The headmaster of Durmstrang, a school of magic in Eastern Europe. Karkaroff wears sleek furs and openly favors Viktor Krum over all of his other students. Harry describes Karkaroff as "fruity" and as having an "unctuous" voice, which makes Harry suspicious of Karkaroff from the start. Karkaroff appears afraid of Professor Moody and Harry later learns that this is because Karkaroff used to be a Death Eater and spent time in Azkaban with Sirius. When Harry takes a trip into Dumbledore's Pensieve, he has the opportunity to watch Karkaroff's trial in front of Mr. Crouch where Karkaroff accuses many people of being Death Eaters, including Snape. For this reason, when Voldemort summons his Death Eaters, Karkaroff runs away rather than obey the call--he put many of Voldemort's supporters in Azkaban and fears retaliation.
Professor Karkaroff Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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...seem bulky, but Harry realizes that this is because they're wearing fur cloaks. The headmaster, Karkaroff, greets Dumbledore and leads his student Viktor inside first, as he has a cold. Ron... (full context)
...the crowd looking for Krum and sees the Durmstrang students heading back to their ship. Karkaroff offers Krum mulled wine and snaps at another student who asks for some. Harry steps... (full context)
...score out of ten. Maxime, Mr. Crouch, Dumbledore, and Bagman give Harry high scores, but Karkaroff gives Harry a four. Ron shouts indignantly and Harry thinks that Ron's support is worth... (full context)
...an update on Harry's performance, Harry and Hermione fill Ron in on Sirius's information about Karkaroff. Then, they return to the common room for Harry's party. When people ask Harry to... (full context)
...on finding Hermione as they watch other students arrive in the front hall. Harry sees Karkaroff lead his students in and sees Krum with a pretty girl he doesn't recognize. However,... (full context)
...that Hermione is deep in conversation with Krum about Durmstrang and listens to Dumbledore and Karkaroff argue about keeping their schools' secrets. He notices Hagrid a few tables away and smiles... (full context)
...after a minute, Ron pokes Harry. They step outside where, curiously, they hear Snape and Karkaroff using each other's first names and talking about something that's getting clearer. A little further... (full context)
...of Snape's friends at school became Death Eaters. Harry tells Sirius about Snape's conversation with Karkaroff yesterday, which Sirius can't make sense of. After a moment of thoughtful silence, Sirius asks... (full context)
...her English. After she leaves, Ron wonders how the Durmstrang students will get home without Karkaroff. From behind Ron, Krum gruffly says that Karkaroff didn't help anyway; the students steered the... (full context)