The Harry Potter universe is one that’s managed to cast a spell over the entire world, introducing children and adults alike to a world of mysticism and wonder like none they’d ever seen before. In bringing that magical land to readers all the way back in 1997 with debut novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, author J. K. Rowling could never have predicted the huge success that would then follow as she went on to release one of the most read novel series of all time, consisting of seven books and moving onto the big screen in 2001.

Now, when you think of the Potter stories, the titular character is the one that springs immediately to mind, with Lord Voldemort – his adversary and the Dark Lord – coming in right after. This wasn’t to be the classic story of love versus hate, good versus evil, however. There were many different layers to this tale, and one particular group known as the Death Eaters played a massive part in the goings on of Hogwarts and beyond.

Here we take a look back at the villainous group and delve into 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Death Eaters. Some of these may really surprise you!

15. The Malfoys were lowest in the ranks of the Death Eaters

The Malfoy Family Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Harry Potter: 15 Things You Didnt Know About Death Eaters

Whilst the Malfoy family are some of the most prominent Death Eaters we meet throughout the Potter stories, what many didn’t know was that they found themselves lowest in the ranks of their fellow Dark Lord appeasers when Draco Malfoy failed to kill Albus Dumbledore himself. Shortly after the failed murder, Lucius Malfoy was freed from the prison of Azkaban and his family were allowed to return to their home with their lives still intact. From this point on however, they were completely discredited and saw their hopes of earning the highest status under Voldemort’s regime completely dashed. The Dark Lord treated them from this point on with nothing but disgust and contempt, believing they were nothing more than weaklings and failures. Despite all of that, the Malfoy family survived the Battle of Hogwarts and all that came after it.

14. Fenrir Greyback wasn’t allowed to become an official Death Eater

Fenrir Greyback Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Harry Potter: 15 Things You Didnt Know About Death Eaters

This werewolf was rotten to his core, loyal to Voldemort and known for attacking children and youngsters simply for fun and pleasure. Despite being one of the Dark Lord’s soldiers, however, and even wearing Death Eater robes, he was never allowed to officially become a fully-fledged member of the group due to his werewolf bloodline. Though his loyalty didn’t earn him an official title or the Dark Mark, he still held a high status in the ranks of the Death Eaters and their allies. Voldemort realized that Greyback wasn’t fighting for anybody but himself, and so stirred the fires of hatred within the werewolf and inspired him to go forth and wreak havoc. He was much too useful to cast aside, even if he wasn’t what the Death Eaters considered “pure.”