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Biographical information

1 May, 1998[1]
Hogwarts Castle, Scotland

Blood status

Pure-blood or half-blood[2]

Physical information




Hair colour

Brown with red streak

Eye colour


Skin colour


Magical characteristics




"Well, don't hang about. Snatch 'em!"
—Scabior to his gang of Snatchers.[src]

Scabior (d. 1 May, 1998[5]) was a wizard and a Snatcher in the gang led by Fenrir Greyback during the height of the Second Wizarding War.


Early life

Scabior: "Funny 'ow they all thinks we wants to 'ear that [they were in Slytherin]. But none of 'em can tell us where the common room is."
Harry Potter: "It's in the dungeons. You enter through the wall. It's full of skulls and stuff and its under the lake, so the light's all green."
Scabior: "Well, well, looks like we really 'ave caught a little Slytherin."
— An exchange between Harry Potter and Scabior.[src]

Little is known of Scabior's early life. However, given his intimate knowledge of the interior of the Slytherin common room and its location, it is likely he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in his youth, and was a member of that house.[3]

Imprisonment in Azkaban

At some point in his life Scabior was imprisoned in Azkaban for undisclosed crimes, but was released sometime before or after Lord Voldemort's infiltration of the Ministry of Magic on August 1, 1997.[4]


Second Wizarding War

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Fenrir Greyback: "We've caught Harry Potter!"
Scabior: "I know 'es swollen, ma'am, but it's 'im! If you look a bit closer, you'll see 'is scar. And this 'ere, see the girl? The Mudblood who's been travelling around with 'im, ma'am. There's no doubt it's 'im, and we've got 'is wand as well! 'Ere, ma'am —"
Narcissa Malfoy: "Bring them in."
— Scabior's gang of Snatchers arrives at Malfoy Manor with Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger.[src]

Following his release from Azkaban, Scabior became a Snatcher during the height of the Second Wizarding War, catching Muggle-born wizards and anyone who opposed Lord Voldemort, in return for gold.[3]

He was among the group that captured Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley in the spring of 1998. On Greyback's orders, Scabior checked the list of truants, searched the prisoners' tent for Harry's glasses, read a cutting from the Daily Prophet, and expressed terrified awe at the thought of summoning Lord Voldemort. He was also the only member of the group not to jeer when Greyback expressed a desire to bite Hermione, instead encouraging his leader to restrain himself.[3]

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Having taken the truants to Malfoy Manor, where Lord Voldemort had set up base, Scabior assured Narcissa Malfoy the prisoner they had caught was Harry Potter. Later, when Bellatrix Lestrange took Godric Gryffindor's Sword from one of the Snatchers, Scabior drew his wand on her but was quickly Stunned. Draco Malfoy then moved Scabior's unconscious form to the courtyard with those of the other Snatchers.[3]

Battle of Hogwarts and death

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On 2 May, 1998, Scabior participated in the Battle of Hogwarts, leading an army of Snatchers. Scabior nearly ran into the protective enchantments cast by the Hogwarts staff; which killed a number of Snatchers. After Lord Voldemort managed to destroy the magical protection around the Castle, Scabior led the Snatchers into the Covered Bridge, where he briefly dueled Neville Longbottom before the latter cast a spell making the bridge collapse and sending Scabior into the chasm below and his death.[6]

Physical appearance

Scabior was a tall man with long, tangled brown hair with a red streak on one side. His skin was fair and his eyes blue/grey. Scabior wore dark plaid trousers, black boots, a black studded belt and was later seen wearing Hermione's pink scarf. [7]

Scabior's possessions

  • Pink scarf (stolen) - Hermione Granger owned a pink scarf that she put on a tree. This scarf was later stolen by Scabior and he was seen wearing it.
  • Ring - Scabior owned a ring in the form of a horned animal.
  • Wand - Scabior owned a wand of unknown length, wood and material.

Personality and traits


It has not been determined whether he worked as a Snatcher for personal gain or whether he possessed a prejudice against Muggle-borns; Snatchers were generally motivated by the promise of a monetary reward from the Ministry.

Magical abilities and skills

  • Martial magic: Scabior was a moderately skilled duelist, as he was able to capture several rebellious Muggle-borns and other runaways, even killing some in battle. He was not fast enough to draw his wand on Bellatrix Lestrange when she attacked him. Alongside many other Snatchers, he was able to hold his own against Neville Longbottom during the Battle of Hogwarts and might have been able to defeat him if the bridge he was on had not collapsed.

Behind the scenes

  • Scabior is portrayed by Nick Moran in the two-part film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.[8]
  • In the films, Scabior's role was expanded as he, instead of Greyback, was depicted as the leader of the Snatchers. He also teases Hermione, again instead of Greyback. In fact, the first of the two-part film, Greyback seemed to be a subordinate of Scabior's group, while the second part Scabior led a very large army of Snatchers to invade Hogwarts.
  • Scenes that were cut from the film involved Scabior being violent and perverse. Nick Moran said: "It's all very reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s. I give Ron Weasley a proper kicking and call him Ginger. Then I sniff Hermione and say: "You're going to be my favourite". If you take the wands out, it's something out of an Eli Roth movie."[9]
  • Scabior is a boss in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game).


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Notes and references

  1. Scabior died right before the Battle of Hogwarts, that began on the night of 1 May and ended on the morning of 2 May.
  2. He obviously was not a Muggle-born, as if he was he would not be a Snatcher.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 23 (Malfoy Manor)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Videos: Previews of Tom Felton on Lopez Tonight; EW Deathly Hallows villains feature" on SnitchSeeker.
  5. Scabior died right before the Battle of Hogwarts, that began on the night of 1 May and ended on the morning of 2 May.
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  8. "Deathly Hallows Casting News: Ciaran Hinds to Play Aberforth Dumbledore, More on Nick Moran" on The Leaky Cauldron
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