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"There was Antonin Dolohov. I — I saw him torture countless Muggles and — and non-supporters of the Dark Lord."
Igor Karkaroff regarding Dolohov's sadistic nature[src]

Antonin Dolohov was a Dark Wizard and one of Lord Voldemort's Death Eaters. Dolohov was considered a powerful wizard.

He fought in the First Wizarding War, during which he tortured many Muggles, and wizards and witches who were not supporters of the Dark Lord. Along with four other Death Eaters, he participated in the murders of Fabian and Gideon Prewett. Dolohov was caught, convicted of these crimes, and sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban.

He escaped from prison after Voldemort's return during the mass break-out of 1996, and participated in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, where he was re-captured and incarcerated. By the summer of 1997, Dolohov was at large again. He and Thorfinn Rowle attacked Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley at Tottenham Court Road, but they were defeated and his memory was wiped.

In 1998, Dolohov fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, during which he murdered Remus Lupin. At the climax of the battle, he engaged Filius Flitwick in a duel and was defeated.


First Wizarding War (1970s-1981)

In 1970, Dolohov's master began open hostilities against the rest of the wizarding world, beginning the First Wizarding War.

According to Igor Karkaroff, Dolohov was among the most important Death Eaters and tortured many Muggles and non-supporters of Lord Voldemort during the First Wizarding War.[2] He murdered Fabian and Gideon Prewett, the brothers of Molly Weasley (née Prewett).[9] He was not the only participant in the act, though, since "Mad-Eye" Moody informed Harry Potter years later that it took five Death Eaters to kill the two wizards,[10] whose murders were described as "brutal."[9]

Between the wars (1981-1995)


Dolohov in his high-security cell in Azkaban

In the year before the fall of Voldemort on 31 October 1981, Dolohov was captured and sent to Azkaban for his crimes.[11] His name was the first one that Igor Karkaroff revealed to the Council of Magical Law in an attempt to get himself freed from Azkaban, only to be informed that Dolohov had been captured around the same time as him.[2] Dolohov then spent the next 14 years in his maximum security cell surrounded by Dementors. His cell was close to that of Bellatrix Lestrange's.

Second Wizarding War (1995-1998)

Early in 1996, Dolohov, along with the Lestranges and several other Death Eater convicts, escaped Azkaban and rejoined Voldemort. It was speculated in the Daily Prophet that the escape was aided by Sirius Black,[9] but that was refuted in the aftermath of the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.

Battle of the Department of Mysteries

"...the Death Eater had ripped off his mask and was pointing his wand directly at Harry, who recognised the long, pale, twisted face from the Daily Prophet: Antonin Dolohov, the wizard who had murdered the Prewetts."
— Description of Dolohov's confrontation with Harry Potter[src]

The Order of the Phoenix and Death Eaters duelling in the Death Chamber

On 18 June 1996 Lord Voldemort lured Harry Potter to the Ministry of Magic precipitating the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. During the battle, Dolohov was paired with Jugson as the Death Eaters searched for the five students who had come to the Ministry with Harry Potter. They tracked Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Neville Longbottom to a room off the Time Room, hitting the three of them with Impediment Jinxes. When Dolohov began to alert the other Death Eaters as to their location, Hermione used Silencing Charm on him to prevent it.

He retaliated with an unnamed curse which, despite being weaker than normal, because it was cast non-verbally, severely injured Hermione. With a kick, Dolohov broke Neville's wand and nose and then cornered Harry, wordlessly threatening him. However, he was momentarily distracted, giving Harry the chance to Body-Bind him.[7]

Before several Order of the Phoenix members arrived, Dolohov recovered, and he was able to defeat Alastor Moody in a duel. He placed Neville Longbottom under Dancing Feet Spell and attacked Harry with the same spell he used on Hermione, but most of the harm was blocked by Harry's Shield Charm. Then he tried used Summoning Charm on the prophecy in Harry's hand, but he was pushed by Sirius Black. He duelled Black where he seemed to get the upper hand but was again incapacitated by Harry with Body-Bind before he could hit Sirius with his signature spell.[7]

Presumably, Dolohov was captured in the aftermath of the battle by Aurors and returned to Azkaban.

Death Eater plans

Death Eater meeting at Malfoy Manor, during the height of the Second Wizarding War

In July of 1997, Dolohov was again at large following another Azkaban break-out. He attended the Death Eater meeting at Malfoy Manor that summer and was seated between Corban Yaxley and Severus Snape. He was also impressed when Yaxley announced that he had placed Pius Thicknesse, the head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, under the Imperius Curse. He along with other Death Eaters, laughed when Voldemort insulted Bellatrix Lestrange and the Malfoy family, regarding Nymphadora Tonks marrying werewolf Remus Lupin.[12]

Luchino Caffe Duel

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"More, Rowle, or shall we end it and feed you to Nagini? Lord Voldemort is not sure that he will forgive this time... You called me back for this, to tell me that Harry Potter has escaped again? Draco, give Rowle another taste of our displeasure... Do it, or feel my wrath yourself!"
— Lord Voldemort punishing Rowle after he failed to capture Harry Potter[src]

Dolohov and Thorfinn Rowle before attacking the trio in a Tottenham Court Road café

Shortly after the Death Eaters took over the Ministry of Magic and placed the Taboo curse on Voldemort's name, Dolohov and Thorfinn Rowle tracked the trio to a café on Tottenham Court Road. Harry noticed their presence right away, including them reaching for their wands and mirrored the movement. The duel that followed was short but fierce. During the skirmish that ensued, Dolohov nonverbally bound Ron Weasley with conjured ropes and slammed an invisible Harry Potter into a wall with Expulso, but just before Harry dropped his wand, Hermione Granger hit Dolohov with a Full Body-Bind Curse. Dolohov's and Rowle's memories were then modified by Hermione shortly after.[13]

Dolohov being hit with Petrificus Totalus by Hermione Granger

This spell seemed to work well enough at the time, but it actually had not been very effective, as the three friends found out later when Harry had a vision of Voldemort forcing Draco Malfoy to torture Rowle; it is implied that Dolohov was subjected to the same punishment for their failure (and possibly also for summoning Voldemort unnecessarily when he was occupied with his search for the Elder Wand) by being subjected to the Cruciatus Curse.[13]

Dolohov may have been among the Death Eaters assigned to keep an eye out for 12 Grimmauld Place, former headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix and temporary hide-out for Harry, Ron and Hermione, as one of the Death Eaters mentioned watching the gap between houses 11 and 13 on the first of September was "the man with the twisted face", a characteristic often used to identify Dolohov.[14] The Death Eaters were able to find out Harry, Ron and Hermione's location because Lord Voldemort's name was Tabooed.

Battle of Hogwarts

Corban Yaxley: "Definitely heard something. Animal, d'you reckon?"
Dolohov: "That head case Hagrid kept a whole bunch of stuff in here.... Time's nearly up. Potter's had his hour. He's not coming."
— Discussion regarding Voldemort's ultimatum[src]

During the Battle of Hogwarts on 2 May 1998, Dolohov was seen fighting against Dean Thomas and Parvati Patil; Parvati shot a Full Body-Bind Curse at him in defence of Dean.[15] Dolohov also murdered Remus Lupin in a duel.[16] The nature of Remus's death was not revealed, but his body was peaceful-looking,[17] suggesting that Dolohov used the Killing Curse or his own curse, as neither left visible marks. After Voldemort called a retreat and gave Harry Potter one hour to turn himself over, Dolohov and Yaxley stood guard in the Forbidden Forest. Harry followed them to the Death Eater camp to confront Voldemort.[18] When the battle later resumed, Dolohov was defeated by Filius Flitwick,[19] a former duelling champion.

His fate following the battle is unknown, though it is possible that he was killed by Flitwick. It is also possible that he was sent back to Azkaban, if he survived, like other Death Eaters.

Physical description

Antonin Dolohov

Dolohov was described as having a "long, pale, twisted face" and as "burly", although not as large as the "huge" Thorfinn Rowle.[13] He had also dark hair.[3] As a Death Eater, he bore the Dark Mark on his left inner forearm.

Personality and traits

Dolohov was extremely loyal to Lord Voldemort and was a merciless Death Eater willing to commit various atrocities without hesitation or regret. He showed no remorse about wounding sixteen-year-old Hermione Granger; in fact, he was grinning about it as he tried to persuade Harry Potter to hand over the prophecy they were fighting over. Dolohov was very proud when he defeated Alastor Moody in a duel, as Moody was a highly skilled wizard.[7]

Dolohov also displayed a highly arrogant and self-confident attitude and had developed a habit of engaging more than one opponent at a time or challenging powerful wizards such as the Prewett brothers, Moody, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Filius Flitwick.

Dolohov was on friendly terms with his fellow Death Eaters, as he seemed to consider Yaxley and Thorfinn Rowle as close friends. When Voldemort spoke of how Charity Burbage supported Muggle rights and would permit breeding with them, Dolohov smiled in a confused fashion as if he literally thought that the idea of doing such a thing was disgusting, showing that he, like other Death Eaters, hated Muggles, Muggle-borns and most likely people who were half-bloods and blood traitors.[12] Ironically, however, his master was in fact half-blood. It is not mentioned if Dolohov knew or not about Voldemort`s true blood status.

Magical abilities and skills

"But the Death Eater Hermione had just struck dumb made a sudden slashing movement with his wand from which flew a streak of what looked like purple flame. It passed right across Hermione's chest; she gave a tiny 'oh!' as though of surprise and then crumpled onto the floor where she lay motionless."
— Dolohov cursing Hermione Granger during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries[src]

One of the longest-serving, most devoted and sadistic of all of Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters, Dolohov was a highly powerful and dangerous Dark Wizard. His immense magical skills allowed him to go up against and defeat many powerful wizards and witches of great skill, including many Aurors and Order of the Phoenix members.

Dolohov and Lucius Malfoy duelling Sirius Black and Harry Potter during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries

Dolohov casting a nonverbal spell

  • Non-verbal magic: Dolohov was highly skilled at nonverbal magic as shown during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries when he was hit with a Silencing Charm cast by Hermione Granger. Despite being unable to speak, he fought Hermione, Harry, and Neville all at once, incapacitating Hermione with his signature spell (although its effects were not as powerful).[7] He was also able to cast the Incarcerous Spell non-verbally.[13]
  • Charms: Dolohov appeared to be skilled with charms, as he was able to cast the Summoning Charm in a failed attempt to get the prophecy from Harry Potter in 1996,[7] as well as the Dancing Feet Spell, which he successfully used on Neville Longbottom during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.[7]
  • Spell creation (possibly): Dolohov's signature spell involved using a slashing movement with his wand which would shoot purple fire at his victim. He used this spell several times during the battle of the Department of Mysteries (Hermione was the only one to be struck).[7] Dolohov was the only known practitioner of this unidentified spell and may have even invented it himself.



  • Dolohov is a surname of Russian origin. It is the name of a character in War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy. This Dolohov is brave, but cruel and vindictive, though he is caring towards his mother and sister. J. K. Rowling has indirectly stated that she got the surname from this book.[20]
  • Antonin is the French or Czech version of the name "Anthony". The name is derived from the Latin Antonius and Antoninus. Antonius was the name of a prominent Roman family whose members included soldier and politician Marcus Antonius, more commonly known as Mark Antony. Antoninus was the name of another prominent Roman family whose members included Emperors Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.

Behind the scenes

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Notes and references

  1. The Death Eaters as an organisation were known for their strong hatred of all Muggle-borns and Muggles, in particular Dolohov.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 30 (The Pensieve)
  3. 3.0 3.1 In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 9 (A Place to Hide), Dolohov is referred to as "the darker Death Eater", in comparison to blond Death Eater Thorfinn Rowle. As his complexion is described as "pale", this must have been referring to his hair.
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay) - "Antonin Dolohov, read the legend beneath a wizard with a long, pale, twisted face who was sneering up at Harry, convicted of the brutal murders of Gideon and Fabian Prewett."
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil) - "Harry twisted around, his own wand held high, and saw that the Death Eater had ripped off his mask and was pointing his wand directly at Harry, who recognised the long, pale, twisted face from the Daily Prophet: Antonin Dolohov, the wizard who had murdered the Prewetts."
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil) - "Dolohov, his long pale face twisted with glee."
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil)
  8. J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, July 30, 2007
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 9 (The Woes of Mrs Weasley)
  11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 27 (Padfoot Returns) - "“Rosier and Wilkes — they were both killed by Aurors the year before Voldemort fell." Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 30 (The Pensieve) - “Rosier is dead,” said Crouch. “He was caught shortly after you were too. He preferred to fight rather than come quietly and was killed in the struggle.”" "“We have already apprehended Dolohov,” said Crouch. “He was caught shortly after yourself.”" Karakaroff and Dolohov are captured about the same time as Rosier was killed the year before Voldemort fell.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 1 (The Dark Lord Ascending)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 9 (A Place to Hide)
  14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 12 (Magic is Might)
  15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 32 (The Elder Wand)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Bloomsbury Webchat with J.K. Rowling, 30 July 2007
  17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 34 (The Forest Again)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 36 (The Flaw in the Plan)
  20. @SSandrigon And I hope you've noticed where I got 'Dolohov'. by J. K. Rowling on Twitter
  21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 20 (Lord Voldemort's Request)
  22. See Forum:Incorrectly identified Death Eaters
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