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Walden McNair Character Analysis: Magical Executioner

Walden McNair Character Analysis: Magical Executioner

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Walden McNair was a dark wizard who was one of the early supporters of Lord Voldemort but managed to avoid Azkaban following the fall of his master. Instead, he worked for the Ministry of Magic as an executioner. He re-joined Lord Voldemort at the cemetery in Little Hangleton in 1995, and was involved in many of the conflicts that followed.

About Walden McNair

Blood StatusPure Blood (probably)
OccupationDeath Eater
HouseSlytherin (presumed)
Zodiac SignAries (speculative)

Walden McNair Early Life

Walden McNair was a British wizard who joined Lord Voldemort as a Death Eater in the 1970s. Following the fall of his master, he claimed that he was under the Imperius Curse during the First Wizarding War in order to avoid Azkaban.

He was clearly believed as he went on to work for the Ministry of Magic as executioner for the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures.

McNair was called to Hogwarts with Cornelius Fudge when it was decreed that the Hippogriff Buckbeak should be executed for harming Draco Malfoy. The young Slytherin provoked the attack, and Lucius Malfoy orchestrated the execution.

Buckbeak was saved when Harry and Hermione used a Time-Turner to free Buckbeak after Fudge and McNair had seen him tied up in front of Hagrid’s hut, but before they could carry out the execution.

When Lord Voldemort returned in the summer of 1995 and called his followers to the cemetery in Little Hangleton, McNair answered the call. Lord Voldemort made it clear that he knew what his follower had been up to, but he did not seem displeased.

Macnair… destroying dangerous beasts for the Ministry of Magic now, Wormtail tells me? You shall have better victims than that soon, Macnair. Lord Voldemort will provide…

Lord Voldemort commenting on McNair, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

McNair and the Giants

McNair soon became an operative for Lord Voldemort, who sent him to the giants to try and win their support. He was able to win over the giants by starting an insurrection and encouraging one giant to kill their chief and assume his place. He then promised the giant plenty of opportunity for mayhem and bloodshed. This thwarted Hagrid’s plans to win the giants over for Dumbledore.

Macnair, remember him? Bloke they sent ter kill Buckbeak? Maniac, he is. Likes killin’ as much as Golgomath; no wonder they were gettin’ on so well.

Hagrid describing Mcnair’s nature, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

McNair and the Second Wizarding War

Broderick Bode, an Unspeakable in the Department of Mysteries, was badly injured when he tried to retrieve a prophecy about Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort from the Department of Mysteries in 1995. You can only touch a prophecy there if it is about you. Bode, who was under the Imperius Curse, ended up in St Mungo’s hospital.

The Death Eaters feared that he would regain his memory and share what had happened to him. So, McNair, disguised as a stooped wizard with a hearing trumpet, went there to finish him off. He left a Devil’s Snare plant as a Christmas present, disguising it as an innocent Flitterbloom. Bode was strangled by the plant in his bed.

McNair then went to the Department of Mysteries himself when Lord Voldemort successfully lured Harry Potter there to get the prophecy. He was partnered with Avery as he chased Harry and his friends through the Department. McNair was one of the Death Eaters who successfully surrounded Harry before members of the Order of the Phoenix showed up as reinforcements.

He was one of the Death Eaters captured and sent to Azkaban, though he escaped not long after in the mass escape in the summer of 1997.

McNair was back at his master’s side for the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry Potter saw him in the Great Hall where he was fighting with Rubeus Hagrid. Hagrid threw him across the hall and against the wall, knocking him unconscious. He would have been sent back to Azkaban in the aftermath of the battle.

Walden McNair Personality Type & Traits

McNair comes across as someone who likes to inflict pain on others. He doesn’t really mind who he does it for. This is probably what attracted him to the Death Eaters in the first place. But he was happy to start working for the Ministry of Magic when it gave him the opportunity to exercise his darker interests as an executioner.

Walden McNair Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know exactly when McNair was born, but it was probably in the 1950s. His personality suggests that his zodiac sign might be Aries. People born under this sign tend to be attracted to pain, with a “no pain, no gain” attitude to life. They also tend to have mixed loyalties, as they always put themselves first, no matter what.