Harry: "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure."
Alecto: "That makes you pretty skint, witless."
— Alecto mocking Harry Potter[src]

Professor Alecto Carrow[1]is a witch and sister of Amycus Carrow, and one of a small handful of female Death Eaters. She became professor of Muggle Studies in 1997, and taught the students that wizards shouldn't associate with muggles. She also tortured the students who opposed them. She was eventually stunned by Luna Lovegood in the Ravenclaw Tower, and tied up by Proffessor McGonagall before the Battle of Hogwarts. After the battle, she was likely sent to Azkaban.



Alecto Carrow's wanted poster.

First Wizarding War

Alecto and her brother were Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War. It is possbile that they fought in several battles of the First War. After Lord Voldemort's downfall, Alecto and Amycus were among those who didn't search for Lord Voldemort, believing that that he was gone forever. They also managed to stay out of Azkaban.

Second Wizarding War

Alecto and Amycus most likely participated in Voldemort's return, and started to serve him again. During the war, Alecto was suspected to be a Death Eater, as she had associated with the Dark Lord. She was featured on one of the Ministry´s Wanted posters, along with her brother, Bellatrix Lestrange and Fenrir Greyback.

Battle of the Astronomy Tower

Albus Dumbledore: "Good evening Amycus. And you've brought Alecto too... charming..."
Alecto Carrow: "Think your jokes'll help keep you on your death bed, then?"
Albus Dumbledore: "Jokes? No, no, these are manners"
Albus Dumbledore and Alecto Carrow, after the former is 'cornered' at the Astronomy Tower.[src]

Alecto and Amycus were among the group of Death Eaters who led an assault at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1996, which ended with the death of Albus Dumbledore.[2]

Appointment at Hogwarts

Death Eater victory

Fenrir Greyback, Thorfinn Rowle, Bellatrix Lestrange, Draco Malfoy and Alecto Carrow in the assault at Hogwarts

"Alecto, Amycus’s sister, teaches Muggle Studies, which is compulsory for everyone. We’ve all got to listen to her explain how Muggles are like animals, stupid and dirty, and how they drive wizards into hiding by being vicious toward them, and how the natural order is being re-established. I got this one for asking her how much Muggle blood she and her brother have got."
Neville Longbottom on Alecto's teaching[src]

In 1997, after control of the Ministry of Magic fell to the Death Eaters, Alecto was made the new Muggle Studies Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry after the murder of Charity Burbage. Muggle Studies became a compulsory course for all students, and Alecto changed the curriculum so instead of teaching equality and how Muggle technology worked, it became a brainwashing lesson of how Muggles are worthless and disgusting and should be treated like animals. When Neville Longbottom challenged her on this, Alecto slashed him across the face. She and her brother were also the ones that handed out punishment to all students during their reign at Hogwarts, and beat and tortured students who defied them.

Battle of Hogwarts

In 1998, on Lord Voldemort's orders, Alecto guarded the Ravenclaw common room, where Harry Potter might show up on his search for the Horcruxes. She caught Harry and called the Dark Lord using her Dark Mark, but was stunned by Luna Lovegood, and later was tied up along with her brother, Amycus Carrow, by Minerva McGonagall.[3]


After Voldemort's final defeat, Alecto was presumably sent to Azkaban.

Physical Appearance


Alecto Carrow fleeing Hogwarts after Dumbledore's death

Alecto was usually described as a stocky little woman, and shares several qualities with her brother, such as his squatness and his wheezy giggle. She also had black hair.

Personality and Traits

Alecto was a sadistic woman who liked to punish and torture students, even worse than Dolores Umbridge, and ordered them to perform the Cruciatus Curse on other students who were given detention. She also taught that muggles were "filthy like animals" and that wizards shouldn't associate with them.


In Greek mythology, Alecto was one of the Erinyes, known as the Furies in Roman mythology; they were the personifications of vengeance and pangs of conscience, and are known for being cruel and bloodthirsty towards wrongdoers. The name means "unceasing in anger". In Nobel-prize winner T.S. Eliot's play The Family Reunion, the protagonist is named Harry, and he is tormented by the Erinyes.

Behind the scenes

Alecto is portrayed by Suzie Toase in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and will reprise the role in the upcoming film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.[4]


Notes and references

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