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"We did Animagi in class with Professor McGonagall. And I looked them up when I did my homework — the Ministry of Magic keeps tabs on witches and wizards who can become animals; there's a register showing what animal they become, and their markings and things… and I went and looked Professor McGonagall up on the register, and there have been only seven Animagi this century, and Pettigrew's name wasn't on the list."
Hermione Granger.[src]

The Animagus Registry[1] is a Ministry of Magic registry service, presumably under the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Animagi are required to submit themselves once they acquire the ability to turn into an animal,[2] and failure to do so results in imprisonment in Azkaban.[3]

The registry is available to public view, so as to ensure the registered individuals do not abuse their abilities.[2] The registry did not exist until at least 1422, during the time of Lisette de Lapin (allegedly was an animagus).


Notes and references

  1. Pottermore biography of Minerva McGonagall (transcription available here)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 18 (Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 15 (The Beetle at Bay)

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