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Gregory Goyle Character Analysis: School Bully

Gregory Goyle Character Analysis: School Bully

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Gregory is a pure blood wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the same year as Harry Potter. He was in Slytherin and, along with Crabbe, acted as cronies for Draco Malfoy. His father was a Death Eater, and Goyle himself tried to capture Harry Potter and turn him over to Lord Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts.

About Gregory Goyle

Blood StatusPure-blood
Zodiac SignSagittarius (speculative)

Gregory Goyle Early Life

Gregory Goyle was born into the pure blood Goyle family in 1979/80, at which time his father was a Death Eater. When Lord Voldemort fell in 1981, his father was able to avoid Azkaban by saying that he has been under the Imperius Curse. But the family remained close with other Death Eater families, including the Malfoys and the Crabbes.

When Gregory got on the train for his first year at Hogwarts, he was already associated with Draco Malfoy and Vincent Crabbe. Goyle was sorted into Slytherin along with his two friends. They formed a gang, with Malfoy as the frontman and Crabbe and Goyle as the muscle.

Goyle did not earn a reputation for his brains. He was considered by most of the other students to be an unintelligent thug. Harry was even surprised that Goyle had passed the first year and was allowed to return.

They had hoped that Goyle, who was almost as stupid as he was mean, might be thrown out, but he too passed.

Harry’s thoughts on Goyle, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

While in his second year, Harry and Ron used spiked treats to incapacitate both Crabbe and Goyle so that they could use Polyjuice Potion to impersonate the pair to get close to Malfoy and learn what he knew about Slytherin’s heir. Harry disguised himself as Goyle and learned that even Malfoy had little respect for Goy’s intelligence.

Goyle with Malfoy and Crabbe

Goyle the Bully

Throughout his time at Hogwarts, Goyle was known as a bully. While he picked on many students, Harry Potter was a particular target because of the animosity between Draco Malfoy and Harry.

His bullying was sometimes quite elaborate. For example, in their third year, Malfoy, Crabbe, Goyle, and the Slytherin Quidditch captain disguised themselves as Dementors to try and distract Harry during an important Quidditch game. Goyle also laughed frequently as Malfoy imitated Harry fainting the first time he had come close to a Dementor.

Harry would occasionally get his own back on the bully. For example, in the books, on a Hogsmeade weekend, Harry, under his invisibility cloak, threw snowballs at Goyle and pulled down his trousers.

In their fourth year, when Harry became a second Hogwarts Triwizard Champion, Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle were behind enchanted badges that would switch between “Support Cedric Diggory, the Real Hogwarts Champion” and “Potter Stinks”.

Harry again got his revenge when a Pimple Jinx that he had been aiming at Malfoy rebounded and hit Goyle. Professor Snape had to send Goyle to the hospital wing, while ignoring the Densaugeo hex that had hit Hermione.

Goyle’s School Positions

In his fifth year, Goyle was selected to play on the Slytherin Quidditch team. While Draco Malfoy had joined the team a few years earlier as Seeker, this year Goyle and Crabbe were added to the team as Beaters.

It looks as though Montague’s replaced them with the usual gorillas, rather than anyone who can fly particularly well. They’re two blokes called Crabbe and Goyle. I don’t know much about them… Well, they don’t look bright enough to tell one end of a broom from another, but then I was always surprised Derrick and Bole managed to find their way onto the pitch without signposts.

Angelina Johnson, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In the same year, Goyle became a member of Dolores Umbridge’s Inquisitorial Squad, which the temporary High Inquisitor of Hogwarts used to monitor other students. He used his power to harass and bully, often deducting points from other houses out of malice.

Goyle was among the team that discovered Dumbledore’s Army meeting in the Room and Requirement and helped expose their activities. He was also one of the student overpowered by the DA so that they could escape and make their way to the Department of Mysteries in the Ministry of Magic.

Goyle the Death Eater

Following Lord Voldemort’s return during the Triwizard Tournament, Harry knew that Goyle’s father was a Death Eater. But over the following year, the Ministry wanted to deny that Lord Voldemort had returned, as this information was ignored by everyone except Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix.

The following year, Lord Voldemort was exposed following the events in the Department of Mysteries. Lucius Malfoy and Crabbe Snr were caught red-handed in Death Eater activity and sent to Azkaban. Wanting revenge, on the train on the way home from school, Malfoy and Crabbe, joined by Goyle, tried to jump Harry Potter. But they were thwarted by a group of DA students who cast multiple hexes on the trip simultaneously. This left Goyle in a terrible state.

The following year, when they returned to Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy was trying to find a way to let Death Eaters into the school so that they could kill Dumbledore. Goyle and Crabbe helped Malfoy, though they did not know the details of his plan.

Malfoy had the pair use Polyjuice potion to imitate a variety of small girls and stand guard in front of the Room of Requirement while he was in there trying to fix the Vanishing Cabinet. They would always have something in their hands to drop and make a noise to warn Malfoy if anyone was in the vicinity.

During the same year, Goyle had to take remedial Defence Against the Dark Arts classes with Professor Snape as they had failed the previous year.

Gregory Goyle under Snape and the Carrows

In their seventh year, following the death of Albus Dumbledore, the Ministry and Hogwarts fell under the power of the Death Eaters. All wizards were not required to attend school, while muggle-borns were not just excluded, but also hunted.

Severus Snape was made headmaster at Hogwarts, and he was joined by two new Death Eater teachers in the form of Alecto and Amycus Carrow. They taught muggle studies, teaching that muggles are evil and inferior, and Dark Arts, which now required students to learn the dark arts, rather than defend against them.

Goyle was one of the few students who thrived under this new regime. He was now called on to practice the Cruciatus Curse on other students, something that requires great malice. Goyle excelled at these spells and for once was among the best in the class.

Goyle and the Battle of Hogwarts

When Harry, Ron, and Hermione returned to Hogwarts, and Lord Voldemort arrived looking for them, this marked the beginning of the Battle of Hogwarts. The teachers decided to send underage students away, as well as Slytherin students as their loyalties were in question.

In the books, Goyle, along with Malfoy and Crabbe, managed to avoid leaving the castle. Instead, they decided to capture Harry Potter and deliver him to Lord Voldemort themselves.

They tracked the trio to the Room of Requirement, where they were looking for Ravenclaw’s Diadem. In the fight that followed, Goyle tried to use several dark curses. But eventually, he was disarmed by Harry and stunned by Hermione.

Things got out of control when Crabbe released a fiendfyre curse. This caused everything in the room to go up in flames. Harry, Ron, and Hermione escaped on broomsticks, with Harry saving Malfoy, but unable to lift Goyle as well. But Ron swooped in and saved the larger boy. Crabbe was killed in his own fire.

Malfoy and Goyle mourned their friend and do not seem to have participated in the rest of the battle. It is not known what happened to Goyle after the battle.

Goyle corninger Harry, Ron, and Hermione with Malfoy and Zabini

Gregory Goyle Personality Type & Traits

Goyle seems to have struggled at school due to below-average intelligence. He compensated for this by bullying others and finding protection in a gang of like-minded individuals, principally Draco Malfoy and Vincent Crabbe.

But Goyle was also loyal to his friend Malfoy, even when Crabbe started to turn on Draco following the disgrace of Lucius Malfoy. But this may have been more due to fear of change than friendship.

Goyle did begin to excel when he learned dark arts, being able to cast spells like the Cruciatus Curse. To be able to cast these spells, you need genuine hate and malice in your heart. You need to “mean it”. That Goyle could do them easily suggests that he may have been in a lot of personal pain. Perhaps due to feelings of inadequacy in other parts of his life.

Gregory Goyle Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know Goyle’s birthday. He must have been born in 1979/80 to have been in the same year as Harry and Draco at school. His personality suggests that his zodiac sign may be Sagittarius. People born under this sign often find security in belonging to a group. They also tend to be attracted to danger and adventure, so the dark arts could appeal to a Sagittarius.

Differences in Goyle Between the Books and the Films

In the books, it is Crabbe who casts the fiendfyre curse and dies in the Room of Requirement. But Goyle delivers this storyline in the films. This is because the actor who played Crabbe had some legal trouble that caused his character to be excluded from the final film. So, his role was given to Goyle. Malfoy and Goyle are joined in this showdown by another Slytherin student, Blaise Zabini.

Goyle’s character was also changed in the Prisoner of Azkaban. Rather than Goyle being hit by Harry’s snowballs, this was a different Slytherin character by the name of Pike. This change happened because the actor Josh Herdman was unable to perform in the scene due to a recent injury.