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Instead, they spent years learning how to become Animagi so that they could accompany Remus during his transformations. Pettigrew's Animagus form was a rat, from which his nickname "Wormtail" was derived. The four friends called themselves the Marauders and designed a map to navigate Hogwarts.
She also stated that Pettigrew was a less than average student and was not capable of fighting with Sirius. She was somewhat harsh with him during their years of student-teacher relationship. Peter and the original Order of the Phoenix. However, by October , Pettigrew began working as a spy for Voldemort, having come to believe that nothing could be gained from opposing him. During his time as a Death Eater nobody, not even Albus Dumbledore , seemed to suspect him of working for Voldemort.
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It did become apparent eventually to the Order that there was a spy among their ranks. In an attempt at misdirection, they were convinced to select Pettigrew as their Secret-Keeper by Sirius Black. On Hallowe'en night , Pettigrew betrayed his friends, and Voldemort murdered James and Lily, but was unable to do the same to their son when his Killing Curse rebounded, destroying his physical form. Pettigrew casting the Blasting Curse on the Muggles in When he realised what Pettigrew had done, as his hiding place was empty with no signs of a struggle, he tracked him down hoping to avenge his friends.
When he closed in on him, Pettigrew screamed that Sirius had betrayed the Potters for everyone to hear, and before Black could draw his wand, Pettigrew swiftly pulled out his from his back and then killed twelve Muggles by blowing up the street with a Blasting Curse, which created a crater large enough that the sewer pipes were showing. He then faked his own death by cutting off a finger and leaving it behind as he transformed into a rat and fled. Sirius was arrested for being a Death Eater, killing Pettigrew and the Muggles, and betraying the Potters, and was imprisoned in Azkaban without a trial.
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The surviving Muggles who witnessed the event had their memories erased and were given an excuse by the Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee that a gas-leak occurred. Pettigrew was unjustly awarded the Order of Merlin , First Class for his confrontation with Sirius, which, along with the finger that they recovered, were "posthumously" given to his mother. As the time passed, due to misconceptions, many believed that Black drew his wand and killed Pettigrew before the other had a chance of even drawing. He escaped in fear, leaving Jacob and Rakepick behind. He went into hiding after this event. Pettigrew went into hiding as a rat, hoping to avoid Lord Voldemort 's other supporters.
As Voldemort had met his downfall on Peter's information, the Death Eaters suspected him of being a traitor; he feared that if they learned of his continued existence, the ones who escaped incarceration such as Lucius Malfoy and Corban Yaxley would kill him for leaving their organisation in such a chaotic state. Looking for a wizarding family to take him in, he came into the possession of Percy Weasley and, later, Percy's youngest brother Ron.
He was taken good care of while living with the Weasleys and was named "Scabbers". As Scabbers, Pettigrew returned to Hogwarts with Percy Weasley when he began his education in the — school year. During this time, Percy seemed to be the only one to think positively of the rat. Later in the — school year , he escaped from Percy and gained possession of the Marauder's Map. He was found in his rat form along with the map in the Icy Corridor by Jacob's sibling.
He obliviated the student to make them forget about their encounter, and escaped yet again. It was clear Scabbers was an extraordinary rat; he was unusually old for a rat of his species, which had a life expectancy of three years, yet the Weasley family owned him for twelve. The reason he chose to be adopted by a wizard family was that he could keep track of the news in the wizarding world and could rejoin his master should he return to power. Positioned as he was, he could also bring Harry Potter as a welcome-back gift, so no Death Eater would dare claim him a traitor, but he never took action during his time as Ron's pet, because Voldemort was not strong enough to protect him.
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Despite once biting Gregory Goyle on the knuckle when he attempted to steal Harry and Ron's food, Ron generally thought that Scabbers was useless, since all Scabbers did was 'eat and sleep. In , Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban after seeing a picture of Pettigrew's rat form in a Daily Prophet article about the Weasley family 's trip to Egypt.
Ron thought at first this was due to the stress of the trip, and then fear of Hermione Granger 's new cat Crookshanks , while Harry thought that Scabbers was finally reaching the end of his lifespan. In fact, he had been agitated by the news of Sirius Black's escape from Azkaban, afraid that he would find him and finally avenge the Potters.
Eventually, Pettigrew faked his death yet again, by biting himself and leaving blood, allowing Ron to believe that Crookshanks had eaten the rat. This incident almost ruined Ron and Hermione's friendship until they reconciled over helping Rubeus Hagrid appeal his defence of Buckbeak the hippogriff.
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Hermione later discovered Pettigrew hiding in a milk jug in Hagrid's cabin. That same year, Remus Lupin , who had been unaware of Pettigrew's duplicity and believed him to be dead, began teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts. He began to suspect the truth when he saw Peter's name appear on the Marauder's Map , a charmed parchment created by him and his friends that came into Harry's possession through Fred and George Weasley.
On 6 June , Scabbers was found hiding in Hagrid's hut. When Ron attempted to bring him back to the castle, Scabbers tried to escape, but was caught by Ron in the shadow of the Whomping Willow. He initially attempted to redirect the blame to Sirius, but when the truth came out and all the evidence was against him, he appealed for mercy to each person in the Shack other than Snape, who had been unconscious since before Pettigrew's exposure.
Each of them was disgusted by his cowardice, and the fact that he would dare ask them for mercy after deceiving them in so many ways infuriated them even more. Remus and Sirius planned to kill their old friend, but Harry intervened after Pettigrew claimed that Harry's father would have never killed him. This, along with Harry's own belief that his father would not want his best friends to become killers, led him to be merciful.
Although Harry had intended to hand Pettigrew over to the Dementors and use him to clear Sirius' name, at last, this created a life debt between Harry and Pettigrew. The plan was upset, though, when the full moon rose, and, as Remus had forgotten to take his Wolfsbane Potion after discovering Pettigrew's name on the Marauder's Map, he transformed into an uncontrollable werewolf.
Sirius was forced to take on his Animagus form, that of a dog, to protect Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and Peter took advantage of the chaos, cursing Ron with Remus' wand, transforming into his rat form, and fleeing. After his escape from capture at Hogwarts, Pettigrew had no choice but to rejoin his master , lest Sirius and Remus kill him. He went to retrieve Voldemort's wand , then travelled to Albania where he learned from the rats there of a place in the forest where the creatures feared to travel.
They said a dark shadow Voldemort took over the animals and killed them.
On his way to his master, Peter ran into Bertha Jorkins , a Ministry witch who was on holiday in Albania, while he had stopped at an inn for food. Although she recognised him, Pettigrew was able to lure her into the forest and overpower her, before handing her over to the Dark Lord. Under torture, Jorkins gave them information that helped Voldemort make plans for an attack on Harry Potter, including information on the Triwizard Tournament and the location of a faithful Death Eater, and she later was hit by a Memory Charm — meant to hide the existence of said Death Eater — so hard that she suffered permanent brain damage.
When Voldemort killed the irreparable Bertha, Peter thought that was a mistake, believing they should have modified her memory and that her disappearance would not go unnoticed. Pettigrew milked venom from Voldemort's snake, Nagini , to strengthen him and provide him with a rudimentary body. Voldemort called Peter by his Marauder name, "Wormtail. Over time, Pettigrew tried unsuccessfully to convince Voldemort to use a wizard other than Harry Potter to rebuild his body, whom Pettigrew offered to capture if Voldemort would permit him to leave his side for a few days, but Voldemort saw this as an attempt at desertion and claimed that Pettigrew was regretting ever returning to him in the first place.
Voldemort noted how Pettigrew always flinched when he set eyes upon him and shuddered when touching him, which further enforced his belief that Pettigrew would have escaped if given the opportunity. Knowing that if Pettigrew is not there to milk Nagini's venom and feed him, Voldemort would lose his strength, which further enforced that he cannot let his servant leave. When Voldemort ordered Wormtail to turn his chair around so he could face Frank Bryce , Wormtail whimpered before doing so.