Happy Birthday Percy Weasley!

In honor of Percy Weasley’s birthday, I have decided to make a tribute to the Ministry of Magic, the place where Percy dedicated much of his working career.  This tribute includes a brief history of Ministers of Magic through the ages, the different departments in the Ministry and its employees, and floor plans of the parts of the Ministry as described in the books (click on the pictures for a zoomed in view). All of my information either comes directly from the books, or from Pottermore.

Street Level

The telephone box visitors entrance descends directly to the atrium, yet Level 1 is actually closest to street level. I will go through each level as it travels deeper underground.

Level 1

Offices of Minister of Magic and Support Staff

The Ministry of Magic was created in 1707, after the 1692 establishment of the International Statute of Secrecy. The following list denotes all of the past Ministers. Pay attention to some of the pure blood last names of the Ministers, which suggest that they are related to current students at Hogwarts. For more information on Ministers of Magic, look on Pottermore:

Ulick Gamp (1707-1718): First Minister, founder of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

Damocles Rowle (1718-1726): He was “tough on muggles” and forced to step down by the International Confederation of Wizards.

Perseus Parkinson (1726-1733): Attempted to pass a bill making it illegal to marry muggles, but was voted out at the first opportunity.

Eldritch Diggory (1733-1747): First established an Auror recruitment program.

Albert Boot (1747-1752): Resigned after a mismanaged goblin rebellion.

Basil Flack (1752): Resigned after two months, when the goblins joined forces with werewolves.

Hesphaestus Gore (1752-1770): One of the earliest Aurors, he successfully put down revolts by magical beings. He reinforced the prison Azkaban.

Maximilian Crowdy (1770-1781): He routed out extremist pure blood groups and died mysteriously in office.

Porteus Knatchbull (1781-1789): He was called by Lord North to help with King George’s mental instability. When word leaked out the North believed in wizards, he was forced to resign.

Unctuous Osbert (1789-1798): It is said that Septimus Malfoy influenced so much control over him that he was little more than a puppet.

Artemesia Lufkin (1798-1811): A Hufflepuff who was the first female Minister of Magic. She established the Department of International Magical Cooperation and lobbied successfully to have the Quidditch World Cup held in Britain.

Grogan Stump (1811-1819): He was a Hufflepuff, and one of the most popular Ministers of Magic of all time. He established the Department of International Games and Sports and steered through legislation on magical beasts and beings.

Josephina Flint (1819-1827): Had a strong anti-Muggle bias and disliked new muggle technology such as the telegraph.

Ottaline Gambol (1827-1835): She decided on using the Hogwarts express and established committees to investigate muggle brain power.

Radolphus Lestrange (1835-1841): He attempted to close the Department of Mysteries, and resigned due to ill health.

Hortensia Milliphutt (1841-1849): Introduced more legislation than any other Minister, which resulted in her political downfall.

Evangeline Orpington (1849-1855): She was a good friend of Queen Victoria’s, and was believed to have interfered in the Crimean War. She decided to build King’s Cross station.

Priscilla Dupont (1855-1858): She had an irrational loathing of the muggle Prime Minister Lord Palmerston, which eventually forced her to step down.

Dugald McPhail (1858-1865): A Hufflepuff who, in 1865, decided to imitate the Muggle bus service and create the Knight Bus. This is a pretty early date, meaning that the first Knight Bus was probably a steam engine bus. However, magic would have added greatly to its efficiency and abilities.

Faris “Spout-hole” Spavin (1865-1903): Longest ever serving Minister of Magic, leaving the office at the age of 147.

Venusia Crickerly (1903-1912): Second ex-Auror to take office, she died in a freak gardening incident.

Archer Evermonde (1912-1923): In post during the first muggle World War, he passed legislation forbidding witches and wizards to get involved, which thousands ignored.

Lorcan McLaird (1923-1925): A Ravenclaw who was a quite brilliant wizard, but preferred to communicate by puffing smoke out of the end of his wand.

Hector Fawley (1925-1939): He did not take seriously the threat of Gellert Grindelwald, and was kicked out of office.

Leonard Spencer-Moon (1939-1948): Oversaw a great period of conflict through the second muggle World War, and enjoyed a good working relationship with Winston Churchill.

Wilhelmina Tuft (1948-1959): Presided over a period of welcome peace and prosperity, and died in office.

Ignatius Tuft (1959-1962): Son of Wilhelmina, promised to introduce a controversial Dementor breeding program and was forced from office.

Nobby Leach (1962-1968): He was the first Muggle-born Minister, and left his post prematurely in 1968 because of a shady plot by Abraxas Malfoy.

Eugenia Jenkins (1968-1975): She dealt competently with pure-blood riots during the Squib Rights marches, but was inadequate to deal with the rise of Lord Voldemort.

Harold Minchum (1975-1980): Put more dementors around Azkaban, but was unable to stop Voldemort.

Millicent Bagnold(1980-1990) A Ravenclaw minister who was in power on the night that Harry Potter survived the Dark Lord’s curse. He defended the wizarding celebrations all over Britain with the words, ‘I assert our inalienable right to party.’

Cornelius Fudge (1990-1996): Persistent denial of Lord Voldemort’s return lost him his job.

Rufus Scrimgeour (1996-1997): The third Ex-Auror in office, he was killed at the hands of Lord Voldemort.

Pius Thicknesse (1997-1998): He was under the Imperius Curse for his entire term in office.

Kingsley Shacklebolt (1998-): Oversaw the capture of Death Eater’s and Voldemort’s supporters following the death of Lord Voldemort.

Staff Offices also on Level 1:

Senior Undersecretary to the Minister: Dolores Umbridge (5, 7)

Junior Assistant to the Minister: Percy Weasley (5-7)

When you exit the lift on Level 1 there are two known different directions you can follow.  We know this because Harry, as Runcorn, travels in the opposite direction of Pius Thicknesse(Book 7)  Along the walls are gleaming wooden doors with small plaques saying the owners’ name and occupation. Turn a corner, and halfway down the next corridor is a wide, open space with rows of small desks. At these desks are people making pamphlets.  A shiny mahogany door, Umbridge’s office, faces the desks.

Umbridge’s office: “Lace draperies, doilies and dried flowers covered every surface. The walls bore the same ornamental plates, each featuring a highly colored, beribboned kitten, gamboling and frisking with sickening cuteness. The desk was covered with a flouncy, flowered cloth. Behind Mad-eye’s eye, a telescopic attachment enabled Umbridge to spy on the workers on the other side of the door.” (The Muggle-born Registration Commision, DH).There’s a desk with a filing cabinet and a bookcase behind it. Undesirable No. 1 poster on the wall.

Level #1

Level 2

Department of Magical Law Enforcement

Founded by Minister Ulick Gamp


Barty Crouch (He was head in 1981, when Sirius was sent to Azkaban, as well as a few years later, when Alice and Frank Longbottom were tortured)

Amelia Bones (Books 5-6)

Yaxley (Book 7)

Deputy Head: Hermione Granger (After the Battle of Hogwarts)

Improper Use of Magic Office

Intern: Dolores Umbridge (early in her Ministry career)

Assistant: Mafalda Hopkirk (Books 2-7)

Auror Headquarters

Head: Rufus Scrimgeour (at least book 5)

Kingsley (Books 5-7)

Tonks (Books 5-7)

Dawlish (Books 5-7)

Frank Longbottom (?)

Moody (?)

Williamson (Book 5)

Harry Potter (After the Battle of Hogwarts)

Ron Weasley (After the Battle of Hogwarts, for a brief period before co-managing Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.)

Scarlet robed man with a long ponytail (Book 5)

A witch with a patch over her eye (Book 5)

Wizengamot Administration Services

Chief Mugwump: Dumbledore (Books 1-5)

Griselda Marchbanks (resigns in the 5th Book. An OWL examiner)

Tiberius Ogden (resigns in the 5th Book. An OWL examiner)

Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office

Arthur Weasley (Books 1-5)

Perkins (Books 1-?)

After exiting the lift there is a corridor lined with doors and at least one window. Turn a corner from the lift and walk through a pair of heavy oak doors to the Auror Headquarters. It’s a cluttered, open area divided into cubicles. Kingsley’s is the very last cubicle, and it’s filled with pictures of Sirius Black. Out a second set of double doors from the Auror office, into another passage, to the left, through another corridor, to the right, at the end of a dead end. There’s a broom cupboard on the left, and the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts office is on the right. The office is slightly smaller than a broom cupboard, with two desks and overflowing filing cabinets covering the walls. By Mr. Weasley’s desk are several posters of cars, two illustrations of post boxes, and a diagram showing how to wire a plug.

Level #2

Level 3

Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes

Tea-boy: Leonard Spencer Moon (before 1939)

Accidental Magic Reversal Squad

Obliviator Headquarters:

Arnold Peasegood (Book 4)

Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee

Level 4

Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures

Incorporating Beast, Being, and Spirit Divisions

Bob  (man in the lift with the fire breathing chicken, Book 5)

Amos Diggory (Book 4)

Lyall Lupin (around 1965, when Remus Lupin was around five. He was an expert on Non-human spiritous apparitions)

Goblin Liaison Office


Cuthbert Mockridge (Book 5)

Dirk Cresswell (Books 6-7)

Pest Advisory Bureau

Level 5

Department of International Magical Cooperation

Founded by Minister Artemesia Lufkin

Head: Barty Crouch (Book 4)

Assistant: Percy Weasley  (Book 4)

International Magical Trading Standards Body

International Magical Office of Law

International Confederation of Wizards, British Seats

Chairman: Albus Dumbledore (Books 1-5)

Level 6

Department of Magical Transport

Head: Percy Weasley (After the Battle at Hogwarts)

Floo Network Authority

Madam Edgecombe (Book 5)

Broom Regulatory Control

Portkey Office

Basil (Book 4)

Apparition Test Center

Wilkie Twycross (Book 6)

Level 7

Department of Magical Games and Sports

Founded by Grogan Stump

Head: Ludo Bagman (Book 4)

Bertha Jorkins (Book 4)

Untidy corridor, with various posters of Quidditch teams tacked lopsidedly on the walls (Book 5).

British and Irish Quidditch League Headquarters

Official Gobstones Club

Kevin Hopwood (I don’t know if he actually worked there, but Pottermore says he’s the current Gobstones World Champion, so it seems likely.)

Ludicrous Patents Office

Atrium Level

Security: Eric Munch (Book 5)

Peacock blue robes may represent security. (Book 5)

Long hall, with highly polished, dark wood floor. Peacock blue ceiling with gleaming gold symbols that continuously move and change. Walls are paneled in shiny dark wood and have gilded fireplaces set in them.  People are emerging on the left hand side and leaving on the right hand side. The Fountain of Magical Brethren is located halfway down the hall. At the far end of the hall is a set of golden grates. Past the fountain to the left is the Security desk. Through the gates at the end of the hallway is a smaller hall with twenty lifts stand behind wrought golden grilles. (Book 5)


Department of Mysteries:

The walls of the corridor are bare. There are no windows and no doors apart from a plain black one at the very end of the corridor. To the left is an opening leading to a flight of steps. Through the door is a large, circular, completely black room with around a dozen doors.

Brain room

Long, rectangular room with lamps hanging low on golden chains from the ceiling. Empty except for a few desks,  and in the very middle ofthe room is an enormous glass tank of deep green water, big enough to swim in, which contains the brains. There are doors in this room as well, and one of them leads to the Death Chamber.

Death chamber

Larger than the brain room, dimly lit and rectangular. The center of it is a sunken stone pit twenty feet below the entrance. Stone benches run around the room. In the center of the lowered floor is a raised stone dais with a stone archway. It is hung with a tattered black veil. There are multiple doors that lead into this room. The Brain room one, the one from the main entrance, and Harry says that Death Eaters come from other doors. The Order members come from two more. Dumbledore comes from the Brain Room, which means that he must have seen Ron, Ginny, and Luna, but decided Harry was more important.

Love room

It always remains locked.

Time room

Beautiful, dancing, sparkling light. Clocks on every surface. There are also bookcases and desks. Towering crystal bell jar at the far end of the room. There’s at least one office off this room, small and cluttered, with at least one bookcase and desk.

Hall of Prophecy

High as a church, full of nothing but towering shelves with dusty glass orbs. Candle brackets are set at intervals along the shelves, with flames burning blue. At least 97 rows, two more possibly mentioned.

Planet Room

Dark room full of planets, some time you float in the dark. Uranus is in there, as well as Pluto, which was blown up.



Bode (Books 4-5)

Croaker (Book 4)

Augustus Rookwood (He worked there when Igor Karkaroff was questioned)

Department of Mysteries


Court Scribe: Percy Weasley (Book 5)

Down a set of steps from the Department of Mysteries corridor, down another corridor with rough stone walls and torches in brackets. Doors on the side are heavy wooden ones with iron bolts and key holes.

Courtroom 10: A grimy dark door with an immense iron lock. Inside the room, there are empty benches on either side, and the highest benches in front is where the Wizengamot sit. The Wizengamot wear plum colored robes with an elaborately worked silver W on the left hand side of the chest.

On the left hand side of the corridor is a smaller courtroom than courtroom 10, although the ceiling is just as high. This is where Muggle-borns are put on trial. There is a high, raised platform and chair with chains.


Unknown Location

Magical Maintenance

Orford Umbridge (when Dolores Umbridge was a child)

Reginald Cattermole (Book7)

Bernie Pillsworth? (Ron, as Reginald Cattermole, is sent to get him in the 7th book)

Bletchley? (Mr.Weasley tells Ron, as Reginald Cattermole, that the spell Meterolojinx Recanto worked for Bletchley. It s unclear whether Bletchley was someone with a raining office, or another member of Magical Maintenance.

Assuming Bernie Pillsworth is a member of Magical Maintenance, their office cannot be located on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 7th floor. This is based on Ron’s elevator ride in the 7th book.

They wear navy blue robes.

Committee on Experimental Charms

Gilbert Wimple (Book 4. He has horns)

Muggle Liason Office

Celestina Warbeck’s father

Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects

Head: Arthur Weasley (6-7)

Wakanda?–Elderly witch with blonde hair teased so high it resembles an anthill. Mr. Weasley is discussing work with her in the 7th book elevator ride.

Based on Mr. Weasley’s elevator ride in the 7th book, his office is probably not located on the 1st, 2nd, 6th, or 7th floor. Probably makes sense to be on the 3rd floor.

Did you have any surprises when looking at the information from the books again? Personally, I was surprised by the description of the Ministry as having twenty elevators. That brings the scale of the Ministry to a whole new level, as I have never heard of a building in the Muggle world that needed so many elevators. I also found new difficulties while trying to make a model of the Department of Mysteries, which has multiple rectangular rooms coming off of a circular room. This is architecturally impossible, especially because the rectangular rooms are supposed to have doorways leading to each other. No doubt magic played its part in achieving this feat.

Another question of pressing concern is: What on earth goes on in the Ludicrous Patents Office?

Leave a comment with anything you find interesting, and which department of the Ministry you would most like to work in.


Happy Birthday Celestina Warbeck!

In an exclusive new entry on Pottermore, JK Rowling has revealed that today is the birthday of the popular Singing Sorceress Celestina Warbeck! Check out the moment “Floo Powder” in Chamber of Secrets to find out more about Celestina’s background and even hear a clip from her song “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart.” 

Happy Birthday Ginny Weasley!

In honor of Ginny’s birthday, I have decided to analyze her character within the books. Feel free to comment on anything you find interesting, agree with, or disagree with:
                   Vivacious, charming, funny, brave. These are all adjectives that Slughorn uses to describe Lily Potter, but they could just as easily refer to Ginny Weasley.
                   Lily and Ginny have very similar personalities. They both arrive at Hogwarts feeling estranged from their home life, teased and ignored by elder siblings. In response, both place their faith and confidence in men or boys with dark reputations, Lily with Snape and Ginny with Tom Riddle. They are not, however, ever tempted to join the Dark Arts themselves. As Ginny and Lily make friends at Hogwarts they exhibit a  fierce loyalty, even when their friends are unusual and unpopular. Ginny tells off boys for calling Luna “loony,” and Lily stands up to James and his friends when they try to tease Snape. As Dumbledore said in the Sorcerer’s Stone, “it takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” Both Lily and Ginny possess this type of bravery. Lily is frank with Snape about her dislike for his Death Eater friends, and cuts him off completely when he calls her Mudblood. Ginny stands up to Harry when he tells her she can’t come to the Department of Mysteries, and never lets her brothers be rude to her.
                Both Lily and Ginny show a type of passionate determination and loyalty that attracts them to Horace Slughorn and his Slug Club. Neither have the correct background or parentage to originally be of interest to him, yet he finds them nevertheless, based solely on their abilities and personalities. Ginny and Lily even look alike. Ginny has long red hair, and Lily is described as having “thick, dark red hair that fell to her shoulders” (Snape’s Worst Memory, OOTP).
                Despite her many similarities to Lily, Ginny deserves to be examined in her own right as well. Harry seems to enjoy dating girls, like Ginny and Cho, who are talented  at Quidditch. Other than that, however, Ginny has very little in common with Cho. Harry is not very adept at reading girls’ emotions, and he is not suited to understand  Cho’s tears and the complexities of her feelings. He and Ginny, however, have a similar way of expressing emotion, and therefore are able to connect at a deeper level. When Harry needs to break up with Ginny at the end of Half Blood Prince he looks into her eyes and says that “he knew at that moment they understood each other perfectly, and that when he told her what he was going to do now, she would…accept his decision, because she would not have expected anything less of him” (The White Tomb, HBP). Cho and Harry are never on the same page, theirs is a story of missed connections, unrealistic expectations, and ultimately, disappointment. Harry always finds Cho’s tears baffling, and he says “that was one of the many wonderful things about Ginny, she was rarely weepy. He had sometimes thought that having six brothers must have toughened her up” (The Will of Albus Dumbledore, DH).
             From experience with her brothers, Ginny has an understanding of boys that helps her connect with Harry not only on a romantic level, but also as a friend. Unlike Cho, who is always surrounded by groups of giggling girls, Ginny spends most of her time with boys and doesn’t seem to have any girl friends besides Hermione and Luna. In fact, there isn’t a single girl in Ginny’s year in Gryffindor who is mentioned by name. The only time we meet the girls in her dormitory is in Order of the Phoenix when Ron tries to ascend to the girl’s dormitory. As Ron regains his footing, “two fourth-year girls came zooming gleefully down the stone slide” (Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four, OOTP). Strangely enough, despite the fact that Ginny is charismatic, popular, and often described with her friends, we aren’t given any sense of who they are. We only see her with her boyfriends or on the Quidditch team.
           Ginny, however, is utterly devoted to the friends and family that we do see. Although originally too scared to even talk when Harry was in the room, when Ginny shows Harry her true self he realizes that they work perfectly together, first as friends, then as life-long partners.