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Bartemius Crouch Senior: "Any others?"
Igor Karkaroff: "Why, yes… there was Rosier. Evan Rosier."
Bartemius Crouch Senior: "Rosier is dead. He was caught shortly after you were too. He preferred to fight rather than come quietly and was killed in the struggle."
Council of Magical Law interrogation of Igor Karkaroff[src]

Evan Rosier (Between 1953 & 1966[1] – c. 1981)[2] was a pure-blood wizard, possibly son of Rosier, and a Slytherin student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the 1970s. After graduating from Hogwarts, he became a Death Eater of Lord Voldemort and supported him in the First Wizarding War.[7] Towards the end of the war he was pursued by Aurors and was killed by Alastor Moody while trying to resist arrest.[5]


Early life

"Snape knew more curses when he arrived at school than half the kids in seventh year, and he was part of a gang of Slytherins who nearly all turned out to be Death Eaters."
Sirius Black talks about the Slytherin gang that Rosier was a part of[src]

Possibly related to Rosier and Druella, Evan attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1970s and was Sorted into Slytherin house. According to Sirius Black, he was part of a group of Slytherins and aspiring Death Eaters which included Severus Snape, as well as Wilkes, Avery[8] and Mulciber.[9] They all entered the service of Lord Voldemort during the height of the First Wizarding War.[5]

First Wizarding War and death

"Took a bit of me with him, though."
Alastor Moody regarding Rosier's death[src]

During the First Wizarding War, the Death Eaters were fiercely pursued by Aurors.[5] Evan was eventually caught by famous Auror Alastor Moody around the same time as one of his comrades, Wilkes. The two resisted arrest, Rosier even blasting a significant part of Moody's nose off during their duel. Moody defeated and killed Evan.[5]

A year later, Igor Karkaroff, while selling out his comrades to the Council of Magical Law in exchange for his own freedom, named Evan, but was informed of his death, making his naming of Rosier worthless.[5] According to Karkaroff, Evan was among Voldemort's important supporters.

Personality and traits

Little is known about Evan Rosier's personality, except the fact that he chose to resist and try to avoid imprisonment.[5] Rosier was courageous enough to resist capture from the legendary Auror Alastor Moody, rather than flee to save his own neck, something that Slytherins (such as Phineas Nigellus Black) called "bravery".[10] This also shows that Evan was willing to fight to the death if necessary. Furthermore, Rosier likely had a pure-blood obsession and a passion for the Dark Arts, like most of his fellow Death Eater friends at Hogwarts.[9]

Magical abilities and skills

  • Martial magic: Evan Rosier was a reasonably skilled duellist, as he was capable of duelling with Alastor Moody, a powerful Auror, and badly injuring him, blasting a part of his nose. However, he was killed by Moody during the same duel.[5] Still, the fact that Moody generally tried to avoid killing his enemies when feasible means that Evan likely fought hard enough that he was simply too difficult to capture alive.
  • Dark Arts: As a Death Eater, Rosier would have been accomplished with dark magic, including the Unforgivable Curses.[5] Given that Alastor Moody was unable to heal the wounds sustained to his nose,[5] it's likely that Evan hit him with a Dark charm, as the injuries caused by those spells were generally difficult to heal.


  • Evan is a Greek name meaning "of noble birth",[11] possibly a reference to the belief that pure-bloods are the wizarding world's aristocracy. It can also be a Welsh name meaning "young warrior", which Evan Rosier was.
  • Rosier is the name of a lesser demon in folklore.

Behind the scenes

  • It's likely that he is the son of Rosier, one of Lord Voldemort's earliest Death Eaters.
  • Evan also may have been related to Druella Black née Rosier, and thus to her daughters Bellatrix, Andromeda, and Narcissa, though this is unconfirmed. Given the fact that Evan was born in either the 1950s or the 1960s, Druella would be the right age to be his aunt, so it is likely that Evan is the cousin of Bellatrix, Andromeda and Narcissa. Also, unlike the muggle world where people with the same surname can be totally unrelated, wizards with the same name are, usually, related in someway or another.
  • In the book, Moody remarks on how Rosier had taken a part of his nose with him when they were fighting. However, in the film, Moody points to his eye since his nose was still intact.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 27 (Padfoot Returns) - "“Snape knew more curses when he arrived at school than half the kids in seventh year, and he was part of a gang of Slytherins who nearly all turned out to be Death Eaters.” Sirius held up his fingers and began ticking off names. “Rosier and Wilkes — they were both killed by Aurors the year before Voldemort fell." Snape attended Hogwarts 1971-1978 so Evan could be born as early as 1953 and as late as 1966 to have an overlapping year with him. There is a possibility that he was in a repeat year when met Snape.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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."
  3. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" at Wizarding World The Rosiers were a pure-blood family named in the Sacred Twenty-Eight pure-blood directory, so it is likely he was a pure-blood or possibly half-blood, like the many half-bloods on the pure-blood Malfoy tree. See Writing by J. K. Rowling: "The Malfoy Family" at Wizarding World
  4. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 30 (The Pensieve)
  6. "J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, 30 July, 2007 (2.00-3.00pm BST)"" at AccioQuote.org
  7. Pottermore - "Evan Rosier was a wizard, and a supporter of Voldemort during the First Wizarding War."
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 27 (Padfoot Returns)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 (Christmas on the Closed Ward)
  11. Harry Potter Lexicon: The Death Eaters
Death Eaters
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Leader: Lord Voldemort
Death Eaters

Avery (II) | Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Crabbe | Bartemius Crouch Junior (deceased) | Antonin Dolohov | Gibbon (deceased) | Goyle | Gareth Greengrass's brother | Jugson | Barnaby Lee's father | Barnaby Lee's mother | 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) | Ismelda Murk (unofficially, supposedly) | Nagini | Mr Padgett | Mrs Padgett | Pansy Parkinson | Quirinus Quirrell | Albert Runcorn | Stanley Shunpike (Imperiused) | Scabior | Serpent of Slytherin | Pius Thicknesse (Imperiused) | Dolores Umbridge

Other affiliations

British Ministry of Magic (under Voldemort's control) | Daily Prophet (Under Voldemort's control) | Dementors | Draco Malfoy's gang | Kreacher (formerly) | Tom Riddle's gang | Gang of Slytherins | Giants (Golgomath's control) | Inferi | Charmed skeletons | Muggle-Born Registration Commission | Theodore Nott (possibly) | Snatchers | Werewolf army | The Unforgivable

Death Eater establishments

Abandoned nuclear power plant | Borgin and Burkes | British Ministry of Magic Headquarters (under Voldemort's control) | The Cave | Chamber of Secrets | Forbidden Forest | Gaunt Shack | Lee family house | Lestrange Vault | Little Hangleton graveyard | Malfoy Manor | Misty Dell | Riddle House | Snatcher Camp | Spinner's End | The Abandoned Substation | The Ruins | The Quarry