Cerberus Langarm worked for the Ministry of Magic as an Department of Magical Law Enforcement officer tasked with liaison between his own Department and the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. It is presumed that he is tasked with other things, as well.
Langarm would pass on intelligence, regarding nasty run-ins between dangerous magical creatures and humans to the Beast Division. Also charged with attending to the legal aspect as well as ensuring the safety of his the general public. Langarm would occasionally accompany his co-workers and secure the area in which the beast in question is believed to be located, to prevent civilians from entering it and thus avoid further injuries.
His first name is the Latin version of Kerberos (Κέρβερος), the three-headed dog which in Greek legend guarded the entrance to Hades. His last name appear to be a pun on "long arm", as in the idiom long arm of the law, used to refer to the police.
Behind the scenes
- As the most common usage of the term 'officer' in everyday use is that of referring to a policeman or policewoman, it can perhaps be reasoned that Langarm is a member of the Magical Law Enforcement Patrol, as they can be considered to be roughly the wizarding equivalent.
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World (First appearance)
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