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[[header:The Ministry of Magic]]

->''"The Ministry of Magic wishes you a pleasant day..."''

For years, the Ministry of Magic has stood firm as a secret ministry that governed the wizarding community in Britain. The Ministry is governed by the Minister of Magic, who enjoys nearly autocratic powers, and the secretive Wizengamot, making the Ministry a police state on many occasions. With Voldemort's return, however, the Ministry eventually becomes a fascist government but when Harry Potter defeats the latter, the Ministry is reformed.


[[folder:In General]]
* BadassArmy: The Aurors.
* BadassLongcoat: With the exception of Tonks and Kingsley, Aurors in the films are depicted as middle-aged gentlemen in trenchcoats.
* DayOfTheJackboot: When Voldemort takes over in ''Deathly Hallows''.
* DidntThinkThisThrough:
** Surprisingly few Ministry officials seemed to think that having the Dementors - a race of evil beings that feed on souls - in charge of the most dangerous wizards alive was going to end badly. [[spoiler:Sure enough, they're happy to change allegiances to Voldemort.]]
** Driving deranged psychopaths in Azkaban like Bellatrix or Barty Crouch Jr. even ''crazier'' was also a very bad idea.
* 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 the 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]]: Some members of the ministry tend to have very boisterious personalities.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''Order of the Phoenix'', the Ministry makes a concerted effort to deny Voldemort's return after his revival. Unfortunately for them, it backfires when Fudge discovers that Voldemort's back after all.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Ministry seems to employ quite a few. Up to and including ''both'' Minsters of Magic shown in the series prior to Voldemort's takeover. To be fair, Rufus isn't outright evil or corrupt like Fudge was, and refuses to give up anything on Harry even under threat of torture, but he does nothing to make life easier for people in desperate need of hope and reassurance. To say nothing of his adversarial relationship with Harry himself.
* 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'' (albeit with help from the Order of the Phoenix). 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.

[[folder:Cornelius Oswald Fudge]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Robert Hardy
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]''

->''"Exactly, Fudge '''isn't''' in his right mind; it's been twisted and warped by fear."''
-->-- '''Remus Lupin''' on Fudge's deteriorating mental state

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, the national public outrage that ensues caused him to be sacked from his position and replaced by Rufus Scrimgeour.

* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Post-''Order of the Phoenix''. The first chapter of ''Half-Blood Prince'' reveals that all of Wizarding Britain unanimously demanded his resignation -- Fudge himself admits he had never seen the Wizarding World so united in anything else. According to Pottermore, he's considered the second worst minister of all time (the top spot jointly owned by the two ministers who created Azkaban and tried to ban Muggle/Wizard marriages, respectively), and no doubt the absolute worst minister in modern history.
* AlwaysSecondBest: 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.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: 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 decisions based on Lucius Malfoy and Dolores Umbridge's advice.
* BigBadEnsemble: While Voldemort is the leader of the Death Eaters, it's Fudge's smear campaign against Dumbledore, Harry and any claims that Voldemort has returned that causes the most problems in most of ''Order of the Phoenix''. It also has repercussions in the last two books, as Voldemort used Fudge's denial to secretely prepare for the Death Eater coup in the seventh book.
* BigBadWannabe: Cornelius Fudge led the smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore, true enough, and he gave Umbridge all her powers as Inquisitor, but it all goes to hell once Voldemort returns ''in full view of the Ministry''. We learn in the next book that [[RealityEnsues the massive national public outrage that ensued over him covering up that]] '''''[[WouldHurtAChild a child-murdering terrorist]]''''' was back in action forced Fudge to resign as Minister.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: In Books 2 and 3 and for most of Book 4, he comes across, in Harry's own words, as kindly and well-meaning, 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.
* CharacterTic: Spinning his bowler hat in his hands when he's nervous.
* DareToBeBadass: At the end of Book 4, Dumbledore tells him to accept Voldemort's return, remove the Dementors from Azkaban, and send envoys to the Giants. He tells Fudge if he takes these steps, he will be remembered as one of the bravest and greatest Ministers of Magic; if Fudge refuses (which he does), he will be remembered as the man who stepped aside and allowed Voldemort to destroy everything the Wizarding World has tried so hard to rebuild (which he is).
* DarkHorseVictory: It's implied that his initial election as Minister of Magic was this, with the two most popular candidates being Dumbledore (who refused to run for office despite widespread urging) and Barty Crouch Sr (who suffered an unexpected drop in popularity after sentencing his own son to Azkaban).
* DemotedToExtra: After having a major role for much of the series, he makes a brief cameo appearance in Book 6, before disappearing altogether.
* TheDitherer: 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.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: 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, [[DatedHistory although any modern historian will tell you that is really unfair to Chamberlain considering what he really did]].
* EveryoneHasStandards:
** After the Chamber of Secrets is reopened and Muggle-borns are attacked, Lucius Malfoy convinces the Hogwarts board of governors to suspend Dumbledore. Fudge tells Lucius that this is a terrible idea and objects to Dumbledore accepting the motion.
** After the Dementors sent to protect Hogwarts from Sirius Black attempt to perform a kiss on Harry, Fudge immediately decides to remove them from the school since they're clearly dangerous to the students.
** As per Umbridge, Fudge would never have tolerated her decision to send Dementors after Harry (even if he could use the incident to try and expel him), or allowed her to use the Cruciatus curse for torture.
* 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]]."
* FantasticRacism: According to Dumbledore, he has always put too much importance on so-called blood purity.
* HeadInTheSandManagement: The trope could be renamed "The Cornelius Fudge School of Crisis Management." It helps that Fudge's management is based heavily off the former TropeNamer, Neville Chamberlain.
* HeroicBSOD: He goes through a brief one during [[spoiler:Dumbledore's funeral]].
* HeroInsurance: 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 DoubleStandard that Snape criticises, noting that Harry is better off being treated like any other student (a valid point, though hollow given Snape's bias 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.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter:
** In ''Goblet of Fire'', when Crouch goes missing he suspects Madame Maxime of attacking him, with his reasons being that her carriage was close to Crouch's last sighting and because [[FantasticRacism she's a half-giant, and giants are known for being violent by nature]].
** Come ''Order of the Phoenix'', 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. [[InsaneTrollLogic When Dumbledore points out the flaws in Fudge's reasoning, Fudge accuses Dumbledore of being prejudiced because of his half-giant employee Hagrid]]. He then acts somewhat shocked when Dumbledore gently suggests ''he's'' the one being prejudiced.
** He believes Dumbledore wants to steal his position as Minister of Magic, when the truth is that Dumbledore is content with his own position as Headmaster of Hogwarts and does not trust himself to hold such a powerful position. In fact, Dumbledore had previously been asked to become Minister of Magic after Crouch was ousted, but refused.
* IdiotBall:
** 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.
** Despite having nearly autocratic authority as Minister of Magic his attempt at organizing a KangarooCourt for Harry's trial is so poorly done that it's easy for Dumbledore to point out flaws in Fudge's court procedures and the incredibly flimsy evidence he tries to introduce. The upshot is that only half a dozen people vote to convict Harry, and "many" hands are raised in favor of acquittal.
* InadequateInheritor: From the very beginning he felt this way and was deeply insecure in his role as Minister of Magic after being compared to Dumbledore, who turned down his position multiple times. This insecurity turns out to stem from his own ''actual'' inadequacy and incompetence; he exhibits [[FantasticRacism bigoted tendencies]] and governmental corruption, and by books four and five his truly nasty behavior shines through.
* InspectorJavert: 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.
* IRejectYourReality: His response to claims that Voldemort returned. Averted, when he finally sees Voldemort face-to-face at the end of ''Order of the Phoenix'', he immediately faces up to his failure and defers to Dumbledore, though the fact that it happened in public kind of left him with no room to save face.
* {{Jerkass}}: Fudge is a very unpleasant person behind his friendly demeanor. Beyond his FantasticRacism, penchant for corruption and loving his power way too much he instigates a yearlong smear campaign against a ''fifteen year old boy'' out of a paranoid fear that his comfy, complacent job would become a lot harder with Voldemort's return. By ''Half Blood Prince'' the shock of having the entire wizarding world scream for his resignation seems to have made him realize what a jerk he's been, but it's too late.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: After everything he did in ''Goblet of Fire'' and ''Order of the Phoenix'', it's hard to sympathise with Fudge when everyone in the British Wizarding World demands his resignation.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Fudge spends an entire year denying Voldemort's return, and slanders Harry, Dumbledore, and their supporters. Once it turns out that Voldemort really had returned, all of the slander he aimed at his "enemies" turns around and bites him in the ass. He resigns in disgrace, his reputation is ruined, [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating he's going down in history as one of the worst Ministers of Magic ever]], and the community that he was trying to protect was nearly destroyed thanks to his denial.
* MeaningfulName:
** In British idioms, 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 Mosley, who led the British Union of Fascists.
** In the Polish translation his last name is changed to "Knot", which roughly translates to "the one who screws up".
* MyGreatestFailure: Fudge would later recall that in no time had he seen the wizarding world so unified than when it roared for his resignation following the revelation that he had kept the public unaware of Voldemort's return.
* NiceHat: Frequent attention is paid to his lime-green bowler hat, although it's black in the films.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Traits of Neville Chamberlain made their way into the character and how he managed the Ministry of Magic.
* NoodleIncident: Margaret Thatcher tried to throw him out the window when he revealed the wizarding world to her.
* ObstructiveZealot: His insistence that Voldemort can't have returned leads him into some truly deep delusions, and ultimately leads to his resignation.
* OhCrap: When he sees Voldemort in the flesh for the first time towards the end of ''Order of the Phoenix''.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: 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.
* ProperlyParanoid: He is reluctant to reveal the truth about Voldemort's return on the account of maintaining his reputation and preventing mass chaos in the wizarding world.
* PutOnABus: After his resignation as Minister and passing the position to Scrimgeour, we only see him again in a brief cameo at [[spoiler:Dumbledore's funeral]] at the end of the sixth book.
* 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.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He resigns as Minister of Magic after Voldemort returns (although his ZeroPercentApprovalRating caused by the outraged wizarding community meant that he wasn't going to be able to stick around much longer).
* 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, Dumbledore, and their supporters the scapegoats of a Smear Campaign. He even states that, "He has to be seen doing something."
* 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 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".
* 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.
* UngratefulBastard: Dumbledore always gave him helpful advice during his years in office. That did not stop Fudge from waging a year-long smear campaign against him and Harry when he thought Dumbledore was plotting to overthrow him and take his position as Minister of Magic.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: If Fudge was actually honest about what Harry and Dumbledore were saying, or was skeptical but still took precautions just in case, then Voldemort wouldn't have had his NearVillainVictory and the body count in the last two books would have been ''much'' lower. At the very least, the Ministry would not have been taken over, since Voldemort used Fudge's negligence to build up his spies and support-base in the Ministry. In the First War, the Ministry was infiltrated by Death Eaters for sure, but it didn't collapse or fall or get subverted.

[[folder:Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/ImeldaStaunton (films), Helena Lymbery (''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'', first West End run), TBD (''Cursed Child'', first Broadway run)
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' | ''[[Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild Cursed Child]]''

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

A high-ranking Ministry functionary and perhaps the most universally despised character in the series, Umbridge [[FauxAffablyEvil affects the mannerisms of a kindly old aunt or grandmother, but they're only a thin veneer that covers governmental corruption at its worst incarnate in one woman]]. Sent to Hogwarts by Cornelius Fudge to keep an eye on Dumbledore, Umbridge wasted no time in turning it into her own personal fiefdom, [[TyrantTakesTheHelm running the school as a sugar-coated dictator]]. She lost her post at the end of ''Order of the Phoenix'' but retained her Ministry job under Fudge's successors, [[KnightTemplar Scrimgeour]] and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Thicknesse]]. Umbridge is loyal only to the Ministry itself, no matter who runs it, and will gleefully uphold the status quo it lays down, no matter how horrible. The books make no mention of her final fate, but Rowling confirms that she was ultimately tried, convicted and sent to Azkaban.
* 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.
* AdaptationalBadass: In the book version of ''Order of the Phoenix'', she gets rolled pretty much instantly by the Centaurs once she pisses them off, showing that for all their bluster, the Wizards are only in charge largely because of the forbearance of the other magical races. In the film, she's able to hold off a group of angry and heavily armed Centaurs pretty much effortlessly all by herself [[note]]right until Grawp sneaks up on her and relieves her of her wand[[/note]], demonstrating the Wizards ended up being able to boss around all the other magical races by being just that dangerous.
** An example that's more competence than badassness, she actually uses the proper dose of veritaserum in the movie. She only runs out because she interrogates the entire DA with it. In the book, she uses the entire bottle to interrogate Harry when she only needed 2 drops, thus she comes off as incompetent when Snape asks what happened to the rest when she asks for more.
* AdaptationalVillainy: She was still a horrifically vile person in the book, but also in the book, she only inflicted her punishment method on two students (Harry and Lee), as well as getting Fred, George, and Harry a lifetime [[note]]meaning as long as she's in power there[[/note]] ban from playing Quidditch. In the film, she did it to practically every student who disagreed with her, even [[WouldHurtAChild first years]], and threatened [=McGonagall=] with everything up to legal action on trumped-up charges.
* AdultFear: What makes Umbridge more terrifying and hated than Voldemort himself: she is essentially a walking embodiment of incompetent, cruel and corrupt authority figures everywhere. It's very unlikely that a regular person would be unlucky enough to cross paths with someone like Voldemort. However, unless you live a ''very'' charmed life, you have met or ''will'' meet someone like Umbridge, whether it's a [[SadistTeacher teacher]], a [[BadBoss boss]] or your government.
* AnimalMotifs:
** Umbridge uses the CatsAreMean motif, but it's downplayed; 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. In fact, her backstory shared on Pottermore states she finds actual kittens to be too messy.
** Appearance-wise, Harry also describes her as looking like a toad--short and squat, with a black bow in her hair that reminds him of a fly.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She may come off as affable, but her true personality is something ''far'' worse.
* BoomerangBigot: Despises half-bloods despite, according to Rowling, being one herself and having a Squib brother to boot.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: 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."
* BrightIsNotGood: [[color:pink:Pink]], [[color:pink:pink]] everywhere, but her soul is as black as the night itself.
* BullyingADragon: In ''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.
* ButtMonkey: Hogwarts Headmistress Umbridge is subject to an ensemble of pranks thanks to the Weasley twins, other Hogwarts students alike, and Peeves. Later when escorted into the Forbidden Forest, she is dragged away after she calls a pack of centaurs "filthy half-breeds" in their presence. Given her actions and attitude, however, she deserves every bit of it.
* CardCarryingVillain: Subverted. Though one of the worst villains in the series, she is also one of the most realistic.
* ColorMotif: Pink, to go with her sickly sweet personality.
%%* TheComicallySerious: She's played this way more prominently in the fifth film.
* CondescendingCompassion: She likes to speak to her students and coworkers alike as though they're idiots, whilst simultaneously insisting that she's doing what's best for them.
* CoughSnarkCough: 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, though]].
%%* DeanBitterman: To say the least.
* DemBones: In the film, her cat Patronus has a visibly skeletal appearance, a trait not seen in any other character's Patronus.
* 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.
** She also seems to be this to Yaxley in the Death Eater controlled Ministry.
* DragonInChief: Umbridge is nominally subservient to the Minister, who gave her access to those powers to start with, but she's far more of a personal antagonist than the Minster.
* 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.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: No, not her, but others' reaction towards her.
** 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.
** Not just Snape. ''Creator/StephenKing'' has praised her as one of literature's most horrifying villains.
--->'''Stephen King:''' The gently smiling Dolores Umbridge, with her girlish voice, toadlike face, and clutching, stubby fingers, is the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Franchise/HannibalLecter. One needn’t be a child to remember The Really Scary Teacher, the one who terrified us so badly that we dreaded the walk to school in the morning, and we turn the pages partly in fervent hopes that she will get her comeuppance… but also in growing fear of what she will get up to next. For surely a teacher capable of banning Harry Potter from playing Quidditch is capable of anything.
** In her backstory on Pottermore, ''Muggle-hating wizards'' were shocked at some of her ideas about Muggles -- and this was stuff she said in private, "behind closed doors"!
** She does have one played straight example. In the fifth book when the Death Eaters escape from Azkaban she looks just as dismayed as the other teachers do. Knowing her however this was likely more about the stress this would cause the Ministry or [[ItsAllAboutMe fear for her own safety]]. It also becomes moot in the seventh book when she ends up working with Death Eaters.
* EvilCounterpart: Several scenes position her as this to [=McGonagall=].
* EvilerThanThou: {{Subverted}}. She's clearly not as brutal as the Death Eaters, preferring to punish her enemies in more refined ways or through authoritativeness. However she's otherwise just as evil as many Death Eaters or only at best a step below them.
* EvilTeacher: Dolores Umbridge is a government stooge who got a job at Hogwarts School by government mandate, and proceeds to force students to carve words into their skin, forcibly removes every staff member who disagrees with her politics, and goes so far as to threaten the main character with ''torture''.
* FaceFramedInShadow: When she's introduced.
* 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 [[BoomerangBigot like herself]], 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.
* FatBitch: She is depicted in the books as extremely, almost humorously squat. This is {{downplayed|Trope}} in the film, though, as Imelda Staunton isn't really that overweight at all.
* 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.
* {{Foil}}: With two characters after learning her backstory:
** Voldemort: Wizard supremacists who hid their half-blood parentage (Voldemort killed his relatives; Umbridge's mother "melted back into the Muggle world" with her son after leaving Mr. Umbridge who blamed their son's powerlessness on her, which seems to be where Dolores got the idea that Muggle-borns steal magic) and have horrendous ideas about what to do with Muggles.
** Percy Weasley: Ambitious children of Ministry of Magic worker fathers who are described as "unambitious" (Mr. Umbridge was a janitor who never got a raise or a promotion and didn't seem to care about it) and do their best to rise above their fathers' reputations and their embarrassing families (after he retires, Dolores basically bribes her father with a nice cottage and small allowance to stay out of her life forever).
* ForTheEvulz: Most of her actions are understandable (though obviously [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionate]]) when viewed through the lens of her [[MyCountryRightOrWrong fanatical loyalty to the Ministry]], but her imposition of a lifetime Quidditch ban on Harry and the twins is all down to her wanting to [[EvilIsPetty hit them where it hurts]].
* FreudianExcuse: According to ''Pottermore,'' her parents were unhappily married, fought frequently and divorced when she was fifteen.
* GlurgeAddict: As evidenced by her ornamental kitten plates, which Harry finds sickening.
* GoldDigger: Her backstory reveals she tried to romance various Ministry members (including her bosses) to gain wealth and status but [[FatBitch for some reason]] they never saw her as anything more than a colleague.
* HateSink: While the Dark Lord is in the shadows for most of the book, working on his latest plot, Dolores Umbridge serves as the most seen antagonist in ''The Order of the Phoenix'', acting as a personification of all of the Ministry of Magic's negative qualities multiplied by a hundred. She's pretty much superfluous to the plot, but her [[SmugSnake smugness]], [[FantasticRacism racism]], [[EvilIsPetty pettiness]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat banality]], [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections abuse of power]], and [[{{Sadist}} cruelty]] are so disgusting and believable that Umbridge is often hated more than [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]] himself. Hell, even Voldemort had some sort of FreudianExcuse and is a little too over-the-top to be someone you'd see in real life. Umbridge, on the other hand? She's every SadistTeacher, every ObstructiveBureaucrat, every spiteful, nagging harpy you've ever met, and your blood absolutely boils and seethes at her every sickly-sweet word because you ''know'' people like her really exist; you may have even met one. She's been compared to [[Literature/ASongofIceandFire Joffrey Baratheon]] in this regard.
* TheHeavy: Dolores Umbridge is this to Cornelius Fudge.
* {{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. Not to mention doing this stuff while being a half-blood herself.]]
* IdiotBall: 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!
* IHaveNoSon: She grew to despise her Muggle mother and Squib brother, under her father's guidance. After her mother left the family and took her brother with her, she never bothered to contact them again and instead pretended she was the daughter of a wealthy pureblood family to gain further rank in the Ministry of Magic.
* InformedAbility: She's said to be a skilled witch on Pottermore, though from what we see in the series her magical abilities seem to be rather average at best.
* IronicEcho: In the film, Harry uses one against her right before the centaurs carry her off.
-->'''Umbridge''': Tell them, Potter! Tell them I mean no harm!
-->'''Harry''': I'm sorry, Professor. I must not tell lies.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** Several instances that arguably makes her more annoying like firing an incompetent teacher or pointing out that practicing magic in class might be dangerous as her predecessor used forbidden curses on students. [[spoiler: That being said, [[{{Hypocrite}} she later decides to use the Cruciatus spell on Harry.]]]]
** She cracks down on Hogwarts teaching standards because she's afraid of Dumbledore, not because she's concerned about the children's welfare. But she's not wrong when she says Hogwarts has a bad habit of hiring incompetents (Lockhart, Trelawny), subpar teachers (Hagrid, at least compared to the much more experienced Grubbly-Plank) and lunatics in disguise (Quirrell, Barty Crouch Jr.) and that someone needs to impose standards.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Umbridge initially appears to be sympathetic and worrying when Harry hesitates after feeling the effects of the Black Quill he is forced to use during one of his detentions. Umbridge, however, claims that deep down, Harry knows he deserves to be punished.
* JustAKid: Umbridge views her students as children.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Besides being captured by some centaurs and getting chased out of Hogwarts by Peeves when Fudge is forced to admit the truth about Voldemort's return, she gets away with most of her misdeeds in the fifth book. Never once does she get charged with the ''numerous'' cases of blatant child abuse, abuse of Veritaserum in the movie (which Snape told us in ''Goblet of Fire'' is a heavily-controlled substance) and even participating in an unprovoked attack on both Hagrid ''and'' [=McGonagall=] that left the latter in need of serious medical attention. Pottermore revealed the reason for this was that the Ministry was so busy reorganizing itself to fight Voldemort and the Death Eaters that it got overlooked. She does finally get some comeuppance in ''Deathly Hallows'', though; In the movie version she is left at the mercy of Dementors she would use on muggle-born and half-blood wizards after the Golden Trio inflitrates the Ministry to get [[SoulJar the Slytherin Locket]], so she presumably suffered the [[FateWorseThanDeath Dementor's Kiss]]. And Creator/JKRowling [[WordOfGod confirms]] that after the end of ''Deathly Hallows'', she received a life sentence in Azkaban for her war crimes.... though regrettably, that was after they banished the Dementors from the place.
* 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.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: During her tenure as DADA professor, it was blatantly obvious that she had neither any idea of nor any interest in defensive magic, she got the job entirely due to Ministry pressure, and her onscreen fight record is two easy losses. She still feels free to patronize and boss around people who could do (or in Harry's case, did do) her job better than she ever could.
* LackOfEmpathy: Cares not for the fact that the Black Quill she forces Harry to use during his detention pains him to the point of eventual permanent scarring on his hand.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: In the ''Deathly Hallows'' movie, she gets what she paid for when her Patronus fails and the Dementors held back by said Patronus swarm in and start feeding on everyone in the room. Her included.]]
* 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). If we consider the ongoing Arthurian legend ThemeNaming of the series, her first name could also be a reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolorous_Stroke the Dolorous Stroke]]. A wound against the Fisher King caused both he and his land to weaken and wither. Umbridge's attacks on Hogwarts (and Dumbledore himself) turn Hogwarts into a pretty miserable place under her rule.
* 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. In the fifth book her devotion to Fudge seemed sincere (and therefore probably her ''only'' redeeming trait), but by the seventh 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 ProfessionalButtKisser kind of way.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName:
** Umbridge [[BitchInSheepsClothing hides it a bit better]] than the Death Eaters, but she's honestly no better than them. By the final book, she [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope sky dives off the slippery slope]] and starts holding a KangarooCourt to persecute Muggleborn Wizards.
** In ''The Cursed Child'', Umbridge continues her prejudice streak [[spoiler:and happily tortures Muggle-borns on the orders of the Augurey.]]
* NotSoDifferent:
** Surprisingly enough, she is not a Death Eater. Though as put plainly by Harry, "she's foul enough to be one".
** Fittingly enough, she continues to indulge in her newfound power in the Death Eater-led Ministry after Voldemort has installed a puppet regime that carries out the prosecution of muggle-born wizards. Though she still seems to refuse to get her hands dirty.
* NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist: Umbridge insists she's doing what's best for the Wizarding World, when really she just wants power for herself and for the Ministry and its corruption to remain as is and never be questioned.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: She's a Ministry official who wholeheartedly participates in Fudge's efforts to block the truth about Voldemort's return. During her tenure as a teacher at Hogwarts, she constantly issues decrees that make life harder for the students and teachers in order to have total control over the school.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Compared to many of the other teachers, she doesn't seem to be very magically capable. When the student rebel against her and make a mess out of Hogwarts, it takes Umbridge all day to clean up messes that would've taken [=McGonagall=] or Flitwick about three seconds.
* 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.
** In fact, Rowling gives a bit of insight into her backstory, showing that she's ''always'' looked down on Muggle-borns just as much as half-breeds.
* PsychopathicWomanchild: In some respects. While she is intelligent enough to at least try to hide it, when pushed even so much as a little she revealed herself as an overconfident, snot-nosed, petulant SpoiledBrat whose only response to her rule being challenged is to squeal about her apparent authority pathetically.
* TheQuisling: In ''Deathly Hallows''. She didn't need to be Imperiused at all to go along with Voldemort's takeover of the ministry.
* 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.
* {{Sadist}}: She is ''horrific'' in this regard. It is incredibly obvious that she loves to inflict pain and misery on everyone she can.
* SmugSmiler: In addition of being a SmugSnake and StepfordSmiler, she often shows her overconfidence this way.
* 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...)
* TheSociopath: More so in the films. When you take away all of the sugary sweetness, this is what lurks at the core of her being. She has a staggering LackOfEmpathy for the victims of her cruelty, which is to say ''anyone'' put under her jurisdiction, is positively gleeful at the prospect of using ColdBloodedTorture ForTheEvulz, and when she's put under sentencing Muggle-borns and half-bloods, she uses the time to toy with and throw away their lives with the same happy-go-lucky attitude as a particularly sadistic child burning ants under a magnifying glass.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Her fluttery, girlish, high-pitched voice belies her true nature.
* StepfordSmiler: Beneath her smile lies her true personality.
* 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.
* SugaryMalice: She tortures students — but she's very polite about it, in a grandmotherly way. And just ''look'' at all those cute little kittens!
* 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.
* 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!"'''
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: As a high-ranking and distinguished Ministry official, Umbridge is held in high regard by many, including [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Percy Weasley and her boss, Cornelius Fudge]]. Because of this, her [[SadistTeacher child abuse]] and FantasticRacism are either overlooked or ignored.
* 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''. Not in the film or book, anyway; [[WordOfGod Rowling]] confirmed in later material 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.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Despises half-bloods and Muggles. She herself is a half-blood, her mother is a Muggle, and her brother is a Squib.

[[folder:Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Senior]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Roger Lloyd-Pack
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]''

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

The Head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation in the fourth book, and one of the organizers and judges of the Triwizard Tournament. In the First Wizarding War, he was Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and one of the main forces opposing Voldemort. However, he fell from grace in the public eye after sentencing his own son to Azkaban on the charges of being a Death Eater. He was right in doing so, though, as Barty, Jr. really was one of Voldemort's supporters and ends up killing him after using him as a pawn through most of the fourth book.
* AccidentalMisnaming: Continually refers to Percy Weasley as "Weatherby." This seems odd given that he seems to know Arthur well.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy: He's ''much'' nicer in the movie version. His apathetic condemnation of his son pleading for mercy is changed to his son openly outing himself as a Death Eater due to Karkaroff's accusations, with Crouch being heartbroken about having to put him in jail. [[spoiler:His abusive custody and mind-control of Barty Jr. is omitted entirely, as is his cruel dismissal of Winky, who has been AdaptedOut.]]
* AntiHero: Crouch was a PragmaticHero or UnscrupulousHero.
* AssholeVictim: In the novel, but not in the film adaptation. The trope is downplayed. Though he ''is'' the reason why his son is a Death Eater, he showed great remorse for this slightly before his death.
* TheAtoner: He becomes this just before [[spoiler:being murdered by his son]].
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: He was a relentless prosecutor of law and justice and was so proud of his incorruptibility that he even sentenced his own son to Azkaban. [[spoiler:Then he breaks the law, and springs his son out of Azkaban, holds him under house arrest under Imperius Curse for several years out of devotion to his wife, actions which directly cause Voldemort's return to power]].
* BlueBlood: Heavily implied. He and his family have (or, rather, ''had'') a house-elf, which are usually associated with old money in wizarding Britain. The Crouch family has also intermarried with the House of Black at some point.
* {{Brainwashed}}: He's [[spoiler: put under the Imperius Curse by Voldemort soon after the World Cup.]]
* BrokenAce: During the First War, he was an incorruptible crusader against the Death Eaters, working tirelessly to combat Voldemort's army and ''succeeded'' in actually gaining the Ministry some ground. He was an intelligent man with an immaculate reputation, had a loving wife and a son who was a star student at Hogwarts. He was even tipped to be the next Minister for Magic. But he was also a completely ruthless workaholic whose brutal methods left a scarred society where innocents were killed and imprisoned, and whose lack of attentiveness towards his son meant that Junior joined the Death Eaters and shocked the Wizarding community with what he did to the Longbottoms.
* CompositeCharacter: In the film, he also takes the role of Ludo Bagman, who's AdaptedOut.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: He was opposed to the Dark Arts but he was also a bad father, so his son turned to the Dark Arts. Barty Crouch Sr., having come to fame opposing Voldemort ends up paving the way for his return.
* DaChief: He was once Wizarding Britain's chief lawman.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: Travels from his home, probably somewhere in England, to Hogwarts, in Scotland, presumably on foot, while fighting Imperius Curse indoctrination the entire way.]]
* FallenHero: How the public saw him after he sentenced his son to Azkaban. By that point, Voldemort was gone for a couple years, and the Wizengamot had to endure the sight of a nineteen year-old boy being viciously disowned by his father, while his mother cried and fainted beside him. Their attitude towards Crouch, Sr. soured, they thought the reason Junior turned out the way he did was because of Senior's neglect, and his popularity was shattered, costing him his bid for Minister. By the time Harry meets him, he's been shunted into a rather useless posting as the Head of Magical Cooperation, and no one particularly likes him, save [[ProfessionalButtkisser Percy.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Cornelius Fudge in ''Phoenix''. While Fudge pretends as if everything is fine, is manipulated by his treacherous underlings, and goes along with HeadInTheSandManagement, Crouch is a KnightTemplar who was as ruthless as some of those on Voldemort's side, imprisoned many suspected of allegiance with Voldemort without trial, and was more effective in dealing with Voldemort more than Fudge or Scrimgeour ever were. And as with Fudge, he also fell out of favor with the Wizarding World, but for opposite reasons; Fudge didn't deal with Voldemort until it was too late to prevent anything, while Crouch fell out of favor due to dealing with Voldemort's supporters too harshly. They were also both admired by Percy Weasley, and were both favored to become Britain's Minister of Magic at one point.
* GoodIsNotNice: The epitome of this trope. He was an absolutely uncompromising enemy to Voldemort, and the Ministry would have probably fallen without him, but he was also a complete bastard, throwing people in a HellholePrison without a trial, being a HangingJudge in the trials that he ''did'' authorize, and giving the Aurors authorization to use Unforgivable Curses. Even Sirius, who hates the man for [[MiscarriageOfJustice very justifiable reasons]] doesn't outright condemn him as a villain, because for all his faults, Voldemort was always worse.
* HangingJudge: Sent Sirius to prison without a trial.
* HappilyMarried: Barty Jr. claims that his father loved his mother and was a good husband, and he was so devoted to her that [[spoiler:he broke Barty Jr. out of Azkaban in place of his wife, who died in prison in the body of her son's]].
* HeelRealization: In his final appearance, he deliriously admits that everything from his son's fate, to Bertha Jorkins's disappearance, is his fault.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: He knows that "Moody" is really Crouch Jr. He is killed by his son before he can warn Dumbledore.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: His devotion to fighting the Dark Arts leads him to become, in Sirius's words, "as ruthless and cruel as many on the Dark Side".
* HiddenDepths: What's the one coherent thing he talks about, while completely insane after spending [[spoiler: months under the Imperius Curse]]? [[WellDoneSonGuy His son]], and not how much he hates the boy, but how [[SoProudOfYou proud he is of him]].
* {{Hypocrite}}: Barty Crouch Sr., who claims to despise the Dark Arts and everything it represents, used a variety of Dark spells and Unforgivable Curses to keep [[spoiler:his back-from-Azkaban son]] under control. That said, he only ever used the Imperius Curse, which he legalized, and the Polyjuice Potion.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Essentially his reasoning for the brutality he directed toward Voldemort's army (and often, innocent bystanders). Even Sirius, who has a deep antipathy for the man himself, admits that there was a legitimate reason for his early popularity; he produced real results against the Death Eaters when no one else could.
* IHaveNoSon: He says almost these exact words during his son's trial. He's a good deal more wistful about it in the film, though. That said, when he disowns him in the book, it was after Barty Jr. was revealed to be one of the Death Eaters who [[MoralEventHorizon tortured the Longbottoms into insanity.]]
* InformedAbility: Though we are given a few references to his apparent high magical ability, we never so much as see him cast any spell.
* KarmicDeath: In the novel, but not the film adaptation.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: No matter how cruel he was, considering that a lot of the people he sentenced were Death Eaters (including his own son) it's hard to actually feel sympathy towards them.
* KnightTemplar: Noted by other characters to have used methods NotSoDifferent from Voldemort's in the First Wizarding War.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: In "relative" terms, Barty Sr's love for his wife led to a moment of weakness, where he violated the laws he so ardently upheld all his life and [[spoiler:spirited Barty Jr. out of Azkaban, keeping him hostage inside his house, albeit under an Imperius Curse. This action has disastrous consequences since Barty Jr was crucial in bringing Voldemort back to power]].
* MasterOfDisguise: As far as Muggle clothing is concerned, anyway; at the Quidditch World Cup, his Muggle disguise is an impeccably crisp suit and tie. Harry notes that "he could have passed for a bank manager; [he] doubted even [[FantasticRacism Uncle Vernon]] would have spotted him for what he really was."
* MinorMajorCharacter: Appears only in the fourth book, long after his GloryDays are passed, but he's an important character in the backstory.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: His final moments, when Harry and Krum find him, has him blurting in delirium about all the terrible mistakes he had done in his life.
* NeverFoundTheBody: In the books, Barty Crouch Jr. murders his father then transfigures his body into a bone to make it easier to bury. Since Junior then had the Dementor's Kiss performed on him shortly after his confession, his father's body is lost to the Forbidden Forest and most likely will never be recovered.
* NominalHero: In the novel, he cares more about [[spoiler:protecting his own reputation]] than doing good.
* NotSoDifferent: Apparently he was this to Voldemort during the first war due to the new powers he granted to the aurors and his methods in going after suspected Death Eaters.
* {{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.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: He gave the Aurors authorization to use Unforgivable Curses on the Death Eaters. You know, the people who killed Muggles for fun. Albeit it's {{deconstructed}}, as his methods are said to have had collateral damages.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The film makes him resemble UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler by giving him a toothbrush mustache and a comb-over fringe. Ironically, in spite of this new appearance, [[AdaptationalNiceGuy he's nicer than in the book]].
* RedHerring: Crouch isn't exactly 'evil' as much as he was WellIntentionedExtremist and ''certainly'' isn't the one responsible for putting Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire. [[spoiler:Turns out his son was behind it all.]]
* SanitySlippage: He goes a little nuts after [[spoiler:months of being under the Imperius Curse]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the film, there's a very random scene where Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid are walking in the woods and Harry separates from his friends who then start singing the school song, and strays across Crouch's body. Harry goes to tell Dumbledore this (instead of Hagrid, the nearest teacher he trusts), and finds the Headmaster in conference with Moody and Fudge (for no adequately explained reason, as this meeting happened BECAUSE Crouch's body was found in the book), and then the three leave to have a stroll around the grounds (again, for no reason). As Harry finds the Pensive next and the film skips over Crouch Jr's confession/interview, Crouch's death is never, ever brought up again.
* {{Workaholic}}: Oh, yes. [[WhenYouComingHomeDad This is implied to be a large part of why his son turned out the way he did]]. Also, when he's imprisoned by Voldemort and forced to claim that he's staying home for his health, it's noted that this behavior is [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness very strange for him]].

[[folder:Amos Diggory]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Jeff Rawle (films), Barry [=McCarthy=] (''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'', first West End run)
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' | ''[[Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild Cursed Child]]''

->''" Always modest, our Ced, always the gentleman…"''

Cedric Diggory’s father and a member of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. He is extremely proud of his son, but appears to take it to an extreme by boasting about his achievements and giving Harry a hard time about it.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy: He's ''much'' nicer in the movie version. He is much more quiet and amicable, does not boast about Cedric in any way and when he meets Harry, he is very pleased and shakes his hand happily and never gives him a hard time.
* TheBusCameBack: Returns in ''The Cursed Child''.
* HappilyMarried: He and his wife were apparently happily married, even when she attempted to calm him during his potential argument with Molly Weasley about Harry's entry in the Triwizard Tournament.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite being a jerk at times, he loves his son and is an honest and fair person.
* PutOnABus: Left after ''Goblet of Fire''.
* OnlyChildSyndrome: Like his wife, he is an only child, as confirmed in ''The Cursed Child''.

[[folder:Ludovic "Ludo" Bagman]]
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' | ''[[Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild Cursed Child]]''

-->''Portrayed by'': Benjamin Stone (''[[VideoGame/HarryPotter Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup]]''), Unknown (''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'', first West End and Broadway runs)

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

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

[[folder:Rufus Scrimgeour]]
[[caption-width-right:300:"These are dark times, there is no denying."]]
-->'''Portrayed by''': Creator/BillNighy
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' (book only) | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

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

Cornelius Fudge's successor as Minister for Magic. Though he's unquestionably more competent than Fudge, he shares with him a healthy dose of distrust for Dumbledore and Harry, and much like Barty Crouch, is harsh in his methods of fighting Voldemort, such as imprisoning people on the mere suspicion of being Death Eaters. He is killed when Voldemort takes over the Ministry, but in his final moments, he refuses to tell Voldemort Harry's whereabouts.
* AdaptedOut: Does not appear, nor is he even mentioned, in the [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince sixth film]], though he appears in the seventh.
* AnimalMotifs: Described as looking like an old lion.
* BadLiar: He uses the pretext of Percy visiting his family - which the Weasleys are immediately suspicious about - as an excuse to talk to Harry alone with a laughably flimsy excuse that fools nobody.
* ChekhovsGunman: He's mentioned in the fifth book by Order of the Phoenix members before taking over as Minister in the sixth.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:He withstands torture by ''Voldemort himself'' and refuses to give Harry away, despite not even liking him.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Only ever called "the Minister of Magic" in the film ''Deathly Hallows - Part 1''.
* HandicappedBadass: He is described as walking with a slight limp likely due to physical impairment, and he spent most of his career as an Auror. [[spoiler:Even ''Voldemort'', a master of breaking into peoples' minds, was unable to pry information of Harry's whereabouts from 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.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Voldemort has been known to spare those such as Peter Pettigrew who sell out others to save their own skins. It's implied such an offer might have been extended to Scrimgeour, who nonetheless died before betraying Harry's location.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** His meddling and spying on Dumbledore seems like Fudge-esque paranoia until you consider that Dumbledore IS in fact withholding crucial information that could lead to Voldemort's defeat ([[spoiler:the existence of the horcruxes]]) from Scrimgeour.
** Later subverted, when it becomes clear that Dumbledore is keeping information from Scrimgeour not just because the latter is a jerkass, but because he knew the Ministry had been infiltrated and didn't want them to know he knew about Voldemort's [[spoiler: horcruxes]]. And even then, wasting man power on inspecting Dumbledore's will instead of publicizing the mass breakout helps the Death Eaters out even more.
* KnightTemplar: Like Crouch before him, his methods of battling Voldemort lead him to cause his own kind of trouble for the Wizarding World.
* LargeHam: Has the wildest eyes this side of Creator/SteveBuscemi. It's BILL NIGHY!
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** It's implied that his swift incarceration of Death Eater suspects ultimately helped Voldemort gain more followers by placing the innocent suspects under the Imperius curse while busting his real followers out of Azkaban. Stan Shunpike, who was wrongfully incarcerated by Scrimgeour, turns up on the Death Eaters' side during the Battle of the Seven Potters, seemingly under a spell. Given that he was originally arrested for some joke he made at a bar, it seems unlikely he was already under the curse when Scrimgeour had him arrested.
** Harry never really liked the man, but might not have hated him so intensely if he hadn't let slip that Dolores Umbridge was ''still'' working at the Ministry, in a high posting, after the all the abuse Harry had suffered at her hands, and all the damage she had caused at Hogwarts. After learning this, Harry turns immediately cold to him, and is adamantly against him [[spoiler:until he learned Scrimgeour died trying to protect him from Voldemort.]]
* OldSoldier: A veteran Auror, he's described as looking like an old lion. He has a limp, presumably from his fighting days, [[spoiler: and he resists Lord Voldemort's torture before being killed.]] All in all, the guy seems like a poor man's Alastor Moody.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Mostly Minister Iron, with a few traces of Minister Scheming and Minister Action.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[CloudCuckooLander Luna Lovegood]] says he's a vampire, though this is questionable to say the least. If it's true, he either gets to the Ministry extra early to beat sunrise from potentially killing him (and likewise extra late to avoid the residue of the sun), or his species, contrary to the myths, is [[DaywalkingVampire completely immune to sunlight]].
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Scrimgeour's tendency for this is one of Harry's biggest criticisms of him.
* {{Pride}}: Rufus Scrimgeour's TragicFlaw is that he's too proud to ask for counsel.
* RedeemingReplacement: Unfortunately subverted. While Scrimgeour is committed to fighting the Death Eaters, he is only barely more effective at it than Fudge, and makes many of the same mistakes as he and Crouch did.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Harry reacts to his death by [[spoiler:realizing that, although he never liked Scrimgeour and the feeling was mutual, the last act of the Minister's life was likely protecting him from Voldemort.]]
* WitchHunt: He turns the battle against the Death Eaters into a borderline version of this, ironically enough, both due to paranoia and to keep up general morale by making the Ministry appear effective at battling Voldemort. This results in people obviously not affiliated with Voldemort, such as Stan Shunpike, getting incarcerated.

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

[[folder:Percy Ignatius Weasley]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Chris Rankin
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher’s Stone]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

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

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

After finishing Hogwarts, he joined the Ministry of Magic, and this is when he TookALevelInJerkass. When Voldemort returned, he chose to believe Fudge over Harry, leading him to become estranged from the rest of the family. Even after the Ministry acknowledged Voldemort was back, Percy continued to give his family the silent treatment and seemed to have become an unthinking cog in the Ministry's machine. At the end of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', he pulls a ChangedMyMindKid and returns to his family and to the side of good.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Without actually being a member of the Hogwarts House known for it!
* AngstComa: Percy is visibly shaken by events in ''Chamber of Secrets''. The twins assume that Percy is upset that someone important (a Prefect) could be attacked, but it goes deeper than that. [[spoiler:His girlfriend, Penelope Clearwater, was one of the attack victims.]]
* 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: Despite his flaws, he does care about his younger siblings:
** [[spoiler:He 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.
** He's also noticeably freaked out by Ron being underwater for so long during the Second Task in the Triwizard Tournament, he runs to him as soon as he surfaces, with some of the subtext implying he gives Harry a high score mostly because he's glad Ron's okay.
* BlackSheep: Percy is the only member of the Weasley family who is not friendly and outgoing, instead being stiff, prideful, and pompous. And a stickler for the rules.
* ButtMonkey: Much like Ron, Percy finds himself to be the butt of jokes from his siblings. [[AllLovingHero Even Harry]] has a hard time finding redeeming qualities in him.
* ClassRepresentative: Prefects are basically the British equivalent of this trope.
* TheComicallySerious: Having no sense of humor made his suffering from his brothers' pranks that much funnier.
* 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.
* FatalFlaw: His social climber personality made him choose the Ministry over his family. Also his {{Pride}} kept him from apologizing to his family after it was revealed Harry was telling the truth about Voldemort returning, until the Final Battle. [[spoiler:It means he never apologizes to Harry, who dies temporarily, and only spends at most a few hours with Fred before the latter gets killed.]]
* {{Foil}}: To his boss Barty Crouch Sr. Both were sticklers for the rules and law and were very ambitious men who put their careers at the Ministry over their personal and family relationships. Unlike Crouch, however, Percy eventually realized his ambition wasn't worth it and his family was more important. He eventually reconciled with them and still went on to become a high ranking officer while Crouch had both his family and career destroyed.
* 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.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: A brother variant. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* TheGlassesGottaGo: In the books, Percy had horn-rimmed glasses; they were taken out in the movie adaptations.
* 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.
* HeelRealization: It's implied he doesn't have one until the coup at the Ministry. Then he can't even act on it because [[spoiler:dissidents are getting arrested, with Wizarding children being used as hostages.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Thought ''Dolores Umbridge'' of all people was a "delightful woman".
* IAmNotMyFather: He makes a point of not behaving like Arthur in later books.
* IHaveNoSon: Inverted--he's the one who cuts ties with his family in favor of his job at the Ministry of Magic, despite his mother's attempts to bring him back.
* 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 be taken, his annoying and unpleasant side would appear.
* KickTheDog: In ''Order of the Phoenix,'' he makes his mother cry when he sends back the Christmas sweater he receives from her without so much as a note.
* 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.
* 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]].
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: 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 bide 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.
* NoodleIncident: [[spoiler:"You're joking, Perce! I don't think I've heard you joke since--"]]
* 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." He does have a bit of a harshly sarcastic moment in ''Deathly Hallows'', though, which is remarked upon with astonishment by his siblings.
* 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).
** 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.
** He refuses to let go of [[spoiler:Fred's body after the latter dies.]]
* 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]]."
* PetTheDog:
** Seems to sincerely care for Ron and Ginny. Even when he is estranged from the rest of his family he still attempts to write to Ron congratulating him and (in his own skewed way) trying to help him.
** He's also notably quick to jump into action along with his father, Bill, and Charlie when Death Eaters attack a family of muggles.
* ProfessionalButtkisser: He's constantly sucking up to Crouch in the fourth book. It gets to the point that Fred says [Percy and Crouch] will be announcing their engagement any day now. It's not just with Crouch either, as he does more or less the same thing with just about anyone in power in the Ministry. Later on when Crouch arrives at Hogwarts for the Triwizard champion selection, he offhandedly mentions that he thinks Percy is a little ''too'' enthusiastic about his job.
* TheQuisling: It turns out that after the end of the Triwizard Tournament Percy Weasley has come to see his family as traitors in favor for sucking up to the corrupt Minister of Magic, when he previously had nothing but respect for Harry and loved his family despite Fred and George constantly playing pranks on him.
* 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 affected him greatly, 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.
** He also didn't hesitate to help his father and older brothers help save a family of muggles from a group of Death Eaters, despite being fresh out of school.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Percy's need to impress Fudge was so great that he outright cast his family aside.
* TookALevelInKindness: During the final battle, Percy apologized for his selfish actions and fought alongside his family.
* UndyingLoyalty: To the Ministry, at first, but in the end, he declares his loyalty to his family and reconciles with them.

[[folder:Kingsley Shacklebolt]]
See Characters/HarryPotterOrderOfThePhoenixMembers.

[[folder:Pius Thicknesse]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Guy Henry
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

->''"You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide."''

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.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the movie, he has more self-awareness than characters seen under the Imperius Curse, suggesting that he became TheQuisling voluntarily.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: In the films, it's unclear whether he's under the Imperius Curse like in the books or if he [[LesCollaborateurs willing aligned]] with Voldemort for power.
* BalefulPolymorph: Percy transfigures him into a sea urchin, though he is later restored.
* BeardOfEvil: The film gives him a distinct amount of facial air in addition to his sudden consensual fascism.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Placed under the Imperius Curse by Yaxley and forced to institute a Death Eater regime in the Ministry. He is also forced to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts.
* CharacterTics: In the film, he is shown frequently clenching and unclenching his fist, possibly struggling against the effects of the brainwashing.
* CreepyMonotone: Speaks like this in the films, presumably because of the Imperius Curse.
* DeathByAdaptation: Voldemort takes his anger out on the poor guy in the last film when the diadem is destroyed.
* 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.
* MindControl: Victim thereof.
* PuppetKing: Perhaps the ultimate example, since he's literally just a mindless puppet under Yaxley's spell.
* TheQuisling: [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Not that he has much of a say in the matter.]]

[[folder:John Dawlish]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Richard Leaf

A very unfortunate member of the Auror office. He works under the regimes of Ministers Fudge, Scrimgeour and Thicknesse, resulting in various injuries to his persona on many assignments no matter whose side he's on.
* BlackShirt: 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 JustFollowingOrders, but he becomes an obstacle to the heroes regardless.
* ButtMonkey: 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.
* FeedTheMole: 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.
* GoldfishPoopGang: He just can't seem to pose a serious threat to anyone.
* InformedAbility: 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.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: No matter how competent an Auror he might be, he can't hold a candle to the likes of Dumbledore.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Definitely the case with his attempted arrest of Augusta Longbottom. According to Rowling, Dawlish was "punch drunk" on that assignment.
* TheWorfEffect: His repeated defeats could be considered examples of this, being an auror who achieved "Outstanding" in all of his N.E.W.T.s, but the books and films never show him succeeding at his job.

[[folder:Albert Runcorn]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' David O'Hara
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

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.
* 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.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Has a reputation as an enforcer for the Voldemort-controlled Ministry and his deep voice is mentioned several times. Harry actually finds this useful while impersonating him, as it's a voice made for barking orders.
* TheGhost:
** He never actually appears, only being 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.

[[folder:Reginald "Reg" Cattermole]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Steffan Rhodri
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

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.
%%* 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.

[[folder:Mafalda Hopkirk]]
-->'''Voiced by''' Jessica Hynes
-->'''Portrayed by''': Sophie Thompson
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

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.
%%* JustFollowingOrders
%%* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours
* PunchClockVillain: She's just doing her job by sending Harry warnings about the use of magic outside of school. She's not actively malicious.
%%* ReadTheFinePrint
%%* RulesLawyer

[[folder:Bertha Jorkins]]
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]''

->''"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. [[AdaptedOut She is not seen or mentioned in the film]].
* {{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.
* DeadAllAlong: Mentioned as missing frequently throughout the fourth book only for it to be revealed that Voldemort murdered 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."
* {{Gossipy Hen|s}}: At least in her Hogwarts days.
* LooseLips: Sirius says "she never knew when to keep her mouth shut."
* TheStoolPigeon: Despite her being a {{Gossipy Hen|s}}, 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: Voldemort wouldn't have been resurrected after the Triwizard Tournament if Bertha hadn't revealed Barty Crouch Jr.'s survival.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: After Voldemort got all the information he could out of her and irreparably broke her mind, he killed her.

[[folder:Amelia Bones]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Sian Thomas
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]''

->''"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.
* ActionGirl: Not one to be taken lightly; Voldemort goes after her personally.
* ContraltoOfDanger: Her voice is described as "booming."
* LockedRoomMystery: Voldemort murdered her in a room with a locked door, something which mystifies the Muggle authorities who find her body.
* OffScreenMomentOfAwesome: It's implied that she gave a fight to ''Voldemort'', who had to come personally to kill her.
* 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.

[[folder:Bob Ogden]]
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]''

A Ministry of Magic employee, Ogden worked in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. He went to the Gaunt family to inform the Gaunts of Morfin's trial hearing arrangement for his criminal offense, before the events led to him fleeing the house of the Gaunt family and returning with reinforcements to arrest Morfin and his father, Marvolo. Dumbledore tracked Ogden down and convinced Ogden to give him his memory of the aforementioned encounter, which he then kept with him before [[PensieveFlashback showing it to Harry]].
* AdaptedOut: He doesn't appear in the film adaptation of ''Half-Blood Prince''.
* BadassBystander: Attacks Marvolo when the latter is about to attack his daughter with the intent to kill.
* PosthumousCharacter: Dumbledore said "he died some time ago".
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: From what we see of his memories he was a fair, professional agent of the Ministry who calmly dealt with Marvolo's inane ranting, and he intervened to save Merope's life.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: He's introduced in the sixth book and only appeared in it (in a PensieveFlashback, to boot), but his meeting with the Gaunt family and subsequent arrest of Marvolo and Morfin help set the story in motion.