The MINISTRY OF MAGIC is the government of the Magical community of
J. K. Rowling 's
* 1 Composition and status
* 1.1 Connection to Muggle world * 1.2 Government structure * 1.3 Judicial system and corrupt nature
* 2 Departments
* 2.2 Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes * 2.3 Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures
* 2.4 Department of International Magical Cooperation * 2.5 Department of Magical Transportation * 2.6 Department of Magical Games and Sports
* 2.7 Department of Mysteries
* 2.7.1 Unspeakables
* 3 Ministry officials
* 3.1 Ludo Bagman * 3.2 Barty Crouch Sr * 3.3 John Dawlish * 3.4 Cornelius Fudge * 3.5 Bertha Jorkins * 3.6 Rufus Scrimgeour * 3.7 Pius Thicknesse * 3.8 Dolores Umbridge * 3.9 Percy Weasley * 3.10 Others
* 4 Reception * 5 In popular culture * 6 References * 7 External links
COMPOSITION AND STATUS
CONNECTION TO MUGGLE WORLD
Each new Muggle Prime Minister receives a visit from the Minister for Magic, who informs him or her that the wizarding world exists. He explains that he will contact the Prime Minister only in circumstances in which the events of the wizard world may affect Muggles . For example, the Minister has to inform the Prime Minister if dangerous magical artefacts or animals are to be brought into Britain.
The Ministry keeps in touch with the British Prime Minister via a
wizard\'s portrait in the Prime Minister's office at 10 Downing Street
. The portrait, which cannot be removed from the wall (because of a
Permanent Sticking Charm in place), notifies the Prime Minister of the
Minister for Magic's arrival and, after they have been notified, the
Minister for Magic appears in their office via the fireplace which has
specifically been hooked up to the floo network. The Ministers for
Magic who appear in the
The Ministry government succeeded the earlier "Wizards' Council," the earliest-known form of government for the wizarding world of Harry Potter. According to Pottermore , it was formally established in 1707.
Furthermore, the government gives the impression of (at various times) either incompetence or malice. It often appears woefully incompetent, to the point of being unable to detect or prevent an assault on the Department of Mysteries, apparently its most heavily guarded department. Due to lax security, a group of Hogwarts students, as well as Voldemort, a dozen Death Eaters , and the Order of the Phoenix, all of whom were wanted by the government, are able to enter the department on whim and without provoking any response whatsoever, even signing in as a "rescue mission" without attracting attention. However, these events occur under Cornelius Fudge's reign, a Minister who is renowned in the books as incompetent. Fudge's resignation in the next book is a direct result of these events.
JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND CORRUPT NATURE
In the books and films, the wizarding courts have displayed at times,
a marked lack of interest in evidence for or against a suspect, even
relying on personal prejudice to decide the outcome as quickly as
possible. Not all of the accused are even given trials , as in the
Sirius Black . In Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry is shown
to be quite prepared to decree and enforce draconian laws without
notice. At times, the Ministry can also seem uninterested in solving
serious problems, choosing instead to ignore or cover up bad news. In
When interviewed, Rowling stated that when Harry, Ron and Hermione work for the Ministry, they change it drastically, making it less corrupt.
DEPARTMENT OF MAGICAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
The DEPARTMENT OF MAGICAL LAW ENFORCEMENT is a combination of police
and justice facilities. It is located on the second level of the
Ministry of Magic. At the beginning of the series, it is headed by
According to Rowling, this is the department that Hermione Granger joins, after the events of the seventh book, transferring from the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures , where she began her post- Hogwarts career.
An Auror is an employee of the Ministry whose mission is to pursue and apprehend Dark wizards. According to Minerva McGonagall , the AUROR OFFICE takes in new recruits with a minimum of 5 N.E.W.T.s (with marks no lower than “Exceeds Expectations” ). She suggests that Potions, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration, Charms, and Herbology N.E.W.T.s are the most appropriate for someone who aspires to be admitted to the training program. (A potential recruit will also have to pass “...a series of character and aptitude tests.”) Nymphadora Tonks mentions that two of the program’s courses of study are “Concealment and Disguise” and “Stealth and Tracking”, and that the training is hard to pass with high marks (a requirement).
Aurors in the
During the First War against
Voldemort , Aurors were authorised to
Unforgivable Curses on suspected
Death Eaters : that is, given
the license to kill, coerce, and torture them. Many of the Dark
criminals in the
Improper Use Of Magic Office
The IMPROPER USE OF MAGIC OFFICE is responsible for investigating
offences under the Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage
Sorcery and the International Confederation of Wizards' Statute of
Secrecy. They regulate an under-age wizard's or witch's use of magic
and prohibit wizards and witches from performing magic in the presence
Muggles or in a Muggle-inhabited area in the
It is not known how or when the trace is placed upon a child, though it may be assumed that it begins either when the child begins to show magical talent or when they first go through the barrier to Platform 9¾. The Ministry seemingly ignores the trace during the school year as students at Hogwarts are expected to perform magic and are under the supervision of teachers. This 'blind eye' also seems to be extended to places such as Diagon Alley, Platform 9¾, the Hogwarts Express and the village of Hogsmeade (the only settlement in Britain inhabited solely by wizards and other magical beings) which is located close to Hogwarts and which 3rd year students and above can visit on weekends provided they have a signed permission slip from their parent or guardian. The Ministry also seems to turn a blind eye to the use magic in the muggle-world when the child is under the age of 11 as their powers have generally not been developed enough to cause a problem, with a number of witches and wizards, including Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Lily Evans and Severus Snape all known to have performed some under-age magic while growing up in the muggle-world that went unpunished.
After Harry's first minor violation—a Hover charm that was actually performed by Dobby the House-elf—he is merely warned. His second violation, blowing up Aunt Marge, is forgiven by Fudge because the Minister fears that Sirius Black is after Harry and feels that his safety after running away from the Dursleys takes precedence. After his third offence (creating a Patronus to protect himself and Dudley from two Dementors), the letter sent to him states that he is expelled from school, that representatives will arrive at his home to destroy his wand, and that he is required to appear at a disciplinary hearing, given that the offence occurred after he had already received one warning. Dumbledore reminds Fudge that the Ministry doesn't have the power to expel students from Hogwarts or confiscate wands without benefit of a hearing.
At Harry's hearing, he is tried by the entire Wizengamot court and cleared of all charges upon Dumbledore's intervention. Such proceedings are highly unusual, however, for a simple case of underage magic; Harry was originally supposed to be interviewed solely by Amelia Bones, head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
The only known worker at the office is Mafalda Hopkirk .
The WIZENGAMOT serves as the wizard high court of law. The word
"Wizengamot" is a portmanteau created from the words "wizard ", and
In Order of the Phoenix, about fifty people are present at Harry Potter's hearing, wearing plum-coloured robes embroidered with a silver "W" on the left-hand side of the chest. During the hearing, the Minister for Magic sits in the middle of the front row and conducts most of the interrogation, while Percy Weasley (the Junior Undersecretary), acts as stenographer . Other officials seen at the Wizengamot include the Senior Undersecretary to the Minister and the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
Dumbledore has long – for about 50 years – held the position of Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot, but was removed during the events of Order of the Phoenix. He was reinstated during Half-Blood Prince, and remained in that post until his death at the end of that novel.
Other offices include the Magical Law Enforcement Squad, which
pursues day-to-day law offences; the Misuse of
Office, headed by Perkins, and the job in which the reader first sees
Arthur Weasley ; and the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit
Defensive Spells and Protective Objects Office, created by Rufus
DEPARTMENT OF MAGICAL ACCIDENTS AND CATASTROPHES
The DEPARTMENT OF MAGICAL ACCIDENTS AND CATASTROPHES is responsible
for repairing accidental magical damage in the world of Harry Potter.
It is located on the third level of the
Ministry of Magic
* The Accidental Magic Reversal Squad is a squad of wizards whose
job it is to reverse "accidental magic." These accidents are normally
caused by young witches and wizards who have not learned to control
their magic. They may also be caused by older wizards out of control,
or severe, unintentional effects of charms or spells, such as
splinching (in Apparition when a wizard or witch is split with one
part remaining at the point of origin, and the rest of the wizard at
the destination). For instance, two members of the Accidental Magic
Reversal Squad were sent out in the
DEPARTMENT FOR THE REGULATION AND CONTROL OF MAGICAL CREATURES
As noted in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them , the DEPARTMENT FOR THE REGULATION AND CONTROL OF MAGICAL CREATURES is divided into three divisions (the Beast Division, the Being Division, and the Spirit Division) and contains the Goblin Liaison Office and Centaur Liaison Office, though the centaurs, being isolationists, have never interacted with the office since its creation. Thus, "being sent to the Centaur Office" has become a euphemism at the Ministry for those about to be fired. For further detail on the distinctions between these divisions, see Regulation and classification of Magical creatures . It is also noted that Hermione began her post-Hogwarts career here before transferring to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement in this office. It is located on the fourth level of the Ministry of Magic.
DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL MAGICAL COOPERATION
The DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL MAGICAL COOPERATION is an agency that
attempts to get wizards from different countries to co-operate in
wizarding actions both political and public. This department on the
fifth level of the
Ministry of Magic
This department is similar in function to the real-life Foreign and
Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, and various organs of the
* Work with magical governments of other countries * Set standards for trade * Create regulations for things like cauldron thickness * Work with Department of Magical Games and Sports on the Triwizard Tournament * International Confederation of Wizards, British Seats
DEPARTMENT OF MAGICAL TRANSPORTATION
The DEPARTMENT OF MAGICAL TRANSPORTATION is responsible for various
aspects of magical transport. It is located on the sixth level of the
Ministry of Magic
DEPARTMENT OF MAGICAL GAMES AND SPORTS
The DEPARTMENT OF MAGICAL GAMES AND SPORTS, seen as the most relaxed department (posters for favourite Quidditch teams are found tacked to the walls), deals with organising sports events like the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament . Ludo Bagman used to be the Head of Department here, but his gambling problem forced him to flee from Goblin creditors. The department is located on the seventh level of the Ministry of Magic, and includes the British and Irish Quidditch League Headquarters, Official Gobstones Club, and the Ludicrous Patents Office – other sports and games-related aspects of the Harry Potter world.
DEPARTMENT OF MYSTERIES
The DEPARTMENT OF MYSTERIES, located on Level Nine, is a department
Ministry of Magic
Because of the covert nature surrounding this particular branch of
the Wizarding government, the Department of Mysteries can be likened
to real-world intelligence agencies like the
The rooms at the Department each seem (although not spelled out directly) to refer to various mysteries of life. These rooms include:
NAME DESCRIPTION CONTENTS
Brain Room This long, rectangular room is lit by lamps hanging low on golden chains from the ceiling. It is quite empty except for a few desks. A glass tank of deep green liquid. In this tank a number of pearly-white brains drift around. When removed from the potion in the tank, the brains fling out streamers of thoughts which can seriously injure someone if they wrap themselves around them. Other doors open off this room.
Entrance Room Large, circular room – everything black. Identical, unmarked, handle-less black doors are set at intervals around in walls. Dimly lit by blue flamed branches of candles. Whenever one of its doors is shut, the room's walls rotate, disorienting its occupants for several seconds. This is presumably a security device to keep non-employees of the department from reaching a desired room. Responds to a verbal request for an exit by opening the correct door.
Space Chamber A dark room possibly simulating outer space. Visitors find themselves floating as well. Magically simulated floating solar system.
A large, dimly lit, rectangular room with stone tiers (as benches)
leading down to a pit in the centre. It is similar to an amphitheatre.
Called the Death Chamber by Dumbledore.
In the pit is a raised, stone dais, on which stands an ancient arch
with an ancient, tattered black curtain hanging from it. Despite an
absence of wind, it continuously flutters slightly, and entrances its
Time Chamber A room lit by "beautiful, dancing diamond-sparkling light". A room in which various time-related devices are kept, such as clocks of every description and Time-Turners (necklaces with hourglass pendants, which will send the wearer back in time when the pendant is turned over). It also contains a mysterious bell jar, inside which anything will grow steadily younger and younger, and then slowly return to its original age in a never-ending cycle. Hermione mentions that the department's entire stock of smashed Time-Turners were not even replaced by September 1996.
Hall of Prophecy A cathedral-sized room, dark and very cold, illuminated by the dim blue fire emitted from more candle brackets. Vertical to the door are towering shelves holding thousands of orbs (recordings of prophecies). To the left of the door are row Nos.1 – 53, while on the right of the door are rows Nos.54 and beyond. They are magically protected, so that the only people who can lift them off their shelf are the Keeper of the Hall of Prophecies and the subject(s) of the prophecies; all others are afflicted with instant madness. Whenever an orb breaks, the recorded prophecy it contains is repeated aloud once, after which the recording is useless. Sybill Trelawney 's 1980 prophecy of "the boy who would defeat the Dark Lord " is kept in here until the events of Order of the Phoenix in which it was smashed.
The Ever-Locked Room (Love Chamber) A room behind a door that remains locked at all times and which neither the "Alohomora " spell nor magical unlocking knives can unlock. According to Dumbledore, behind that door is the most mysterious subject of study in the department: a force "that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature... It is the power held within that room that Harry possesses in such quantities and which Voldemort has none at all." In Half-Blood Prince, this power was confirmed through a dialogue between Harry and Dumbledore to be love.
The UNSPEAKABLES are the group of wizards who work in the Department of Mysteries (their identities classified for security reasons). Known Unspeakables include Broderick Bode , Croaker, and Augustus Rookwood who is a Death Eater.
Some Ministry officials in
The following characters are notable
Ministry of Magic
LUDOVIC "LUDO" BAGMAN is a retired professional
formerly a highly successful Beater for the
Wimbourne Wasps and
England's international team, whose good looks have gone a bit to
seed; his nose is squashed in (apparently having been broken by a
stray Bludger) and he is quite a bit thicker around the middle than he
was in his
Quidditch days. He was the head of the Department of
Magical Games and Sports. Rowling uses Dumbledore's
Pensieve to reveal
Bagman loves gambling, which got him in financial trouble so severe that he pays some of his creditors (including Fred and George Weasley) with disappearing Leprechaun Gold, after they have gambled on the Quidditch World Cup . After the World Cup final, some goblins corner him in the woods outside the stadium and take all the gold he had on him, which is not enough to cover his debts. To clear his debts with the goblins, Bagman makes a bet on the Triwizard Tournament , of which he is one of the judges. He bets the goblins that Harry would win. He tries to help Harry over the course of the Tournament, giving him a perfect score in the First Task even though he is injured, and offering him advice. Harry and Cedric Diggory end up tying for first place in the tournament, and Bagman does not win the bet as the goblins argue that Bagman was betting Harry would win outright. Bagman runs away after the Third Task of the Tournament.
Bagman's character was cut from the film adaptation of the fourth book. Some of Ludo's primary functions in the story were performed by Cornelius Fudge and Barty Crouch Sr, in the film adaptation. Bagman appears in the Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup video game as a Quidditch announcer.
BARTY CROUCH SR
BARTEMIUS "BARTY" CROUCH SR was the head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement when Voldemort first came to power. Crouch was somewhat megalomaniacal and intensely preoccupied with presenting the appearance of respectability. Crouch was a narrow, inflexible man who stiffly followed the rules. Though he despised the Dark Arts, the lengths to which he was willing to go to disassociate with anything that might blemish his reputation led him to behave almost as cruelly as many on the Dark Side, and gave Aurors powers to kill rather than capture suspected Death Eaters who resisted arrest. He sent Sirius Black to the wizard prison Azkaban without a trial. Crouch appeared to be the favorite to become the next Minister for Magic until his son, Barty Crouch, Jr , was caught with the Lestranges , Death Eaters who were trying to bring Voldemort back to power. Crouch gave his son a trial before sending him to Azkaban; however, according to Sirius, the trial was a sham, merely a public demonstration of how much he hated the boy. About a year after the trial, Crouch's terminally ill wife begged for her son's life to be saved, so Crouch abetted the two in trading appearances using Polyjuice Potion, and Mrs Crouch took her son's place in Azkaban. After the supposed death of his son in prison, public sympathy fell on Crouch Jr; the wizarding world placed all the blame on Crouch Sr, accusing him of driving his son to join the Death Eaters because of his neglect of his family. After the scandal, Crouch lost much of his popularity and he was shunted sideways to a post as the head of the Department of International Magical Co-operation.
Barty Crouch, Sr makes his first appearance in the series at the Quidditch World Cup in Goblet of Fire. Crouch accuses Harry, Ron and Hermione of attempting to set off the Dark Mark, and when Winky is found to have Harry's wand, he angrily dismisses Winky, as the house-elf is supposed to look after his son, who is always under an Invisibility Cloak. Voldemort and his servant Peter Pettigrew show up at the Crouch family home and put Crouch Sr under the Imperius Curse , freeing Crouch Jr from the Imperius Curse placed on him by his father and thus allowing him to rejoin Voldemort. Crouch continues to appear in public at first and is one of the five judges at the Triwizard Tournament. However, worried that Crouch will fight off the Imperius Curse, Voldemort later keeps him imprisoned within the house and has him communicate exclusively through supervised owl post. Later in the book, Crouch, who has escaped from his home, meets Harry and Viktor Krum in the Forbidden Forest and begs to see Dumbledore. However, Harry, while on his way to inform Dumbledore of the events, unwittingly alerts Crouch Jr, in the disguise of Mad-Eye Moody , to his father's presence. Crouch Jr immediately goes to the Forest, kills his own father, transfigures the body into a bone, and buries it on the Hogwarts grounds.
Roger Lloyd-Pack appeared as Crouch in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire .
JOHN DAWLISH is an Auror. He is very capable and self-assured, and is described as a "tough-looking wizard" with "very short, wiry" grey hair. He leaves Hogwarts with Outstandings in all his N.E.W.T.s , (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test). However, it is a running joke of the books that in any appearance or mention of him, he is eventually hexed, usually due to a combination of far superior opponents and sheer bad luck.
Dawlish's first name is not revealed in the books or films. However, Rowling said in an interview with the podcast " PotterCast " that she named him John, owing to host John Noe 's appreciation of the character.
Dawlish was portrayed by Richard Leaf in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix .
CORNELIUS OSWALD "GOBLIN CRUSHER" FUDGE is first mentioned in Harry
Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone as the
Minister for Magic of
Britain. He makes his first appearance in
His kindly relationship to Harry abruptly changes in Goblet of Fire. When Harry emerges from the Triwizard Tournament 's third task after having seen the rebirth of Voldemort, Fudge refuses to believe it. He is worried about the fallout of announcing Voldemort's return, marking the end of the Wizarding world's years of peace, and the sudden outbreak of gloom and terror; hence he decides to merely ignore all of the evidence rather than accept the truth. J. K. Rowling has since stated that Fudge's behaviour mirrors that of Neville Chamberlain in the lead-up to World War II.
In Order of the Phoenix, Fudge orchestrates a vicious smear campaign
Daily Prophet to present Dumbledore as a senile old fool
(even though he was constantly asking for Dumbledore's advice in his
early days of being Minister for Magic) and Harry as an unstable,
attention-seeking liar. He also passes a law allowing him to place
Dolores Umbridge , his Senior Undersecretary, as a teacher at
Hogwarts. He then appoints Umbridge as Hogwarts' "High Inquisitor",
with the power to inspect and sack teachers, and ultimately
Dumbledore's successor as Headmaster, which gives her (and by
extension, Fudge himself) primary control of how
Hogwarts is managed.
Fudge is concerned that Dumbledore is a threat to his power and that
he is planning to train the
Hogwarts students to overthrow the
Voldemort appears in the
Ministry of Magic
In the film series, Fudge was portrayed by Robert Hardy .
BERTHA JORKINS was a student at
Hogwarts at the same time as James
Potter and company. She was known as nosy, with a good head for
gossip. She became a
Ministry of Magic
Bertha Jorkins's character was written out of the film adaptation of Goblet of Fire due to time constraints.
RUFUS SCRIMGEOUR serves as the
Minister for Magic of the United
Cornelius Fudge who was ousted by the wizarding
community due to his failure to announce the return of Voldemort,
Scrimgeour proves to be a more capable leader than Fudge. Scrimgeour
seeks to raise the wizarding population's morale by asking Harry, who
has been labelled as the "Chosen One", to be seen visiting the
Ministry, so that the public would believe that Harry supports the
Ministry's actions against Voldemort. This becomes a source of
contention between the Minister and Dumbledore, who does not support
this idea. Harry also rejects the role, primarily because of his own
antagonistic history with the Ministry, and because of the Ministry's
treatment of Dumbledore and
Stan Shunpike . Scrimgeour makes a short
appearance, looking tired and grim due to the pressures of his
Scrimgeour is assassinated shortly after the visit when Death Eaters take over the Ministry. He is rumoured to have been tortured for Harry's whereabouts by Ministry officials, under the control of the Imperius Curse, before he is killed. Harry felt a "rush of gratitude" to hear that Scrimgeour, in his final act, attempted to protect Harry by refusing to disclose his location. With the Ministry in Death Eaters' hands, the official line for Scrimgeour's death is that he resigned.
PIUS THICKNESSE is first introduced in
After the coup in which Scrimgeour is killed, the Ministry comes under the de facto control of Voldemort, who appoints Thicknesse as his puppet Minister. Thicknesse joins the ranks of the Death Eaters for the rest of the book and fights with them at the Battle of Hogwarts, where he duels against Percy Weasley (who Transfigures him into a sea urchin ). Following the end of the battle, the Imperius Curse that was placed upon him is broken. Kingsley Shacklebolt replaces him as interim (later permanent) Minister for Magic. Not much is known about the "real" nature of Thicknesse, as he has been under the control of Yaxley for nearly the entire book.
Guy Henry plays Thicknesse in
"High Inquisitor" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Grand Inquisitor .
DOLORES JANE UMBRIDGE is the
Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher,
and Senior Undersecretary to the Minister himself in
Umbridge is first presented as an interrogator at Harry's trial for under-age use of magic in the opening chapters of Order of the Phoenix. It is later revealed that Umbridge had the Dementors attack Harry in an attempt to silence him from contradicting the Ministry's statement about Voldemort not returning from the dead. Umbridge is subsequently installed at Hogwarts as Defence Against the Dark Arts professor by order of the Ministry. Her teaching consists only of defensive magical theory, due to Fudge's paranoid fear that Dumbledore intends to use his students as an army to bring down the Ministry. She is soon appointed the first "High Inquisitor" of Hogwarts, in which she is given extraordinary powers over the students, teachers, and curriculum. She dismisses Sybill Trelawney as a teacher, though Dumbledore points out she cannot send her away from the school itself. Ultimately, she deposes Dumbledore after he 'confesses' to plotting against the Ministry to prevent Harry being expelled, and has herself instated as Headmistress by the Ministry. However the Headmaster's Office (the room itself) rejects her authority by sealing her out, meaning she has to continue to use her own office. She creates the "Inquisitorial Squad", which rewards its student members for reporting on others and sanctions them to act as enforcers of Umbridge's rules, including the ability to take points from the other students for the House Cup competition. All the members of the Inquisitorial Squad are Slytherins. Her authority is initially challenged by Fred and George, who leave Hogwarts after turning a corridor into a swamp and bombarding Umbridge with fireworks. She then faces trouble from the non-Slytherin student body and Peeves at every opportunity, with the teachers doing very little to stop them. Filch the Caretaker tries to help her, delighted at being given permission to whip students, but there is too much trouble for him to keep order. Towards the final chapters of Order of the Phoenix, Umbridge attacks Hagrid, but her attempt is thwarted partly due to Hagrid's half-giant heritage which grants relative immunity to spells. Hagrid escapes Hogwarts, and Minerva McGonagall is severely injured by Umbridge's followers and is sent to St. Mungo\'s hospital , clearing the way for Umbridge to assume complete control of the school.
Umbridge's tenure at Hogwarts is characterised by cruelty and abusive punishments against students; she forces Harry Potter, Lee Jordan and other students to whom she gave detention to write lines using a blood quill , which cuts the same words written into its victims as they write. Umbridge even attempts to use Veritaserum and the Cruciatus Curse to extract information from students. By speaking derisively to a herd of centaurs , she provokes them and they abduct her. Umbridge is later rescued by Dumbledore, not visibly harmed but traumatised, and is eventually removed from Hogwarts due to the wizarding community pressuring Fudge for his resignation. She later makes a short appearance in Half-Blood Prince when she attends Dumbledore's funeral with an unconvincing expression of grief and Harry is disgusted to hear that Rufus Scrimgeour has continued to employ her at the Ministry of Magic.
Umbridge plays a smaller role in Deathly Hallows as the head of the Muggle-born Registration Commission, and appears to have written a leaflet called "Mudbloods and the Dangers They Pose to a Peaceful Pure-Blood Society", indicating her full support of Voldemort's regime, whether or not she knew the truth about who was running it. She has somehow obtained Mad-Eye Moody 's magical eye after his death, and uses it to spy on the other Ministry workers from her office. She has also taken Slytherin\'s locket as a bribe from Mundungus Fletcher after he stole it from 12 Grimmauld Place but was selling without a license. She uses the trinket to solidify her pure-blood credentials, claiming the "S" on the locket stands for "Selwyn", rather than "Slytherin". Harry and his friends manage to penetrate the Ministry and steal the Horcrux back from Umbridge after stunning her during the trial of a Muggle-Born. Despite Harry being unable to conjure a Patronus while wearing the locket due to the malign presence of a piece of Voldemort's soul, Umbridge managed to do so. Rowling explains this is due to Dolores being a "very nasty piece of work" such that the evil object aids her instead of hindering her. Following Voldemort's demise, according to Rowling, Umbridge is arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned for crimes against Muggle-borns.
Imelda Staunton appeared as Umbridge in the film adaptation of Order
of the Phoenix and reprised her role in
In Pottermore, it is revealed that Umbridge is half-blood.
PERCY IGNATIUS WEASLEY is the third son of Arthur and Molly Weasley.
In direct contrast to his younger brothers, he is a stickler for rules
and often pompous due to his love of authority, though he does have
good intentions at heart. When readers first meet Percy in Harry
Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone , he is a Gryffindor prefect, and
In the climax of
Percy is portrayed by Chris Rankin in the films.
Broderick Bode A worker in the Department of Mysteries . He is placed under the Imperius Curse by Lucius Malfoy , who sought to obtain the prophecy concerning Harry and Voldemort. Bode suffered spell damage from his attempt to steal the prophecy and was sent to St Mungo\'s Hospital ; he was subsequently strangled by a potted Devil's Snare plant at Christmas to prevent him from revealing any information about the Death Eaters' plot.
Amelia Susan Bones
Head of the
Department of Magical Law Enforcement
Reginald "Reg" Cattermole Works for magical maintenance in the Ministry. In the final book, Ron uses some of his hair to impersonate him and enter the Ministry to steal Slytherin's locket. His wife, Muggle-born MARY CATTERMOLE, was being interrogated at the time that Harry, Ron and Hermione stole the locket. Steffan Rhodri portrays him in the film adaptation of Deathly Hallows.
Dirk Cresswell Muggle-born, member of the Slug Club during his time as Hogwarts student. He was Head of the Goblin Liaison Office until Albert Runcorn exposed his falsification of his family tree and caused him to be sent to Azkaban. However, he escaped, but eventually was killed by Snatchers along with Ted Tonks and Gornuk the goblin .
Amos Diggory Father of Cedric Diggory . Works in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Unlike his son, who is quite modest , Amos constantly boasts of his son's accomplishments and reminds Harry at every opportunity that Cedric beat him at Quidditch. In the film version of Goblet of Fire, he is more amicable and was portrayed by Jeff Rawle .
Madam Edgecombe Works in the Department of Magical Transportation, Floo Network office. She helped Dolores Umbridge to police Hogwarts fireplaces. She is the mother of Marietta Edgecombe , the Ravenclaw who betrayed Dumbledore\'s Army to Umbridge.
Mafalda Hopkirk Works in the Improper Use of Magic Office in the Ministry, and is responsible for sending out warnings when magic by the underaged is detected. In the beginning of the fifth book and movie, Harry receives a Howler with a subpoena to the hearing, written and narrated by Hopkirk. Hermione uses some of her hair to impersonate her and enter the Ministry, and gets close to Umbridge prior to their stealing of Slytherin's locket. Her voice is portrayed by Jessica Hynes in the film version of Order of the Phoenix, but in Deathly Hallows, she is played physically by Sophie Thompson .
Griselda Marchbanks An elder witch who resigned from the Wizengamot and was already working for the Wizarding Examinations Authority in Dumbledore's time as student. Marchbanks personally examines Harry and some of the students of his year when they sit for their O.W.L.s.
Bob Ogden Dumbledore uses one of Ogden's memories to show Harry the background of the House of Gaunt, Voldemort's maternal family. Ogden worked as a Magical Law Enforcer and was Head of the Magical Law Enforcement Squad before he died.
Tiberius Ogden Though never explicitly introduced, Ogden is mentioned several times in the fifth instalment as a staunch ally of Dumbledore in the face of the headmaster's growing unpopularity. As a result, allegations (probably invented) are made against him, claiming he is involved in goblin riots. A member of the Wizengamot until he resigns to show solidarity with Dumbledore.
Perkins A friend of Mr Weasley who lends him and the Weasleys his tent during the Quidditch World Cup. Harry, Ron and Hermione use the same tent in the final book during their search for Horcruxes.
Albert Runcorn While his allegiance is never made explicit, it is implied that he is a supporter of the Death Eaters . In a discussion with Arthur Weasley , he is revealed to have discovered the falsified genealogy for Dirk Cresswell. Harry uses some of his hair to impersonate him to enter into the Ministry to steal Slytherin's locket. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 , he is played by David O\'Hara .
Newt Scamander A retired Ministry official who worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures . He is the author of the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them . In the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them , he is played by Eddie Redmayne .
Wilkie Twycross A Ministry teacher who teaches sixth year students how to apparate; notable for his three Ds: determination, destination and deliberation. Due to the difficulty of apparition, the three Ds give him various nicknames from students, such as Dog-breath -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">
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