Study Guide

Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

By J.K. Rowling

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Fenrir Greyback

Affiliation: Death Eater

The leader of the werewolf community, and a close and long-time ally of Voldemort, Fenrir is one mean wolf. He is the werewolf who bit Lupin once upon a time, making him become a werewolf for life. He also is responsible for biting Bill Weasley and for mauling his face in the final battle at Hogwarts in Book 6. Lupin describes him carefully:

"Fenrir Greyback is, perhaps, the most savage werewolf alive today. He regards it as his mission in life to bite and to contaminate as many people as possible; he wants to create enough werewolves to overcome the wizards. Voldemort has promised him prey in return for his services. Greyback specializes in children….Bite them young, he says, and raise them away from their parents, raise them to hate normal wizards. Voldemort has threatened to unleash him upon people's sons and daughters; it is a threat that usually produces good results." (16.89)

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