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My wacky HP theory
I just finished a book 6 re-read, and I'm obsessed with the big Death Eater who was throwing curses everywhere. At first, I just noticed him. This time, I noticed how very many times he's mentioned. Every other minute in the post-battle recap, someone is talking about something "that massive Death Eater" did.

I tossed out as a wacky theory quite awhile ago that he's Narcissa under some kind of appearance altering spell/potion/etc, and the more I think about it, the more likely it is. She'd want to be there to make sure nothing happened to Draco, the big DE leaves with Snape and Draco, and the big DE doesn't seem to particularly care who he's cursing (and I could see a Slytherin deciding to use a battle as an excuse for "clumsy" shots to get rid of enemies on her own side). It would make sense for her to be in disguise, as she's singularly uninterested in being recognized for her fealty to Voldemort.

Other possibilities (all involve being under an appearance-altering magic of some sort)...

Bellatrix: Also good reason for hiding--second most wanted and all. Would also have good reasons for wanting to be there when Draco was, and is known to not trust Snape, so it would make sense that she'd follow them out to make sure they weren't running out on Voldemort. She's also fairly careless and we see her throw at least one Death Curse "just because" (at the fox).

Super-combo Cissy and Bella: Probably not. Which it probably will be, as I'm dismissing it outright. ;)

Pettigrew: Like Narcissa, he has plenty of reason to hate other DEs, so might use the battle to cover up for cursing them. Little Peter would probably be drawn to a charm that would make him "massive." He's supposed to be assisting Snape that year at Voldemort's request. And after putting him in the beginning, where the heck did he go?

Voldemort himself: Maybe he wanted to watch Dumbledore die or keep an eye on the Draco situation. It would be fairly ironic if everyone just watched him wander off the grounds while they were all focused on Snape. And we know he has no problem cursing his minions when he feels like it.

Nagini: Er... probably not.

Dumbledore: Harry was never with Dumbledore that night (I've read this theory) and DD really infiltrated the... no. I can't.

Any other thoughts on who it was? (Including non-disguised ideas.)
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ashtur From: ashtur Date: January 4th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm inclined to believe that it's Narcissa... it all fits... even to her being clumsy (duelings not her thing, so she's not that apt).

One other odd possiblity, probably one that only I think of because of my own fics, but Ernie's father. Ernie is blonde, so it's a fair chance that his father is too, and we know that Ernie showed an appreciation for having extremely pure blood... something that he would have had to have learned somewhere.

If that's the case, then it's foreshadowing for a subplot, perhaps involving Hufflepuff's cup.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 4th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't remember the source but I thought I read that JKR had said that some of the Deatheater's children are in other houses than just Slytherin.

author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: January 5th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I think that was a fic, because I read someone saying that in a semi-popular fic YEARS ago, if I recall correctly.

Though I do think it's still possible - Slytherin can't be the only house with villians, even JKR has said that (though she doesn't show it in the books... but then, they're for twelve year olds).
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 5th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting thought that it might be the elder McMillian. I just read in "Clues to Harry Potter" (Galadriel Waters) that Ernie is one of the few who refers to Voldemort as "The Dark Lord" verses "He who shall not be named". This would seem to fit if his dad is a Death Eater.
fionaphoenix From: fionaphoenix Date: January 4th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those are certainly some creative ideas. I like the Narcissa idea, even though it would be a bit hard to fit into book 7 as an explanation. Where did you read the theory about Dumbledore? That's so out there I'm curious how it was logic-ed out (or if it was...)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 4th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I forget, honestly. There were a couple going around, but this one was logiced out that Dumbledore was someone else Polyjuiced (I think the suggestion was Peter, if anyone else recognizes it), and that person died on the Astronomy Tower, while Dumbledore himself is alive and well.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 6th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like my brother-in-law's pet theory. He favors Wormtail now, but the original idea was Lucius, with the notion that Voldemort's punishent in the end was to have him killed by his own son. He originally posted it on his blog. The theory got showcased on HMS STFU, which I thought wasn't quite fair as he came up with the 'Dumbledore'-is-a-DE-Polyjuiced theory well before Dumbledore actually died, but as a whole I have to admit it seems well in Quibbler territory to me. "Alive and well" is probably an overstatement, though, since he'd be a DE captive at best.
a_t_rain From: a_t_rain Date: January 4th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Cissy is probably a Metamorphmagus, so she wouldn't need any spells :)

However, as long as we're tossing off oddball theories, I'd like to put forth a few more possibilities:

-- Ludo Bagman, who IS big and blond, canonically, and who doesn't seem particularly adept at anything except Quidditch. We must have been told he was suspected of Death Eater activity for a reason, and I got the impression from his trial in GoF that he was guilty as sin.

-- Sturgis Podmore, who I think is also big and blond (I don't have my copy of OotP with me, so somebody else will have to verify this), and who might be the Order's other spy in the Death Eater camp. Perhaps he made contact with the Death Eaters in Azkaban and presented himself as disaffected with Dumbledore's side since they couldn't save him from prison.
snorkackcatcher From: snorkackcatcher Date: January 4th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wouldn't everybody there recognise Ludo Bagman though, and the Order members at least would know Sturgis Podmore? (OK, they could be disguised, but in that case the hair doesn't matter as it could be anybody.)
a_t_rain From: a_t_rain Date: January 4th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, good point. That definitely knocks out Sturgis, since the rest of the Order would presumably know perfectly well who he was. Ludo I'm not so sure about, since he disappeared two years ago and is probably far from everybody's mind, and nobody present knew him well before that -- I'm sure they know what he looked like in his Quidditch star days, but we're told he's gone to seed since then.
ook From: ook Date: January 5th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would some of the Death Eaters have been wearing their masks during the Hogwarts raid? If so, you'd have been able to see hair color (if their hoods fell down), but not their faces.
From: marciamarcia Date: January 4th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Cissy is probably a Metamorphmagus, so she wouldn't need any spells :)

THAT would be an amusing twist.

If it were those other two, though, wouldn't Harry have recognized them? He ID'd everyone else he recognized in the fight.
snorkackcatcher From: snorkackcatcher Date: January 4th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
My guess is that the blond DE is supposed to be 'Yaxley', and the brother and sister are the 'Carrows', and that's why JKR had Snape mention those new names in the Spinner's End chapter? They don't occur anywhere else AFAIR. The only other new name he mentions is Greyback, who does appear later on, obviously, and if he mentions them all together it might suggest that they work as a team?
spookykat From: spookykat Date: January 4th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooo! What if it's Regulus Black, who isn't really dead?

From: (Anonymous) Date: January 4th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I forgot to put Reg on the list; I was thinking about that, as well.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 4th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd think Lupin would recognize him, though...
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 5th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
The whole point of Polyjuice is so that nobody would recognize you/notice you. Nobody has noticed anyone Polyjuiced thus far (Karkaroff-as-Mad-Eye, Harry and Ron-as Crabbe and Goyle), so it would stand to reason that as long as you're in the time-frame for the potion to take effect, that it'd effectively change your appearance.

Besides, Lupin prolly wouldn't notice, especially since the only time TBDE is mentioned is during battle sequences. You're not exactly noticing who the people are.

zoepaleologa From: zoepaleologa Date: January 4th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Because JKR said something that all the characters are now introduced, and Snape refers to "Yaxley" in his confession/lying tour de force (reader to decide which it is) at Spinner's End. That scene also introduced the Carrows, Alecto and Amycus. It therefore seems logical to me that the big trigger happy dude is Yaxley.
a_t_rain From: a_t_rain Date: January 4th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, she said all the major characters were introduced by the end of HBP, and there might be a couple of new faces in Book Seven but nobody really important. So far, we've got no reason to think the Big Blond Death Eater is anything other than a random spear-carrier.

But yeah, Yaxley sounds likely enough.
tunxeh From: tunxeh Date: January 4th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
The only other character in HBP described as "massive" is Slughorn. But sometimes an enormous blond Death Eater is just an enormous blond Death Eater.
quivo From: quivo Date: January 5th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the cut of your jib, good commenter! Er, argument, I mean. There IS always the realistic side of things, I guess. I just read someone's essay that was basically a cry of "Please stop with the stupid theories and the stupid questions and your daft pleas for answers! The series ain't about house elves or whatnot, it's about Harry!!!! Helloooo!", and sort of sympathised with it and all, but...

Must...comment...on...outrageous...theory!!! I think this fandom wouldn't be itself without the mad-as-heck theories going round.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: January 5th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh I really like the Narcissa idea. It just adds so much more to her character that way.
blue_icicle From: blue_icicle Date: January 5th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
You know that whole subplot in book 6 with people having to make up passwords because fakers with Polyjuice Potion might pretend to be them? It really made me mad how that wasn't realized at all. I think it's probably Yaxley, though it would be cool if it was somebody Polyjuiced up, if only because it shows JKR didn't entirely forget that part of her story.
karaz From: karaz Date: January 5th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's been some discussion that the someone (suggested Draco in the one I read but I can't buy that b/c he wouldn't have likely came back on the Hogwarts express to help Harry or repair his nose) was Polyjuicing as Tonks and that better explained her brown hair, 'new patronus,' changes in personality etc.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 5th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, but the Tonks thing was actually explained.

I don't think the Polyjuice thing is particularly important one way or the other--it was there less as a plot element than a setting one, establishing the mood of paranoia in the wizarding world. Harry and Dumbledore both made fun of it in the opening chapter.

I think in all likelihood, that tunxeh is right--I was just struck by how many times this unnamed character was mentioned, like he was someone we were supposed to pay attention to. And Narcissa did kind of disappear after her big scene. So it seemed like a possibility.
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sea_of_tethys From: sea_of_tethys Date: January 5th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
*chokes on breakfast*
fishity From: fishity Date: January 5th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I call art. Someone draw this, please? :)
ellid From: ellid Date: January 5th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Crabbe and/or Goyle senior.
quivo From: quivo Date: January 5th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm rooting for the Voldemort idea, not because it's that plausible, but because it would be so darn funny to have Voldy waltz on and waltz off out of Hogwarts in disguise. One wonders why he doesn't and hasn't employed such a Cunning Plan at least once more (worked okay with Quirrel, didn't it? And by dang, but nobody NOTICED until it was too late! Even Dumbledore!!!) Well, JKR, if you're not going to use it... *hastily scribbles down plot idea*
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi. I've been having fun reading Shifts and Shadows (as far as this second goes)during this Christmas Holidays. They're two of the best HP fan fics I've read. I must say that I'm a big fan of Andromeda (and believe she'll have an important play in VII Book), because of JK is fond of mentioning someone slightly and making him/her appear after two books, and in more or less 25 lines in the British edition her name is mentioned SIX times (to sink in our minds?, and of course her personal choice. Anyway, I've read this morning your comment about polijuiced Cissi and come up to a theory that fits with your fanfic: who else do we know that is massive and blond, and according to your fic has had some inter action with Cissi? YES, that very boy. We can add that maybe impersonating the appearance of a muggle has some side effects on magic (so that would explain the clumsiness).
Sorry if there are grammar mistakes, it is due that I'm from Spain.
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