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"Grogan Stump created the three divisions of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures that exist today: the Beast Division, the Being Division, and the Spirit Division."
—Creation of the some of the department's divisions[src]

The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures is the second largest department in the Ministry of Magic. It is divided into three divisions named after the three categorisations of magical creatures: Being, Beast and Spirit. It also houses the liaison offices for Goblins and Centaurs.

After leaving Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hermione Granger briefly worked in this department before transferring to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

Function

In 1750, Clause 73 was inserted in the International Code of Wizarding Secrecy, which states: Each wizarding governing body will be responsible for the concealment, care, and control of all magical beasts, beings, and spirits dwelling within its territory's borders. Should any such creature cause harm to, or draw the notice of, the Muggle community, that nation's wizarding governing body will be subject to discipline by the International Confederation of Wizards[1].

Because if this, the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures works very hard to hide the magical creatures living in Britain. They do this by establishing safe habitats, guarded by Muggle-Repelling Charms and other magical means. Some such areas are patrolled and guarded by wizards (e.g. dragon reservations). The Department also strictly controls the breeding and sale of magical creatures. Additionally, individual wizards are legally required to use Disillusionment Charms to conceal creatures that they own.[2]

When a magical creature is seen by Muggles, various methods are used to cover up the incident, including: memory charms cast by Obliviators, spells cast by the Invisibility Task-force[3], and alibis and non-magical explanations concocted by the Office of Misinformation.

History

This Department issues Crup licences.[4]

Werewolves have been shunted between the Beast and Being Divisions of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures for years, because nobody could make up their minds whether a werewolf should be classified as human or bestial. At one point, the Werewolf Registry and Werewolf Capture Unit were both in the Beast Division, while at the same time an office for Werewolf Support Services was established in the Being Division. Nobody ever presented themselves for Support Services, for the same reasons that very few ever signed the Registry, and it was eventually closed down.[5]

Law 15B, passed by the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, states in part that "any attack by a magical creature who is deemed to have near-human intelligence, and therefore considered responsible for its actions —". The rest of this Law was not recited by Umbridge to the Centaurs she was insulting because one of them fired an arrow at her.[6]

Another rule of the Department requires the Minister for Magic to inform the Muggle Prime Minister when dangerous magical creatures are to be brought into Britain. Prior to the Triwizard Tournament, Fudge blithely informed his counterpart that they would be importing three dragons and a sphinx.[7]

Goblins are none too pleased with the way they're treated by this Department.[8]

A special squad sent out by this Department captured and killed the rampaging, murderous vampire Sir Herbert Varney in 1889 in London.

After leaving Hogwarts, Hermione Granger spent some years working in this Department, "where she was instrumental in greatly improving life for house-elves and their ilk".

Divisions

The department is located on the fourth level of the Ministry of Magic, and includes the following divisions:

Beast Division

Main article: Beast Division

The Beast Division is one of three divisions under the control of the department. It deals with all duties and problems concerning those magical creatures classified as a "Beast" by the Ministry.

Being Division

Main article: Being Division

The Being Division is one of three divisions under the control of the this department. It deals with all duties and problems concerning those magical creatures classified as a "Being" by the Ministry.

Spirit Division

Main article: Spirit Division

The Spirit Division is one of three divisions under the control of the this department. It deals with all duties and problems concerning those magical creatures classified as a "Spirit" by the Ministry. The reason why the Ministry created this division is because it doesn't fit if spirits categorised as "beings", when they are in state of "dead".

Goblin Liaison Office

Main article: Goblin Liaison Office

The Goblin Liaison Office is the section of the department which takes care of the magic economy and to improve relations between goblins and wizards.

Centaur Liaison Office

The Centaur Liaison Office is the section of the department dealing with relations between wizards and centaurs. Since its inception, no centaur has even used the Office. In the Ministry, the phrase "being sent to the Centaur Office" is an in-joke meaning that the employee in question is about to be sacked.

Pest Advisory Board

Main article: Pest Advisory Board

The Pest Advisory Board provides assistance with serious Bundimun infestations of wizarding homes, deals with serious infestations of Chizpurfles, takes responsibility for the Ghoul Task Force (possibly), and maintains a pack of a dozen albino bloodhounds, to deal with Nogtails.

Office of Misinformation

The Office of Misinformation is a section of the department that becomes involved with only the worst magical-Muggle collisions, when an incident is so obviously magical in nature that Muggles have a hard time explaining it. In such cases, the Office of Misinformation will contact the Muggle Prime Minister to provide a non-magical explanation for the event.

Classification of Magical Creatures

The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures classifies magical creatures on a scale from 1 (X) to 5 (XXXXX) as follows:

  • XXXXX: Known wizard killer / impossible to train or domesticate
  • XXXX: Dangerous / requires specialist knowledge / skilled wizard may handle
  • XXX: Competent wizards should cope
  • XX: Harmless / may be domesticated
  • X: Boring

Known employees

Appearances

Notes and references


Ministry of Magic Departments
Department of International Magical Cooperation Ministry of Magic Latin Logo Department of Magical Education logo Department of Magical Law Enforcement logo MinistryOfMagicLogo - Cursed Child DMAC clear MBRC clear Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures logo DMT clear
Level 1 Level 2
Minister for Magic and Support Staff Department of Magical Law Enforcement
Office of the Minister for Magic · Office of the Advisor to the Minister for Magic · Office of the Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic · Office of the Junior Assistant to the Minister for Magic 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 · Wizengamot Administration Services
Level 3 Level 4
Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures
Accidental Magic Reversal Squad · Invisibility Task Force · Muggle Liaison Office · Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee · Obliviator Headquarters Beast Division · Being Division · Centaur Liaison Office · Goblin Liaison Office · Office for House-Elf Relocation · Office of Misinformation · Pest Advisory Board · Spirit Division
Level 5 Level 6
Department of International Magical Cooperation Department of Magical Transportation
International Confederation of Wizards, British Seats · International Magical Office of Law · International Magical Trading Standards Body Apparition Test Centre · Broom Regulatory Control · Floo Network Authority · Portkey Office
Level 7 Level 8
Department of Magical Games and Sports The Atrium
British and Irish Quidditch League Headquarters · Official Gobstones Club · Ludicrous Patents Office Lobby and Reception Area · Fountain of Magical Brethren · Magic is Might monument · Ministry Munchies · Security Desk · Lifts · Magical Maintenance Office
Level 9 Level 10
Department of Mysteries Wizengamot Courtrooms
Hall of Prophecy · Death Chamber · Brain Room · Time Chamber · Space Chamber · Love Chamber Courtroom Ten