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"Rookwood: a spy. He gave valuable information through the Ministry to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named!"
—Rookwood's loyalty revealed[src]

Augustus Rookwood was a Dark wizard and a Death Eater loyal to Lord Voldemort. During the First Wizarding War he was a spy who worked as an Unspeakable in the Department of Mysteries. After the height of the first war he was named by his comrade Igor Karkaroff, Rookwood was arrested and imprisoned in Azkaban.

Rookwood escaped during the 1996 mass break-out and served as a Death Eater once more. He fought in several battles of the Second Wizarding War, including the Battle of the Department of Mysteries after which he was imprisoned again, but escaped in 1997. During the Battle of Hogwarts, Rookwood was defeated by Aberforth Dumbledore. His fate after Voldemort's final defeat is unknown. It is possible that he was imprisoned in Azkaban once again for his various crimes.

Biography

First Wizarding War

Rookwood worked as an Unspeakable in the Department of Mysteries, but became a Death Eater and spy for Lord Voldemort during the First Wizarding War. He had an information network inside and outside of the Ministry of Magic with a number of well-connected wizards. Whether or not these wizards knew they were being used for information by Rookwood is unknown.

What is known is that Ludo Bagman gave Rookwood information. Bagman was likely ignorant of the fact of Rookwood's real affiliations, since Rookwood dangled the prospect of a Ministry position before him. Bagman's testimony revealed that Augustus Rookwood was friends with his father. He also referred to Rookwood rather affectionately as "Old Rookwood", despite the man being a Death Eater, during his own court case.[4] From that information, it can be deduced that Rookwood was outgoing and perhaps affable during his years as a spy, breaking the mould of so many other Death Eaters to serve as a cover.

In 1981, Rookwood was captured and convicted on testimony from Igor Karkaroff as to his Death Eater activities and imprisoned in Azkaban. This was one of many names that Karkaroff surrendered in order to achieve his own freedom, and the first one to be viable, as the ones before were already caught or killed.[4]

Second Wizarding War

Augustus Rookwood in Azkaban

Augustus Rookwood during his imprisonment in Azkaban

During the Second Wizarding War, Rookwood escaped Azkaban along with nine other Death Eaters in 1996, when the Dementors defected to the recently returned Lord Voldemort.[5] This was Azkaban's largest and most notorious breakout and helped set the stage for the Second Wizarding War.

Rookwood was responsible for getting Voldemort on track with stealing the prophecy which concerned the Dark Lord and Harry Potter, who saw Rookwood in one of his dreams. Obviously, his experience in the Department of Mysteries made him a valuable asset in this function.

Battle of the Department of Mysteries

After numerous attempts at stealing the prophecy failed, Voldemort lured Harry to the Ministry by sending him visions of his godfather Sirius Black being tortured there. Rookwood was one of the Death Eaters who participated in the ambush of Harry and his five friends, and in the battle which ensued when the teenagers resisted. He was the only one not assigned a partner as the Death Eaters pursued the six D.A. members.

When Order of the Phoenix members arrived he was duelling with Kingsley Shacklebolt without his mask on. It is presumed that Rookwood, along with all the other Death Eaters aside from Bellatrix Lestrange, was captured and imprisoned in Azkaban after the battle.[5]

However, he was again at large the following year, after another Azkaban break-out.[6]

Battle of Hogwarts

"ROOKWOOD!"
—The Death Eater being chased[src]
Rookwood fought during the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998.[7] After Fred Weasley was killed in an explosion, Percy Weasley chased after Rookwood as he was attacking some of the other students who had stayed to fight rather than evacuate the school. Later in the battle, he was stunned by Aberforth Dumbledore.[6] It is unknown what happened to him after Voldemort was defeated, but if he survived, it is likely that he was captured and again sent to Azkaban.

Physical appearance

Rookwood was described, judging by his mugshot seen in the Daily Prophet, as a tall, pock-marked and grey greasy-haired wizard.[5] As Ludo Bagman described him as "old Rookwood" and given his status as a friend of Bagman's father, he was likely an older man by the time the First Wizarding War ended.[4] As a Death Eater, he bore the Dark Mark on his left inner forearm.

Personality and traits

Judging by his mugshot seen in the Daily Prophet, Rookwood seemed bored, contrasting from the other Death Eaters, who were sneering and glaring. He also appeared being outgoing and perhaps affable, being a friend of Ludovic Bagman's father. This is further supported by everyone's surprise when Igor Karkaroff named him as a Death Eater.[4] He was also shown to be rather fearful of Lord Voldemort when delivering bad news to him. However, during the Battle of Hogwarts, Rookwood showed ruthlessness in combat, as he did not hesitate to attack students who remained in the battlefield.[6]

Magical abilities and skills

Etymology

  • Rookwood was named as Algernon Rookwood in the first UK editions of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but his name reverted to Augustus again later on. This mistake was corrected in the U.S. edition of the text.
  • Augustus is Latin for "majestic" or "venerable", derived from the Latin augere, "to increase". It was the title given to the first emperor of Rome and subsequently to make other Roman emperors.
  • Rooks are known to be extremely sociable birds, and also have a kind of caw that sounds like a croak.[8] Rookwood is indicated to be a sociable wizard, and when he was seen speaking to Voldemort, he was hoarse and his tone was described as a croak.
  • The surname "Rookwood" may also come from Ambrose Rookwood, one of the conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
  • Rookwood is also a family in the 1834 romance of the same name written by William Harrison Ainsworth. In the novel, the Rookwood family are described quite negatively: No mate ever brook would a Rook of the Rookwood! A merry saying it is, and true. No woman ever stood in a Rookwood's way but she was speedily removed—that's certain.
  • Other possible references from Rookwood are the surname Turpin (Lisa Turpin), from the famous highwayman, and the Hand of Glory that is the subject of a poem within the book.[9]

Behind the scenes

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. In 1981, Rookwood had to be at least of age (17) to be working at the Ministry. As Ludo Bagman says that Rookwood was friends with his father we can assume that he was, most likely, older than 17 at the time that Igor Karkaroff revealed his Death Eater status to the Ministry as he was a well known worker at the Ministry.
  2. The Death Eaters as an organisation were known to violently hate all Muggle-borns and Muggles in general.
  3. J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, July 30, 2007
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - (see this image) - fourth the right of Narcissa Malfoy
  8. "Rook - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds" from The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  9. "Rookwood by William Harrison Ainsworth" from The Project Gutenberg
  10. Spotlight - CV


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