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Alastor Moody

Alastor Moody

al·uh·stur moo·dee /ˈæləstər ˈmuːdi/

Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody is a famed and highly respected Auror in the wizarding world, known for his dedication to battling Dark Arts and his distinctive magical eye that rotates 360 degrees.

Alastor Moody Biography & History

Alastor Moody, often referred to as “Mad-Eye” because of his magical, electric-blue eye, has captured numerous dark witches and wizards during his tenure as an Auror, earning him a reputation of being almost paranoid, but highly effective.

Childhood and Early Life

Not much is detailed about Moody’s early life in the books. His entrance into the series showcases a seasoned warrior against the dark forces.

Professional Career

Auror: Moody became an Auror, a dark wizard catcher, and has been instrumental in capturing and imprisoning many dark witches and wizards. He bears scars and lost a leg and an eye in his battles, which is testament to his confrontations with the dark side.

Years During the Wizarding Wars

Moody was a vital member of the original Order of the Phoenix during Voldemort’s first rise to power and rejoined the Order during Voldemort’s second rise. He was deeply trusted by Dumbledore and other members of the Order.

Impersonation in the Triwizard Tournament

In “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, he was chosen to be the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. However, unbeknownst to almost everyone, he was captured and locked in a magical trunk by Barty Crouch Jr., who used Polyjuice Potion to impersonate him throughout the school year.


Moody was killed by Voldemort during the escape mission from the Dursleys’ home to the Burrow at the beginning of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.

Alastor Moody’s Magical Abilities & Skills

– **Exceptional Duelist:** Moody was known to be one of the best duelists in the wizarding world.
Dark Arts Defense: As a seasoned Auror, Moody had vast knowledge and skills to defend against the Dark Arts, which he intended to pass on to students during his short tenure at Hogwarts.

Constant Vigilance: His mantra, “Constant Vigilance!”, is a testament to his always alert and paranoid nature, always expecting a threat.

People Close to Him

  • Albus Dumbledore: Trusted friend and leader of the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Members of the Order: Moody shared a close bond with fellow Order members, working alongside them to combat Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was Alastor Moody so paranoid?

Years of chasing dark witches and wizards and surviving numerous assassination attempts made him naturally wary and cautious.

Who impersonated Moody in the Triwizard Tournament?

Barty Crouch Jr. used Polyjuice Potion to impersonate him.

How did Moody lose his eye?

In battle against dark forces, though the exact incident isn’t detailed in the books.

Famous Quotes

One of Moody’s most memorable lines is his cautionary mantra: “Constant Vigilance!”

Fun Trivia Questions About Alastor Moody

Question: What color is Mad-Eye Moody’s magical eye?
Answer: Electric blue.

Question: Who rescued Moody from the trunk he was imprisoned in during “The Goblet of Fire”?

Answer: Dumbledore, Snape, and McGonagall.

Question: What does Moody’s magical eye allow him to do?

Answer: See in all directions, including through solid objects and invisibility cloaks.