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Fenrir Greyback Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Fenrir Greyback Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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Fenrir Greyback is an infamous werewolf who actively allowed himself to turn close to children in order to bite them and turn them into werewolves. His goal is to create enough werewolves to overcome normal wizards. Remus Lupin was among his victims. He worked for Lord Voldemort for a period of time, as the Dark Lord promised him victims in return for his services.

About Fenrir Greyback

BornPre-1945
Blood StatusWerewolf
OccupationWanted Criminal
PatronusUnknown
HouseSlytherin
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignLeo (speculative)

Young Fenrir Greyback

Fenrir Greyback is, perhaps, the most savage werewolf alive today. He regards it as his mission in life to bite and to contaminate as many people as possible; he wants to create enough werewolves to overcome the wizards. Voldemort has promised him prey in return for his services. Greyback specialises in children… But them young, he says, and raise them away from their parents, raise them to hate normal wizards.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Fenrir Greyback was born a wizard, but at some point, he was bitten by a werewolf and infected with lycanthropy. This means that he turns into a savage wolf at the full moon.

Greyback fully embraced his transformation. Rather than seeing it as a curse, he believed that it made him stronger and better than other wizards. Dissatisfied with the way that wizards treat werewolves, as outcasts, Greyback decided to make it his mission to turn as many wizards as possible into werewolves, eventually having the numbers to challenge normal wizards.

Greyback preferred to bite children, and then raise them away from their parents to respect themselves and hate wizards. He would often make sure that he turned in the vicinity of wizarding children so that he could bite them.

Unlike most werewolves, Greyback developed a taste for killing and eating flesh in his human form, becoming a cannibal. This was very unusual but was probably because Greyback actively embraced his wolf side.

Fenrir Greyback and Remus Lupin

One of Fenrir Greyback’s known victims was Remus Lupin. At the time, his werewolf status does not seem to have been widely known. He was brought into the Ministry of Magic for questioning over the death of two muggle children, but as his name was not on the Werewolf Registry, he pretended to be a Muggle tramp and escaped punishment.

Lyall Lupin, Remus’ father, was an expert in non-human spiritous apparitions and suspected Greyback’s true identity. He suggested holding him in custody until the next full moon, the following day, but this idea was rejected. Greyback then taunted Lupin, who responded angrily that he was soulless and evil. Lupin was told to leave the hearing.

When Greyback was released, he managed to overpower the wizards holding him before they could perform a memory charm on what they assumed was a muggle tramp. He was able to flee with three werewolf accomplices. This is when Greyback decided to get his revenge, biting young five-year-old Remus Lupin and turning him into a werewolf.

Greyback and Lord Voldemort

During the First Wizarding War, Greyback joined Lord Voldemort. The Dark Lord was recruiting various magical creatures to his cause. Greyback was attracted by the promise of victims, but also chaos in the wizarding community that would also further his cause.

Greyback, as a werewolf, was not fully accepted as a Death Eater. He was not given the Dark Mark on his forearm and generally looked down upon by the other Death Eaters, who respected blood purity. Nevertheless, Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters would threaten people by saying that they would send Greyback after their children.

Greyback made no attempt to find Lord Voldemort after his fall, being more of a thug for hire than a loyal follower, but he did rekindle the alliance when the Dark Lord returned.

He raided Diagon Alley with several Death Eaters and kidnapped the wandmaker Ollivander for Lord Voldemort. He was also with the Death Eaters who destroyed London’s Millennium Bridge. He also attacked the five-year-old son of a Mrs Montgomery who refused to cooperate with the Death Eaters. The boy later died of his injuries.

Fenrir kidnapping Ollivander

He was also with the group that infiltrated Hogwarts with Draco Malfoy through the Vanishing Cabinet on the night that Albus Dumbledore died. During the conflict, Greyback savagely attacked Bill Weasley, ravaging his face and biting him. However, since it was not the full moon and he was not in wolf form, Bill was left disfigured, but he did not become a werewolf.

Greyback and the Snatchers

When Lord Voldemort took control of the Ministry, Greyback joined the Snatchers, bounty hunters looking for muggle-born wizards and wizards truant from school.

Greyback was with the Snatchers who apprehended Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They found the trio because they used Voldemort’s name, which had been made taboo. While they almost fell for their cover story, they were sufficiently suspicious of Harry’s identity to want to turn him over to Lord Voldemort and claim the reward. But he needed to confirm his identity first, and so took the trio and some other fugitives to Malfoy Manor.

Once they had confirmed Harry’s identity, Greyback wanted to claim the two hundred thousand Galleon reward, but Lucius Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange also wanted to claim credit for the discovery to win favor with the Dark Lord.

But before they called the Dark Lord, Bellatrix realized that they were in possession of Gryffindor’s sword and flew into a panic, saying that they would have to resolve the issue of where Harry got the sword before calling the Dark Lord. When Greyback and the other Snatchers protested, Bellatrix defeated them all singlehandedly.

Fenrir apprehends Harry Potter

Greyback and the Battle of Hogwarts

Greyback also participated in the Battle of Hogwarts, no doubt to satisfy his blood lust rather than out of loyalty to the Dark Lord. He fatally wounded Lavender Brown in the conflict before being cursed by Hermione and then struck in the head with a crystal ball by Sybill Trelawney.

Two bodies fell from the balcony overhead. As they reached the ground a grey blur that Harry took for an animal sped four-legged across the hall to sink its teeth into one of the fallen. “NO!” shrieked Hermione, and with a deafening blast from her wand, Fenrir Greyback was thrown backward from the feebly struggling body of Lavender Brown. He hit the marble bannisters and struggled to return to his feet. Then, with a bright white flash and a crack, a crystal ball fell on top of his head, and he crumpled to the ground and did not move.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Greyback was defeated again in the Great Hall by Ron Weasley and Neville Longbottom. If he survived the battle, he would surely have been sent to Azkaban for his crimes.

Fenrir Greyback Personality Type & Traits

When Fenrir was bitten by a werewolf, rather than seeing it as a curse, he considered it his destiny. He was now more than a wizard, and it was his duty to see werewolves claim their rightful place in the wizarding world. This shows a great deal of ego and resilience.

But he also gave into hedonistic tendencies. He actively embraced his wolf side, developing a taste for flesh outside the full moon and becoming increasingly wolf-like in his human form.

Fenrir was certainly not unintelligent. His plan to infect young wizards and teach them to embrace their wolf side by removing them from their families is a strategic if cruel plan.

Fenrir Greyback Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know Greyback’s birthday, but he must have been born around 1945 to have been able to bite the child Remus Lupin as an adult in 1965. His personality suggests that his zodiac sign may be Leo. People born under this sign have a healthy ego that might encourage them to see the tragedy of a werewolf bite as more of a right of passage to greatness.

Leos also have hedonistic tendencies, which means that they might be more likely to explore the benefits that their wolf-side could offer.

Can Muggles Become Werewolves?

Both wizards and muggles can become werewolves. However, muggle werewolves are rare because the injuries from the attack are usually fatal without the help of wizarding healing magic.