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The Ministry had kept the items Dumbledore left for inspection. Before actually giving out the items specified in Dumbledore’s will to the people they were supposed to be given to, the Ministry kept them to inspect them first. The Ministry could only legally keep the items for thirty-one days before having to pass them on if they couldn’t prove the objects ...


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Because there were more pressing issues at the time In the change of regimes that followed Fudge’s forced resignation, Dolores was able to slip back into her former position at the Ministry. The new Minister, Rufus Scrimgeour, had more immediate problems pressing in on him than Dolores Umbridge. Scrimgeour was later punished for this oversight, because ...


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JKR doesn't consider him to be incompetent: "Dawlish had to be good. He had to be good because he became an Auror. There's no denying that. But he has his weaknesses and Dumbledore knew how to exploit them. Let's face it. Anyone, anyone going up to Dumbledore pre-trying on the Horcrux, pre-maiming his hand, anyone is gonna be in trouble going up ...


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Per Pottermore, Pius Thicknesse was removed from office after it was discovered that he had been under the Imperius Curse for the whole time he'd been Minister for Magic. Shacklebolt then took over as a "caretaker" MfM (while the Death Eaters and Voldemort's other followers were being rounded up) and the subsequent election resulted in his being elected. ...


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When there was no battle for power over the Ministry, he was only defeated by Dumbledore. During the first three instances, Dawlish was up against Dumbledore. As you say in your question, there's no shame in being defeated by Dumbledore. The Ministry likely wouldn't consider failing while up against Dumbledore as a reason for demoting him, and almost ...


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From an out of universe perspective, it's inconsistent because it's used to advance the plot in certain situations, but would be an unnecessary distraction in others. However, from an in-universe perspective, we can address the two specific situations you mentioned. Dudley's tail in Philosopher's Stone The Ministry finds out about underage magic using The ...


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The size of the UK wizarding population is small. Estimates vary, but it generally believed to be in the range of 3000-15000. See: During the events of the Harry Potter series what is the total population of Wizards/Witches globally? (which discusses the UK population as well as the global population) That is, at most, the size of a small town, so the ...


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We don't know... It appears to be an office in the Ministry of Magic, but nobody knows what it actually does in canon. As far as I know (I searched), JKR has not said anything about this. The name could be an Easter Egg, and the office deals with patenting 'ludicrous' things. What is most likely As @user14111 mentioned in the comments, the word comes ...


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You asked, Why did the Minister of Magic execute Dumbledore's will? ... Wouldn't it have been more logical for Dumbledore's lawyer to execute the will? Your premise -- that Dumbledore could have appointed a person (possibly, but not necessarily, a lawyer) to serve as the executor of his Will -- seems plausible at first, but it's not supported by the ...


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The question deals with three scopes of government - the UK, the USA and internationally. I'll take each in turn. The UK Pottermore has a page on the UK Minister of Magic: The Minister for Magic is democratically elected, although there have been times of crisis in which the post has simply been offered to an individual without a public vote (Albus ...


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I think your first quote sums it up perfectly... Then you would be required to undergo a stringent series of character and aptitude tests at the Auror office. It's a difficult career path, Potter, they only take the best. In fact, I don't think anybody has been taken on in the last three years." To me this implies a vast labor shortage. They went from a ...


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It's not mentioned in the film, but in the source novel we learn that he works for the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Mr Weasley was shaking hands with a ruddy-faced wizard with a scrubby brown beard, who was holding a mouldy-looking old boot in his other hand. ‘This is Amos Diggory, everyone,’ said Mr Weasley. ‘Works ...


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I can't answer all the points in your question, but the Minister for Magic is absolutely an elected official (First question), at least if you take Xenophelius Lovegood as a reliable source. Whether it's an election by the public, by Sr. Ministry officials, or even the Wizengamot is unclear. Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, denied that he had ...


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They may have benefited from their victims being together. Both the Ministry of Magic and the Dark Lord stationed the Dementors at Azkaban, where the prisoners were all held captive and grouped together in one building. They couldn’t use magic, and they were unable to escape the Dementors or fight back. The atmosphere of Azkaban was beneficial to the ...


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Yes, it seems like it would be allowed. Muggles who marry wizards are allowed to know about the wizarding world. Seamus’s mother told his father after they married. “I’m half and half,’ said Seamus. ‘Me dad’s a Muggle. Mam didn’t tell him she was a witch ’til after they were married. Bit of a nasty shock for him.” - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's ...


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The Pottermore article (not by J. K. Rowling) suggests that the brains may have been used to study thoughts. All we've seen of the Department of Mysteries are snapshots – strange, enigmatic glimpses of a bigger picture. The most striking of which was a tank full of aggressive brains, swimming in green solution, trailed by deadly tendrils. It's implied ...


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The Trace is only enforced for students attending Hogwarts. Harry also didn't get into trouble for any of his accidental magic before he starts attending Hogwarts, like his hair magically growing back, or releasing the snake from its habitat. He's only restricted from using magic outside Hogwarts and in front of Muggles once he finds out from Hagrid that he'...


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I'd say that Dumbledore could've summoned Dudley but chose not to for a couple of reasons. Primarily, Dumbledore is aware of the substantial prejudice against Muggles that still exists in the wizarding world. This prejudice will not have diminished since Dumbledore was banished from the Wizengamot. Dudley's evidence would most likely have not counted for ...


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It’s unclear - but they might have to wait until intending to marry. We see a few Muggle-wizard couples in the books, like Seamus’s parents. We know in their case, he was only informed about magic after they were married. “I’m half and half,’ said Seamus. ‘Me dad’s a Muggle. Mam didn’t tell him she was a witch ’til after they were married. Bit of a nasty ...


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It was done in "defense" of Fudge. So it got through. They even didn't mean to have Crouch Jr. get kissed in the first place, but since Fudge was idiotic enough to have a Dementor as a body guard for his "protection", Crouch Jr. got kissed and in Fudge's eyes this was as a means of protection for himself. When in reality it was just the Dementor acting as ...


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The other answer is very good and explains clearly but I would add something else. There is not enough proof: There is no proof that Umbridge sent those Dementors. Of course you can always use Veritaserum. Blood quill and Veritaserum are not illegal. She has total control over school rules and she can bend them in any way she wants. They might be illegal ...


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From Pottermore: Kingsley Shacklebolt 1998 - present Oversaw the capture of Death Eaters and Voldemort supporters following the death of Lord Voldemort. Initially named as ‘caretaker Minister’, Shacklebolt was subsequently elected to the office. It is not uncommon after the end of a war for war heroes to be elevated to office, by appointment or ...


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No, they don’t seem to. The J.K. Rowling Pottermore writing on measurements states that wizards are not governed by the decisions of the Muggle government. While choices in measurements aren’t the type of laws that anyone would be prosecuted for not following, it likely applies to other laws as well. Just as British witches and wizards do not use ...


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Many wizards working in the ministry were put under the Imperius curse like for example Pius Thicknesse, the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement etc. , so that facilitated getting to the Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour. Scrimgeour was captured tortured by Voldemort for information on Harry's whereabouts, but when he refused to talk, he was ...


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It is safe to assume that Arthur Weasley has been working in the Ministry for 15+ years. So it is not that unbelievable that he knows lots of people in there. Another point is that most of the people working in the Ministry studied at Hogwarts so some of them studied together with Arthur. This is also a good place where he could know Amos Digory from since ...


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Most likely it is allowed. If we think about it, the danger of using magic in front of muggles is due to the risk of exposing the wizard community. As long as the muggle is already aware of the magic, their partner's and kid's abilities, I think it is safe to assume that such wizards are allowed to do magic in front of their significant ones (or other not ...


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They were never legalised. What changed in the era that Voldemort was in charge of the Ministry (through his puppet, Pius Thicknesse) was that the law was not properly enforced. The Unforgivable Curses were still illegal but the Ministry simply turned a blind eye. “What you’ve got to realize, Harry, is that the Death Eaters have got the full might of the ...


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We don't know but he could've been. The only information on the matter that I could find was the following extract from Rita Skeeter. Now approaching his eighteenth birthday, Dumbledore left Hogwarts in a blaze of glory - Head Boy, Prefect, Winner of the Barnabus Finkley Prize for Exceptional Spell-Casting, British Youth Representative to the Wizengamot, ...


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No, but wizards can be charged if they commit crimes with them. Only the Unforgivable Curses are specifically regulated by law, but that doesn’t mean wizards can commit crimes using other spells to escape punishment. The Unforgivable Curses are just the only three spells that simply using is enough to cause a life sentence in Azkaban. “Now … those three ...


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First: As the Dementor's Kiss is widely regarded as a fate worse than death, it would not be a sentence handed down often -- if at all -- in a society that is generally anti-capital punishment. By the Ministry, generally: Though we don't know much about sentencing guidelines for magical crimes, one of the things we do know is that even the three ...


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