"Well, don't hang about. Snatch 'em!"
—Scabior to his gang of Snatchers.[src]

Scabior (d. 2 May 1998) was a wizard and a Snatcher in the gang led by Fenrir Greyback during the height of the Second Wizarding War.


Early life

Scabior: "Funny 'ow they all thinks we wants to 'ear that [they were in Slytherin]. But none of 'em can tell us where the common room is."
Harry Potter: "It's in the dungeons. You enter through the wall. It's full of skulls and stuff and its under the lake, so the light's all green."
Scabior: "Well, well, looks like we really 'ave caught a little Slytherin."
— An exchange between Harry Potter and Scabior.[src]

Little is known of Scabior's early life. However, given his intimate knowledge of the interior of the Slytherin common room and its location, it is likely he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in his youth, and was a member of that house.[2]

Imprisonment in Azkaban

At some point in his life Scabior was imprisoned in Azkaban for undisclosed crimes, but was released sometime prior or following Lord Voldemort's infiltration of the Ministry of Magic on  August 1, 1997.[3]

Second Wizarding War


Scabior leads a gang of Snatchers with a captured wizard into the Ministry of Magic Atrium.

Fenrir Greyback: "We've caught Harry Potter!"
Scabior: "I know 'es swollen, ma'am, but it's 'im! If you look a bit closer, you'll see 'is scar. And this 'ere, see the girl? The Mudblood who's been travelling around with 'im, ma'am. There's no doubt it's 'im, and we've got 'is wand as well! 'Ere, ma'am —"
Narcissa Malfoy: "Bring them in."
— Scabior's gang of Snatchers arrives at Malfoy Manor with Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger.[src]

Following his release from Azkaban, Scabior became a Snatcher during the height of the Second Wizarding War, catching Muggle-born wizards and anyone who opposed Lord Voldemort, in return for gold.[2]

He was among the group that captured Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley in the spring of 1998. On Greyback's orders, Scabior checked the list of truants, searched the prisoners' tent for Harry's glasses, read a cutting from the Daily Prophet, and expressed terrified awe at the thought of summoning Lord Voldemort. He was also the only member of the group not to jeer when Greyback expressed a desire to bite Hermione, instead encouraging his leader to restrain himself.[2]

Scabior interrogating Hermione

Scabior interrogating Hermione.

Having the gang taken the truants into Malfoy Manor, where Lord Voldemort had taken base, Scabior assured Narcissa Malfoy the prisoner they had caught was Harry Potter. Later, when Bellatrix Lestrange took Godric Gryffindor's Sword from one of the Snatchers, Scabior drew his wand on her but was quickly Stunned. Draco Malfoy then moved Scabior's unconscious form to the courtyard with those of the other Snatchers. Bellatrix stated her intentions to kill the Snatcher gang, but it is unknown whether she did so.[2]

Battle of Hogwarts and death


Scabior falls to his death.

In Part 2 of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Scabior participated in the Battle of Hogwarts and duelled Neville Longbottom, who made collapse the bridge, they were fighting on, killing Scabior and many other Snatchers.

Physical appearance

Scabior appeared as a tall man with long, tangled brown hair with a red streak. He also had fair skin and blue/gray eyes. He wore dark plaid pants, with black boots and a black studded belt. He was later seen wearing Hermione's pink scarf.[4]

Scabior's possesions

  • Pink scarf (stolen) - Hermione Granger owned a pink scarf that she put on a tree. This scarf was later stolen by Scabior and he was seen wearing it.
  • Stag ring - Scabior owned a ring with the form as a stag head.

Personality and traits


Scabior with Hermione in the woods.

Scabior enjoyed his leadership position within the crew of Snatchers, a role which has perhaps given him an inflated ego. He enjoyed bossing around his crew and toying with those that they have captured. He also challenged authority figures, like Lucius Malfoy. His interactions suggest he was highly sarcastic with a dark sense of humour. It has not been determined whether he worked as a Snatcher for personal gain or whether he possessed a prejudice against muggle-borns; Snatchers were generally driven by the promise of a monetary reward from the Ministry.

Magical Abilities and skills

  • Dueling: Scabior was a fair enough duelist as he was able to capture several rebellious Muggle-Borns and other runaways, even kill some in battle. He was not, however, fast enough to draw his wand on Bellatrix Lestrange when she attacked him. Alongside many other Snatchers he was able to hold his own against Neville Longbottom during the Battle of Hogwarts and might have been able to defeat him if the bridge he was on did not collapse.
  • Transfiguration: Scabior is able to conjure chains while he tried to chase and capture the trio.
  • Non-Verbal Magic: Scabior can cast spells without the use of incantations, shown as when he pursued Harry, Ron and Hermione while shooting chains and stunning spells at them.

Behind the scenes

Scabior: "What happened to you, ugly?"
Fenrir Greyback: "(looks at Scabior)"
Scabior: "No, not you."
— Scabior to Harry Potter.[src]


Notes and references

Death Eaters
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Leader: Lord Voldemort
Death Eaters

Avery (II) | Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Crabbe | Barty Crouch Jr. (deceased) | Antonin Dolohov | Gibbon (deceased) | Goyle | 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) | Nagini | Mr Padget | Mrs Padgett | Pansy Parkinson | Quirinus Quirrell | Albert Runcorn | 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 | Tom Riddle's gang | Gang of Slytherins | Giants (Golgomath's control) | Inferius | Muggle-Born Registration Commission | Theodore Nott (possibly) | Snatchers | Werewolf army

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 | Riddle House | The Ruins | Spinner's End

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