it was difficult to capture Moody, though they were able to. “...


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