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The '''headquarters''' of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] are located deep underground,<ref name="OP7">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 7 (''The Ministry of Magic'')</ref> below [[Whitehall]], in [[London]].<ref name="DHpt1vg">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''</ref> They are comprised of a very large, ten-story building housing several offices, departments and courtrooms. Although all the structure is underground, magical windows show whatever weather the [[Magical Maintenance Department]] has chosen for the day, from bright sunshine to hurricanes. [[Ministry of Magic lifts|Lifts]] provide access to every level, except Level Ten, the [[Wizengamot]] Courtrooms, which is only accesssible via a set of stairs from Level Nine, the [[Department of Mysteries]].<ref name="OP7"/>
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The '''headquarters''' of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] are located deep underground,<ref name="OP7">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 7 (''The Ministry of Magic'')</ref> below [[Whitehall]], in [[London]].<ref name="DHpt1vg">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''</ref> They are comprised of a very large, ten-story building housing several offices, departments and courtrooms. Although all the structure is underground, magical windows show whatever weather the [[Magical Maintenance Department]] has chosen for the day, from bright sunshine to hurricanes. [[Ministry of Magic lifts|Lifts]] provide access to every level, except Level Ten, the [[Wizengamot]] Courtrooms, which is only accessible via a set of stairs from Level Nine, the [[Department of Mysteries]].<ref name="OP7"/>
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
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====Under Pius Thicknesse====
 
====Under Pius Thicknesse====
 
{{Main|Fall of the Ministry of Magic}}
 
{{Main|Fall of the Ministry of Magic}}
[[File:Thicknesse_regime.png|thumb|left|264px|Four main members of the new regime, from left to right: [[Albert Runcorn]], investigator of possible [[Muggle-born]]s; [[Dolores Umbridge]], [[Head of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission|Head]] of the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]]; [[Pius Thicknesse]], [[Minister for Magic]]; and [[Yaxley]], [[Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement|Head]] of the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]].]]
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[[File:Thicknesse regime.png|thumb|left|264px|Four main members of the new regime, from left to right: [[Albert Runcorn]], investigator of possible [[Muggle-born]]s; [[Dolores Umbridge]], [[Head of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission|Head]] of the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]]; [[Pius Thicknesse]], [[Minister for Magic]]; and [[Yaxley]], [[Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement|Head]] of the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]].]]
 
In the meantime, the [[Death Eaters]] were managing to infiltrate the Ministry by [[Imperius Curse|magically controlling]] some of the its higher-ranking officials.<ref name="DH1">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 1 (''The Dark Lord Ascending'')</ref> As a consequence, later in the summer, on the evening of [[1 August]], the Ministry was the stage of a silent [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|coup]] during which Scrimgeour was killed<ref name="DH8">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 8 (''The Wedding'')</ref> while refusing to give the [[Death Eaters]] any information on [[Harry Potter]].<ref name="DH11">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 11 (''The Bribe'')</ref>
 
In the meantime, the [[Death Eaters]] were managing to infiltrate the Ministry by [[Imperius Curse|magically controlling]] some of the its higher-ranking officials.<ref name="DH1">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 1 (''The Dark Lord Ascending'')</ref> As a consequence, later in the summer, on the evening of [[1 August]], the Ministry was the stage of a silent [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|coup]] during which Scrimgeour was killed<ref name="DH8">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 8 (''The Wedding'')</ref> while refusing to give the [[Death Eaters]] any information on [[Harry Potter]].<ref name="DH11">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 11 (''The Bribe'')</ref>
   
After the [[Death Eater]] [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|coup]], the Ministry of Magic became headed by [[Pius Thicknesse]], who was under [[Death Eater]] control by means of the [[Imperius Curse]]. Sometime between the coup and [[2 September]] of the same year, the [[Atrium]] became to house the [[Magic is Might monument]], a black stone statue illustrative of the new regime, which depicted a wizard and witch sitting atop thrones made from the contorted bodies of [[Muggle]]s, each with a stupid-expression. Much more security was added to the building.<ref name="DHpt1vg"/>, which included employees being forced to go to work via a toilet network,<ref name="DH12">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 12 (''Magic Is Might'')</ref> accessible inside a set of [[Whitehall underground public toilets|underground public toilets]] in [[Whitehall]].<ref name="DHpt1vg"/>
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After the [[Death Eater]] [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|coup]], the Ministry of Magic became headed by [[Pius Thicknesse]], who was under [[Death Eater]] control by means of the [[Imperius Curse]]. Sometime between the coup and [[2 September]] of the same year, the [[Atrium]] became to house the [[Magic is Might monument]], a black stone statue illustrative of the new regime, which depicted a wizard and witch sitting atop thrones made from the contorted bodies of [[Muggle]]s, each with a stupid-expression. Much more security was added to the building.,<ref name="DHpt1vg"/> which included employees being forced to go to work via a toilet network,<ref name="DH12">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 12 (''Magic Is Might'')</ref> accessible inside a set of [[Whitehall underground public toilets|underground public toilets]] in [[Whitehall]].<ref name="DHpt1vg"/>
   
 
====Under Kingsley Shacklebolt====
 
====Under Kingsley Shacklebolt====
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===Entrance to the Headquarters===
 
===Entrance to the Headquarters===
[[File:Telephone_booth.jpg|thumb|[[Arthur Weasley]] and [[Harry Potter]] on their way to the Ministry]]The visitor's entrance of the Ministry of Magic is an abandoned red telephone phone booth; one enters the Ministry by dialing "62442" ("magic"). Following the prompts of the operator, passes are issued and the telephone box will descend through the ground into the Atrium (Level Eight).<ref name="OP7"/>More than twenty service lifts stop at all floors, Levels One through Nine. Stairways may provide access to all ten levels in the Ministry and must be used to access Level Ten.<ref name="OP7"/>
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[[File:Telephone booth.jpg|thumb|[[Arthur Weasley]] and [[Harry Potter]] on their way to the Ministry]]The visitor's entrance of the Ministry of Magic is an abandoned red telephone phone booth; one enters the Ministry by dialing "62442" ("magic"). Following the prompts of the operator, passes are issued and the telephone box will descend through the ground into the Atrium (Level Eight).<ref name="OP7"/> More than twenty service lifts stop at all floors, Levels One through Nine. Stairways may provide access to all ten levels in the Ministry and must be used to access Level Ten.<ref name="OP7"/>
   
 
After Voldemort took over the Ministry, employees and officials were forced to enter the Ministry via a particular public lavatory; one opens the lavatory booth with a special token and then flushes oneself to the Ministry through the [[Whitehall underground public toilets|underground toilets]].<ref name="DH12"/>
 
After Voldemort took over the Ministry, employees and officials were forced to enter the Ministry via a particular public lavatory; one opens the lavatory booth with a special token and then flushes oneself to the Ministry through the [[Whitehall underground public toilets|underground toilets]].<ref name="DH12"/>
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==Departments==
 
==Departments==
   
==='''Level 1''' - '''Minister for Magic and Support Staff'''===
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===Level 1 - Minister for Magic and Support Staff===
 
[[File:Level.jpg|thumb|left|252px|The entrance to the office of the Senior Undersecretary to Minister for Magic on Level One.]]
 
[[File:Level.jpg|thumb|left|252px|The entrance to the office of the Senior Undersecretary to Minister for Magic on Level One.]]
 
This Level contains the offices of the [[Minister for Magic and Support Staff|highest-ranking Ministry officials]].<ref name="DH12"/> This Level's floor is covered in thick purple carpets and all the offices within contain a gleaming mahogany door, each bearing a small plaque with the owner's name and occupation upon it.<ref name="DH13">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 13 (''The Muggle-Born Registration Commission'')</ref> It contains the offices of the [[Minister for Magic]] and other administrative personnel such as:
 
This Level contains the offices of the [[Minister for Magic and Support Staff|highest-ranking Ministry officials]].<ref name="DH12"/> This Level's floor is covered in thick purple carpets and all the offices within contain a gleaming mahogany door, each bearing a small plaque with the owner's name and occupation upon it.<ref name="DH13">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 13 (''The Muggle-Born Registration Commission'')</ref> It contains the offices of the [[Minister for Magic]] and other administrative personnel such as:
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*During [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s puppet regime in [[1997]]-[[1998]], this Level also housed [[Office of the Head of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission|the office]] of the [[Head of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission]].<ref name="DH13"/>
 
*During [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s puppet regime in [[1997]]-[[1998]], this Level also housed [[Office of the Head of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission|the office]] of the [[Head of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission]].<ref name="DH13"/>
   
==='''Level 2''' - '''Department of Magical Law Enforcement'''===
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===Level 2 - Department of Magical Law Enforcement===
[[File:Department_of_Magical_Law_Enforcement.jpg|thumb|192px|The [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]] logo.]]The [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]] is the largest department at the Ministry of Magic.<ref name="FB:MBH">''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]'' - ''Magical Beasts in Hiding''</ref> Arguably the most important of the various departments, it houses a combination of police and justice facilities.<ref name="OP7"/> Around the corner from the access lift and past a set of heavy oak doors lies the [[Auror Office|Auror Headquarters]]: a large open area divided into small cubicles, one for each [[Auror]].
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[[File:Department of Magical Law Enforcement.jpg|thumb|192px|The [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]] logo.]]The [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]] is the largest department at the Ministry of Magic.<ref name="FB:MBH">''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]'' - ''Magical Beasts in Hiding''</ref> Arguably the most important of the various departments, it houses a combination of police and justice facilities.<ref name="OP7"/> Around the corner from the access lift and past a set of heavy oak doors lies the [[Auror Office|Auror Headquarters]]: a large open area divided into small cubicles, one for each [[Auror]].
   
 
After another set of double doors and another passage, one finds himself in a dimly lit and distinctly shabby corridor at the end of which lies a broom cupboard to the left and opposite it the [[Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office]], in a room of almost the same size as the cupboard; two desks and overflowing filing cabinets crammed inside.<ref name="OP7"/>
 
After another set of double doors and another passage, one finds himself in a dimly lit and distinctly shabby corridor at the end of which lies a broom cupboard to the left and opposite it the [[Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office]], in a room of almost the same size as the cupboard; two desks and overflowing filing cabinets crammed inside.<ref name="OP7"/>
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*[[Improper Use of Magic Office]]
 
*[[Improper Use of Magic Office]]
 
*[[Wizengamot]] [[Wizengamot Administration Services|Administration Services]],<ref name="OP7"/>
 
*[[Wizengamot]] [[Wizengamot Administration Services|Administration Services]],<ref name="OP7"/>
*[[Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects]] (created in [[1996]])<ref name="HBP5"/>.
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*[[Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects]] (created in [[1996]]).<ref name="HBP5"/>
   
==='''Level 3''' - '''Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes'''===
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===Level 3 - Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes===
[[File:Department_of_Magical_Accidents_and_Catastrophes.jpg|thumb|left|188px|The [[Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes]] logo.]]Level Three houses the [[Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes]] whose employees hold the responsability for repairing accidental magical damage. The Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes includes the following offices:
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[[File:Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes.jpg|thumb|left|188px|The [[Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes]] logo.]]Level Three houses the [[Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes]] whose employees hold the responsibility for repairing accidental magical damage. The Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes includes the following offices:
   
 
*[[Accidental Magic Reversal Squad]]<ref name="OP7"/>
 
*[[Accidental Magic Reversal Squad]]<ref name="OP7"/>
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*[[Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee]].
 
*[[Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee]].
   
==='''Level 4''' - '''Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures'''===
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===Level 4 - Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures===
[[File:Department_for_the_Regulation_and_Control_of_Magical_Creatures_logo.png|thumb|170px|The [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures]] logo.]]The [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures]] is the second largest Department in the Ministry.<ref name="FB:MBH"/> The Department incorporates the following offices:
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[[File:Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures logo.png|thumb|170px|The [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures]] logo.]]The [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures]] is the second largest Department in the Ministry.<ref name="FB:MBH"/> The Department incorporates the following offices:
   
 
*[[Beast Division|Beast]], [[Being Division|Being]] and [[Spirit Division]]s
 
*[[Beast Division|Beast]], [[Being Division|Being]] and [[Spirit Division]]s
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*[[Pest Advisory Board|Pest Advisory Bureau]].
 
*[[Pest Advisory Board|Pest Advisory Bureau]].
   
==='''Level 5''' - '''Department of International Magical Cooperation'''===
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===Level 5 - Department of International Magical Cooperation===
[[File:Department_of_International_Magical_Cooperation.jpg|thumb|left|164px|The [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]] logo.]]The [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]] is an agency concerned in foreign affairs that attempts to get wizards from different countries to cooperate in wizarding actions both political and public. It incorporates the following offices:
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[[File:Department of International Magical Cooperation.jpg|thumb|left|164px|The [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]] logo.]]The [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]] is an agency concerned in foreign affairs that attempts to get wizards from different countries to cooperate in wizarding actions both political and public. It incorporates the following offices:
   
 
*[[International Magical Trading Standards Body]]
 
*[[International Magical Trading Standards Body]]
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*[[International Confederation of Wizards]], British Seats
 
*[[International Confederation of Wizards]], British Seats
   
==='''Level 6''' - '''Department of Magical Transportation'''===
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===Level 6 - Department of Magical Transportation===
 
[[File:DMT clear.png|right|150px|thumb|The [[Department of Magical Transportation]] logo.]]The [[Department of Magical Transportation]] is responsible for various aspects of magical transport. It includes the:
 
[[File:DMT clear.png|right|150px|thumb|The [[Department of Magical Transportation]] logo.]]The [[Department of Magical Transportation]] is responsible for various aspects of magical transport. It includes the:
   
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*[[Apparation Test Centre]].<ref name="OP7"/>
 
*[[Apparation Test Centre]].<ref name="OP7"/>
   
==='''Level 7''' - '''Department of Magical Games and Sports'''===
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===Level 7 - Department of Magical Games and Sports===
Level Seven houses the [[Department of Magical Games and Sports]], which is responisble for organising sports events the likes of the [[Quidditch World Cup]] and the [[Triwizard Tournament]], as well as enforcing game-related laws and regulations. The Department has a very relaxed ambiance, the corridor off the access lift being somewhat "untidy-looking" in comparison to the other Ministerial Departments: various posters of [[Quidditch]] teams are tacked lopsidedly on the walls.<ref name="OP7"/> Magical Games and Sports incorporates the:
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Level Seven houses the [[Department of Magical Games and Sports]], which is responsible for organising sports events the likes of the [[Quidditch World Cup]] and the [[Triwizard Tournament]], as well as enforcing game-related laws and regulations. The Department has a very relaxed ambiance, the corridor off the access lift being somewhat "untidy-looking" in comparison to the other Ministerial Departments: various posters of [[Quidditch]] teams are tacked lopsidedly on the walls.<ref name="OP7"/> Magical Games and Sports incorporates the:
   
 
*[[British and Irish Quidditch League]] [[British and Irish Quidditch League Headquarters|Headquarters]]
 
*[[British and Irish Quidditch League]] [[British and Irish Quidditch League Headquarters|Headquarters]]
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*[[Ludicrous Patents Office]].<ref name="OP7"/>
 
*[[Ludicrous Patents Office]].<ref name="OP7"/>
   
==='''Level 8''' - '''The Atrium'''===
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===Level 8 - The Atrium===
 
[[File:Ministry.JPG|250px|thumb|left|The Atrium]]On Level Eight one finds the [[Atrium]], an area that serves as lobby and reception room to the visitors and employees. The Atrium is a very long hall with a highly polished dark wood floor. The ceiling is peacock blue and is filled with golden symbols that keep moving like a notice board. The walls on each side are covered in gilded fireplaces: the left-hand side ones serving for arrivals and the right-hand side ones for departures.<ref name="OP7"/> Halfway down the Atrium lays a statue: in [[1995]]-[[1996]] the [[Fountain of Magical Brethren]]<ref name="OP7"/> and in [[1997]]-[[1998]], during [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort's]] puppet regime, the [[Magic is Might monument]].<ref name="DH13"/> On the far end of the hall one can find the Security Desk,<ref name="OP7"/> the [[Ministry Munchies]] café<ref>[http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1560758/20070530/story.jhtml 'Harry Potter' Set Visit: Inside The Ministry of Magic (MTV Movie News)]</ref> and a set of double golden gates leading to the at least twenty [[Ministry of Magic lifts|access lifts]].<ref name="OP7"/> in a room off the Atrium, one finds the [[Security Office]], a room containing spare keys to the offices and lift informations.<ref name="DHpt1vg"/>
 
[[File:Ministry.JPG|250px|thumb|left|The Atrium]]On Level Eight one finds the [[Atrium]], an area that serves as lobby and reception room to the visitors and employees. The Atrium is a very long hall with a highly polished dark wood floor. The ceiling is peacock blue and is filled with golden symbols that keep moving like a notice board. The walls on each side are covered in gilded fireplaces: the left-hand side ones serving for arrivals and the right-hand side ones for departures.<ref name="OP7"/> Halfway down the Atrium lays a statue: in [[1995]]-[[1996]] the [[Fountain of Magical Brethren]]<ref name="OP7"/> and in [[1997]]-[[1998]], during [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort's]] puppet regime, the [[Magic is Might monument]].<ref name="DH13"/> On the far end of the hall one can find the Security Desk,<ref name="OP7"/> the [[Ministry Munchies]] café<ref>[http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1560758/20070530/story.jhtml 'Harry Potter' Set Visit: Inside The Ministry of Magic (MTV Movie News)]</ref> and a set of double golden gates leading to the at least twenty [[Ministry of Magic lifts|access lifts]].<ref name="OP7"/> in a room off the Atrium, one finds the [[Security Office]], a room containing spare keys to the offices and lift informations.<ref name="DHpt1vg"/>
   
==='''Level 9''' - '''Department of Mysteries'''===
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===Level 9 - Department of Mysteries===
[[File:Dpt_of_Mysteries.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The corridor leading to the [[Department of Mysteries]].]]
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[[File:Dpt of Mysteries.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The corridor leading to the [[Department of Mysteries]].]]
 
The [[Department of Mysteries]] is a section of the Ministry of Magic that carries out confidential research. Most of its operations are carried out in total secrecy. Few [[wizards]] within the Ministry actually know what is located within this department. Those wizards who work in the Department of Mysteries are known as [[Unspeakable]]s because of the confidential nature of their work.<ref name="GF7">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 7 (''Bagman and Crouch'')</ref>
 
The [[Department of Mysteries]] is a section of the Ministry of Magic that carries out confidential research. Most of its operations are carried out in total secrecy. Few [[wizards]] within the Ministry actually know what is located within this department. Those wizards who work in the Department of Mysteries are known as [[Unspeakable]]s because of the confidential nature of their work.<ref name="GF7">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 7 (''Bagman and Crouch'')</ref>
   
This Level bears a striking difference to those above: the black-tiled walls<ref name="OPf26">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]'' - Chapter 26 (''The Department of Mysteries'')</ref> are bare with no windows and no doors apart from a plain black one at the end of the corridor that leads into the Department proper.<ref name="OP7"/> Light is provided only by torches.<ref name="OP34">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 34 (''The Department of Mysteries'')</ref> A small flight of steps to the left leads to Level Ten.<ref name="OP7"/> Upon entering the Department, one finds themselves in a circular hall of dark marble floor, lit by candles emmiting a cool blue light.<ref name="OP34"/> The door holds several doors leading to at least the following offices:
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This Level bears a striking difference to those above: the black-tiled walls<ref name="OPf26">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]'' - Chapter 26 (''The Department of Mysteries'')</ref> are bare with no windows and no doors apart from a plain black one at the end of the corridor that leads into the Department proper.<ref name="OP7"/> Light is provided only by torches.<ref name="OP34">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 34 (''The Department of Mysteries'')</ref> A small flight of steps to the left leads to Level Ten.<ref name="OP7"/> Upon entering the Department, one finds themselves in a circular hall of dark marble floor, lit by candles emitting a cool blue light.<ref name="OP34"/> The door holds several doors leading to at least the following offices:
   
 
*The [[Hall of Prophecy]]
 
*The [[Hall of Prophecy]]
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*[[Love Chamber]].<ref name="OP35">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 35 (''Beyond the Veil'')</ref>
 
*[[Love Chamber]].<ref name="OP35">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 35 (''Beyond the Veil'')</ref>
   
==='''Level 10''' - '''Courtrooms'''===
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===Level 10 - Courtrooms===
 
[[File:Wizengamot.jpg|thumb|300px|left|The [[Council of Magical Law]] in one of the [[Wizengamot]] courtrooms during the [[First Wizarding War]].]]
 
[[File:Wizengamot.jpg|thumb|300px|left|The [[Council of Magical Law]] in one of the [[Wizengamot]] courtrooms during the [[First Wizarding War]].]]
 
Level Ten hosts about half a score of courtrooms, which are used by the [[Wizengamot]] and the [[Council of Magical Law]] in full-scale criminal trials (such as the [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] trials in [[1981]]).<ref name="GF30">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 30 (''The Pensieve'')</ref> In [[1997]], the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]] also used these courtrooms during their questioning of [[Muggle-born]] [[wizardkind|wizards]].<ref name="DH13"/>
 
Level Ten hosts about half a score of courtrooms, which are used by the [[Wizengamot]] and the [[Council of Magical Law]] in full-scale criminal trials (such as the [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] trials in [[1981]]).<ref name="GF30">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 30 (''The Pensieve'')</ref> In [[1997]], the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]] also used these courtrooms during their questioning of [[Muggle-born]] [[wizardkind|wizards]].<ref name="DH13"/>
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Level Ten is accessible via a flight of steps leading down from Level Nine. The corridors here have rough stone walls and torches in brackets. The doors leading to the courtrooms proper are heavy and made of wood, with large iron bolts and keyholes.<ref name="OP7"/>
 
Level Ten is accessible via a flight of steps leading down from Level Nine. The corridors here have rough stone walls and torches in brackets. The doors leading to the courtrooms proper are heavy and made of wood, with large iron bolts and keyholes.<ref name="OP7"/>
   
[[Courtroom Ten]] has walls made of dark stone, dimly lit by torches<ref name="OP8"/>, with serried rows of benches, rising in levels all around the room, all positioned so that they had a clear view of [[Accusation chair|a chair]] on the centre of the room, in which the person charged with a crime would seat.<ref name="GF30"/>
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[[Courtroom Ten]] has walls made of dark stone, dimly lit by torches,<ref name="OP8"/> with serried rows of benches, rising in levels all around the room, all positioned so that they had a clear view of [[Accusation chair|a chair]] on the centre of the room, in which the person charged with a crime would seat.<ref name="GF30"/>
   
There is a [[Ministry Detention Area|detention area]] below the courtrooms, in which convicted wizards are imprisoned while awaiting transportation to [[Azkaban|Azkaban Fortress]]. It is also a dark-tiled area, with gilded gates closing the cells.<ref name="DHp1g">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''</ref>
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There is a [[Ministry Detention Area|detention area]] below the courtrooms, in which convicted wizards are imprisoned while awaiting transportation to [[Azkaban|Azkaban Fortress]]. It is also a dark-tiled area, with gilded gates closing the cells.<ref name="DHpt1vg">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''</ref>
   
 
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Ministry
Ministry of Magic Headquarters
Location information
Location

Whitehall, London, Great Britain

Affiliation

British Ministry of Magic

The headquarters of the Ministry of Magic are located deep underground,[1] below Whitehall, in London.[2] They are comprised of a very large, ten-story building housing several offices, departments and courtrooms. Although all the structure is underground, magical windows show whatever weather the Magical Maintenance Department has chosen for the day, from bright sunshine to hurricanes. Lifts provide access to every level, except Level Ten, the Wizengamot Courtrooms, which is only accessible via a set of stairs from Level Nine, the Department of Mysteries.[1]

History

Early history

It is unknown when the underground building was built. If it was built when the Ministry of Magic was founded, it dates back from the early seventeenth century, although it is unknown whether if it was already used as headquarters of the Wizards' Council. If the latter is the case, it is presumably much older.

Recent history

Under Cornelius Fudge

Fudgeposter

A banner depicting Minister Cornelius Fudge in the Ministry Atrium.

Cornelius Fudge became Minister for Magic in 1990.[3] After the Return of the Dark Lord on 24 June, 1995, the Ministry campaigned to discredit Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter, as Fudge, his mind "twisted and warped by fear", refused to believe it. To further express Fudge's control of the Ministry, a large banner of him was erected in the Atrium. On 12 August, Harry Potter was summoned to a disciplinary hearing at the Ministry, pertraining to what the Ministry termed "offences committed under the Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery and the International Statute of Secrecy".[4]

Between late 1995 and mid-1996, Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters tried to retrieve a prophecy record pertaining to Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort from the Hall of Prophecy on Level Nine. In order to do that, they placed both Broderick Bode[5] and Sturgis Podmore[6] under the Imperius Curse to no result, as only Harry could take it from its shelf. Shortly after midnight on 18 June, 1996, the Death Eaters managed to lure Harry Potter and Dumbledore's Army into the deserted Ministry. The Order of the Phoenix went to rescue them, and a battle ensued.[7] After the battle, the Ministry was forced to believe the return of the Dark Lord and Fudge resigned in disgrace.[8]

Under Rufus Scrimgeour

Scrimgeour?

Rufus Scrimgeour makes a speech on the current situation.

In response to the war situation the country was facing, Rufus Scrimgeour, appointed Fudge's successor in the summer of 1996, was responsible for the creation of several new bureaucracy, such as Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects.[9] In the summer of the next year, shortly after Albus Dumbledore's murder, the Atrium at the Ministry was the setting of a speech by Scrimgeour about the "dark times" the wizarding world was living, and as how the Ministry remained "strong" and active in the fight against the dark forces.[10]

Under Pius Thicknesse

Thicknesse regime

Four main members of the new regime, from left to right: Albert Runcorn, investigator of possible Muggle-borns; Dolores Umbridge, Head of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission; Pius Thicknesse, Minister for Magic; and Yaxley, Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

In the meantime, the Death Eaters were managing to infiltrate the Ministry by magically controlling some of the its higher-ranking officials.[11] As a consequence, later in the summer, on the evening of 1 August, the Ministry was the stage of a silent coup during which Scrimgeour was killed[12] while refusing to give the Death Eaters any information on Harry Potter.[13]

After the Death Eater coup, the Ministry of Magic became headed by Pius Thicknesse, who was under Death Eater control by means of the Imperius Curse. Sometime between the coup and 2 September of the same year, the Atrium became to house the Magic is Might monument, a black stone statue illustrative of the new regime, which depicted a wizard and witch sitting atop thrones made from the contorted bodies of Muggles, each with a stupid-expression. Much more security was added to the building.,[2] which included employees being forced to go to work via a toilet network,[14] accessible inside a set of underground public toilets in Whitehall.[2]

Under Kingsley Shacklebolt

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.[15] This included the efforts of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in the Auror Office, and Hermione Granger advancing the rights of non-humans, and eradicating pro-pure-blood laws in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures and later the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.[16]

Description

Part of the discussion of the Ministry premises revolves around the problem of keeping such a large organisation hidden from the Muggles, it being simpler to hide than to explain the presence of a multi-story building, apparently Government-owned, but with no apparent purpose. To solve this issue, the Ministry is entirely located underground, and that one of the issues facing the Ministry maintenance wizards is the underground environment. In Harry's first visit to the Ministry, he learns that the windows spotted around the Ministry do not reflect the outside world, but are fabrications of the maintenance workers, and that a contract dispute had resulted in the windows showing grim, rainy weather for a solid month no matter what the outside weather was doing. We also learn that the maintenance workers have full control of the office environment; in 1997, it apparently became fairly common for rainstorms to occur in the offices of those who the maintenance workers don't approve of.

Entrance to the Headquarters

Telephone booth

Arthur Weasley and Harry Potter on their way to the Ministry

The visitor's entrance of the Ministry of Magic is an abandoned red telephone phone booth; one enters the Ministry by dialing "62442" ("magic"). Following the prompts of the operator, passes are issued and the telephone box will descend through the ground into the Atrium (Level Eight).[1] More than twenty service lifts stop at all floors, Levels One through Nine. Stairways may provide access to all ten levels in the Ministry and must be used to access Level Ten.[1]

After Voldemort took over the Ministry, employees and officials were forced to enter the Ministry via a particular public lavatory; one opens the lavatory booth with a special token and then flushes oneself to the Ministry through the underground toilets.[14]

As the entire Ministry is underground, the higher floor number indicates levels deeper into the ground.

Departments

Level 1 - Minister for Magic and Support Staff

Level

The entrance to the office of the Senior Undersecretary to Minister for Magic on Level One.

This Level contains the offices of the highest-ranking Ministry officials.[14] This Level's floor is covered in thick purple carpets and all the offices within contain a gleaming mahogany door, each bearing a small plaque with the owner's name and occupation upon it.[17] It contains the offices of the Minister for Magic and other administrative personnel such as:

Level 2 - Department of Magical Law Enforcement

Department of Magical Law Enforcement

The Department of Magical Law Enforcement logo.

The Department of Magical Law Enforcement is the largest department at the Ministry of Magic.[19] Arguably the most important of the various departments, it houses a combination of police and justice facilities.[1] Around the corner from the access lift and past a set of heavy oak doors lies the Auror Headquarters: a large open area divided into small cubicles, one for each Auror.

After another set of double doors and another passage, one finds himself in a dimly lit and distinctly shabby corridor at the end of which lies a broom cupboard to the left and opposite it the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office, in a room of almost the same size as the cupboard; two desks and overflowing filing cabinets crammed inside.[1]

In this level, one can also find the:

Level 3 - Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes

Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes

The Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes logo.

Level Three houses the Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes whose employees hold the responsibility for repairing accidental magical damage. The Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes includes the following offices:

Level 4 - Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures

Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures logo

The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures logo.

The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures is the second largest Department in the Ministry.[19] The Department incorporates the following offices:

Level 5 - Department of International Magical Cooperation

Department of International Magical Cooperation

The Department of International Magical Cooperation logo.

The Department of International Magical Cooperation is an agency concerned in foreign affairs that attempts to get wizards from different countries to cooperate in wizarding actions both political and public. It incorporates the following offices:

Level 6 - Department of Magical Transportation

DMT clear

The Department of Magical Transportation logo.

The Department of Magical Transportation is responsible for various aspects of magical transport. It includes the:

Level 7 - Department of Magical Games and Sports

Level Seven houses the Department of Magical Games and Sports, which is responsible for organising sports events the likes of the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament, as well as enforcing game-related laws and regulations. The Department has a very relaxed ambiance, the corridor off the access lift being somewhat "untidy-looking" in comparison to the other Ministerial Departments: various posters of Quidditch teams are tacked lopsidedly on the walls.[1] Magical Games and Sports incorporates the:

Level 8 - The Atrium

Ministry

The Atrium

On Level Eight one finds the Atrium, an area that serves as lobby and reception room to the visitors and employees. The Atrium is a very long hall with a highly polished dark wood floor. The ceiling is peacock blue and is filled with golden symbols that keep moving like a notice board. The walls on each side are covered in gilded fireplaces: the left-hand side ones serving for arrivals and the right-hand side ones for departures.[1] Halfway down the Atrium lays a statue: in 1995-1996 the Fountain of Magical Brethren[1] and in 1997-1998, during Lord Voldemort's puppet regime, the Magic is Might monument.[17] On the far end of the hall one can find the Security Desk,[1] the Ministry Munchies café[20] and a set of double golden gates leading to the at least twenty access lifts.[1] in a room off the Atrium, one finds the Security Office, a room containing spare keys to the offices and lift informations.[2]

Level 9 - Department of Mysteries

Dpt of Mysteries

The corridor leading to the Department of Mysteries.

The Department of Mysteries is a section of the Ministry of Magic that carries out confidential research. Most of its operations are carried out in total secrecy. Few wizards within the Ministry actually know what is located within this department. Those wizards who work in the Department of Mysteries are known as Unspeakables because of the confidential nature of their work.[21]

This Level bears a striking difference to those above: the black-tiled walls[22] are bare with no windows and no doors apart from a plain black one at the end of the corridor that leads into the Department proper.[1] Light is provided only by torches.[23] A small flight of steps to the left leads to Level Ten.[1] Upon entering the Department, one finds themselves in a circular hall of dark marble floor, lit by candles emitting a cool blue light.[23] The door holds several doors leading to at least the following offices:

Level 10 - Courtrooms

Wizengamot

The Council of Magical Law in one of the Wizengamot courtrooms during the First Wizarding War.

Level Ten hosts about half a score of courtrooms, which are used by the Wizengamot and the Council of Magical Law in full-scale criminal trials (such as the Death Eater trials in 1981).[24] In 1997, the Muggle-Born Registration Commission also used these courtrooms during their questioning of Muggle-born wizards.[17]

Level Ten is accessible via a flight of steps leading down from Level Nine. The corridors here have rough stone walls and torches in brackets. The doors leading to the courtrooms proper are heavy and made of wood, with large iron bolts and keyholes.[1]

Courtroom Ten has walls made of dark stone, dimly lit by torches,[4] with serried rows of benches, rising in levels all around the room, all positioned so that they had a clear view of a chair on the centre of the room, in which the person charged with a crime would seat.[24]

There is a detention area below the courtrooms, in which convicted wizards are imprisoned while awaiting transportation to Azkaban Fortress. It is also a dark-tiled area, with gilded gates closing the cells.[2]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 10 (Luna Lovegood)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 8 (The Hearing)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 26 (Seen and Unforeseen)
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 14 (Percy and Padfoot)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix - Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil)
  8. J.K. Rowling's Official Site
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 5 (An Excess of Phlegm)
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - Chapter 1
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 1 (The Dark Lord Ascending)
  12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 8 (The Wedding)
  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 11 (The Bribe)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 12 (Magic Is Might)
  15. "J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript" on The Leaky Cauldron
  16. "Vieira, Meredith. "Harry Potter: The Final Chapter" Dateline (NBC) , 29 July 2007" on Accio Quote
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 13 (The Muggle-Born Registration Commission)
  18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 4 (Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Magical Beasts in Hiding
  20. 'Harry Potter' Set Visit: Inside The Ministry of Magic (MTV Movie News)
  21. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  22. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) - Chapter 26 (The Department of Mysteries)
  23. 23.0 23.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 34 (The Department of Mysteries)
  24. 24.0 24.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 30 (The Pensieve)

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