|“||The Dark Lord will rise again, Crouch! Throw us into Azkaban; we will wait! He will rise again and will come for us, he will reward us beyond any of his other supporters! We alone were faithful! We alone tried to find him!||„|
|~ Bellatrix Lestrange on trial for her Death Eater activities.|
|“||Welcome, my friends. Thirteen years it's been and yet here you stand before me as though it were only yesterday. I confess myself...disappointed. Not one of you tried to find me. Crabbe. Macnair. Goyle. Not even you, Lucius||„|
|~ Lord Voldemort to his Death Eater followers after being restored.|
The Death Eaters, also sometimes called "The Eaters" and sometimes known as "Knights of Walpurgis," are an evil society of renegade magicians turned Dark wizards who are the followers of Lord Voldemort and the collective secondary main antagonists of the Harry Potter books and films. The group primarily consisted of radical pure-blood supremacists who practiced the Dark Arts with reckless abandon, without regard to or fear of wizarding law. Voldemort used this select group of wizards and witches during both the first and second Wizarding Wars, employing them as his elite force.
They are often cloaked and wear dark, oddly-shaped masks with snake-like eye slits to cover their faces. They also tend to wear tall, pointed hats approximately half the length of the wearer's height like the Ku Klux Klan. Death Eaters are not to be confused with Dementors, the guards of Azkaban which are similar in shape.
Death Eaters are often spies; they keep their loyalty to Voldemort secret as many are involved with the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Death Eaters had a symbol on their arm, called the Dark Mark, a skull with a serpent crawling out of the mouth. When Voldemort touched one of them via the Protean Charm, each of the Death Eaters felt it, signalling for them to apparate to their leader's side. A larger Dark Mark cast in the sky with the spell Morsmordre would sometimes be used to frighten the Wizarding World, because it was frequently cast at the site of murders.
Notable Death Eaters are Lucius Malfoy and Severus Snape. Snape, who served as a professor of potions at Hogwarts, served the Dark Lord but was also a true friend of Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of the school. Lucius is the father of Draco Malfoy, an enemy of Harry Potter and student of the Slytherin House. Draco later became a Death Eater himself; both he and his father planned the death of Dumbledore as well as Harry.
When Voldemort was finally killed by Harry, the Dark Marks on the Death Eaters' arms turned into powerless scars and the ones that survived the Battle of Hogwarts were immediately arrested.