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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.

Function

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.

History

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.

Divisions

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

Appearances

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)


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