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Fenrir Greyback, Leader of the Snatchers

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Fenrir Greyback Physical information Species: Human (formerly)[1] Werewolf[1]

Gender: Male[1]

Hair colour: Grey[1]

Eye colour: Blue

Magical characteristics Wand: Unknown

Affiliation Loyalty: Death Eaters[1] (unofficially) Snatchers[2] Fenrir Greyback's werewolf pack[1]

Fenrir Greyback was a werewolf notorious for his savagery. He was a leader in his community and strived to infect as many people as possible with lycanthropy, hoping to build an army strong enough to eventually take over the wizarding community. He was the one who infected Remus Lupin with lycanthropy. During the Second Wizarding War, he and the pack of werewolves he led allied themselves with Lord Voldemort, though they were not considered Death Eaters. Greyback fought in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower,left Bill Weasley badly scarred[1], and later that year led a gang of Snatchers when Voldemort was in control of the Ministry of Magic[2]. Greyback fought in the Battle of Hogwarts and was possibly killed by Ron Weasley, Peter Stone, Michael Barrett, Logan Reese, and Neville Longbottom[2]. If he did survive, it is likely he was imprisoned in Azkaban.


1 Biography 1.1 Early life 1.2 First Wizarding War 1.3 Second Wizarding War 1.3.1 Battle of the Astronomy Tower 1.3.2 As a Snatcher 1.3.3 Battle of Hogwarts 1.4 Post-war 2 Physical appearance 3 Personality and traits

Biography Early life

Fenrir Greyback's only goal in life was to infect as many people with lycanthropy as possible, in order to create enough werewolves to defeat the wizarding world. Greyback would often purposefully place himself in close proximity with his victims before a full moon to ensure he would attack them after his transformation. One of Greyback's victims included Remus Lupin, whom Greyback attacked when Lupin's father offended him.[1]

First Wizarding War Fenrir Greyback, the werewolf.

At some point either before or during the First Wizarding War, Greyback joined the service of Lord Voldemort. He did not join the Death Eaters because he believed in Voldemort's cause, but because allying himself with them would give him greater access to potential victims.[1] Although considered to be a Death Eater, Greyback was not given the Dark Mark on his forearm.[2] He was also not accepted as a Death Eater, as Voldemort was prejudiced against his lycanthropy.

Greyback was used as a weapon by Voldemort, who would often use the werewolf to intimidate individuals to do his bidding, threatening to send Greyback to attack their families.[1] After Voldemort was presumed killed in 1981 after his confrontation with the Potters at Godric's Hollow, Greyback was one of the Dark Lord's numerous followers who believed him to be dead and therefore did not make any attempt to find him.[1]

Second Wizarding War With Voldemort's return in 1995,[3] he began to gather his old forces to renew his war on the wizarding world. Greyback returned to Voldemort's side.[1] In the summer of 1996, shortly after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Greyback and several Death Eaters raided Diagon Alley, kidnapping the wandmaker Ollivander. He was also among a group of Death Eaters that destroyed the Brokdale Bridge, in London.[4]

Greyback continued in his role as Voldemort's enforcer and terror weapon. When Voldemort charged Draco Malfoy with the murder of Albus Dumbledore, Malfoy invoked Greyback's name as a threat to ensure Mr. Borgin's cooperation with the scheme to transport Death Eaters inside the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry via the use of a paired set of Vanishing Cabinets. Later, April of 1997, Greyback attacked the five-year-old son of Ms. Montgomery when she refused to cooperate with the Death Eaters. The boy later died from his injuries.[1]

Battle of the Astronomy Tower Dumbledore: "Is it you, Fenrir?" Greyback: "Exactly. Pleased to see me, Dumbledore?" Dumbledore: "No, I cannot say that I am... Am I to take it that you are attacking even without the full moon now? This is most unusual... You have developed a taste for human flesh that cannot be satisfied once a month?" Greyback: "That's right. Shocks you that, does it, Dumbledore? Frightens you?" Dumbledore: "Well, I cannot pretend it does not disgust me a little." — Greyback and Albus Dumbledore at the Astronomy Tower in 1997[src]

Greyback was one of several Death Eaters that invaded Hogwarts in the middle of 1997, cornering Albus Dumbledore atop the Astronomy Tower, much to Draco Malfoy's shock and Dumbledore's disgust. He was among those who urged Draco Malfoy to kill the Headmaster and attempted to take over the job himself, before Severus Snape stepped in.[1] During the subsequent battle against members of the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore's Army, Greyback assaulted Bill Weasley, scarring his face. Fortunately for Bill, Greyback was not in his wolf form, and so the eldest Weasley sibling was not infected with lycanthropy. Greyback also tried to attack Harry Potter during the battle, but Harry retaliated with a Full Body-Bind Curse.[1]

As a SnatcherGreyback holding Hermione Granger hostage

Months later, after the fall of the Ministry of Magic, Greyback became a primary leader in the Snatchers organisation, and led a group of them around the countryside scouring for fugitive Muggle-borns, blood traitors, and truants who had escaped persecution. It was Greyback's group that caught a fugitive group comprised of Dirk Cresswell, Ted Tonks, Dean Thomas, and goblins Griphook and Gornuk. Dean and Griphook were captured, while Dirk, Ted, and Gornuk were killed while resisting capture.[2]

In the spring of 1998, Greyback and his gang captured Harry Potter, Zoey Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley and their friends after they triggered the Taboo on Voldemort's name. After working through and nearly falling for the lies the companions gave, Greyback and his gang brought them to Malfoy Manor, where Lucius, Narcissa, and Draco Malfoy — as well as Bellatrix Lestrange — were residing. Greyback hoped to receive the two hundred thousand Galleon reward for capturing Potter (along with what he thought was the phoenix wand), and was also eager to take Hermione.[2]

However, Bellatrix spotted Godric Gryffindor's Sword among the captives' possessions and became frantic, as she had believed it to be in her vault in Gringotts. When the Snatchers protested her taking it, she single-handedly defeated all four of them, much to Greyback's irritation. The Snatchers and Death Eaters were ultimately thwarted with the help of Dobby, the Malfoys' old house-elf, and Harry and the other captives all escaped.[2]

Battle of Hogwarts

Fenrir Greyback was present at the Battle of Hogwarts, where he was repelled by Hermione Granger while attempting to attack Lavender Brown. He was then injured by a crystal ball dropped from a higher floor by Sybill Trelawney who was most likely protecting Lavender because she was on their side and she was one of the few students who liked her teaching. While he apparently was felled during the skirmish, he was later seen as a grey blur running four-legged through the battle. During the final showdown in the Great Hall, he was "brought down" by Ron Weasley, Michael Barrett, Logan Reese, Peter Stone, and Neville Longbottom.[2]

Post-war:tIt is uncertain if he was killed in the battle, but if he survived, it is likely that he was imprisoned in Azkaban for his crimes.

Physical appearance

Fenrir Greyback has greying hair and a shaggy appearance, his face covered in matted hair and whiskers. He has pointed brown teeth as well as sores on the corners of his mouth and long, yellowish nails. Harry Potter, upon first meeting him, noted his "rasping bark of a voice" and that he smelled of dirt, sweat, and blood.[1] In his werewolf form, he is covered in grey fur.[2]

Personality and traits

Fenrir, having forsaken his humanity long ago, is driven by his animalistic hedonism. He seems to enjoy the taste of humans, even while in human form, perhaps even to the point of cannibalism.[1] During his capture of Hermione Granger, his threats to her had both cannibalistic and sexual overtones.[2] Greyback is also quite greedy, as he kept arguing with the Malfoy family about who would claim the bounties and glory of catching Harry Potter.[2]