Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters/Rabastan Lestrange

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Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Character
Rabastan Lestrange
Gender Male
Hair color Unknown
Eye color Unknown
Related Family brother Rodolphus Lestrange
Loyalty Lord Voldemort


Rabastan Lestrange is brother to Rodolphus Lestrange.

Role in the Books[edit]

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Goblet of Fire[edit]

Rabastan is introduced when Harry, viewing Albus Dumbledore's pensieve, witnesses four Death Eaters, including Rabastan, on trial.

Shortly after Lord Voldemort's disappearance, Rabastan and three other young Death Eaters (his brother Rodolphus Lestrange, his brother's wife Bellatrix Lestrange, and Barty Crouch Jr.) attacked Aurors Frank and Alice Longbottom, torturing them with the Cruciatus Curse until their mental faculties were irreparably damaged. All four Death Eaters were sentenced to Azkaban prison.

Half-Blood Prince[edit]

Twice, Professor Dumbledore and Harry visit Horace Slughorn's memories of one particular night when Slughorn is meeting with Tom Riddle and his associates. In both of those memories, Slughorn notes that it is eleven o'clock, and says that it is time to send the gathered students off to bed, remarking to two of them, Avery and Lestrange, that they have an essay due, and would be given detention if he didn't have it ready. Note that we mention this Lestrange here because of the name; however, both Rodolphus and Rabastan were born a generation after Voldemort was at Hogwarts. The Lestrange mentioned would therefore most likely be their father.



Relationships with Other Characters[edit]


It is unclear what has happened to Rabastan. He was sentenced to Azkaban, but while his brother, Rodolphus, escapes, there is no further mention of Rabastan. Several times, a Death Eater is addressed as "Lestrange", without indication whether this is Rodolphus or Rabastan.

For no real reason, we have in the Muggles' Guide assumed that Rabastan died in Azkaban. We know that Bellatrix' husband Rodolphus survived, as Tonks reports having injured him while dueling on brooms in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; on that admittedly negative evidence, we have assumed that Rodolphus alone survived, and all references to "Lestrange" after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix are in fact references to him.


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Greater Picture[edit]

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