Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters/Augustus Rookwood

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Augustus Rookwood
Gender Male
Hair color Unknown
Eye color Unknown
Related Family Unknown
Loyalty Lord Voldemort

Overview[edit]

Augustus Rookwood was an Unspeakable, working in the Department of Mysteries in the Ministry of Magic.

Note that in early editions of the British version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the name appears as Algernon Rookwood. It is corrected in later editions.

Role in the Books[edit]

Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

Goblet of Fire[edit]

In Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve, Harry re-lives Dumbledore's memory of a hearing at the Wizengamot, in which Igor Karkaroff is naming Death Eaters in an attempt to get his sentence reduced. The only name he comes up with that is unknown to the Aurors is that of Augustus Rookwood, who had been passing information to the Death Eaters. Rookwood is apparently an employee of the Ministry.

Immediately after this, Harry relives Dumbledore's memory of the trial of Ludovic Bagman. Bagman says that he had been passing information to Rookwood, but that he thought he was "one of ours," as he was in the Ministry. In part, perhaps, because of his fame (he was still a Beater for the Wimbourne Wasps Quidditch team at that point), he is absolved of all charges and released.

Order of the Phoenix[edit]

Augustus Rookwood is one of the ten Death Eaters who break out of Azkaban. We later learn that they have broken out because the Dementors have left to join Voldemort.

In one of Harry's dreams where he is sharing Voldemort's thoughts, he sees Rookwood reporting to Voldemort that the plan that had been suggested for retrieving something from the Ministry was bound to fail. Rookwood had worked in the Department of Mysteries, and knew about the protective measures in place.

Rookwood is one of the twelve Death Eaters who take part on the Battle at the Ministry.

Deathly Hallows[edit]

Rookwood takes part in the battle at Hogwarts at the end of this book. Percy Weasley sees him, and takes off after him.

Strengths[edit]

The only time we directly see him, Rookwood is carrying bad news to Voldemort, and quite evidently in fear of punishment for carrying that news. We can assume that he has some strength of character, as many Death Eaters learn that Voldemort is in the habit of retaliating against the messenger; it must take some spiritual strength to inform Voldemort that his plan is doomed to failure.

Weaknesses[edit]

Relationships with Other Characters[edit]

Apart from one brief scene, where we see him cringing before Voldemort in fear for punishment for bringing bad news, we have no direct experience with Rookwood. However, we can guess that he is persuasive, as he had convinced people to pass information to him before he was imprisoned.

Analysis[edit]

Questions[edit]

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Greater Picture[edit]

Intermediate warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.