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Post October 2nd, 2017, 2:22 am

Why are Death Eaters so feared?

I mean really. Why are they?

Sure they have Voldemort as their protector. But are they that powerful on their own?

In the books they only seem to use about 3-4 spells at most, and "Avada Kedavra!" wouldn't be so fearsome if everybody else started using it.

How many Death Eaters are there? 20? They are up against hundreds of other wizards who might be able to use more impressive magic (fire spells, freezing spells) if they maybe applied themselves more.

Im sure there is a valid reason that the Death Eaters are feared so much, but I don't think the wizarding civilian population is as hapless or in need ( or should be) as they are made out to be.

Anyone with a basic magic education could learn enough to cause trouble for anyone else.

Although Fudge was arrogant and paranoid his fear about "Dumbledore's Army" wasn't groundless. What was the Order of the Phoenix but Dumbledore's private militia operating independent of any government oversight or accountability.

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Post October 2nd, 2017, 4:15 am

Re: Why are Death Eaters so feared?

Definitely disagree about Dumbledore. He never had any ill will towards Ministry.

Although I agree about Death Eaters
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Post October 2nd, 2017, 4:39 am

Re: Why are Death Eaters so feared?

They are so feared because of what they are willing to do, and some are willing tk sacrifoce everything to get it .
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Post October 2nd, 2017, 5:43 am

Re: Why are Death Eaters so feared?

I think the death eaters are feared just as terrorist groups in real life are feared. Except, they have a really large support base in the form of some of the most powerful families in the wizarding world.

We must also remember that the no. of death eaters had significantly reduced by the time of the second ww, with many having defected or kissed. I think most of the people who remained were part of voldemort's inner circle. Still, I think there were more than 30 of them? Many of them also worked in the ministry and could easily sabotage their efforts to round up the death eaters. This no. was also amplified manifold by the induction of other wizarding folk, magical creatures (including dark ones), and other canon fodder.

I don't think the death eaters involved themselves in head on battles with aurors and order members. Like the terrorists, they would terrorise people, make example of blood traitors and mudbloods and then disappear before the aurors appeared. So, though I'm sure the ministry had a lot of resources and more blunt power, it was useless against the death eaters.

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Post October 2nd, 2017, 8:26 pm

Re: Why are Death Eaters so feared?

They were so feared because A) the Ministry was so incompetent B) Dumbledore and other 'powerful' adults were so incompetent C) a tiny bit of every non-muggle born wizard agrees with DEs and hates muggles and muggle borns.
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Post October 17th, 2017, 5:48 pm

Re: Why are Death Eaters so feared?

Why were the Gestapo feared so much?

It's the same thing.


We have a very limited view of what the death eaters do, due to the limited narration of the books. Harry lives with muggles and is at school during the summer when people go missing etc so we don't really get to see the full extent of their magic.
When fighting Harry they never really tried that hard because Voldemort wanted to kill Harry so they were careful around him.

I find them ruthless and I think that's what makes them truly scary.
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Post November 14th, 2017, 8:11 am

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Death Eaters are so feared because some can be like fundamentalist Islamic radicalized terrorists which is the intensity in their intent to cause harm, some to the point of being fanatical, lol. :)
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Post November 17th, 2017, 2:02 am

Re: Why are Death Eaters so feared?

Haley wrote:Death Eaters are so feared because some can be like fundamentalist Islamic radicalized terrorists which is the intensity in their intent to cause harm, some to the point of being fanatical, lol. :)


Why is tha funny?
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Post December 12th, 2017, 5:55 pm

Re: Why are Death Eaters so feared?

I think the Death Eaters might be somewhat analagous to the IRA (which were actually very active in Britain during when JK Rowling was a young adult.)

They bomb and cause havoc in random places, and then go off into hiding
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Post December 12th, 2017, 8:19 pm

Re: Why are Death Eaters so feared?

That makes IRA evil, which they were not.
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Post December 12th, 2017, 11:39 pm

Re: Why are Death Eaters so feared?

MarsUltor wrote:That makes IRA evil, which they were not.


They weren't?
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Post December 13th, 2017, 8:23 pm

Re: Why are Death Eaters so feared?

They were violent which makes them kinda evil. But they were right in their belief.
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Post December 13th, 2017, 8:29 pm

Re: Why are Death Eaters so feared?

MarsUltor wrote:They were violent which makes them kinda evil. But they were right in their belief.



Thats the sense I get too. They did kill a number of innocent people both in Northern Ireland and in the UK.

I was in London not too long ago and heard that IRA men used to put pipe bombs in public trashcans during the 80s and 90s.

I guess their cause was right, but their cause had little backing. They wanted (still want!) a united, socialist Ireland. IDK if they received much support from the official Irish government in that regard.

The cause of Irish Catholic emancipation in the North was a good one, but I think the IRA killed too many innocent people to really justify anything it did.

What do you think of the Protestant equivalent to them the UDA/UDF? From what Ive read they seem far more unskilled and incompetent, usually just killing unarmed Catholic civilians because they could not get to the IRA.


Its a wierd and interesting topic the Troubles
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Post January 5th, 2018, 4:59 am

Re: Why are Death Eaters so feared?

GinChaser wrote:
Haley wrote:Death Eaters are so feared because some can be like fundamentalist Islamic radicalized terrorists which is the intensity in their intent to cause harm, some to the point of being fanatical, lol. :)


Why is tha funny?


It is not funny. I just like to use that Internet acronym. :)
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