"Lestrange, I want that essay on my desk by tomorrow or it's detention. Same goes for you, Avery."
Horace Slughorn regarding Lestrange's and Avery's slacking off[src]

Avery (born c. 1920s) was a pure-blood or half-blood[3] wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was sorted into Slytherin House. He was a member of Tom Riddle's gang when they attended Hogwarts, and was a member of the Slug Club.


Early life

Young Death Eaters

Avery at a Slug Club supper with his school friends Tom Riddle, Lestrange, and others

Avery attended Hogwarts at the same time as Tom Riddle, and was sorted into Slytherin House. He became a member of Riddle's gang, and was a favourite student of Horace Slughorn. Avery was present at the same Slug Club meeting in 1944 or 1945 as Tom Riddle and was reprimanded by the Potions Master for failing to hand in a particular essay.[5] After Hogwarts Avery became one of the first Death Eaters.

Later Life

Avery likely fought in many battles during the First Wizarding War. It's unknown if he was killed, imprisoned, or escaped capture after his master's downfall. If he was still alive he may have also fought in many battles during the Second Wizarding War, including the Battle of Hogwarts, however he likely would've been killed or sent to Azkaban after the battle assuming he wasn't already dead.


Avery is an English surname derived from an Old French version of the name Alfred. The meaning of the name is derived from the Old English words aelf, meaning elf, and raed, meaning counsel.

Behind the scenes

  • Another Death Eater named Avery attended Hogwarts at the same time as Severus Snape. Given the timeline it's possible that they are father and son.


Notes and references

  1. If Avery was at Hogwarts in 1943, with Tom Riddle, he must have been born in between the gap of 1926 (at the time he would be 17) and 1932 (where he would be 11).
  2. World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000
  3. 3.0 3.1 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" at Pottermore - The Sacred Twenty-Eight Pure-blood directory includes the Avery family. As this Avery was born before 1930, he would have likely been factored in and could not have been a Muggle or Muggle-born
  4. J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat,, July 30, 2007
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Death Eaters

Avery (I) | Avery (II) | Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Crabbe | Barty Crouch Jr. (deceased) | Antonin Dolohov | Gibbon (deceased) | Goyle | Barnaby Lee's father | Barnaby Lee's mother | Jugson | Lestrange | Bellatrix Lestrange (deceased) | Rabastan Lestrange | Rodolphus Lestrange | Walden Macnair | Mulciber (I) | Mulciber (II) | Nott | Pyrites (possibly) | Augustus Rookwood | Rosier | Evan Rosier (deceased) | Thorfinn Rowle | Selwyn | Merula Snyde's father | Merula Snyde's mother | Travers | Wilkes (deceased) | Corban Yaxley | Unidentified Death Eaters

Death Eater defectors

Regulus Black (deceased) | Igor Karkaroff (deceased) | Draco Malfoy | Lucius Malfoy | Peter Pettigrew (deceased) | Severus Snape (deceased)

Death Eater allies

Borgin | Vincent Crabbe | John Dawlish | Delphini | Golgomath | Gregory Goyle | Fenrir Greyback | Mafalda Hopkirk | Narcissa Malfoy (defected) | Nagini | Pansy Parkinson | Quirinus Quirrell | Albert Runcorn | Scabior | Serpent of Slytherin | Pius Thicknesse (Imperiused) | Dolores Umbridge |

Other affiliations

Acromantula | British Ministry of Magic (under Voldemort's control) | Daily Prophet (Under Voldemort's control) | Dementors | Draco Malfoy's gang | Tom Riddle's gang | Gang of Slytherins | Giants (Golgomath's control) | Inferius | Muggle-Born Registration Commission | Theodore Nott (possibly) | Snatchers

Death Eater establishments

Borgin and Burkes | British Ministry of Magic Headquarters (under Voldemort's control) | Chamber of Secrets | Lestrange Vault | Little Hangleton graveyard | Malfoy Manor | Abandoned nuclear power plant | Riddle House | The Ruins | Spinner's End | The Cave | Gaunt Shack