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'''Minister Dugald McPhail''' was a wizard. A [[Hufflepuff]] in his [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] years, McPhail rose to the office of [[Minister for Magic]] sometime before [[1980]].<ref name="pottermore">[[Pottermore]] introduction for Hufflepuffs (transcription available [http://lady-slytherin-forever.tumblr.com/post/9001123651/hufflepuff-spoilers here])</ref>
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'''Dugald McPhail''' was a [[wizardkind|wizard]]. A [[Hufflepuff]] in his [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] years, he rose to the office of [[Minister for Magic]] in or prior to [[1860s|1865]].<ref name="pottermore">[[Pottermore]]</ref>
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Early life===
 
===Early life===
Dugald McPhail was born no later than [[1960s|1963]], somewhere in the [[Great Britain|British Isles]]. His surname suggests he was Scottish, or had Scottish ancestry.
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Dugald McPhail was born on an unknown date, no later [[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 in time, placing his earliest birth year in [[1840s|1847]] — although is unlikely someone that young would become Minister for Magic.</ref> somewhere in the [[Great Britain|British Isles]]. 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]].
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In his youth, he attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], where he was [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]] into [[Hufflepuff]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
   
 
===As Minister for Magic===
 
===As Minister for Magic===
At some point prior to [[1980]], McPhail was appointed to the office of [[Minister for Magic]]. He led a "successful" term in the post.<ref name="pottermore"/>
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McPhail was appointed [[Minister for Magic]] at some point after leaving Hogwarts. During his term in the post, 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]]. His overall tenure in office was viewed as "successful" by [[Gabriel Truman]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
   
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===Legacy===
 
On [[1 September]], [[1991]], [[Prefect]] [[Gabriel Truman]] welcomed the [[Hufflepuff]] [[first year]]s 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 [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]], like them, into Hufflepuff.<ref name="pottermore"/>
 
On [[1 September]], [[1991]], [[Prefect]] [[Gabriel Truman]] welcomed the [[Hufflepuff]] [[first year]]s 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 [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]], like them, into Hufflepuff.<ref name="pottermore"/>
   

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Dugald McPhail
Biographical information
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 or prior to 1865.[1]

Biography

Early life

Dugald McPhail was born on an unknown date, no later 1847,[2] somewhere in the British Isles. 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.[1]

As Minister for Magic

McPhail was appointed Minister for Magic at some point after leaving Hogwarts. During his term in the post, 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. His overall tenure in office was viewed as "successful" by Gabriel Truman.[1]

Legacy

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.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • D(o)ugald McPhail (1840—1941) was, in actuality, a man born in Iverary, Argyll, Scotland, who 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.[3]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Pottermore
  2. 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 in time, placing his earliest birth year in 1847 — although is unlikely someone that young would become Minister for Magic.
  3. "Dougald McPhail" on Wikipedia


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