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Corban Yaxley is one of Lord Voldemort's Death-Eaters, who appears as a minor antagonist in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and as the secondary antagonist in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

He is portrayed by Peter Mullan who also portrayed General Sitacles in 2014 epic action movie Hercules.


Role in The Half-Blood Prince

In the sixth Harry Potter book, Yaxley is one of the Death Eaters invading Hogwarts. He is present when Dumbledore is killed and fights in the battle before leaving the castle with his fellow Death Eaters.

Role in Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Yaxley serves as one of Voldemort's spies inside the Ministry of Magic. He places Pius Thicknesse under the Imperius Curse on Voldemort's orders, so Thicknesse can kill the previous Minister for Magic (Rufus Scrimgeour). Cursing Minister Thicknesse is the kingpin for Voldemort gaining control of the Ministry of Magic. 

He appeares at the table during the Death Eater's meeting held at the Malfoy Manor. He is confidently telling Voldemort the date when Harry Potter is going to be moved from Private Drive, the house of his aunt and uncle's.

However, Snape tells him The Order of the Phoenix tricked him by rumoring a false move date, allowing Yaxley to think he'd figured them out.

Later, Yaxley reveals his involvement in the Muggle-born Registration Commission when he threatens Reginald Cattermole's wife, Mary, over a minor disagreement at the Ministry of Magic. We later find him at the trial with Dolores Umbridge, the Head of the Commission. The trial is interrupted, however, when Reginald Cattermole (Ronald Weasley in disguise), Albert Runcorn (Harry Potter in disguise), and Mafalda Hopkins (Hermione Granger) rescue Mary by unleashing Dementors and flee the courtroom. Although Ron does manage to stun Yaxley, he recovers quickly and gives chase. Leaving Mary with her real husband in the atrium, the trio accesses the Floo Network, but not before Yaxley grabs hold of Hermione. She had already begun to apparate to Grimmauld Place and brought him with them. Realizing the mistake and danger, Hermione quickly disentangles herself from him and takes Ron and Harry to safety, leave Yaxley on the front stoop of 12 Grimmauld Place.

Part 2

In the book, he fights in the Battle of Hogwarts and he's present when Voldemort attacks Harry in the Forbidden Forest. What happens to him at the battle is unknown in book and movie, however, Rowling has expanded on many characters and plots on Pottermore.



  • On the DVD version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Yaxley is seen in one of the deleted scenes where he enters the house of Hermione's parents. But nobody was home since Hermione cast a spell on her parents earlier to make them forget her and leave the country.
  • listed Corban Yaxley as #10 on their Top 10 "Most Evil Harry Potter Characters" list.

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