History Characters / HarryPotterMinistryOfMagic

21st Feb '17 11:54:42 PM KingClark
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books and the illustrations, she's portrayed as resembling a large toad. In the movies, she looks like someone's young grandmother, which actually helps mask her foul demeanor even better by not making it as obvious at first glance.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books and the illustrations, she's portrayed as resembling a large toad. In the movies, she looks like someone's young grandmother, which actually helps mask her foul demeanor even better by not making it as obvious at first glance. See the difference [[https://images.moviepilot.com/images/c_limit,q_auto,w_710/umbridge-mash-up-read-j-k-rowling-s-newest-harry-potter-story-the-origins-of-dolores-umbridge-png-165288/read-j-k-rowling-s-newest-harry-potter-story-the-origins-of-dolores-umbridge.jpg here]].
21st Feb '17 2:22:20 PM DustSnitch
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* {{Pride}}: Rufus Scrimgeour's TragicFlaw is that he's too proud to ask for counsel.
20th Feb '17 8:41:06 PM DustSnitch
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* BigBadWannabe: Cornelius Fudge led the smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore, true enough, and he gave Umbridge all her powers as Inquisitor, but it all goes to hell once Voldemort returns ''in full view of the Ministry''. We learn in the next book that Fudge has to resign as Minister.
20th Feb '17 8:39:05 PM DustSnitch
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* ButtMonkey: Umbridge also serves as this thanks to the twins, Peeves, and a pack of centaurs hassling her, but she deserves every bit of it.
20th Feb '17 8:05:21 PM gjjones
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A high-ranking Ministry functionary and perhaps the most universally despised character in the series, Umbridge [[FauxAffablyEvil affects the mannerisms of a kindly old aunt or grandmother, but they're only a thin veneer that covers governmental corruption at its worst incarnate in one woman]]. Sent to Hogwarts by Cornelius Fudge to keep an eye on Dumbledore, Umbridge wasted no time in turning it into her own personal fiefdom, [[TyrantTakesTheHelm running the school as a sugar-coated dictator]]. She lost her post at the end of ''Order of the Phoenix'' but retained her Ministry job under Fudge's successors, [[KnightTemplar Scrimgeour]] and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Thicknesse]]. Umbridge is loyal only to the Ministry itself, no matter who runs it, and will gleefully uphold the status quo it lays down, no matter how horrible. The books make no mention of her final fate, but WordOfGod confirms that she was ultimately tried, convicted and sent to Azkaban.

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A high-ranking Ministry functionary and perhaps the most universally despised character in the series, Umbridge [[FauxAffablyEvil affects the mannerisms of a kindly old aunt or grandmother, but they're only a thin veneer that covers governmental corruption at its worst incarnate in one woman]]. Sent to Hogwarts by Cornelius Fudge to keep an eye on Dumbledore, Umbridge wasted no time in turning it into her own personal fiefdom, [[TyrantTakesTheHelm running the school as a sugar-coated dictator]]. She lost her post at the end of ''Order of the Phoenix'' but retained her Ministry job under Fudge's successors, [[KnightTemplar Scrimgeour]] and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Thicknesse]]. Umbridge is loyal only to the Ministry itself, no matter who runs it, and will gleefully uphold the status quo it lays down, no matter how horrible. The books make no mention of her final fate, but WordOfGod Rowling confirms that she was ultimately tried, convicted and sent to Azkaban.



* BoomerangBigot: Despises half-bloods despite, according to WordOfGod, being one herself and having a Squib brother to boot.

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* BoomerangBigot: Despises half-bloods despite, according to WordOfGod, Rowling, being one herself and having a Squib brother to boot.



** In fact, WordOfGod gives a bit of insight into her backstory, showing that she's ''always'' looked down on Muggle-borns just as much as half-breeds.

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** In fact, WordOfGod Rowling gives a bit of insight into her backstory, showing that she's ''always'' looked down on Muggle-borns just as much as half-breeds.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: There's no mention as to what happened to her after Harry, Ron and Hermione escape the Ministry in ''Deathly Hallows''. Not in the film or book, anyway; WordOfGod in other material states that she was sent to Azkaban.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: There's no mention as to what happened to her after Harry, Ron and Hermione escape the Ministry in ''Deathly Hallows''. Not in the film or book, anyway; WordOfGod Rowling in other material states that she was sent to Azkaban.
20th Feb '17 7:35:50 PM DustSnitch
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%%* TheQuisling

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%%* TheQuisling* TheQuisling: It turns out that after the end of the TriWizard Tournament Percy Weasley has come to see his family as traitors in favor fo sucking up to the corrupt Minister of Magic, when he previously had nothing but respect for Harry and loved his family despite Fred and George constantly playing pranks on him.
20th Feb '17 7:14:13 PM SunriseWarrior
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-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]''[[note]]mentioned only[[/note]] | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' | ''[[Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild Cursed Child]]''

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-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]''[[note]]mentioned only[[/note]] Prince]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' | ''[[Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild Cursed Child]]''
20th Feb '17 6:50:41 PM DustSnitch
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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: As a high-ranking and distinguished Ministry official, Umbridge is held in high regard by many, including [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Percy Weasley and her boss, Cornelius Fudge]]. Because of this, her [[SadistTeacher child abuse]] and FantasticRacism are either overlooked or ignored.
20th Feb '17 6:14:27 PM DustSnitch
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* TheHeavy: Dolores Umbridge is this to Cornelius Fudge.
20th Feb '17 5:33:07 PM DustSnitch
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[[folder:Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Senior]]
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-->'''Portrayed by:''' Roger Lloyd-Pack
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]''

->''"[[IHaveNoSon You are no son of mine]]!"''

The Head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation in the fourth book, and one of the organizers and judges of the Triwizard Tournament. In the First Wizarding War, he was Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and one of the main forces opposing Voldemort. However, he fell from grace in the public eye after sentencing his own son to Azkaban on the charges of being a Death Eater. He was right in doing so, though, as Barty, Jr. really was one of Voldemort's supporters and ends up killing him after using him as a pawn through most of the fourth book.

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[[folder:Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Senior]]
[[folder:Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge]]
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-->'''Portrayed by:''' Roger Lloyd-Pack
Imelda Staunton (films), Helena Lymbery (''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'', first West End run)
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]''

->''"[[IHaveNoSon You are no son of mine]]!"''

The Head
''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Department of International Magical Cooperation Phoenix]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]''[[note]]mentioned only[[/note]] | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' | ''[[Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild Cursed Child]]''

->''"As I told you, Mr. Potter, naughty children deserve to be punished."''

A high-ranking Ministry functionary and perhaps the most universally despised character
in the fourth book, and series, Umbridge [[FauxAffablyEvil affects the mannerisms of a kindly old aunt or grandmother, but they're only a thin veneer that covers governmental corruption at its worst incarnate in one woman]]. Sent to Hogwarts by Cornelius Fudge to keep an eye on Dumbledore, Umbridge wasted no time in turning it into her own personal fiefdom, [[TyrantTakesTheHelm running the school as a sugar-coated dictator]]. She lost her post at the end of ''Order of the organizers Phoenix'' but retained her Ministry job under Fudge's successors, [[KnightTemplar Scrimgeour]] and judges of [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Thicknesse]]. Umbridge is loyal only to the Triwizard Tournament. In Ministry itself, no matter who runs it, and will gleefully uphold the First Wizarding War, he status quo it lays down, no matter how horrible. The books make no mention of her final fate, but WordOfGod confirms that she was Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement ultimately tried, convicted and one of the main forces opposing Voldemort. However, he fell from grace in the public eye after sentencing his own son sent to Azkaban on the charges of being a Death Eater. He was right in doing so, though, as Barty, Jr. really was one of Voldemort's supporters and ends up killing him after using him as a pawn through most of the fourth book.Azkaban.



* AccidentalMisnaming: Continually refers to Percy Weasley as "Weatherby." This seems odd given that he seems to know Arthur well.
* AdaptationalHeroism: He's ''much'' nicer in the movie version. His apathetic condemnation of his son pleading for mercy is changed to his son openly outing himself as a Death Eater due to Karkaroff's accusations, with Crouch being heartbroken about having to put him in jail. [[spoiler:His abusive custody and mind-control of Barty Jr. is omitted entirely.]]
* AssholeVictim: In the novel, but not in the film adaptation.
* AntiHero: Crouch was a PragmaticHero or UnscrupulousHero.
* TheAtoner: He becomes this just before [[spoiler:being murdered by his son]].
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: He was a relentless prosecutor of law and justice and was so proud of his incorruptibility that he even sentenced his own son to Azkaban. [[spoiler:Then he breaks the law, and springs his son out of Azkaban, holds him under house arrest under Imperius Curse for several years out of devotion to his wife, actions which directly cause Voldemort's return to power]].
* BlueBlood: Heavily implied. He and his family have (or, rather, ''had'') a house-elf, which are usually associated with old money in wizarding Britain. The Crouch family has also intermarried with the House of Black at some point, and it's possible, although not stated, that the most recent Black/Crouch marriage was that of Barty Sr.'s parents.
* {{Brainwashed}}: He's [[spoiler: put under the Imperius Curse by Voldemort soon after the World Cup.]]
* BrokenAce: During the First War, he was an incorruptible crusader against the Death Eaters, working tirelessly to combat Voldemort's army and ''succeeded'' in actually gaining the Ministry some ground. He was an intelligent man with an immaculate reputation, had a loving wife and a son who was a star student at Hogwarts. He was even tipped to be the next Minister for Magic. But he was also a completely ruthless workaholic whose brutal methods left a scarred society where innocents were killed and imprisoned, and whose lack of attentiveness towards his son meant that Junior joined the Death Eaters and shocked the Wizarding community with what he did to the Longbottoms.
* CompositeCharacter: In the film, he also takes the role of Ludo Bagman, who's AdaptedOut.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: He was opposed to the Dark Arts but he was also a bad father, so his son turned to the Dark Arts. Barty Crouch Sr., having come to fame opposing Voldemort ends up paving the way for his return.
* DaChief: He was once Wizarding Britain's chief lawman.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: Travels from his home, probably somewhere in England, to Hogwarts, in Scotland, presumably on foot, while fighting Imperius Curse indoctrination the entire way.]]
* FallenHero: How the public saw him after he sentenced his son to Azkaban. By that point, Voldemort was gone for a couple years, and the Wizengamot had to endure the sight of a nineteen year-old boy being viciously disowned by his father, while his mother cried and fainted beside him. Their attitude towards Crouch, Sr. soured, they thought the reason Junior turned out the way he did was because of Senior's neglect, and his popularity was shattered, costing him his bid for Minister. By the time Harry meets him, he's been shunted into a rather useless posting as the Head of Magical Cooperation, and no one particularly likes him, save [[ProfessionalButtkisser Percy.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: The epitome of this trope. He was an absolutely uncompromising enemy to Voldemort, and the Ministry would have probably fallen without him, but he was also a complete bastard, throwing people in a HellholePrison without a trial, being a HangingJudge in the trials that he ''did'' authorize, and giving the Aurors authorization to use Unforgivable Curses. Even Sirius, who hates the man for [[MiscarriageOfJustice very justifiable reasons]] doesn't outright condemn him as a villain, because for all his faults, Voldemort was always worse.
* HangingJudge: Sent Sirius to prison without a trial.
* HappilyMarried: Barty Jr. claims that his father loved his mother and was a good husband, and he was so devoted to her that [[spoiler:he broke Barty Jr. out of Azkaban in place of his wife, who died in prison in the body of her son's]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: His devotion to fighting the Dark Arts leads him to become, in Sirius's words, "as ruthless and cruel as many on the Dark Side".
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: He knows that "Moody" is really Crouch Jr. He is killed by his son before he can warn Dumbledore.]]
* HeelRealization: In his final appearance, he deliriously admits that everything from his son's fate, to Bertha Jorkins's disappearance, is his fault.
* HiddenDepths: What's the one coherent thing he talks about, while completely insane after spending [[spoiler: months under the Imperius Curse]]? [[WellDoneSonGuy His son]], and not how much he hates the boy, but how [[SoProudOfYou proud he is of him]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:After keeping his own son under the Imperius Curse for years, Voldemort and Wormtail manage to turn the tables on him, free Barty Jr. and put Crouch Sr. under the curse instead.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Barty Crouch Sr., who claims to despise the Dark Arts and everything it represents, used a variety of Dark spells and Unforgivable Curses to keep [[spoiler:his back-from-Azkaban son]] under control. That said, he only ever used the Imperius Curse, which he legalized, and the Polyjuice Potion.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Essentially his reasoning for the brutality he directed toward Voldemort's army (and often, innocent bystanders). Even Sirius, who has a deep antipathy for the man himself, admits that there was a legitimate reason for his early popularity; he produced real results against the Death Eaters when no one else could.
* IHaveNoSon: He says almost these exact words during his son's trial. He's a good deal more wistful about it in the film, though. That said, when he disowns him in the book, it was after Barty Jr. was revealed to be one of the Death Eaters who [[MoralEventHorizon tortured the Longbottoms into insanity.]]
* KarmicDeath: In the novel, but not the film adaptation.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: No matter how cruel he was, considering that everyone he sentenced was a Death Eater (including his own son) it's hard to actually feel sympathy towards them.
* KnightTemplar: Noted by other characters to have used methods NotSoDifferent from Voldemort's in the First Wizarding War.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: In "relative" terms, Barty Sr's love for his wife led to a moment of weakness, where he violated the laws he so ardently upheld all his life and [[spoiler:spirited Barty Jr. out of Azkaban, keeping him hostage inside his house, albeit under an Imperius Curse. This action has disastrous consequences since Barty Jr was crucial in bringing Voldemort back to power]].
* MinorMajorCharacter: Appears only in the fourth book, long after his GloryDays are passed, but he's an important character in the backstory.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: His final moments, when Harry and Krum find him, has him blurting in delirium about all the terrible mistakes he had done in his life.
* NominalHero: In the novel, he cares more about [[spoiler:protecting his own reputation]] than doing good.
* {{Omniglot}}: Or so Percy says.
* ParentalNeglect: He didn't care much about his son by the looks of it. Let's face it; if your son thinks Voldemort is a better father than you are, then you've totally failed as a parent.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The film makes him resemble UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler by giving him a toothbrush mustache and a comb-over fringe.
* RedHerring: Crouch isn't exactly 'evil' as much as he was WellIntentionedExtremist and ''certainly'' isn't the one responsible for putting Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire. [[spoiler:Turns out his son was behind it all.]]
* SanitySlippage: He goes a little nuts after [[spoiler:months of being under the Imperius Curse]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the film, there's a very random scene where Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid are walking in the woods and Harry separates from his friends who then start singing the school song, and strays across Crouch's body. Harry goes to tell Dumbledore this (instead of Hagrid, the nearest teacher he trusts), and finds the Headmaster in conference with Moody and Fudge (for no adequately explained reason, as this meeting happened BECAUSE Crouch's body was found in the book), and then the three leave to have a stroll around the grounds (again, for no reason). As Harry finds the Pensive next and the film skips over Crouch Jr's confession/interview, Crouch's death is never, ever brought up again.
* {{Workaholic}}: Oh, yes. [[WhenYouComingHomeDad This is implied to be a large part of why his son turned out the way he did]]. Also, when he's imprisoned by Voldemort and forced to claim that he's staying home for his health, it's noted that this behavior is [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness very strange for him]].
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[[folder:Ludovic "Ludo" Bagman]]
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' | ''[[Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild Cursed Child]]''

->''"If I can help at all... a prod in the right direction... I've taken a liking to you... the way you got past that dragon!... Well just say the word."''

A former professional Quidditch player, and the head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports in the fourth book. He's also one of the organizers and judges of the Triwizard Tournament. A rather easygoing and jovial fellow, he's also a [[TheGamblingAddict gambling addict]] who has bet on Harry to win the Triwizard Tournament, and tries to help him win so he can pay back gold he borrowed to cover his gambling debts.
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* AdaptedOut: He doesn't appear in the film version of ''Goblet of Fire''.
* BigFun: At first.
* DumbMuscle: He has no end of enthusiasm for his job, but tends to put having a good time before common sense or secrecy. Lampshaded [[spoiler:during the trial that ''almost'' gets him thrown into Azkaban.]]
-->'''Moody:''' If I didn't know he'd always been a bit dim, I'd have said some of those Bludgers had permanently affected his brain.
* FixingTheGame: He gives the winners in his betting pool leprechaun gold, which vanishes after a couple of hours. He also attempts to give Harry various hints to win the Triwizard tournament and rigs Harry's score as positively as he can.
* FormerlyFit: He looks like a powerfully-built man gone slightly to seed; this is confirmed when Harry sees him in his Quidditch days via Pensieve.
* FunPersonified: Or at least attempted to be one. How much genuine he was about it is unclear, since he is trapped by gambling debts for most of his appearance.
* TheGamblingAddict: All the classical signs of it, including borrowing money to cover his debts, making extremely risky bets to try and win back what he owes, etc.
* LongBusTrip: He goes on the run after the fourth book to escape the [[AllDevouringBlackHoleLoanSharks goblins he owes money to]] and is never seen in the books again. ''Pottermore'' reveals that [[spoiler:he survived, as he's seen writing about Quidditch for the ''Daily Prophet''.]]
* MeaningfulName: "Ludo" is Latin for "I play" or "game", fitting for his athletic career and Ministry position. "Ludomania" is also the technical term for compulsive gambling... and Ludo is up to his eyes in gambling debts.
* PointyHairedBoss: Even his personality quirks aside, most signs point to him not being particularly great at running the Department of Magical Games and Sports. He lets the disappearance of Bertha Jorkins go uninvestigated for ''months'' because he believes it's perfectly in-character for her to get lost and lose track of time, and he doesn't even bother attempting to dress in Muggle clothing at the campsite for the Quidditch World Cup, instead publicly wearing his old sports outfit. The impeccable Crouch Sr. certainly doesn't think highly of Bagman's responsibility.
* RedHerring: He's set up as someone who may have put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire, and is clearly acting suspiciously throughout the book, though for a completely different reason.
* RunningGag: He spends ''The Cursed Child'' trying to rile up a polite French audience.
* TrappedByGamblingDebts: His prime motivation.
* UnwittingPawn: Implied to be one during First War for Augustus Rookwood, an Unspeakable who's actually a Death Eater mole.
* TheVoice: ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'' features Ludo, but only through his booming sports commentary.
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[[folder:Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge]]
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-->'''Portrayed by:''' Imelda Staunton (films), Helena Lymbery (''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'', first West End run)
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]''[[note]]mentioned only[[/note]] | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' | ''[[Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild Cursed Child]]''

->''"As I told you, Mr. Potter, naughty children deserve to be punished."''

A high-ranking Ministry functionary and perhaps the most universally despised character in the series, Umbridge [[FauxAffablyEvil affects the mannerisms of a kindly old aunt or grandmother, but they're only a thin veneer that covers governmental corruption at its worst incarnate in one woman]]. Sent to Hogwarts by Cornelius Fudge to keep an eye on Dumbledore, Umbridge wasted no time in turning it into her own personal fiefdom, [[TyrantTakesTheHelm running the school as a sugar-coated dictator]]. She lost her post at the end of ''Order of the Phoenix'' but retained her Ministry job under Fudge's successors, [[KnightTemplar Scrimgeour]] and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Thicknesse]]. Umbridge is loyal only to the Ministry itself, no matter who runs it, and will gleefully uphold the status quo it lays down, no matter how horrible. The books make no mention of her final fate, but WordOfGod confirms that she was ultimately tried, convicted and sent to Azkaban.
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[[folder:Rufus Scrimgeour]]
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-->'''Portrayed by''': Creator/BillNighy
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

->''"I won't pretend to be your friend, Mr. Potter. But I'm not your enemy."''

Cornelius Fudge's successor as Minister for Magic. Though he's unquestionably more competent than Fudge, he shares with him a healthy dose of distrust for Dumbledore and Harry, and much like Barty Crouch, is harsh in his methods of fighting Voldemort, such as imprisoning people on the mere suspicion of being Death Eaters. He is killed when Voldemort takes over the Ministry, but in his final moments, he refuses to tell Voldemort Harry's whereabouts.

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[[folder:Rufus Scrimgeour]]
[[folder:Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Senior]]
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-->'''Portrayed by''': Creator/BillNighy
by:''' Roger Lloyd-Pack
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

->''"I won't pretend to be your friend, Mr. Potter. But I'm not your enemy."''

Cornelius Fudge's successor as Minister for Magic. Though he's unquestionably more competent than Fudge, he shares with him a healthy dose
''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of distrust for Dumbledore Fire]]''

->''"[[IHaveNoSon You are no son of mine]]!"''

The Head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation in the fourth book,
and Harry, one of the organizers and much like Barty Crouch, is harsh judges of the Triwizard Tournament. In the First Wizarding War, he was Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and one of the main forces opposing Voldemort. However, he fell from grace in the public eye after sentencing his methods of fighting Voldemort, such as imprisoning people own son to Azkaban on the mere suspicion charges of being a Death Eaters. Eater. He is killed when Voldemort takes over was right in doing so, though, as Barty, Jr. really was one of Voldemort's supporters and ends up killing him after using him as a pawn through most of the Ministry, but in his final moments, he refuses to tell Voldemort Harry's whereabouts.fourth book.



* AnimalMotifs: Described as looking like an old lion.
* ChekhovsGunman: He's mentioned in the fifth book by Order of the Phoenix members before taking over as Minister in the sixth.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:He withstands torture by ''Voldemort himself'' and refuses to give Harry away, despite not even liking him.]]
* HeroAntagonist: Unlike Fudge, Scrimgeour is doing his best to stop Voldemort's reign of terror. This does ''not'' automatically endear him to Harry, specifically not when it comes to blows between them concerning Scrimgeour's harsh methods or his attempts at rallying the wizarding population together with publicity stunts.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** His meddling and spying on Dumbledore seems like Fudge-esque paranoia until you consider that Dumbledore IS in fact withholding crucial information that could lead to Voldemort's defeat ([[spoiler:the existence of the horcruxes]]) from Scrimgeour.
** Later subverted, when it becomes clear that Dumbledore is keeping information from Scrimgeour not just because the latter is a jerkass, but because he knew the Ministry had been infiltrated and didn't want them to know he knew about Voldemort's [[spoiler: horcruxes]]. And even then, wasting man power on inspecting Dumbledore's will instead of publicizing the mass breakout helps the Death Eaters out even more.
* KnightTemplar: Like Crouch before him, his methods of battling Voldemort lead him to cause his own kind of trouble for the Wizarding World.
* LargeHam: Has the wildest eyes this side of Creator/SteveBuscemi. It's BILL NIGHY!
* 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 liked 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.]]
* OldSoldier: A veteran Auror, he's described as looking like an old lion. He has a limp, presumably from his fighting days, [[spoiler: and he resists Lord Voldemort's torture before being killed.]] All in all, the guy seems like a poor man's Alastor Moody.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Mostly Minister Iron, with a few traces of Minister Scheming and Minister Action.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[CloudCuckooLander Luna Lovegood]] says he's a vampire, though this is questionable to say the least. If it's true, he either gets to the Ministry extra early to beat sunrise from potentially killing him (and likewise extra late to avoid the residue of the sun), or his species, contrary to the myths, is [[DaywalkingVampire completely immune to sunlight]].
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Scrimgeour's tendency for this is one of Harry's biggest criticisms of him.
* RedeemingReplacement: Unfortunately subverted. While Scrimgeour is committed to fighting the Death Eaters, he is only barely more effective at it than Fudge, and makes many of the same mistakes as he and Crouch did.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Harry reacts to his death by [[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.]]
* WitchHunt: He turns the battle against the Death Eaters into a borderline version of this, ironically enough, both due to paranoia and to keep up general morale by making the Ministry appear effective at battling Voldemort. This results in people obviously not affiliated with Voldemort, such as Stan Shunpike, getting incarcerated.

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* AnimalMotifs: Described AccidentalMisnaming: Continually refers to Percy Weasley as looking like an old lion.
"Weatherby." This seems odd given that he seems to know Arthur well.
* ChekhovsGunman: AdaptationalHeroism: He's mentioned ''much'' nicer in the fifth book by Order movie version. His apathetic condemnation of the Phoenix members before taking over his son pleading for mercy is changed to his son openly outing himself as Minister a Death Eater due to Karkaroff's accusations, with Crouch being heartbroken about having to put him in the sixth.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:He withstands torture by ''Voldemort himself''
jail. [[spoiler:His abusive custody and refuses to give Harry away, despite not even liking him.mind-control of Barty Jr. is omitted entirely.]]
* HeroAntagonist: Unlike Fudge, Scrimgeour is doing AssholeVictim: In the novel, but not in the film adaptation.
* AntiHero: Crouch was a PragmaticHero or UnscrupulousHero.
* TheAtoner: He becomes this just before [[spoiler:being murdered by
his best son]].
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: He was a relentless prosecutor of law and justice and was so proud of his incorruptibility that he even sentenced his own son
to stop Azkaban. [[spoiler:Then he breaks the law, and springs his son out of Azkaban, holds him under house arrest under Imperius Curse for several years out of devotion to his wife, actions which directly cause Voldemort's reign of terror. This does ''not'' automatically endear him return to Harry, specifically not when it comes to blows between them concerning Scrimgeour's harsh methods or power]].
* BlueBlood: Heavily implied. He and
his attempts at rallying the family have (or, rather, ''had'') a house-elf, which are usually associated with old money in wizarding population together Britain. The Crouch family has also intermarried with publicity stunts.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** His meddling
the House of Black at some point, and spying on Dumbledore seems like Fudge-esque paranoia until you consider it's possible, although not stated, that Dumbledore IS in fact withholding crucial information the most recent Black/Crouch marriage was that could lead to Voldemort's defeat ([[spoiler:the existence of the horcruxes]]) from Scrimgeour.
** Later subverted, when it becomes clear that Dumbledore is keeping information from Scrimgeour not just because the latter is a jerkass, but because he knew the Ministry had been infiltrated and didn't want them to know he knew about Voldemort's
Barty Sr.'s parents.
* {{Brainwashed}}: He's
[[spoiler: horcruxes]]. And even then, wasting man power on inspecting Dumbledore's will instead of publicizing the mass breakout helps the Death Eaters out even more.
* KnightTemplar: Like Crouch before him, his methods of battling Voldemort lead him to cause his own kind of trouble for the Wizarding World.
* LargeHam: Has the wildest eyes this side of Creator/SteveBuscemi. It's BILL NIGHY!
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** It's implied that his swift incarceration of Death Eater suspects ultimately helped Voldemort gain more followers by placing the innocent suspects
put under the Imperius curse while busting his real followers out of Azkaban. Stan Shunpike, who Curse by Voldemort soon after the World Cup.]]
* BrokenAce: During the First War, he
was wrongfully incarcerated by Scrimgeour, turns up on an incorruptible crusader against 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 liked the man, but might not have hated him so intensely if he hadn't let slip that Dolores Umbridge was ''still''
Eaters, working at tirelessly to combat Voldemort's army and ''succeeded'' in actually gaining the Ministry, in a high posting, after the all the abuse Harry Ministry some ground. He was an intelligent man with an immaculate reputation, had suffered at her hands, a loving wife and all the damage she had caused a son who was a star student at Hogwarts. After learning this, Harry turns immediately cold He was even tipped to him, be the next Minister for Magic. But he was also a completely ruthless workaholic whose brutal methods left a scarred society where innocents were killed and is adamantly against him [[spoiler:until imprisoned, and whose lack of attentiveness towards his son meant that Junior joined the Death Eaters and shocked the Wizarding community with what he learned Scrimgeour died trying did to protect him the Longbottoms.
* CompositeCharacter: In the film, he also takes the role of Ludo Bagman, who's AdaptedOut.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: He was opposed to the Dark Arts but he was also a bad father, so his son turned to the Dark Arts. Barty Crouch Sr., having come to fame opposing Voldemort ends up paving the way for his return.
* DaChief: He was once Wizarding Britain's chief lawman.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: Travels
from Voldemort.his home, probably somewhere in England, to Hogwarts, in Scotland, presumably on foot, while fighting Imperius Curse indoctrination the entire way.]]
* OldSoldier: A veteran Auror, FallenHero: How the public saw him after he sentenced his son to Azkaban. By that point, Voldemort was gone for a couple years, and the Wizengamot had to endure the sight of a nineteen year-old boy being viciously disowned by his father, while his mother cried and fainted beside him. Their attitude towards Crouch, Sr. soured, they thought the reason Junior turned out the way he did was because of Senior's neglect, and his popularity was shattered, costing him his bid for Minister. By the time Harry meets him, he's described been shunted into a rather useless posting as looking like an old lion. He has a limp, presumably from his fighting days, [[spoiler: the Head of Magical Cooperation, and he resists Lord Voldemort's torture before being killed.]] All in all, the guy seems like a poor man's Alastor Moody.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Mostly Minister Iron, with a few traces of Minister Scheming and Minister Action.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[CloudCuckooLander Luna Lovegood]] says he's a vampire, though this is questionable to say the least. If it's true, he either gets to the Ministry extra early to beat sunrise from potentially killing him (and likewise extra late to avoid the residue of the sun), or his species, contrary to the myths, is [[DaywalkingVampire completely immune to sunlight]].
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Scrimgeour's tendency for this is
no one of Harry's biggest criticisms of him.
* RedeemingReplacement: Unfortunately subverted. While Scrimgeour is committed to fighting the Death Eaters, he is only barely more effective at it than Fudge, and makes many of the same mistakes as he and Crouch did.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Harry reacts to his death by [[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.
particularly likes him, save [[ProfessionalButtkisser Percy.]]
* WitchHunt: GoodIsNotNice: The epitome of this trope. He turns was an absolutely uncompromising enemy to Voldemort, and the battle Ministry would have probably fallen without him, but he was also a complete bastard, throwing people in a HellholePrison without a trial, being a HangingJudge in the trials that he ''did'' authorize, and giving the Aurors authorization to use Unforgivable Curses. Even Sirius, who hates the man for [[MiscarriageOfJustice very justifiable reasons]] doesn't outright condemn him as a villain, because for all his faults, Voldemort was always worse.
* HangingJudge: Sent Sirius to prison without a trial.
* HappilyMarried: Barty Jr. claims that his father loved his mother and was a good husband, and he was so devoted to her that [[spoiler:he broke Barty Jr. out of Azkaban in place of his wife, who died in prison in the body of her son's]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: His devotion to fighting the Dark Arts leads him to become, in Sirius's words, "as ruthless and cruel as many on the Dark Side".
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: He knows that "Moody" is really Crouch Jr. He is killed by his son before he can warn Dumbledore.]]
* HeelRealization: In his final appearance, he deliriously admits that everything from his son's fate, to Bertha Jorkins's disappearance, is his fault.
* HiddenDepths: What's the one coherent thing he talks about, while completely insane after spending [[spoiler: months under the Imperius Curse]]? [[WellDoneSonGuy His son]], and not how much he hates the boy, but how [[SoProudOfYou proud he is of him]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:After keeping his own son under the Imperius Curse for years, Voldemort and Wormtail manage to turn the tables on him, free Barty Jr. and put Crouch Sr. under the curse instead.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Barty Crouch Sr., who claims to despise the Dark Arts and everything it represents, used a variety of Dark spells and Unforgivable Curses to keep [[spoiler:his back-from-Azkaban son]] under control. That said, he only ever used the Imperius Curse, which he legalized, and the Polyjuice Potion.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Essentially his reasoning for the brutality he directed toward Voldemort's army (and often, innocent bystanders). Even Sirius, who has a deep antipathy for the man himself, admits that there was a legitimate reason for his early popularity; he produced real results
against the Death Eaters when no one else could.
* IHaveNoSon: He says almost these exact words during his son's trial. He's a good deal more wistful about it in the film, though. That said, when he disowns him in the book, it was after Barty Jr. was revealed to be one of the Death Eaters who [[MoralEventHorizon tortured the Longbottoms
into insanity.]]
* KarmicDeath: In the novel, but not the film adaptation.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: No matter how cruel he was, considering that everyone he sentenced was
a borderline version Death Eater (including his own son) it's hard to actually feel sympathy towards them.
* KnightTemplar: Noted by other characters to have used methods NotSoDifferent from Voldemort's in the First Wizarding War.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: In "relative" terms, Barty Sr's love for his wife led to a moment
of this, ironically enough, both due to paranoia weakness, where he violated the laws he so ardently upheld all his life and to keep up general morale by making the Ministry appear effective at battling Voldemort. [[spoiler:spirited Barty Jr. out of Azkaban, keeping him hostage inside his house, albeit under an Imperius Curse. This results action has disastrous consequences since Barty Jr was crucial in people obviously not affiliated bringing Voldemort back to power]].
* MinorMajorCharacter: Appears only in the fourth book, long after his GloryDays are passed, but he's an important character in the backstory.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: His final moments, when Harry and Krum find him, has him blurting in delirium about all the terrible mistakes he had done in his life.
* NominalHero: In the novel, he cares more about [[spoiler:protecting his own reputation]] than doing good.
* {{Omniglot}}: Or so Percy says.
* ParentalNeglect: He didn't care much about his son by the looks of it. Let's face it; if your son thinks Voldemort is a better father than you are, then you've totally failed as a parent.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The film makes him resemble UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler by giving him a toothbrush mustache and a comb-over fringe.
* RedHerring: Crouch isn't exactly 'evil' as much as he was WellIntentionedExtremist and ''certainly'' isn't the one responsible for putting Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire. [[spoiler:Turns out his son was behind it all.]]
* SanitySlippage: He goes a little nuts after [[spoiler:months of being under the Imperius Curse]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the film, there's a very random scene where Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid are walking in the woods and Harry separates from his friends who then start singing the school song, and strays across Crouch's body. Harry goes to tell Dumbledore this (instead of Hagrid, the nearest teacher he trusts), and finds the Headmaster in conference
with Voldemort, such Moody and Fudge (for no adequately explained reason, as Stan Shunpike, getting incarcerated. this meeting happened BECAUSE Crouch's body was found in the book), and then the three leave to have a stroll around the grounds (again, for no reason). As Harry finds the Pensive next and the film skips over Crouch Jr's confession/interview, Crouch's death is never, ever brought up again.
* {{Workaholic}}: Oh, yes. [[WhenYouComingHomeDad This is implied to be a large part of why his son turned out the way he did]]. Also, when he's imprisoned by Voldemort and forced to claim that he's staying home for his health, it's noted that this behavior is [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness very strange for him]].



[[folder:Arthur Weasley]]
See Characters/HarryPotterOrderOfThePhoenixMembers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Percy Ignatius Weasley]]
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/percy_weasley.png]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Chris Rankin
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher’s Stone]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

->''"I'm Head Boy!"''

The BlackSheep of the Weasley family. At the start of the series, Percy is a pompous, ambitious prefect with NoSenseOfHumor. He's TheDutifulSon who thinks himself the "respectable" one in the family. His self-important manner made him the target of teasing from his younger siblings, making him a bit of a ButtMonkey. Molly continuously failed to make the twins, Ron and Ginny view Percy as a role model, but not through lack of trying. Basically, his portrayal in the early books was that of an officious twit, but this was PlayedForLaughs and he was mostly a sympathetic character.

After finishing Hogwarts, he joined the Ministry of Magic, and this is when he TookALevelInJerkass. When Voldemort returned, he chose to believe Fudge over Harry, leading him to become estranged from the rest of the family. Even after the Ministry acknowledged Voldemort was back, Percy continued to give his family the silent treatment and seemed to have become an unthinking cog in the Ministry's machine. At the end of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', he pulls a ChangedMyMindKid and returns to his family and to the side of good.

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[[folder:Arthur Weasley]]
See Characters/HarryPotterOrderOfThePhoenixMembers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Percy Ignatius Weasley]]
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/percy_weasley.png]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Chris Rankin
[[folder:Ludovic "Ludo" Bagman]]
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher’s Stone]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order ''[[Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild Cursed Child]]''

->''"If I can help at all... a prod in the right direction... I've taken a liking to you... the way you got past that dragon!... Well just say the word."''

A former professional Quidditch player, and the head
of the Phoenix]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

->''"I'm Head Boy!"''

The BlackSheep
Department of Magical Games and Sports in the Weasley family. At the start of the series, Percy is a pompous, ambitious prefect with NoSenseOfHumor. fourth book. He's TheDutifulSon who thinks himself the "respectable" also one in the family. His self-important manner made him the target of teasing from his younger siblings, making him a bit of a ButtMonkey. Molly continuously failed to make the twins, Ron and Ginny view Percy as a role model, but not through lack of trying. Basically, his portrayal in the early books was that of an officious twit, but this was PlayedForLaughs and he was mostly a sympathetic character.

After finishing Hogwarts, he joined the Ministry of Magic, and this is when he TookALevelInJerkass. When Voldemort returned, he chose to believe Fudge over Harry, leading him to become estranged from the rest
of the family. Even after organizers and judges of the Ministry acknowledged Voldemort was back, Percy continued Triwizard Tournament. A rather easygoing and jovial fellow, he's also a [[TheGamblingAddict gambling addict]] who has bet on Harry to give win the Triwizard Tournament, and tries to help him win so he can pay back gold he borrowed to cover his family the silent treatment and seemed to have become an unthinking cog in the Ministry's machine. At the end of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', he pulls a ChangedMyMindKid and returns to his family and to the side of good.gambling debts.


Added DiffLines:

* AdaptedOut: He doesn't appear in the film version of ''Goblet of Fire''.
* BigFun: At first.
* DumbMuscle: He has no end of enthusiasm for his job, but tends to put having a good time before common sense or secrecy. Lampshaded [[spoiler:during the trial that ''almost'' gets him thrown into Azkaban.]]
-->'''Moody:''' If I didn't know he'd always been a bit dim, I'd have said some of those Bludgers had permanently affected his brain.
* FixingTheGame: He gives the winners in his betting pool leprechaun gold, which vanishes after a couple of hours. He also attempts to give Harry various hints to win the Triwizard tournament and rigs Harry's score as positively as he can.
* FormerlyFit: He looks like a powerfully-built man gone slightly to seed; this is confirmed when Harry sees him in his Quidditch days via Pensieve.
* FunPersonified: Or at least attempted to be one. How much genuine he was about it is unclear, since he is trapped by gambling debts for most of his appearance.
* TheGamblingAddict: All the classical signs of it, including borrowing money to cover his debts, making extremely risky bets to try and win back what he owes, etc.
* LongBusTrip: He goes on the run after the fourth book to escape the [[AllDevouringBlackHoleLoanSharks goblins he owes money to]] and is never seen in the books again. ''Pottermore'' reveals that [[spoiler:he survived, as he's seen writing about Quidditch for the ''Daily Prophet''.]]
* MeaningfulName: "Ludo" is Latin for "I play" or "game", fitting for his athletic career and Ministry position. "Ludomania" is also the technical term for compulsive gambling... and Ludo is up to his eyes in gambling debts.
* PointyHairedBoss: Even his personality quirks aside, most signs point to him not being particularly great at running the Department of Magical Games and Sports. He lets the disappearance of Bertha Jorkins go uninvestigated for ''months'' because he believes it's perfectly in-character for her to get lost and lose track of time, and he doesn't even bother attempting to dress in Muggle clothing at the campsite for the Quidditch World Cup, instead publicly wearing his old sports outfit. The impeccable Crouch Sr. certainly doesn't think highly of Bagman's responsibility.
* RedHerring: He's set up as someone who may have put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire, and is clearly acting suspiciously throughout the book, though for a completely different reason.
* RunningGag: He spends ''The Cursed Child'' trying to rile up a polite French audience.
* TrappedByGamblingDebts: His prime motivation.
* UnwittingPawn: Implied to be one during First War for Augustus Rookwood, an Unspeakable who's actually a Death Eater mole.
* TheVoice: ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'' features Ludo, but only through his booming sports commentary.
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[[folder:Rufus Scrimgeour]]
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rufus_scrimgeour.jpg]]
-->'''Portrayed by''': Creator/BillNighy
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

->''"I won't pretend to be your friend, Mr. Potter. But I'm not your enemy."''

Cornelius Fudge's successor as Minister for Magic. Though he's unquestionably more competent than Fudge, he shares with him a healthy dose of distrust for Dumbledore and Harry, and much like Barty Crouch, is harsh in his methods of fighting Voldemort, such as imprisoning people on the mere suspicion of being Death Eaters. He is killed when Voldemort takes over the Ministry, but in his final moments, he refuses to tell Voldemort Harry's whereabouts.
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* AnimalMotifs: Described as looking like an old lion.
* ChekhovsGunman: He's mentioned in the fifth book by Order of the Phoenix members before taking over as Minister in the sixth.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:He withstands torture by ''Voldemort himself'' and refuses to give Harry away, despite not even liking him.]]
* HeroAntagonist: Unlike Fudge, Scrimgeour is doing his best to stop Voldemort's reign of terror. This does ''not'' automatically endear him to Harry, specifically not when it comes to blows between them concerning Scrimgeour's harsh methods or his attempts at rallying the wizarding population together with publicity stunts.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** His meddling and spying on Dumbledore seems like Fudge-esque paranoia until you consider that Dumbledore IS in fact withholding crucial information that could lead to Voldemort's defeat ([[spoiler:the existence of the horcruxes]]) from Scrimgeour.
** Later subverted, when it becomes clear that Dumbledore is keeping information from Scrimgeour not just because the latter is a jerkass, but because he knew the Ministry had been infiltrated and didn't want them to know he knew about Voldemort's [[spoiler: horcruxes]]. And even then, wasting man power on inspecting Dumbledore's will instead of publicizing the mass breakout helps the Death Eaters out even more.
* KnightTemplar: Like Crouch before him, his methods of battling Voldemort lead him to cause his own kind of trouble for the Wizarding World.
* LargeHam: Has the wildest eyes this side of Creator/SteveBuscemi. It's BILL NIGHY!
* 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 liked 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.]]
* OldSoldier: A veteran Auror, he's described as looking like an old lion. He has a limp, presumably from his fighting days, [[spoiler: and he resists Lord Voldemort's torture before being killed.]] All in all, the guy seems like a poor man's Alastor Moody.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Mostly Minister Iron, with a few traces of Minister Scheming and Minister Action.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[CloudCuckooLander Luna Lovegood]] says he's a vampire, though this is questionable to say the least. If it's true, he either gets to the Ministry extra early to beat sunrise from potentially killing him (and likewise extra late to avoid the residue of the sun), or his species, contrary to the myths, is [[DaywalkingVampire completely immune to sunlight]].
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Scrimgeour's tendency for this is one of Harry's biggest criticisms of him.
* RedeemingReplacement: Unfortunately subverted. While Scrimgeour is committed to fighting the Death Eaters, he is only barely more effective at it than Fudge, and makes many of the same mistakes as he and Crouch did.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Harry reacts to his death by [[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.]]
* WitchHunt: He turns the battle against the Death Eaters into a borderline version of this, ironically enough, both due to paranoia and to keep up general morale by making the Ministry appear effective at battling Voldemort. This results in people obviously not affiliated with Voldemort, such as Stan Shunpike, getting incarcerated.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Arthur Weasley]]
See Characters/HarryPotterOrderOfThePhoenixMembers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Percy Ignatius Weasley]]
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/percy_weasley.png]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Chris Rankin
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher’s Stone]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

->''"I'm Head Boy!"''

The BlackSheep of the Weasley family. At the start of the series, Percy is a pompous, ambitious prefect with NoSenseOfHumor. He's TheDutifulSon who thinks himself the "respectable" one in the family. His self-important manner made him the target of teasing from his younger siblings, making him a bit of a ButtMonkey. Molly continuously failed to make the twins, Ron and Ginny view Percy as a role model, but not through lack of trying. Basically, his portrayal in the early books was that of an officious twit, but this was PlayedForLaughs and he was mostly a sympathetic character.

After finishing Hogwarts, he joined the Ministry of Magic, and this is when he TookALevelInJerkass. When Voldemort returned, he chose to believe Fudge over Harry, leading him to become estranged from the rest of the family. Even after the Ministry acknowledged Voldemort was back, Percy continued to give his family the silent treatment and seemed to have become an unthinking cog in the Ministry's machine. At the end of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', he pulls a ChangedMyMindKid and returns to his family and to the side of good.
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