The Department of Magical Games and Sports is a department of the Ministry of Magic. It is charged with the regulation of all sport-related events in the Wizarding world. It is roughly the equivalent to the real-life British Department of Culture, Media and Sport.


The International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy was signed in 1692, and it made each individual Ministry of Magic responsible for the consequences of all magical sports played within their countries. The Ministry started passing legislation pertaining to Quidditch in 1750 (including the first official set of rules of the game).[2]

Office location

Level Seven of the Ministry of Magic houses the Department of Magical Games and Sports. Once the personnel and/or guests step out of the lift, the corridor off the access lift being somewhat "untidy-looking" in comparison to the other Ministerial Departments.

The Department has a very relaxed ambience and various posters of Quidditch teams tacked lopsidedly on the walls.


The department itself was only established under Minister Grogan Stump, sometime between 1811 and 1819.[1]

In 1894, The Department of Magical Games and Sports banned the tradition of shooting arrows into the air to celebrate an Appleby Arrows goal after referee Nugent Potts is pierced through the nose by an arrow.[3]

The current affairs of the department have to do with such sport-related pastimes as organising the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament.

Hamish MacFarlan was a Quidditch player for the Montrose Magpies, captaining the side from 1957 to 1968. After retiring from the game, MacFarlan became the head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports.

Ludovic Bagman used to be the Head of Department here, but his gambling problem forced him to flee from Goblin creditors. It is unknown who succeeded Bagman as the next head of the department.


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

Department heads

Known employees

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic" at Pottermore
  2. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 6 (Changes in Quidditch since the Fourteenth Century)
  3. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 7 (Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland)