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What was peculiar about Harry's hearing being before the Wizengamot?

In the film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), during a discussion at number 12 Grimmauld Place, we can see Arthur Weasley reading a document with the logo of the Ministry of Magic. ...
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Why didn't the Ministry of Magic use their apparition tracking more efficiently?

J.K. Rowling said that the Ministry of Magic had their way of tracking apparition back in a 2000 interview. Question: How does the wizarding world protect Muggle banks and vaults, etc. from wizards ...
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Why did Death Eaters try to stun Harry in the circular hallway, even though he had the prophecy?

Here is the paragraph from the book: "There they are!" she shrieked. Stunning Spells shot across the room: Harry smashed his way through the door ahead, flung Ron unceremoniously from him ...
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Did the Ministry of Magic ever employ muggles?

Do we know if the Ministry ever employed Muggles to do anything, either on a contract or part time basis? I am talking about actual paid work, where the Muggle may or may not know he is working for ...
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Why was the British Ministry of Magic so careless with the Time-Turners?

As we see in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley, and Luna Lovegood could penetrate the Time Room in the interior ...
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Who is Dumbledore calling the "wrong man" when he accuses Fudge?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, at the end of the climax in the Ministry, Dumbledore tells the shocked Cornelius Fudge: "Cornelius, I am ready to fight your men - and win again!&...
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Isn't Merlin in the Harry Potter Universe a half-Muggle? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter universe, Merlin is well regarded as arguably the Grand-Daddy Poobah of Wizards, having a number of honors named after him, including chocolate frog cards. There are a lot of ...
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Why didn't the Dementors attack Umbridge after she was incapacitated?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the main characters infiltrated the Ministry and attacked Umbridge and Yaxley in the end. Both were near to Dementors and after being stunned the Dementors ...
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Why didn't the Ministry perform Legilimens on Harry Potter? [duplicate]

Why was the Ministry just questioning Harry in part 5 about the Dementors instead of trying Legilimens, as the Dementors were also shown in the movie when Snape performed the same on Harry?
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Before the return of Voldemort, were there fewer Muggle-borns in the Ministry of Magic than would be expected? Do we have enough data to know?

In The Deathly Hallows, we see the Muggle-Born Registration Commission at work. The Ministry has issued an invitation to every so-called Muggle-born to present themselves for interview by the newly ...
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If The Ministry has the power to detect what specific spells have been used, how didn't they know that Morfin's memory had been edited?

Chapter 17 of Half-Blood Prince gives us this explanation for how Morfin Gaunt was framed for the murder of the Riddle family: Voldemort Stupefied his uncle, took his wand, and proceeded across the ...
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How are Ministers of Magic voted out by no-confidence?

Do all the Heads of Departments come together and vote? Or does the Wizengamot vote? Or is it a public vote? Or is it a vote by the Lords of Houses, as in Lord Potter, Lord Malfoy etc? I know that ...
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In Harry Potter, what is the name of the "cool female voice" that speaks at the Ministry telephone booth/the Ministry lift?

In Harry Potter, a "cool female voice" speaks in the visitors' telephone booth/the lift at the Ministry. Is the name of the person who speaks in the booth specified or confirmed?
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Why didn't the Ministry of Magic investigate the killing of Dumbledore?

Dumbledore planned his death by Snape killing him so that the Dark Lord will trust the Potions Master. In the Half-Blood Prince, The Ministry of Magic accepts that Voldemort is back. Hence, the former ...
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What was Amos Diggory's job at the Ministry?

In the Goblet of Fire we see Arthur talk about how Amos works with him at the Ministry. Does this mean that he works in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts office as well?
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Magic in front of Muggles

Obviously I know that doing magic in front of Muggles is against the wizard laws. But let’s say you have a wizard who is married to a Muggle. The Muggle is aware that magic exists due to having a ...
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Were the group sent to bring Harry to headquarters authorized by the Ministry in the Order of the Phoenix?

In the Order of the Phoenix, a group of Order members bring Harry from the Dursleys’ to Grimmauld Place. Were they authorized by the Ministry to do so, or were they acting behind the Ministry’s back?
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How many aurors guarded Hogwarts in Harry Potter's 6th year?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, it was mentioned that the Ministry for Magic offered protection to Hogwarts by placing more counter-curses, anti-intruder jinxes and a small task force on ...
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What did Rufus Scrimgeour do differently when he became the Minister for Magic compared to Cornelius Fudge?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, it was mentioned that Rufus Scrimgeour succeeded Fudge to be the new Minister for Magic. Is Scrimgeour a more proactive Minister when fighting Voldemort and ...
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Are there any regulations for using offensive (though legal) spells?

There are only three Unforgivable Curses that are punishable. It seems that all the other spells can be freely used in any situation (until someone actually killed I guess). There seem to be no ...
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In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, what did the Ministry do to increase the security at Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, what did the Ministry do to increase the protection around Hogwarts, apart from stationing Aurors at Hogwarts?
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What actually happened during the silent coup at the Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it was said that on 1st August 1997, Voldemort and Death Eaters took over the Ministry of Magic, and killed Rufus Scrimgeour. What happened exactly on that ...
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How did Voldemort infiltrate the Ministry so easily in Deathly Hallows? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, it was said that Rufus Scrimgeour took over Fudge to become the Minister for Magic. Also, Dumbledore stated that he is a more proactive and decisive ...
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What happened to Pius Thicknesse after his misfortunate term as the Minister?

From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Pottermore, we know that Pius Thicknesse has been sacked and replaced by Kingsley Shacklebolt, who made a successful Minister of Magic. But what happened ...
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How was the Auror Office compromised in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

As I know, the Aurors are trained to fight and capture Dark wizards... If they guard Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, how come the Auror Office was compromised over the summer ...
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Why did Kingsley Shacklebolt replace Pius Thicknesse as the Minister for Magic after the war?

After the end of the second wizarding war (ultimate defeat of Lord Voldemort), why was Kingsley named the new Minister for Magic? I recall that Pius Thicknesse was the Minister for Magic in book 7? ...
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Why didn’t the Aurors try to rescue Rufus Scrimgeour?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, why didn't the Aurors in the Ministry go and rescue Rufus Scrimgeour when he was captured by Voldemort at the Ministry? Clearly the Aurors can throw off the ...
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Can a non-Briton become Minister of Magic? [duplicate]

An online quiz told my sister she would be best suited to the profession of Minister of Magic. The only problem I saw with that is that she is not British (she is American). I am not aware of anything ...
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Why are the Dementors loyal to anyone other than themselves?

During the first five Harry Potter books the Dementors were (notionally, at least) loyal to the Ministry of Magic. There's the odd occasion when they indulge their carnal desire to suck out the souls ...
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In Deathly Hallows, did the Weasleys go into hiding?

I don't know if this is in the books, but it has always not made sense to me. During the war, shouldn't the Weasleys have gone underground because Arthur was stamped a blood traitor in Umbridge's ...
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Was Albus Dumbledore the member of the Wizengamot during the late 1920s?

According to Pottermore the second installation of the Fantastic Beasts franchise is set in 1927: It is set straight after the first film The film takes place in 1927, just a few months after ...
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Why did the Minister of Magic execute Dumbledore's will?

After Dumbledore dies, his will is executed by the Minister of Magic. In other words, the Minister delivers the objects that Dumbledore had bequeathed to Harry, Hermione, and Ron. If I'm not mistaken,...
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Why was Dolores Umbridge not arrested after the end of Harry's fifth year?

Dolores Umbridge sent two Dementors to kiss Harry Potter illegally. She used a Blood Quill — a dark artifact — on at least two students — Harry and Lee Jordan. She was planning to use the Cruciatus — ...
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Why did Rufus Scrimgeour not make efforts to remove Dementors from Azkaban as soon as he took over from Fudge?

By the time Scrimgeour took over as Minister, the Dementors had long-since changed their allegiance to Voldemort. During the events of Book 5, we see a large scale break-out of Death Eaters from ...
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How come the Ministry of Magic's detection of magic usage is inconsistent?

In the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Hagrid scares the Dursleys by using magic to put a tail on Dudley, apparently without any consequences from the MoM. But in Order Of the Phoenix, Harry ...
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What did Dumbledore tell everyone about Quirrell's death?

I suppose Dumbledore (or someone else) had to state out the cause of Quirrell's death to the Ministry. Since no one has publicly claimed Voldemort has returned until the death of Cedric Diggory three ...
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For what purpose was there a Man-strangling brain in the Department of Mysteries?

Whilst in the Department of Mysteries... “Honest, Harry, they’re brains — look — Accio Brain!” The scene seemed momentarily frozen. Harry, Ginny, and Neville and each of the Death Eaters ...
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Why was Dawlish not fired as an Auror, given his incompetence?

The Aurors are supposed to be the elite. The creme de la creme. The best of the best. The Ministry's finest fighting forces. Their answer to MI5. Professor McGonagall outlines the high grades which ...
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Were the Unforgivable Curses legalized during the Battle of Hogwarts or prior to that?

Were the Unforgivable Curses legalized during the Battle of Hogwarts or was it legalized when the Ministry of Magic fell against Voldemort?
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Do wizards pay income tax to the Ministry of Magic?

If a wizard was working for the Ministry of Magic (i.e. Auror, official), would they have to pay income tax along with the money that they earn from the Ministry of Magic just like Muggles do with the ...
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What defensive protections (if any) does the Department of Mysteries have?

We know that the Department of Mysteries is one of the most secretive and dangerous departments in the Ministry of Magic. People who work there are sworn to secrecy and known as Unspeakables. You'd ...
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How did Perkins find out that the time of Harry's trial had changed?

Harry and Mr Weasley only find out about the change in the time of Harry's hearing because of Perkins, who works in Mr Weasley's office. Their conversation gives the impression that it was pure ...
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Do people who work at the Ministry of Magic know all their colleagues by name?

The Ministry of Magic seems a really friendly place to work. It's like everyone there knows you on a first-name basis. Consider Arthur Weasley's encyclopedic knowledge of his fellow Ministry employees ...
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Was the Fountain of Magical Brethren remade?

Was the Fountain of Magical Brethren remade after the fight between Voldemort and Dumbledore at the end of Order of the Phoenix, before it was changed for the Magic is Might statue of wizards sitting ...
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What forms of government are there in the Harry Potter series?

In the Harry Potter series there are many references to forms of government. In Britain there is a ministry of magic, a minister of magic, who talks to the muggle Prime Minister when necessary, ...
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How long do you have to wait before the Ministry of Magic will let you disclose you're a witch or wizard without consequence?

In the Harry Potter universe, if you're dating a Muggle, how long do you have to wait before the Ministry of Magic will let you disclose you're a witch or wizard without consequence? Follow up, ...
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What was the Ludicrous Patents Office?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, one of the departments in the Ministry of Magic referred to is the "Ludicrous Patents Office". “Level seven, Department of Magical Games and Sports, ...
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What exactly would the Aurors have done with spirit-Voldemort?

We have it from Voldemort that the Ministry of Magic sent teams of Aurors abroad to look for him after his demise at Godric's Hollow. "I could possess the bodies of others. But I dared not go where ...
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Why couldn't Dudley testify at Harry's hearing?

Dumbledore says this before Mrs Figg enters the courtroom: Dumbledore cleared his throat. The Wizengamot fell silent again. "We do, in fact, have a witness to the presence of dementors in that ...
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How did the Stupefied Yaxley manage to get up to the Ministry lobby so quickly?

In The Deathly Hallows, Harry hits Yaxley with a Stunning Spell in the Ministry of Magic. Yaxley, confused, looked around for the source of the trouble and saw Harry's disembodied hand and wand ...
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