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"Level two, Department of Magical Law Enforcement, including the Improper Use of Magic Office, Auror Headquarters, and Wizengamot Administration Services."
—Location of Auror headquarters[src]

The Auror Department, formerly known as the Auror Office, serves as the headquarters of Aurors of the Great Britain. The Auror Department is a main division of Department of Magical Law Enforcement. It specifically deals with the capture of Dark Witches and Wizards. In other words, Aurors are essentially the wizarding equivalent of the Muggle police force/detectives and their headquarters operates as their base of operations.

Location

"A lopsided sign on the nearest cubicle read: Auror Headquarters."
—Inside the Department of Magical Law Enforcement[src]
Located on level two of the Ministry of Magic Headquarters, Mr Weasley takes Harry Potter through the office before his disciplinary hearing.[2]

Auror Headquarters consists of a series of open cubicles, with each Auror being assigned a space to work. The cubicles are decorated with pictures of known Dark wizards, maps, clippings from the Daily Prophet, and other odds and ends. Kingsley Shacklebolt's cubicle is located at one end.[3]

The description of the Auror Headquarters as "a cluttered open area divided into cubicles, which was buzzing with talk and laughter" impresses Harry, who is thinking about becoming an Auror when he leaves Hogwarts.[4]

The job

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 who 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.

Known Aurors

Heads of the Auror Office

Person Notes
Gawain Robards

[5]

Took over in 1996, after Scrimgeour became Minister for Magic.
Theseus Scamander

[6]

Head of Auror office during Gellert Grindelwald's revolution in the 1920s.
Rufus Scrimgeour Retired, became Minister for Magic in 1996, murdered by Lord Voldemort on 1 August, 1997
Harry Potter Auror from 1998 to 2007, promoted to the Head of the Office in 2007, at the young age of 26 or 27.[7] Harry left by 2019 and is the current Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.[8]

Aurors

Person Notes
Venusia Crickerly Became Minister for Magic in 1902
John Dawlish Auror between the wars and during the Second Wizarding War.
Hesphaestus Gore Became Minister for Magic in 1752
Alice Longbottom Mentally incapacitated by a group of Death Eaters via the Cruciatus Curse in the final days of the First Wizarding War in 1981
Frank Longbottom
Ronald Weasley Retired, works at Weasley's Wizard Wheezes.
Neville Longbottom Resigned position to become professor of Herbology at Hogwarts.
Alastor Moody Retired, murdered by Lord Voldemort in the Battle of the Seven Potters on 27 July, 1997
Proudfoot Auror that was stationed in Hogsmeade along with others during the 1996-1997 school year at Hogwarts.
Savage
Kingsley Shacklebolt Became Minister for Magic in 1998, presceeding the Battle of Hogwarts.
Nymphadora Tonks Murdered by Bellatrix Lestrange during the Battle of Hogwarts on 2 May, 1998.
Williamson First Auror to see Lord Voldemort just before he fled the Ministry of Magic in 1996 after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic" at Pottermore
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 16 (A Very Frosty Christmas)
  6. https://www.pottermore.com/features/a-closer-look-at-the-characters-of-fantastic-beasts-the-crimes-of-grindelwald
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named WOTM
  8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act One, Scene Five


Department of Magical Law Enforcement
Level 2, Ministry of Magic
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