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It's not, by its own admission, a Government in its own right, but just a ministry:

(in certain countries) a government department headed by a minister.
"the Ministry of Defence" synonyms: government department, department, bureau, agency, office
"the ministry for foreign affairs"
~ Google

Did JKR intend to make the MoM part of the British Government? Or is this a mistake of language?

I do recognise that the Muggle PM in the later books does not recognise Scrimgeour, but I don't find this conclusive (Wizards could be classified above the PM, or just be on a Need to Know basis)

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    No. The British government can barely manage to run itself in the mundane, muggle world. If it had any oversight or relationship with the Ministry of Magic we'd all be dead. – TZHX May 27 '15 at 20:15
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No. Absolutely not.

I see no reason to presume that the Ministry of Magic is anything other than a wholly separate government, one that possesses its own Executive, Legislative and Judicial functions along with its own currency, international policy, etc etc.

If I can quote from the pottermore article on the Ministry of Magic:

The Muggle Prime Minister has no part in appointing the Minister for Magic, whose election is a matter only for the magical community themselves. All matters relating to the magical community in Britain are managed solely by the Minister for Magic, and he has sole jurisdiction over his Ministry. Emergency visits to the Muggle Prime Minister by the Minister for Magic are announced by a portrait of Ulick Gamp (first Minister for Magic) that hangs in the Muggle Prime Minister's study in number 10 Downing Street.

Since in the UK, all authority ultimately flows from the Queen, any organisation that doesn't fall within her jurisdiction is by definition not part of the UK government.

  • Your comment about the Queen make this sounds technically correct. The best kind of correct. – AncientSwordRage May 27 '15 at 20:37
  • But why does the MfM need to visit the PM if his Ministry isn't part of the government? – Rand al'Thor May 27 '15 at 21:00
  • @randal'thor - To quote from the same article; "This is perhaps due to a feeling, on the part of wizards, that unless they are seen to manage themselves competently, the Muggles might try to interfere.". I'm assuming the visits are a courtesy call and to stop the muggle PM from making it a priority to kill those pesky wizards. – Valorum May 27 '15 at 21:05
  • ah that would be interesting if the royal family knew about the existence of magic, i bet they would have had dealings with wizards prior to parliament being set up . – Himarm May 27 '15 at 22:00
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    @maguirenumber6 - It's not clear. There are other Gamps mentioned in the text; harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Gamp – Valorum Mar 31 '17 at 21:24

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