- "My Lord, I prostrate myself before you, I am your most faithful —"
- —Nott professing his devotion to Voldemort[src]
Nott (fl. 1965 – 1996) was a Dark Wizard and one of the earliest Death Eaters of Lord Voldemort, having joined by around 1965. He fought in the First Wizarding War, and travelled to Hogsmeade in order to "wish good luck" to Tom Riddle in him trying to get a teaching position at Hogwarts.
He was the husband of Mrs Nott, who died in the 1980s, and the father of Theodore Nott, a Slytherin student at Hogwarts from 1991-1998. Nott did not search for Voldemort after his downfall, but this was forgiven after Voldemort's return in 1995. Nott fought at several battles of the Second Wizarding War, including the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, in which he was injured. After the Battle of Hogwarts and Voldemort's final defeat, he was presumably killed or imprisoned in Azkaban.
Nott was born into the pure-blood Nott family, which placed much interest in purity of blood, and was listed as one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and may have been a classmate of Tom Riddle, as well as a member of his gang. While part of the student body, he seems to have become a friend of Horace Slughorn, and as such was likely part of the Slug Club, although the professor denied this connection in later years, after Nott was revealed to have become one of the first Death Eaters.
First Wizarding War
Nott fought in the First Wizarding War, and, along with Mulciber, Rosier and Dolohov, he had travelled to Hogsmeade , to "say good luck to Voldemort, during his attempt to ask for work at Hogwarts. Nott was able to avoid being sent to Azkaban after the downfall of Lord Voldemort in 1981. An elderly widower, Nott raised his son, Theodore, after the death of his wife sometime before 1991. Nott was also one of the Death Eaters who did not search for Voldemort after his downfall.
Second Wizarding War
Battle of the Department of Mysteries
The following year, Nott participated in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. He grabbed hold of Harry Potter as he and his friends fled the Hall of Prophecy, but was stunned by Hermione Granger, leaving him incapacitated as shelves filled with prophecies collapsed around him. The group leader, Lucius Malfoy, ordered the other Death Eaters to leave Nott behind, stating that his injuries would be considered nothing by Voldemort compared to the loss of the particular prophecy which Voldemort sought. It's possible (though unlikely) that Nott recovered to fight against the Order of the Phoenix later on in the battle, though it's more likely that he was one of the two who were too incapacitated to take part. After the battle, Nott was exposed as a Death Eater and imprisoned in Azkaban.
Nott's exposure lead to a loss of status. This prevented his son Theodore from being invited by Horace Slughorn into the Slug Club, even though Nott himself was an old friend and favourite of his. He most likely escaped from Azkaban along with many other Death Eaters in the summer of 1997 and served Voldemort during the height of the Second Wizarding War. He possibly fought in several battles, including the Battle of Hogwarts.
He was described as a stooped man, although it is unknown if his stooped appearance was due to old age, injury, or because he often bowed down to Lord Voldemort. He was said to be a relatively small wizard, especially compared to the likes of Crabbe and Goyle.
Personality and traits
Nott was shown to be incredibly sycophantic towards Voldemort, as he desperately and disingenuously claimed that he was his most faithful servant, before being silenced by his master for his dishonesty. Despite this he is not known to have searched for his master, suggesting that he was not as faithful as he claimed to be though it was equally likely that he merely believed his master was dead and gone forever. As a longtime and devoted Death Eater it can be assumed that he held Muggles, blood traitors and anyone not considered a pure-blood in hatred and that he was a pure-blood supremacist. It is likely that he was a skilled, important, or otherwise influential wizard as he was deemed a valuable connection by Horace Slughorn.
Magical abilities and skills
- Dark Arts: Being a longtime Death Eater, Nott would have been highly accomplished with dark magic and with the casting of Dark charms, most likely including the Unforgivable Curses.
- Duelling: Being a Death Eater, Nott would have been competent with Martial magic and a fairly talented duellist, given how he participated in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries though he was injured early on. He likely participated in many other battles with his fellow Death Eaters in both the First and the Second Wizarding Wars.
- Apparition: Nott was capable of Apparition, as he was able to apparate successfully to his master's side in the Little Hangleton graveyard.
Behind the scenes
- Rowling originally created a subplot that was to be featured in either the second or fourth book in which he and his son visited the Malfoy Manor. He and Lucius Malfoy were to discuss their shady business in private while their sons conversed in the gardens. Rowling also claimed that the Notts were just as pure-blooded as the Malfoys.
- While Paschal Friel is credited as playing Knott [sic], he may also have been played by Philip Rham in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
- In the film he is shown carrying a walking stick not unlike the one owned by Lucius Malfoy. It is possible that it possesses magical properties like Malfoy's.
- It is possible that he is Cantankerus Nott.
- It's possible that he was one of the boys with Tom Riddle seen in Horace Slughorn's memory. Given that we know that Nott was an old favourite of Slughorn's adds to this possibility.
- In the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, one of the ten Death Eaters who corner Harry in the Death Room is described as "bleeding badly". It's possible that this was either him, as he had been injured by the collapsing shelves earlier, or the Death Eater who had been hit in the face when Luna Lovegood used the Reductor Curse on the replica of Pluto.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- "Malfoy & Nott (Chamber of Secrets/Goblet of Fire)" at J. K. Rowling's official site His son Theodore is a pure-blood so he cannot be muggle or muggle born.
- See this interview; “Samantha: Was snape the only death eater who could produce a full patronus J.K. Rowling: Yes, because a Patronus is used against things that the Death Eaters generally generate, or fight alongside. They would not need Patronuses.”
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 20 (Lord Voldemort's Request) - "“Then if I were to go to the Hog’s Head tonight, I would not find a group of them — Nott, Rosier, Mulciber, Dolohov — awaiting your return?" This is after Dumbledore has become headmaster which is after Lupin was bitten by Fenrir Greyback shortly before March 1965.
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" at Wizarding World
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 7 (The Slug Club)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 20 (Lord Voldemort's Request)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33 (The Death Eaters)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil)
- Although an old CV at CastingCall Pro lists his role as Knott [sic] he is the only of the six actors credited as Death Eaters that resembles Crabbe when he is unmasked (see this image)