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Remus Lupin: "A fight broke out, the Death Eaters scattered and we gave chase. One of them, Gibbon, broke away and headed up the tower stairs —"
Harry Potter: "To set off the Mark?"
Remus Lupin: "He must have done, yes, they must have arranged that before they left the Room of Requirement. But I don't think Gibbon liked the idea of waiting up there alone for Dumbledore, because he came running back downstairs to rejoin the fight and was hit by a Killing Curse that just missed me."
Remus Lupin and Harry Potter shortly after the Battle of the Astronomy Tower[src]

Gibbon (d. 30 June 1997) was a Dark wizard and one of Lord Voldemort's loyal Death Eaters. He fought in the Second Wizarding War, including the Battle of the Astronomy Tower in 1997. During the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, Gibbon set the Dark Mark above the Astronomy Tower. He was accidentally killed by fellow Death Eater Thorfinn Rowle when he was hit by a stray Killing Curse.[1]


"We were in trouble, we were losing. Gibbon was down, but the rest of the Death Eaters seemed ready to fight to the death. Neville had been hurt, Bill had been savaged by Greyback… It was all dark… curses flying everywhere…"
Nymphadora Tonks conveys details of the battle to Harry Potter[src]

Gibbon was an active Death Eater during the Second Wizarding War. It is unknown if he also took part in the First Wizarding War or whether or not he was sent to Azkaban following Lord Voldemort's original downfall.

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Gibbon during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower

On 30 June 1997, Gibbon fought in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, along with fellow Death Eaters Alecto and Amycus Carrow, Corban Yaxley, Thorfinn Rowle, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, and Fenrir Greyback. Gibbon was the Death Eater who set the Dark Mark above the Astronomy Tower. It was supposed that he did not like the idea of staying at the tower and waiting for Albus Dumbledore alone, so he ran downstairs. He died shortly afterwards when a stray Killing Curse cast by Thorfinn Rowle missed Remus Lupin and struck Gibbon instead.[1] It is unknown what happened to his body after the battle.

Personality and traits[]

Almost nothing is known about Gibbon's exact personality except the fact that he feared Albus Dumbledore and that he did not want to stay at the Astronomy Tower and wait for him alone. This was not necessarily an act of cowardice on Gibbon's part, however, as Dumbledore was a wizard that even the likes of Bellatrix Lestrange feared facing.[1]

Magical abilities and skills[]

  • Dark Arts: Being a Death Eater, Gibbon would have been proficient in dark magic, including the casting of Dark charms and likely the Unforgivable Curses. Gibbon was capable of creating the Dark Mark above Hogwarts, during a battle, something that only a skilled and experienced dark wizard could create, according to Arthur Weasley.
  • Duelling: As a Death Eater, he was a competent and experienced duellist, as he fought against the Order of the Phoenix and escaping in order to go to the Astronomy Tower, meaning he had some skill in martial magic.[1]


A "gibbon" is a type of primate. Gibbon is also a 15th century diminuative form of Gilbert.[3][4][5][6] See Gilbert Wimple and Eleanor Sarah Gibbs for further details.

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Death Eaters
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Leader: Lord Voldemort
Death Eaters

Avery II · Alecto Carrow · Amycus Carrow · Crabbe · Bartemius Crouch Junior † · Antonin Dolohov · Gibbon † · Goyle · Gareth Greengrass's brother · Jugson · Barnaby Lee's father · Barnaby Lee's mother · Bellatrix Lestrange † · Rabastan Lestrange · Rodolphus Lestrange · Walden Macnair · Mulciber I · Mulciber II · Nott · Pyrites (possibly) · Augustus Rookwood · Rosier · Evan Rosier † · Thorfinn Rowle · Selwyn · Merula Snyde's father · Merula Snyde's mother · Travers · Mason Tremblay (possibly) · Wilkes † · Corban Yaxley · Unidentified Death Eaters

Death Eater defectors

Regulus Black † · Igor Karkaroff † · Draco Malfoy · Lucius Malfoy · Peter Pettigrew † · Severus Snape

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) · Yubert Thorne · 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 (Severus Snape's house) · The Abandoned Substation · The Ruins · The Quarry