Characters: Harry Potter Ministry Of Magic
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General Ministry Tropes
"The Ministry of Magic wishes you a pleasant day..."
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.
- Badass Army: The Aurors.
- Day of the Jackboot: When Voldemort takes over in Deathly Hallows.
- Good Is Not Nice: The Ministry used very brutal tactics during the first war against Voldemort, including torture and Mind Control.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: 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 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.
- Inspector Javert: The Aurors, to Sirius Black.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: The Ministry seems to employ quite a few.
- Police Are Useless: 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.
- Police State: Useless against Voldemort, harsh against its own people.
- Pretentious Latin Motto: The Department of Magical Law Enforcement bears the motto "Ignorantia juris neminem excusat" ("Ignorance of the law excuses nobody").
- Took a Level in Dumbass: 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.
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
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, 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.
- Always Second Best: During his election, most of the popular support was actually for Dumbledore, who didn't want to run for office. It's implied that Fudge has a massive inferiority complex due to his knowledge that Dumbledore could easily have beaten his bid for the position if he'd so chosen, and that this factors into his need to prove himself better than him.
- Authority in Name Only: According to Hagrid, Fudge used to constantly bombard Dumbledore with letters asking for advice on every decision he took. By the time of Order of the Phoenix, in his effort to be his own man, Fudge in reality seems to have shifted to just making all his decision based on Lucius Malfoy and Dolores Umbridge's advice.
- Big Bad Ensemble: 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.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: 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.
- Dark Horse Victory: It's implied that his initial election as Minister of Magic was this, with the two most popular candidates being Dumbledore (who refused to run for office despite widespread urging) and Barty Crouch sr. (who suffered an unexpected drop in popularity after sentencing his own son to Azkaban).
- The Ditherer: As noted, he's very bad at making his own decisions. When he does stick to his own ideas, they tend to be fuelled by his ego.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Fudge's choice to ignore Voldemort's return and let him accumulate power for himself rather than risk the unpopularity of war was clearly based off Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's handling of Nazi Germany.
- Everyone Has Standards: As per Umbridge, Fudge would never have tolerated her decisions to send Dementors after Harry (even if he could use the incident to try and expel him) or allow her to use Cruciatus curse for torture.
- Evil All Along: 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 "lacks proper wizarding pride."
- Head-in-the-Sand Management: The trope could be renamed "The Cornelius Fudge School of Crisis Management." It helps that Fudge's management is based heavily off the former Trope namer, Neville Chamberlain.
- Hero Insurance: Before the fifth book, he's quite committed to providing this for Harry, making several special exceptions for him to avoid him getting into too much trouble. He considers Harry, as "the boy who lived" a special case, a Double Standard that Snape criticises, noting that Harry is better off being treated like any other student (a valid point, though hollow given Snape's bias causing him to treat Harry worse than any other student). This bites him in the ass when he attempts to dredge up these instances, at which Dumbledore points out that he himself was happy to dismiss them at the time.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Come Book 5, it's easy to imagine Lucius Malfoy and Dolores Umbridge effortlessly manipulating him by acting like cliché Evil Chancellors. In fact, given their personalities, that's probably exactly what they do.
- Inspector Javert: What in roles in the second and third books amount to. In the former case, he arrests Hagrid despite not actually believing him to be guilty of opening the Chamber of Secrets in order to make the Ministry out to be taking action to stop the attacks on muggle-borns. His prioritisation of keeping up appearance over doing any actual good foreshadows his true nature as later shown.
- I Reject Your Reality: His response to claims that Voldemort returned. Averted, when he finally sees Voldemort face-to-face at the end of "Order of the Phoenix", he immediately faces up to his failure and defers to Dumbledore, though the fact that it happened in public kind of left him with no room to save face.
- Meaningful Name: 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.
- Nice Hat: Frequent attention is paid to his green bowler hat.
- Noodle Incident: Margret Thatcher tried to throw him out the window when he revealed the wizarding world to her.
- Obstructive Zealot: His insistence that Voldemort can't have returned leads him into some truly deep delusions, and ultimately ends up costing him his job.
- Our Ministers Are Different: Starts off as Minister Buffoon and Minister Focus Group, but becomes Minister Corrupt/Scheming.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: 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 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.
- Put on a Bus: After his resignation as Minister and passing the position to Scrimgeour, we only see him again in a brief cameo at Dumbledore's funeral at the end of the sixth book.
- Sanity Slippage: It's certainly implied by Sirius in the quote above, but that may be them trying to give him the benefit of the doubt.
- Small Name, Big Ego: 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 also awarded himself an Order of Merlin, First Class award, which is meant to be awarded for "acts of outstanding bravery", despite most people considering Fudge's career "less than distinguished".
- Slave to PR: 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. He even states that, "He has to be seen doing something."
- Too Dumb to Live: Fudge's overall 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.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: 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...well, yeah.
- Turn in Your Badge: 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.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: 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.
- Written-In Absence: 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.
Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Senior
"You are no son of mine!"
Portrayed by: Roger Lloyd-Pack
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.
- Accidental Misnaming: Continually refers to Percy Weasley as "Weatherby."
- Adaptational Heroism: 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. His abusive custody and mind-control of Barty Jr. is omitted entirely.
- Asshole Victim: In the novel, but not in the film adaptation.
- Anti-Hero: Crouch was a Pragmatic Hero or Unscrupulous Hero.
- The Atoner: He becomes this just before being murdered by his son.
- What Happened to the Mouse??: 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.
- Blue Blood: 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.
- Da Chief: He was once Wizarding Britain's chief lawman.
- Determinator: Travels from his home, probably somewhere in England, to Hogwarts, in Scotland, presumably on foot, while fighting Imperius Curse indoctrination the entire way.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: His character design. He has a toothbrush mustache and a comb-over fringe for goodness' sake!
- Hanging Judge: Sent Sirius to prison without a trial.
- He Who Fights Monsters: 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".
- He Knows Too Much: He knows that "Moody" is really Crouch Jr. He is killed by his son before he can warn Dumbledore.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: 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 his back-from-Azkaban son under control. That said, he only ever used the Imperius Curse, which he legalized, and the Polyjuice Potion.
- I Did What I Had to Do: 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.
- I Have No Son: He says almost these exact words during his son's trial. He's a good deal more wistful about it in the film, though.
- Karmic Death: In the novel, but not the film adaptation.
- Knight Templar: Noted by other characters to have used methods Not So Different from Voldemort's in the First Wizarding War.
- Nominal Hero: In the novel, he cares more about protecting his own reputation than doing good.
- Omniglot: Or so Percy says.
- Parental Neglect: 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.
- Sanity Slippage: He goes a little nuts after months of being under the Imperius Curse.
- Workaholic: Oh, yes. 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 very strange for him.
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 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.
- Adapted Out: He doesn't appear in the film version of Goblet of Fire.
- Big Fun: At first.
- Composite Character: Combined with the senior Barty Crouch in the film.
- Dumb Muscle: He has no end of enthusiasm for his job, but tends to put having a good time before common sense or secrecy. Lampshaded 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.
- Fixing The Game: 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.
- Formerly Fit: He looks like a powerfully-built man gone slightly to seed; this is confirmed when Harry sees him in his Quidditch days via Pensieve.
- The Gambling Addict: 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.
- Long Bus Trip: He goes on the run after the fourth book to escape the goblins he owes money to and is never seen again. Pottermore reveals that he survived, as he's seen writing about Quidditch for the Daily Prophet.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: 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.
- Red Herring: 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.
- Trapped by Gambling Debts: His prime motivation.
Dolores Jane Umbridge
"As I told you, Mr. Potter, naughty children deserve to be punished."
Portrayed by: Imelda Staunton
A high-ranking Ministry functionary and perhaps the most universally despised character in the series, Umbridge 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, 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, Scrimgeour and 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 Word of God confirms that she was ultimately tried, convicted and sent to Azkaban.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Umbridge hides it a bit better than the Death Eaters, but she's honestly no better than them. By the final book, she sky dives off the slippery slope and starts holding a Kangaroo Court to persecute Muggleborn Wizards.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: 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.
- Adult Fear: What makes Umbridge more terrifying and hated than Voldemort itself: she is essentially a walking embodiment of incompetent, curel and corrupt authority figures everywhere. It's very unlikely that a regular person would be unlucky enough to cross paths with someone like Voldemort. However, unless you live a very charmed life, you with have or will meet someone like Umbridge, whether it's a teacher, a boss or your government.
- Animal Motifs: Umbridge uses the Cats Are Mean 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 her presence. In fact, her backstory shared on Pottermore states she finds actual kittens to be too messy.
- Judging by Harry's descriptions, her toad motif is another viable example.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Oh, yes.
- Boomerang Bigot: Despises half-bloods despite according to Word of God being one herself and having a Squib for a brother to boot.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Her profile on Pottermore names her hobbies to be "collecting the 'Frolicsome Feline' ornamental plate range, adding flounces to fabric and frills to stationary objects, inventing instruments of torture."
- Bright Is Not Good: Pink, pink everywhere, but her soul is as black as the night itself.
- Bullying a Dragon: During the events of Order of the Phoenix, she insists on 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.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Subverted. Though one of the worst villains in the series, she also is one of the most realistic.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Her color motif is pink to go with her sickly sweet personality.
- *Cough* Snark *Cough* / Ahem: Frequently interrupts people with a fake cough/clearing of the throat.
- Cute Kitten: Has decorative plates with images of kittens hung up on her office wall. Don't take this as a good example of what to expect from her.
- Dean Bitterman: To say the least.
- Disproportionate Retribution: 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.
- The Dragon: Umbridge is the one who sabotages the Defense Against the Dark Arts education at Hogwarts on behalf of Fudge.
- Dragon-in-Chief: It's her actions that create much of the conflict in the fifth book and movie.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Inverted; not only does she lack standards, she makes Snape, a Smug Snake and (by this point) known Death Eater, look good next to her.
- Snape: Unless you wish to poison Potter—and I would be in the greatest possible sympathy with you if you did—I cannot help you.
- Evil Counterpart: Several scenes position her as this to McGonagall.
- Establishing Character Moment: 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 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.
- Evil Matriarch: Take out the matriarch and you have Umbridge - or, rather, Umbitch - to a 'T'.
- Face Framed in Shadow: When she's introduced.
- Fantastic Racism:
- She is noted to have an intense loathing of those she considers "half-breeds" or "part-humans," ranging from werewolves to centaurs. It comes back to haunt her at the end of Order of the Phoenix, where she is carried off into the Forbidden Forest by a herd of centaurs.
- Her hatred of half-breeds apparently extends to half-blood wizards and witches like herself, as evidenced in Deathly Hallows. She sends a half-blood wizard to his Fate Worse Than Death, 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.
- Fat Bitch: Depicted in the books as extremely, almost humorously squat. This is downplayed in the film, though, as Imelda Staunton isn't really that fat at all.
- Fate Worse Than Death: In the film version of Deathly Hallows, Harry's intervention in the courtroom loosens her control of the 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?
- Faux Affably Evil: She certainly tries, but overdoes it; her fake persona is every bit as foul as her real one, and the fact that it's so over the top actually adds to her creepiness.
- Glurge Addict: As evidenced by her ornamental kitten plates, which Harry finds sickening.
- Hate Sink: 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 smugness, racism, pettiness, banality, abuse of power, and cruelty are so disgusting and believable that Umbridge is often hated more than Lord Voldemort himself.
- Hypocrite: Although fans have a lot of reasons to hate her with 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, 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. Not to mention doing this stuff while being a half-blood herself.
- Just a Kid: 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.
- Karma Houdini: Besides being captured by some centaurs, she gets away with much of her misdeeds in the fifth book.
- Subverted in The Deathly Hallows. In the movie, she is left at the mercy of Dementors she would use on muggle-born and half-blood wizards. According to the J.K. Rowling, she will go to Azkaban for her crimes.
- Knight Templar: 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.
- Light Is Not Good: 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 Slytherin's Locket, thanks to the fact that what she considers "happy thoughts" are pretty much the exact opposite. To say nothing of her Glurge Addict status.
- Meaningful Name: Dolores means "sorrows" or "pains," Umbridge = umbrage (outrage).
- Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Supplies the trope quote.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: 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. In the first book her devotion to Fudge seemed sincere (and therefore probably her only redeeming trait), but by the second she's very comfortable with the promotion she's gotten under Voldemort's regime and her previous love of Fudge comes off more in a Professional Butt-Kisser kind of way.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat
- Pink Means Feminine: Wears fluffy, frilly pink clothes to hide her real nature.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: 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.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: In some respects.
- The Quisling: In Deathly Hallows.
- Sadist Teacher: 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 Moral Event Horizon when it's revealed that she forces first-years to use the blood quill.
- Smug Snake: 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...)
- Smug Smiler: In addition of being a Smug Snake and Stepford Smiler, she often shows her overconfidence this way.
- Straw Hypocrite: She teaches the students that the Unforgivable Curses are illegal and unforgivable. The Cruciatus Curse appears to be one of her favorite spells.
- Sugary Malice
- Tastes Like Diabetes: Several traits of hers, such as her fluffy pink clothing, her high-pitched girlish voice, and her fixation on Cute Kittens and doilies are definitely seen as this In-Universe.
- Too Dumb to Live: Surrounded by centaurs aiming arrows at you...and you still insult them for being "filthy half-breeds"? Dumbledore has to personally bail her out of that one, and she's not even grateful for it in the slightest!
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Her horrible misrule follows this arc, with her replacing Reasonable Authority Figure McGonagall. Ex-Trope Namer.
- Villainous Breakdown: Tends to go in to one of these every time her plans get derailed."I WILL HAVE ORDER!"
- Vocal Dissonance: 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.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: There's no mention as to what happened to her after Harry, Ron and Hermione escape the Ministry in Deathly Hallows. Word of God states that she was sent to Azkaban.
- Would Hurt a Child: 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 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.
- X Meets Y: Stephen King describes her as a cross between Margaret Thatcher and Hyacinth Bucket. Shudder.
" I won't pretend to be your friend, Mr. Potter. But I'm not your enemy."
Portrayed by: Bill Nighy
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.
- Animal Motifs: Described as looking like an old lion.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's mentioned in the fifth book by Order of the Phoenix members before taking over as Minister in the sixth.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He withstands torture by Voldemort himself and refuses to give Harry away, despite not even liking him.
- Hero Antagonist: 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.
- Heroic Sacrifice / Redemption Equals Death: 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.
- Knight Templar: Like Crouch before him, his methods of battling Voldemort lead him to cause his own kind of trouble for the Wizarding World.
- Jerkass Has a Point: 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 (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 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.
- Large Ham: Has the wildest eyes this side of Steve Buscemi. It's BILL NIGHY!
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: 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.
- Our Ministers Are Different: Mostly Minister Iron, with a few traces of Minister Scheming and Minister Action.
- Our Vampires Are Different: 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 completely immune to sunlight.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Scrimgeour's tendency for this is one of Harry's biggest criticisms of him.
- Redeeming Replacement: 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.
- Witch Hunt: 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.
"I'm Head Boy!"
Portrayed by: Chris Rankin
The Black Sheep of the Weasley family. At the start of the series, Percy is a pompous, ambitious prefect with No Sense of Humor. Oh wait, did we mention he's a Prefect? Well, he's a Prefect, in case that hadn't been mentioned. He's The Dutiful Son 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 Butt Monkey. 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 Played for Laughs and he was mostly a sympathetic character.After finishing Hogwarts, he joined the Ministry of Magic, and this is when he Took a Level in Jerkass. 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 Deathly Hallows, he pulls a Changed My Mind, Kid and returns to his family and to the side of good.Also, he was a Prefect. We mentioned that, right?note
- Ambition Is Evil: Without actually being a member of the Hogwarts House known for it!
- Angst Coma/Heroic BSOD: 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. His girlfriend, Penelope Clearwater, was one of the attack victims.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: 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.
- The Atoner: When he finally realizes what a git he'd been for putting the Ministry over his family.
- Big Brother Instinct: Refused to abandon Fred's dead body until he was able to move it away from the chaos.
- Also had a huge amount of this to Ginny in the second book, being the only one to be really worried about her seeming illness and trying to get her help.
- Black Sheep: Of the Weasley family.
- The Brother Nobody Likes: It's implied that even in the epilogue almost two decades later, he's still a bit distant from the rest of his family, which probably has less to do with his behavior as a young adult than it does that his personality just doesn't mesh very well with the rest of his siblings.
- Butt Monkey: Much like Ron, Percy finds himself to be the butt of jokes from his siblings. Even Harry finds a hard time finding redeeming qualities in him.
- Class Representative: Prefects are basically the British equivalent of this trope.
- Demoted to Extra: 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.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: 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.
- The Dutiful Son: Originally.
- Empathy Pet: Hermes, the owl he got for becoming Prefect. Notably, he keeps the pet even after breaking ties with his family.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: 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.
- Green-Eyed Monster: 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.
- I Am Not My Father: He makes a point of not behaving like Arthur in later books.
- Locked Out of the Loop: 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. 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 for believing in Voldemort's return, Percy sees no reason to doubt the Ministry.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: 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 and he ends up apologizing to his family in Book 7.
- My Family Right or Wrong: Again from his perspective, he pulls a Heel-Face Turn in the final book to fight alongside his family. Turns out, he actually had a Heel Realization much sooner, but had to bide his time since he found himself stuck in a Voldemort-controlled Ministry.
- Nerd Glasses: 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.
- No Sense of Humor: In the words of Ron, "Percy wouldn't recognize a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing Dobby's tea cozy." Eventually subverted by way of an Out-of-Character Moment. While he attacks Pius Thicknesse in the Battle of Hogwarts, he says "Hello, Minister! Did I mention I'm resigning?"
- Which is lampshaded by Fred immediately after. Who is then tragically killed a second later by Death Eaters.
- Noodle Incident: "You're joking, Perce! I don't think I've heard you joke since—"
- Not So Above It All: 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).
- In the third book, after Gryffindor wins the Quidditch cup, his dignity goes out the window, and Percy is jumping up and down screaming and cheering along with everyone else.
- The Obi-Wannabe: 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 "he is - the world's - biggest - git."
- Red Herring: Chamber of Secrets has several scenes that imply that Percy might be connected to the mystery regarding the Heir of Slytherin. He's actually just sneaking around Hogwarts so he can visit his girlfriend without being teased.
- Running Gag: 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.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He breaks all ties with his family in Book 5 over an ideological disagreement. He regrets it later and eventually reconciles with them.
- Thicker Than Water: 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 Berserk Button hard, leading to him screaming at the next Death Eater to cross his path for a fight.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Chooses Lawful, but switches to Good at the last minute.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Though he reverted back to kindness right before the Battle of Hogwarts.
- Undying Loyalty / My Master, Right or Wrong: To the Ministry.
- In the end, he declares his loyalty to his family and reconciles with them.
"You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide."
Portrayed by: Guy Henry
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 and made Minister for Magic when Voldemort takes over the Ministry. He participates in the Battle of Hogwarts but is beaten by Percy Weasley, and later by Percy and Arthur.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the movie, he has more self-awareness than characters seen under the Imperius Curse, suggesting that he became The Quisling voluntarily.
- Baleful Polymorph: Percy transfigures him into a sea urchin, though he is later restored.
- Creepy Monotone: Speaks like this in the films, presumably because of the Imperius Curse.
- Death by Adaptation: Voldemort takes his anger out on the poor guy in the last film.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Scholastic's pronunciation guide says "THICK-ness," but J. K. Rowling says "thick-NESS," with the second syllable like the "ness" in Loch Ness.
- Meaningful Name: 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.
- Mind Control: Victim thereof.
- Puppet King: Perhaps the ultimate example, since he's literally just a mindless puppet under Yaxley's spell.
- The Quisling: Not that he has much of a say in the matter.
- Portrayed by: Richard Leaf
- Black Shirt: When Voldemort takes over the Ministry through his control of Thicknesse, Dawlish continues to work there and do his bidding against the Muggle-borns. It's not entirely clear if he actually supports pure-blood supremacy or if he's Just Following Orders, but he becomes an obstacle to the heroes regardless.
- Butt Monkey: One of the series' biggest. Literally every mention of Dawlish involves him being defeated, outwitted, humiliated or injured in one way or another. To date, he's been defeated by Dumbledore (twice), Hagrid and Fang, Augusta Longbottom, Dirk Creswell (who wasn't carrying a wand), and has been placed under a Confundus Charm several times by Order of the Phoenix members.
- Feed the Mole: The Order of the Phoenix uses the Confundus Charm on him to feed misinformation to the Death Eaters at various points. Snape notes that he's "especially susceptible" to it.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: He just can't seem to pose a serious threat to anyone.
- Informed Ability: Dumbledore says he's sure Dawlish is an excellent Auror and that he received an "Outstanding" on all his N.E.W.T.s upon graduating from Hogwarts. While Dawlish can be forgiven for losing to Dumbledore, the greatest wizard in the world, he's generally shown as incompetent even when going up against other characters.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: No matter how competent an Auror he might be, he can't hold a candle to the likes of Dumbledore.
- Underestimating Badassery: Definitely the case with his attempted arrest of Augusta Longbottom. According to Rowling, Dawlish was "punch drunk" on that assignment.
- Portrayed by: David O'Hara
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.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: His movie-only pinstriped suit.
- Badass Longcoat: His leather trench coat in the film.
- Beard of Evil: In the book. In the movie, he's clean-shaven.
- The Ghost: 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.
- Putting on the Reich: In the film, his suit and leather coat make him look like a Gestapo agent, fitting his duties.
- Race Lift: Possibly. His description in the book makes it sound like he was likely black.
- Portrayed by: Steffan Rhodri
- Determinator: Even being incapacitated and stripped down to his skivvies will not stop him from attending the trial.
- The Ditz: 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.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Averted in the films, but in the books, the effect of the Puking Pastille is described in...graphic detail.
- Voiced by Jessica HynesPortrayed by: Sophie Thompson
"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."A Posthumous Character in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 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 Villain Opening Scene.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.
— Sirius Black
- 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 again.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Was subjected to this by Voldemort during his interrogation of her.
- The Ditz: 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."
- Gossipy Hens: At least in her Hogwarts days.
- Loose Lips: Sirius says "she never knew when to keep her mouth shut."
- The Stool Pigeon: Despite her being a Gossipy Hens, her actual classification under this trope is Lacerated Larry, since the reason she squealed was because she was tortured by Lord Voldemort and Wormtail.
- Too Dumb to Live: 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.
"Those in favour of clearing the accused of all charges? And those in favour of conviction?"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.
Portrayed by: Sian Thomas
- Action Girl: 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.
- Contralto of Danger: Her voice is described as "booming."
- Only Sane Woman: Of the Wizengamot when Harry was on trial.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: 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.