In Harry Potter, many characters went to Azkaban. But who managed to avoid the wizard prison despite their crimes?
Over the course of the Harry Potter series, many characters found themselves in Azkaban, the wizard prison. Some characters, such as Lucius Malfoy, rightly served time behind bars. Others, like Rubeus Hagrid, were wrongly put away.
While Azkaban has some of the highest security in the wizarding world, several characters such as Barty Crouch Jr. and Sirius Black have managed to escape its walls. There are also several characters who committed crimes for which they deserved to be imprisoned, but they somehow managed to swerve any legal punishment and avoid time in Azkaban.
5 Severus Snape
Snape is one of the most complex characters in the series, and he did many terrible things, but usually for the greater good. While he had been on Dumbledore’s side all along, some of Snape’s worst mistakes changed everything in the series.
Snape’s hatred of Harry might have been unfair, but it was understandable, unlike his awful treatment of Neville. Snape’s killing of Dumbledore may have been part of an agreement between the two, but the rest of the wizarding world didn’t find this out until much later. If Voldemort hadn’t taken over, Snape would surely have ended up behind bars for murder. His “agreement” with the man he killed surely wouldn’t have been a solid defense.
4 Narcissa Malfoy
Arguably, Narcissa had no choice in joining Lord Voldemort as refusal would have only led to her death and her son’s. However, she was not under the imperious curse and acted of her own free will when she joined Voldemort’s side at the Battle of Hogwarts.
Narcissa certainly did redeem herself when she lied to Voldemort about Harry’s fate but the fact she was even asked to do this shows she must have earned the Dark Lord’s trust in some way. Also, if Draco’s life hadn’t been at risk, she would have most likely turned Harry over to Voldemort. While her husband had previously spent time in Azkaban, the Malfoy family fled the Battle of Hogwarts and probably faced little justice for their wrongdoings.
3 Blaise Zabini
Blaise is one of very few characters that probably has more significance in the movies than he does in the books. With Crabbe being cut out of the final movie and Goyle dying in his place, Blaise took on the role of Draco’s second sidekick.
Along with Goyle and Draco, Blaise attacked the Golden Trio in the Room of Requirement. While he clearly had an allegiance to Draco, his part in trying to stop Harry finding the Diadem suggests he was also aligned with the Death Eaters. Whether he was acting out of fear or peer pressure, Blaise still fought on the side of evil and tried to kill the Trio.
2 Lord Voldemort
As the most notorious dark wizard of all time, it seems surprising that Voldemort never spent time in Azkaban. While the dark wizard was highly powerful in his later years, he certainly earned a spot in the prison even when he was the young Tom Riddle.
Voldemort murdered countless people, including members of his own family and Harry’s parents. In creating the Horcruxes, he killed people simply as a means to preserve his own life which shows how monstrous he really was. Due to his power, it’s understandable why he never found himself in Azkaban, but it’s certainly where he belonged.
1 Harry Potter
Harry may be the protagonist of the series, but a key element of his character is that he’s not wholly good, especially considering he had a part of Voldemort living inside him. Although the movies left things out about Unforgivable Curses, they certainly made it clear it was illegal to use them.
Despite knowing this, Harry tries to use the Cructious Curse on Bellatrix following Sirius’ death. While his attempts to curse her seemed unsuccessful and his anger here was understandable, he still committed a crime in using it. Considering what Bellatrix had just done and with everything else going on at the time (and Fudge’s downfall following), it’s not surprising Harry didn’t face time in Azkaban for this. That being said, in the eyes of wizarding law, Harry should been sentenced for the crime, and it seems strange he wasn’t reprimanded at all.