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An '''Auror''' is a member of an elite unit of highly-trained, specialist officers within the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]] of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] trained to investigate crimes related to the Dark Arts, and apprehend or detain [[Dark Wizard|Dark wizards and witches]]. Auror training is very difficult and intensive, so there are few qualified applicants. According to Minerva McGonagall, no Auror had been taken on for three years prior to [[1995]], though [[Nymphadora Tonks]] stated that she qualified the year before, meaning she was probably one of the last candidates taken on. The head of the [[Auror Office]] as of [[2007]] was [[Harry Potter]].
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An '''Auror''' is a member of an elite unit of highly-trained, specialist officers within the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]] of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] trained to investigate crimes related to the Dark Arts, and apprehend or detain [[Dark Wizard|Dark wizards and witches]]. This makes them, essentially, the wizarding world equivalent of police officers and military (as they dual serve in both roles).
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Auror training is very difficult and intensive, so there are few qualified applicants. According to Minerva McGonagall, no Auror had been taken on for three years prior to [[1995]], though [[Nymphadora Tonks]] stated that she qualified the year before, meaning she was probably one of the last candidates taken on. The head of the [[Auror Office]] as of [[2007]] was [[Harry Potter]].
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==History==
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===First Wizarding War===
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[[File:Frank&alice.gif|thumb|left|230px|Former Aurors [[Alice Longbottom]], [[Frank Longbottom]], and [[Alastor Moody]]]]
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In the [[First Wizarding War|war]] during [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[First Wizarding War|first rise to power]], Aurors were authorised to use the [[Unforgivable Curses]] on suspected [[Death Eaters]] and criminals. This means that they were given the licence to [[Killing Curse|kill]], [[Imperius Curse|coerce]], and [[Cruciatus Curse|torture]]. It is unknown if, following the return of Lord Voldemort, this power was re-issued in the [[Second Wizarding War|second war]].
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===Second Wizarding War===
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After the return of Voldemort, Rufus Scrimgeour, hitherto the head of the Auror Office, became [[Minister for Magic]], as the [[wizarding world]] placed more trust in him as a war leader than his heavily disgraced predecessor, [[Cornelius Fudge]].
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[[File:800px-Battle_Dept_Mysteries.jpg|thumb|240px|Aurors guarding Hogwarts in 1996]]
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However, the most famous Auror in recent times is [[Alastor Moody]], who came out of his retirement to teach [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], and was a long time member of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], but ultimately died in battle. Most of the other Aurors have followed Voldemort's regime when he took over the Ministry, due to them being blindly loyal to the Ministry, and Voldemort acting discreetly to prevent potential mutiny. Other Aurors, such as [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] and [[Nymphadora Tonks]], continued to fight against the Death Eaters, which led to Tonks' death, but after the war ended, Shacklebolt became the new Minister for Magic.
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===After the Battle of Hogwarts===
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In [[1998]], after the destruction of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and the end of the [[Second Wizarding War]], [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] became [[Minister for Magic]] and led a massive reform of the Ministry.<ref>[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript "J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript"] on [http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/ The Leaky Cauldron]</ref> [[Harry Potter ]] and [[Ron Weasley ]] revolutionized the Auror department, the office was reshuffled and corruption was weeded out. Harry Potter became the youngest Auror in history, taken on at the age of seventeen and later in [[2007]] became the youngest head of the department at age twenty-six.
   
 
==Location==
 
==Location==
Auror headquarters are located on Level Two of the Ministry of Magic. It consists of a series of open cubicles, each Auror being given a place to work. Pictures of known Dark wizards, maps, clippings from the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'', and various other things line the cubicles.
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Auror headquarters are located on Level Two of the Ministry of Magic. It consists of a series of open cubicles, each Auror being given a place to work. Pictures of known Dark wizards, maps, clippings from the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'', and various other things line the cubicles.  
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==Becoming an Auror==
   
==Training==
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{{Quote|You'd need top grades for that,... They ask for a minimum of five [[N.E.W.T.|N.E.W.T.s]], and nothing under '[[Exceeds Expectations]]' grade, I see. Then you would be required to undergo a stringent series of character and aptitude tests at the Auror office. It's a difficult career path,... they only take the best|Minerva McGonagall|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
{{Main|Auror training}}
 
[[File:Alstor.jpg|180px|thumb|left|[[Alastor Moody]], the most famous Auror in modern times.]]
 
It is incredibly difficult to fulfil the requirements of Auror training, let alone to pass the training with high marks. Applicants must first have excellent academic credentials before they are accepted into a rigorous training program. To be accepted, one has to have a minimum of five [[Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test|N.E.W.T.s]] in challenging subjects such as [[Potions (class)|Potions]], [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], [[Transfiguration]], [[Herbology]], and [[Charms (class)|Charms]] and no grade lower than "[[Exceeds Expectations]]" in any of these subjects. Then, prospective Aurors are required to undergo a stringent series of character and aptitude tests to show they react well under pressure. According to [[Dolores Umbridge]], the Ministry also looks into the criminal records of the applicants, and those without a clean one will not make it through. It is not known if Herbology is required, though it is possible as Harry continued to take it to the N.E.W.T. level.
 
   
If accepted into Auror training, applicants are then required to train extensively in advanced [[duel|magical combat]] and other elements of practical defence, as well as, presumably, methods of criminal investigation. Two of the disciplines included are "Concealment and Disguise" and "Stealth and Tracking". Training lasts for three years.
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===Requirements===
[[File:Shacklebolt.jpg|thumb|130px|right|Former Auror and current [[Minister for Magic]] [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]].]]
 
The job is seen as glamorous by some, as there is a great deal of danger involved and it is extremely difficult to join the ranks of the Aurors. [[Harry Potter]] became increasingly interested in becoming an Auror as his schooling came to an end, since he has had to fight Dark Wizards his whole life.
 
   
Annoyed by [[Dolores Umbridge]]'s insistence that Harry would never become an Auror during the [[1995–1996 school year]], Professor [[Minerva McGonagall]] declared that she will give him whatever assistance, coaching, and tutoring he required in order to become one. [[Luna Lovegood]], however, told him she did not think he should be an Auror, as, according to her, the Aurors are part of the [[Rotfang Conspiracy]], working to bring down the Ministry from within using a combination of [[Dark Arts|Dark magic]] and gum disease.
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[[File:Alastor_Moody_Profile.JPG|thumb|left|130px|[[Alastor Moody]], one of the most famous Aurors of modern time]]
   
Though Auror training is very taxing, and means an additional three years of studying even after graduation from school, they seem to be very well respected in the wizarding community, and the higher members are potential candidates for [[Minister for Magic]].
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It is very difficult to fulfil the requirements to get into Auror training. Applicants must first have excellent academic credentials before they are accepted into a rigorous training program. To be accepted, one has to have a minimum of five [[Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test|N.E.W.T.s]] in challenging subjects, highly recommended are; [[Potions (class)|Potions]], [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], [[Transfiguration (class)|Transfiguration]], [[Herbology]], and [[Charms (class)|Charms]], with top grades of either 'Outstanding' or '[[Exceeds Expectations]]' in the students chosen subjects.
   
The requirements for applicants into becoming Aurors were extremely laxed following the end of the [[Second Wizarding War]]. With much of the Aurors destroyed by Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters, and the need to restrengthen the Auror Department to combat the remaining Death Eaters, the new [[Minister for Magic]] and former Auror [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] permitted any participant in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] to begin Auror training if they were interested. At least some of these recruits, including [[Harry Potter]], [[Neville Longbottom]] and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], did not achieve any [[Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test|N.E.W.T.s]] (they had not attended their final year at Hogwarts). Aurors are also used to guard high profile targets such as Harry Potter, the [[Prime Minister|Prime Minister of Muggles]], the [[Minister for Magic]], and [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]].
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[[Dolores Umbridge]] stated in 1996 that the Ministry also looks into the criminal records of the applicants, and those without a clean one will not make it through the cut. It is not known if Herbology is required, though it is possible as Harry continued to take it to the N.E.W.T.-level. It Is also possible that any other subject could be substituted as the five as long as the grade meets the requirements.
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[[File:Kingsley Shacklebolt Profile.JPG|thumb|208x208px|Former Auror and current [[Minister for Magic]] [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]]]]
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The requirements for applicants into becoming Aurors were temporarily relaxed following the end of the [[Second Wizarding War]]. With many Aurors destroyed by Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters, and the need to restrengthen the Auror Department to combat the remaining Death Eaters, the new [[Minister for Magic]] and former Auror [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] permitted any participant in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] to begin Auror training if they were interested, on the grounds that having fought and survived in such a battle and not changing sides against such odds more than satisfied the character and skill requirements. At least some of these recruits, including [[Harry Potter]], [[Neville Longbottom]] and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], did not achieve any [[Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test|N.E.W.T.s]] (they had not attended their final year at Hogwarts).
   
==The [[First Wizarding War|First]] and [[Second Wizarding War]]s==
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===Training===
[[File:Longbottoms.JPG|150px|thumb|left|Former Aurors [[Alice Longbottom|Alice]] and [[Frank Longbottom]].]]
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In the [[First Wizarding War|war]] during [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[First Wizarding War|first rise to power]], Aurors were authorised to use the [[Unforgivable Curses]] on suspected [[Death Eaters]] and criminals. This means that they were given the licence to [[Killing Curse|kill]], [[Imperius Curse|coerce]], and [[Cruciatus Curse|torture]]. It is unknown if, following the return of Lord Voldemort, this power was re-issued in the [[Second Wizarding War|second war]].
 
   
[[File:TonksOP.JPG|thumb|120px|right|Late Auror [[Nymphadora Tonks]].]]
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It is incredibily difficult to fullfill Auror training; if accepted into Auror training, prospective Aurors are required to undergo a stringent series of character and aptitude tests to show they react well under pressure. Applicants are then required to train extensively in advanced [[duel|magical combat]] and other elements of practical defence, as well as, presumably, methods of criminal investigation.
Captured criminals are generally handed over to the authorities upon capture. It is not uncommon for criminals to resist arrest; some choose to fight to the death rather than let themselves be captured, such as Death Eater [[Evan Rosier]]. The Ministry had enlisted them to protect Harry Potter during the [[1996]]-[[1997]] school term. Prior to this, the [[Order of the Phoenix]] had Auror members who were part of the [[Advance Guard]] which protected Harry. [[Rufus Scrimgeour]] also arranged for the British [[Prime Minister]] to have an Auror bodyguard, posing as his secretary, to protect him against the possibility that Lord Voldemort might take control of him to gain access to various [[Muggle]] resources at the highest level.
 
   
[[File:800px-Battle Dept Mysteries.jpg|thumb|left|Aurors guarding Hogwarts in 1996]]
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Two of the disciplines included are "Concealment and Disguise" and "Stealth and Tracking", while poisons and antidotes essential studies. As mentioned by Tonks in [[1995]], she stated to Harry that she passed without any difficulties on the transformation test, but nearly failed the stealth tests. Training lasts for three years.
After the return of Voldemort, Rufus Scrimgeour, hitherto the head of the Auror Office, became [[Minister for Magic]], as the [[wizarding world]] placed more trust in him as a war leader than his heavily disgraced predecessor, [[Cornelius Fudge]]. However, the most famous Auror in recent times is [[Alastor Moody]], who came out of his retirement to teach [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], and was a long time member of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], but ultimately died in battle. Most of the other Aurors have followed Voldemort's regime when he took over the Ministry, due to them being blindly loyal to the Ministry, and Voldemort acting discreetly to prevent potential mutiny. Other Aurors, such as [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] and [[Nymphadora Tonks]], continued to fight against the Death Eaters, which led to Tonks' death, but after the war ended, Shacklebolt became the new Minister for Magic.
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==The job==
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An Auror's job is to hunt down and capture [[Dark Wizards]], once a criminal is captured they are generally handed over to the authorities. It is not uncommon for criminals to resist arrest; some choose to fight to the death rather than let themselves be captured, such as Death Eater [[Evan Rosier]]. The Ministry also enlists them to guard high profile targets such as, Harry Potter during the [[1996]]-[[1997]] school term and the British [[Prime Minister]] had an Auror bodyguard, posing as his secretary, to protect him against the possibility that Lord Voldemort might take control of him to gain access to various [[Muggle]] resources at the highest level.
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===Reputation===
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{{Template:Dialogue a-b-a|Ron|Well, it'd be cool to be an Auror,|Harry|Yeah, it would,|But they're, like, the elite,... You've got to be ''really'' good.|[[Harry Potter]] and [[Ron Weasley]] discussing future careers|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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The job is seen as glamourous by some, as there is a great deal of danger involved and it is extremely difficult to join the ranks of the Aurors. [[Harry Potter]] became increasingly interested in becoming an Auror as his schooling came to an end, since he has had to fight against [[Dark Wizards]] his whole life.
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Though Auror training is very taxing, and means an additional three years of studying even after graduation from school, they seem to be very well respected in the wizarding community, and the higher members are potential candidates for [[Minister for Magic]]. For example, [[Rufus Scrimgeour]] was a leader for the Auror Office, but replaced [[Fudge]] after the call of his resignation.
   
 
==Known Aurors==
 
==Known Aurors==
[[File:HarryPotterHBP.PNG|thumb|150px|right|[[Harry Potter]], Auror from 1998 to 2007, Head of the Office since 2007.]]
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===Heads of the Auror Office===
 
===Heads of the Auror Office===
*[[Harry Potter]] (Head of The Auror Office as of [[2007]])<ref>[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/wotm.cfm JKR's Wizard of the Month]</ref>
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*[[Harry Potter]] (auror from 1998 to 2007, Head of the Office since 2007.<ref>[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/wotm.cfm JKR's Wizard of the Month]</ref>)
 
*[[Gawain Robards]] (formerly)<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' ch.16</ref>
 
*[[Gawain Robards]] (formerly)<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' ch.16</ref>
*[[Rufus Scrimgeour]] (retired/deceased - became [[Minister for Magic]] in [[1996]], killed by [[Death Eaters]] in [[1997]])
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*[[Rufus Scrimgeour]] (retired, became Minister for Magic in 1996)
   
 
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===Aurors===
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* [[Venusia Crickerly]] (became Minister for Magic in [[1902]])
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* [[John Dawlish]]
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* [[Hesphaestus Gore]] (became Minister for Magic in [[1752]])
 
*[[Alice Longbottom]] (mentally incapacitated by the [[Cruciatus Curse]] in [[1981]])
 
*[[Alice Longbottom]] (mentally incapacitated by the [[Cruciatus Curse]] in [[1981]])
 
*[[Frank Longbottom]] (mentally incapacitated by the [[Cruciatus Curse]] in 1981)
 
*[[Frank Longbottom]] (mentally incapacitated by the [[Cruciatus Curse]] in 1981)
*[[Ronald Weasley]]
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*[[Ronald Weasley]] (retired, works at [[Weasley's Wizard Wheezes]])
*[[Neville Longbottom]] (resigned position to become professor of [[Herbology]] at Hogwarts)
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*[[Neville Longbottom]] (resigned, position to become professor of [[Herbology]] at Hogwarts)
*[[Alastor Moody]] (retired/deceased - killed by [[Lord Voldemort]] in the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], [[1997]])
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*[[Alastor Moody]] (retired murdered by [[Lord Voldemort]] in the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], [[1997]])
 
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*[[Proudfoot]]
 
*[[Savage]]
 
*[[Savage]]
 
*[[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] (became Minister for Magic in [[1998]])
 
*[[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] (became Minister for Magic in [[1998]])
*[[Nymphadora Tonks]] (deceased - killed by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], [[1998]])
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*[[Nymphadora Tonks]] (murdered by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], [[1998]])
 
*[[Williamson]]
 
*[[Williamson]]
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
"Auror" may be derived from "aurora", meaning "the dawn", from the Latin word "aurum", meaning "gold", or from the Hebrew word "Arur" (ארור), meaning someone who is cursed.
 
"Auror" may be derived from "aurora", meaning "the dawn", from the Latin word "aurum", meaning "gold", or from the Hebrew word "Arur" (ארור), meaning someone who is cursed.
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Most likely, however, it is derived from the Latin word for ear, 'auris' and the related adjective, 'aural'. Since aurors are detectives (among other policing and justicial roles), they are those who listen for and receive information.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*Aurors can easily be comparable to elite Muggle national law enforcement officials, intelligence operatives, or military units such as the; MI5, MI6 etc. Some require excellent academic credentials (but not all), have an exhausting selection process to weed out the weak, undergo extensive advance training (sometimes up to a year or two to be operationally ready in the field), and are employed for the most dangerous missions/criminals.
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*Aurors can easily be comparable to elite Muggle national law enforcement officials, intelligence operatives, or military units such as the MI5, MI6, SAS and etc. Some require excellent academic credentials (but not all), have an exhausting selection process to weed out the weak, undergo extensive advance training (sometimes up to a year or two to be operationally ready in the field), and are employed for the most dangerous missions/criminals.
*Harry Potter is the youngest Auror in history as being 17 when taking the job, and also the youngest Head Auror at 27. As he was a normal Auror for nine years and then Head Auror (2017) for ten years, but it is unknown when he will retire.
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*Harry Potter is the youngest Auror in history as being 17 when taking the job, and also the youngest Head Auror at 26. As he was a normal Auror for nine years and then Head Auror (2007) for ten years, but it is unknown when he will retire.
*Harry's goal to be an auror is Not mentioned in the Order of the Phoenix. The Career Advice scene is omitted.
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*Harry's goal to be an Auror is only briefly mentioned by Minerva McGonagall in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', despite the Careers Advice scene being omitted from the previous film.
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*In the films, Aurors tend to wear brown trench coats, possibly as a uniform. Kingsley Shacklebolt is the only Auror seen on-duty without one.
   
 
==See also==
 
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==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{1st ID}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''
 
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book]]'' {{C|Mentioned on a poster included as an extra}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book]]'' {{C|Mentioned on a poster included as an extra}}
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==

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Auror Entrance Hall
Auror Office
Organisation information
Leader(s)
Headquarters

Level 2, Ministry of Magic, Whitehall, London

Intentions

To protect the wizarding world from the Dark Arts and those who practice them

Affiliation
Enemies
Dean Thomas: "Auror?"
Ron Weasley: "Dark wizard catcher."
Ron Weasley on what an Auror is[src]

An Auror is a member of an elite unit of highly-trained, specialist officers within the Department of Magical Law Enforcement of the Ministry of Magic trained to investigate crimes related to the Dark Arts, and apprehend or detain Dark wizards and witches. This makes them, essentially, the wizarding world equivalent of police officers and military (as they dual serve in both roles).

Auror training is very difficult and intensive, so there are few qualified applicants. According to Minerva McGonagall, no Auror had been taken on for three years prior to 1995, though Nymphadora Tonks stated that she qualified the year before, meaning she was probably one of the last candidates taken on. The head of the Auror Office as of 2007 was Harry Potter.

HistoryEdit

First Wizarding WarEdit

Frank&alice

Former Aurors Alice Longbottom, Frank Longbottom, and Alastor Moody

In the war during Lord Voldemort's first rise to power, Aurors were authorised to use the Unforgivable Curses on suspected Death Eaters and criminals. This means that they were given the licence to kill, coerce, and torture. It is unknown if, following the return of Lord Voldemort, this power was re-issued in the second war.

Second Wizarding WarEdit

After the return of Voldemort, Rufus Scrimgeour, hitherto the head of the Auror Office, became Minister for Magic, as the wizarding world placed more trust in him as a war leader than his heavily disgraced predecessor, Cornelius Fudge.

Aurors GreatHall

Aurors guarding Hogwarts in 1996

However, the most famous Auror in recent times is Alastor Moody, who came out of his retirement to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts, and was a long time member of the Order of the Phoenix, but ultimately died in battle. Most of the other Aurors have followed Voldemort's regime when he took over the Ministry, due to them being blindly loyal to the Ministry, and Voldemort acting discreetly to prevent potential mutiny. Other Aurors, such as Kingsley Shacklebolt and Nymphadora Tonks, continued to fight against the Death Eaters, which led to Tonks' death, but after the war ended, Shacklebolt became the new Minister for Magic.

After the Battle of HogwartsEdit

In 1998, after the destruction of Lord Voldemort and the end of the Second Wizarding War, Kingsley Shacklebolt became Minister for Magic and led a massive reform of the Ministry.[1] Harry Potter and Ron Weasley revolutionized the Auror department, the office was reshuffled and corruption was weeded out. Harry Potter became the youngest Auror in history, taken on at the age of seventeen and later in 2007 became the youngest head of the department at age twenty-six.

LocationEdit

Auror headquarters are located on Level Two of the Ministry of Magic. It consists of a series of open cubicles, each Auror being given a place to work. Pictures of known Dark wizards, maps, clippings from the Daily Prophet, and various other things line the cubicles.  

Becoming an AurorEdit

"You'd need top grades for that,... They ask for a minimum of five N.E.W.T.s, and nothing under 'Exceeds Expectations' grade, I see. Then you would be required to undergo a stringent series of character and aptitude tests at the Auror office. It's a difficult career path,... they only take the best"
—Minerva McGonagall[src]

RequirementsEdit

Alastor Moody Profile

Alastor Moody, one of the most famous Aurors of modern time

It is very difficult to fulfil the requirements to get into Auror training. Applicants must first have excellent academic credentials before they are accepted into a rigorous training program. To be accepted, one has to have a minimum of five N.E.W.T.s in challenging subjects, highly recommended are; Potions, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration, Herbology, and Charms, with top grades of either 'Outstanding' or 'Exceeds Expectations' in the students chosen subjects.

Dolores Umbridge stated in 1996 that the Ministry also looks into the criminal records of the applicants, and those without a clean one will not make it through the cut. It is not known if Herbology is required, though it is possible as Harry continued to take it to the N.E.W.T.-level. It Is also possible that any other subject could be substituted as the five as long as the grade meets the requirements.

Kingsley Shacklebolt Profile

Former Auror and current Minister for Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt

The requirements for applicants into becoming Aurors were temporarily relaxed following the end of the Second Wizarding War. With many Aurors destroyed by Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters, and the need to restrengthen the Auror Department to combat the remaining Death Eaters, the new Minister for Magic and former Auror Kingsley Shacklebolt permitted any participant in the Battle of Hogwarts to begin Auror training if they were interested, on the grounds that having fought and survived in such a battle and not changing sides against such odds more than satisfied the character and skill requirements. At least some of these recruits, including Harry Potter, Neville Longbottom and Ron Weasley, did not achieve any N.E.W.T.s (they had not attended their final year at Hogwarts).

TrainingEdit

Main article: Auror training

It is incredibily difficult to fullfill Auror training; if accepted into Auror training, prospective Aurors are required to undergo a stringent series of character and aptitude tests to show they react well under pressure. Applicants are then required to train extensively in advanced magical combat and other elements of practical defence, as well as, presumably, methods of criminal investigation.

Two of the disciplines included are "Concealment and Disguise" and "Stealth and Tracking", while poisons and antidotes essential studies. As mentioned by Tonks in 1995, she stated to Harry that she passed without any difficulties on the transformation test, but nearly failed the stealth tests. Training lasts for three years.

The jobEdit

An Auror's job is to hunt down and capture Dark Wizards, once a criminal is captured they are generally handed over to the authorities. It is not uncommon for criminals to resist arrest; some choose to fight to the death rather than let themselves be captured, such as Death Eater Evan Rosier. The Ministry also enlists them to guard high profile targets such as, Harry Potter during the 1996-1997 school term and the British Prime Minister had an Auror bodyguard, posing as his secretary, to protect him against the possibility that Lord Voldemort might take control of him to gain access to various Muggle resources at the highest level.

ReputationEdit

Ron: "Well, it'd be cool to be an Auror,"
Harry: "Yeah, it would,"
Ron: "But they're, like, the elite,... You've got to be really good."
Harry Potter and Ron Weasley discussing future careers[src]

The job is seen as glamourous by some, as there is a great deal of danger involved and it is extremely difficult to join the ranks of the Aurors. Harry Potter became increasingly interested in becoming an Auror as his schooling came to an end, since he has had to fight against Dark Wizards his whole life.

Though Auror training is very taxing, and means an additional three years of studying even after graduation from school, they seem to be very well respected in the wizarding community, and the higher members are potential candidates for Minister for Magic. For example, Rufus Scrimgeour was a leader for the Auror Office, but replaced Fudge after the call of his resignation.

Known AurorsEdit

Heads of the Auror OfficeEdit

AurorsEdit

EtymologyEdit

"Auror" may be derived from "aurora", meaning "the dawn", from the Latin word "aurum", meaning "gold", or from the Hebrew word "Arur" (ארור), meaning someone who is cursed.

Most likely, however, it is derived from the Latin word for ear, 'auris' and the related adjective, 'aural'. Since aurors are detectives (among other policing and justicial roles), they are those who listen for and receive information.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Aurors can easily be comparable to elite Muggle national law enforcement officials, intelligence operatives, or military units such as the MI5, MI6, SAS and etc. Some require excellent academic credentials (but not all), have an exhausting selection process to weed out the weak, undergo extensive advance training (sometimes up to a year or two to be operationally ready in the field), and are employed for the most dangerous missions/criminals.
  • Harry Potter is the youngest Auror in history as being 17 when taking the job, and also the youngest Head Auror at 26. As he was a normal Auror for nine years and then Head Auror (2007) for ten years, but it is unknown when he will retire.
  • Harry's goal to be an Auror is only briefly mentioned by Minerva McGonagall in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, despite the Careers Advice scene being omitted from the previous film.
  • In the films, Aurors tend to wear brown trench coats, possibly as a uniform. Kingsley Shacklebolt is the only Auror seen on-duty without one.

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AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit


Department of Magical Law Enforcement
Level 2, Ministry of Magic
Department of Magical Law Enforcement
Auror Office · Department of Intoxicating Substances · Improper Use of Magic Office · Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office · Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects · Magical Law Enforcement Patrol · Hit Wizards · Ministry of Magic Witch Watchers · Department of Magical Equipment Control · Administrative Registration Department · Wizengamot Administration Services · Department of Security · Animagus Registry · Misuse of Magic Office

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