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View Poll Results: Which Death Eater(s) do you empathise with?
Barty Crouch Jnr. 0 0%
Severus Snape 4 50.00%
Fenrir Greyback 0 0%
Bellatrix Lestrange 0 0%
Draco Malfoy 4 50.00%
Igor Karkaroff 0 0%
Peter Pettigrew 0 0%
Regulus Black 6 75.00%
Lucius Malfoy 0 0%
Other {You may specify in a post below} 0 0%
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Voldemort's follower's, Death Eaters, are some of the coldest and heartless characters we would have encountered. We would have seen this in the form of Fenrir Greyback, Bellatrix Lestrange and Barty Crouch Jnr, for example. There were also a few that eventually grew tired of the war, who turned on Voldemort's cause for the sake of love - as we saw with Narcissa Malfoy and Severus Snape.

Despite their actions, we as readers may sometimes feel sympathetic towards them, especially if we understand how or why they chose the destructible path that they did. Are there any Death Eaters you empathise with?
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The three I went with was Snape, Draco, and Regulus.

Snape I have mixed feelings overall. He is a flawed character and overall, he's not a good person. However, I empathize since they grew up in an abusive household and went on a dark path. Despite showing the capability to love with Lily, it was only with her. He looked down on people not on his level, had an interest in dark arts, and was abusive with his students that weren't in Slytherin. Even when helping Harry Potter and saving him from death at times, it was presented as only out of obligation for his original love of Lily Potter and not out of genuine care. So yeah, my empathy for him is mainly in his upbringing. I imagine it was difficult to see Harry when he looked just like his former bully, but I can't help but see the potential for him to have missed out on the opportunity to be another potential father figure to Harry since he was the remaining link to Lily. And Harry could've gone to him and heard more about his mother since Sirius had to be hiding and Lupin had to lay low after being outted of his condition from all potential good jobs. Maybe if Harry had been in Slytherin he could've? But we'll never know. Despite my dislike of Snape, the lost potential of him being able to fully turn around from his dark past is his saving grace.

Draco Malfoy was a bully as well, but he really was a product of his upbringing. His parents clearly loved him though since he had a high respect for them and could easily rely on him from how highly he spoke of his father. But, his parents were clearly on the wrong side. Draco saw his father was a death eater and was raised to be proud of his wizard heritage and look down on those with thinner blood. He ended up a similar path to Regulus Black in fact, where they joined the Death Eater more to prove where they belong and were pressured into the dark side. And he would've been killed if he wasn't rescued from his fate.

We don't know much about Regulus other than he was the younger and favored sibling of Sirius, but seeing as he was capable of showing kindness with Kreacher who became jaded. Can't help but pity that he ended up in a household that was arguably even worse than the Malfoy's and met a cruel fate to be seen as an accomplished self-sacrificing death eater when he no longer aligned with their side and was killed over it.
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Definitely Regulus and Draco because I feel like both felt the regret and self-hatred for their actions as much as one can do. While Snape was also around their age when he heard the prophecy, he reported to Voldemort of his own volition. On the contrary, we know that Regulus started questioning his allegiance upon Voldemort's mistreatment of Kreacher and I don't think I have to say anything about Draco's spectacular upbringing and parents.
In short, while I am definitely not saying they were proper decent human beings, I think Regulus and Draco are the only ones who deserve pity.
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Snape I have mixed feelings overall. He is a flawed character and overall, he's not a good person. However, I empathize since they grew up in an abusive household and went on a dark path. Despite showing the capability to love with Lily, it was only with her. He looked down on people not on his level, had an interest in dark arts, and was abusive with his students that weren't in Slytherin. Even when helping Harry Potter and saving him from death at times, it was presented as only out of obligation for his original love of Lily Potter and not out of genuine care. So yeah, my empathy for him is mainly in his upbringing. I imagine it was difficult to see Harry when he looked just like his former bully, but I can't help but see the potential for him to have missed out on the opportunity to be another potential father figure to Harry since he was the remaining link to Lily. And Harry could've gone to him and heard more about his mother since Sirius had to be hiding and Lupin had to lay low after being outted of his condition from all potential good jobs. Maybe if Harry had been in Slytherin he could've? But we'll never know. Despite my dislike of Snape, the lost potential of him being able to fully turn around from his dark past is his saving grace.
My thoughts on Snape in this aspect are the same: when I first read the books, I had hoped that he would grow to genuinely care for Harry. Sadly that bubble of hope burst when we found out he was only doing it out of love for Lily. I mean, that was heartwarming that Snape loved and cared for Lily that much but at the same time, it's sad he could not recover from the heartache, nor see past his hate for James. I would like to think that he tried? I dunno, I just want to believe that he did but the years of being bullied by James and James winning Lily's heart was just too much. Some people never recover from those sort of pain.

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Definitely Regulus and Draco because I feel like both felt the regret and self-hatred for their actions as much as one can do. While Snape was also around their age when he heard the prophecy, he reported to Voldemort of his own volition. On the contrary, we know that Regulus started questioning his allegiance upon Voldemort's mistreatment of Kreacher and I don't think I have to say anything about Draco's spectacular upbringing and parents.
In short, while I am definitely not saying they were proper decent human beings, I think Regulus and Draco are the only ones who deserve pity.
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Draco Malfoy was a bully as well, but he really was a product of his upbringing. His parents clearly loved him though since he had a high respect for them and could easily rely on him from how highly he spoke of his father. But, his parents were clearly on the wrong side. Draco saw his father was a death eater and was raised to be proud of his wizard heritage and look down on those with thinner blood. He ended up a similar path to Regulus Black in fact, where they joined the Death Eater more to prove where they belong and were pressured into the dark side. And he would've been killed if he wasn't rescued from his fate.
Draco was clearly influenced by his family. He was never humble and either followed his family members - both close and extended - blindly. Never thinking for himself, he unfortunately was ridiculously proud of them. Plus, he was proud to be a Slytherin - the House that churned out more Dark Wizards than any other. I wished he would have stopped to think that he deserves better than following his family, I wished he had seen that what the people he loved were doing was wrong. I wished he had broken that generational curse.

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We don't know much about Regulus other than he was the younger and favored sibling of Sirius, but seeing as he was capable of showing kindness with Kreacher who became jaded. Can't help but pity that he ended up in a household that was arguably even worse than the Malfoy's and met a cruel fate to be seen as an accomplished self-sacrificing death eater when he no longer aligned with their side and was killed over it.
How he treated Kreacher and the fact that he tried to do right said enough about him for me to have mourned his death.
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