- NOTE: This page is only about his film incarnation as the original book incarnation of Barty Crouch Jr. was not voted Pure Evil, and thus only the film version of Barty Crouch Jr.'s info and crimes should be put here.
|~ Barty Crouch Jr. after being exposed for his crimes|
|“||You won because I made it so. You ended up in that graveyard tonight because it was meant to be. Now imagine how he will reward me when I have, once and for all, silenced the great Harry Potter!||„|
|~ Barty Crouch Jr. right before his karmic defeat.|
Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Jr. (gone undercover as Dark Wizard hunter Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody) is the main antagonist of the 2005 fantasy film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth installment of the Harry Potter film series.
He was portrayed by David Tennant, who also played Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, Lord Commander in Final Space, Cale Erendreich in Bad Samaritan and Brendan Block in Secret Smile. While disguised as Alastor Moody, he was portrayed by Brendan Gleeson, who also played Raynald of Châtillon in Kingdom of Heaven.
What Makes Him Pure Evil?
- Unlike his novel counterpart, who turned to villainy due to pitiable factors out of his ability to control, feeling helplessly backed into a corner by the Dark Lord's malevolent embrace, this version turned to a life of villainy on his own accord for no reason other than pure sadism, as well as likely some pureblood supremacy views.
- During Lord Voldemort’s first rise to power, Crouch Jr. joined his side and was extremely loyal to Voldemort as even after he was seemingly defeated, he, along with Bellatrix Lestrange, tortured the Longbottoms into insanity using the Cruciatus curse. Even though this is off-screen evil, it is still shown to have a lasting impact on their son, Neville.
- During the trial of Igor Karkoroff, he revealed the names of several Death Eaters including Crouch Jr. When he was revealed, Crouch Jr. tried to kill him out of anger, but was stopped by Alastor Moody. He gave his father a sadistic hello to mock him.
- Many years later, before the events of the fourth film, Crouch Jr. escapes from Azkaban on his own, fakes his death, and comes into contact with Lord Voldemort and Peter Pettigrew, after which they plot to have Crouch Jr. infiltrate Hogwarts, but their plan is overheard by Frank Bryce, so they kill him.
- He kidnaps Alastor Moody and imprisons him in a trunk to the point of near insanity, only keeping him alive because he needed hair from him to make the Polyjuice Potion he would use to disguise himself as Moody, who was going to teach at Hogwarts.
- Secretly puts Harry Potter’s name in the Goblet of Fire to enter him into the otherwise all-adults tri-wizard tournament, an extremely dangerous competition that could easily get the fourteen-year-old Harry killed.
- When he was disguised as Moody and teaching the kids about the three Unforgivable Curses, he shows Neville Longbottom a spider being tortured by the Cruciatus Curse. What makes this so bad is Crouch Jr. is one of the people that tortured Neville’s parents, so he is doing this as a way of reminding him about it and torturing him psychologically in an awful kick the dog moment.
- Transfigured Draco Malfoy into a ferret and subsequently levitated him upside-down and bounced him around for the amusement of his enemies. When Minerva McGonagall intervened and scolded him that professors "never use Transfiguration as a punishment", Barty's response was snarky and indifferent.
- While Draco was planning to attack Harry behind his back, this still doesn't excuse Barty's treatment of him, as he could have easily stopped him any other way than torturing him.
- Crouch also didn't do what he did out of kindness to Harry but to get the boy on his side, as well as the fact that he couldn't risk him getting harmed for Voldemort's sake.
- If anything, it's also possible that Crouch used Draco's bullying towards Harry as an excuse to attack him due to his father Lucius Malfoy defecting from the Death Eaters to avoid imprisonment at Azkaban, thus resolving to hurt the son of one of the "traitors" to his master.
- During the tournament, he murders his father as revenge for imprisoning him.
- Bewitched Viktor Krum and turned him against the other players during the maze challenge so Harry would be the only one to find the Portkey that would lead him to Voldemort.
- His plan in freeing Voldemort was a success, which would lead to untold atrocities along the way.
- He is emotionless that Cedric Diggory died as a result of his actions.
- Once Harry escapes, Barty tries to kill him himself in the hopes he'll be rewarded by Voldemort for doing so.
- Lacks every single redeeming quality his book version had like his tragic past of his father being neglectful and seeking out Voldemort as a father figure, as Crouch Sr. is in turn depicted as more likable and kinder than his book version. All of his sympathetic moments are also cut out like his trial with his father treating him horribly and receiving the Dementor's Kiss-a fate worse than death.
- While his father does cite that he is "no son of [his]", this is because he did not want him to play the "son of the governor" card and was utterly and most understandably disgusted by his actions, plus this made Barty have a psychotic breakdown, unlike in the books where he cried innocently instead of screeching perversely. Furthermore, Albus Dumbledore tells Harry that it "destroyed" Barty Sr. to send his own son to Azkaban, and that due to the evidence being "overwhelming", he had no other options.
- His loyalty to Voldemort is ultimately just fanaticism and he is not protective over him in any way. He's merely a pawn to him.
- Only Barty Crouch Jr.'s film incarnation qualifies for Pure Evil status, since his book counterpart is tragic and has redeeming qualities, while his film version has no redeeming qualities and is much more evil and disgusting than his book counterpart.