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"-he was part of a gang of Slytherins who nearly all turned out to be Death Eaters."
Sirius Black to Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger about this gang[src]

This gang of Slytherins was a group of students who attended Hogwarts in the 1970s.[1]


According to Sirius Black, they were all in Slytherin House and most, if not all, became Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War.[1] This group appeared to occasionally bully other students such as Mary Macdonald.[2] They likely targeted Muggle-born students and blood traitors.

It was partially Severus Snape's relationship with this group that lead his friendship with Lily Evans to end unpleasantly.[2] It is likely that they played a role in influencing his prejudice towards Muggles and his inclusion into the Death Eater ranks.

Known members

Behind the scenes

  • Sirius Black claims that Bellatrix Lestrange was associated with this group,[1] but according to the Black family tree, she was born in 1951 and her time at Hogwarts would not have overlapped with Severus Snape's at all. This might be a mistake on J. K. Rowling's part, but it is possible that Sirius remembered his cousin Bellatrix (who presumably lived in 12 Grimmauld Place before her marriage) spending time with her fellow future Death Eaters outside of school and simplified the connection when he was speaking to Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger.
  • Lucius Malfoy might have been associated with this group as well. He is familiar with Snape and many of the other members of the gang, and he attended Hogwarts around the same time.
  • There are members from the Avery, Lestrange, Mulciber, and the Rosier families in both this gang and in Tom Riddle's gang. Both gangs are noted for their membership with the Death Eaters, and considering the timeline, it is possible that they are sets of parents and children. The parents would have joined Tom Riddle's gang in the 1940s, and the children joined the Gang of Slytherins in the 1970s.
  • None of these individuals attempted to help Snape during Snape's Worst Memory, even though Avery and Mulciber (whom Lily Evans singled out as his close friends among the gang) were probably in his year and would have joined the exodus outside after their Defence Against the Dark Arts OWL. It is unknown why, but considering how adamantly Snape defended them during the Prince's Tale, there might have been a hierarchy to their friendship in which the impoverished half-blood ranked lower than the two (presumed) pure-bloods. Alternatively, they had simply not lingered on the grounds and already gone elsewhere, and hence only learned about the incident after the fact.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 27 (Padfoot Returns)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
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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