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Scabior Character Analysis: Snatcher

Scabior Character Analysis: Snatcher

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Scabior was a member of the group of Snatchers led by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback.

They caught Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley and delivered them to Malfoy Manor.

About Scabior

BornPre-1980
Blood StatusPure Blood or Half Blood
OccupationSnatcher
PatronusUnknown
HouseSlytherin
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignTaurus (speculative)

Scabior Biography

Little is known about the wizard Scabior. He probably attended Hogwarts as a member of Slytherin as he was familiar with the common room.

Scabior seems to have lived a criminal life as a young adult. He spent time in Azkaban for unknown reasons.

But he was released sometime before Lord Voldemort, and the Death Eaters took control of the Ministry of Magic in August 1997.

Scabior the Snatcher

When the Ministry started hunting down muggle-born wizards and others that broke new wizarding law under the Death Eaters, Scabior became a Snatcher.

They hunted down the wanted and turned them in for payment. He was part of a band led by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback.

The snatchers would also pick up truants from Hogwarts. School-age wizards were now required to attend the school.

Scabior commented that many of them claimed to be in Slytherin house to avoid being taken in.

But on closer questioning, none of them could describe the Slytherin common room, which was largely restricted to Slytherin students.

In the spring of 1998, Scabior and his group of Snatchers found a fugitive group including Dean Thomas, Dirk Cresswell, Ted Tonks, and two Goblins, Griphook and Gornuk.

All but Dean Thomas and Griphook were killed in the struggle to capture them.

Scabior Catches Harry Potter

Soon after this, they received an alert that someone had used Lord Voldemort’s name.

The Death Eater Ministry made Lord Voldemort’s name taboo. They knew that only Harry Potter and members of the Order of the Phoenix used the name.

The plan worked, as it was Harry who said the name.

When she realized that they had been caught, Hermione quickly used a disfiguring charm of Harry to hide his identity.

When caught, they gave the Snatchers false identities. Scabior checked these against a list of truants from Hogwarts.

It was actually Hermione and not Harry who was recognized. Scabior recognized her from a picture in the Daily Prophet of a “mudblood” traveling with Harry Potter.

This led the group to suspect that the swollen boy could be Harry. His lightning scar was vaguely visible.

Fenrir’s response was to threaten to bite Hermione, but Scabior was the only one who did not laugh.

One of the smarter wizards in the group, he pointed out that they would need her to make their case and claim their reward.

Unable to summon Lord Voldemort themselves since none of the Snatchers had a Dark Mark, and also wanting to confirm Harry’s identity, they took all of their prisoners to Malfoy Manor.

Narcissa Malfoy was not happy to see them, but Scabior assured her that they had captured Harry Potter.

Once Harry’s identity was confirmed, the Snatchers and Death Eaters argued about who would take credit for capturing him.

But Bellatrix Lestrange managed to deal with all the Snatchers easily. Scabior’s unconscious body was left in the courtyard with the rest.

Death of Scabior

He did participate in the Battle of Hogwarts on 2 May 1998, arriving with the Death Eaters and other allies of the Dark Lord.

He led the group of Snatchers, who nearly ran straight into some of the protective charms cast around the school, disintegrating several Snatchers.

The group eventually gained access to the castle, and Scabior dueled with Neville Longbottom on a wooden bridge until the latter cast a spell, causing the bridge to collapse. The snatcher fell to his death.

Scabior Personality Type & Traits

Scabior comes across as an opportunistic wizard, participating in petty crime and becoming a Snatcher to make money rather than for ideological reasons.

His use of the term “mudblood” is more carelessness and a lack of empathy than deep prejudice.

Despite his lack of respect for wizarding law, he was very respectful when speaking to Narcissa Malfoy, calling her “ma’am”.

He seems to have been intelligent and adaptable.

Scabior Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know anything about Scabior’s birthday, but his personality suggests that his zodiac sign could be Taurus.

People born under this sign tend to be opportunistic and very good at making the most of whatever comes their way.

They understand social hierarchies and how to make them work in their favor.