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[[folder:General Ministry Tropes]]
->''"The Ministry of Magic wishes you a pleasant day..."''

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The wizard government of Britain, ostensibly a secret ministry of the Cabinet, but in truth a state unto itself. The Ministry of Magic is controlled by the Minister of Magic, who enjoys nearly autocratic powers, and the secretive Wizengamot, making the Ministry a police state on many occasions.

The primary purpose of the Ministry is to keep wizards secret from the British public. It is usually very conservative, but becomes outright fascist after Voldemort takes over. It is reformed after the latter's defeat.
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* BadassArmy: The Aurors.
* DayOfTheJackboot: When Voldemort takes over in ''Deathly Hallows''.
* GoodIsNotNice: The Ministry used very brutal tactics during the first war against Voldemort, including [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] and MindControl.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny and Luna easily break into the Department of Mysteries in ''Order of the Phoenix''. They comment on this at the time; it's implied that the Death Eaters had already been through and countered all the security to let them in.
** The scary thing is that given that they Death Eaters show up [[spoiler: when Harry takes the prophecy from its shelf]] in such a way as to imply they've been there for some time, it's likely that this implication was ''accurate''.
* InspectorJavert: The Aurors, to Sirius Black.
%%* [[LargeHam Large Hams]]
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Ministry seems to employ quite a few.
* PoliceAreUseless: These guys don't succeed at the hunting down of Death Eaters. At least, during the Second Wizarding War.
** Averted in the First Wizarding War. The Ministry fights Voldemort to a stalemate for ''eleven years''. While things were grim, there were also successes, such as the Aurors driving the giants out of Britain and killing many Death Eaters.
* PoliceState: Useless against Voldemort, harsh against its own people.
* PretentiousLatinMotto: The Department of Magical Law Enforcement bears the motto "''Ignorantia juris neminem excusat''" ("Ignorance of the law excuses nobody").
* TookALevelInDumbass: From a government that fought Voldemort for eleven years and wiped out the British giant community to an utterly corrupt and incompetent madhouse that completely fails to stop Voldemort after he returns.
** There are a few hints that, until Voldemort returned, his former followers were insinuating themselves into the Ministry and/or using bribery and {{blackmail}} to pave the way for an eventual coup. Their master's return allowed him to pick up and combine his followers' schemes in an EvilPlan.
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[[folder:Cornelius Oswald Fudge]]
->''"Exactly, Fudge '''isn't''' in his right mind; it's been twisted and warped by fear."''
-->-- '''Remus Lupin''' on Fudge's deteriorating mental state

-->'''Portrayed by''': Robert Hardy

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The Minister for Magic for most of the series, initially a rather affable figure with a keen fondness for Harry who continually asks Dumbledore for advice, he outs himself as a slanderous, incompetent coward when he refuses to believe that Voldemort has returned, [[IRejectYourReality instead opting to act as if nothing is wrong]] and making Harry and Dumbledore out to be insane. After Voldemort's return is revealed to all, he is sacked from his position and replaced by Rufus Scrimgeour.
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* BigBadEnsemble: While Voldemort is the leader of the Death Eaters, it's Fudge's smear campaign against Dumbledore, Harry and any claims that there are Death Eaters that causes the most problems in most of ''Order of the Phoenix''.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: In Books 2 and 3 and for most of Book 4, he comes across, in Harry's own words, as kindly, if a little pompous. By the end of Book 4 and through all of Book 5, he reveals himself to be a pretty nasty piece of work.
* EvilAllAlong: While "evil" might be a stretch, there are indications that he was never really a good guy to begin with, notably when Molly reveals that he's kept Arthur at his low-ranking, low-paying job for years because Fudge thinks Arthur "[[FantasticRacism lacks proper wizarding pride]]."
* HeadInTheSandManagement: The trope could be renamed "The Cornelius Fudge School of Crisis Management."
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Come Book 5, it's easy to imagine Lucius Malfoy and Dolores Umbridge effortlessly manipulating him by acting like cliché {{Evil Chancellor}}s. In fact, given [[ObviouslyEvil their personalities]], that's probably exactly what they do.
* IRejectYourReality: His response to claims that Voldemort returned.
* MeaningfulName: In British idom, to "fudge" an issue means either to evade addressing it or to devise a pathetic and useless compromise. Furthermore, ''Oswald'' has fallen out of favor in Britain ever since Oswald Moseley, who led the British Union of Fascists.
* NiceHat: Frequent attention is paid to his green bowler hat.
%%* ObstructiveZealot
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Our Ministers Are Different]]: Starts off as Minister Buffoon and Minister Focus Group, but becomes Minister Corrupt/Scheming.
* PointyHairedBoss: He's definitely there by the fifth book, though Hagrid's remarks about him in the first book suggest that he was never a particularly effective leader. Even before he [[TookALevelInJerkass takes his level in jerkass]], he is willing to send Hagrid to Azkaban on the mere ''suspicion'' of having opened the Chamber of Secrets just so that the Ministry appears to be taking action, and considering the nature of Azkaban, that's not a very nice thing to do.
%%* PutOnABus
* SanitySlippage: It's certainly implied by Sirius in the quote above, but that may be them trying to give him the benefit of the doubt.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He apparently didn't start out as such, but he certainly comes across as one in the fifth book given his complete confidence that he can haul Dumbledore off to jail without a fight. He's also apparently appointed himself a First Class member of the Order of Merlin.
* SlaveToPR: Refuses to acknowledge Voldemort's resurrection because he doesn't want to deal with the Wizarding World entering into hysteria. His solution is to make Harry and Dumbledore the scapegoats of a Smear Campaign.
* TooDumbToLive: Fudge's overall [[IRejectYourReality stupidity]] regarding Voldemort's return ends up being a subversion of this trope. Voldemort realizes that it's actually in his own best interest to leave Fudge alone and allow him to continue to misrule the Ministry and persecute the people who'd stand the best chance against Voldemort.
* TookALevelInJerkass: At first, he was a kindly, generous old man who relieved Harry of being punished without a second thought. Then Voldemort came back and he became a...[[{{Jerkass}} well, yeah]].
* TurnInYourBadge: The beginning of the sixth book reveals that, thanks to his discovery that Voldemort had in fact returned, Fudge resigned in disgrace, and introduces the Prime Minister of Britain (Muggle Britain) to his successor.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A pretty major character for five of the seven books, we hear nothing at all of him in Book 7, even though Voldemort's coup of the Ministry would undeniably have affected him one way or another, since he still worked there.
* WrittenInAbsence: According to Robert Hardy, at least. Given that Fudge appeared only briefly in Book 6 and not at all in Book 7, it doesn't seem especially likely that he would have been in the last three movies anyway, but nevertheless Hardy claims he got written out due to being too old to insure.
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[[folder:Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Senior]]
->''"[[IHaveNoSon You are no son of mine]]!"''

-->'''Portrayed by''': Roger Lloyd-Pack

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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. [[spoiler: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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* AccidentalMisnaming: Continually refers to Percy Weasley as "Weatherby."
* AdaptationalHeroism: He's ''much'' nicer in the movie version.
* 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]].
%%* ByronicHero
* DaChief: He was once Wizarding Britain's chief lawman.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: His character design. He has a [[AdolfHitler toothbrush mustache and a comb-over fringe for goodness' sake!]]
%%* GoodIsNotNice
%%* HangingJudge
%%* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* {{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 these exact words during his son's trial. He's a good deal more wistful about it in the film, though.
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]]: In the novel, but not the film adaptation.
* KnightTemplar: Noted by other characters to have used methods NotSoDifferent from Voldemort's in the First Wizarding War.
* 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.
* SanitySlippage: He goes a little nuts after [[spoiler:months of being under the Imperius Curse]].
* {{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]]
->''"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 [[spoiler: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.
* CompositeCharacter: Combined with the senior Barty Crouch in the film.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 again.
* 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.
%%* TrappedByGamblingDebts
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[[folder:Dolores Jane Umbridge]]
->''"As I told you, Mr. Potter, naughty children deserve to be punished."''

-->'''Portrayed by''': Imelda Staunton

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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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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Umbridge [[BitchInSheepsClothing hides it a bit bitter]] 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.
* 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.
* AnimalMotifs: Umbridge uses the CatsAreMean motif, but it's partially subverted; while she has paintings of cats and a cat Patronus, she's never actually shown with a '''living''' pet cat, and is thus juxtaposed against Hermione and Ms. Figg.
** That's assuming that a living cat could ''survive'' being in [[EnemyToAllLivingThings her]] presence.
** Judging by Harry's descriptions, her toad motif is another viable example.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Oh, yes.
* BrightIsNotGood: [[color:pink:Pink]], [[color:pink:pink]] everywhere, but her soul is as black as the night itself.
* BullyingADragon: During the events of ''Order of the Phoenix'', she insists on [[spoiler:insulting a herd of angry centaurs, currently surrounding her and armed with bows, eventually calling them "filthy half-breeds." ''To their faces''.]] She is promptly abducted and dragged off into the depths of the forest; it takes intervention from Dumbledore himself to save her life.
* CardCarryingVillain: Subverted. Though one of the worst villains in the series, she also is one of the most realistic.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Her color motif is pink to go with her sickly sweet personality.
* CoughSnarkCough / {{Ahem}}: Frequently interrupts people with a fake cough/clearing of the throat.
* CuteKitten: Has decorative plates with images of kittens hung up on her office wall. [[BitchInSheepsClothing Don't take this as a good example of what to expect from her]].
* DeanBitterman: To say the least.
* DisproportionateRetribution: She forces students to write lines in their own blood with a quill that cuts into the skin on the backs of their hands. It's stated that at least one student's hand is bleeding quite badly, and that Harry himself has another permanent scar. All of this for speaking out of turn and/or questioning the Ministry.
* TheDragon: Umbridge is the one who sabotages the Defense Against the Dark Arts education at Hogwarts on behalf of Fudge.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Inverted; not only does she lack standards, she makes Snape, a SmugSnake and (by this point) known Death Eater, look good next to her.
---> '''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.
* EvilCounterpart: Several scenes position her as this to [=McGonagall=].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: A series of them. At Harry's trial, she acts to deflect the blame for the incident that put Harry there and votes for him as guilty in the face of all justice and logic. She next appears at Hogwarts and has the gall to ''interrupt Dumbledore'' during his introduction of her. During her first portrayed class, she puts Harry in detention [[DisproportionateRetribution because he said that Voldemort had returned]], and punishes him by making him write lines with a quill that puts a scar in his hand.
* EvilMatriarch: Take out the matriarch and you have Umbridge - or, rather, Umbitch - to a 'T'.
* FaceFramedInShadow: When she's introduced.
%%* FamilyValuesVillain
* FantasticRacism: She is noted to have an intense loathing of those she considers "half-breeds" or "part-humans," ranging from werewolves to centaurs. It [[HoistByHerOwnPetard comes back to haunt her]] at the end of ''Order of the Phoenix'', where she is [[spoiler:carried off into the Forbidden Forest by a herd of centaurs]].
** Her hatred of half-breeds apparently extends to half-blood wizards and witches, as evidenced in ''Deathly Hallows''. She sends a half-blood wizard to his FateWorseThanDeath, labeling him a Muggle-born without listening to his argument. She gets her comeuppance for sending countless half-bloods and Muggle-borns to the Dementors, though.
* [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]]: Depicted in the books as extremely, almost humorously squat. This is {{downplayed|Trope}} in the film, though, as Imelda Staunton isn't really that fat at all.
* FateWorseThanDeath: In [[TheMovie the film version of Deathly Hallows]], Harry's intervention in the courtroom loosens her control of the [[BrownNote Dementors]] stationed above the crowd. The next shot is of our heroes trying to outrun the monsters...what do you think happened to Umbridge and her Inquisitors?
* FauxAffablyEvil: She certainly tries, but overdoes it; her fake persona is [[TastesLikeDiabetes every bit as foul as her real one]], and the fact that it's so over the top actually adds to her creepiness.
* GlurgeAddict: As evidenced by her ornamental kitten plates, which Harry finds sickening.
* 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.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Although fans have a lot of reasons to [[HateSink hate her]] with [[LoveToHate relish]], her hypocrisy is certainly one of the main ones. In her introductory book, she is seen as an agent of the Ministry, sycophantic to its causes and forcing tyrannical laws onto the school in order to get her own way, yet at the same time, she gleefully (although secretly) engages in activities that are highly illegal and certainly unforgivable, even by the Ministry. Worse, she punishes Harry most severely for asserting that Voldemort is at large, insisting that he "not tell lies", while aping the official Ministry line on Voldemort, which is patently and obviously false. In the final book, [[spoiler:she persecutes Muggle-borns for "stealing magic" which she should certainly know is a nonsensical charge, while claiming that the locket she took as a bribe is an old family heirloom supporting her own bloodline. The injustice and cruelty of this enrages Harry so much that he attacks her immediately without resorting to a more subtle plan]].
* JustAKid: Umbridge ''loves'' to use this trope. Nearly everything she says to the student characters can be translated into, "How DARE you children form opinions! I'm the adult, so I'm always right! Now shut up and agree with me or you'll be punished!"
* {{Jerkass}}: And that's one of the nicest terms to describe her.
* KnightTemplar: While she's on the side of the Ministry of Magic rather than the Death Eaters, she's one of the most horrible characters in the series.
* LightIsNotGood: Unlike the Death Eaters, she can summon a Patronus (although, as noted in the seventh book, it had no warmth unlike the heroes'), and unlike the heroes, she is not the least bit impaired by [[SoulJar Slytherin's Locket]], thanks to the fact that what she considers "happy thoughts" are pretty much the exact opposite. To say nothing of her GlurgeAddict status.
* MeaningfulName: ''Dolores'' means "sorrows" or "pains," ''Umbridge'' = ''umbrage'' (outrage).
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Supplies the trope quote.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Umbridge doesn't care who runs the Ministry so long as she gets to keep her job, though one rather gets the impression that she enjoys enforcing the most ruthless laws more than anything.
%%* ObstructiveBureaucrat
* PinkMeansFeminine: Wears fluffy, frilly pink clothes to hide her real nature.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Her prejudice against non-humans and half-breeds seems a little shoehorned in just to make her more hate-able, but it might have been {{Foreshadowing}} to explain why she so gleefully goes along with the New Order's persecution of Muggle-borns.
* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: In some respects.
* TheQuisling: In ''Deathly Hallows''.
* SadistTeacher: Another item on the (very short) list of things to call her without resorting to profanity (or trope titles). In the film, she arguably crosses the MoralEventHorizon when it's revealed that she forces ''first-years'' to use the blood quill.
* SmugSnake: Umbridge is highly competent at exploiting the system to get what she wants. Otherwise, she's largely inept, and the best way to deal with her is to put her in a situation where her connections can't get her out (like the middle of a herd of angry centaurs, for example...)
* SmugSmiler: In addition of being a SmugSnake and StepfordSmiler, she often shows her overconfidence this way.
%%* StepfordSmiler
* StrawHypocrite: She teaches the students that the Unforgivable Curses are illegal and [[CaptainObvious unforgivable]]. The Cruciatus Curse appears to be one of her favorite spells.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Several traits of hers, such as her fluffy pink clothing, her high-pitched girlish voice, and her fixation on {{Cute Kitten}}s and doilies are definitely seen as this InUniverse.
* 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!
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Her horrible misrule follows this arc, with her replacing ReasonableAuthorityFigure [=McGonagall=]. Ex-TropeNamer.
* VillainousBreakdown: Tends to go in to one of these every time her plans get derailed.
--> '''"I WILL HAVE ORDER!"'''
* VocalDissonance: Her high-pitched girly voice surprised Harry the first time he heard her speak, as her "frog-like" appearance had left him expecting a croak.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: There's no mention as to what happened to her after Harry, Ron and Hermione escape the Ministry in ''Deathly Hallows''. WordOfGod states that she was sent to Azkaban.
* WouldHurtAChild: Forces the 15-year-old Harry to carve the words "I must not tell lies" unto his own hand so many times that it leaves a permanent scar. In the film of ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', we get a shot of a crying boy of eleven or twelve years, implied to have been subjected to the same punishment, and Umbridge commenting "Naughty children deserve to be punished."
** She comes ''very'' close to using the Cruciatus Curse on Harry to torture a confession out of him about the secret Dumbledore's Army meetings, justifying it as being for the greater good.
* 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]].
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[[folder:Rufus Scrimgeour]]
->''" I won't pretend to be your friend, Mr. Potter. But I'm not your enemy."''

-->'''Portrayed by''': Creator/BillNighy

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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. [[spoiler: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.
* [[spoiler: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.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]] / [[spoiler: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.]]
* 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.
* LargeHam: Has the wildest eyes this side of Creator/SteveBuscemi. It's BILL NIGHY!
%%* OldSoldier
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Our Ministers Are Different]]: 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]].
** To be fair, not all vampires are destroyed by the sun and many, including the UrExample, Dracula himself, merely saw a reduction in his powers when exposed to the sun, rather than being flat out destroyed by it in the original book. So if he really was a vampire, for all we know he might have been of a type that had different reactions to the sun, assuming he wasn't just flat out unaffected by it. Then again, we ''are'' talking about an idea put forth by ''[[CloudCuckoolander Luna Lovegood]]'' here.
* 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.
%%* WildHair
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[[folder:Arthur Weasley]]
See Characters/HarryPotterOrderOfThePhoenixMembers.
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[[folder:Percy Weasley]]
->''"I'm Head Boy!"''

-->'''Portrayed by''': Chris Rankin

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The BlackSheep of the Weasley family. At the start of the series, Percy is a pompous, ambitious prefect with NoSenseOfHumor. Oh wait, did we mention he's a Prefect? Well, he's a Prefect, in case that hadn't been mentioned. 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.

[[RunningGag Also, he was a Prefect. We mentioned that, right?]][[note]] "Yes, you did, but you forgot to mention that ''I was Head Boy!''" - Percy Ignatius Weasley, Personal Under-Secretary to the '''Minister for Magic'''[[/note]]
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* AmbitionIsEvil: Without actually being a member of the Hogwarts House known for it!
* AngstComa / HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath: 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.]]
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Not himself, but from his perspective, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny follow this trope. He himself was an Annoying Older Sibling, instead.
** Percy evidently subverts it with his older brothers, too, since neither Bill nor Charlie seem to find ''any'' of their siblings annoying. Percy is, however, teased mercilessly by them.
%%* AntiHero
* TheAtoner: When he finally realizes what a git he'd been for putting the Ministry over his family.
* BigBrotherInstinct: [[spoiler: Refused to abandon Fred's dead body until he was able to move it away from the chaos.]]
* BlackSheep: Of the Weasley family.
* 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.
* ClassRepresentative: Prefects are basically the British equivalent of this trope.
%%* TheComicallySerious
* DemotedToExtra: He wasn't all that big a player in the books, usually being involved in the side-plots, but his estrangement from his family was a poignant reminder of what Dumbledore always said about Voldemort's gift for dividing loyalties. After the third movie, his only appearances consist of non-speaking cameos in ''Phoenix'' and ''Hallows, Part 2''. Unless you watch the backgrounds, you wouldn't even notice he's there and is apparently still going through his book plot-line, albeit almost entirely off-screen.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: It seemed only Molly gave Percy the respect he ''believed'' he deserved, and often told the twins they'd do well to take a page out of his book. Even his dad would sometimes snicker at the cracks the twins made at him.
* TheDutifulSon: Originally.
* EmpathyPet: Hermes, the owl he got [[ItWasAGift for becoming Prefect]]. Notably, he keeps the pet even after breaking ties with his family.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: He was the Responsible Sibling all through his years at Hogwarts with the twins and, to a lesser extent, Ron acting as the foolish ones.
* GreenEyedMonster: In ''Goblet of Fire'', it's briefly mentioned that Percy is envious of the more relaxed and familiar relationship Harry had with Cornelius Fudge, until the Ministry tried turning Harry and Dumbledore into pariahs.
* IAmNotMyFather: He makes a point of not behaving like Arthur in later books.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: He was ''going'' to be a judge for the final task in the Triwizard Tournament, but at the last moment, the Ministry decided to question him instead about Crouch's behavior (since he worked directly under Barty Crouch Sr. at the time.) As a result, he misses witnessing some important details. [[spoiler:Voldemort returns, thanks in part to the actions of Barty Crouch's son. Crouch Sr. was trying to warn many people; he even specifically mentions wanting to talk to Percy, but a Dementor's Kiss prevents Crouch Jr. from ever making a full public confession.]] Later, when the Ministry claims that Harry is crazy [[spoiler:for believing in Voldemort's return]], Percy sees no reason to doubt the Ministry.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Especially in the first three books when he was still a Hogwarts student. At least when Harry interacted with him, he was actually quite nice, albeit pompous and a bit too formal, as long as people followed the rules, and he even tried helping Harry with understanding aspects of the wizarding world that Harry wasn't familiar with yet. But when around people who did ''not'' abide by the rules or did not take him as seriously as he wanted to taken, his annoying and unpleasant side would appear.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Played With. He grew up with twin brothers who constantly mocked him, insulted him, sent him dragon dung in the mail, tried to lock him in a pyramid and stole his personal possessions. When he's given a promotion at work and finally achieves the respect he'd always craved, his father tells him during an argument that the Ministry intended to flatter him and use him to spy on Harry. Percy reacts to the accusation quite badly, and breaks ties with his family, preferring to be with the Ministry partly because they considered him useful. He doesn't actually spy on anyone [[spoiler:and he ends up apologizing to his family in Book 7]].
* MyFamilyRightOrWrong: Again from his perspective, he pulls a HeelFaceTurn in the final book to fight alongside his family. Turns out, he actually had a HeelRealization much sooner, but had to buy his time since he found himself stuck in a Voldemort-controlled Ministry.
* NerdGlasses: The books all describe him as wearing horn-rimmed glasses. They even get broken in Book 4, although Percy quickly uses magic to repair them.
* NoSenseOfHumor: In the words of Ron, "Percy wouldn't recognize a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing Dobby's tea cozy." [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Eventually]] subverted by way of an OutOfCharacterMoment. While he attacks Pius Thicknesse in the Battle of Hogwarts, he says "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Hello, Minister! Did I mention I'm resigning?]]"
** Which is Lampshaded by Fred immediately after. [[spoiler:Who is then [[TearJerker tragically]] killed a second later by Death Eaters.]]
* NoodleIncident: [[spoiler:"You're joking, Perce! I don't think I've heard you joke since--"]]
* NotSoAboveItAll: In ''Prisoner of Azkaban'', he makes a ten-galleon bet with his girlfriend that Gryffindor will beat Ravenclaw in the upcoming Quidditch match. He then begs Harry not to lose the match because he hasn't ''got'' ten galleons.
** Shown in the fourth book, where he runs out to meet Ron after Harry saved him from the lake, "looking much younger than usual" (according to Harry).
* TheObiWannabe: After he walks out on the family, he sends Ron a letter trying to mentor him into following his footsteps. Ron tears it up, saying "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis he is - the world's - biggest - git]]."
%%* TheQuisling
* RedHerring: ''Chamber of Secrets'' has several scenes that imply that Percy might be connected to the mystery regarding the Heir of Slytherin. [[spoiler:He's actually just sneaking around Hogwarts so he can visit his girlfriend without being teased.]]
* RunningGag: Half of Fred and George's teasing came from the fact that Percy would never shut up about being a Prefect, or Head Boy, or his work for Mr. Crouch at the Ministry.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He breaks all ties with his family in Book 5 over an ideological disagreement. [[spoiler:He regrets it later and eventually reconciles with them.]]
* ThickerThanWater: In the final book, when his family is about to go to war, Percy swallows his pride at long last to join them. He was there when Fred died, and this hammered down on his BerserkButton ''hard'', leading to him ''screaming at the next Death Eater to cross his path for a fight''.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Chooses Lawful, but switches to Good at the last minute.
* TookALevelInBadass: We never see him perform anything but the most mundane magic in the first six books (fixing glasses, apparating to different locations, etc.) In the final book, he takes part in a wizarding duel and transfigures his opponent into a ''sea urchin''. Suddenly, Percy's bragging about getting high scores on his school exams makes a lot more sense.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Though he [[TookALevelInKindness reverted back to kindness]] right before the Battle of Hogwarts.
* UndyingLoyalty / MyMasterRightOrWrong: To the Ministry, and how!
** In the end, he declares his loyalty to his family and reconciles with them.
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[[folder:Kingsley Shacklebolt]]
See Characters/HarryPotterOrderOfThePhoenixMembers.
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[[folder:Pius Thicknesse]]
->''"You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide."''

-->'''Portrayed by''': Guy Henry

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A Ministry official who is initially head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. He is put under the Imperius Curse by the Death Eaters [[spoiler:and made Minister for Magic when Voldemort takes over the Ministry]]. He participates in the Battle of Hogwarts [[spoiler:but is beaten by Percy Weasley, and later by Percy and Arthur]].
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the movie, he has more self-awareness than characters seen under the Imperius Curse, suggesting that he became TheQuisling voluntarily.
* BalefulPolymorph: Percy transfigures him into a sea urchin, though he is later restored.
%%* BeardOfEvil
%%* BrainwashedAndCrazy
* CreepyMonotone: Speaks like this in the films, presumably because of the Imperius Curse.
* [[spoiler:DeathByAdaptation]]: [[spoiler:Voldemort takes his anger out on the poor guy in the last film]].
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Scholastic's pronunciation guide says "THICK-ness," but Creator/JKRowling says "thick-NESS," with the second syllable like the "ness" in Loch Ness.
* MeaningfulName: ''Pius'' is Latin and means, among other things, "devoted to order." ''Pius'' was also the name of several popes, one of whom created the Inquisition. ''Thicknesse'' sounds like "thickness" and can be broken into "thick nesse" (thick tongue) referring to his speaking abilities.
* MindControl: Victim thereof.
%%* PuppetKing
* TheQuisling: [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Not that he has much of a say in the matter.]]
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[[folder:Albert Runcorn]]
-->'''Portrayed by''': David O'Hara

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Albert Runcorn is a massive, deep-voiced man who works at the Ministry. Under Voldemort's dictatorship, he is charged with investigating and persecuting Muggle-born witches and wizards, which makes him a favorite of Umbridge, but an enemy of Arthur Weasley. He is known to have falsified wizards' family trees when he considers them a political enemy. When the Trio infiltrated the Ministry of Magic, Harry disguised himself as Runcorn. In this disguise, Harry finds that many of his allies are being tracked by the Ministry, and he later steals the locket of Slytherin from Umbridge.
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* BadassInANiceSuit: His movie-only pinstriped suit.
* BadassLongcoat: His leather trench coat in the film.
* BeardOfEvil: In the book. In the movie, he's clean-shaven.
%%* BlackShirt
%%* TheBrute
%%* CompellingVoice
%%* EvilSoundsDeep
* TheGhost: He never actually appears; being only there to provide someone for Harry to impersonate while infiltrating the Ministry.
** In the film, he only appears once, after he has been rendered unconscious.
* PuttingOnTheReich: In the film, his suit and leather coat make him look like a Gestapo agent, fitting his duties.
* RaceLift: Possibly. His description in the book makes it sound like he was likely black.
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[[folder:Reg Cattermole]]
-->'''Portrayed by''': Steffan Rhodri

Reginald "Reg" Cattermole is a small man who works in Magical Maintenance as a janitor. His wife, Mary, is a Muggle-born witch who is subjected to a show trial on the day the Trio infiltrate the Ministry. Reg Cattermole is impersonated by Ron Weasley, and is unable to attend the trial, but later shows up and takes his family into hiding.
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%%* BeneathSuspicion
* {{Determinator}}: Even being incapacitated and stripped down to his skivvies will not stop him from attending the trial.
* TheDitz: Is not terribly intelligent, but is devoted to his family.
* {{Foil}}: To Ron. Both of them are wizards who are looked down upon, who are utterly and devotedly in love with a Muggle-born witch, and who look out for their families.
%%* JanitorImpersonationInfiltration
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Averted in the films, but in the books, the effect of the Puking Pastille is described in...graphic detail.
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[[folder:Mafalda Hopkirk]]
-->'''Voiced by''' Jessica Hynes
-->'''Portrayed by''': Sophie Thompson

Mafalda Hopkirk is a short, middle-aged witch who works in the Improper Use of Magic Office. In that capacity, she sends Harry Potter notices on two occasions (''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' for Dobby's Hover Charm and ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' for a Patronus) warning him about the use of underage magic. By the time of Voldemort's dictatorship, she is still working at the Ministry, and is impersonated by Hermione during the infiltration. Umbridge conscripts her as a stenographer for the show trial against Mary Cattermole.
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%%* JustFollowingOrders
%%* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours
%%* ObstructiveBureaucrat
%%* PunchClockVillain
%%* ReadTheFinePrint
%%* RulesLawyer
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[[folder:Bertha Jorkins]]
->''"Listen, I knew Bertha Jorkins. She was at Hogwarts when I was, a few years above your dad and me. And she was an idiot."''
-->-- '''Sirius Black'''

A PosthumousCharacter in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. As a Hogwarts student, she was dimwitted and gossipy. She grew up to work for the Ministry of Magic. While working for Barty Crouch, she learned that his son was still alive and imprisoned in his home; Crouch placed a Memory Charm on her so powerful that it permanently damaged her memory, making her extremely forgetful. She was bounced hopelessly from department to department for years afterwards, ultimately coming to work for Ludo Bagman in the Department of Magical Games and Sports.

Shortly before the start of ''Goblet of Fire'', Bertha Jorkins was captured by Wormtail and horribly tortured/interrogated by Voldemort. From her, Voldemort learned information crucial to his evil plot, including the revival of the Triwizard Tournament at Hogwarts. He even broke through the Memory Charm to learn the fate of Barty Crouch, Jr. This "damaged" her beyond repair and Voldemort subsequently killed her. Her death was the murder used to turn Nagini into a Horcrux.

Throughout the book, the disappearance of Bertha Jorkins is talked about. Ludo Bagman and much of the Ministry assumes there was no foul play involved and that she will turn up alive sooner or later. While the characters don't know what happened to her until the end of the book, the reader does as her fate is mentioned in the VillainOpeningScene.

She appears in the book when Harry sees her sixteen-year-old self in the Pensieve and when her spirit reappears during the graveyard battle. She is not seen or mentioned in the film.
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Apparently partially the result of the Memory Charm placed on her by Barty Crouch, Sr. Her memory was actually good before that, at least for gossip. This is also why Bagman isn't concerned about her disappearance for quite a while and he assumes that she just got lost [[OhNoNotAgain again]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Was subjected to this by Voldemort during his interrogation of her.
* TheDitz: She is largely this; however, she had a sharp memory as per Sirius. She immediately recognized Peter Pettigrew and put two and two together when confronting him in Albania, requiring Wormtail, in Voldemort's words, to show rare presence of mind in bringing her to Voldemort as an "offering."
* GossipyHens: At least in her Hogwarts days.
* LooseLips: Sirius says "she never knew when to keep her mouth shut."
%%* PosthumousCharacter
* TheStoolPigeon: Despite her being a GossipyHens, her actual classification under this trope is Lacerated Larry, since the reason she squealed was because she was tortured by Lord Voldemort and Wormtail.
* TooDumbToLive: As described by Sirius.
--> '''Sirius:''' She was at Hogwarts when I was, a few years above your dad and me. And she was an idiot. Very nosy, but no brains, none at all. It's not a good combination, Harry. I'd say she'd be very easy to lure into a trap.
** However, Sirius noted that Bertha had a very good memory and does not accept the rumors that she's forgetful. He noted her good memory was used for nosiness and gossip.
%%* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom
%%* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness
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[[folder:Amelia Bones]]
->''"Those in favour of clearing the accused of all charges? And those in favour of conviction?"''

-->'''Portrayed by''': Sian Thomas

The celebrated Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

Madam Bones, having a seat on the Wizengamot, presided over the disciplinary hearing of Harry Potter. She was fair, unlike Cornelius Fudge, the prosecutor, and was astounded by Harry's ability to conjure a corporeal Patronus. She voted for the clearing of all of his charges, and Harry was allowed to leave. A year after, Madam Bones was killed by Lord Voldemort himself during the summer, though she put up a good fight.

Harry's classmate Susan Bones is Amelia's niece.
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* ActionGirl: Not one to be taken lightly; Voldemort goes after her personally.
* {{Badass}}: Considered to be one of the greatest witches of her time, not to mention that she was a highly skilled duelist and was able to hold her own against Lord Voldemort himself when he arrived to murder her.
* BadassBaritone: A rare variation where it's a female. Her voice is described as "booming."
* OnlySaneWoman: Of the Wizengamot when Harry was on trial.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: She was the head of the people who did not like Fudge bringing Harry before a full court and wished to look into why Dementors were attacking Harry.
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