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The Ministry of Magic

"The Ministry of Magic wishes you a pleasant day..."

Founded in 1707, the Ministry of Magic is a secret ministry that governed the wizarding community in Britain for many years. 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. After Voldemort's return in 1996, the Ministry eventually becomes a fascist government but when Harry Potter defeats the latter, the Ministry is reformed.

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    In General

  • Badass Army: The Aurors serve as this for the Ministry in general, acting in a similar vein to police officers for the Wizarding World. When there's an evil witch or wizard out there, the Ministry sends the Aurors to take care of it. And considering the Wizarding World faces Dementors, people who use magic that can torture people or instantly kill them, and the likes of Big Bad Voldemort and his supporters, it's no small feat to become an Auror.
  • Badass Longcoat: With the exception of Tonks and Kingsley, Aurors in the films are depicted as middle-aged gentlemen in trenchcoats.
  • Crapsaccharine World: The Ministry takes a lot of effort to make the wizarding community look like an efficient government, but even if we remove corrupt politicians like Fudge and evil terrorists like Voldemort from the equation, the Ministry's own workings are basically those of a Dystopia, lacking basic human rights and separation of powers among many other things. The possibility of a final totalitarian turn, as it happens under Thicknesse's mandate, was not only predictable, but also inevitable.
  • Day of the Jackboot: When Voldemort takes over in Deathly Hallows.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • 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. 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.
  • Dystopia: Human rights are simply not a thing for the Ministry, as its judicial system sends people almost by default to a prison where dark spirits torture them psychologically every single minute, and summary executions through those same ghosts are perfectly viable too. Lawyers and social assistance are also non-existent, with underage people and detainees of dubious sanity being expected to defend entirely by themselves in criminal justice trials. Finally, there is not even a true separation of powers, as the Wizengamot crams both legislative and judiciary functions, so you can perfectly have the head of state himself presiding a trial against you.
  • Good Is Not Nice: The Ministry used very brutal tactics during the first war against Voldemort, including torture and Mind Control, and for most of the series it maintain the Dementors ruling Azkaban.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny and Luna easily break into the Department of Mysteries in Order of the Phoenix. They comment on this at the time; it's implied that the Death Eaters had already been through and countered all the security to let them in. The scary thing is that given that the Death Eaters show up when Harry takes the prophecy from its shelf in such a way as to imply they've been there for some time, it's likely that this implication was accurate.
  • Head-in-the-Sand Management: This is seemingly their official modus operandi after the First Wizarding War. When he's informed about Voldemort's return in 1995, Fudge organizes a mediatic campaign against those who claim so, and no other member of the Ministry (except by those who are already members or allies of the Order of the Phoenix) is shown to think very deeply about it or at least consider the consequences this measure might bring in case the bad news are true. This collective trait is likely the main reason why the mind-controlled Pius Thicknesse is able to instantly implement all sorts of Obviously Evil policies, employ literal Death Eaters and openly enforce Voldemort's ideology without significant opposition from within the Ministry.
  • Inspector Javert: The Aurors, to Sirius Black. They fully intend to capture Black and bring him to Azkaban, even though he's innocent. And they will hear no argument to the contrary. A sentiment supported by the main Trio and most everyone on Harry's side until the truth comes out.
  • Large Hams: Some members of the ministry tend to have very boisterous personalities.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry makes a concerted effort to deny Voldemort's return after his revival. Unfortunately, it makes it harder for them to face the Death Eaters after Fudge discovers that Voldemort has returned.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The Ministry seems to employ quite a few. Up to and including both Ministers of Magic shown in the series prior to Voldemort's takeover. To be fair, Scrimgeour 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.
  • Pacifism Backfire: While the Ministry brought peace to Britain's wizarding community after fighting Voldemort to a stalemate, they did it before making sure he was truly gone.
  • Police Are Useless:
    • These guys don't succeed at the hunting down of Death Eaters. At least, during the Second Wizarding War.
    • Averted in the First Wizarding War. The Ministry fights Voldemort to a stalemate for eleven years (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.
  • Police State: Useless against Voldemort, harsh against its own people.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: The Department of Magical Law Enforcement bears the motto "Ignorantia juris neminem excusat" ("Ignorance of the law excuses nobody").
  • State Sec: Technically, as the Aurors seem to play as both police and military. Later played even more straight under Voldemort.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass:
    • From a government that fought Voldemort for eleven years and wiped out the British giant community to an utterly corrupt and incompetent madhouse that completely fails to stop Voldemort after he returns.
    • 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 Evil Plan.
  • We Have Become Complacent: By the start of Philosopher's Stone, it has been ten years since Voldemort and the Death Eaters were defeated in the First Wizarding War and the Ministry of Magic believes them to have been obliterated forever. This eventually leads to their downfall towards the end of Order of the Phoenix as they fail to realise that Voldemort has already been revived until it's too late.


    Cornelius Oswald Fudge
Portrayed by: Robert Hardy
Voiced by: César Izaguirre (Latin American Spanish), Miguel Rosenberg (Brazilian Portuguese)

"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, 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.

  • 0% Approval Rating: He reaches it after the end of 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.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: His role in the films isn't changed, but he doesn't appear to be as harsh as in the books due to many scenes involving him being altered or removed. His role in the Goblet of Fire film merely boils down to him not wanting to cancel the Triwizard Tournament so people won't see him as a coward, and his conflict with Harry and Dumbledore in Order of the Phoenix is toned down due to several interactions with them not being shown.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: While he doesn't die as his comeuppance, the Muggle British Prime Minister notes that, after seeing how far Fudge has fallen and was basically screamed at by his constituents until he left office, he was able to actually feel genuinely sorry for him.
  • Always Second Best:
    • During his election, most of the popular support was actually for Dumbledore, who didn't want to run for office. It's implied that Fudge has a massive inferiority complex due to his knowledge that Dumbledore could easily have beaten his bid for the position if he'd so chosen, and that this factors into Fudge's need to prove himself better than Dumbledore.
    • He also seems to feel this way towards Bartemius Crouch Sr. who along with Dumbledore was the favoured minister candidate and generally seems to be better respected by the Ministry workers than Fudge is.
  • Authority in Name Only: According to Hagrid, Fudge used to constantly bombard Dumbledore with letters asking for advice on every decision he took. By the time of Order of the Phoenix, in his effort to be his own man, Fudge seems to have shifted to just making all his decisions based on Lucius Malfoy and Dolores Umbridge's advice.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: While Voldemort is the leader of the Death Eaters, it's Fudge's smear campaign against Dumbledore, Harry and any claims that Voldemort has returned that causes the most problems in Order of the Phoenix. It also has repercussions in the last two books, as Voldemort used Fudge's denial to secretly prepare for the Death Eater coup in the seventh book.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Cornelius Fudge led the smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore, 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 the massive national public outrage that ensued over Fudge covering up that a child-murdering terrorist was back in action forced Fudge to resign as Minister.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In Books 2, 3 and for most of Book 4, he comes across 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.
  • Break the Haughty: After an entire year of blustering attacks on both Harry and Dumbledore, seeing Voldemort with his own eyes, and then being forced to admit that the Dark Lord is back sucked the wind right out of him. Fudge later bitterly admitted that never did the Wizarding World seem more united than the very moment they all turned against him and demanded he resign as a result of him having recklessly endangered everybody.
  • Casting Gag: According to J. K. Rowling, much of Fudge's character is modelled on that of former UK prime minister Neville Chamberlain. One of Robert Hardy's most celebrated previous roles was as Chamberlain's great rival and successor Winston Churchill in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years.
  • Character Tics: Spinning his bowler hat in his hands when he's nervous.
  • Crossing the Burnt Bridge: When he falls in disgrace, he shamelessly tries to beg for Dumbledore's and Harry's help to stay in office, despite everything he'd been doing to antagonize them for a whole year. To no one's surprise, they're having none of it.
  • Dare to Be Badass: 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 a second chance to destroy everything the Wizarding World has tried so hard to rebuild (which he is).
  • Dark Horse Victory: It's implied that his initial election as Minister of Magic was this, with the two most popular candidates being Dumbledore (who refused to run for office despite widespread urging) and Barty Crouch Sr (who suffered an unexpected drop in popularity after sentencing his own son to Azkaban).
  • Demoted to Extra: After having a major role for much of the series, he makes a couple of brief cameo appearances in Book 6 before disappearing altogether.
  • Dirty Coward: Caused a number of deaths and a good deal of suffering and setback for the wizarding world by deluding himself, rather than swallowing his pride and facing up to the fact Lord Voldemort had returned. And even when he was at the close, he desperately appealed to Dumbledore to have Harry lie and tell the community that the Ministry has done an excellent job at combatting the dark forces under Fudge, even though he has done anything but.
  • The Ditherer: He's very bad at making his own decisions, often asking other people for advice. When he does stick to his own ideas, they tend to be fuelled by his ego and little else.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Fudge's choice to ignore Voldemort's return and let him accumulate power for himself rather than risk the unpopularity of war was clearly based off Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's handling of Nazi Germany, although any modern historian will tell you that is really unfair to Chamberlain considering what he really did — namely, buy time with the Munich agreement to build up the British military and prepare for war.
  • Entitled Bastard: Despite having spent the entirety of one year slandering and antagonizing Harry and Dumbledore, he still has the gall to beg them for help in convincing the public he's doing a good job so he won't lose his position as Minister of Magic. Understandably, the two refuse to do so, with Harry even thinking how ridiculous it is that Fudge would ever think he could get his help after everything he's done.
  • Epic Fail: His tenure as Minister for Magic had already seen some questionable decisions made—like sending Hagrid to Azkaban in Chamber of Secrets because he was accused of opening the titular Chamber the first time, or allowing Dementors near Hogwarts while they're searching for Sirius Black in Prisoner of Azkaban—but his smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore after Harry witnesses Voldemort's return, instigated out of paranoia that Dumbledore is after his position, is so fail-tacular that it helps Voldemort gain power while the Ministry does nothing, contributes to a vastly increased death count in the last two books, and gets Fudge ousted from his position anyway.
  • Establishing Character Moment: It's quite telling that in his very first scene, he throws Hagrid into Azkaban because he wants to look like he's doing something about the attacks on Muggle-borns and needs a convenient scapegoat.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • After the Chamber of Secrets is reopened and Muggle-borns are attacked, Lucius Malfoy convinces the Hogwarts board of governors to suspend Dumbledore's authority as headmaster of the school. 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.
  • Evil All Along: While "evil" might be a stretch, there are indications that he was never really a good guy to begin with, notably when Molly reveals that he's kept Arthur at his low-ranking, low-paying job for years because Fudge thinks Arthur "lacks proper wizarding pride."
  • Fantastic Racism: According to Dumbledore, he has always put too much importance on so-called blood purity. He's also condescending to the Muggle Prime Minister.
  • Fatal Flaw: Jealousy. Deep down, Fudge is jealous of Dumbledore and Barty Crouch Sr, constantly asking for their advice. Fudge knows he's a weak man trying to play the strong man, but won't admit it. The result of this envy leads to a number of increasingly bad decisions on his part, which get a lot of people killed in the second half of the saga.
  • Foreshadowing: Even before his true colours were revealed at the end of Goblet of Fire, he had a preference for superficially making it look like the Ministry was doing something over confronting problems head-on, throwing Hagrid in Azkaban during Chamber of Secrets to appear progressive instead of conducting a full-fledged investigation into what's going on at Hogwarts. This approach hints at his true nature.
  • Head-in-the-Sand Management: The trope could be named "The Cornelius Fudge School of Crisis Management" for how badly Fudge handles real threats. Running a smear campaign against Harry, Dumbledore, and anyone who says that Voldemort has returned blows up in Fudge's face when Voldemort appears right outside of the Ministry of Magic, with several witnesses. Fudge's management is based heavily off Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister who is unfairly stereotyped by popular culture as a gullible leader who ignored Adolf Hitler's aggressive expansion in Europe prior to World War II.note 
  • Heroic BSoD: He goes through a brief one during Dumbledore's funeral, realizing how badly he's messed everything up.
  • Hero Insurance: Before the fifth book, he's quite committed to providing this for Harry, making several special exceptions for him to avoid him getting into too much trouble. He considers Harry, as "the boy who lived" a special case, a Double Standard that Snape criticizes, 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.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He mentions that he has recurring dreams about the aftermath of the Sirius Black/Peter Pettigrew confrontation that resulted in the deaths of 13 Muggles (he was one of the first responders), suggesting he suffers from some form of PTSD.
    • For all his corruption and prior moral cowardice, Fudge does stand up to Voldemort and refuse to step aside in the face of threatened Muggle killings. While it's certainly harsh and ends with Voldemort carrying out his threat on the Brockdale Bridge, it's a legitimately brave thing and a sign of what kind of leader he could have been if he hadn't stuck his head in the sand.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
  • Humble Pie: Receiving the public backlash and being sacked after officially reporting Voldemort's return beats the bluster out of him by the opening chapter of Half-Blood Prince, as he muses over his mishandling of the situation to the Prime Minister. However, while he does have regrets for how pear-shaped the magical world became because of his inaction, his whining about Dumbledore's refusal to convince Harry to function as the Ministry's spokesman and inform the wizarding community they're doing a good job, despite the smear campaign he put them through for a year, makes it evident he hasn't undergone a full Heel Realization.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Fudge's overall stupidity regarding Voldemort's return ends up being a subversion of this trope. Voldemort realizes that it's actually in his own best interest to leave Fudge alone and allow him to continue to misrule the Ministry and persecute the people who'd stand the best chance against Voldemort.
    • Despite having nearly autocratic authority as Minister of Magic, his attempt at organizing a Kangaroo Court 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 favour of acquittal.
  • Implausible Deniability: Fudge denies to himself that Voldemort has not returned, just to reassure himself he won't have to resort to destabilizing everything that he and Ministry had worked so hard to rebuild.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: 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 bigoted tendencies and governmental corruption, and by books four and five his truly nasty behaviour shines through.
  • Inspector Javert: What his 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 prioritization of keeping up appearance over doing any actual good foreshadows his true nature as later shown.
  • I Reject Your Reality: His response to claims that Voldemort returned. Averted when he finally sees Voldemort face-to-face at the end of Order of the Phoenix, he immediately faces up to his failure and defers to Dumbledore, though the fact that it happened in public kind of left him with no room to save face.
  • Irony: His response to word of Voldemort's return is motivated by fear of losing his position as Minister for Magic, as reporting Voldemort's return would indeed cause major unrest among the wizarding community. In the end, his attempt to sweep things under the rug is exactly what leads to him losing his position, when he sees Voldemort in the flesh and is forced to accept the truth.
  • Jerkass: Fudge is a very unpleasant person behind his friendly demeanour. Beyond his Fantastic Racism, 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Fudge is too much of a coward to decry Dumbledore's proposal to remove the Dementors from Azkaban as anything but something that would risk his employment as Minister; however, it's hardly the first thing anybody besides Dumbledore would recommend given that Voldemort is back and is the Dementors' preferred master.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: 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 turns against him and demands his resignation.
  • Kicked Upstairs: After his sacking, he's relegated to an advisory role, which anybody reading can tell is a position of no true power and is probably just a courtesy to keep him from being killed on the streets (if not to taunt Fudge with the power he so desperately wanted but lost).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Fudge spends a 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's forced to resign in disgrace, his reputation is ruined, 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.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • 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 favour 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".
  • My Greatest Failure: Fudge would later recall that he had never 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.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Traits of Neville Chamberlain (or at least, how Chamberlain has stereotypically been seen - Chamberlain was actually far more competent and realistic than either Fudge or his reputation would suggest) made their way into the character and how he managed the Ministry of Magic.
  • Noodle Incident: A former Prime Minister tried to throw him out the window when he revealed the Wizarding world to him.
  • Not Brainwashed: The Order of the Phoenix mulls the possibility that Fudge is under the Imperius Curse after Voldemort's return to power, which is a valid theory considering his close interaction with Death Eaters working at the Ministry of Magic. He turns out to be a paranoid, racist, power-hungry jerkass without the aid of mind control.
  • Obstructive Zealot: His insistence that Voldemort can't have returned leads him into some truly deep delusions, and ultimately leads to his resignation.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he sees Voldemort in the flesh for the first time towards the end of Order of the Phoenix. Beyond just seeing the Big Bad yards away from him, Fudge instantly realizes that the game is up with his attempts to deny that Voldemort has returned.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: He starts off as Minister Buffoon and Minister Focus Group, but becomes Minister Corrupt/Scheming.
  • Parental Substitute: Played with before being averted. Fudge takes a fatherly liking to Harry when they first meet in Prisoner of Azkaban, with Harry feeling as though Fudge is addressing him as he would a son or favourite nephew. This is completely averted by Order of the Phoenix, where Fudge becomes so desperate to deny Voldemort's return that he instigates a yearlong smear campaign against Harry and organizes a sham trial to try and expel him from Hogwarts to discredit him.
  • Pet the Dog: In the books, he was vocally against the idea of Dumbledore stepping down as headmaster, but Lucius tells him that this decision is the governors concern and not his. He keeps protesting until Dumbledore himself agrees to step down.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: He's definitely there by the fifth book, though Hagrid's remarks about him in the first book suggest that he was never a particularly effective leader. Even before he takes his level in jerkass during his last years, 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.
  • Properly Paranoid: 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.
  • Pumpkin Person: Luna heard a rumor in Order Of The Phoenix that Dumbledore left him in Saint Mungo's with a pumpkin for a head. Whether or not this was actually true was not confirmed.
  • Put on a Bus: After his resignation as Minister and passing the position to Scrimgeour, we only see him again in a brief cameo at Dumbledore's funeral at the end of the sixth book.
  • Resigned in Disgrace: Having totalled his reputation and cemented his legacy as a Dirty Coward and one of the worst Ministers of Magic in recorded history, he's forced to resign less than two weeks after it turns out that Voldemort's back.
  • Sanity Slippage: It's certainly implied by Lupin in the quote above, but that may be them trying to give him the benefit of the doubt.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He has this chilling line you never want to hear from any head of state.
    Fudge: Laws can be changed if necessary, Dumbledore!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: He resigns as Minister of Magic after Voldemort returns; then again, his 0% Approval Rating caused by the outraged wizarding community meant that he would have gotten kicked out of office if he didn't resign.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Tends to fall into this when his personal interests and/or position might be compromised. In the third book, he seemed to be aware of the possibility of Voldemort returning to power if he had help (which, rather ironically, was exactly what happened, just not by the man he suspected). From the fourth book and throughout the fifth, he vehemently denies that Voldemort might have returned despite overwhelming evidence.
  • Slave to PR: He 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."
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He apparently didn't start out as such, but he certainly comes across as one in the fifth book given his complete confidence that he can haul Dumbledore off to jail without a fight. He also awarded himself an Order of Merlin, First Class award, which is meant to be awarded for "acts of outstanding bravery", despite most people considering Fudge's career "less than distinguished".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At first, he was a kindly, generous old man who relieved Harry of being punished without a second thought. Then Voldemort came back and he became a...well, yeah.
  • Turn in Your Badge: The beginning of the sixth book reveals that, thanks to his discovery that Voldemort had in fact returned, Fudge resigned in disgrace, and introduces the Prime Minister of Britain (Muggle Britain) to his successor.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: 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.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If Fudge was actually honest about what Harry and Dumbledore were saying, or was sceptical but still took precautions just in case, then Voldemort wouldn't have had his Near-Villain Victory 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.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In his final year as Minister, he managed to get the public on his side in his campaign to discredit Dumbledore and Harry; this quickly goes downhill however once he sees Voldemort in the flesh, and he is immediately pushed out of office for having recklessly endangered the Wizarding World.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Downplayed. He doesn't directly physically harm any children, but he doesn't seem to have a problem with launching a smear campaign against an innocent teenager, trying to get said teenager expelled from school when Hogwarts is Harry's only respite from his abusive home life, and endangering the students of Hogwarts by effectively barring them from learning any magical self-defense. During Harry's hearing, when reminded that underage wizards can produce magic in front of Muggles under life-threatening circumstances, Fudge snaps that laws can be changed "if necessary".

    Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge
"I will have order!"
Portrayed by: Imelda Staunton (films), Helena Lymbery (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run), TBD (Cursed Child, first Broadway run)
Voiced by: Ruth Toscano (Latin American Spanish), Nair Amorim (Brazilian Portuguese)

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

  • 0% Approval Rating: During her brief stint as headmistress she's likely more hated than Phineas Nigellus ever was. Students and even teachers subvert her authority at every turn to the point of orchestrating a full-fledged rebellion of sorts designed to make her job a living nightmare - not that she doesn't deserve it. The only people who tolerate her are Filch and the Inquisitorial Squad, which they clearly only do because she's given them positions of power.
  • Adapted Out: Her brief cameo in Half-Blood Prince since her one appearance took place at Dumbledore's funeral, which was not adapted for the film.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books and the illustrations, she's portrayed as resembling a large toad. In the movies, she looks like someone's adorable grandmother, which actually helps mask her foul demeanour even better by not making it as obvious at first glance. Imelda Staunton, who played Umbridge in the films, also bears a passing resemblance to Margaret Thatcher, who Umbridge was written as a caricature of.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • 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 her bluster and high station, she's not really that skilled as a witch. In the film, she's able to hold off a group of angry and heavily armed Centaurs pretty much effortlessly all by herself note .
    • 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 3 drops, thus she comes off as incompetent when Snape asks what happened to the rest when she asks for more.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Very mild, but in the movie there is no confirmation that she was the one who sent the Dementors, implying it was Voldemort as suspected.
  • Adaptational Dye-Job: Her hair is described as "iron-grey" in the books, but is light brown in the film.
  • Adaptational Villainy: She was still a horrifically vile person in the book, but also in the book, she only inflicted her punishment method on at least two students (Harry and Lee), as well as getting Fred, George, and Harry a lifetime note  ban from playing Quidditch. In the film, she did it to practically every student who disagreed with her, even first years, and threatened McGonagall with everything up to legal action on trumped-up charges, not to mention the 100+ educational decrees hanging on the wall outside the Great Hall.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • Umbridge uses the Cats Are Mean 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 her presence. In fact, her backstory shared on Pottermore states she finds actual kittens to be too messy.
    • Appearance-wise, Harry (and years later, Mundungus) also describes her as looking like a toad—short and squat, with a black bow in her hair that reminds him of a fly.
  • Big Bad: While she is eventually overshadowed by Voldemort himself, for about 90% of Order of the Phoenix, she is effectively the main antagonist, the only one in the series that is not affiliated with Voldemort at all. She is actually more despised than Voldemort by fans.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: In Order of the Phoenix, she shares this role with Lord Voldemort as the person who directly threatens the students and opposes Harry for most of the book, whilst the latter works behind the scenes and only shows himself in the climax after Umbridge has already been dealt with. Despite both of them being main antagonists they never interact with each other, and are actually working independently from each other towards different goals.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She may come off as affable, but her true personality is something far worse.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Despises half-bloods despite, according to Rowling, being one herself and having a Squib brother to boot.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Her profile on Pottermore names her hobbies to be "collecting the 'Frolicsome Feline' ornamental plate range, adding flounces to fabric and frills to stationary objects, inventing instruments of torture."
  • Bright Is Not Good: Pink, pink everywhere, but her soul is as black as the night itself.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In Order of the Phoenix, she insists on insulting a herd of angry centaurs, currently surrounding her and armed with bows, eventually calling them "filthy half-breeds." To their faces. She is promptly abducted and dragged off into the depths of the forest; it takes intervention from Dumbledore himself to save her life.
  • Butt-Monkey: 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.
  • The Cameo: She makes a brief appearance in Half-Blood Prince attending Dumbledore's funeral, not looking the slightest bit sad.
  • Child Hater: While she explicitly says she hates children in the film version of Order of the Phoenix this is averted in the books themselves where she doesn't particularly hate children, but rather all people who challenge her power. The only reason why she abuses children in the books is simply because it's a way to assert power over them and because she can get away with it.
  • Colour Motif: Pink, to go with her sickly sweet personality.
  • Dem Bones: In the film, her cat Patronus has a visibly skeletal appearance, a trait not seen in any other character's Patronus.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She forces students to write lines in their own blood with a quill that cuts into the skin on the backs of their hands. It's stated that at least one student's hand is bleeding quite badly, and that Harry himself has another permanent scar. All of this for speaking out of turn and/or questioning the Ministry.
  • The Dragon:
    • Umbridge is the one who sabotages the Defence 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.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: 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.
  • Establishing Character Moment: A series of them. At Harry's trial, she acts to deflect the blame for the incident that put Harry there and votes for him as guilty in the face of all justice and logic. During her first portrayed class, she puts Harry in detention because he said that Voldemort had returned, and punishes him by making him write lines with a quill that puts a scar in his hand.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She does have one 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 fear for her own safety as a ranking Ministry official. Ultimately it becomes moot in the seventh book when she ends up working with Death Eaters.
    • She's closer to an inversion of this trope; Umbridge is a cold and unscrupulous bitch who almost makes the Death Eaters look better by comparison and even known antagonists like Professor Snape can't stand her. Had she ever interacted with Voldemort himself, you can honestly picture him hating her too. She's that bad.
  • Evil Counterpart: Several scenes position her as this to McGonagall. Umbridge is the right-hand woman of Cornelius Fudge, mirroring McGonagall's position under Dumbledore and, with the power she's given by Fudge, Umbridge has just as much of a say in Hogwarts affairs as McGonagall does. While McGonagall is a Stern Teacher who is ultimately reasonable and caring under her strict exterior, Umbridge puts on a facade of friendliness to hide her sadistic, ruthless true personality.
  • Eviler than Thou:
    • Subverted in comparison to the Death Eaters. She's clearly not as brutal as they are, 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.
    • When interacting with Snape, a Smug Snake and (by this point) known Death Eater, she makes him look very good next to her.
      Snape: Unless you wish to poison Potter — and I would be in the greatest possible sympathy with you if you did — I cannot help you.
    • 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"!
  • Evil Teacher: 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.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: When she's introduced.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • She is noted to have an intense loathing of those she considers "half-breeds" or "part-humans," ranging from werewolves to centaurs. It comes back to haunt her at the end of Order of the Phoenix, where she is carried off into the Forbidden Forest by a herd of centaurs.
    • Her hatred of half-breeds apparently extends to half-blood wizards and witches like herself, as evidenced in Deathly Hallows. She sends a half-blood wizard to his Fate Worse than Death, labelling him a Muggle-born without listening to his argument. She gets her comeuppance for sending countless half-bloods and Muggle-borns to the Dementors, though.
  • Fat Bitch: She is depicted in the books as extremely, almost humorously squat. This is downplayed in the film, though, as Imelda Staunton isn't really that overweight at all.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She certainly tries, but overdoes it; her fake persona is every bit as foul as her real one, and the fact that it's so over the top actually adds to her creepiness.
  • 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).
  • For the Evulz: Most of her actions are understandable (though obviously disproportionate) when viewed through the lens of her 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 hit them where it hurts.
  • Freudian Excuse: According to Pottermore, her parents were unhappily married and fought frequently. Her wizard father blamed her Muggle mother for their son being born a Squib, and turned Dolores against them both. They divorced when she was fifteen, and she never saw her mother or brother again.
  • Glurge Addict: As evidenced by her ornamental kitten plates, which Harry finds sickening.
  • Gold Digger: Her backstory reveals she tried to romance various Ministry members (including her bosses) to gain wealth and status but for some reason they never saw her as anything more than a colleague.
  • Gonky Femme: In the books, she's described as squat and toadlike, while also being a glurge-addicted Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher who loves kittens and the colour pink. In the movies, the Gonk part is very downplayed.
  • Hate Sink: In Order of the Phoenix, she's shown to be a despicable character which is driven home when she takes over as headmaster of Hogwarts, enacts "Educational Decrees" to limit the authority of the teachers and mocks the centaurs as half-breeds. She's been compared to Joffrey Baratheon in this regard. In just about every fan poll of who the worst Harry Potter villain is, she wins in an absolute landslide. Even Stephen King 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 Hannibal Lecter. 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.
  • The Heavy: While Cornelius Fudge creates most of the problems Harry deals with in Order of the Phoenix, Umbridge is the main enforcer of his will at Hogwarts.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard:
    • Umbridge enacts several "Educational Decrees" that, among other things, severely limit the authority of the other teachers at Hogwarts. This backfires spectacularly when the students raise holy hell in rebellion and the teachers don't do anything to stop them because they don't have the authority to do so.
    • Her "I must not tell lies" punishment with Harry has bitten her in the ass twice: when cornered by the centaurs, she begs Harry to tell them she doesn't want to hurt them, and he only coldly responds that he can't because he "must not tell lies" and just lets them carry her off with nary a backwards glance. The second time when she is accusing a Muggleborn Ministry employee of stealing a wand and not being a real witch, Harry calls her out on her lies, again throwing her words in her face, before zapping the hell out of her with a Stupify curse. Suffice to say, Harry didn't take that punishment well.
  • Hypocrite: Although fans have a lot of reasons to hate her with relish, her hypocrisy is certainly one of the main ones. In Order of the Phoenix, 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. By the time of Deathly Hallows, 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. Lest we forget that despite being part of the Ministry and her so-called contempt for Death Eaters, she's now actively working alongside them. Not that there's a single soul who'd be surprised by that at this point.
  • Idiot Ball: Surrounded by centaurs aiming arrows at you... and you still insult them for being "filthy half-breeds"? Dumbledore has to personally bail her out of that one, and she's not even grateful for it in the slightest!
  • I Have No Daughter!: 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.
  • Informed Ability: 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.
  • Insanity Immunity: Slytherin's locket Horcrux corrupts the soul of anyone who wears it, but her soul is already so pitch-black that it doesn't affect her one bit, to the point that she's able to cast a Patronus while wearing it by summoning happy thoughts of torturing people.
  • Ironic Echo: In the film adaptation of Order of the Phoenix, 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • 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. That being said, 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, Trelawney), 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.
    • She's not wrong that Sybill Trelawney is not a great Divination professor and also not very good at actually predicting the future. However, the sadistic enjoyment she takes in seeing Trelawney's grief and distress when she fires her is absolutely revolting.
    • A similar case can be be made about Hagrid, mainly due to his attitude towards monsters. However her clear attempts to have him arrested as opposed to simply fired is extreme to say the least.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: 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.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Especially in Deathly Hallows, in which she accuses Muggle-borns of "stealing" magic from true mages (which is a load of crap) and feeds them to Dementors. And she enjoys it.
  • Just a Kid: Umbridge views her students as children. In her speech at the start-of-term feast, she addresses the students (who range from eleven to seventeen years old) as though they're toddlers ("And to see such happy little faces looking back at me!").
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: 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 Order of the Phoenix. 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 her first major 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 the Slytherin Locket. And J. K. Rowling 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.
  • Knight Templar: While she's on the side of the Ministry of Magic rather than the Death Eaters, she's one of the most horrible characters in the series.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: 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.
  • Lack of Empathy: She 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. Quite the opposite, in fact.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: 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, including Umbridge. Then, after Voldemort's demise, Umbridge gets detained in Azkaban for her war crimes, although that's after the Dementors have left.
  • Light Is Not Good: Unlike the Death Eaters, she can summon a Patronus (although, as noted in the seventh book, it had no warmth unlike the heroes'), and unlike the heroes, she is not the least bit impaired by Slytherin's Locket, thanks to the fact that what she considers "happy thoughts" are pretty much the exact opposite. To say nothing of her Glurge Addict status.
  • Manipulative Bitch:
    • Its strongly implied that for having the chance to read Harry's letter she lies to Filch that he is ordering Dungbombs. Also her general attitude towards Filch is this, letting him have his way in exchange for serving her faithfully, while actually having no respect for him.
    • She reveals that near the end of Book 5 that she was responsible for ordering the Dementor attack on Harry so that he would perform magic to defend himself, thus giving the Ministry a chance to expel Harry. She did it secretly because she knew not even Fudge would go to that extremes to achieve his goals, which she considered soft.
    • To ensure that those in the student body are loyal to her, she creates the Inquisitorial Squad, a gang of Slytherin students, i.e. Malfoy and his cronies, who spy for her and in exchange they can dock points however they want. This resulted in a colossal drop in House points of Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Gryffindor, which eventually led to the Gryffindor having zero points at the end of the year when McGonagall returned.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Dolores means "sorrows" or "pains".
    • Umbridge is a homonym of "umbrage" (outrage, also shade or shadow). The Cambridge Dictionary defines the phrase "take umbrage" as "to feel upset or annoyed, usually because you feel that someone has been rude or shown no respect to you", which is a pretty solid description of how she felt for most of her debut novel.
    • If we consider the ongoing Arthurian legend Theme Naming of the series, her first name could also be a reference to 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.
    • The Traditional Chinese translation goes toe-to-toe with the original English version on the topic of her name being meaningful and reflective of her. Other than giving her a Dub Name Change to Dorothy, it transliterates her surname as 恩不里居 (Ēnbùlǐjū), which roughly translates to "kindness does not reside inside".
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: She initially introduces herself to the school by treating the students rather condescendingly and maintaining a sugary sweet demeanor. This soon becomes more sinister as she reveals herself to be a Sadist Teacher (she gives Harry detention by making him write lines in his own blood that cut into his skin), and she becomes even worse when she takes over the school.
    "Well, it is lovely to be back at Hogwarts, I must say! And to see such happy little faces looking back at me!"
    Harry glanced around. None of the faces he could see looked happy; on the contrary, they all looked rather taken aback at being addressed as though they were five years old.
  • Mundanger: 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 teacher, a boss or your government.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Umbridge doesn't care who runs the Ministry so long as she gets to keep her job, though one rather gets the impression that she enjoys enforcing the most ruthless laws more than anything. In the 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 Professional Butt-Kisser kind of way.
  • The Napoleon: In the movies, she's played by the five foot tall Imelda Staunton. In The Order of the Phoenix, she stands on a step to try and look down on everyone during her argument with McGonagall.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name:
    • Umbridge hides it a bit better than the Death Eaters, but she's honestly no better than them. By the final book, she sky dives off the slippery slope and starts holding a Kangaroo Court to persecute Muggle-born Wizards.
    • In The Cursed Child, Umbridge continues her prejudice streak and happily tortures Muggle-borns on the orders of the Augurey.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Rowling has never hidden the fact that Umbridge is a thinly veiled parody of Margaret Thatcher.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: 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.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: 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.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Compared to many of the other teachers, she doesn't seem to be very magically capable. When the students 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.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Wears fluffy, frilly pink clothes to hide her real nature.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain:
    • Her prejudice against non-humans and half-breeds seems a little shoehorned in just to make her more hateable, 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.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: According to her Pottermore profile, this is how she managed to rise through the ranks of the Ministry in the first place (with also taking undeserved credit for the work of others). She doesn't care who's in charge as long as she remains in a position of power and authority.
  • Psycho Pink: Dolores Umbridge not only wears pink but has her office's walls coloured pink and lined with cute kitten-themed decorations upon becoming Hogwarts' Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher in Order of the Phoenix. She's also a thoroughly corrupt Sadist Teacher who delights in inflicting cruel punishments upon students and generally abusing her power.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: 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 Spoiled Brat whose only response to her rule being challenged is to squeal about her apparent authority pathetically.
  • Put on a Prison Bus: As confirmed by J.K. Rowling herself, Umbridge was taken to Azkaban for her war crimes after the end of Deathly Hallows.
  • The Quisling: In Deathly Hallows. She didn't need to be Imperiused at all to go along with Voldemort's takeover of the ministry.
  • Red Right Hand: Her wand is unusually short. According to Pottermore, a short wand usually chooses a wizard or witch whose character lacks something. In her case, any sort of moral compass whatsoever.
  • Sadist Teacher: Another item on the (very short) list of things to call her without resorting to profanity (or trope titles). In the film, she becomes irredeemable 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. Her ability to conjure a Patronus literally comes from her happy thoughts of torturing people.
  • Sickeningly Sweet: Several traits of hers, such as her fluffy pink clothing, her high-pitched girlish voice, and her fixation on Cute Kittens and doilies are definitely seen as this In-Universe.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Though she's a powerful Ministry official she vastly overestimates how much others respect her authority. In the second half of Order of the Phoenix, insults a heavily-armed horde of centaurs and then tries to stop them from retaliating by emphasizing that she's the Senior Undersecretary to the Minister of Magic. The centaurs aren't impressed.
  • Smug Smiler: In addition of being a Smug Snake and Stepford Smiler, she often shows her overconfidence this way.
  • Smug Snake: Umbridge is highly competent at exploiting the system to get what she wants. Otherwise, she's largely inept, and the best way to deal with her is to put her in a situation where her connections can't get her out (like the middle of a herd of angry centaurs, for example...).
  • The Sociopath: 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 Lack of Empathy for the victims of her cruelty, which is to say anyone put under her jurisdiction, is positively gleeful at the prospect of using Cold-Blooded Torture For the Evulz, 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.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Her fluttery, girlish, high-pitched voice belies her true nature.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type C. Her smile is only a façade to hide her sadistic personality.
  • Straw Hypocrite: She teaches the students that the Unforgivable Curses are illegal. The Cruciatus Curse, itself an Unforgivable Curse, appears to be one of her favourite spells.
  • Sugary Malice: She tortures students but she's very polite about it, in a grandmotherly way. And just look at all those cute little kittens!
  • Token Evil Teammate: She's the only one on Fudge's side who remains a jerkass by the end of the fifth book.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Discussed in the seventh book. Ron speculates that Umbridge managed to open the Locket Horcrux and was possessed by the piece of soul inside it, but Harry dismisses the notion.
    "Wouldn't make any difference to her, she was so evil in the first place."
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Her horrible misrule follows this arc, with her replacing Reasonable Authority Figure McGonagall. Ex-Trope Namer.
  • Undying Loyalty: The closest thing she has to a positive trait is her undying loyalty to the Ministry, as when the Death Eaters' takeover ordered the interrogations of Muggleborns from all of Britain, Umbridge went as far as to judge the persecuted herself.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She often loses it every time her plans get derailed.
  • Villain Respect: Very briefly. Harry notices that she actually looks genuinely impressed when Hermione completely bumrushes through her entire textbook's curriculum in a short amount of time and commits it to her legendary memory.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: As a high-ranking and distinguished Ministry official, Umbridge is held in high regard by many, including Percy Weasley and her boss, Cornelius Fudge. Because of this, her child abuse and Fantastic Racism are either overlooked or ignored.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Her high-pitched girly voice surprised Harry the first time he heard her speak, as her "frog-like" appearance had left him expecting a croak.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • She forces the 15-year-old Harry to carve the words "I must not tell lies" unto his own hand so many times that it leaves a permanent scar. In the film of Order of the Phoenix, we get a shot of a crying boy of eleven or twelve years, implied to have been subjected to the same punishment, and Umbridge commenting, "Naughty children deserve to be punished."
    • She comes very close to using the Cruciatus Curse on Harry to torture a confession out of him about the secret Dumbledore's Army meetings, justifying it as being for the greater good, and outright slaps him in the face in the film.
  • You Are What You Hate: Umbridge despises half-bloods and Muggles. She herself is a half-blood, her mother is a Muggle, and her brother is a Squib.

    Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Senior
Portrayed by: Roger Lloyd-Pack
Voiced by: Arturo Mercado (Latin American Spanish), Pietro Mário (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appears in: Goblet of Fire

"And I trust you remember the many proofs I have given, over a long career, that I despise and detest the Dark Arts and those who practice them?"

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

  • Accidental Misnaming: He continually refers to Percy Weasley as "Weatherby." This seems odd given that he seems to know Arthur well.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He's much nicer in the movie version. His apathetic condemnation of his son pleading for mercy is changed to his son openly outing himself as a Death Eater due to Karkaroff's accusations, with Crouch being heartbroken about having to put him in jail. His abusive custody and mind-control of Barty Jr. is omitted entirely, as is his cruel dismissal of Winky, who has been Adapted Out.
  • Anti-Hero: Crouch Sr. was very much a Pragmatic Hero or Unscrupulous Hero against Voldemort and his forces during the First Wizarding War.
  • Asshole Victim: A downplayed example of this trope occurs towards the end of Goblet of Fire. He is the reason why his son is a Death Eater, but he showed great remorse for this slightly before his death and was always fiercely dedicated to battling the Dark Side. Averted in the movie, which removes a good chunk of his most negative personality traits.
  • The Atoner: He becomes this just before being murdered by his son.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: 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. Then he breaks the law, and springs his son out of Azkaban, and 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.
  • Blue Blood: He and his family have (or, rather, had) a house-elf, which are usually associated with old money in wizarding Britain. After Fudge's Dementor sucks out the soul of Junior, the last member of the family, Dumbledore states that the Crouch family was a very old pure-blood family. The Crouch family has also intermarried with the House of Black at some point and is listed as one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight.
  • Brainwashed: He's put under the Imperius Curse by Voldemort soon after the World Cup.
  • Broken Ace: 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. And everyone viewed him as a shoe-in to succeed Millicent Bagnold as the next Minister of 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.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Initially played straight. He tirelessly - if ruthlessly - enforced the law against dark wizards during the First Wizarding War. He's portrayed as extremely straight-laced and a rigid adherent to rules and regulations to the point where he refused to call off the Triwizard Tournament due to the rules surrounding the selection of champions despite the suspicion of Harry's name being mysteriously entered. Subverted by the end of Goblet of Fire when we discover his dirty laundry involving his son.
  • Cold Ham: He chews the scenery a bit more in the films, but it doesn't detract from his uptight, stiff nature.
  • Composite Character: In the film, he also takes the role of Ludo Bagman, who's Adapted Out.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Unlike most wizards who try (and fail) to blend in while in Muggle-inhabited areas, Crouch takes great pains to make sure he doesn't look conspicuous, to the point that Harry believes that not even the sharp-eyed Uncle Vernon could tell that Crouch was a wizard. Even more impressive, most pureblood wizards (of which he is one) usually know very little about the Muggle world and look silly when they try to blend in, so Crouch must have gone out of his way to learn what Muggles look like and dressed accordingly.
  • Create Your Own Villain: 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.
  • Da Chief: He was once Wizarding Britain's chief lawman.
  • Determinator: Travels from his home, probably somewhere in England, to Hogwarts, in Scotland, presumably on foot, while fighting Imperius Curse indoctrination the entire way.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He gave very little thought to what would happen after he broke his son out of Azkaban. His plan seemed to be to keep an escaped convict at home under Imperius Curse indefinitely and...that was it. All things considered it's impressive that Crouch Jr. wasn't discovered even sooner, especially after Crouch fires the servant that was helping keep his son under control.
  • Disappeared Dad: He wasn't all that present in his son's life. Needing a father figure, Crouch Jr. fell in with the Death Eaters.
  • Dishonoured Dead: In the book. His son kills him, Transfigures his body into a bone, and buries it near Hagrid's cabin. This doesn't happen in the film since Harry finds his body relatively easily while walking through the forest after the Second Task.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Crouch is well-known among his Ministry peers for being a Workaholic who almost never stops working, but even he thinks Percy Weasley takes work way too seriously.
    • Likewise, he tears into Amos Diggory for accusing Harry Potter of summoning the Dark Mark. As he points out, Voldemort killed Harry's parents, and the Dark Mark is a living reminder of that. Then Amos accuses Winky, and Crouch Sr. points out that Amos is accusing him by proxy, when Crouch's words and deeds show his fervent hatred of the Dark Arts and Death Eaters.
    Barty Crouch, Sr.: You have now come very close to accusing the two people in this clearing who are least likely to conjure that Mark!
  • The Extremist Was Right:
    • Wizarding Britain and the main cast saw him as cruel, cold, and too ruthless for sentencing his own son to Azkaban on charges of being a Death Eater and committing war crimes on fairly weak evidence without hesitation. It then turns out whether or not his son was guilty of torturing the Longbottoms, he absolutely did become a loyal and committed Death Eater at some point who went on to revive Voldemort.
    • On a societal level his brutality in waging war against Voldemort and the Death Eaters including authorizing the use of the Unforgivable Curses caused significant collateral damage and led to the imprisonment of innocent people. That said it did help turn the tide of the war in favor of the Ministry at a time when Voldemort was said to be on the brink of victory.
  • Fallen Hero: 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 went astray and fell in with the Death Eaters was because of Senior's neglect, and his popularity was shattered, costing him his bid for Minister of Magic. By the time Harry meets him, he's been shunted into a rather useless posting as the Head of International Magical Cooperation, and no one particularly likes him, save Percy. That said he never actually turned to Voldemort's side or the Death Eaters and fought them to the end.
  • Foil: To Cornelius Fudge in Phoenix. While Fudge pretends as if everything is fine, is manipulated by his treacherous underlings, and goes along with Head-in-the-Sand Management, Crouch is a Knight Templar 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 favour 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 favour due to dealing with Voldemort's supporters too harshly. They were also both admired by Percy Weasley, and were both favoured to become Britain's Minister of Magic at one point (Fudge succeeded in his case).
  • Good Is Not Nice: 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 Hellhole Prison without a trial, being a Hanging Judge in the trials that he did authorize, and giving the Aurors authorization to use Unforgivable Curses. Even Sirius, who hates the man for very justifiable reasons doesn't outright condemn him as a villain, because for all his faults, Voldemort was always worse and Crouch's methods were effective in keeping him at bay.
  • Hanging Judge: Sent Sirius to prison without a trial.
  • Happily Married: Barty Jr. claims that his father loved his mother and was a good husband, and he was so devoted to her that he broke Barty Jr. out of Azkaban in place of his wife, who died in prison in the body of her son's.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: He did a lot of terrible things in the name of the greater good, including sending people like Sirius to prison without a trial and condemning his son without verifying innocence or guilt. The worst has to be busting his son out, putting him under the Imperius Curse to control him, and brain-damaging Bertha Jorkins, when she found out. Eventually, after Crouch Sr. was put under the Imperius Curse as well, courtesy of Voldemort, he was able to fight it to realize that he gave the Dark Lord the tools for his resurrection and destroyed his family for nothing; Dumbledore needs to be warned. He manages to Apparate into the outskirts of the Forbidden Forest and makes it in time to find Harry Potter and Viktor Krum, who are talking in the privacy of the trees about Hermione. Unfortunately, neither boy is in a state to carry him so Harry tells Krum to wait and goes to get help. By the time Dumbledore comes, Crouch Jr. while disguised as Moody successfully kills his father and stuns Krum, with the latter none the wiser as to who really attacked him.
  • Heel Realization: In his final appearance, he deliriously admits that everything from his son's fate, to Bertha Jorkins's disappearance, is his fault.
  • He Knows Too Much: He knows that "Moody" is really Crouch Jr. He is killed by his son before he can warn Dumbledore.
  • Heroic Willpower: He was able to walk from his home all the way to Hogwarts, while fighting indoctrination by the Imperius Curse cast by Voldemort himself the entire time. When Harry finds him, he's barely hanging on to his sanity, but the fact that he was able to do that speaks to some immense willpower. The best Harry, one of the very few people shown to be able to resist the Curse, was able to do was a few seconds, and Junior could only manage a few moments at a time. Only Junior having the Marauder's Map so he could ambush and kill him was able to stop him from informing Dumbledore.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His devotion to fighting the Dark Arts leads him to become, in Sirius's words, "as ruthless and cruel as many on the Dark Side".
  • Hidden Depths: What's the one coherent thing he talks about, while completely insane after spending months under the Imperius Curse? His son, and not how much he hates the boy, but how 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 his back-from-Azkaban son under control. That said, he only ever used the Imperius Curse, which he legalized, and the Polyjuice Potion.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Essentially his reasoning for the brutality he directed toward Voldemort's army (and often, innocent bystanders). Even Sirius, who has a deep antipathy for the man himself, admits that there was a legitimate reason for his early popularity; he produced real results against the Death Eaters when no one else could.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • The trial with the Lestranges and his son was not Crouch Sr.'s greatest moment. His own wife was a Nervous Wreck on seeing Crouch Jr. put on trial, and Crouch Sr. showed No Sympathy towards her when she fainted. This made him look cold and uncaring to the public. Plus, as Sirius puts it, there was a possibility that Crouch Jr. was in the wrong place at the wrong time; no one at the Ministry had bothered to confirm or deny if he had actually tortured the Longbottoms when they had Veritaserum and Pensieves. Thus, people thought Crouch Sr. was a neglectful parent who failed to see his son was going astray, and he lost his reputation, as well as his chances at Minister of Magic.
    • Let's just say after putting a lot of effort to put his son in Azkaban, Crouch Sr. should have thought through honouring his dying wife's wishes to get Crouch Jr. out of prison and giving him a second chance at life. Rather than say ask for a plea of parole at the trial, or something better than what he actually did, he breaks the law and his son's mind to honour Mrs. Crouch's Last Request. This would later lead to Voldemort's return.
  • I Have No Son!: He says almost these exact words during his son's trial. He's a good deal more wistful about it in the film, though. That said, when he disowns him in the book, it was after Barty Jr. was revealed to be one of the Death Eaters who tortured the Longbottoms into insanity. He was actually very proud of him beforehand and bragged about his academic accomplishments at the office.
  • Informed Ability: Though we are given a few references to his apparent high magical ability (Sirius refers to him as powerfully magical), we never see him cast anything more than Harry's score in the First Task.
  • Karmic Death: In the novel, but not the film adaptation.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: 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.
  • Knight Templar: Noted by other characters to have used methods no different from Voldemort's in the First Wizarding War.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: 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 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.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: His relationship with his wife clearly blinded him to the near-endless list of things that could go wrong with breaking someone out of Azkaban and trying to hide him from the rest of the world indefinitely. Even prior to Winky being dismissed, Barty Sr. narrowly avoided his son being discovered by arriving home to confront Bertha Jorkins.
  • Married to the Job: This alienated his son from him, which had disastrous consequences for the entire Wizarding world.
  • Master of Disguise: 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 Uncle Vernon would have spotted him for what he really was."
  • Minor Major Character: Appears only in the fourth book, long after his Glory Days are passed, but he's an important character in the backstory.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: 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.
  • Never Found the Body: 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.
  • Nominal Hero: In the novel, he cares more about protecting his own reputation than doing good.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's very obviously based on Enoch Powell, a conservative politician from the 1950s-1980s famous for his "rivers of blood" speech. Powell was also extremely authoritarian, just as Crouch Sr. is shown to be in the books. Roger Lloyd-Pack even copies Powell's speech patterns in the film.
  • Omniglot: According to Percy, he speaks more than 200 languages, including Mermish, Gobbledegook (goblin), and Troll.
  • Parental Neglect: He didn't care much about his son by the looks of it. Let's face it; if your son thinks Voldemort is a better father than you are, then you've totally failed as a parent.
  • Parents Know Their Children: It doesn't take long for him to figure out the truth about "Moody" actually being his son in disguise. This leads to his death because He Knows Too Much.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: 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 caused collateral damage. Sirius was wrongfully imprisoned because Crouch refused to give him and other people who were suspected of being Death Eaters a fair trial before sentencing.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Unlike most of the Ministry's top officials, he treats Arthur well enough to the point he's on First-Name Basis with him.
    • He sincerely defends Harry against Amos Diggory's accusations of the boy summoning the Dark Mark. Crouch reminds Diggory that Voldemort killed the Potters.
  • Poor Communication Kills: While in the throes of insanity, he actually expresses pride in his son's accomplishments. Evidently, if he had just expressed that pride to his actual son, his son wouldn't have fallen in with the Death Eaters.
  • Putting on the Reich: The film makes him resemble Adolf Hitler by giving him a toothbrush mustache and a comb-over fringe. Ironically, in spite of this new appearance, he's nicer than in the book.
  • Red Herring: Crouch isn't exactly 'evil' as much as he was Well-Intentioned Extremist and certainly isn't the one responsible for putting Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire. Turns out his son was behind it all.
  • Sanity Slippage: He goes a little nuts after months of being under the Imperius Curse.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: To disguise himself as a Muggle, he wears a perfectly crisp suit and tie. Harry thinks to himself that even Uncle Vernon wouldn't be able to tell that he was a wizard.
  • Tragic Hero: A parallel to his son being a Tragic Villain. Crouch Sr. was originally one of the primary heroes who vehemently opposed and fought Voldemort and the Death Eaters in the First Wizarding War and prevented the fall of the Ministry with his dedicated wartime leadership. Unfortunately, his ruthless Knight Templar personality, methods and irrational devotion to his wife ultimately led to his own doom and and that of many others with the resurrection of Voldemort he inadvertently made possible.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By breaking his son out of Azkaban. After Voldemort arrives seeking a follower to help him return to power, Barty Jr. is the one who engineers the plan to kidnap Harry as part of his role in the potion that restores Voldemort to full strength.
  • Workaholic: Oh, yes. This is implied to be a large part of why his son turned out the way he did. Also, when he's imprisoned by Voldemort and forced to claim that he's staying home for his health, it's noted that this behaviour is very strange for him.
  • You Are What You Hate: Despite being well-known for despising the Dark Arts and anyone who practiced them, this didn't stop him from authorizing the Unforgivable Curses against the Death Eaters. This takes a much darker turn in Goblet of Fire when it's discovered that he's been using the Imperius Curse on the son he smuggled out of Azkaban.

    Amos Diggory
Portrayed by: Jeff Rawle (films), Barry McCarthy (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run)
Voiced by: Ismael Castro (Latin American Spanish), José Sant'Anna (Brazilian Portuguese)

"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.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: 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 says anything inappropriate.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Cedric is embarrassed when his father brags about his Quidditch accomplishments in front of Harry. In an unusual variation, it's not just because Amos is boasting of Cedric's win, but also because he is openly belittling Harry in his face while doing so.
  • Big "NO!": Gives a heart-wrenching one in the film as he kneels over Cedric's body. It currently adorns the Tear Jerker page for Goblet of Fire.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns in Cursed Child. His only other appearance was in Goblet of Fire.
  • Happily Married: 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being exceptionally rude and vain at times, he loves his son and is an honest and fair person.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives his deceased son Cedric who was murdered by Peter Pettigrew on Lord Voldemort's orders.
  • Put on a Bus: Left after Goblet of Fire.

    Ludovic "Ludo" Bagman
Portrayed by: Benjamin Stone (Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup), Unknown (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 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 gambling addict who has bet on Harry to win the Triwizard Tournament, and tries to help him win so he can pay back gold he borrowed to cover his gambling debts.

  • Adapted Out: He doesn't appear in the film version of Goblet of Fire.
  • Big Fun: At first. He's a plump guy full of energy and joviality whose quick to speak to Harry in an encouraging way and liven up the event.
  • Dumb Muscle: He used to be a professional Quidditch beater and has no end of enthusiasm for his job, but tends to put having a good time before common sense or secrecy. Lampshaded during the trial that almost gets him thrown into Azkaban.
    Moody: If I didn't know he'd always been a bit dim, I'd have said some of those Bludgers had permanently affected his brain.
  • Fixing the Game: He gives the winners in his betting pool (such as the Weasley twins) leprechaun gold, which vanishes after a couple of hours. He also attempts to give Harry various hints to win the Triwizard tournament and rigs Harry's score as positively as he can.
  • Formerly Fit: He looks like a powerfully-built man gone slightly to seed; this is confirmed when Harry sees him in his Quidditch days via Pensieve.
  • Fun Personified: 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.
  • The Gambling Addict: All the classical signs of it, including borrowing money to cover his debts, making extremely risky bets to try and win back what he owes, etc.
  • Long Bus Trip: He goes on the run after the fourth book to escape the goblins he owes money to and is never seen in the books again. Pottermore reveals that he survived and was eventually able to return to society, as he's seen writing about Quidditch for the Daily Prophet.
  • Meaningful Name: "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.
  • Nasal Trauma: Bagman's nose is slightly squashed, which Harry thinks was probably due to a bludger hitting him in the face.
  • Noodle Incident: He gives the Weasleys tickets to the World Cup because Arthur got his brother out of a tight spot for something that’s never specified to do with a magical lawnmower.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Even his personality quirks aside, most signs point to him not being particularly great at running the Department of Magical Games and Sports. He lets the disappearance of Bertha Jorkins go uninvestigated for several 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.
  • Popularity Power: Bagman was an international Quidditch player who had secured victory for his team in every match he participated, and thus was as popular as one would expect. During his trial, the jury decided to forego the procedures and proceeded to congratulate his on one of his matches, much to Crouch Sr.'s fury.
  • Red Herring: He's set up as someone who may have put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire, and is clearly acting suspiciously throughout the book, though for a completely different reason.
  • Running Gag: He spends The Cursed Child trying to rile up a polite French audience.
  • Still Wearing the Old Colors: Bagman is introduced wearing his old Quidditch robes from his days as a beater for the Winbourne Wasps.
  • Trapped by Gambling Debts: His prime motivation.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He's implied to have been one during First War for Augustus Rookwood, an Unspeakable who was actually a Death Eater mole. Bagman was put on trial for giving Rookwood information.
  • The Voice: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features Ludo, but only through his booming sports commentary.

    Rufus Scrimgeour
"These are dark times, there is no denying."
Portrayed by: Bill Nighy
Voiced by: Sebastián Llapur (Latin American Spanish), Carlos Gesteira (Brazilian Portuguese)
Appears in: Half-Blood Prince (book only) | 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.

  • Adaptational Heroism: His more negative qualities (his authoritarianism, his McCarthyist tendencies, his hypocrisy, etc.) are largely not present in the movie universe, and his relationship with Harry is nowhere near as antagonistic.
  • Adapted Out: Does not appear, nor is he even mentioned, in the sixth film, though he appears in the seventh.
  • Animal Motifs: Described as looking like an old lion.
  • Bad Liar: 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.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He appears to be a relatively likeable person, but has a dark, harsh side.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's mentioned in the fifth book by Order of the Phoenix members before taking over as Minister in the sixth.
  • Dented Iron: As a result of his career as an Auror. He's described by the Muggle Prime Minister as having a "ravaged" face and walks with a limp.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: He withstands torture by Voldemort himself and refuses to give Harry away, despite not even liking him.
  • Foil: Provides a significant contrast to his predecessor Fudge, and quite probably justified in-universe by how far in disgrace Fudge was when he resigned.
    • Unlike Fudge, who reacts to the threat of Voldemort by sticking his head in the sand and doing absolutely nothing, Scrimgeour goes in the other direction and takes an overly hard-line approach to the threat, even going as far as to arrest people on the mere suspicion of being a Death Eater.
    • Fudge seemed to be on friendly terms with Harry and Dumbledore, but when faced with the uncomfortable news of Voldemort's return, Fudge turned on them both and threw them under the bus while pushing a narrative that the two of them were trying to overthrow him. Scrimgeour keeps his high suspicions of Dumbledore and Harry rather than ever be their friend, and more than once attempts to pry into their relationship and plans, only to be rebuffed time and again. Neither of the two of them get along with Scrimgeour, but ultimately, Scrimgeour fights for good, and dies stone-walling Voldemort himself while Voldemort attempted to break into his mind to find Harry's location.
  • Handicapped Badass: He is described as walking with a slight limp likely due to physical impairment, and he spent most of his career as an Auror. Even Voldemort, a master of breaking into peoples' minds, was unable to pry information of Harry's whereabouts from him.
  • Hero Antagonist: Unlike Fudge, Scrimgeour is doing his best to stop Voldemort's reign of terror. This does not automatically endear him to Harry, specifically not when it comes to blows between them concerning Scrimgeour's harsh methods or his attempts at rallying the wizarding population together with publicity stunts.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: 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. Though being the Minister and previously an auror, he likely would've been killed anyway.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: While there's no questioning his dedication towards stopping Voldemort, his methods can get pretty awful. Just ask Stan Shunpike.
  • Idiot Ball: He was appointed Minister of Magic after it's revealed that Harry and Dumbledore were telling the truth about Voldemort's return. That being said, why doesn't he trust Harry? One would think he would try to befriend him and work together to stop Voldemort once and for all.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • His meddling and spying on Dumbledore seems like Fudge-esque paranoia until you consider that Dumbledore IS in fact withholding crucial information that could lead to Voldemort's defeat (the existence of the horcruxes) from Scrimgeour.
    • Later subverted, when it becomes clear that Dumbledore is keeping information from Scrimgeour not just because the latter is a jerkass, but because he knew the Ministry had been infiltrated and didn't want them to know he knew about Voldemort's horcruxes. And even then, wasting manpower on inspecting Dumbledore's will instead of publicizing the mass breakout helps the Death Eaters out even more.
  • Knight Templar: Like Crouch before him, his methods of battling Voldemort lead him to cause his own kind of trouble for the Wizarding World.
  • Large Ham: Has the wildest eyes this side of Steve Buscemi. It's BILL NIGHY!
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • It's implied that his swift incarceration of Death Eater suspects ultimately helped Voldemort gain more followers by placing the innocent suspects under the Imperius curse while busting his real followers out of Azkaban. Stan Shunpike, who was wrongfully incarcerated by Scrimgeour, turns up on the Death Eaters' side during the Battle of the Seven Potters, seemingly under a spell. Given that he was originally arrested for some joke he made at a bar, it seems unlikely he was already under the curse when Scrimgeour had him arrested.
    • 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 all the abuse Harry had suffered at her hands, and all the damage she had caused at Hogwarts. In his defence, he never knew about the things she had done, as dealing with Voldemort's return let the details slip through the cracks. After learning this, Harry turns almost immediately cold to him, and is adamantly against him until he learned Scrimgeour died trying to protect him from Voldemort.
  • Old Soldier: A veteran Auror, he's described as looking like an old lion. He has a limp, presumably from his fighting days, and he resists Lord Voldemort's torture before being killed. All in all, the guy seems like a poor man's Alastor Moody.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Mostly Minister Iron, with a few traces of Minister Scheming and Minister Action.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Scrimgeour's tendency for this is one of Harry's biggest criticisms of him, especially since it inevitably leads to innocents suffering punishments they don't deserve.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In the movies, he hardly smiles at all.
  • Pride: Rufus Scrimgeour's Tragic Flaw is that he's too proud to ask for counsel.
  • Redeeming Replacement: Unfortunately subverted. While Scrimgeour is committed to fighting the Death Eaters, he is only barely more effective at it than Fudge, and makes many of the same mistakes as he and Crouch did. His one notably better quality than Fudge is to not possess Fudge's favouritism for "wizarding pride." As a result, while Fudge kept Arthur Weasley in a low-ranked, low-paying job Scrimgeour quickly promotes him to head an important office investigating dangerous counterfeits.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Harry reacts to his death by realizing that, although he never liked Scrimgeour and the feeling was mutual, the last act of the Minister's life was likely protecting him from Voldemort.
  • What You Are in the Dark: He and Harry almost immediately dislike each other, but nonetheless he refuses to reveal Harry's location to Voldemort even under torture, and pays for this with his life.
  • Witch Hunt: He turns the battle against the Death Eaters into a borderline version of this, ironically enough, both due to paranoia and to keep up general morale by making the Ministry appear effective at battling Voldemort. This results in people obviously not affiliated with Voldemort, such as Stan Shunpike, getting incarcerated.

    Arthur Weasley 

    Percy Ignatius Weasley
Portrayed by: Chris Rankin
Voiced by: Irwin Daayán (Latin American Spanish), Felipe Grinnan (Brazilin Portuguese)

"I'm Head Boy!"

The Black Sheep of the Weasley family. At the start of the series, Percy is a pompous, ambitious prefect with No Sense of Humour. He's The Dutiful Son who thinks himself the "respectable" one in the family. His self-important manner made him the target of teasing from his younger siblings, making him a bit of a Butt-Monkey. Molly continuously failed to make the twins, Ron and Ginny view Percy as a role model, but not through lack of trying. Basically, his portrayal in the early books was that of an officious snob, but this was Played for Laughs and he was mostly a sympathetic character.

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

  • Abled in the Adaptation: In the books, Percy had horn-rimmed glasses; they were taken out in the movie adaptations.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the films, his obnoxious tendencies are toned down and he spends much of the first movie giving Harry advice that is actually useful. What's more, the scene where he returns his mother's Christmas sweater is cut.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Without actually being a member of the Hogwarts House known for it! His desire for respect and power in the Ministry causes him to cut ties with his family.
  • Angst Coma: Percy is visibly shaken by events in Chamber of Secrets. The twins assume that Percy is upset that someone important (a Prefect) could be attacked, but it goes deeper than that. His girlfriend, Penelope Clearwater, was one of the attack victims.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling:
    • Not himself, but from his perspective, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny follow this trope. He himself was an Annoying Older Sibling, instead.
    • Percy evidently subverts it with his older brothers, too, since neither Bill nor Charlie seem to find any of their siblings annoying. Percy is, however, teased mercilessly by them for his stuffiness.
  • Anti-Hero: He may be a stubborn, pretentious and egotistical sycophant with a tendency to be dismissive and opinionated towards others but does tries his best to help maintain order at Hogwarts.
  • The Atoner: When he finally realizes what a git he'd been for putting the Ministry over his family.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Despite his flaws, he does care about his younger siblings:
    • He refused to abandon Fred's dead body until he was able to move it away from the chaos, and charged at Fred's killer.
    • 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.
  • Black Sheep: Percy is the only member of the Weasley family who is not friendly and outgoing, instead being stiff, prideful, and uptight. And a stickler for the rules.
  • Butt-Monkey: Much like Ron, Percy finds himself to be the butt of jokes from his siblings. Even Harry has a hard time finding redeeming qualities in him.
  • Class Representative: Prefects are basically the British equivalent of this trope.
  • The Comically Serious: Having no sense of humour made his suffering from his brothers' pranks that much funnier.
  • Crossing the Burnt Bridge: Double subverted. Percy burns his bridges with his family after the Ministry refuses to acknowledge Voldemort's return. Even after Voldemort is caught red-handed in the Ministry and his family is proven right, he is still unable to reconcile with them out of stubborn pride. It isn't until the Death Eaters outright seize power in a coup that he works up the courage to apologize, but by then it's seemingly too late since defecting from the Ministry at that point would be tantamount to suicide. Percy is forced to spend the majority of Deathly Hallows lying in the bed he made for himself until the Final Battle, where he is finally able to return to the side of good and make peace with his loved ones.
  • Demoted to Extra: He wasn't all that big a player in the books, usually being involved in the side-plots, but his estrangement from his family was a poignant reminder of what Dumbledore always said about Voldemort's gift for dividing loyalties. After the third movie, his only appearances consist of non-speaking cameos in Phoenix and Hallows, Part 2. Unless you watch the backgrounds, you wouldn't even notice he's there and is apparently still going through his book plot-line, albeit almost entirely off-screen.
  • Dreadful Musician: Implied. During the Triwizard Tournament, Harry opens his golden egg and it makes a horrible screeching noise, which Ron compares to Percy singing in the shower.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: It seemed only Molly gave Percy the respect he believed he deserved, and often told the twins they'd do well to take a page out of his book. Even his dad would sometimes snicker at the cracks the twins made at him.
  • The Dutiful Son: Originally, he follows all of his parents' rules, looks out for all of his younger siblings at Hogwarts, and is a model student who graduates to a respectable career in the Ministry. Then he cuts ties with his parents in the fifth book when his ambition gets the best of him.
  • Easily Forgiven: When he returns in the Battle of Hogwarts, his family is quick to accept him back into the family after he admits his wrongdoings, with Fred being the first to forgive him and his mother being close to follow. Mind that Fred called him a "Ministry-loving, family-disowning, power-hungry moron" and it was Percy admitting this that convinced his brother he was truly sorry.
  • Failed a Spot Check: For all of his love for Mr. Crouch and his Workaholic tendencies, Percy didn't question why his boss took ill and started sending letters with instructions. He ended up being correct that it was Barty's handwriting — Voldemort put Crouch Sr. under the Imperius Curse to make him write each one — but kept stubbornly saying nothing was wrong. It says something that Fudge became concerned about Crouch taking ill for a year especially when the man showed up at Hogwarts and vanished.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • His love of having authority and power. In Goblet of Fire, he's so happy about being put in charge of the tasks Barty Crouch Sr. sends him by mail that he fails to realize that something funny is going on.
    • It's heavily implied that, at least during his work in the Ministry of Magic, he has a blind faith in authority figures, never bothering to question their morality (Umbridge) or competence (Fudge).
    • 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. 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.
  • Fiery Redhead: Inverted. Percy's a redhead like the rest of his family but is more calm, stoic, and even colder than them.
  • 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.
    • Also to Albus Dumbledore. Dumbledore too felt like an outsider in his family and sought fame and glory and recognition for his abilities, to the point of almost abandoning his siblings in favour of it. Unlike Percy, however, Dumbledore didn't realize how foolish he was acting until it was too late.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He was the Responsible Sibling all through his years at Hogwarts with the twins and, to a lesser extent, Ron acting as the foolish ones.
  • For Want of a Nail: Had Percy realized something was very wrong with Crouch's behaviour and informed a superior, and had the Ministry therefore been able to piece together what happened to Crouch, Percy could have been responsible for preventing Voldemort's return to power and overthrowing of the Ministry.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: A brother variant. 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 behaviour as a young adult than it does that his bossiness just doesn't mesh very well with the rest of his siblings.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Rare male example. He's extremely ambitious, talented at school, and quickly rises through the ranks at the Ministry. Of course, this comes at the expense of the relationship with his family...
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In Goblet of Fire, it's briefly mentioned that Percy is envious of the more relaxed and familiar relationship Harry had with Cornelius Fudge, until the Ministry tried turning Harry and Dumbledore into pariahs.
  • Heel Realization: It's implied he doesn't have one until the coup at the Ministry. Then he can't even act on it because dissidents are getting arrested, with Wizarding children being used as hostages.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • Thought Dolores Umbridge of all people was a "delightful woman". Possibly justified when one considers Percy's ambition leads to him relentlessly sucking up to anyone in a position of power in the Ministry no matter how morally questionable. He may have just been projecting his love for power onto someone in a powerful position.
    • At the same time, he knows Harry personally and yet still has no problem believing the Ministry propaganda about him.
  • I Am Not My Father: He makes a point of not behaving like Arthur, whom is looked down upon by Cornelius Fudge and other high ranking officials, in later books because he believes it will further his career at the Ministry.
  • I Have No Son!: Inverted—he's the one who cuts ties with his family in favour of his job at the Ministry of Magic, despite his mother's attempts to bring him back. His siblings do disown him in turn, however, especially Fred and George. When Ron gets a letter from Percy that tries to be encouraging but says all the wrong things (including advising him to fall in with Umbridge and cut ties with Harry), he shreds it and hurls the pieces into the fireplace, saying, "He is — the world's — biggest — git!"
  • I Have Your Wife: This was one of the reasons he didn't defect from the Ministry when the Coup started. Ginny was still attending Hogwarts, and the Death Eaters would have threatened her if Percy showed any signs of rebelling.
  • Idiot Ball: Firmly grasps it in Goblet of Fire. As several people point out in the next book, Percy should have realized something was amiss with Barty Crouch Sr. when he stopped showing up to work for several weeks claiming illness and only sent letters with instructions. As Crouch was an infamous workaholic who never missed a day of work prior, something was clearly up and he should have informed a superior.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: Percy's idea of a good time is reading books like Prefects Who Gained Power or discussing reports on the thickness of cauldron bottoms.
  • Informed Attribute: Like the rest of his family, Percy is in Gryffindor. However, he doesn't show many Gryffindor traits like courage, loyalty, or hotheadedness, except in particularly dire situations. The Sorting Hat takes new students' wishes into account during the Sorting, so it's possible that Percy may have been initially better suited to another House, but asked for Gryffindor to better fit with his family.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Especially in the first three books when he was still a Hogwarts student. At least when Harry interacted with him, he was actually quite nice, albeit arrogant, smug 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 insufferable and unpleasant side would appear.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: He was terrible to his parents in book 5 for warning him that Fudge promoting him was Too Good To Be True, and was happily witnessing Fudge's attempt to expel Harry. In book 6, Minister Scrimgeour convinces him to visit his family so as to make amends and make up with Harry, for political reasons. It doesn't work; his siblings toss mashed parsnips at him and Harry calls out the Minister for trying to suck up to him rather than actually protect people. Arthur was happy to see Percy, but he didn't admonish the kids too much for the food fight.
  • Kick the Dog: Even after cutting ties with his family, his mother still sent him a Christmas sweater in the mail...but Percy sent it back without opening it.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Despite his pompous attitude, he never hesitates to tackle dangerous situations. When the Death Eaters attack the muggles at the Quidditch World Cup, he rushes forward along with his father, Bill and Charlie. He also arrives to fight with his family in the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He was going to be a judge for the final task in the Triwizard Tournament, but at the last moment, the Ministry decided to question him instead about Crouch's behaviour (since he worked directly under Barty Crouch Sr. at the time.) As a result, he misses witnessing some important details. Voldemort returns, thanks in part to the actions of Barty Crouch's son. Crouch Sr. was trying to warn many people; he even specifically mentions wanting to talk to Percy, but a Dementor's Kiss prevents Crouch Jr. from ever making a full public confession. Later, when the Ministry claims that Harry is crazy for believing in Voldemort's return, Percy sees no reason to doubt the Ministry.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: A common Alternate Character Interpretation—throughout the first four books, we see all of his siblings—and even his father, sometimes—openly making fun of him and pulling pranks on him, simply because he's more stuffy and serious than the rest of them. From that perspective, his decision to cut ties with the family looks a bit more sympathetic.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Thanks to his actions, he becomes trapped in a tyrannical regime, which is his own fault, and cut off from the family he disowned. If he defects, he'll be executed or his little sister will be punished for it at Hogwarts. Then he's worried that they'll all be killed in the final battle and he never apologized to them. Percy loudly admits to his family that he was a fool in the last book and blinded by his ambitions.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Again from his perspective, he pulls a Heel–Face Turn in the final book to fight alongside his family. Turns out, he actually had a Heel Realization much sooner, but had to bide his time since he found himself stuck in a Voldemort-controlled Ministry.
  • Nerd Glasses: The books all describe him as wearing horn-rimmed glasses. They even get broken in Book 4, although Percy quickly uses magic to repair them.
  • Never My Fault: In book 6, under the new Minister's orders, Percy thinks that his behaviour the previous year will get swept under the rug at Christmas, and he doesn't need to apologize. For that, his siblings tossed mashed parsnips at him for being a traitor and making their mother cry. While he does apologize to them, he never does to Harry for doubting him.
  • Noodle Incident: "You're joking, Perce! I don't think I've heard you joke since—"
  • No Sense of Humour: In the words of Ron, "Percy wouldn't recognize a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing Dobby's tea cosy." He does have a bit of a harshly sarcastic moment in Deathly Hallows, though, which is remarked upon with astonishment by his siblings.
  • Not so Above It All: Quite often, actually.
    • 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. In the movie he joins in with the group of people crowding around to see Harry's firebolt and runs outside to watch him fly in for the first time.
    • 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.
    • Deathly Hallows shows he can make a joke, when he finds himself face to face with Pius Thicknesse during the Final Battle.
      Percy: Hello, Minister! Did I mention I'm resigning?
  • Not So Stoic: He refuses to let go of Fred's body.
  • The Obi-Wannabe: After he walks out on the family, he sends Ron a letter trying to mentor him into following his footsteps. Ron tears it up, saying "he is - the world's - biggest - git."
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Book 7, Fred is convinced that Percy is really sorry about disowning his family when he accepts Fred's (accurate) insults without argument. He also notes happily that Percy is quipping during battle.
  • Parting-Words Regret: Implied when he runs into Hogwarts, asking frantically if he missed the battle. Then he sees his family is alive, and staring awkwardly back at him. This gives Percy the courage to apologize for his behaviour, because he was worried they had been killed or tortured by Voldemort and thus would never have heard his regrets.
  • Professional Buttkisser: 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.
  • The Quisling: It turns out that after the end of the Triwizard Tournament Percy Weasley has come to see his family as traitors in favour 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.
  • Red Herring: Chamber of Secrets has several scenes that imply that Percy might be connected to the mystery regarding the Heir of Slytherin. He's actually just sneaking around Hogwarts so he can visit his girlfriend without being teased.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Inverted. Percy keeps insisting in The Goblet of Fire that Crouch Sr.'s letters are from him, so nothing should be wrong. He's right that Crouch wrote them, but that's because he was under the Imperius Curse.
  • Running Gag: Half of Fred and George's teasing came from the fact that Percy would never shut up about being a Prefect, or Head Boy, or his work for Mr. Crouch at the Ministry.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: He breaks all ties with his family in Book 5 over an ideological disagreement. He regrets it later and eventually reconciles with them.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Has a notable one with Fred and George. As he highly disapproves of their disruptive antics and rule breaking, he constantly attempts to reign them in and respect him as both their older brother and an authority figure at Hogwarts.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He wears horn-rimmed glasses and is a very sophisticated and studious intellectual.
  • Thicker Than Water: In the final book, when his family is about to go to war, Percy swallows his pride at long last to join them. He was there when Fred died, and this affected him greatly, leading to him screaming at the next Death Eater to cross his path for a fight.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Chooses Lawful, but switches to Good at the last minute.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While not an outright villain, he is noticeably the most jerkish and egotistical of the Weasleys, the rest of whom are all genuinely nice people. This only gets worse when he ends up joining the ministry, siding with them over his family and disowning them, and becoming even more obnoxious. He does eventually realize that he was wrong for doing that, and reconciles with his family.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • We never see him perform anything but the most mundane magic in the first six books (fixing glasses, apparating to different locations, etc.) In the final book, he takes part in a wizarding duel and transfigures his opponent into a sea urchin. Suddenly, Percy's bragging about getting high scores on his school exams makes a lot more sense.
    • 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.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Percy's need to impress Fudge is so great that he outright casts his family aside for two books. He also casts out Harry.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: During the final battle, Percy apologizes for his selfish actions and fights alongside his family.
  • The Tooth Hurts: In the first book, he bites into a Sickle embedded in a slice of Christmas pudding.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Ministry, at first, but in the end, he declares his loyalty to his family and reconciles with them. Even then, after the dust settles, he returns to the reformed Ministry.
  • Unwanted Assistance: During Prisoner of Azkaban Percy, likely acting on his mother's orders, starts tailing Harry everywhere when it's believed that Sirius Black wants to kill Harry and has infiltrated Hogwarts. Harry is less than pleased about this.
  • Workaholic: Ron mentions that he's sure the only reason Percy comes home after work hours is because Arthur makes him. Even then, he brings projects from the office so he can work on them in his room.

    Kingsley Shacklebolt 

    Pius Thicknesse
Portrayed by: Guy Henry
Voiced by: Armando Coria (Latin American Spanish), Dário de Castro (Brazilian Portuguese)
Appears in: 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.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the movie, he has more self-awareness than characters seen under the Imperius Curse, suggesting that he became The Quisling voluntarily.
  • Ambiguously Evil: In the films, it's unclear whether he's under the Imperius Curse like in the books or if he willingly aligned with Voldemort for power.
  • Beard of Evil: The film gives him a distinct amount of facial air in addition to his sudden consensual fascism.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: 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.
  • Character Tics: In the film, he is shown frequently clenching and unclenching his fist, possibly struggling against the effects of the brainwashing.
  • Creepy Monotone: Speaks like this in the films, presumably because of the Imperius Curse.
  • Death by Adaptation: After the destruction of Ravenclaw's diadem, Voldemort ruthlessly kills him in the last film when he distracts the former from his thoughts with an unwelcome interjection. His survival is left ambiguous in the books.
  • Forced Transformation: Percy transfigures him into a sea urchin, though he is later restored.
  • Meaningful Name: Pius is Latin and means, among other things, "devoted to order." Pius was also the name of several popes, including Pius V (former inquisitor general), Pius IX (under whom the Syllabus of Errors was proclaimed), and Pius XI (under whom the Vatican negotiated concordats with both Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy). It's pronounced like, and is related to, the English word "pious." "Thicknesse" is just a slight embellishment of the word "thickness," meaning stupidity and slowness to understand. So you're left with a man named "pious thickness," whose job is to keep up the appearance of leadership while blindly implementing orders from his true masters.
  • Mind Control: Victim thereof.
  • Puppet King: Perhaps the ultimate example, since he's literally just a mindless puppet under Yaxley's spell.
  • The Quisling: Not that he has much of a say in the matter.

    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.

  • Black Shirt: When Voldemort takes over the Ministry through his control of Thicknesse, Dawlish continues to work there and do his bidding against the Muggle-borns. It's not entirely clear if he actually supports pure-blood supremacy or if he's Just Following Orders, but he becomes an obstacle to the heroes regardless.
  • Butt-Monkey: One of the series' biggest. Literally every mention of Dawlish involves him being defeated, outwitted, humiliated or injured in one way or another. To date, he's been defeated by Dumbledore (twice), Hagrid and Fang, Augusta Longbottom, Dirk Creswell (who wasn't carrying a wand), and has been placed under a Confundus Charm several times by Order of the Phoenix members.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He continues to work for the Ministry after the Death Eaters take over, even arresting people simply for being muggle-born or to hold family members of enemies hostage. It's possible that he was simply Just Following Orders or under the Imperius Curse.
  • Feed the Mole: The Order of the Phoenix uses the Confundus Charm on him to feed misinformation to the Death Eaters at various points. Snape notes that he's "especially susceptible" to it.
  • Informed Ability: Dumbledore says he's sure Dawlish is an excellent Auror and that he received an "Outstanding" on all his N.E.W.T.s upon graduating from Hogwarts. However, 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. This might imply he is just not a man of action and more on the bookish side of the things.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: No matter how competent an Auror he might be, he can't hold a candle to the likes of Dumbledore.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Was certain that he would be able to arrest Dumbledore, a wizard who was known to strike fear in the likes of Lord Voldemort and Grindelwald.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Definitely the case with his attempted arrest of Augusta Longbottom. According to Rowling, Dawlish was "punch drunk" on that assignment. Also shown when he thought that he would be able to arrest Dumbledore.
  • The Worf Effect: 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.

    Albert Runcorn
Portrayed by: David O'Hara
Appears in: 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 favourite 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.

  • Ambiguously Evil: It is unknown if he actually was all in for the beliefs amongst Voldemort's group. Either way, Yaxley and Umbridge sure seem to be a bit friendly with him, but this isn't revealed to be appreciation for the Muggle-borns he's searched for them or because he's a fellow Death Eater. If this was a case of him Just Following Orders, then he is really successful at his job.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: His movie-only pinstriped suit.
  • Badass Longcoat: His leather trench coat in the film.
  • Beard of Evil: In the book. In the movie, he's clean-shaven, albeit with some stubble.
  • Character Tics: In the film while Harry impersonates him, Harry-as-Runcorn walks rather slowly with his feet shuffling and his head bent forward, most likely due to Harry not quite being accustomed to walking around as someone much larger than him.
  • The Dreaded: The majority of his colleagues who do not support Voldemort are terrified of him, especially after he exposed Dirk Cresswell of having forged his birth papers to hide Muggle lineage and thus getting sent to Azkaban.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: 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.
  • The Ghost:
    • He never actually appears in the book, only being there to provide someone for Harry to impersonate while infiltrating the Ministry.
    • Averted in the film where he appears twice, albeit briefly. He is first seen when Pius Thicknesse gives his speech in the Ministry of Magic, and then again after he has been rendered unconscious by the Trio.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: He is described to be powerfully built, and Harry makes use of this while disguised as him, sending opponents flying with punches.
  • Putting on the Reich: In the film, his suit and leather coat make him look like a Gestapo agent, fitting his duties.

    Reginald "Reg" Cattermole
Portrayed by: Steffan Rhodri
Appears in: 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.

  • Determinator: Even being incapacitated by a Puking Pastille (in the books) or knocked out and stripped down to his skivvies (in the movie) will not stop him from tryng to attend his wife's trial.
  • The Ditz: Is not terribly intelligent, but is devoted to his family.
  • Foil: To Ron. Both of them are wizards who are looked down upon, who are utterly and devotedly in love with a Muggle-born witch, and who look out for their families.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: He and his wife successfully escape the Ministry in the chaos and take their children into hiding.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Averted in the films, but in the books, the effect of the Puking Pastille is described in...graphic detail.

    Mafalda Hopkirk 
Voiced by Jessica Hynes, Elsa Covián (Latin American Spanish), Priscila Amorim (Brazilian Portuguese)
Portrayed by: Sophie Thompson

Mafalda Hopkirk is a short, middle-aged witch who works in the Improper Use of Magic Office. In that capacity, she sends Harry Potter notices on two occasions (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for Dobby's Hover Charm and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 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.

  • Age Lift: In the books she's implied to be an older woman with grey hair. In the films she appears to be middle aged and her hair still has its color.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Before the 7th book, her only mentions are sending letters to Harry about reports of underage magic. She finally appears in person and as an Unwitting Pawn in Deathly Hallows.
  • Just Following Orders: She doesn’t appear to actually be against Harry, just sending him letters about how admonishing him for underage magic outside of Hogwarts as per wizarding law. Even if she has to send a letter that includes mentioning of destroying his wand, she just has to send it as part of her job.
  • Mugged for Disguise: She's knocked out and impersonated by Hermione via Polyjuice when the trio infiltrates the Ministry of Magic in the 7th book.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She's just doing her job by sending Harry warnings about the use of magic outside of school. She's not actively malicious.
  • Read the Fine Print: She's quick to recite violations of the rules which are obscurely written.

    Bertha Jorkins 
Appears in: 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 Posthumous Character in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. As a Hogwarts student, she was dimwitted and gossipy. She grew up to work for the Ministry of Magic. While working for Barty Crouch, she learned that his son was still alive and imprisoned in his home; Crouch placed a Memory Charm on her so powerful that it permanently damaged her memory, making her extremely forgetful. She was bounced hopelessly from department to department for years afterwards, ultimately coming to work for Ludo Bagman in the Department of Magical Games and Sports.

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

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

She appears in the book when Harry sees her sixteen-year-old self in the Pensieve and when her spirit reappears during the graveyard battle.

  • Adapted Out: She isn't mentioned in the movies.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Apparently partially the result of the Memory Charm placed on her by Barty Crouch, Sr. Her memory was actually good before that, at least for gossip. This is also why Bagman isn't concerned about her disappearance for quite a while and he assumes that she just got lost again.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Was subjected to this by Voldemort during his interrogation of her. We thankfully don't hear the details, but they damaged her mind beyond repair.
  • The Ditz: She is largely this; however, she had a sharp memory as per Sirius. She immediately recognized Peter Pettigrew and put two and two together when confronting him in Albania, requiring Wormtail, in Voldemort's words, to show rare presence of mind in bringing her to Voldemort as an "offering."
  • The Dog Bites Back: Her echo whispers nasty things to Voldemort after Priori Incantatem summons her along with his other victims. He's genuinely terrified.
  • Dramatic Irony: Mentioned as missing frequently throughout the fourth book. The reader knows from the first chapter that Voldemort murdered her.
  • Fat Idiot: She was described as being plump and Sirius refers to her as having no brains.
  • Gossipy Hen: At least in her Hogwarts days.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Quite literally. According to Barty Crouch Jr. the Memory Charm his father used on her was so strong, it damaged her brain permanently.
  • Loose Lips: Sirius says "she never knew when to keep her mouth shut."
  • The Stool Pigeon: Despite her being a Gossipy Hen, her actual classification under this trope is Lacerated Larry, since the reason she squealed was because she was tortured by Lord Voldemort and Wormtail.
  • Too Dumb to Live: As described by Sirius.
    Sirius: She was at Hogwarts when I was, a few years above your dad and me. And she was an idiot. Very nosy, but no brains, none at all. It's not a good combination, Harry. I'd say she'd be very easy to lure into a trap.
    • However, Sirius noted that Bertha had a very good memory and does not accept the rumours that she's forgetful. He noted her good memory was used for nosiness and gossip.
    • This is what ended up killing her. She happened to be in Albania and was eating dinner in the same inn where Peter Pettigrew appeared. Bertha recognized him and wanted to know what a supposed dead man was doing there. Wormtail invited her on an evening stroll to explain everything. Rather than Stun him or run away, Bertha followed him; he overpowered her and delivered her to Voldemort.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Voldemort wouldn't have been resurrected after the Triwizard Tournament if Bertha hadn't followed Peter Pettigrew and subsequently forcefully revealed Barty Crouch Jr.'s survival. Or rather, if she had the presence of mind to stun him at once rather than go on an evening stroll with him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Voldemort got all the information he could out of her and irreparably broke her mind, he killed her.

    Amelia Bones
Portrayed by: Sian Thomas
Voiced by: Yolanda Vidal (Latin American Spanish)

"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.

  • Action Girl: Not one to be taken lightly; Voldemort goes after her personally.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: A member of the Wizengamot and a fearsome witch.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is apparently so dangerous that Voldemort himself went after her.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her voice is described as "booming."
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: When Voldemort came to murder her, she went down fighting. The fact that she was able to duel Voldemort at all is quite impressive.
  • Locked Room Mystery: Voldemort murdered her in a room with a locked door, something which mystifies the Muggle authorities who find her body.
  • Minor Major Character: Based on the fact that Voldemort had to put her down personally and still struggled to do so, Bones could be perfectly considered one of the strongest wizards in the entire series; barring Dumbledore, only McGonagall, Slughorn and Kingsley were capable to hold their own against Voldemort, and they were teaming up three-on-one rather than duelling alone as Bones presumably did. However, she receives literally one scene in the series and is barely mentioned otherwise.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: It's implied that she gave a fight to Voldemort, who had to come personally to kill her.
  • Only Sane Woman: Of the Wizengamot when Harry was on trial.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She was the head of the people who did not like Fudge bringing Harry before a full court and wished to look into why Dementors were attacking Harry.

    Griselda Marchbanks 

"Hogwarts is a school, not an outpost of Cornelius Fudge's office! This is a further disgusting attempt to discredit Albus Dumbledore!"

The governor of the Wizarding Examinations Authority that runs the O.W.L., N.E.W.T. and W.O.M.B.A.T. examinations.

  • Malicious Slander: The subject of it for speaking out against Umbridge being made a Hogwarts professor, when the Daily Prophet publishes an article accusing her of having ties to subversive goblin groups.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: She's described as tiny. No wonder, since she's at least in her 120s during Harry's fifth year.
  • No Indoor Voice: She's gone a bit deaf during her old age and tends to shout when speaking.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: One of the few Ministry employees who can see through Fudge's increasingly transparent attempts to discredit Harry and Dumbledore.
  • Resign in Protest: Along with Tiberius Ogden, she resigns from the Wizengamot in protest of Umbridge's appointment to Hogwarts.
  • Stern Teacher: According to Neville she has a personality similar to his grandmother, and that she would not give Neville or Draco high marks just because she is a family friend.
  • Wizards Live Longer: She is up there with Bathilda as one of the naturally oldest characters in the series. Given that she gave Dumbledore his exams as a kid, this puts her in at least her 120s (probably much older as she already had an important position at the time) but she's still kicking it as of the mid-90s.

    Bob Ogden 
Appears in: 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 offence, 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 showing it to Harry.

  • Adapted Out: He doesn't appear in the film adaptation of Half-Blood Prince.
  • Ambiguously Related: He may be related to Tiberius Ogden, a Wizengamot elder, or the makers of Ogden's Old Firewhiskey.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He was leader of the Magical Law Enforcement Squad, and more than capable of defending himself against wizard criminals.
  • Badass Bystander: Attacks Marvolo when the latter is about to attack his daughter with the intent to kill.
  • Big "NO!": Shouts one at the same time as Harry when he sees Marvolo trying to attack his daughter.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Since he doesn't know how to dress to blend among Muggles, he looks silly at first but Harry immediately respects him when he sees how dismissive he is of blood status and is shown to be a good policeman.
  • Consummate Professional: Remained calm, polite, and patient when dealing with the Gaunt family, despite them being extremely rude to him and Morfin shooting a jinx at him that made yellow pus spew out of his nose.
  • Nerves of Steel: Showed no fear when facing the clearly mad and dangerous Morfin Gaunt.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His arresting Marvolo and Morfin eventually leads to Voldemort's birth.
  • Posthumous Character: He has already died of natural causes by the time Dumbledore tells Harry about him. He appears in his own memory of his visit to the Gaunt shack.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: 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.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: His attempt to dress as a Muggle consisted of wearing a frock coat and spats over a one-piece bathing suit.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's introduced in the sixth book and only appeared in it (in a Pensieve Flashback, to boot), but his meeting with the Gaunt family and subsequent arrest of Marvolo and Morfin help set the story in motion.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: When Ogden freed Merope from the clutches of her abusive father and brother, the first thing she did was drug and rape Tom Riddle Sr. and sire Lord Voldemort with him.
  • White Sheep: His unfamiliarity with Muggle clothing and the presence of other wizards named Ogden suggests that he was a pureblood, but he never showed any prejudice against non-purebloods and refused to let the Gaunt family's pureblood status dissuade him from his mission of bringing them to justice. In any case, if he was a pureblood, he didn't seem to think of it as a big deal; when Marvolo Gaunt asked him if he was one (while making his own opinion of non-purebloods very clear), Ogden answered sternly, "That's neither here nor there."

    Dirk Cresswell 
Appears in Deathly Hallows
The Muggle-born head of the Goblin liaison office.
  • Arbitrary Scepticism: Downplayed, but he continues to hold at least a little belief for some of the Daily Prophet's lies that Snape didn't kill Dumbledore even while on the run from Voldemort and having a good idea that it's been corrupted. note 
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His name is first mentioned in Half-Blood Prince as one of Slughorn's ex-students.
  • Cunning Linguist: He's able to speak Gobbledegook.
  • Disappeared Dad: To his sons, having to go on the run, then being killed.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With his fellow fugitives Ted Tonks, Dean Thomas, Griphook and Gornuk.
  • Great Escape: While being taken to Azkaban he snatches his guard (Dawlish's) wand, stuns him and escapes on the mans broomstick. Although Dawlish was recovering from the Confundus Charm at the time.
  • Inter Generational Friendship: A former Slug Club student who is still in contact with Horace Slughorn and tells him what's going on at work. While on the run he also gets along well with the teenaged Dean Thomas.
  • Killed Offscreen: He is killed by Snatchers in March 1998, shortly before Harry, Ron and Hermione are captured.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He speculates that the Death Eaters have already killed Harry and just covered it up to avoid making him an Inspirational Martyr, which is completely wrong, but not that far-fetched of a theory, and feels like something that could be true if they were in a more convoluted story about the fight against a more subtle and successful dictatorship.


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