History Characters / HarryPotterMinistryOfMagic

14th Jun '16 3:57:49 PM Scabbard
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* HateSink: While the Dark Lord is in the shadows for most of the book, working on his latest plot, Dolores Umbridge serves as the most seen antagonist in ''The Order of the Phoenix'', acting as a personification of all of the Ministry of Magic's negative qualities multiplied by a hundred. She's pretty much superfluous to the plot, but her [[SmugSnake smugness]], [[FantasticRacism racism]], [[EvilIsPetty pettiness]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat banality]], [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections abuse of power]], and [[{{Sadist}} cruelty]] are so disgusting and believable that Umbridge is often hated more than [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]] himself. Hell, even Voldemort had some sort of FreudianExcuse and is a little too over-the-top to be someone you'd see in real life. Umbridge, on the other hand? She's every SadistTeacher, every ObstructiveBureaucrat, every spiteful, nagging, harpy you've ever met, and your blood absolutely boils and seethes at her every sickly-sweet word because you ''know'' people like her really exist; you may have even met one. She's been compared to --ASongofIceandFire Joffrey Baratheon]] in this regard.

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* HateSink: While the Dark Lord is in the shadows for most of the book, working on his latest plot, Dolores Umbridge serves as the most seen antagonist in ''The Order of the Phoenix'', acting as a personification of all of the Ministry of Magic's negative qualities multiplied by a hundred. She's pretty much superfluous to the plot, but her [[SmugSnake smugness]], [[FantasticRacism racism]], [[EvilIsPetty pettiness]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat banality]], [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections abuse of power]], and [[{{Sadist}} cruelty]] are so disgusting and believable that Umbridge is often hated more than [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]] himself. Hell, even Voldemort had some sort of FreudianExcuse and is a little too over-the-top to be someone you'd see in real life. Umbridge, on the other hand? She's every SadistTeacher, every ObstructiveBureaucrat, every spiteful, nagging, harpy you've ever met, and your blood absolutely boils and seethes at her every sickly-sweet word because you ''know'' people like her really exist; you may have even met one. She's been compared to --ASongofIceandFire [[ASongofIceandFire Joffrey Baratheon]] in this regard.
14th Jun '16 3:57:04 PM Scabbard
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* HateSink: While the Dark Lord is in the shadows for most of the book, working on his latest plot, Dolores Umbridge serves as the most seen antagonist in ''The Order of the Phoenix'', acting as a personification of all of the Ministry of Magic's negative qualities multiplied by a hundred. She's pretty much superfluous to the plot, but her [[SmugSnake smugness]], [[FantasticRacism racism]], [[EvilIsPetty pettiness]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat banality]], [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections abuse of power]], and [[{{Sadist}} cruelty]] are so disgusting and believable that Umbridge is often hated more than [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]] himself. Hell, even Voldemort had some sort of FreudianExcuse and is a little too over-the-top to be someone you'd see in real life. Umbridge, on the other hand? She's every SadistTeacher, every ObstructiveBureaucrat, every spiteful, nagging, harpy you've ever met, and your blood absolutely boils and seethes at her every sickly-sweet word because you ''know'' people like her really exist; you may have even met one. She's been compared to Joffrey Baratheon in this regard.

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* HateSink: While the Dark Lord is in the shadows for most of the book, working on his latest plot, Dolores Umbridge serves as the most seen antagonist in ''The Order of the Phoenix'', acting as a personification of all of the Ministry of Magic's negative qualities multiplied by a hundred. She's pretty much superfluous to the plot, but her [[SmugSnake smugness]], [[FantasticRacism racism]], [[EvilIsPetty pettiness]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat banality]], [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections abuse of power]], and [[{{Sadist}} cruelty]] are so disgusting and believable that Umbridge is often hated more than [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]] himself. Hell, even Voldemort had some sort of FreudianExcuse and is a little too over-the-top to be someone you'd see in real life. Umbridge, on the other hand? She's every SadistTeacher, every ObstructiveBureaucrat, every spiteful, nagging, harpy you've ever met, and your blood absolutely boils and seethes at her every sickly-sweet word because you ''know'' people like her really exist; you may have even met one. She's been compared to --ASongofIceandFire Joffrey Baratheon Baratheon]] in this regard.
7th Jun '16 2:46:05 PM TheNerfGuy
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* XMeetsY: Creator/StephenKing describes her as a cross between MargaretThatcher and [[KeepingUpAppearances Hyacinth Bucket]]. Shudder.
** Which is weird when you consider Thatcher's usually [[TheSnarkKnight blunt]] demeanor.
*** Some critics have likened her to [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] meets [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]].
*** Others have described her as [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Ramsay Bolton]] meets [[Videogame/BioshockInfinite Father Comstock]].



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: It's implied that his swift incarceration of Death Eater suspects ultimately helped Voldemort gain more followers by placing the innocent suspects under the Imperius curse while busting his real followers out of Azkaban. Stan Shunpike, who was wrongfully incarcerated by Scrimgeour, turns up on the Death Eaters' side during the Battle of the Seven Potters, seemingly under a spell. Given that he was originally arrested for some joke he made at a bar, it seems unlikely he was already under the curse when Scrimgeour had him arrested.
** Harry never really like the man, but might not have hated him so intensely if he hadn't let slip that Dolores Umbridge was ''still'' working at the Ministry, in a high posting, after the all the abuse Harry had suffered at her hands, and all the damage she had caused at Hogwarts. After learning this, Harry turns immediately cold to him, and is adamantly against him [[spoiler: until he learned Scrimgeour died trying to protect him from Voldemort.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: NiceJobBreakingItHero:
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It's implied that his swift incarceration of Death Eater suspects ultimately helped Voldemort gain more followers by placing the innocent suspects under the Imperius curse while busting his real followers out of Azkaban. Stan Shunpike, who was wrongfully incarcerated by Scrimgeour, turns up on the Death Eaters' side during the Battle of the Seven Potters, seemingly under a spell. Given that he was originally arrested for some joke he made at a bar, it seems unlikely he was already under the curse when Scrimgeour had him arrested.
** Harry never really like the man, but might not have hated him so intensely if he hadn't let slip that Dolores Umbridge was ''still'' working at the Ministry, in a high posting, after the all the abuse Harry had suffered at her hands, and all the damage she had caused at Hogwarts. After learning this, Harry turns immediately cold to him, and is adamantly against him [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until he learned Scrimgeour died trying to protect him from Voldemort.]]



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Harry reacts to his death by realizing that, although he never liked Scrimgeour and the feeling was mutual, the last act of the Minister's life was likely protecting him from Voldemort.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Harry Harry reacts to his death by realizing [[spoiler:realizing that, although he never liked Scrimgeour and the feeling was mutual, the last act of the Minister's life was likely protecting him from Voldemort.]]
29th May '16 8:02:17 PM KamenRiderKrypton
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: If Fudge was actually honest about what Harry and Dumbledore were saying, then Voldemort wouldn't have had his NearVillianVictory and the body count in the last two books would have been ''much'' lower.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: If Fudge was actually honest about what Harry and Dumbledore were saying, then Voldemort wouldn't have had his NearVillianVictory NearVillainVictory and the body count in the last two books would have been ''much'' lower.
19th May '16 6:07:34 AM NightShade96
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* DarkHorseVictory: It's implied that his initial election as Minister of Magic was this, with the two most popular candidates being Dumbledore (who refused to run for office despite widespread urging) and Barty Crouch Sr. (who suffered an unexpected drop in popularity after sentencing his own son to Azkaban).

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* DarkHorseVictory: It's implied that his initial election as Minister of Magic was this, with the two most popular candidates being Dumbledore (who refused to run for office despite widespread urging) and Barty Crouch Sr. Sr (who suffered an unexpected drop in popularity after sentencing his own son to Azkaban).



* EveryoneHasStandards: As per Umbridge, Fudge would never have tolerated her decisions to send Dementors after Harry (even if he could use the incident to try and expel him) or allow her to use Cruciatus curse for torture.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: As per Umbridge, Fudge would never have tolerated her decisions to send Dementors after Harry (even if he could use the incident to try and expel him) or allow allowed her to use the Cruciatus curse for torture.



* LaserGuidedKarma: Fudge spent an entire year denying that Voldemort was back, and set up an entire smear campaign against Harry, Dumbledore, and their supporters. Once it turns out that Voldemort really did return, all of the slander he aimed at his "enemies" turned around and bit him in the ass '''''HARD'''''. He's fired in disgrace, his reputation is destroyed, and he's going down in history as one of the worst Ministers of Magic ever. And the community that he was trying to protect was nearly destroyed thanks to his denial.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Fudge spent an entire year denying that Voldemort was back, and set up an entire smear campaign against Harry, Dumbledore, and their supporters. Once it turns out that Voldemort really did return, had returned, all of the slander he aimed at his "enemies" turned around and bit him in the ass '''''HARD'''''. He's fired in disgrace, his reputation is destroyed, and he's going down in history as one of the worst Ministers of Magic ever. And ever, and the community that he was trying to protect was nearly destroyed thanks to his denial.



** Turns out that denying that a psycho terrorist is back and then slandering the people that actually notice isn't going to make you look good in the eyes of the public when the truth spills out. And that begging the people ''who you spent an entire year making the victims of a smear campaign'' for help to keep your job isn't going to get you much sympathy or support from them. Harry was incredulous that Fudge thought that he could actually get his support after everything that happened.

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** Turns out that denying that a psycho terrorist is back and then slandering the people that actually notice isn't going to make you look good in the eyes of the public when the truth spills out. And out, and that begging the people ''who you spent an entire year making the victims of a smear campaign'' for help to keep your job isn't going to get you much sympathy or support from them. Harry was incredulous that Fudge thought that he could actually get his support after everything that happened.



* AdultFear: What makes Umbridge more terrifying and hated than Voldemort itself: she is essentially a walking embodiment of incompetent, cruel and corrupt authority figures everywhere. It's very unlikely that a regular person would be unlucky enough to cross paths with someone like Voldemort. However, unless you live a ''very'' charmed life, you have met or ''will'' meet someone like Umbridge, whether it's a [[SadistTeacher teacher]], a [[BadBoss boss]] or your government.

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* AdultFear: What makes Umbridge more terrifying and hated than Voldemort itself: himself: she is essentially a walking embodiment of incompetent, cruel and corrupt authority figures everywhere. It's very unlikely that a regular person would be unlucky enough to cross paths with someone like Voldemort. However, unless you live a ''very'' charmed life, you have met or ''will'' meet someone like Umbridge, whether it's a [[SadistTeacher teacher]], a [[BadBoss boss]] or your government.



* CardCarryingVillain: Subverted. Though one of the worst villains in the series, she also is one of the most realistic.

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* CardCarryingVillain: Subverted. Though one of the worst villains in the series, she is also is one of the most realistic.



---> '''Snape:''' Unless you wish to poison Potter--[[TakeThat and I would be in the greatest possible sympathy with you if you did]]--I cannot help you.

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---> '''Snape:''' Unless you wish to poison Potter--[[TakeThat Potter -- [[TakeThat and I would be in the greatest possible sympathy with you if you did]]--I cannot help you.



** Actually not that much, as she was send to Askaban for her crimes after the Events in Deadly Hallows.

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** Actually not that much, as she was send sent to Askaban Azkaban for her crimes after the Events in events of Deadly Hallows.



** Voldemort: Wizard supremacists who hid their half-blood parentage (Voldemort killed his relatives; Umbridge's mother "melted back into the Muggle world" with her son after leaving Mr. Umbridge who blamed their son's powerlessness on her, which seems to be where Dolores got the idea that Muggle-borns steal magic) and have horrendous ideas about what to do with Muggles
** Percy Weasley: Ambitious children of Ministry of Magic worker fathers who are described as "unambitious" (Mr. Umbridge was a janitor who never got a raise or a promotion and didn't seem to care about it) and do their best to rise above their fathers' reputations and their embarrassing families (after he retires Dolores basically bribes her father with a nice cottage to stay out of her life forever)

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** Voldemort: Wizard supremacists who hid their half-blood parentage (Voldemort killed his relatives; Umbridge's mother "melted back into the Muggle world" with her son after leaving Mr. Umbridge who blamed their son's powerlessness on her, which seems to be where Dolores got the idea that Muggle-borns steal magic) and have horrendous ideas about what to do with Muggles
Muggles.
** Percy Weasley: Ambitious children of Ministry of Magic worker fathers who are described as "unambitious" (Mr. Umbridge was a janitor who never got a raise or a promotion and didn't seem to care about it) and do their best to rise above their fathers' reputations and their embarrassing families (after he retires Dolores basically bribes her father with a nice cottage to stay out of her life forever)forever).



* JerkassHasAPoint: Several instances that arguably makes her more annoying like firing an incompetent teacher or pointing out that practicing magic in class might be dangerous as her predecessor used forbidden curses on students. [[spoiler: That being said [[{{Hypocrite}} She later considers to use the cruciatus spell on Harry.]]]]

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Several instances that arguably makes her more annoying like firing an incompetent teacher or pointing out that practicing magic in class might be dangerous as her predecessor used forbidden curses on students. [[spoiler: That being said said, [[{{Hypocrite}} She she later considers decides to use the cruciatus Cruciatus spell on Harry.]]]]



** Subverted in The Deathly Hallows. In the movie, she is left at the mercy of Dementors she would use on muggle-born and half-blood wizards. And Word Of God confirms that after the war, she was sent to Azkaban for the rest of her life…though regrettably, that was after they banished the Dementors from the place.

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** Subverted in The Deathly Hallows. In the movie, she is left at the mercy of Dementors she would use on muggle-born and half-blood wizards. And Word Of God confirms that after the war, she was sent to Azkaban for the rest of her life…though life… though regrettably, that was after they banished the Dementors from the place.



* TheSociopath: Moreso in the films. When you take away all of the sugary sweetness, this is what lurks at the core of her being. She has a staggering LackOfEmpathy for the victims of her cruelty, which is to say ''anyone'' put under her jurisdiction, is positively gleeful at the prospect of using ColdBloodedTorture ForTheEvulz, and when she's put under sentencing muggle-burns and half-bloods, she uses the time to toy with and throw away their lives with the same happy-go-lucky attitude as a particularly sadistic child burning ants under a magnifying glass.

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* TheSociopath: Moreso More so in the films. When you take away all of the sugary sweetness, this is what lurks at the core of her being. She has a staggering LackOfEmpathy for the victims of her cruelty, which is to say ''anyone'' put under her jurisdiction, is positively gleeful at the prospect of using ColdBloodedTorture ForTheEvulz, and when she's put under sentencing muggle-burns Muggle-borns and half-bloods, she uses the time to toy with and throw away their lives with the same happy-go-lucky attitude as a particularly sadistic child burning ants under a magnifying glass.



* TooDumbToLive: Surrounded by centaurs aiming arrows at you...and you ''still'' insult them for being ''"[[FantasticRacism filthy half-breeds]]"''? Dumbledore has to personally bail her out of that one, and she's not even grateful for it in the slightest!

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* TooDumbToLive: Surrounded by centaurs aiming arrows at you... and you ''still'' insult them for being ''"[[FantasticRacism filthy half-breeds]]"''? Dumbledore has to personally bail her out of that one, and she's not even grateful for it in the slightest!



* YouAreWhatYouHate: Despises half-bloods and Muggles, her mother is a muggle and her brother is a squib.

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* YouAreWhatYouHate: Despises half-bloods and Muggles, her mother is a muggle Muggle and her brother is a squib.



* KnightTemplar: Like Crouch before him, his methods of battling Voldemort lead him to cause his own kind of trouble for the Wizarding World.



* KnightTemplar: Like Crouch before him, his methods of battling Voldemort lead him to cause his own kind of trouble for the Wizarding World.



* ButtMonkey: Much like Ron, Percy finds himself to be the butt of jokes from his siblings. [[AllLovingHero Even Harry]] finds a hard time finding redeeming qualities in him.

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* ButtMonkey: Much like Ron, Percy finds himself to be the butt of jokes from his siblings. [[AllLovingHero Even Harry]] finds has a hard time finding redeeming qualities in him.
18th May '16 11:42:10 PM trixus
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* AssholeVictim

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* AssholeVictimAssholeVictim: It's not clear what the centaurs did to her but no one seems to cry over it. After all she is torturing children.
16th May '16 1:30:15 AM NightShade96
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* AdultFear: What makes Umbridge more terrifying and hated than Voldemort itself: she is essentially a walking embodiment of incompetent, cruel and corrupt authority figures everywhere. It's very unlikely that a regular person would be unlucky enough to cross paths with someone like Voldemort. However, unless you live a ''very'' charmed life, you with have or ''will'' meet someone like Umbridge, whether it's a [[SadistTeacher teacher]], a [[BadBoss boss]] or your government.

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* AdultFear: What makes Umbridge more terrifying and hated than Voldemort itself: she is essentially a walking embodiment of incompetent, cruel and corrupt authority figures everywhere. It's very unlikely that a regular person would be unlucky enough to cross paths with someone like Voldemort. However, unless you live a ''very'' charmed life, you with have met or ''will'' meet someone like Umbridge, whether it's a [[SadistTeacher teacher]], a [[BadBoss boss]] or your government.
13th May '16 3:21:08 PM Ilya_Rysenkov
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RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Harry reacts to his death by realizing that, although he never liked Scrimgeour and the feeling was mutual, the last act of the Minister's life was likely protecting him from Voldemort.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Harry reacts to his death by realizing that, although he never liked Scrimgeour and the feeling was mutual, the last act of the Minister's life was likely protecting him from Voldemort.]]
7th May '16 6:19:47 PM creader
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[[folder:Cornelius Fudge]]
!!Cornelius Oswald Fudge

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[[folder:Cornelius Fudge]]
!!Cornelius
Oswald FudgeFudge]]



* IRejectYourReality: His response to claims that Voldemort returned. Averted, when he finally sees Voldemort face-to-face at the end of "Order of the Phoenix", he immediately faces up to his failure and defers to Dumbledore, though the fact that it happened in public kind of left him with no room to save face.



* IRejectYourReality: His response to claims that Voldemort returned. Averted, when he finally sees Voldemort face-to-face at the end of "Order of the Phoenix", he immediately faces up to his failure and defers to Dumbledore, though the fact that it happened in public kind of left him with no room to save face.



* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Our Ministers Are Different]]: Starts off as Minister Buffoon and Minister Focus Group, but becomes Minister Corrupt/Scheming.

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* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Our Ministers Are Different]]: OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Starts off as Minister Buffoon and Minister Focus Group, but becomes Minister Corrupt/Scheming.



[[folder:Barty Crouch Sr.]]
!!Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Senior

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[[folder:Barty Crouch Sr.]]
!!Bartemius
[[folder:Bartemius "Barty" Crouch SeniorSenior]]



* HeelRealization: In his final appearance, he deliriously admits that everything from his son's fate, to Bertha Jorkins's disappearance, is his fault.



* HeelRealization: In his final appearance, he deliriously admits that everything from his son's fate, to Bertha Jorkins's disappearance, is his fault.



[[folder:Ludo Bagman]]
!!Ludovic "Ludo" Bagman

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[[folder:Ludo Bagman]]
!!Ludovic
[[folder:Ludovic "Ludo" BagmanBagman]]



[[folder:Dolores Umbridge]]
!!Dolores Jane Umbridge

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[[folder:Dolores Umbridge]]
!!Dolores
Jane UmbridgeUmbridge]]



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Umbridge [[BitchInSheepsClothing hides it a bit better]] than the Death Eaters, but she's honestly no better than them. By the final book, she [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope sky dives off the slippery slope]] and starts holding a KangarooCourt to persecute Muggleborn Wizards.
* AssholeVictim:

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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Umbridge [[BitchInSheepsClothing hides it a bit better]] than the Death Eaters, but she's honestly no better than them. By the final book, she [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope sky dives off the slippery slope]] and starts holding a KangarooCourt to persecute Muggleborn Wizards.
* AssholeVictim:
AssholeVictim



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Umbridge [[BitchInSheepsClothing hides it a bit better]] than the Death Eaters, but she's honestly no better than them. By the final book, she [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope sky dives off the slippery slope]] and starts holding a KangarooCourt to persecute Muggleborn Wizards.



!!Rufus Scrimgeour



* HeroicSacrifice / RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Harry reacts to his death by realizing that, although he never liked Scrimgeour and the feeling was mutual, the last act of the Minister's life was likely protecting him from Voldemort.]]



* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Our Ministers Are Different]]: Mostly Minister Iron, with a few traces of Minister Scheming and Minister Action.

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* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Our Ministers Are Different]]: OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Mostly Minister Iron, with a few traces of Minister Scheming and Minister Action.



RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Harry reacts to his death by realizing that, although he never liked Scrimgeour and the feeling was mutual, the last act of the Minister's life was likely protecting him from Voldemort.]]



[[folder:Percy Weasley]]
!!Percy Ignatius Weasley

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[[folder:Percy Weasley]]
!!Percy
Ignatius Weasley Weasley]]



* AngstComa[=/=]HeroicBSOD: Percy is visibly shaken by events in ''Chamber of Secrets''. The twins assume that Percy is upset that someone important (a Prefect) could be attacked, but it goes deeper than that. [[spoiler:His girlfriend, Penelope Clearwater, was one of the attack victims.]]

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* AngstComa[=/=]HeroicBSOD: AngstComa: Percy is visibly shaken by events in ''Chamber of Secrets''. The twins assume that Percy is upset that someone important (a Prefect) could be attacked, but it goes deeper than that. [[spoiler:His girlfriend, Penelope Clearwater, was one of the attack victims.]]



!!Pius Thicknesse



!!John Dawlish



!!Albert Runcorn



[[folder:Reg Cattermole]]
!!Reginald "Reg" Cattermole

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[[folder:Reg Cattermole]]
!!Reginald
[[folder:Reginald "Reg" CattermoleCattermole]]



!!Mafalda Hopkirk



!!Bertha Jorkins



!!Amelia Bones
1st May '16 11:06:31 PM wusch
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** Actually not that much, as she was send to Askaban for her crimes after the Events in Deadly Hallows.
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