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Antonin Dolohov Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Antonin Dolohov Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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Antonin Dolohov was an infamous Death Eater sent to Azkaban for torturing muggles and wizards and participating in the murders of Fabian and Gideon Prewett.

He escaped from Azkaban with various colleagues in 1996 and then participated in the action against Harry Potter and his friends in the Department of Mysteries. This landed him in Azkaban a second time.

Dolohov escaped again and tracked Harry, Ron, and Hermione to Tottenham Court Road when they fled Bill and Fleur’s wedding. He participated in the Battle of Hogwarts and killed Remus Lupin.

About Antonin Dolohov

BornPre 1961
Blood StatusPure-Blood or Half-Blood
OccupationDeath Eater
HouseSlytherin (assumed)
Zodiac SignSagittarius (speculative)

Antonin Dolohov during the First Wizarding War

Dolohov was one of the first to join the Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War and was among the most important and prominent. According to Igor Karkahoff, who turned on other Death Eaters to save himself, Dolohov tortured many muggles and non-supporters of Lord Voldemort.

Among his most serious crimes was the murder of Fabian and Gideon Prewett, the brothers of Molly Weasley, whose maiden name was Prewett. He was only one of those present, as Alastor Moody tells Harry that it took five wizards to kill the Prewetts.

Dolohov Between the Wizarding Wars

The Ministry of Magic sent Dolohov to Azkaban in 1981 for killing the Prewetts. Igor Karkahoff was caught around the same time. Karkaroff tried to give information on Dolohov to save himself. But Dolohov had already been identified and captured.

Dolohov spent the next 14 years in Azkaban in a maximum-security cell surrounded by the maleficent influence of the Dementors.

It is unclear how Dolohov and the other Death Eaters were able to retain their spirits in Azkaban. Barty Crouch Jnr almost died after only a few months in Azkaban. Sirius Black was only able to dispel the influence of the Dementors because he was an Animagus and could become a dog.

Presumably, the Death Eaters had already significantly damaged their souls through their activities, making them less susceptible to the influence of the Dementors.

Dolohov during the Second Wizarding War

In early 1996, shortly after Lord Voldemort had successfully restored his body, a group of Death Eaters, including Dolohov, escaped from Azkaban.

The Daily Prophet speculated that they had received help from Sirius Black, who had escaped a few years earlier. But it was Lord Voldemort and his supporters who organized the mass escape.

Dolohov in the Department of Mysteries

In June 1996, Lord Voldemort tricked Harry Potter into infiltrating the Department of Mysteries in the Ministry of Magic. Lucius Malfoy led a team of Death Eaters there to retrieve the prophecy from Harry. Dolohov was among them.

Dolohov searched for the five students with Jugson. They tracked down Harry, Hermione, and Neville Longbottom to a room off the Time Room and threw Impediment Jinxes at them. Hermione was able to use a Silencing Charm on Dolohov to prevent him from alerting the other Death Eaters to their location.

Dolohov responded with an unknown non-verbal curse, which severely injured Hermione. This allowed Dolohov to kick Neville in the face and break his nose. When he turned on Harry, he managed to stop Dolohov with a Body-Bind Curse.

Dolohov had recovered by the time the members of the Order of the Phoenix showed up to reinforce the students. Dolohov defeated Alastor Moody in a duel, and then put a Dancing Feet Spell on Neville Longbottom.

He turned his attention to Harry, who deflected him with a Shield Charm. He then tried to use a Summoning Charm to get the prophecy. Dolohov was then pushed out of the way by Sirius, and the two began a duel. When Dolohov seemed like he was getting the upper hand, Harry cast a Body-Bind curse on Dolohov.

Dolohov was presumably captured with the other Death Eaters after the Battle and sent back to Azkaban. But he escapes again when Lord Voldemort took over the Ministry in 1997.

Antonin Dolohov and Lucius Malfoy in the Department of Mysteries

Dolohov and the Attempted Capture of Harry Potter

Dolohov was among the Death Eaters gathered at Malfoy Manor in July 1997. He sat between Corban Yaxley and Severus Snape, as they planned how to intercept Harry as he was moved from the Dursleys’ house. He was presumably among the Death Eaters who hunted the seven Harries on the day he was moved.

When Lord Voldemort took over the Ministry of Magic shortly after, he and Thorfinn Rowle tracked Harry, Ron, and Hermione to Tottenham Court Road as they fled the wedding of Bill and Fleur. They were able to track them as the Ministry had put a Taboo Curse on the name.

They followed the trio into the Luchino Café, where a duel ensued. Dolohov non-verbally bound Ron Weasley and slammed Harry, under the invisibility cloak, into a wall with the Expulso Curse. But Hermione then incapacitated him with a Full Body-Bind Curse.

Hermione then modified both Dolohov and Rowle’s memories so that they could not be tracked immediately. Harry later had a vision of Voldemort forcing Malfoy to torture Thorfinn for his failure. Presumably, Dolohov suffered a similar punishment.

Dolohov during the Battle of Hogwarts

Dolohov participated during the Battle of Hogwarts and was seen several times during the fight. He fought with Dean Thomas and Parvati Patil. Patil shot a Full Body-Bind Curse at him to defend Dean. At one point Dolohiv was dueling with Remus Lupin. He was presumably responsible for his death.

When Voldemort caused a temporary cease-fire, Dolohov guarded the Forbidden Forest with Yaxley. Harry, beneath the invisibility cloak, followed them to the Death Eater camp.

In the final stages of the battle, former dueling champion Filius Flitwick defeated Dolohov. He was presumably sent back to Azkaban after Voldemort’s defeat.

Antonin Dolohov Personality Type & Traits

Dolohov was extremely loyal to Lord Voldemort, passing 14 years in Azkaban for his loyalty to the Dark Lord. He seemed to have enjoyed his work torturing muggles and wizards that did not agree with his wait of thinking. The wizard used a deadly curse on the 16-year-old Hermione Granger, without hesitation.

Dolohov was clearly a talented and powerful wizard. He cast non-verbal spells with ease and was able to defeat the Auror Alastor Moody in the Department of Mysteries.

Antonin Dolohov Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Dolohov must have been born before 1960 to have been old enough to be a Death Eater during the First Wizarding War. He is probably born in the 1950s and is a similar age to Lucius Malfoy. We do not know his zodiac sign, but some fans suggest he may be a Sagittarius.

People born under this sign tend to enjoy adventure and the thrill of danger. Sagittarians often seek out danger and extreme activities. They tend to be individual thinkers, but loyal when they find a like-minded family.

Did Dolohov attend Hogwarts?

As a British wizard Dolohov presumably studied at Hogwarts School at Witchcraft and Wizardly. He was almost certainly a member of Slytherin House, as were most Death Eaters. This was a recruiting ground for Tom Riddle when he was at school, and we know Slytherin students aspired to be Death Eaters when Lucius Malfoy and Severus Snape were at school.

What Spell did Dolohov cast on Hermione?

It is uncertain what spell Dolohov cast on Hermione in the Department of Mysteries, but it was strong enough to knock her out even when cast non-verbally. Perhaps it had the power to kill when spoken. It may have been one of Dolohov’s own spells.