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Bartemius Crouch Jnr Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Bartemius Crouch Jnr Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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Bartemius “Barty” Crouch Jnr was the son of a prominent Ministry of Magic official who worked against Lord Voldemort during the First Wizarding War. But the teenage Barty Crouch Jnr became a Death Eater. He was later sent to Azkaban by his own father for his role in torturing Alice and Frank Longbottom to insanity with the Cruciatus Curse.

Barty’s father later secretly removed him from Azkaban and kept his son hidden in his home under the influence of the Cruciatus Curse. But Barty was able to throw off the influence of the curse and was able to re-join Lord Voldemort, who was regaining his power with the help of Peter Pettigrew.

As part of a plan to restore Lord Voldemort’s body, Barty Crouch Jnr kidnapped the Auror Alastor Moody and used Polyjuice Position to assume his identity and become a teacher at Hogwarts. He used the position to enter Harry Potter into the Triwizard Tournament and ensure that he was the first to touch the Triwizard Cup. He had turned the cup into a Portkey that would send Harry to Lord Voldemort so that he could complete his restorative spell.

About Barty Crouch Jnr

Born1962/3-24 June 1995
Blood StatusPure Blood
OccupationDeath Eater
Prisoner of Azkaban
HouseSlytherin (Speculative)
Zodiac SignAquarius (speculative)

Young Barty Crouch

Barty Crouch Jnr was born in 1962/3, and so was a few years behind James Potter and his friends at Hogwarts. His father, Barty Crouch Snr, was at this time the Head of Magical Law Enforcement and on track to be the next Minister of Magic. Highly ambitious, he neglected his son in the pursuit of his ambitions. Nevertheless, Crouch excelled at school and received twelve O.W.L.s

Barty Crouch Snr vehemently opposed Lord Voldemort and his followers, which may have made them an attractive group. Crouch Jnr secretly became a Death Eater.

He was arrested after the first fall of Lord Voldemort. He, along with three Lestrange Death Eaters, were arrested for torturing Alice and Frank Longbottom, Neville’s parents, using the Crutiatus Curse. They thought that the couple had information on the whereabouts of Lord Voldemort. But they tortured them to insanity and learned nothing.

Barty Jnr was brought before a court overseen by his own father and sent to Azkaban. No defense was mounted. Bellatrix Lestrange proudly admitted her role in the attack. Crouch Jnr protested his innocence and begged his father not to send him to the Dementors. But he was convicted.

Trial of Barty Crouch Jnr as seen by Harry Potter in the pensive

Barty in Azkaban and Escape

Sirius Black remembered when Barty Crouch Jnr was brought into Azkaban. He reported that he already looked sickly when he arrived. He screamed for his mother for the first few days, but then fell into the depression that the influence of the Dementors caused.

When it was determined that Crouch Jnr was near death, his father and mother were allowed a death bed visit. But his mother was also very ill at this time and begged Barty Crouch Snr to save their son. Using Polyjuice Potion, mother and son swapped positions. Barty Crouch Jnr returned home with his father, and his mother died in Azkaban in his place. Dementors cannot see, and so were not aware of the switch.

Barty Crouch Snr kept his son at home, controlling him with the Imperius Curse. He was hidden from the world constantly under an invisibility cloak, and the house-elf Winky was charged with his care. She would often beg Crouch Snr to give him treats as a reward for his good behavior.

After almost 15 years of hiding his son, this secret was discovered. Barty Crouch Snr became unpopular following the death of his son. There was never clear evidence of his guilt and many people blamed Crouch Snr’s neglect for what happened to his son. He was pushed to the side into the inferior position of Head of International Muggle Cooperation.

One of his staff, Bertha Jorkins, was delivering papers to Crouch’s house one day. She overheard Winky speaking to Crouch Jnr and discovered his secret. Jorkins confronted Crouch Snr and he used an extremely strong Memory Charm on her which seems to have caused her some brain damage and affected her memory.

Bertha Jorkins would later encounter Peter Pettigrew and the greatly weakened Lord Voldemort while on holiday in Albania. They learned the secret of Barty Crouch from her before killing her and made plans to reactivate Crouch Jnr as a Death Eater.

Barty Crouch Jnr at The Quidditch World Cup

Crouch Jnr was already beginning to resist the Imperius Curse that he had been under for so many years. In 1994, when Crouch Snr was important in organizing the Quidditch World Cup, Winky begged him to let Crouch Jnr attend as a treat, as he has always loved Quidditch. He conceded and the house-elf sat with Crouch Jnr, hidden under an invisibility cloak, in the same box as Harry Potter.

Throwing off the control of the Imperius Curse, and in the confusion caused by Death Eaters at the World Cup, Crouch Jnr managed to flee Winky and his father. During the process, he also stole Harry’s wand and used it to cast the Dark Mark into the sky over the World Cup.

Crouch Snr realized what had happened and was able to recapture his son and use the Imperius Curse again to take him home. He also fired his house-elf Winky for her incompetence.

With Winky no longer watching him closely, and the help of Lord Voldemort and Peter Pettigrew, when Crouch Jnr returned home he was able to throw off the Imperius Curse for good and start working for his old master again.

Crouch using Polyjuice Potion

Crouch Jnr placed his father under the Imperius Curse, repaying him for the years of control, and then put a new plan into action. He kidnapped the Auror Alastor Moody so that he could usurp his role as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts in 1994. He was able to maintain the ruse by constantly sipping Polyjuice Potion out of his hip flask.

As a teacher, he did many questionable things. He turned Draco Malfoy into a ferret when he went to curse Harry behind his back. Professor McGonagall had to remind him that they never use Transfiguration as a punishment.

He also showed his students the three Unforgivable Curses in his classes, saying that they would need to be aware of them to fight them. He even cast the Imperius Curse on students to see if they could resist it.

While most of the students enjoyed these classes, Hermione thought that they were appalling. She also noticed how upset Neville became when seeing Crouch as Moody demonstrate the Curciatus Curse. She did not know at the time what had happened to Neville’s parents.

Barty Crouch Jnr disguised as Alastor Moody demonstrating the Cruciatus Curse on a spider for students

Barty Crouch and the Triwizard Tournament

Crouch’s main goal at Hogwarts was to enter Harry into the Triwizard Tournament and ensure that he was the first one to touch the Triwizard Cup. He entered Harry in the Tournament by placing his name in the Goblet of Fire himself under the name of a fourth school, ensuring that his name would emerge. He then used the influence that he had over his father as one of the organizers of the Tournament to insist that Harry participate.

Crouch as Moody then offered Harry help at various points along the way. He suggested to Harry to get his hands on a broomstick to manage the broomstick task. He then revealed the secret of the egg to Cedric Diggory, knowing that he would share that information with Harry.

Crouch as Moody also ensured that Harry knew to use gillyweed in the water. First, he planted a book that contained the information with Neville Longbottom. But when Harry failed to ask him, he let the information slip to the house-elf Dobby, knowing that he would want to help Harry.

Finally, he made sure that Harry had a relatively easy path to the Triwizard Cup in the labyrinth and also used the Imperius Curse to make Viktor Krum take Fleur Delacour out of the race.

Things did not go exactly according to plan. Harry and Cedric Diggory agreed to seize the cup together and the two of them were transported to the cemetery in Little Hangleton to encounter Lord Voldemort. Lord Voldemort killed Cedric Diggory and then used Harry to restore his body.

However, Voldemort was unable to kill Harry. The twinning of their wands meant that Harry’s wand forced Lord Voldemort’s wand to regurgitate its most recent spells. The unexpectedness of this gave Harry a chance to escape and return to Hogwarts with Cedric’s body.

Murder of Barty Crouch Snr

Before the final event of the Triwizard Tournament, Crouch Snr was able to partially throw off the Imperius Curse. In a confused state, he made his way to Hogwarts to warn Lord Voldemort. There he encountered Harry Potter and Viktor Krum. Harry left the confused Crouch Snr with Krum while he went to get Dumbledore.

Crouch Jnr was keeping an eye on the Marauder’s Map, which he had borrowed from Harry as Moody. He saw his father arrive at Hogwarts and made his way down to where he was waiting with Krum. He stunned Krum and then killed his father. To hide the body, he transfigured it into a bone and then buried it near Hagrid’s House.

Discovery and Death of Barty Crouch Jnr

When Harry returned to Hogwarts using the Triwizard Cup Portkey and holding Cedric’s dead body, Crouch Jnr took advantage of the confusion to take Harry up to his office and find out what had happened. He was very disappointed to learn that Lord Voldemort had welcomed back Death Eaters who had turned their back on him during the intervening period.

Crouch started to reveal how he had been behind everything that had happened to Harry over the last year. But before Crouch Jnr could kill Harry for his master, Dumbledore arrived. He realized that the real Alastor Moody would never have removed Harry from Dumbledore’s presence at such a critical time and that something sinister must be afoot.

Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Snape burst into the room and apprehended Crouch. The Polyjuice Potion was allowed to wear off, and they discovered the real Alastor Moody imprisoned in a trunk in the office. They then used Vertaserum to have Crouch Jnr confess to everything and reveal the full story.

However, before Crouch Jnr could be forced to testify before the Wizengamot, the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, gave him to the Dementors. They performed the Dementor’s kiss on him, sucking out his soul.

Cornelius Fudge refused to believe that Lord Voldemort had returned and claimed that Crouch Jnr was just a lunatic. This marked the start of a year in which Harry and Dumbledore were telling people that Lord Voldemort was back, with the Ministry and the Daily Prophet denying this vehemently and calling them both liars.

Dumbledore, Snape, and McGonagall interrogating Barty Crouch Jnr following his discovery

Barty Crouch Jnr Personality Type & Traits

Barty Crouch Jnr was clearly an intelligent and talented wizard. He received 12 O.W.L.s, and was able to pull off his plot to send Harry to Lord Voldemort under the nose of Dumbledore. Lord Voldemort describes him as “somebody with brains, somebody whose loyalty has never wavered”.

He also clearly had a rebellious streak. His affinity for the Death Eaters probably stemmed from his father’s strong opposition to them. While he claimed his innocence while in court in order to avoid the Dementors, he considered himself one of Lord Voldemort’s true supporters, who did not turn his back on him following his first downfall.

Barty Crouch Jnr Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We know that Crouch Jnr started at Hogwarts in 1973, so must have been born in 1962/3. We do not know his exact birthdate or his zodiac sign, but some fans suspect that he is an Aquarius. People born under this sign are highly intelligent and also tend to have a rebellious streak. They stick to their guns but are intelligent enough to try and talk themselves out of trouble.

How did Barty Crouch Jnr escape Azkaban?

Ironically, it was his father Barty Crouch Snr, who put Crouch Jnr in Azkaban, and also orchestrated his escape. Following pleas by his wife, Crouch Snr agreed to a plan that would see his wife and son swap places using Polyjuice Potion. He left his wife to die in Azkaban in the place of his son. The Dementors cannot see and could not tell the difference between one dying soul and another. He then took his son home where he was nursed back to health by the house-elf Winky.

However, life at home was no better for Crouch Jnr than life in Azkaban. He was kept in control by his father using the Imperius Curse. He was forced to stay inside and hidden under an invisibility cloak always, with only the house-eld Winky for company.

How did Barty Crouch Jnr become Moody?

Barty Crouch Jnr broke into the home of the former Auror Alastor Moody and kidnapped him. He hid Moody inside his own magical trunk. He then took on the persona of Moody using Polyjuice Potion, which he regularly sipped from a hip flask that Moody was known to carry. While law enforcement was aware of a disturbance at Moody’s house, Crouch, as Moody, made it sound like the ever vigilant and suspicious Moody was just being paranoid.

Why did Barty Crouch Jnr turn Malfoy into a Ferret?

Crouch Jnr had to win Harry’s trust in order to pull off his Triwizard Tournament plan. He turned Malfoy into a ferret when he tried to curse Harry from behind while he wasn’t looking. He said that it was underhanded, and so punished Malfoy. In retrospect, this should have been a red flag that not everything was right with Moody.

Why does Barty Crouch Jnr hate Death Eaters?

Crouch as Moody tells Harry that “if there’s something I hate more than any other, it’s a Death Eater who walked free”. He explains that this is because they turned their back on Lord Voldemort when he needed them most. This is in contrast to himself and the likes of Bellatrix Lestrange. They tried to look for Lord Voldemort after his downfall and suffered in Azkaban for their open support of him.

When Harry returns from the cemetery at Little Hangleton, the first thing that Crouch Jnr wants to learn is whether Lord Voldemort punished those who were not loyal to him. He received the news that he accepted them back into the fold bitterly.

Who killed Barty Crouch Jnr?

Crouch Jnr did not technically die, but rather had his soul sucked out of him by a Dementor’s Kiss. This is considered a fate worse than death. It was the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, who turned Crouch Jnr over to the Dementors. This was in the face of the objections of Professor McGonagall who tried to stop the kiss. Significantly, it meant that Crouch Jnr was not able to testify to the return of Lord Voldemort. This was denied by the Ministry for another year following these events.