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|born=c. [[1960s|1961]]<ref name="birthyear">In ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 4 (''Horace Slughorn''), Slughorn says Cresswell was "in the year after" Lily Evans at Hogwarts School. Seeing that Lily's (born in 1960) first year was the 1971-1972 school year, Dirk's had to be the 1972-1973 school year and, thus, he was born in late 1960 or 1961.</ref>
 
|born=c. [[1960s|1961]]<ref name="birthyear">In ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 4 (''Horace Slughorn''), Slughorn says Cresswell was "in the year after" Lily Evans at Hogwarts School. Seeing that Lily's (born in 1960) first year was the 1971-1972 school year, Dirk's had to be the 1972-1973 school year and, thus, he was born in late 1960 or 1961.</ref>
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'''Dirk Cresswell''' (c. [[1960s|1961]]—[[March]], [[1998]]) was a [[Muggle-born]] [[Wizardkind|wizard]] who, in the mid-[[1990s]], took the office of Head of the [[Goblin Liaison Office]], in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].
 
'''Dirk Cresswell''' (c. [[1960s|1961]]—[[March]], [[1998]]) was a [[Muggle-born]] [[Wizardkind|wizard]] who, in the mid-[[1990s]], took the office of Head of the [[Goblin Liaison Office]], in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].
   
He attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in the [[1970s]], becoming a favourite student of [[Potions Master]] [[Horace Slughorn]]. One of Dirk's most notable traits is his fluency in [[Gobbledegook]]. After graduating, he went to work at the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] and eventually became Head of the [[Goblin]] [[Goblin Liaison Office|Liaison Office]], succeding [[Cuthbert Mockridge]]. Many of his colleagues, such as [[Arthur Weasley]], considered him a great wizard. When the Ministry was [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|taken over]] by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], Dirk attempted to use a forged family tree in order to claim wizarding heritage, but was discovered by [[Albert Runcorn]]. He went on the run to avoid the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]], but was eventually caught and killed by [[Snatchers]].
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He attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in the [[1970s]], becoming a favourite student of [[Potions Master]] [[Horace Slughorn]]. One of Dirk's most notable traits was his fluency in [[Gobbledegook]]. After graduating, he went to work at the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] and eventually became Head of the [[Goblin Liaison Office]], succeeding [[Cuthbert Mockridge]]. Many of his colleagues, such as [[Arthur Weasley]], considered him a great wizard. When the Ministry was [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|taken over]] by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], Dirk attempted to use a forged family tree in order to claim wizarding heritage, but was discovered by [[Albert Runcorn]]. He went on the run to avoid the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]], but was eventually caught and killed by [[Snatchers]].
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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Sometime after graduating from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in [[1979]], Cresswell joined the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]. He eventually rose to the post of Head of the [[Goblin Liaison Office]], succeeding [[Cuthbert Mockridge]]<ref name="GF7">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 7 (''Bagman and Crouch'')</ref> in either [[1994]], [[1995]] or [[1996]].
 
Sometime after graduating from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in [[1979]], Cresswell joined the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]. He eventually rose to the post of Head of the [[Goblin Liaison Office]], succeeding [[Cuthbert Mockridge]]<ref name="GF7">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 7 (''Bagman and Crouch'')</ref> in either [[1994]], [[1995]] or [[1996]].
   
He remained in contact with [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]] and passed on news about internal affairs at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] to him, something of which the Professor was glad of.<ref name="HBP4"/>
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He remained in contact with [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]] and passed on news about internal affairs at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] to him, something of which the Professor was glad of. Albus Dumbledore also suggested that Slughorn's friendliness with Cresswell sometimes allowed him to make suggestions for possible junior members within the Goblin Liaison Office.<ref name="HBP4"/>
   
 
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Cresswell arranged with a wizard to forge a false family tree so that the Ministry believed he was of a different [[blood purity|blood status]]. However, [[Albert Runcorn]], a powerful Ministry official and supporter of the [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] regime, tracked the wizard who faked his family tree and Cresswell was arrested.<ref name="DH13"/> While [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]]-[[Imperius Curse|controlled]] and newly instated [[Minister for Magic|Minister]] [[Pius Thicknesse]], alongside [[Dolores Umbridge]], [[Yaxley]] and [[Albert Runcorn]], delivered a speech to the Ministry employees about the changes in Ministry policy, [[Snatchers]] arrived and dragged a battered and bruised Dirk Cresswell across the [[Atrium]].<ref name="DHpt1">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''</ref>
 
Cresswell arranged with a wizard to forge a false family tree so that the Ministry believed he was of a different [[blood purity|blood status]]. However, [[Albert Runcorn]], a powerful Ministry official and supporter of the [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] regime, tracked the wizard who faked his family tree and Cresswell was arrested.<ref name="DH13"/> While [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]]-[[Imperius Curse|controlled]] and newly instated [[Minister for Magic|Minister]] [[Pius Thicknesse]], alongside [[Dolores Umbridge]], [[Yaxley]] and [[Albert Runcorn]], delivered a speech to the Ministry employees about the changes in Ministry policy, [[Snatchers]] arrived and dragged a battered and bruised Dirk Cresswell across the [[Atrium]].<ref name="DHpt1">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''</ref>
   
[[Auror]] [[John Dawlish]] was charged with transporting Cresswell to [[Azkaban|Azkaban Fortress]] in the [[North Sea]], via [[broomstick]]. Halfway to the prison, Dirk managed to [[Stunning Spell|Stun]] Dawlish, whom he believed was under the effects of the [[Confundus Charm]], and stole the [[Auror]]'s [[John Dawlish's broomstick|broomstick]], using it to escape.<ref name="DH15">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 15 (''The Goblin's Revenge'')</ref>
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[[Auror]] [[John Dawlish]] was charged with transporting Cresswell to [[Azkaban|Azkaban Fortress]] in the [[North Sea]], via [[broomstick]]. Halfway to the prison, Dirk managed to [[Stunning Spell|Stun]] Dawlish, whom he believed to be under the effects of the [[Confundus Charm]], and stole the [[Auror]]'s [[John Dawlish's broomstick|broomstick]], using it to escape.<ref name="DH15">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 15 (''The Goblin's Revenge'')</ref>
   
 
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===Death===
 
===Death===
{{Quote|But before we hear from Royal and Romulus let's take a moment to report those deaths that the ''Wizarding Wireless Network News'' and ''Daily Prophet'' don't think important enough to mention. It is with great regret that we inform our listeners of the murders of Ted Tonks and Dirk Cresswell. A goblin by the name of Gornuk was also killed. It is believed that Muggle-born Dean Thomas and a second goblin, both believed to have been traveling with Tonks, Cresswell, and Gornuk, may have escaped.|[[Lee Jordan]] announces Cresswell's murder in ''[[Potterwatch]]''.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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{{Quote|But before we hear from Royal and Romulus let's take a moment to report those deaths that the ''Wizarding Wireless Network News'' and ''Daily Prophet'' don't think important enough to mention. It is with great regret that we inform our listeners of the murders of Ted Tonks and Dirk Cresswell. A goblin by the name of Gornuk was also killed. It is believed that Muggle-born Dean Thomas and a second goblin, both believed to have been travelling with Tonks, Cresswell, and Gornuk, may have escaped.|[[Lee Jordan]] announces Cresswell's murder in ''[[Potterwatch]]''.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
Eventually, the group was caught by a gang of [[Snatchers]], and Cresswell, [[Ted Tonks]] and [[Gornuk]] were killed while resisting capture. [[Griphook]] and [[Dean Thomas]] managed to escape relatively unscathed.<ref name="DH22"/>
 
Eventually, the group was caught by a gang of [[Snatchers]], and Cresswell, [[Ted Tonks]] and [[Gornuk]] were killed while resisting capture. [[Griphook]] and [[Dean Thomas]] managed to escape relatively unscathed.<ref name="DH22"/>
   
 
===Post-mortem===
 
===Post-mortem===
The death of Dirk Cresswell and his comrades was ommitted from the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' and the ''[[Wizarding Wireless Network News]]'', which were under the control of the [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] regime and ceased reporting deaths caused by Voldemort's regime. It was, however, announced in a [[March]], [[1998]], broadcast of ''[[Potterwatch]]''.<ref name="DH22"/> Dirk left behind a [[Dirk Cresswell's wife|wife]] and at least [[Cresswell brothers|two sons]].<ref name="DH13"/>
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The death of Dirk Cresswell and his comrades was omitted from the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' and the ''[[Wizarding Wireless Network News]]'', which were under the control of the [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] regime and ceased reporting deaths caused by Voldemort's regime. It was, however, announced in a [[March]], [[1998]], broadcast of ''[[Potterwatch]]''.<ref name="DH22"/> Dirk left behind a [[Dirk Cresswell's wife|wife]] and at least [[Cresswell brothers|two sons]].<ref name="DH13"/>
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
The name "Dirk" is the short form of ''Diederik''. The name was popularized in the English-speaking world by actor Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999), who had some Dutch ancestry. This is also the Scots word for a type of dagger.
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The name "Dirk" is the short form of ''Diederik''. The name was popularised in the English-speaking world by actor Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999), who had some Dutch ancestry. This is also the Scots word for a type of dagger.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
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Dirk Cresswell
Biographical information
Born

c. 1961[1]

Died

March, 1998 (aged 37)[2], Great Britain

Blood status

Muggle-born[3]

Marital status

Married[4]

Physical information
Species

Human[3]

Gender

Male[3]

Family information
Family members
Affiliation
Occupation

Head of the Goblin Liaison Office[3]

Loyalty
Arthur Weasley: "One moment, Runcorn. I hear you laid information about Dirk Cresswell. […] You tracked down the wizard who faked his family tree, didn't you?"
Harry Potter (as Albert Runcorn): "I – so what if I did?"
Arthur Weasley: "So Dirk Cresswell is ten times the wizard you are. And if he survives Azkaban, you'll have to answer to him, not to mention his wife, his sons, and his friends –"
Arthur Weasley confronts Albert Runcorn (Harry Potter in disguise)[src]

Dirk Cresswell (c. 1961March, 1998) was a Muggle-born wizard who, in the mid-1990s, took the office of Head of the Goblin Liaison Office, in the Ministry of Magic.

He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1970s, becoming a favourite student of Potions Master Horace Slughorn. One of Dirk's most notable traits was his fluency in Gobbledegook. After graduating, he went to work at the Ministry and eventually became Head of the Goblin Liaison Office, succeeding Cuthbert Mockridge. Many of his colleagues, such as Arthur Weasley, considered him a great wizard. When the Ministry was taken over by Lord Voldemort, Dirk attempted to use a forged family tree in order to claim wizarding heritage, but was discovered by Albert Runcorn. He went on the run to avoid the Muggle-Born Registration Commission, but was eventually caught and killed by Snatchers.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

"And there was Dirk Cresswell in the year after [Lily Evans], too — now Head of the Goblin Liaison Office, of course — another Muggle-born, a very gifted student, and still gives me excellent inside information on the goings-on at Gringotts!"
Horace Slughorn tells Harry Potter about Cresswell's student years.[src]

Dirk Cresswell was born sometime between September, 1960 and September, 1961, somewhere in the British Isles, into the Muggle Cresswell family. He showed magical abilities and, at the age of eleven, was invited to enroll at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which he did, having been Sorted on 1 September, 1972.[1]

Professor Horace Slughorn was his Potions Professor, and he considered Cresswell to be an exceptional student, inviting him to join the Slug Club.[3]

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Cresswell at the Ministry.

Career at the Ministry of MagicEdit

Sometime after graduating from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1979, Cresswell joined the Ministry of Magic. He eventually rose to the post of Head of the Goblin Liaison Office, succeeding Cuthbert Mockridge[5] in either 1994, 1995 or 1996.

He remained in contact with Professor Slughorn and passed on news about internal affairs at Gringotts Wizarding Bank to him, something of which the Professor was glad of. Albus Dumbledore also suggested that Slughorn's friendliness with Cresswell sometimes allowed him to make suggestions for possible junior members within the Goblin Liaison Office.[3]

Muggle-Born Registration CommissionEdit

"As your new Minister for Magic, I promise to restore this temple of tolerance to its former glory. Therefore, beginning today, each employee will submit themselves… for evaluation. But know this: you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide."
Pius Thicknesse delivers his speech to Ministry employees, while Cresswell is dragged across the Atrium by Snatchers.[src]

During the height of the Second Wizarding War, on 1 August, 1997, the Ministry of Magic was taken over by Lord Voldemort. Shortly after, it began persecuting Muggle-born wizards and witches, beginning with the formation of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission and the Snatchers organisations, in accordance with the Death Eater ideology. Muggle-borns were accused of having stolen magic and sentenced to Azkaban for it.[6][4]

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Snatchers drag a battered Dirk Cresswell across the Ministry Atrium.

Cresswell arranged with a wizard to forge a false family tree so that the Ministry believed he was of a different blood status. However, Albert Runcorn, a powerful Ministry official and supporter of the Death Eater regime, tracked the wizard who faked his family tree and Cresswell was arrested.[4] While Death Eater-controlled and newly instated Minister Pius Thicknesse, alongside Dolores Umbridge, Yaxley and Albert Runcorn, delivered a speech to the Ministry employees about the changes in Ministry policy, Snatchers arrived and dragged a battered and bruised Dirk Cresswell across the Atrium.[7]

Auror John Dawlish was charged with transporting Cresswell to Azkaban Fortress in the North Sea, via broomstick. Halfway to the prison, Dirk managed to Stun Dawlish, whom he believed to be under the effects of the Confundus Charm, and stole the Auror's broomstick, using it to escape.[8]

On the runEdit

Dirk Cresswell: "Hard to know what to believe these days."
Dean Thomas: "I know Harry Potter. And I reckon he's the real thing — the Chosen One, or whatever you want to call it."
Dirk Cresswell: "Yeah, there's a lot would like to believe he's that, son, me included. But where is he? Run for it, by the looks of things. You'd think if he knew anything we don't, or had anything special going for him, he'd be out there now fighting, rallying resistance, instead of hiding. And you know, the Prophet made a pretty good case against him —"
Ted Tonks: "The Prophet? You deserve to be lied to if you're still reading that much, Dirk."
— Dirk Cresswell, Dean Thomas, and Ted Tonks while on the run.[src]
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Dirk's fugitive mates, Dean Thomas and Griphook

Dirk then went on the run, eventually meeting up with fellow fugitives Ted Tonks and Dean Thomas, as well as goblins Griphook and Gornuk. The group proceeded to stay on the move along the countryside.[8]

One night, in the autumn of 1997, they set camp on a riverbank in Wales, where they could Summon some salmon to eat. Unbeknownst to any of them, Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger were sitting in a tent concealed by sight by a number of protective enchantments. The group started talking. Dirk told them of his escape. The subject of conversation turned into war and Harry Potter. Dirk told the group he had doubts Severus Snape had really killed Albus Dumbledore, as the Daily Prophet, which he had been reading, made such a strong case against Harry. Tonks told Cresswell to start reading The Quibbler, an independent publication not under the control of the Ministry, to know the facts. Cresswell exploded into laughter, swallowing a fish bone and expressing scorn at what he called "that lunatic rag of Xeno Lovegood's". They told Cresswell The Quibbler was not so lunatic any more, and Dean voiced his trust on Harry.[8]

The conversation soon enough turned into a discussion of whether they should sleep there or back up a wooded slope whence they came. Deciding the trees would give better cover, they extinguished their fire and clambered back up the incline.[8]

DeathEdit

"But before we hear from Royal and Romulus let's take a moment to report those deaths that the Wizarding Wireless Network News and Daily Prophet don't think important enough to mention. It is with great regret that we inform our listeners of the murders of Ted Tonks and Dirk Cresswell. A goblin by the name of Gornuk was also killed. It is believed that Muggle-born Dean Thomas and a second goblin, both believed to have been travelling with Tonks, Cresswell, and Gornuk, may have escaped."
Lee Jordan announces Cresswell's murder in Potterwatch.[src]

Eventually, the group was caught by a gang of Snatchers, and Cresswell, Ted Tonks and Gornuk were killed while resisting capture. Griphook and Dean Thomas managed to escape relatively unscathed.[2]

Post-mortemEdit

The death of Dirk Cresswell and his comrades was omitted from the Daily Prophet and the Wizarding Wireless Network News, which were under the control of the Death Eater regime and ceased reporting deaths caused by Voldemort's regime. It was, however, announced in a March, 1998, broadcast of Potterwatch.[2] Dirk left behind a wife and at least two sons.[4]

EtymologyEdit

The name "Dirk" is the short form of Diederik. The name was popularised in the English-speaking world by actor Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999), who had some Dutch ancestry. This is also the Scots word for a type of dagger.

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn), Slughorn says Cresswell was "in the year after" Lily Evans at Hogwarts School. Seeing that Lily's (born in 1960) first year was the 1971-1972 school year, Dirk's had to be the 1972-1973 school year and, thus, he was born in late 1960 or 1961.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 22 (The Deathly Hallows)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 13 (The Muggle-Born Registration Commission)
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 11 (The Bribe)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 15 (The Goblin's Revenge)


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