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Dugald McPhail was born on an unknown date, no later than [[1840s|1847]],<ref>In order to have been appointed Minister for Magic by [[1860s|1865]], McPhail would have had to be out of Hogwarts and thus at least 17 at that point, placing his earliest birth year in [[1840s|1847]] — although it is unlikely someone that young would become Minister for Magic.</ref> somewhere in the [[Great Britain|British Isles]]; to at least one magical parent. His surname suggests he was from [[Scotland]], or had Scottish ancestry.
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Dugald McPhail was born on an unknown date, no later than [[1840s|1847]],<ref>In order to have been appointed Minister for Magic by [[1860s|1865]], McPhail would have had to be out of Hogwarts and thus at least 17 at that point, placing his earliest birth year in [[1840s|1847]] — although it is unlikely someone that young would become Minister for Magic.</ref> somewhere in the [[Great Britain|British Isles]]: to at least one magical parent. His surname suggests he was from [[Scotland]], or had Scottish ancestry.
   
 
In his youth, he attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], where he was [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]] into [[Hufflepuff]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
 
In his youth, he attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], where he was [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]] into [[Hufflepuff]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
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McPhail was appointed [[Minister for Magic]] sometime after leaving Hogwarts,<ref name="pottermore"/> seemingly between [[Evangeline Orpington]], in office from [[1840s|1849]] to [[1850s|1855]],<ref name="pottermore"/> and [[Faris Spavin|Faris "Spout-Hole" Spavin]], in office from [[1860s|1865]] to [[1900s|1903]].<ref name="Wombat">Third W.O.M.B.A.T. test (''[[J. K. Rowling Official Site]]'')</ref>
 
McPhail was appointed [[Minister for Magic]] sometime after leaving Hogwarts,<ref name="pottermore"/> seemingly between [[Evangeline Orpington]], in office from [[1840s|1849]] to [[1850s|1855]],<ref name="pottermore"/> and [[Faris Spavin|Faris "Spout-Hole" Spavin]], in office from [[1860s|1865]] to [[1900s|1903]].<ref name="Wombat">Third W.O.M.B.A.T. test (''[[J. K. Rowling Official Site]]'')</ref>
   
During his time as Minister, McPhail came up with the idea of mimicking the then-new [[Muggle]] bus service to provide underage and infirm [[wizardkind|witches and wizards]] with a discreet method of transportation, leading to the introduction of the [[Knight Bus]] in [[1860s|1865]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
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During his time as Minister, McPhail came up with the idea of mimicking the then-new [[Muggle]] bus service to provide underage and infirm [[wizardkind|witches and wizards]] with a discreet method of transportation, leading to the introduction of the [[Knight Bus]] in [[1860s|1865]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
   
 
His overall term in office was viewed as "successful" by [[Gabriel Truman]] in the [[1990s]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
 
His overall term in office was viewed as "successful" by [[Gabriel Truman]] in the [[1990s]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
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Latest revision as of 12:19, July 17, 2014

Dugald McPhail
Biographical information
Born

before 1848,</ref>
Great Britain or Ireland[1]

Blood status

Pure-blood or Half-blood[2]

Title(s)

Minister

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Affiliation
Occupation

Minister for Magic (formerly)

House

Hufflepuff

Dugald McPhail was a wizard. A Hufflepuff in his Hogwarts years, he rose to the office of Minister for Magic in the mid-19th century.[3]

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Dugald McPhail was born on an unknown date, no later than 1847,[4] somewhere in the British Isles: to at least one magical parent. His surname suggests he was from Scotland, or had Scottish ancestry.

In his youth, he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he was Sorted into Hufflepuff.[3]

As Minister for MagicEdit

McPhail was appointed Minister for Magic sometime after leaving Hogwarts,[3] seemingly between Evangeline Orpington, in office from 1849 to 1855,[3] and Faris "Spout-Hole" Spavin, in office from 1865 to 1903.[5]

During his time as Minister, McPhail came up with the idea of mimicking the then-new Muggle bus service to provide underage and infirm witches and wizards with a discreet method of transportation, leading to the introduction of the Knight Bus in 1865.[3]

His overall term in office was viewed as "successful" by Gabriel Truman in the 1990s.[3]

LegacyEdit

On 1 September, 1991, Prefect Gabriel Truman welcomed the Hufflepuff first years to Hufflepuff Basement with a short speech in which he mentioned former Minister Dugald McPhail as one of the many notable Hogwarts students who were Sorted, like them, into Hufflepuff.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

  • This character shares his name with the historical figure D(o)ugald McPhail (1840—1941). Born in Iverary, Argyll, Scotland, the real-life McPhail immigrated to KwaZulu-Natal and was one of the original founders of the town of Dundee in KwaZulu-Natal. McPhail served as a Quartermaster for the Buffalo Border Guard during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. He later fought for the British in the Second Boer War (1899-1902). He died at the age of 101, in 1941.[6]

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. [1]
  2. According to Pottermore, Nobby Leach (Minister for Magic between 1962 and 1968) was the first Muggle-born wizard ever to be appointed to the office)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Pottermore
  4. In order to have been appointed Minister for Magic by 1865, McPhail would have had to be out of Hogwarts and thus at least 17 at that point, placing his earliest birth year in 1847 — although it is unlikely someone that young would become Minister for Magic.
  5. Third W.O.M.B.A.T. test (J. K. Rowling Official Site)
  6. "Dougald McPhail" on Wikipedia


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