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Peter Pettigrew
Nicknames and aliases Wormtail, Wormy, Scabbers
Parents Mr. and Mrs. Pettigrew
Wand Chestnut and dragon heartstring, nine and a quarter inches
Appearance Short; colourless, scarce hair; plump; small, watery eyes
School Hogwarts
House Gryffindor
Special abilities Animagus
Allegiance Death Eaters
Other affiliations The Marauders
Portrayer in the movies Timothy Spall (adult) and Charles Hughes (teenager)
First appearance in canon The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters (PS) (as Scabbers) and The Servant of Lord Voldemort (PA) (in human form)

Peter Pettigrew, or Wormtail, his Marauder nickname, was one of the four Marauders. He was best friends with Sirius, Remus, and James, even though he didn't have the same level of skill the other three did.


Young Peter; fanart by LadyBelial.

Peter is a chubby, short wizard who has watery eyes, pointed nose and a squaky voice. He was sorted into Gryffindor and even though he belonged to the Marauders, he wasn't like them.

In their fifth year, with great help of his other friends, Peter was able to transfigure himself into his animagus form: a rat so they could accompany Remus in his monthly transformations.

He was known for befriending the most powerful so as to keep safe and have a sense of security. He first joined the Marauders who were very popular in the school, then the Order of the Phoenix with Dumbledore and then he joined Voldemort).


After the prophecy was made, it is guessed that Dumbledore warned Lily and James Potter that Voldemort may trail them for their son, Harry, so they decided to hide. James and Lily wanted Sirius to be their Secret Keeper but he told them that Voldemort was going to be sure it was him so he advised them to chose Peter instead.

In the end, Peter passed information to Voldemort so he was able to find the Potters and kill them, with the exception of Harry of course. But doing this meant that Sirius would figure out what he did sooner or later and would have revenge, so Peter decided to let Sirius corn him in a public place and made an explosion with his wand, cutting his index finger and transforming himself into a rat. Sirius Black was sentenced to Azkaban without even a trial on the orders of Bartemius Crouch, Sr. and Peter was awarded the Order of Merlin, third class. His mother received the Order of Merlin together with the finger he had cut out.

Peter was the one that recovered Voldemort's wand from the Potters' house in Godric's Hollow (BLC).


Now that Peter was believed dead and had no one to go to, he remained in his rat disguise for years until he became Percy Weasley's pet, named Scabbers. Eventually, he passed on to be Ron's when Percy got his new owl after he became prefect and was able to keep watch on Harry Potter and the wizarding world.

In the summer of 1993, the Weasley family travelled over to Egypt to visit Bill. A picture of the whole family was published in the Daily Prophet (PA1). Sirius Black, who was imprisoned in Azkaban, saw this picture and escaped: he already knew where Peter was hiding and headed to Hogwarts.

Trouble came when Hermione's new bought pet, Crookshanks, discovered that Scabbers wasn't just an ordinary rat. It looked as if the cat and the dog (Sirius' animagus form) had decided to track down Peter and attack him whenever possible. The opportunity came when Harry, Ron and Hermione were dragged into the Shrieking Shack by Sirius. Remus then appeared too and the truth was revealed: Sirius was innocent and Scabbers was Pettigrew. Remus and Sirius decided to kill him, but Harry intervened and said that it was better to take him with the Dementors. Peter managed to escape though, and was alive thanks to Harry, therefore owes him a life debt, the repurcussions of which will probably seen in the Seventh Book.

The Return of Voldemort

When Pettigrew escaped, he found Voldemort's hiding place and followed his orders so as to return Voldemort to his body once again out of cowardice. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, he with help of Barty Crouch Jr. helped Voldemort and returned him to his own body. Wormtail had to cut his hand in order to make the potion work, so Voldemort created a new shining silvery hand for him.



Fanfiction authors tend to ignore the fact that Peter was a Marauder and don't include them in their stories, or if they do they make him sound as the stupidest creature on earth, just to make fun of him—and possibly because the authors are too mad at him, armed as they are with the knowledge of what he would do to his friends later.

There are really few, good fanfics in which Wormtail is correctly characterised.





External Links

  1. Peter's Lexicon Profile

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