Alastar Mad-Eye Moody

Alastar Mad-Eye Moody

    Harry Potter Series
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… in Scotland, where he was born into a pure-blood family. The Moody family boasts a long line of renowned Aurors – elite members of the Ministry of Magic who battle the Dark Arts – which is probably where Mad-Eye inherited his tough and suspicious nature. He attended Hogwarts school, though he never disclosed which house he was in to the Ministry of Magic, because it might give away clues about his character and, thus, make him more vulnerable to attack if his enemies were to find out his weaknesses.

Living… at his home somewhere in the U.K., though he spends a lot of time out doing top-secret work for the Order of the Phoenix, a group battling the resurgence of Voldermort and his Death Eaters. From time to time, Mad-Eye pops into Number 12, Grimmauld Place to visit the headquarters of the Order, though he rarely (if ever) stays for dinner. When you’re one of the most skilled Aurors in history, your schedule is pretty tight – though he does make time to celebrate Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger being appointed prefects during their fifth year at Hogwarts.

Profession… retired Auror, and member of the Order of the Phoenix. When he was working to catch Death Eaters for the Ministry of Magic, Mad-Eye was revered as one of the best Aurors of all time. He made many enemies over the years, and thus became slightly paranoid in later life and in retirement. He even once destroyed a gift that he thought contained a basilisk egg, though it turned out to just be a carriage clock.

Interests… keeping a close watch on sketchy people with his bright blue, whizzing, magical eye. At some point during his work as an Auror, Mad-Eye lost one of his normal, dark-colored eyes and replaced it with a magical one, which moves independently and can see through all sorts of things, including Invisibility Cloaks. Mad-Eye also has one wooden leg, and numerous other battle scars that pockmark his “grizzled” face. His job is dangerous, and Mad-Eye has the appearance to prove it.

Relationship Status… single. Mad-Eye was no doubt too busy filling “half the cells” of Azkaban prison with Death Eaters to bother with romance. The closest Mad-Eye came to a family of his own was Nymphadora Tonks, his protégé at the Ministry who came to see him as something of a father figure.

Challenge… protecting Harry Potter, and working to vanquish Voldemort for good. It’s his life’s work to imprison as many Dark wizards as possible, but his ultimate goal is to rid the wizarding world of its most evil, most feared oppressor: Voldemort. Mad-Eye, along with the rest of the Order, know that their best hope for survival is to protect Harry, the “Chosen One” who has the power to defeat Voldemort.  

Personality… tough, skeptical, and a “consummate survivor.” Mad-Eye advises constant vigilance and is always on the lookout for potential predators. Though many think he went insane after too many years as an Auror, Mad-Eye is really just hyper-suspicious – and often for good reason. Given his long career with Dark Wizards and especially considering that he was once kidnapped and locked in his own trunk for the better part of a year, it makes sense that he’s more than a little wary of others. Despite the fact that some see him as a cracked egg, he remains an extremely skilled wizard and is truly brave, and never runs away in the face of danger. 


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