The Ministry of Magic This page has been updated for Book 7.

Departments

There are seven departments in the Ministry, with the Department of Magical Law Enforcement being the largest and all others more or less answering to it (except the Department of Mysteries) (FB).

Each Department has a level of Ministry Headquarters assigned to it, although Law Enforcement has not only level two but also the courtrooms of level ten (OP7).

NOTE: Several departments are mentioned in early canon -- the novels and the Daily Prophets -- which do not fit the hierarchy of the Ministry as detailed in later books.


Department of Magical Games and Sports

Heads:

Other personnel:

Main Offices

The Department's offices are located on Level Seven of Ministry of Magic Headquarters. Here you'll find not only the British and Irish Quidditch League Headquarters but also the Official Gobstones Club and the Ludicrous Patents Office (OP7).


Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes

Head: unknown

Other Personnel:

  • Fudge was a junior minister in this Department c. 1981 and was one of the first on the scene when Pettigrew attacked Sirius Black and killed a number of Muggles (PA10).
  • Arnold Peasegood, an Obliviator (GF7, DP)
  • Leonard Spencer-Moon, who served as wartime Minster for Magic during the Muggle Second World War, started his Ministry career as a tea-boy in this department (Pm: Ministers for Magic).

Main Offices: level three of Ministry of Magic Headquarters (OP7)


Department of International Magical Cooperation

Head: Barty Crouch senior (until 1995)

Other Personnel:

Main Offices: level five of Ministry of Magic Headquarters (OP7)

  • work with magical governments of other countries
  • sets standards for trade
  • creates regulations for things like cauldron thickness
  • worked with Department of Magical Games and Sports on the Triwizard Tournament

International Confederation of Wizards, British Seats

International Magical Office of Law

International Magical Trading Standards Body

This department was established by Artemisia Lufkin c. 1800. (Pm: Ministers for Magic)


Department of Magical Law Enforcement

Head: Amelia Bones until July 1996, Pius Thicknesse (until promoted to Minister of Magic in August 1997) (DH11)

Other Personnel:

Main Offices: level two of Ministry of Magic Headquarters (OP7)


Department of Magical Transportation (GF6)

Head: unknown

Other Personnel:

  • Basil, worked the Portkey terminus for the World Cup (GF7)
  • Madam Edgecombe, Floo Regulation

Main Offices: level six of Ministry of Magic Headquarters (OP7)


Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures (GF6, FB)

Head: unknown

Other Personnel:

  • Bob (who was carrying the fire-breathing chicken) (OP7)
  • Dirk Cresswell (HBP4)
  • Amos Diggory (GF9)
  • Cuthbert Mockridge (GF7)
  • Newt Scamander, 1915 - (FB)

Main Offices: level four of Ministry of Magic Headquarters (OP7)


Department of Mysteries

Head: unknown

Other Personnel:

  • Broderick Bode "Unspeakable" (GF7) (deceased January 1996 (OP25)
  • Professor Saul Croaker: "Unspeakable" (GF7, Pm)
  • Augustus Rookwood: spied for Voldemort (c. 1980) (GF30)

Main Offices: level nine of Ministry of Magic Headquarters (OP7)

  • corridor: bare walls, no windows or doors except a plain black door set at the end of the corridor (OP7)
  • opening at the end of the corridor near the door, opens to the left, down a flight of steps to the Wizengamot court chamber (OP7, OP8)

Miscellaneous Committees etc.
for which we don't know the department

Committee On Experimental Charms
Personnel: Gilbert Wimple (CS3, GF7)
Founded by Balfour Bane, who lived in the late 1500s-early 1600s.

Wizarding Examinations Authority
Personnel: headed by Griselda Marchbanks, includes Professor Tofty
Not sure if this is actually a Ministry organization, but since the Ministry clearly holds authority over Hogwarts it seems likely that this body is part of the Ministry of Magic. They administer the O.W.L. and N.E.W.T exams for students which are given in June every year. Members travel to Hogwarts and test individual students for the practical examinations. The theory portion of the O.W.L. test is proctored by Hogwarts staff members (Flitwick administered the Defence Against the Dark Arts exam twenty years ago, while McGonagall proctored the Charms O.W.L. for Harry's class).
(JKR, OP15, 31).

Invisibility Task-force

Responsible for hiding the giant Kelpie in Loch Ness from Muggle eyes (DP).

Primary editor: Steve Vander Ark
Original page date 20 November 2000; Last page update 29 November 2014 SVA